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HAPPY NEW YEAR! No Resolutions Here!

Dear Ones,

Life got busy and I haven’t been around much. I really do have so much to share with you. Recipes, Christmas pics, and a plethora of other things. But first – I wanted to talk to you about my pledge to not share my New Year’s Resolutions here. WHY? Uh – because when I don’t accomplish them (which – happens A LOT), I feel awful about me. And since I am the queen of putting pressure on myself, I Aint Doin It!

Let me wrap up my attitude about how 2020 is going to be in a few words:

Now, my prayer for 2020 is simply one by Saint Francis of Assisi. When you see the picture, as you are reading it, You WILL sing the song. Yes you will. I do it every time. And if you don’t know the song, I will find it for you – just ask.

Oh please let’s make a year of peace, pardon, healing and moving on to happier times. Amen!

Many of you know, but some don’t, that my friends and I started a Bible Journal group on Facebook. – Catholic Women’s Bible Journaling. We are hoping to grow it and make it more interactive, and have giveaways, etc. But for now, I’ve created a January Bible Prompts sheet to share. I have it in .pdf form AND in picture form. But because of my limited Tech Knowledge, I’ve placed it here as a picture. If you need it as a file, please email me. And if you want to join our little group – please click on the word Catholic above.

Because I love ya, I’m keeping this short. Here’s a picture of my family and I after Christmas Mass. And a couple other things.

May you have a blessed Celebration tonight.
May our Lady’s Feast Day comfort you tomorrow.

Happy Happy New Year.
Praying for you all!

Love, Hugs & Blessings,
LadyEm

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Leftover LaLapalooza – Or Do you Repurpose Food?

Happy Sunday Morning All,
Happy Second Sunday in Lent!

I’m hopping on really quickly with some frugal pantry advice.

Do you Repurpose Food? Some people call it leftovers, but my people don’t like “leftovers”… so I call it repurposing food. HA! They even help invent meals. Aint’ NOBODY got time (or money) to be snobby around here!!

Last evening, as I was purposing to use what I have for dinner I thought – “I have GOT to blog about this.”

In our home, we have three people, so there are often leftovers. And when my husband travels, that number goes down to two. Y’all it would be so dang easy to blow the budget and order pizza or Chinese Food, but a) it’s Lent and we are supposed to sacrifice, and b) we are holding ourselves more accountable for what we spend. SOOOO the long and short of it is, I had to find something to cook.

Additionally I am on my 3rd day of Antibiotics, recovering from Strep and Sinus Infection – you know, because one thing is not enough. I always have to overachieve… Anywhooooo…

Last night, I made a goulash of sorts. A perfect food for cold, rainy winter evenings. Filling, but not too fattening. Semi-Healthy (if you laden with veggies).

Do you know what Goulash is?

When I say, goulash of sorts, let me be clear… my definition is loosely based on the above, however, I am not a Hungarian, nor do I play one on TV.  (hahaha) AND there is no Paprika in this stew-ish meal.  But, it is teenager approved. So it works in our house.

Here is what’s I did:

In the fridge, I found two oversized chicken breasts that my husband cooked. I cubed the chicken, then cut about 3/4 of one of the breasts into smaller cubes and set it aside (see repurpose #2 below).

For the Goulash I put about a tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of a pan, chopped roughly half an onion up and used about a tablespoon of minced garlic and put those in the pan, let the onions cook a while and added the chicken, diced tomatoes, and cubed one yellow squash ad added it. Then I thought, Huh… what else can I add? I quite literally walked to the pantry, put some baked bbq beans in the mix, added cumin, garlic powder, and half a cup of water. I let it all simmer together, had the boy taste it, and he gave it the thumbs up (which frankly y’all is ALL that matters). He asked for it over bowtie pasta… And I served it layered, in bowls. Pasta, goulash and sprinkled some shredded cheese on it. You could add cilantro or whatever you want.

Here’s a picture of it.

Emily Davis’ Use What You Have Goulash

For the 2nd Repurpose of the chicken breasts, I made chicken salad for sandwiches (or crackers, or by it’s-self). Here’s what I did.

I took the smaller cubed chicken, added two grated boiled eggs, three small Vlasic dill pickles, and some garlic salt, Italian spices, basil and grated black pepper (all to taste), and lastly about three tablespoons of mayonnaise. Mixed it together and it’s ready to go for a day or so of lunches.

Here are a couple of pictures of it:

Those of you who have children of cooking age, you can really engage their imaginations by challenging them to come up with a meal.  It can’t be too funky, or no one will eat it. I was nervous about the bbq beans (which I had picked up a year ago, by mistake, thinking they were baked beans).

Lent is a good time to use what you have. With the extra we have, we are searching weekly adds, and purposing to fill a box with a certain $$ amount of groceries weekly. And… the money has to come from somewhere. Ya know?

A few years ago, I wrote this post: Frugal Pantry Tip – Repurposing Food. It’s a pretty decent post. We have always been the kind of people who, even if we had the money, we hated to toss out food. It’s just so wasteful. We both grew up in practical and poor-at-times households. And we make a practice to use what we have.

Plus there’s this. I mean – how true is this quote from Pope Francis.

I also found this. Y’all it is STUNNING to me how much food is wasted. We really need to do a better job of using what we have, not buying what we don’t need, AND thinking of others and what we could do for them if we don’t waste.

