Recipe: “Superfood Side” Inspired Salad

We love to eat at Chick-fil-A, but I’m always struggling to fit in my green veggies when we go. I was thrilled when they debuted the “Superfood Side” which is basically a kale/broccoli salad. I knew that I could come up with something similar to enjoy at home, and this was our  result!

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Super Food Side Inspired Salad

Source: Marla Stanley

Course: Salad

 Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Kale washed and chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups Broccoli Slaw
  • 12 cup sunflower seeds
  • 12 cup Cinnamon Roasted Walnuts
  • 12 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • 12 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 12 cup olive oil
  • 5-6 tablespoons pure maple syrup NOT table syrup-this needs to be real maple syrup; could also substitute raw honey
  • 14 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

Directions

  1. Prepare kale by removing thick ribs and chopping thoroughly.
  2. In a medium jar or bowl, blend Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Put lid on and shake really well, until combined.
  3. Add a little dressing to kale and massage 3-5 minutes. Massage kale to release bitterness. You will notice the greens turn dark and more silky.
  4. Combine kale, broccoli florets, broccoli slaw, and mix well to incorporate, adding more dressing to coat the salad.
  5. Top salad with cranberries, sunflower seeds and walnuts.

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Booklook Review: Unashamed by Christine Caine

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Shame can be paralyzing. We each have our triggers, and actions that happen in life or relationships, even the slightest of cues in a conversation that spark something inside of us that makes us want to run and hide. It drives us to hide, to run away, to retreat into our corners and closets and miss out on the opportunity to impact the world in the exact way God has designed, gifted, and skilled us to do so. Okay, soapbox away now. I really just wanted to see if this book would be helpful for me as I have begun to recognize my own struggle with shame.

Unashamed by Christine Caine

Christine Caine has written her new book, Unashamed, sharing her own experience being groomed and shaped by shame, and how she is moving to living a shame-free life. She tells her own story and many others from all walks of life, each voice so relatable to today’s woman. She challenges the reader to embrace a shame-free life, breaking the chains of shame and leaving behind the old ways Satan seeks to destroy. By learning to deal with the baggage and history of your past, you can embrace the fullness of your future and life with God.

I found this book incredibly interesting because as I mentioned above, I am digging through my own past, shaping, and upbringing in all aspects. Christine Caine’s direct and passionate approach helped me to clearly face some of the issues I was dealing with, and confront them with the truth of who I am in the Lord. She challenged me to think about shame from a Biblical place, recognizing my broken parts but not staying there. She wrote in a way that made me want to keep reading-it was very engaging, encouraging, and motivating. I found her message to be aligned with Scripture and Biblical truth principles. I would recommend this book to others, particularly women who may be struggling with feelings of shame, insecurity, worthlessness, defeat, and depression. I think that this book and its message would be excellent for group discussion or a book club!

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Recipe: “Alice Springs Chicken”

We recently picked up some DELISH Zaycon Fresh Thick Cut Bacon, so in true style, we have been incorporating bacon into many recent meals. Here’s one that was a huge hit for everyone! 

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Knock-off Outback Steakhouse “Alice Springs Chicken”

Source: marlastanley.wordpress.com

Course: Main Course

Prep Time: 1 hr

Cook Time: 25 min

Total Time: 1 hr

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (Thick-slice them in half)
  • 13 cup Dijon mustard
  • 14 cup Honey
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon steak sauce
  • 12 teaspoon All Purpose Chicken Seasoning (I used a Chicken Rub from our local country store)
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • 6 slices bacon sliced in half

Directions

  1. Slice chicken breast in half and rub with a few teaspoons of seasoning. Set aside to marinate for up to 1 hour (at least 10 minutes).
  2. While the chicken is marinating cook bacon to your liking and drain. (We like to do this in the oven).
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Heat oil in pan on medium heat and sauté chicken breasts until slightly golden and cooked in through.
  5. Remove from pan and place in a 9 x 13 dish.
  6. Brush or spread chicken breast with honey mustard. Top with a layer of mushrooms and bacon slices (cut to fit as needed). Top with shredded cheese.
  7. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese melts.
  8. Top with parsley and serve!

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 527.2
Fat: 321 g
Cholesterol: 164.2 mg
Sodium: 749.6 mg
Sugar: 0.8 g
Carbohydrate: 2.8 g
Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 47.1 g

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How to keep your purpose while losing weight

Have you ever felt like you lost yourself in something? It’s so easy to do, especially when you are experiencing significant change in life.

