Eating cream of wheat brings back memories of my childhood, since my mom would often make it for us. I remember that she often forgot to stir it, so we would find some lumpy parts.
Well, I miss the lumpy parts. I make mine on the stove, and it's not only the consistency that has changed. I no longer ice it with brown sugar like I used to, but sweeten it with some cut up dates, adding a little bit of almond milk. It's still delicious, but I find myself reminiscing nonetheless.
Thanks, mom, for giving me a love for all things food. You broadened my culinary horizons, and now I broaden yours...
Here's to many more adventures in the kitchen, and I'm still going to let you make the icing every time!
Breakfast, or my first attempt at steel cut oats
Wake up, completely disoriented, head muddled, belly grumbled, eyes wide shut, dreaming of that yester-land.
Breakfast, coffee, devos, and journaling ---- that's what mornings like this are made of.
Working hard or hardly working??!
Every week when Jake and I go grocery shopping, I try to buy the fruits and veggies that are on sale and in season. By the time we reach the check out, the majority of the buggy is filled with produce alone. This week I found some reduced veggies, and found a bundle of 6 pears for $.79. They looked to be in good condition, so we bought them. Now, the troublesome thing with pears is that they don't transport well. When I bring them to work, they get all bruised and mushy, but taste even sweeter than before. I like to save my fruit until the last hour of my shift, that way I can go home feeling somewhat full.
I like seeing it there on my desk. It reminds me to be patient. Sometimes I'm impatient, and eat it early. I pay for it later with a rumbly tummy. I find that drinking a coffee or chewing gum helps to distract me from wanting to eat the food I brought all at once. I have noticed that my eating patterns are regimented throughout the day, and that sometimes I force myself to wait until the hour or half hour to dig in. This also happens with bathroom visits, and stretch breaks.
My work habits reflect my life: I like the patterns and reliability of the day. This week Jake had to stay home from work for a couple of days due to being sick. Even though I was excited to have him home, my internal schedule was completely thrown off.
I find myself wishing that I were more laid back and flexible, a "just-roll-with-the-punches" kind of person. But alas, God is still smoothing out the rough edges in me. I might never be that kind of person, but hopefully one day I will be a little more relaxed.
In the meantime I'll keep practicing patience by waiting to eat my pear, and maybe one day I'll mix it up and consume it earlier than I had planned!
-1 apple of your choice
-1 bunch of greens (kale, spinach, or Swiss chard)
-1 cup milk (any kind... I used almond)
-cinnamon to taste (I probably used just under a tsp)
Cut the apple into wedges and cook in the microwave to soften (about 3-4 min). You can peel it if you desire. Then blend it all together. Get creative... I added some raw oatmeal to it as well. You can also add some sort of sweetener if you desire.
Drink up and get healthy :)
P.s. don't knock it unless you've tried it. I love Jake's motto: "Try something three times and then decide if you like it or not. "
I'm sitting at my little desk waiting for people to call for taxis, excited that I only have two more hours left. I've been getting to know my co-workers a little bit. This is a great shift...one that is going by so fast. I'm excited about my new schedule because I get Sunday and Monday off every week. It's a relief since the topic of working Sunday shifts never came up, but I'm not completely comfortable with working on Sundays. How about you? What are your thoughts on working Sunday shifts?
Until next time ...
Hopefully it shows up, but here is a picture of the sunset tonight. What a gorgeous day we had!
I've been wanting to write a blog all week, but I've been reserving my extra time for exercise, cooking and spending time with Jake. And probably in that order.
My priorities have been a bit off I think (actually, I know), but God is still there, patiently waiting for me to spend some time with Him, and stop being so distracted.
On another note, the highlights of this week have been the beautiful weather (which is a treat to run in), and a cake pop made for the cafeteria staff by some of the students from ladies' residence. I ate mine slowly, savouring each bite, as I was grateful for the little taste of chocolate and spiritual encouragement by the people that I see every day.
I have a new job, something that is full time and will be a blessing financially. Working for a taxi company is an interesting prospect, and I'm sure it will be quite an adventure.
And yes, I'm eager to try something new, and to provide some stability to our income as well.
But I pray for those young hearts that have opened up to me. You see, it's not easy to be small. I can see that through their eyes now. There are many pressures and bullies, and stressors that only they can feel. Expectations and misunderstandings.
I hope that I've helped to plant a seed. God must use the next person to water it. Their hearts are impressionable, and they need to feel loved by the One who created them.
Jesus is reaching out to them, wanting to wrap His loving arms around them and show them the Way to life.
Eat clean! Stop eating processed sugars and bad fats, and enjoy the vegetables and legumes and lean meats that we have available.
Essentially, everything that we already know we should be doing, she took the time to write a book about it. I am technically not following this diet, but since I have been trying to eat less processed foods and avoid bad sugars, I have been following it in a roundabout way!
She has come out with a couple of cookbooks which are really excellent. The reason I love them so much is because they promote recipes that are wholesome and unprocessed, relying on the natural tastes of vegetables and spices to rev up the food.
When I first started this post, I wanted to tell everyone about a really neat recipe, thinking that it came from this cookbook. I forgot that I found it in a different one, so I'll let the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook be for the moment.
The recipe that I made yesterday was lentil sloppy joes, found in this recipe book. It's revolutionary, really- just mix cooked green lentils with some chopped up carrots, red pepper, and onion, add some tomato paste, soy sauce, dijon, and ketchup, and voila! You have a delicious sloppy joe mixture. I added a fried egg to it as well. Topped with some avocado and pickle slices, and a little bit of grated parmesan, this incredible sandwich is a must-make.
I usually make soup once a week, and make a loaf of whole wheat bread in the bread maker to go with it. The past couple of mornings, I've been enjoying a slice of toast with peanut butter. This morning, however, I wanted to add a little bit of jam. Since I couldn't use the processed stuff in our fridge, I realized I should make my own. Here's how:
-pour a few berries into a shallow dish and defrost them in the microwave (If I hadn't been so impatient, I would have done this over the stove)
-Cook them for a few seconds once they are defrosted to heat them up (again, if you do them over the stove, they will defrost and heat at the same time)
-mix them around and mash them up so the consistency becomes more jam-like
**Optional**-add some agave nectar/honey/stevia/real maple syrup for desired sweetness (naturally)
-spread on toast
It's reassuring to know that God is there through it all, and I can talk with Him whenever I want/need to. He listens to me whine and gripe and cry and rant, and still He gives more grace.
That's enough to put a little sunshine in the day, don't you think?