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Pumpkin Rice Pudding

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Yes, I am pumpkin crazy!

This time, in place of pumpkin, I used butternut squash. As with the muffins, the pudding is just as pumpkin-y

with butternut substituted for the pumpkin and it’s so easy to bake and to use.

So I baked several butternut squash a few nights ago and I’ve been using them every day in smoothies or pancakes or pudding.

For the pudding, I greased a baking dish with butter {or you could use coconut oil}, then sprinkled cooked brown rice in the bottom, about 1/2″ thickness.

Then,  in another bowl, I made what is basically pumpkin pie filling:

2 eggs
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice {or more!}
1/2 tsp Real salt
1/3-1/2 cup raw honey
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups cooked butternut
1 tsp vanilla

Blend the filling until it is smooth, then pour it over the rice, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for about an hour at 350° or until the pudding is lightly browned and firm.

With a dollop of whipped cream, I think this is a worthy snack or dessert or even breakfast!

I hope you are having a great week~ Stopping at intervals to inhale, hold that breath for a few seconds, then exhaling while lowering your shoulders. Keep that oxygen flowing with your walking and moving and mind that you keep your jaw relaxed and take some good mental breaks throughout each day!

Best wishes,

Jacque

 

Team Work

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If you will aim to compliment, or balance your spouse as an opposite perspective on the same team, instead of feeling the need to compete with him, asserting that your perspective is the correct one, you and your family will win in a big way.

That’s all.

Except I’d challenge you to tune into how many times there is a difficulty because you are feeling in competition with each other. And then use the idea of being complimentary as a way to shift your minds and find the win/wins that abound! Not my way or your way, but our way.

Love to you!

Jacque

 

A Saint

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“Mother Teresa was considered a saint because she was seen to personify an idea: to love God and to love one’s neighbor. And yet, what she did was so simple that each one of us can do it–in fact, must do it, if we are to obey the command of Christ: to feed the hungry, care for the sick, invite the stranger in, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, and quench the thirst of those who simply need a cup of water.”

“It was constant prayer that gave Mother Teresa the strength to keep going and caused her to produce such tremendous fruit. And it is prayer that must under gird all efforts to obey God, because as Mother Teresa of Calcutta would be the first to say, obedience is not always easy.  In fact, without God’s help, it is impossible.”

Eric Metaxis, 7 Women and Secret of Their Greatness

I just finished this book and, as you may have guessed, I recommend it! (Thanks for the referral Carli!)

In fact, I read it while I was flying to another state to assist some of my children and grandchildren. I was so tickled to be asked to come since I always want to be appropriate support to my kids– but would it be right for me to go barging in telling them when they need me?

As I read the chapter on Mother Teresa, I kept feeling stinging tears because so much of her life is a direct parallel to most every mother I know, like you!

Three things in particular that crystallized in my mind during this reading.

When we serve our children we are serving God. Getting a picture of Mother Teresa who wanted to ‘do something beautiful for God’ going about collecting the dying, the children who had been abandoned, the uneducated, the sick and dying, the poor, is so simple, yet so stunning that it moves me in profound ways. But I ask you, how is changing the diaper of your baby or wiping a nose or bathing and soothing any child different from the holy activities of Mother Teresa and her helpers? I grant you that it can be easier in a way to care for our own, but comforting is comforting. Feeding is feeding. Listening and understanding and rocking and caring are Godly acts and no less holy in your home than on the streets of Calcutta.

But, sometimes we get off in our thinking and we get a bit proud and think that what we do isn’t as important as what others are doing. Or we may think that because we don’t get paid (Mother Teresa intentionally lived in poverty with the people she served) or thanked or praised, that somehow what we are doing day in and day out is drudgery and beneath our dignity.

Or we may get lopsided if we are waiting to hear that our efforts have pleased someone.

Serving God, which is exactly what we are doing when our motivations are true, doesn’t require us to please others. And you will save yourself much grief and heartache if you can do your best and not get pulled into a game of giving in order to receive the recognition and thanks. It doesn’t work that way.

Hopefully, those you serve will reciprocate your kindness and be appreciative, but when they don’t (because they may be clueless about what you are giving) remember your focus and whom you are truly serving.

Lastly, the life we have chosen as marriage companions and as parents creating families is not an easy one and requires all we have plus some. Prayer, as Mother Teresa knew, will ‘change the night to day’ as we are striving to fulfill our commitment to Christ and his doctrines to succor and lift and bless. Prayer is our life-line, our refuge and our strength. Please don’t try to lift and build by yourself! Ask for the divine help you need and watch the blessing flow. There is power waiting to be given, but in many instances that help is predicated upon our asking, just as my children reached out to me and asked for the support that I am over-joyed to give!

Of course there are stark differences between being a nun or a service missionary versus being a parent and a spouse. A lot! But in this one point I think we can be secure: elevate your service and your motivations and you too will do something beautiful for God. Right at home.

Bless you!

Love,

Jacque

 

 

 

Life is Long

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I saw this blurb on the cover of a book I just read by Newberry award winning author Elizabeth George Speare. It reminded me again that life is a long time! She got an education, married, taught school, raised a family and THEN began her very successful writing career!

And, I have no doubt that her writing was enriched greatly by the living she did in between getting a degree, in her case degrees, and actually publishing her first novel.

Besides that, what a full later life she must have had with children and grandchildren to enjoy along with her literary successes!

So go ahead and rock those babies, listen to the things those little people want to tell you and be present and full of joy! There will be a lot more life coming down the track later on.

For now, I hope you can be where you are and be at peace. All too quickly your little ones will be grown.

Much love,

Jacque

Dare to Create

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Do you consider yourself the creative type?

As I may have mentioned before, I think creating is our birthright.

It seems that we can get off on this important topic when we think that creativity has to look a certain way. For instance, if it needed to involve mod podge (how does one spell that?) or pipe cleaners or plastic canvas, I wouldn’t consider myself creative.

But since creativity is boundless, I am, and you are!

Anything that you can explain by putting ‘creating’ in front of it, counts. Creating order. Creating peace. Creating connections. Creating relationships. Creating a book, or a lesson or a plan or an itinerary works.

How about creating a power point document or a letter or an invitation? Could be creating a party or a tradition or a class or a book club.

And of course we could create a paining or a piece of pottery or jewelry or an afghan or a musical composition!

I think I feel most alive when I am creating. I need to consider ways to be in that space more often! How about you?

I hope you are taking care of yourself. I hope you are breathing deeply and letting go of what you cannot change. I hope you are keeping things simple and not expecting yourself to be superhuman, just enjoying your work and your play, your family and friends. Know I’m cheering for you and praying for your success!

Love,

Jacque