Let It Shine!

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Have you gotten a little burn on your neck or face or arms yet this early summer? Seems like it’s easy to do when you’re outside more than usual at the beginning of the season.

These days I use coconut oil for that. I’ve heard some funny jokes {none of which I can think of this minute} about the benefits of coconut oil. It’s been quite the craze hasn’t it?

I do use it quite a bit in baking and frying and smoothies and granola, but the most common use I have for it is on my skin. It heals minor burns like you can’t believe, if you haven’t tied it already.

Just smooth some on and soon the pain and redness has eased up. When the kids have been out in the sun for awhile, it’s a great thing to do when they come inside. A little oil on the nose and cheeks and neck.

See what you think!

I hope it’s a sweet summer for you!

Love,

Jacque

P.S. Vitacost.com has great deals on their vitacost brand coconut oil. You can get 52 ounces for about $20 and free shipping!

A New Side

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It was one of those evenings when I was pulling random vegetables out of the fridge

wanting to create something new. {Do you ever get stuck making the same steamed carrots and broccoli like I do?}

Here is the recipe that came! It is simple, really fast and the flavor was awesome! I will definitely make this again.

Saute:
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
in leftover bacon drippings. After a minute or so, when the onion is starting to look translucent, add:
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

When that has cooked for a minute, add:
5 large kale leaves, torn into 1-2 inch pieces
2 tomatoes, diced
Real seasoning salt to taste

Cook for just a half a minute or so once you’ve added the kale. It is better if you let it keep it’s color and body and not allow it to wilt too  much.

That’s it! See, it comes together very quickly and the flavor is so good!

I hope you are enjoying your cooking adventures this week!

Love,

Jacque

P.S. Remember you can buy bacon without the nitrates and nitrites in most stores now. {Walmart carries it.}

Who Wins?

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The press is on! It’s big and it’s real!

There are so many people, causes, things and machines all vying for your attention! And who will win it, today and tomorrow?

In an article I read, and I think I’ve mentioned before, the designers of some of the most influential social media sites, actually disable the dings and red dots and exclamation points that appear on their devices because they know that those attention-grabbers are almost psychologically impossible for a human brain to ignore…and they don’t want their family to be living a life of pseudo reality! {The very life that they helped create for millions of other families. According to the article, it sounds like they didn’t mean to make something that is so very good at grabbing people’s attention, or maybe they didn’t realize what the fallout would really be when people were glued to their devices instead of engaging with their family and friends…except, whether they knew it or not, they did. I could be clearer, but my husband just got home early and I want to see him, so I hope you get what I’m trying to say!}

What else and who else is competing for your attention? And how are you choosing where to give it? No really, the answer to that question is vital because it will bring you wisdom and direction. {Pause and think and answer if you will.}

I declare that you are brave and tough and crazy-good to be living the dedicated life you have chosen in the topsy-turvy world we’re in. I have no doubt that you are or can:
Choose your thoughts {do those declarations every day!!}
Choose your attitude
Claim your blessings
Learn new ways of being that will bring you greater peace
Get better and better at choosing where you will place your attention throughout each day

All my best to you!

Love,

Jacque

 

Look Out

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I hope this post finds you well, though I know chances are, this post will find you challenged in some way!

Of course, there are challenges {trying to get everything done that needs doing, getting in better shape, finishing a class, following through on a difficult commitment…} and then there are challenges that bring life-altering changes, especially the ones it seems we would never choose.

Whatever your current challenge is, be cognizant of the fact that turning inward, either in prolonged thought or fear or pain or insecurity of any kind, can put you in the lonely sphere of one. While turning out, on the other hand, out toward others and their concerns and challenges, toward friends {old and new} and the comfort and companionship they have to offer, will broaden your world, strengthen your faith and put your challenges into perspective.

Yes, you need to consider your options and think through your actions and make decisions and plans, but staying in a self-concerned space for too long puts you at risk.

No matter what your present concern may be, there are opportunities for you to shift your focus away from the exhausting feedback loop of self-absorption. Pray for those opportunities and pray to recognize them when they appear! And you may feel inspired to create the opportunities you need by seeking out someone who is struggling or needing a friend or a hand up, and then intentionally leaning into be their friend. Maybe you will need to allow others to be that friend to you, to serve you by listening to your concerns or by serving you in more tangible ways, like helping with kids or meals or respite of some kind.

We are all in this together! I pray that you will not create or maintain places of isolation and loneliness. Please step forward and allow others to see your heart and know who you really are. You are lovable. You are valuable. You are needed. You are brave. You are irreplaceable.

Even in your extremity, no especially in your extremity, please continue to shine your light of faith and friendship. Others have been where you are today, you are not alone.

Sending you my love,

Jacque

Banana Split Smoothie

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1 cup of almond or coconut milk
1 cup of water
a handful of frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
2-3 Tablespoons Adam’s peanut butter
a handful of flax seeds
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
a large handful of frozen spinach (or other greens)
1 teaspoon Great Lakes unflavored gelatin

This combination lights up my mouth and is a good morning starter. I usually have some raw cashews or pecans on the side.

I heard someone say that smoothies aren’t a big deal nutritionally. Seems to me they must have been talking about something you can buy at the grocery store that has been sitting for days or worse, has be pasteurized.

Fresh juice and fresh smoothies are packed with nutrition and are supportive of healthy digestion. {Beware of recipes that call for additional sugar such as sweetened yogurt or other refined carbohydrates. Hopefully you downloaded the kids smoothie booklet when you subscribed to this blog! There are some wonderful recipes there that the whole family will like!}

I hope this day finds you well.

Take good care of yourself!

Jacque