Conscience

We all have a still small voice inside of us that gives up pause. Pause when we are heading into a situation which we have no business in, pause when we have hurt someone, but we are being prideful and don’t want to apologize and pause when we’re headed down the road that holds no possibility of honoring God or our belief system.

I think if we drown that still small voice out by our arrogance (I know what I’m doing), or pridefulness (I’ll do what I want), or our foolishness (what’s the worst that can happen) repeatedly, we get to the place we can’t hear it.

When we are young, our consciences are tender but when selfishness and hedonism overtake a tender heart because of spiritual laziness the result over time is often disastrous.

God help us all to be faithful and tender-hearted in the small challenges in life and be in good “soul” shape when we’re tested in the large things.

God Bless!

Being Well Traveled

Why we should desire to be well traveled –

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

I so love this quote written by Mark Twain and so admire the sister in Christ who shared it on Facebook. Sara Groves posted this quote on her Facebook page which I follow. What I admire about Sara is how intuitive she is about what needs to be said, but always honors the Lord in how she shares that message.

I have not had the privilege of traveling outside of the US, except to Canada, and have desperately wished I could. After reading this quote and taking it to heart, I feel I have a more noble reason for wanting to see more of the world – to better understand and have more empathy for those who are different than myself. How about you?

How about you? Have you been able to travel internationally? Where did you go and what were some of your experiences? How have your travels changed your mind about what you perhaps once thought? Do share!

May God bless.

Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press

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You may think it insane to pay over $30.00 for a garlic press. This Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press is hands down the best garlic press I have ever used. If my memory serves me correctly, I discovered it on one of the PBS cooking shows on Saturday afternoons. I think it was during a product testing of garlic presses on Cook’s Country TV.

Anyway, I splurged, and I am so glad I did! I use garlic in my recipes several times a week, so this kitchen tool is a workhorse in my food preparation. It will press garlic or ginger, and you can even press unpeeled garlic.

The main reason it is so superior to other garlic presses I have owned is that it requires such little effort to use. For a woman with not a lot of physical strength, I appreciate that! Another thing I love is that it is so easy to clean. When I have finished using it, I just flip out the hinge and rinse the sieve and flush all the garlic skins out, then pop it into the dishwasher.

Do yourself a favor and invest in this great kitchen tool that will never have to be replaced. You will be glad every time you use it.

Dressing Your Truth

Dressing Your Truth is a personality profiling online course that was developed by Carol Tuttle. This course allowed me to piece together my personality puzzle as I began to understand that what I had labeled as idiosyncrasies were not, they were just traits of my Type 4 personality. That knowledge has been incredibly life-giving to me.

Dressing Your Truth helps you to be visible on the outside who you truly are on the inside. The goal of the course is for clothing, makeup, and hairstyle to be a reflection of one’s personality and not a contradiction of it. You will realize that many times we, as women, try to act and look like we feel others expect and not as a reflection of who we genuinely are or who we were created to be.

Head on over here and take a look. The course is free and I think the time invested will be well spent!

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

My fellas love this “from scratch” version of “old school”Cheeseburger Helper. No canned soups, no ingredients you can’t pronounce and ready from start to finish in about 30 minutes plus you dirty only one skillet. I’ll take that and call it a great recipe any day!

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni (slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon turbinado sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup hot water

2 cups whole milk

1 1/2 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

Brown ground beef in large skillet. Drain and return to pan.

Mix cornstarch and other seasonings in small bowl. Pour seasoning mixture into skillet.

Slowly add hot water, then milk. Stir well.

Add pasta and combine with other ingredients.

Reduce heat, and place a lid on top of the skillet. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is done stirring a couple of times to ensure ingredients don’t stick.

Turn off the heat, remove the lid and top shredded cheddar cheese.

Let stand for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sauce is thickened.

Enjoy!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

I have owned this exact KitchenAid stand mixer for 15 years and have made multitudes of things from bread, chocolate chip cookies to pizza crust.

What I love about this mixer, is the ability to add attachments which turn the mixer into a juicermeat grinderpasta maker, cheese grater, etc . . .

I realize these stand mixers are an investment, however, keep a lookout for sales on these (I will too and post them when I see them). There are often great deals on these kitchen workhorses.

In my opinion, KitchenAid stand mixers have no rivals. They are simply the best!