"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding". Prov.3:13 (NKJV)

November 17, 2017

Feminine Friday~ 11/17/17


Feminine Friday 11-17-17

Hi everyone. It’s time for another Feminine Friday. Today I'm wearing a black (3 way) poncho, leggings, and boots. I love when Fall comes around so I can break out these boots my hubby bought me. I shared before how I love wearing ponchos. I wish I had several colors of this one :-) Be sure to click on the button below to visit Renee's post to see other women showing modesty in our modern times showing our true beauty as women of God.

There Is Beauty In Grace

November 16, 2017

Continue...

Colossians 4:2(NKJV)

Continue earnestly in prayer, 
being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;


November 14, 2017

Batch {Bulk} Cooking Black Beans, ect…

Hello dear readers. I’m back to share with y’all another batch cooking session. This week I’ll share with you the benefits of cooking dry beans and show you different ways to use them in your cooking. I washed, sorted, and cooked a 1 lb. bag of beans in an electric pressure cooker. I did this with two different types of beans (separately of course).

First I want to share with you that I learned the hard way about cooking beans in the pressure cooker. I normally do them in a crockpot LOW and SLOW. One day I decided I wanted to give the pressure cooker a try. I cooked two different kinds of beans: red kidney beans and black beans. I cooked them each separately. I learned that it’s best to put around 2 Tbsp. of oil in with the water (or chicken broth) and the beans when cooking in a pressure cooker. I had not done that when I cooked mine so I had a huge mess to deal with. There was bean juices spewing out all over the place. It sounded like my pressure cooker valve had gotten stopped up and it caused a big mess for me to clean up. Unfortunately the juices from the black beans left a noticeable stain on my wall :(. Adding the oil helps the beans to cook right so I’ll keep doing that way for now on.

Bulk Red Kidney Beans

From a 1b. of dry beans I can get several cans worth of cooked beans. Once the beans were done I separated them into 2 cup portions with 1/2 cup of the bean juice (can be rinsed off when thawed and ready to use). I pour the portions into quart sized labeled “Ziploc” bags. I ended up with the equivalent of 6 cans of both the red kidney beans and the black beans. I  flatten them to get out as much air as possible to freeze flat on a baking sheet.

Bulk Black Beans
I’m sorry for the way the black beans look in the picture. The bags had a lot of condensation going on inside so I couldn’t get a better picture.  Now what can I use these bags of beans for? If you did not season them up to eat by the bowl, you can do anything that you like using canned beans for. Here are some suggestions if you can’t think of any:

Meal ideas to serve Red Kidney Beans in, or with:

* Chili
* Red Beans and Rice
* Minestrone (Italian)
* any Soup
* and Stew
* Make Bean Dip or Hummus
* Make a Bean Salad (with red kidney beans, black beans, and white beans)

Meal ideas to serve Black Beans in, or with:

* Add to Soup, Chowder, or Stew
* Add to Chili
* Make Hummus or a Bean Dip
* Make Cuban Beans and Rice
* Make veggie burgers
* Tacos (or taco salad)
* Burritos/bowls
* Enchiladas
* Flautas
* Quesadilla
* Tostadas
* Mexican casserole
* Make bean and corn salsa
* Serve with nachos
* Mix into Brownie batter

These are just some examples of the many things you can do. Other types of dried beans can be pressure cooked too. I’ll have to try more soon. If any other things come to mind, I may come back to add to this list later. What can you think of that I haven’t added to the list? Please fee free to let me know in the comments below. I will be back with you in two weeks with another bulk cooking session. Thanksgiving is fast approaching us. Turkey Day will be here next week. There is so much to be thankful to our Heavenly Father for. I pray you take time out to give Him thanks. May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday!

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November 9, 2017

Rejoice always…

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.



November 7, 2017

Batch {Bulk} Cooking with Pumpkin & Butternut Squash

I’m back to share with y’all another batch cooking session. This week I’ll show you different ways to cook and use pumpkin and butternut squash. I had 3 butternut squash and 1 medium sized pumpkin. Preheat your oven to 375-400 degrees.

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash

I started off by thoroughly cleaning the outside of all 3 squash and the pumpkin. You’ll want to use a big cutting board or spread a towel over your counter surface to put the squash and pumpkin on. I used a big sharp knife to cut off the tops and down the center of each individually. Be VERY careful doing this. They are hard to cut and you don’t want to hurt yourself doing this. I used a spoon to help me dig out the guts and seeds. I kept a bowl nearby for placing them in. Once the innards are out I washed the inside of the squash and pumpkin to be sure I got it all. I cut the top parts of the squash and peeled the skin then cut into bite sized cubes. Those got tossed in some olive oil and roasted on a baking pan for about 30-40 minutes.

Butternut Squash
Now I placed the rest of the squash cut side down on baking pans or in aluminum pans that are big enough. Rub olive or vegetable oil all over the inside and out. You can put up to 1/2 cup of water in if you think it’s needed. Cook the squash about 45 minutes or more. Once the squash was fork tender I scooped the flesh out and put in a pan. Throw away the peeling. I used my hand held emersion blender to puree the squash. I did the same with the pumpkin (cooked it on a different pan for an hour and scooped out the flesh to puree). I was left with two medium bowls of squash and pumpkin puree.
I divided the squash (also the pumpkin) into 2 cup portions in labeled quart sized Ziploc bags. I  flatten them to get out as much air as possible to freeze flat on a baking sheet. As you can see in the pictures I ended up with 5 or more bags of each puree. I poured the roasted squash cubes into a container to use in meals for the week. Now what can I use all of this squash and pumpkin for?

