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Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt 6:34

Springtime is Here!

Spring is getting underway here at The Jungle. So many exciting things begin in spring, trees are budding, flowers blooming, bees are buzzing, fields are fertilized, and the garden is tilled. The last few things are the best.

      Bees buzzing on our property mean one good thing, our bees survived the winter! It was harsh with a bad ice storm about a month ago. I’m super excited to get started with beekeeping this year. It’s so fascinating to watch this little colony that is like its own little nation, do its thing. They don’t really need us to do much except keep them having plenty of space. The honey crop will start soon and then we will get to taste the delicious honey they make this year. Honey straight out of the hive is the best! You can get any more raw honey than that!! Plus all that free beeswax to make lotion and Chapstick with. If you haven’t ever tried be keeping you should find your local beekeepers association and learn all about this creature that God the Creator has made. Bees have to be one of the most intriguing insects In existence (though I may be bias as I’m a beekeeper).

For dinner tonight, I made Brown Sugar and Dijon Mustard Pork Loin. I got the recipe from http://www.rockrecipes.com/easy-glazed-brown-sugar-dijon-pork-loin/. It is absolutely the best pork loin ever. I don’t typically measure ingredients if I am cooking so I just eye measure to what I think is enough. My family loves this and it’s pretty much the only way I do porkloin anymore. A tip ** bake the porkloin at 325 degrees farenheit for about 45 ,ins to an hour. Pull it out when the temperature reaches 145 degrees. Let rest. It will come up to 165 with risidual heat. This will ensure moist meat.** I served this with fried okra, field peas, salad, and raw veggies. Followed with dessert of course! 

   We also read the crucifixion of Christ out of Luke 23: 26-49. We wanted to reflect on the importance of this weekend. While candy, Easter baskets and bunnies are all nice and fun, it isn’t the reason we celebrate Easter. We were given the greatest gift ever over 2,000 years ago. Christ gave his life for our sins so that we, those who have accepted Him into their heart and confessed with their mouth, can spend eternity in heaven with our Lord. How exciting?! 

Have a happy Easter!

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Cross stitch

Picked up a new hobby today. So far so good. I really enjoy to ease of cross stitch. I have tried crochet before and found no enjoyment. It was more like self inflicted torture. Anyways, I am making a bookmark that has 5 diamonds, 3 of which will have initials inside. Below, is how far I have gotten.

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I feel some serious accomplishment being as I have already cooked 3 meals and put the babies to bed.
I am day 4 with no Pinterest and while I do miss it, I was able to read a whole other day in my read-the-bible-in-a-year. Feeling like it is totally worth this self-challenge!

Peace be with you and may God bless according to His will!

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Pinterest fast…

So, 30 days ago I sat at our church fellowship meal, writing a list of new years’ resolutions to grow closer to Christ.  I said I wanted to read more books to understand my Heavenly Father better, I said I wanted to let go of past hurts and anger I have held on to, but something I didn’t foresee is that I would come to realize I have an idol. Not a good idol, this is an idol that takes me away from God, something that is standing in my way of my walk.  It isn’t inherently wrong or evil or harmful. There are so many worse things but, this isn’t about those things, I don’t have a connection with those things.  I don’t eat out a lot, I don’t shop every weekend, I don’t spend hours stalking people on Facebook (I don’t even have an account, haven’t for a year now), this is about what I have allowed to become an interference. 

I am horribly in love with Pinterest.  I haven’t always been it started out so innocently.  My sister sent me an invitation the late summer of 2012. I created an account, and pinned a few things. I wasn’t hugely impressed, I didn’t even understand what the enjoyment was…until, I found the food boards!  I am a trained culinary chef (I love typing that even if it isn’t my profession any longer), food is MY THING.  I have a family of 7 and they like to eat and I love to cook new things. So, I went pin-crazy.  I spent hours on there pinning yummy dishes, planning out menus to feed my family.  It started out great.  No one was worried and they thought it was awesome that I was finding all these new things to try. It was wonderful! I was hooked. Six months later, I found myself browsing pinterest for no other reason than to waste time.  I would lose track of time, it got in the way of my bible readings in the morning, my study time, family time, during lunch while the menfolk are talking I’d be in my own little pinterest world.  But, I still justified that it was okay because I wasn’t involved in drama like with other networks and it’s how I got inspiration for the meals my family LOVE (most, not all, that is). 

A few weeks ago, I am sitting at the table absorbed in my phone and Head Honcho laughs and says “Y’all kill me with all that phone stuff” to which I responded “What else is there for me to do?”. He points to my bible right behind me and says “imagine how many battles Christians would be winning if they spent as much time in their bible as they do on their phone.”  Can we say instant conviction?  I was speechless, and he had a completely valid, truthful and loving point.  So, I have thought and thought about it, prayed about it, and decided I will go a full month without pinterest. It is MY idol. And God’s word says “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:3-5).  Right there, black and white, I was breaking the first commandment and it was so unnoticed to me…

Now that I have come to this realization, what I am going to do? I am going to go all of February without Pinterest. Will it be hard? Yes, I believe it will be. But, I know it will help me refocus fully on the things above. This is my last day on pinterest, I have been on there but instead of wasting the time soaking in all I can I decided to work on one other resolution.  This was a self-resolution.  Spend more time writing on my blog and what a better way to refocus than to have an outlet to share this journey and I will pray that it reaches somebody that needs to hear God’s word.  If you read this, pray for me that I will stay strong, not fall into temptation, and stay focused to glorify God. Thank you so much!

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Pinterest fail

 

I love Pinterst. My sister got me started and I have been wasting exploring daily ever since. I am never scared of new recipes (thank you Culinary School) and I try something new almost everyday and tend to have great success! My family eats it all with very few leftovers and much praise.  So when I saw ‘Heaven in a Crockpot’ I was very excited to try this. Plus, chocolate chip cookie and brownies mixed together how can you go wrong?! Well…it did! I followed the directions of mixing each batter the way the directions said, I sprayed my crockpot, I put on high exactly 3 hours before dinner so it would be done right after dinner, and an hour and a half later the edges were black and the rest was goo!!!! I wanted to cry and I knew everyone was going to be home soon and looking forward to this amazing dessert that I was so excited to try out. I sent the message saying it was possibly ruined but I was determined to save it….and man, oh man, did I!

 

Here is what I was told to do:Ingredients:

1 box Betty Crocker® fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 eggs
1 pouch Betty Crocker® chocolate chip cookie mix
Vanilla ice cream, as desired

Directions:

1. Spray 4 1/2-quart slow cooker with baking spray with flour.
2. In large bowl, mix brownie mix with 1/4 cup of the melted butter and 2 of the eggs.
3. In another large bowl, mix chocolate chip cookie mix, remaining 1/4 cup melted butter and remaining 2 eggs.
4. Drop alternate spoonfuls of the brownie and chocolate chip cookie batters into slow cooker.
5. Cover; cook on High heat setting 2 to 3 hours or until cake is set in center.  <<<~~this is where I went wrong~~ To serve, spoon cake from slow cooker, and top with scoops of ice cream.
Here is what I did:
I followed steps 1-4 with no problems, after the burning occurred, I took some deep breathes, and then scooped out all raw and salvageable batter and placed in a glass 8×8 baking pan and baked at 350F for about 10-15 minutes, until set. Finished results were amazing and as delicious as I had hoped.
Pictures below!

 

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ending result! so yummy =)

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Recipe shared from:  http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/slow-cooker-chocolate-chip-brownie-cake/d3e710df-d66b-40c7-9a79-7af5a6c8d52c

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