New inspirations…

Back in the spring I discovered this delightful little tune called “I Do Adore” by an artist names Mindy Gledhill.  When I purchased the song on itunes I also accidentally purchased another called “Anchor”.  At first, I didn’t really listen to the second song as I wasn’t initially interested in it.  It was the catchy upbeat “I Do Adore” that I wanted to hear, seemingly over and over and over again.  But as it frequently happens, one day with the radio on shuffle “Anchor” came on and I wasn’t in a place to quickly fast forward to the next selection and I listened for the first time to the song that had sat unplayed on my phone.  Hmmm, I really like this song too, I thought.

Well about a week ago, I decided that I needed to see what this gal was all about and I listened to the rest of the tracks from the album and turns out… this girl is my soul singer.  It’s like we’re spirit sisters.  She’s saying exactly what I feel in so many of these songs.  So many of the references… they are so me.  Crazy. 

Now, of course, I’m in obsession mode and must listen to the album every silent second of the day.  And in doing so, I feel like I’ve caught hold of a little spark and joy that I’d lost somewhere along the way.  Her music is so refreshing, uplifting, encouraging, and well, happy.  She encompasses that “live the impossible dream” spirit that just refuses to be broken inside me.  I love it. 

Go check out Mindy Gledhill’s Youtube channel and see what I’m talking about.


The bitter truth about herbs (webinar)


I have some cool news if you want to know how to match the
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This Thursday night, LearningHerbs and Mountain Rose Herbs
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You’ll be able to ask questions on the webinar and Rosalee
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They are well known for their epic webinars…and live
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It’s happening Thursday night, so go check it out now.

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Super Fast Mexican Chicken and Rice

While I am most certainly committed to making the healthiest and nutritional foods I can for my family I am also all about quick and easy.  Like most moms, I’m a busy lady.  I’ve got a list of stuff to do a mile long and a list of stuff I want to do about ten miles long.  *sigh* It is what it is. 

So when I find a recipe that I love or just want to try, it never fails that I will use whatever shortcuts I can to make it easier, cleaner, and quicker.  So when I came across this recipe for a crock pot version chicken burrito bowl, I was all set to throw it in the crock pot yesterday morning.  (That’s my kinda easy!)              Only… I forgot. 

So at 3 o’clock in the afternoon I realized that I was gonna have to do the stove top version.  But by 4:30, 30 minutes before the mister arrives home, I just knew I was putting off this meal because I didn’t want to cut up a crudload of chicken breast to feed the seven of us.  (ugh.  I hate raw meat.)  So what did I do?  I did what I do best – improvise and fly by the seat of my pants. 

My two big changes for this recipe – instant rice (What would I do without you, instant rice?  My family would never eat rice if it wasn’t for you!)  and canned chicken.

Here’s my take on this fabulous recipe.  One pot and quicker than just about anything else I have ever cooked.   

*note – anytime you substitute ingredients, especially quick versions, I admit you always lose some quality.  So please, please, make sure you try these two original recipes here and here.  I KNOW they are better than mine.*


  • 2 cans of canned chicken breast, drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 5 – 5 1/2 cups of instant white rice
  • 1  (28.5 oz.) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar of chunky salsa
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can whole kernal corn, drained
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • approx. 2 cups of chicken broth (enough liquid to make the mixture juicy but not covering all the ingredients)
  • colby shredded cheese for garnish
  • optional garnishes include avocado, green onions, salsa, spicy ranch dressing, sour cream

First of all – this makes a TON.  There’s seven of us and we’re pretty hungry people.  All the time.  But honestly, we ended up eating about 2/3 of this and had the rest for lunch the next day.  It was still just as yummy at lunch too, by the way.

Cooking instructions:

With 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sauté the onions for a few minutes. 

Add the chicken and spices, plus a few turns on the grinders of salt and pepper.  This goes quick.  Stir it all together so that the chicken is nicely coated.  Keep it moving or it will burn.  I find adding the spices at this point does a lot for the flavor of the chicken. 

Next, move your chicken to one side and add the other tablespoon of oil then the rice.  Stir the rice to coat it with oil and get it warm.  Blend in with the chicken. 

Add your tomatoes and salsa and stir. 

Add the beans and corn to the mix. 

At this point, add enough chicken broth to make the mixture moist and juicy but not soupy.  This might take some practice to get right because I imagine it’s knowledge that only comes from cooking lots of instant rice.  *yes, I am THAT girl.*

Put the lid on let it cook on low heat.  Give it a stir every few minutes for about 10 minutes.  Turn off the heat and let it sit on the stove until the rice is done.  Now is a good time to prepare your garnishes and get the dishes ready.  By the time you finish that your meal will be all done!


This is seriously super fast.  I was really surprised at how quick it was ready and ended up letting it sit awhile so we could finish up an activity.  Oops!  Miscalculation on my part!  Better than late, right?

If you give this a try let me know what you think.  If you change something, I’d love to know what you did differently.  I’m always up for new recipes.  And don’t forget to check out Melissa’s original recipes at No. 2 Pencil!

How to choose the RIGHT herb with confidence


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There is corn in Egypt…

I am in the habit of reading Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening every night just before I fall asleep and last night I read this one.  As I think of all the dear ones that I love, the troubles they face on a daily basis, I realize how small my burdens are that weigh on my mind.  This little bit of encouragement renewed my hope as I drifted off to sleep last night.  I hope it blesses you today. 

Evening Day 142

"There is corn in Egypt." — Genesis 42:2

Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for His people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity, and leading them to treasure up the grain of the years of plenty. Little did Jacob expect deliverance from Egypt, but there was the corn in store for him. Believer, though all things are apparently against thee, rest assured that God has made a reservation on thy behalf; in the roll of thy griefs there is a saving clause. Somehow He will deliver thee, and somewhere He will provide for thee. The quarter from which thy rescue shall arise may be a very unexpected one, but help will assuredly come in thine extremity, and thou shalt magnify the name of the Lord. If men do not feed thee, ravens shall; and if earth yield not wheat, heaven shall drop with manna. Therefore be of good courage, and rest quietly in the Lord. God can make the sun rise in the west if He pleases, and make the source of distress the channel of delight. The corn in Egypt was all in the hands of the beloved Joseph; he opened or closed the granaries at will. And so the riches of providence are all in the absolute power of our Lord Jesus, who will dispense them liberally to His people. Joseph was abundantly ready to succour his own family; and Jesus is unceasing in His faithful care for His brethren. Our business is to go after the help which is provided for us: we must not sit still in despondency, but bestir ourselves. Prayer will bear us soon into the presence of our royal Brother: once before His throne we have only to ask and have: His stores are not exhausted; there is corn still: His heart is not hard, He will give the corn to us. Lord, forgive our unbelief, and this evening constrain us to draw largely from Thy fulness and receive grace for grace.


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