Everything is growing so well. I’m surprised every day by some new growth or blossom or bug or snake… you just never know what to expect in Florida!
We’ve had some disappointments, too: yellow peppers that refused to germinate, cilantro that has only grown four tiny leaves, & tansy that never grew. Our sugar baby melons are struggling & the oregano never even popped its heads up out of the seeds. The loquat tree is being munched on by weevils & out of 8 plants, I have only 1 tomato growing.
But the process had been so rewarding and I’m learning SO much! I love being outside right now before the horrible heat arrives & the Lord is showing me many Spiritual truths out in the garden as well.
Yep. It’s been a whiiiiiiile since I’ve done a Managing My Monday post! But I’m just going to jump right in. 🙂
Doug teaches via livestream on Mondays and Wednesdays, so that leaves me here with Isaac and the 2 dogs. Normally, I wouldn’t have to include the “2 dogs” part, but when 1 of those dogs is still a puppy…well, there’s a lot to manage there. So…I included them.
LexaBelle is adorable and growing so fast! She is well over 40 pounds now and super strong for a pup. She has something to “say” about everything – whether she needs to potty, or something outside made a noise, or she can’t find her toy, or she’s hungry…or sleepy…or stuck on the bed and afraid to jump down. You get the picture…she barks at ev.er.y.thing. We’re working on it, but whew – she is so much more vocal than any other dog we’ve ever had, and it’s testing our training ability, I can assure you!
Isaac is a dream to care for. He is so well trained now and understands when I tell him he’ll have to wait for Daddy to come home for something. I can no longer move him up in the bed or change/feed him. Doug does all those tasks. So Isaac has the patience of a saint, as long as I keep the Gaither, Little Einsteins and 3-2-1-Penguins videos rolling.
Every Monday, I handle Isaac’s payroll. I have to approve hours and submit codes via a couple different web sites now. It seems like the process changes every few months. Right now, Isaac only has 2 employees – Doug and Mrs. Julie. That keeps it pretty simple. We’d like to eventually add someone else to the roster for those times when Mrs. Julie can’t make it and Doug already has plans made. It doesn’t happen often, but it’d be nice to have a backup.
Over the weekend I made a yummy, healthy trail mix. I’d been buying a keto trail mix from Wally World, but it was $5 for a small container. I bought my own nuts, included a few extra things they didn’t have and removed stuff I didn’t like. Of course you can tweak it to your preferences. It’s really delicious and keeps me from sending Doug out for chips. 😉
I included pecans and walnuts (sprayed lightly with olive oil, salted and roasted), cashews, cocktail peanuts, and pepitas. I also added Lily’s sugar-free chocolate chips and some golden raisins. I realize the raisins pull it out of “keto” range, but I like them and used them very sparingly.
Monday’s also the day I start to work on our menu and grocery lists for the week. This is a task I am so not good at, but I keep trying. Doug’s at Publix right now, picking up the fabulous BOGOs and all our meat for the week. We shop at Walmart, too, via their Grocery app and website. We splurged for a year of Walmart+, so we get free delivery of our groceries each week. I don’t know if we’ll continue it beyond this year. We’ll wait and see what this next year holds, financially, before making that decision.
I did start my Monday in the Word of God today. It’s a really good place to start. 🙂 I’m going through this book right now. It has short undated devotions, accompanied by beautiful art and painted Bible verses. I’m really enjoying it.
During the holidays, I usually change my phone ringtone to something Christmasy – usually Carol of the Bells by The Celtic Women (because it’s beautiful and tickles my funny bone every time it starts playing.)
But for the New Year, I wanted something a little more meaningful. My phone doesn’t ring often, so when it does, I pay attention. This year, I chose a song by the McKamey’s called “I Keep Praying.”
It has really been a great motivator to me so far. There is so much going on that I need to pray about – in my life, my family, my church, my nation. There are so many things I can’t do anything about – except pray. I’m so thankful I have a Heavenly Father that hears me every time I lift my heart, mind and voice to Him in praise and supplication.