For example:

  • losing weight
  • pregnancy
  • adjusting to a new baby or family member
  • moving
  • job change

There are countless situations in life that can consume us and often spark one to actually place their identity in something other than the Lord. It happens so easily and it’s fundamental that we all learn to recognize when this happens.

Using weight loss as an example, when someone is losing weight or improving their health, it’s easy to identify with the loss of weight. However, YOU are not weight loss, right? You are YOU!

The change in your body is great, and something to celebrate as you make progress toward your goals, but don’t ever set your identity in something that changes, fades, or can disappear in an instant. God has a greater calling and purpose for you than to see numbers on a scale change!

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Personally, I have battled with this in all of my endeavors, from school and grades to seeing the scale change when losing weight. When my identity isn’t resting in the Lord it shows in my thoughts and behaviors. I’ll find myself short with my kids or irritated that my schedule isn’t on track for the day. You may notice that your day is made or broken by the numbers staring back at you on the scale, perhaps you have placed your identity in your weight loss. If you feel defeated by how your jeans fit today, you may need to stop and reset your thinking and identity placement in WHOSE you are, not what size you happen to be right now.

Just a quick reminder of who you are, and what your calling is…

I Peter 2:9

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”

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Find your worth, identity and purpose in Him and His calling for you!

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Thoughts On Spiritual Health & Nutrition Plans

Clean eating. Whole 30. Paleo. Weight Watchers. Intermittent Fasting. Atkins. Flexible Eating. Counting Calories.

When it comes to nutrition, it seems that there are as many plans and different approaches as there are people on the planet. I am of the mind that any diet or nutrition plan *can* work for you as long as you stick with it, because ultimately it’s math-less calories going in than what is being burned or going out. Are there some that are better than others? Yes, I think so. However, I can’t argue against the thought that the more organic, fresh, and dense nutrients you have in your diet, the better results you will have and feel as you are seeking to improve your health.

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The more I have mulled on this idea, I began wondering how this relates to our spiritual nutrition and health.

When it comes to your spiritual health, you cannot merely focus on calories in-calories out. Quality becomes the most important aspect of what you are “feeding” yourself. If you feed your mind anything less than that which is pure, noble, and of good report, your beliefs, thoughts, actions, and life will follow suit.

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The Apostle Paul spoke very clearly about the importance of truth as we are renewing our minds. Philippians 4:8 states, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” This is a filter for what goes into the mind, just like a diet or nutrition plan will filter out the junk that inhibits you from reaching your goals.

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If you want to see changes in your health, losing weight, training or toning your body, nutrition is a fundamental piece that will determine the outcome. The same goes for your whole life and emotional, mental and spiritual health. The path you are on and the plan you are following are what will determine your outcome.

So, what’s your goal? Any and all real change starts with a plan to get there.

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Just like when losing weight, a plan is key to reaching your goals. Want to lose 10, 20, or 100 lbs? Time to cut back the extras or junk in your diet, establish an exercise routine, and surround yourself with some accountability to help keep you on track. The same goes for your spiritual health.

Where do you want to be spiritually? Make a plan. Feed yourself what you need to get there, practice spiritual disciplines, and in 6 months you won’t even believe the difference!

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Beardsmen Spirit Tea Tree Beard Oil Review

My husband is often asked how he keeps his beard and facial hair groomed so well. I’m a fan of his facial hair, and without good products that keep everything tamed, I would NOT be so keen on keeping it around. When Beardsmen Spirit asked us to review their Tea Tree Beard Oil, I wasn’t very excited (I’m not a fan of the often overly strong scent of Tea Tree Oil), but Mason was eager to test the product.

Here’s what he had to say.

What I liked: I liked the way the beard oil smelled and I like the feeling it left on my face – fresh and cool

What I disliked: the feeling and the smell didn’t last as long as I wanted it to, but it’s understandable, if it lasted longer, the smell would be too strong at application.

What difference it made: The same difference it always makes-pinky, smooth, shiney, man covering. Shimmering, calling all others to gaze with awe, amazement, and jealousy.

I would only recommend it if men believed they were man enough to wear such awesomeness. Men with beards, not those man-child, top-knot, hipster kids…. those guys aren’t men enough!

Here’s my take.

I felt a difference in the texture of his beard when he was using it, and was surprised at how I did NOT notice the smell of tea tree oil. All in all, a WIN and I would recommend their products again and again!

Disclaimer: I received these products free in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255<http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Walk by the Spirit

Every day for the past few months I have been challenged by my fears. Fear of failure, fear or losing or screwing up my kids, fear of not taking action at the right time and missing the opportunities God has for me! Fear that I had already done so much to screw up my life and relationships that it was beyond repair or hope of being fixed or finding success. I felt like Satan had a choke-hold on me.

