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Inspiration: Daily Dose

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To keep our internal “scale” heavy and abundant in hope and with little or no weight on despair, we must listen to or read or speak words of faith every day.

Every day, every day, every day.

We have to choose to have more hope and faith than fear.

Every day, every day, every day.

Embolden yourself with words of strength and courage, and continue, in your beautiful way, to move forward. Every tiny movement forward counts!

Sending you much love!

Jacque

P.S. Think about today. What forward movement did you make just today? When you think of it, give yourself a pat on the back! You’re wonderful and you’re winning!

P.P.S. What fear can you put to rest? What faith can you put in it’s place? Ahhh, that’s much better.

Because of You

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Because of you, the world was a better place today.
There was more laughter and fun!

There was encouragement given and kindness shown.

Because of you, life was easier for someone today.
You care and you show it.
You share other’s burdens and help to lighten their load.

Because of you, someone smiled today.
It may have been a baby in your arms or the child whose tears you dried.
It may have been your spouse who felt your love when you smiled in his direction, and meant it.

Because of you, I have greater hope!
I see you in my travels, I meet you on the street and I marvel at your beauty and your strength!
You are fighting the good fight and living with grace.

Because of you, things are better than when you came.
Oh, happy, happy day!

Be well and keep on doing all the simply grand things you’re doing!
Love, love, love,

Jacque

P.S. This post is for all of you, but I dedicate it to my friend Belle who was born on this day! Love you my friend, thank you for all you are teaching me. xo

Asiago Mushroom Burgers

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(“Ah-see-ah-go”)

Oh, these were good! And simple.

Make hamburger into patties and season with salt and pepper.
Saute fresh, sliced mushrooms in butter with 2-3 cloves of garlic for about a minute. Remove from the pan.
Cook the patties on both sides until cooked through. (I like to cover the skillet with a lid to save on the spattering mess!)
When the meat is cooked, add a layer of sliced Asiago cheese and then the garlic and mushrooms.
Cover patties with the lid again and let the cheese melt.

I served these with steamed carrots and broccoli and a green salad. If I had had the gumption, I would have also grated two left over baked potatoes for hash browns.

I hope you are cooking and enjoying the blessings of eating together as a family! They are many!

Love,

Jacque

P.S. I used 1 pound of hamburger and about a cup of mushrooms if that helps.

Coleslaw Twist

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Fresh food is such a treat! And isn’t it great that salads are so simple?

Chop:

1 head of cabbage
1 green pepper
2 carrots
1/2 head of cauliflower
cherry or grape tomatoes (as many as you like)

For the dressing mix:

1 cup mayonaise
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons honey
1/4 tsp salt

Mix it all together and garnish with more smoked paprika, fresh mint or basil or parsley!
I hope you enjoy your cooking-time this week!
Be well,

Jacque

Go Deep

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I hope that today finds you intact, body and spirit.

This mothering business is no small investment.

Like the circadian rhythm deep in your cells; the movement of muscles circulating watery lymph-cleansing fluid; the awesome steadiness of your heart muscle moving the blood that enlivens and animates you– like these physical processes, so you are to your children.

They are tender (loud, but tender!) plants that need the nourishing soil of your presence, your light, your voice, your smile, your care. They thrive on your attention and crave it like air.

Can you give them a place to grow now that you have given them life?

Can you make the environment of you so nourished and loved that clinging to you, they will be fed by your love-liness?

Can you, in quiet and stillness, go deep inside your heart every day to intentionally plant seeds of comfort and courage and then bend your knees and water your soul with a life-giving connection to the powers of heaven?

Can you hourly speak words of creation and truth that your very cells will hear and obey? “I am grateful for this day!” “I am well and whole!”

You are the deep place where your family is growing. And even though you are giving and and extending, needing patterns of rest and recovery too, still, your expanding heart and giving hands will be graced with growth that is meant just for those who provide safe places for others.

So please turn, and look at the girl in the mirror. Calm her, love her, protect her, provide for her needs and comfort her–fill her loving cup to overflowing with the life-giving medium that has no limit in all of time and space. The Love that fills the universe is meant for you to have in abundance and to allow to flow through you to everyone you meet; especially those of your own creation! No need to conserve! There is plenty and to spare!

I declare that God’s love will help and bless you, day by day as you humbly ask to be healed of any infirmity, spirit, mind or heart or body. Ask to understand how He feels about you, then listen. And feel. And know.

With great love,

Jacque

P.S. Beautiful quotes:
“Deepen…that is where your reality lies. That is how you will find your place, and how you will find your true center.”
“It is only when we are fully rooted that we are really able to move.”
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wind in the Door