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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Foto.....

We've had more than our share of ice and snow the last two weeks.....
but I heard yesterday that it's only three weeks 'till spring.

I cannot wait for warmer weather and spring flowers!

In the meantime,
here's a collage of scenes from around our neck of the woods.

Happy Friday, Everybody!

Breathing in Grace,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tasty Thursday.....

The 1/4 cup of shredded cheese is spread over the 10-11 bites,
not 1/4 cup on each!

Do y'all like cauliflower?
I've never been a big fan of that particular veggie.....
until recently.

Go to Pinterest and search for cauliflower recipes and you'll be surprised at the many ways it can be prepared.  It's used as a substitution for potatoes and dough in a low-carb diet.  I've made a pizza "dough" from chopped cauliflower and an egg and spices. It's great rolled in bread crumbs and spices and roasted and then dipped in a low calorie dressing.

But, my favorite are these little 20 calorie bites of deliciousness.....

 And, here are the ingredients I used.....

The hardest part was chopping the cauliflower.....
if you've never done that, be prepared for little white chunks on your counters,.....
and quite possibly your floor!
I usually lay the head of cauliflower on a towel to help with clean up.....
just take the towel outside, or over the trash can, and shake it out!
And, I go ahead and do an entire head while I'm chopping.
It freezes really well.

Here's Deb's recipe for Cauliflower "Pizza" Bites.

1 cup of chopped cauliflower
2 TBS Kraft Parmesan cheese
Chopped Onion, Italian Seasoning, Chives, Soul Seasoning, Garlic Powder
(I don't measure any of these seasonings, just put in the amount of each that I like. Just be a bit sparce with the soul seasoning 'cause it's a bit on the hot/spicy side.  If you have a favorite spice, then use it!!)

Place the cauliflower in a bowl and add all the above, mixing well.
Press into a mini muffin tin that's been sprayed with Pam and add 1/4 cup shredded cheese on top of each.

Bake in a 350-400 degree oven until browned

My calculations of the calories in each bite is approximately 20 calories each.  I  use a fat free ranch dressing to dip them in.  And, I've discovered that they're even better the next day.  I'm planning on making a batch to freeze.

HOPE y'all have a terrific Thursday!

Breathing in Grace,


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday's Word - Deserve.....

to be worthy, fit, or suitable for some reward or requital 

The word "deserve" has come up a couple of times lately when someone I know asked if they didn't "deserve" a material item and then again when it was mentioned that they didn't "deserve" to endure what they were going through.  It really got me to thinking and I had a conversation with Pappy about it.  If I got what I truly deserve, then God wouldn't have sent His One and Only Son to die for my sins because I would be spending eternity in hell.  I know that's putting it very bluntly, but it's true.  Hell is what I deserve.  Do you even know what it  does to me to type that?  As I pondered on that thought when Pappy and I were talking and again this morning, it just overwhelms me and fills me with a kind of dread that "what if".....
what if God hadn't sent Jesus to die for my sins?
I wouldn't have heaven to look forward to.

So, I want to just take the time to say.....
 THANK YOU, Lord for sending Jesus on the cruel cross.....
because I cannot even imagine giving up my daughter, or son-in-law, or our grandchildren.....
or anybody that I hold near and dear to my heart.
And, especially not to save me because I would be wanting to save them!

And, THANK YOU, Jesus.....
for willingly laying down your life for me.....
for us ALL!!!

Breathing in Grace,

P.S.  I had a thought as I was writing this.
The person who thinks they are deserving of certain things truly needs prayer.  Maybe insecurity and doubts as to their worthiness is why they feel this way.  How do I know?  Well, I've been in their shoes when it comes to those same doubts and fears!!  It took a wake-up call from the Lord to change my "stinkin' thinkin"!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Health Games.....

I Corinthians 6:20
You were  bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies.

I jump started my weight loss last September by joining the Meltdown Challenge.  I didn't participate in the last one, but since the one starting March 1st only lasts a month.....
which means a less percentage of loss required.....
(or you can choose to maintain your weight within a certain range).....
and I'm in need of another boost.....
I'll be joining again this time.

It's truly not just all about losing weight.
I learned so much the first time I did it,
especially, about how much our bodies NEED water.
Since I've started drinking lots of water every day,
I feel so much better.
I actually find that I CRAVE water.
I drink about a gallon a day.
Yes, at first you're going to be going to the bathroom.....
A LOT.  But trust me, that does taper off, especially at night. 

 Just think of it as flushing those pounds away!!

If you're interested, click on the link and we'll go through the next month together getting healthier!

By the way, the cost to join is $22.99.
But.....if you are successful in losing, or maintaining (your choice),
then you will be reimbursed the initial fee, plus more.
The first one I did, my payout was a little over $38.00.

Would love to see some of my out-of-state.....
and local friends join in!

Breathing in Grace,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Untie the knots.....

Dear God,

Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.

Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots,
may nots,
might nots that may find
a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all, Dear God,

I ask that You remove from my mind,
my heart and my life all of the 'am nots'
that I have allowed to hold me back;

especially the thought
that I am not good enough.


~~~ Father Ronnie Knott of Rhodelia, Kentucky ~~~

HOPE this touches somebody as much as it did me!

Breathing in Grace,

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SONday Scripture.....

Did y'all hear any shouting yesterday around 1:30 p.m.?
If you did, it just might have been me.
A neighbor called to tell me that our heat pump was making a terrible noise.....
and shaking.  We can't hear it inside our house, so first of all I was very thankful for her call. I immediately turned off the thermostat and hollered at Pappy who was working in the basement.  We figured out that it started acting up when I turned it off emergency heat and back onto regular heat.  
From what I read, when the unit is iced over, it will run on supplemental, 
 but not when you try to use just the regular heat pump.  

So, what do you think I did?
Yep, I prayed.....
while Pappy took a hair dryer to the unit to melt the ice away that he couldn't knock off.  
When we first turned it back on, it didn't work.....
and my heart sank.....
which was a total lack of faith on my part, I know.

Then, the fan started turning!!!

And, that's about the time you would have heard the shouting!

Thank you again, Lord.

Praise Your Name!

Ain't God good?
Oh, yes He is!!!

HOPE y'all have a blessed SONday!

Breathing in Grace,

p.s....I also want to thank my precious husband who is truly a "Jack"-of-all-trades. I can't even imagine the $$$ he's saved us over the years by being able to make repairs around the house.  I believe there truly is something in a name!!! ;-)

And, thank the good Lord above that Jack was home to clear the ice from the furnace.....
and that our neighbor heard and saw the heat pump singing and doing a little dance!!! 
Yes, I thanked my hubby......
and called our neighbor afterwards to tell her the good news that the fan was again running and if not for her it would have probably just burned up.

I thank God for His goodness in ALL things......
good and bad.....
I just didn't see how we could afford a new heat pump right now!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Just Chicken In.....

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HOPE y'all are having an awesome Saturday!

Whatever the weather might be in your neck of the woods,
please stay warm and dry and safe!

Breathing in Grace,


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