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.

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Amazon Subscribe and Save

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One of my favorite things that I utilize each and every month is a service called Amazon Subscribe and Save. My reasons for using Amazon Subscribe and Save is first the money that I save, and then for the ability to buy things that I can’t find locally.

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Intentional Ambiguity

In the culture we live in, where everything is marketed and nothing is quite what it seems, ambiguity is pervasive. There may be a variety of reasons for this; one is definitely for self-protection.

My husband works in the service industry and in the past has been instructed that when dealing with customers who are dissatisfied to communicate concern, be apologetic, but concede (giveaway) as little as possible. You can imagine if you were the customer how frustrating that would be.

Besides being frustrating, intentional ambiguity feels manipulative and deceitful. There are so many verses of scripture to inspire us to live an honorable life, but none better than:

Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise, you will be condemned” (James 5:12).

No ambiguity there folks.

Culina Stainless Over-the-Sink Strainer

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I picked up an over-the-sink strainer identical to this a couple of years ago and it turned out to be one of the best kitchen “gadget” purchases I have ever made. (I own two at this point.)

A pet peeve of mine has always been draining pasta in a traditional colander then hoping that the cooking water doesn’t end up collecting in the sink and seeping up into my pasta!

What is so wonderful about an over-the-sink strainer is that the above mentioned is not possible and one less thing to think about in your busy kitchen. I just throw it into the dishwasher when I’m finished, all clean for next time.

Head on over to Amazon and take a peek at this terrific kitchen helper. I promise you’ll be glad you did.

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Entitlement

When I hear the word entitlement, I think of a spoiled brat who feels that he/she should be treated specially. What I never considered, was that I too could be characterized as someone who felt entitled.

Relationally, when someone feels entitled they feel they are due something. They have specific expectations of others. I have had expectations of other people since I was a child. In retrospect, I realize that I have felt entitled to be treated the way I treated others, felt entitled to being loved well, felt entitled to being respected and I have even felt entitled to be loved as a daughter by in-laws. I could go on and on . . .

I have learned the hard way, and I mean the HARD way that we are not entitled to anything in this world. Putting this expectation to death is something I struggle with daily.

I know some reading this post may think the expectations I described above are fairly reasonable and not consider them as feelings of entitlement. What I have learned, during my lifetime, is that it is dangerous not only to your self-esteem but also to your valued relationships to think or feel you are “due” some level of treatment.

I have many times felt worthless, because of incorrectly thinking that I must not be valuable enough to be treated (what I considered) well. Conversely, I have thought something must be very wrong with the other person if they were unable to treat me (again, what I considered) well.

We are all sinners, and we sin against each other every day. One way we do this is by failing to treat each other in an honorable way. Human beings are not perfect, very far from it!

If I could accept all that I have just written, my disposition and my relationships would be so much better! My hope is that I will eventually get to a place of emotional maturity that enables me to view being well-loved and cared for as a blessing, not an entitlement.

Have a blessed day!

Chopstir Nylon Chopper

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The Chopstir Nylon Chopper is such a great product. Anytime I’m cooking ground meat, whether it’s beef, turkey, pork or even ground chicken for Asian Lettuce Wraps, I use this gadget.

Using it gives me confidence that I will have a fine texture in my finished dish, ensuring the recipe more restaurant quality. Head on over to Amazon and pick one up, you will be so glad you did, I guarantee!

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Paula’s Choice Skincare

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A gal can get choice fatigue with all the skincare options that are available these days. I’ve been a loyal Paula’s Choice customer for as long as her line has been available (20+years), and always have some of her products in my bathroom cabinet.

In the 90’s, I stumbled across Paula Begoun’s book “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me.” It was an exposé of the cosmetic industry and very eye-opening. After it was published, folks began nagging Paula to create her own line and finally, she did.

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