Our Present Help


How many times do we pray asking the Lord to remove this problem or that problem? I know I do! We tend to think oh if we didn’t have this or that–life would be so much easier. But when I read the quote above, I thought, “wow, so true!” We don’t need the problem in our life to be removed every time–sometimes those same problems that bring us stress, grief or seems like the end of the world are meant to teach us something–help us grow or even somehow minister to others! 

Now I know it’s never easy as that but it is simple as that! We just tend to complicate the process instead of allowing Him to do what He does. Psalm 46:1 tells us, “God is our ever present help in times of trouble.” Hang on to those words today! Let Him help you find a way through your struggles victoriously! 

Jalepeño Poppers


Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings. Per serving: 1 Leaner | 3 Green | 1½ Condiments

Ingredients

Cooking spray

4 oz 95-97% lean ground beef or turkey

6 whole jalapeno peppers

4 oz (½ cup) low-fat plain Greek yogurt

4 oz (1 cup) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

3 medium scallions, sliced thin

1 large red bell pepper, diced fine

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp paprika

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

2. Cook ground beef/turkey in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat until done. Set aside.

3. Cut jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and membrane.

4. Combine meat, yogurt, cheese, scallions, red pepper, and spices in a medium bowl.

5. With a spoon, fill jalapeno pepper halves with cheese mixture.

6. Place the peppers, cut-side up, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

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Pesky Mosquitoes

Summer is practically here! Summer cookouts, picnics, beach and pool days, going for walks, taking the kids to the playground and the list goes on!  But one thing that can put a halt to all that fun are those itchy, pesky bugs that attach themselves to you and before you can even think to swat at them, more than likely they have already started to feed on your blood!  Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded “mosquito!”
My girls and I were headed out for a walk a few days ago as our plan was to get in some exercise while spending some time together and our local news station approached us randomly to interview us on nonetheless: Mosquitoes in our area! That definitely inspired this post and you can find the news clip below.


They come out of nowhere–the bites itch at night and they keep popping up here and there and everywhere! So what are some ways to make prevent these bug bites?

Here are a few tips I found that works and some that I will be trying throughout the summer:

  • Bug Repellant Spray: Spray liberally before heading outdoors!
  • DynaTrap: this has been a life saver for us! This device emits UV light to lure the mosquitoes in.  After a week or so, check and empty the device.
  • Grow your own mosquito repelling plants (citronella, catnip, basil, peppermint)
    You can crush these leaves and rub the oils on your skin–the natural oils they emit will keep these bugs at bay!
  • Get rid of any standing water in the outdoor areas. (make sure gutters are not clogged so that the water can drain freely from the top of your house) Mosquitos thrive and reproduce in warm, humid and dark areas.
  • Refrain from wearing heavy perfume/cologne or scented body lotions–the sweet smell attracts mosquitos.

How to STOP the itch?

  • Apply apple cider vinegar to bug bites to help stop the itching.
  • Vicks Vapor rub is said to ease the itching. (definitely helps)
  • Honey to soothe the area.
  • Banana peel–rub the inside on the bite for a few minutes.
  • Peppermint oil–a dab on the bite and it relieves the itchiness (TRUTH)
  • Rubbing Alcohol–the cooling effect of the alcohol immediately soothes the bite, reduces the size and swelling. (works for me)

What are some of your methods that works for you and your family to help with these pesky bugs?

 

I Declare…

ONE touch from The LORD can CHANGE everything… 
Don’t give up!

Don’t give up on your dreams…

BELIEVE and DECLARE with me that you are not just going to survive life anymore, but you are going to THRIVE! 

Preschooler Learning in the Kitchen

Our almost 3 year old was up earlier than her two older sisters this morning…so she and I decided to make breakfast together. A little one-on-one time with just mommy  and some added fun with learning, that mommy totally snuck in! 

Who says making pancakes can’t get a preschooler’s mind going?! 

She got introduced to measurements, a review in shapes/colors and there’s lots of fine motor being used! 

What are some fun ways you are keeping your preschooler’s mind busy this summer?

Avocado & Chicken Caprese Salad…


2 cups Romaine lettuce
1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved

1/8 Avocado, chopped

2 oz. Fresh mozzarella, chopped

4 oz. Chicken breasts, chopped (I used garlic salt & pepper-seasoned, sauteed chicken breasts)

Fresh torn basil

Walden farms Balsamic 

1 full lean and green, 1 healthy fat and 3 condiments

Trust…

This is so true for Daniel and I, especially as we approach our 2 year mark of stepping out of the boat–our comfort zone! God has seen us through SO much in the past 2 years and we stand so much stronger in Him! We both can attest to “He never leaves you and never forsakes you.” There is always a Bigger Plan–trust Him!

Speak Life…

Don’t be trapped by what comes out of your mouth! Choose to speak “Life” “Goodness” over yourself! #loveyourself❤️

Zucchini Boats

Another delicious yet healthy recipe that will continue to provide the right nutrients to burn fat! 

Makes 4 servings 
2 zucchini– total weight one pound 

2 teaspoons crushed garlic 

4 teaspoons olive oil – divided use 

1/4 teaspoon salt 

1/2 teaspoon pepper 

1 pound grape tomatoes 

4 ounces part skim mozzarella 

4 tablespoons parmesan 

Just cut a zucchini in half lengthwise and trim a little off the bottom so it sit still in a baking dish. Scoop out the center where the seeds are with a spoon. 

Brush the surface with a mixture of crushed garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

Arrange halved grape tomatoes into the grooves, and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Remove and place diced mozzarella in between the tomatoes, place them back in, but now under the broiler until golden and bubbling. 

Remove and drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkling of grated parmesan.

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