Stir-frying vegetables for Chicken Quesadillas.
I enjoy reading about how to cook better meals. How to turn my food into something healthier and surprisingly it doesn't take much. It's really interesting to know how to pair certain foods to gain the most vitamin content. Here is a list:
Tomatoes w/olive oil or mozarella cheese
Vinegar dressing on your salad w/side dish of rice
Green tea w/lemon
Raspberries w/chocolate (dark)
Turmeric w/black pepper
Whole grain bread w/peanut butter
Eggs w/cheese or milk
Salmon w/red grape juice or red grapes
Isn't that interesting? I love information like this. Some of them I've already been pairing and didn't know it was best. : ) Whenever we have fish I seem to always serve broccoli with it. When we have oatmeal in the morning, I serve it with orange juice. When I make chicken, I bake carrots along with the potatoes. When we have scrambled eggs (like we did for supper tonight), we drank milk with it along with from-scratch blueberry muffins and I sprinkled the eggs with the turmeric and black pepper from the above list. What a good flavor!!! This is my idea of fun. I used to cut corners in our budget by buying less healthy food but I don't do that anymore. I'm still careful and follow a budget, but I figure that good, wholesome, healthy food is important. If it helps keep certain diseases at bay or makes us feel better, or prevents us from further pain, then the money I put into it is money well spent. I can't wait to try some more of paired foods (especially the raspberries with the dark chocolate!)
Our supper devotions was on witnessing to others about Christ. Read Acts 8 as the background for the devotion. This whole passage was narrowed down to 7 principles:
1. We need to be available.
2. We need to be led by the Spirit.
3. We need to obey the leading.
4. We need to wait for the proper opening.
5. We need to be tactful.
6. We need to be specific
7. We need to follow-up.
This was called the Philip approach.
Sometimes other methods are used (which don't work):
1. The eager-beaver approach - reach as many as you can but there is no effort to follow-up or cultivate any kind of relationship with the people.
2. The Harvard approach - just a discussion on the world's religions but no one gets saved!
3. The mute approach - don't talk about it, just try to live out a good Christian life and hopefully someone will ask you about it.
I thought this was very good and thought-provoking. Wanted to pass it along to you as well.
In a past post, I wrote about having a Homemaking Notebook that was divided into days, weeks, months, and the year. This helps to keep me on top of things that need/should be done so that the housework doesn't pile up. Since this is the end of February, I will give you the month of March to-do's for your home:
1. Clean your outdoor equipment so that it's ready to use for when the nice weather comes.
2. Make homemade household cleaners (which will follow).
3. Plan your Easter. Are you hosting? What will you serve? How will you decorate the table? Will you be going out? Are you invited over? What can you help with? Is there anyone who may not have a place to go that you can invite?
I write this under "Family" because staying on top of things just makes the home run more smoothly so that you have more time to do family things. Also, these are things that the whole family can be involved in. Everyone can help clean and organize. Before Easter, read the Bible about Christ's death and resurrection and what that means to the Christian and talk about salvation and forgiveness. It can be a meaningful family time together.
These are a few of my favorite homemade household cleaners:
*Anti-mildew antiseptic spray - 2 tsp. tea tree oil, 1/2 tsp. liquid soap, and 2 c. water - combine in spray bottle and shake before using. Spray wherever any mildew is forming and do not rinse for a few days.
*Herbal carpet deodorizer - Add some ground herbs to baking soda (1 Tbsp. herbs to 2 c. baking soda) and sprinkle over the carpet and let it sit overnight. Vacuum up the next day.
*Bathroom cleaner - 1/4 c. liquid soap, 1/2 c. vinegar, and 2 gallons of water. Combine and fill spray bottles and spray areas and wipe down. Good for everything! Tile, mirrors, toilet, etc.
*Toilet bowl cleaner - sprinkle some baking soda in the bowl, add vinegar and let it fizz. Leave it for 15 minutes and scrub with the brush.
Making your own is so much healthier for you than using all those chemicals and they smell so much better. : )
READ! When I was young, I didn't read much at all. When we homeschooled that changed! We read a lot and we read good old classics and I'm still catching up with all the reading that I didn't get to. None of this modern stuff for me. I'm talking good literature. To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Around the World in 80 days, The War of the Worlds, Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Little Women, Great Expectations, Gone With the Wind, and so much more! As I get older I see the importance of reading (and re-reading) these wonderful books. So I would encourage you to start somewhere and get a notebook to begin a reading list. I, myself, like to own the book so I can go back to it, but you can just as easily get them at the library. You won't regret it. : )
Have a good day!