Batch Butternut Squash
Meal ideas to serve butternut squash puree in, or with:
* Use as baby food (Yes you read that right. You can make it as thin or thick as needed)
* Make a Pureed Soup/ Bisque
* Stir into a sauce for pasta

Meal ideas to serve roasted butternut squash cubes in, or with
* Add to Soup
* Add to a Stew
* Serve with other roasted vegetables (like carrots, potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, ect.)
* Mix with roasted sweet potato cubes (to serve as a breakfast Hash)

Batch Pumpkin
Meal ideas to serve pumpkin puree in, or with:

* Mix into pancake batter
* Make sweet breads/muffins
* Make cookies
* Make cake
* Make Pie
* Make Pumpkin Butter
* Mix into cornbread batter
* Make Pureed Soup/ Bisque
* Stir in Chili
* Use in a smoothie
* Use in a dip for cookies or fruit

These are just some examples of the many things you can do. If any other things come to mind, I may come back to add to this list later. What can you think of that I haven’t added to the list? Please fee free to let me know in the comments below. I will be back with you next week with another bulk cooking session.

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November 3, 2017

Feminine Friday~ 11/3/17


Hi lovely readers. It’s time for another Feminine Friday! Today I'm wearing another maxi dress with a gray shirt and flats. I’m headed out to run some errands on this foggy day. It would love to see more ladies joining with us in showing that modesty still exists in this day and age. True beauty comes from within and showing how you represent Christ.

There Is Beauty In Grace

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November 2, 2017

And whatsoever you do...

Colossians 3:17 (KJV)


And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.


October 31, 2017

Batch {Bulk} Cooking with Pork Butt

I’m back with another batch cooking session. This week I’m sharing different uses for the meat from a whole pork butt roast. I got this pork butt on sale at Aldi for a very reasonable price. As for preparing it first off I thoroughly wash my meat before I start cooking it. Next I put a seasoning blend all over the whole pork butt (be sure to coat all sides) and place in the crockpot. I pour in a cup of water around the meat and turn crockpot on to LOW to let cook for 10 hours. I want the meat falling off the bone so this is a great way to cook it for that to happen. Once it is thoroughly done I proceed on to the next part.


I carefully take out big chunks of meat and lay it on a platter. I use two forks to begin shredding (separating) the meat. I continue getting more out of the crockpot and shred until all of the meat has been shredded. I used some to make BBQ pulled pork sandwiches that night for dinner. I separated the pulled pork meat into 2-2.5 cup portions each and put into quart size Ziploc bags. We also had some leftover from that nights dinner that I put into a container to have the next day.


As you can see I got 4 bags of each (minus the leftovers in the container) that I pre-labeled, squeezed all the air out of them before closing, and placed in a flat single layer on a baking sheet to freeze. Once it was stiff enough I take the baking sheet out, and stack the bags on top of one another in the freezer. Now what can I use these bags of cooked pulled pork to make?

Shredded ideas:

* BBQ Pizza
* Breakfast Hash
* Fried rice
* Slider (sandwiches)
* Pit beans
* Soup
* Salad
* Chili
* Stew
* Burritos/Wraps
* Quesadillas
* Tacos
* Pulled Pork Loaded Nachos
* Tostadas
* Tequitos
* Enchiladas
* Empanadas
* Put into prepared Mac-n-Cheese then baked til bubbly
* Pull Pork Stuffed Baked Potatoes

These are just examples of the many things you can do. If any other things come to mind, I may come back to add to this list later. I hope I have helped you think of other ways to use up pulled pork besides having days and days and days of BBQ sandwiches. What can you think of that I haven’t added to the lists? Please fee free to let me know in the comments below. I will be back with you next week to share another cooking session.

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October 27, 2017

Feminine Friday~ 10/27/17


Hi lovely readers. It’s time for another Feminine Friday! Today I'm wearing a maxi dress with a white sweater and flats. I’m headed out to enjoy some quality time with my family. It would be great if more ladies could join us in showing that modesty still exists in this day and age and how it looks. We’re not here posing to see who looks the best, or to show off in any way. Beauty is not about the outer appearance. It should come from inside out showing how you represent Christ.  Remember modesty is more than just what you wear. It’s a mentality- a way of thinking/believing (your heart’s attitude/actions).

1 Peter 3:3-4(KJV)

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Just in case you don’t clearly understand let’s hear it again…




1 Peter 3:3-4(NKJV)


Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

There Is Beauty In Grace

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October 24, 2017

Batch {Bulk} Cooking with White Chicken Chili

I’m back to share with y’all another chili batch cooking session. This week I’ll show you different ways to make comfort meals out of big batches of white bean chicken chili.

Cooked White Chicken Chili

I cooked up a double batch of white bean chicken chili using some of the chicken I had in the freezer from my previous session where I cooked up a big batch of chicken legs and thighs. I made the chili in my 6 quart slow cooker. If you can tell by the picture, it was a LOT of chili. For dinner that night I used 2 cups of it to see how it would taste in a cheesy chili pie. It was yummy!

Batch Cooking White Chicken Chili
I separated the rest and put it into several different containers. Once the chili had completely cooled off I put it all in the refrigerator overnight. I poured 2 containers into a gallon sized labeled Ziploc bag, squeezed out as much air as possible, and put it on a baking sheet to freeze flat. The other containers I labeled and placed in the freezer. Now what can I use all of this chili for?

Meal ideas to serve chili over, in, or with:

* Chili Pie (Tamale Pie)
* Chili Chowder
* Chili Soup
* Chili Stew
* Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
* Chili Stuffed Peppers
* Rice Bowls
* serve over spaghetti squash
* Burritos
* Nachos
* Enchiladas

These are just examples of the many things you can do. If any other things come to mind, I may come back to add to this list later. What can you think of that I haven’t added to the list? Please fee free to let me know in the comments below. I will be back with you next week with another bulk cooking session.

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