He knows me. And He hears me. What a precious treasure that is – for this Monday, and for every day!
I nearly lost my religion this morning trying to peel eggs. (And don’t tell me all of your tricks to peel the perfect eggs – I have tried them ALL!) 😝
So…of course, I had to see what the Bible had to say about eggs.
Interesting verse, huh?
I find it very encouraging that while Job was questioning his very existence, he also asked about egg whites! So funny! But really, very apropos too. Sometimes it the little, fiddly, day-to-day frustrations that cause us to really “lose it”.
But the God who created the universe is still the God who created the chicken. And it’s His creation that lays those eggs that can give us so much trouble.
Whether you are struggling with a life-threatening disease or a wayward child or a lack of finances or a stopped-up toilet…or even if you are struggling peeling eggs – God is God.
He doesn’t change. He remains ever faithful, ever holy, ever the same.
We can trust Him.
My angel-ed eggs may not be the prettiest, but I can find peace in knowing Him.
Give God whatever you’re struggling with today. Let His strong arms carry you through that struggle to rest on the other side.
For the past 6 months, Doug and I have been acclimating ourselves to the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. It is a little science-y for me, and so I’m glad he’s been lending his brilliant teacher brain to help with our menus and recipes.
It’s very rare for me to stick to someone else’s written recipe, so when it came time to make these delicious sugar-free treats, I did some tweaking to the original THM recipe and combined it with one I found while strolling through pins on Pinterest.
Here’s what we finally came up with: Sugar-Free Raspberry Gummies
Boil 2 cups water.
Add 2 Raspberry Zinger and 1 Wild Berry Zinger tea bags to water and steep 5 minutes.
While tea is steeping, puree 3/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries.
Remove tea bags, add pureed raspberries to tea. Strain through metal sieve to remove seeds.
To tea/fruit mixture, add 5 tsp. Gentle Sweet, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, then using a whisk, gradually add 7 Tbsp. Just Gelatin. Continue whisking until gelatin is dissolved. I used the sieve to remove any undissolved pieces of gelatin.
Pour or spoon mixture into silicone or plastic molds. You could also pour into baking dish, and cut into squares later.
Place in freezer for 10 minutes to set. Remove from molds and store in refrigerator until completely set.
These are not only sugar-free, but full of vitamin C, so completely healthy for you. The gelatin is excellent for nail and hair growth, and is very soothing to an upset tummy. It also aids in digestion. Plus they taste SO yummy!!!
This is one of our favorites, especially during winter months when we’re craving something hot and filling to warm us up.
Grandma’s Vegetable Soup
Cook roast. (Any kind of roast will do. We prefer Shoulder Roast if we are cooking it in the slow cooker. We usually pop ours into our Nesco roaster to give it a yummy “roasted” flavor.) Save broth. Shred beef to be added later.
1 large bottle tomato juice
1 large bottle water (I use the tomato juice bottle)
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn
1 can green peas
1 can butter beans
1 onion, diced
2-3 potatoes, cubed
2-3 carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 large head of cabbage***
2-3 tsp Better Than Bouillon, vegetable base
Combine all ingredients in large pot, including shredded beef and broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Cook until fresh veggies are done.
We often do a vegetarian version on this soup. Simply leave out the beef and its broth. It is still amazing!
I know people can have very strong opinions about cabbage. Or, conversely, they are ambivalent and leave it out, thinking it won’t be missed. I will tell you, the cabbage is the absolute SUPERstar of this soup. Don’t leave it out! You will be disappointed.
You could substitute almost any canned vegetables for the ones listed, but we’ve always stuck with this combination and really like it.
The Better Than Bouillon stock bases are our favorites. We use the vegetable one, almost exclusively. It is so much tastier than the little cubes in the foil wrappers. 😉
I hope you enjoy this favorite soup of ours. My husband grew up eating it and I was so thrilled when his Grandma shared the recipe with me.
Let me know if you try it! I’d love to hear from you.