Faith

Good Grief! At Least It’s Only Temporary ~Our Bread

You know, life can be so confusing and leave you constantly trying to figure out things because we feel so strongly about something or for someone.  And, we just don’t get the answers fast enough, making us feel impatient, anxious, uneasy, conflicted.  But, when we do this, what we aren’t doing is practicing patience, self-fulfillment and contentment.  Does this make any sense whatsoever?  That leaves us with the big fat obvious answer, NO.  But, we do it anyway. 

Thank goodness and good grief!  Our moments of grief (and, anything negative for that matter) is only temporary IF we practice a little self control and live peacefully on our “canoe ride” in the middle of the “ocean”…hold on tight when it gets a little rough, kick back, relax and smile when there is stillness.  Maybe we want to get “there” faster, but, isn’t the wind on our feet, the sun peeking through the clouds amongst nature’s music pure bliss?

Sounds kinda poetic, right?  😛

I think the key is to put out the right vibrations that will then travel through space and bring back to you similar vibrations.  Depending on what are you “asking” (lit or darkened energy), will determine what is received in return.  When we take the time to truly focus in on this simple, yet powerful fact, we are gaining strength since we’ll then stay more conscientious on our word choice, prayer time and personal behaviors…putting our energy towards what we would like to personally manifest.  We can thank Jesus, and so many more for leaving a beautiful, loving legacy behind that we count on regularly to help us through as we “travel” along our own personal journeys.

So, thankfully, and, with the utmost appreciation and love towards those beautiful souls still floating and blessing us each and every day, we know that our grievances that we experience are temporary.  Love and beauty do surround us.  We just have to stop and smell the roses.

Let me leave you with this:

All the best,

Lisa

“Dear Lord, we long to be in Your presence, especially when we face pain and sorrow.  Yet You have not left us on our own.  The Holy Spirit lives within us – and gives us joy.”

John 16:16 – 22     You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

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Food, Organic

These are Delicious! Peanut Butter-Oat Energy Balls

And, they’re so simpleJust my style!  (most of the time ;P)  Yours?

  • 3/4 cup chopped Medjool dates (we get an organic bulk bag at B.J’s)
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats (Walmart and Publix are affordable)
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • Chia seeds for garnish (we leave these out…probably should include ’em!)

-Soak dates in a small bowl of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.  Drain.

-Combine the soaked dates, oats and peanut butter in a food processor and process until   very finely chopped.  Roll into 12 balls.  Garnish with chia seeds, if desired.  Refrigerate   for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 week.

To make ahead: Refrigerate airtight for up to 1 week.

Hope you find they’re worth your time making.  You just may repeat often.  😉

xo,

Lisa

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/258084/peanut-butter-oat-energy-balls/print/

Food

Family Favorite Recipe: Smoky Bacon Pork Chops with a Rainbow Slaw

Boy, was this a winner!  (thank you, Publix, for sharing :))

nonstick aluminum foil

3 oz. pepper Jack cheese, shredded

4 pork chops, your choice

2 teaspoons mesquite seasoning

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cooked bacon pieces

1/4 cup mayonnaise, your choice (we used olive oil mayo)

1 teaspoon chipotle pepper sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil.
  3. Shred the cheese, season pork chops with mesquite seasoning and place on baking sheet.
  4. Combine cheese, onions, bacon, mayonnaise, and pepper sauce.
  5. Spread cheese mixture evenly over the chops.
  6. Place on middle rack of oven and bake for 8-9 minutes.
  7. Increase the heat and broil for 2-3 minutes until the pork is browned.  145 degrees.

Rainbow Slaw

5-6 radishes (optional), thinly sliced

1/3 cup sliced banana peppers (or pepperoncini – that’s what we used), finely chopped

1 bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 lime (but, we used two)

2 tablespoons (or more) of canola oil (we used grapeseed; avocado, etc. would be good, too ;))

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup sliced green onions

6 cups of shredded cabbage

*we made an additional dressing recipe to add more flavor and indulgence:

1/2 to 1 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar

Whisk together well.  We then added this dressing to the recipe’s dressing – lime and oil.

1. Shred the cabbage, slice radishes, chop peppers, chop the cilantro leaves.

2. Stir in all ingredients and, then blend ’em a little and, pour the dressing.  Mix                       thoroughly.

Yum!  Yum!  YUM!  There are sooo many flavors in this meal.  Your tongue will be very alive!  EnJOY!

Love,

Lisa