We need to teach our children about not wasting and about how blessed they are to have enough food to eat. Christopher started volunteering and being involved in our local Foodbank at the age of three. YES three. He has packed back-packs for children who don’t have. And though, he has never been hungry, he’s heard the stories.

It is not my intention to bring you down, but to educate you and remind you of what we can all do better. You aren’t alone if you waste, clearly… But here and now, decide to waste less. That’s all.

I hope you enjoyed this.
And while I have your attention, let me know how you repurpose food. AND let me know if you would be interested in linking up to a regular recipe post about how to repurpose leftovers? It might be fun to share our made up recipes. ❤

I hope to hear from you!

Love, hugs & Blessings,
Em

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Do You Have a Blessing Jar?

Happy Sunday Evening y’all.

I’ve been wanting to do this post since the beginning of the year. We don’t usually post things super late like this, BUT wanted to write it whilst I had a moment.

The picture below is our family Blessing Jar.

Does your family have one?  If not – I think you should. Ours is a big jar decorated with stickers. I’ve shown you a few sides. I cut pieces of paper out from construction paper and keep plenty of pens around.

WHAT IS IT?  It’s a vessel of JOY. Truly! Throughout the year, my family writes down the ways we bless each other.  New Year’s Eve (or if you are at a party, you could do it New Year’s Day) we traditionally are all together. We play games, eat snacky food, and read from the jar. We all take turns reading them, but here is a picture of my husband doing so:

The notes could say, “I appreciate having a mom who gives good advice.”; “I am blessed to watch my son serve the alter.” “We are glad to have a daddy who works hard and provides for us.”  Whatever complimentary statement by any ONE member of the family towards another member of the family.  The writer must identify themselves.

When the note it is written, it is folded so that no one can see the writing (If possible). Parents or older siblings can help younger children write. In a large family it would be important to have notes written about everyone in the family.

It’s a great help to get children thinking of blessings, and also encourages them to bless others.  It’s also a great way to end the year – Counting your blessings.

WHAT IT IS NOT… It is not an excuse to not tell your family members how much you appreciate them throughout the year. That has to happen. It’s not a joke or something to take lightly. Say what you mean – don’t be funny or sarcastic.

We love doing this.  It’s just a silly way to come together and thank one another on the last day of the year. The pics above are already blessings for this year. YAY!

Have a great night y’all. I hope this gave you some ideas.

Love, Hugs & Blessings,

Emily

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Catholicmom.com – Gospel Reflection, by Me (YAY).

Happy 2nd Friday in Advent ALL!

Please know that even though I don’t blog much, I am always thinking of you and praying for you.
I pray things change in 2018 and that I can turn some things around. Keep me in your prayers…

And now, I wanted to tell you I am on the team, of hundreds, at Catholicmom.com who write Gospel Reflections, and today, one of mine is published. It’s a bummer that I forgot to have them change my blog address, but hopefully people will figure it out.

It’s funny as I re-read my reflection this morning, I realized how much I needed to see it and start living it better… for myself and for my child/husband. Sigh. Much work to be done in the Davis household.

Here is the link to the post: Gospel Reflection Matthew 11:16-19

And here is the text copied from the Catholicmom.com site.

Today’s Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19

Have you ever been yelled at for doing exactly what the person asked you to do? If you are a mom, the answer is yes, you have – especially if you’ve had a toddler or two. But seriously – have you ever dealt with someone you just could NEVER please?
In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus’ frustration with how people behave towards one another and how they perceive and speak about both Himself and John the Baptist. More than that, we learn that if we do not raise our children in Faith, they will be a generation of people who don’t follow Christ.
The people of that age are erratic and indecisive – they say because John the Baptist is too quiet, doesn’t drink and eats minimally, he must have mental issues. Enter Jesus, our Lord, Who eats, drinks and bonds with many types of people, so they call Him a glutton and other names. Essentially, after they get what they want, they change their minds and want something else. They ignore The Truth even when He is standing before them. 
Jesus tells us a story about children who do not cooperate with one another and are never pleased with anything or anyone. They complain all the time. The people of the time, the generation He is comparing, is raising their children to be just like them – fickle, indecisive, and enemies of the Gospel. 
I am not a theologian, but I believe Jesus is asking us to look within ourselves, our families, and our parishes, and put ourselves in this story. The last line of this passage is, “Yet Wisdom is justified by her deeds.” He is talking about teaching our children the truth of our Faith so that they can be wise, follow Jesus, and do justice to our faith. Let’s be wise, in Him.

Ponder:

We must read God’s word, go to confession and Mass, and discern His plans for our lives. We cannot continue to miss everything He is telling us and complain because He isn’t guiding us. We have to listen and learn. We will not be wise enough to follow Him if we don’t.

Pray:

Teach me to hear You, O Lord. Teach me to hear and listen and follow Your direction, always. 

Copyright 2017 Emily Davis
Emily Davis is a Catholic convert. Homeschool mom. Grandmother. Religious Ed Teacher. Paper Crafter. She Lives in Fort Worth with her family. She writes about faith, life, finances, homeschooling and crafting on her blog at http://ourhomemarysmantle.blogspot.com (I changed it here).

Love, Hugs & Blessings!
Em