Then I went to First Steps to Success in DC at the end of April. Since then, I have been digging into truth, plugging into training, and Every moment of the day I have been more and more aware of the fears I have, and have been choosing to follow the Biblical process of change to cast them off and lean into walking by the Spirit.

It’s no coincidence that this was my scripture passage to start the week:

Galatians 5:16-17 states, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”

As I studied this passage it struck me that to walk by the Spirit is quite an “active” thing to be doing. Just like going for a walk or running a race, it doesn’t just happen. You have to get dressed, put your shoes on, and actually step out of the door! Our fears WILL win if we don’t operate in faith.

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Fear is so capable of gripping us and keeping us where we don’t want to be. Here’s another passage that reminds me daily of how I should be thinking,

2 Timothy 2:17, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”

Forget all the fear, and just trust as you take baby steps forward!

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How to Process Anxiety and Stress

What do you usually do when you are feeling burdened and discouraged in life? Some people ignore, others act, still more wallow in circumstances. All three have been my response in differing scenarios, but I am realizing that each of them lands me somewhere I don’t care to be. Hang in there with me, I’ll explain this all.🙂

I have allowed the rain we have had the past days and weeks to really discourage me. Yesterday was no different with overcast skies and moisture in the air. However, I desperately wanted to take advantage of my time before heading to the dentist for a mouthful of procedures (including having a wisdom tooth extracted). You might be thinking at this point that I’m a glutton for punishment attending a conference all weekend, barely getting back to our routine, and then having a bunch of dental work done. I know myself though-if I waited longer, I would come up with some excuse for why it shouldn’t happen and that would lead to a root canal or something MAJOR later.

Here’s the truth-I haven’t been to the dentist for 10 years! That reality didn’t set in until I was filling out paperwork at the office a couple weeks back, and I began to hold myself accountable. No more putting this off. As much as I have learned to make my health a priority, oral hygiene and preventive dental health is worth the investment of time and money. No more procrastinating!

So, as my anxiety and fear were in my throat, I fought to maintain self control and prepare for the inevitable recovery afterwards. Then, as I was on the brink of spiraling into an explosion of stress and feels, I focused on the simple steps I knew would help me process.

  1. Focus on truth.
  2. Fuel my body well.
  3. Pray and surrender my stress/anxiety.
  4. Do the things I need to prepare.

Each of these steps is really just keeping things simple, not over-complicating all that I’m trying to accomplish, and ultimately choosing to place my trust in the Lord. I repeated truth to myself every time I felt anxiety creeping into my chest. This verse was a steady reminder to me that the anxiety I was tempted with was just a distraction:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

-Philippians 4:6, NASB

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This first phrase, “Be anxious for nothing,” is thrown around as a band-aid of a platitude in an attempt to make someone feel better, but the real comfort comes in the latter half of the verse. We get the “how”, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

It’s in the surrender that we experience the dependence and trust that brings freedom from our anxious thoughts and feelings. Trust Him today, no matter what you are facing.

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Recipe: Clean Eating Snack Bites

We do our best to eat according to our meal plan (this not only keeps us following our clean eating, but also closer to being on-budget). However, the snacking habit dies hard, so when I am ready to tear through the house to find something to satisfy that sweet-spot, these are a much better option for me than junk or caving to baking a sweet treat!

This recipe is inspired by our go-to energy bit recipe from Maggie at “Smashed Peas and Carrots”. I have made so many variations of this basic recipe. I highly recommend you try it out for yourself!

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Double Chocolate No-Bake Energy Bites

 

Double Chocolate Snack BitesCourse: Snacks and Sandwiches

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 min

Total Time: 10 min

Serves: 10

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended.
  2. Warm honey and peanut butter in microwave or on stovetop just until you can blend the two. Add in Pure Vanilla Extract
  3. Pour wet over dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 min to an hour.
  5. Scoop (or spoon, or roll) into bite-size balls.
  6. Store refrigerated in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week, up to 1 month in freezer.

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Recipe: Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt

There isn’t much better combination than peanut butter and chocolate…unless it’s peanut butter and DARK chocolate!🙂 Recently I have been on a kick with my peanut butter and chocolate, and came up with this delicious treat.

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt

Prep Time: 5 min

Total Time: 5 min

Serves: 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Blend greek yogurt with peanut butter, vanilla extract, and dark cocoa powder until powder begins to incorporate. It may still appear “swirled” from the cocoa powder.
  2. Top with mini chocolate chips, granola, or other toppings you like!
  3. 21 Day Fix/Fixate Container Equivalents: 1 red, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 yellow (more depending on optional toppings)

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