Monday, May 21, 2018


Sometimes there is no choice but to recharge.
I have had an absence on the blog because I have been absent from health.
Two weeks ago, I got a sore throat,
that became laryngitis,
that came with some feverish days,
that left a nagging cough that liked to hit in the middle of the night.

So for one week, I had no choice but to recharge.
I literally did very little but make the bed,
get meals together,
and rest.

Sometimes the body just needs rest.

There is still an occasional "tickle" in my throat,
but all in all I am glad to be "back in the saddle" again.


One of the foods that we have come to enjoy is avocado.
It is one of the "healthy fats."
It is a lot of calories without a lot of bulk on the super busy days.
It is just delicious.

We eat it plain,
we throw it in smoothies,
but our favorite way is as a simple guacomole.
We put it on toast once a week for breakfast
or eat it with taco salad or spanish rice in the evening.
And of course,
who can resist it with tortilla chips.

My simple guacomole is ...

mashed avocado
squirt of lime juice
couple of shakes of garlic salt

How easy is that?!?

Glad it's simple, because I will be making a lot of it this weekend.
I have done gluten free corn muffins for a wedding reception,
A gluten free apple pie a couple of weeks ago for a wedding reception,
and this week is guacomole!

If you think of it,
will you pray that I get the number of avocados that I need
and that I can time the "ripeness" correctly
so that the guac turns out okay?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Maybe the Burden is Not so Heavy

Eating gluten-free can often be a burden.
There are not quick stops at BK or Mickey D's when hungry.
There are many turned down invitations for pizza.
Each outing must be carefully planned if food is to be involved.

But then there are times when the burden can be a blessing.
Since our family has learned how to cook for us,
they have been able to meet the needs of many of God's servants 
in need of a special diet.
Saturday, I will be able to minister to some of the bride's extended family
by making a gluten free pie for the reception.
At the end of the month,
I can provide a lodging place and meals for a gluten free bride
so that she has one less thing to think about during a busy week.
I may also be able to minister to the girl friend of one of the groomsman.

I am thankful for this burden.
I am thankful for those who took the time to teach me about the gf lifestyle.
I am thankful that I have a unique ministry in this area.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Getting the Word Out

One of the difficulties of a physical move
or a ministry change is finding a place again.
Since I do not work outside of the home,
I rely on ministry and personal contacts to keep me busy.
Many people feel that if they ask for help, they will be a burden,
so I have to "get the word out" that helping is my job!

While I plan to continue local visits to folks and writing encouragement cards,
I am excited that I am starting to find outside ministries again.
I have the opportunity to help a young mother this week by watching her children.
I have the opportunity to help at a print shop field trip next week.
I am going to start what has become an annual event of painting again - 
it seems that I rotate between church or home each year.

I don't know how long each ministry will last,
but I will try to be grateful for each one.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Best Advice

We are thrilled to be planning to go to a wedding this Saturday
and then again at the end of the month.
God has allowed us to have a small part in each day -
providing lodging, providing food, providing a stop-off.
As an "older," and in true "Mr. Smith" style,
hubby and I picked a verse of advice for each couple.
The verse contains their anniversary.
Not only does it give the best advice,
but when we read it through the years,
we are reminded to pray for that couple.

Saturday 5/5

1 Peter 5:5 
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, 
and be clothed with humility: 
for God resisteth the proud, 
and giveth grace to the humble.

Human pride wants its own way.
Humility is crucial in a marriage and ministry.
Service to others and self-sacrifice will yield Biblical success.
In our observation, the couple already possesses a heart of service for others,
and if they carry that into marriage,
God will bless.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Food Is Medicine

Do you believe it?
Do you believe that what you eat can heal or hurt?

Of course, you know that I do.
Since giving up gluten, I have a much better disposition.
It is so nice not to sit, like Eeyore, under a cloud of depression all of the time.

Currently I am trying to add live to my diet.
It is really touted as a super food.
But ... live?
The easy way is to take it in pill form - dehydrated.
I am only 3 days in, but I am already seeing some good results.
But, maybe I am missing something great in not cooking the actual meat.
Hubby said that he would try the real thing with me.

Do you like to serve liver?
If so, how do you prepare it.
I have a feeling that I will have a texture issue with it,
but maybe your recipe addresses that.

Care to share? 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Plantain Clarification

So, I am going to make a cake out of plantains. (mentioned in yesterday's post)

Not this plantain

But this plantain

I could not find any recipes for the weed/herb
except for sauteed, in soup, or as a tea;
but I also didn't realize that it had as many medicinal properties as it does.
Did you know that it will lower cholesterol?
File that one away.
It is also good externally for bites and stings.

The fruit plantain is good for potassium, magnesium, vitamin c, vitamin b6, and fiber. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

When Work Gives You Strawberries...

... make Strawberry Shortcake.

Well, I took the picture for the Thankful Thursday edition,
but the post did not get written.

On Thursday, 
hubby came home with these.

Aren't they beautiful?
I am thankful for the generosity of someone at work.
We had both had active days and I decided to make up some biscuits
and we enjoyed our first shortcake of the season
complete with coconut whipped cream!

On Friday,
we were also gifted quite a few plantains.
I am looking forward to making a plantain cake
which can also be topped with coconut whipped cream and fruit.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Pragmatism - 
the belief that we do what works best.

I was reading about the early kingdom of David this morning.
First came an eager Amalekite.
He thought for sure that he would be honored for claiming to kill Saul.

Then came Rechab and Baanah to kill Ish-bosheth.
They thought that the king would be pleased with the death of Saul's son.

There was no pleasure or reward from King David.
He was not pragmatic.
He held to the truth of God's Word.
He knew that God's annointed was God's annointed
and that God would deal with David's enemies in His time.

I was convicted.
How often do I want to take charge.
I "know" what God wants and want to "help" Him.
His Word is His Word and He can do as He will.

Monday, April 16, 2018

While I Wait

I am waiting for a pot of rice to finish ... just 25 more minutes.
So, why not update?

We survived some severe thunderstorms yesterday
and are buttoned up for almost freezing temps tonight.
Supposedly we will be back to seasonal temps again later this week.
We did enjoy watching the storms, primarily from inside.
I was feeling a little run down yesterday,
so it was a good excuse to just sit still for the day.

The weather was nicer today,
so it was back to work.

I am finishing up a meal for the lunch box this week ... Red Beans and Rice

This recipe is easy and one you may have forgotten was in your arsenal.

Red Beans and Rice

1 c rice (prepared per directions)
1 kielbasi or smoked sausage
2-3 TBSP olive oil
1 can red beans (drained and rinsed)
Creole seasoning (Iam using Tony Chacheres)

Prepare rice per directions.
Saute kielbasi in oil until browned.
Add red beans and warm through.
Season to taste with creole seasoning.
Serve beans and kielbasi over rice (or mix with rice and serve).

Yes.  It is that easy.

It says it feeds 4.  But it makes 2 to-go lunches here.
or 1 dinner for 2 after a busy day at work (3 servings for 1 and 1 serving for the other)