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I have been married to Ryan for 6 years and I love being married to my wonderful husband. I am a religious Christian and I love God. I live in the United States and have lived in China. I love being free and those who sacrifice(d) for my freedoms (not just servicemen and women.) My hobbies include photography, music, art, basketball, and trying new things... I believe in the family and marriage. I love spending time with my family.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Veggie Fajitas

Wow!  This recipe is perfect for a Summer Vegetable Fajita.  (Actually, we also added chicken.)  Here is my recipe:

For the fry:
1 Tbls coconut oil
~1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
3/4 - 1 cup fresh broccoli (the whole deal: florets, stems and leaves.  If you don't have leaves you can omit them or use kale, spinach, or chard.)
1 small yellow squash
2 small - medium carrots
1/2 medium onion
1/2 large bell pepper
1/4 cup corn
1/4 - 1/3 cup peas

1/4 cup salsa (Ryan loves Pace.)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp cumin
1 pinch of season salt

In addition:
2 chicken breasts
grated cheese (choose your flavor)
ranch dressing
more salsa
tortilla shells

Fry it up until they are as tender as you love them.  (Actually, I sort of fry and steam mine.  Whatever floats your boat.) *note:  I like to add various veggies at different times to perfect the textures.  - broccoli and carrots before squash, peas, pepper, etc...-

Chicken - We (that's the royal we) used 1 chicken breast for 4 fajitas.  Slice it into strips.  Sprinkle them with season salt and throw them on your George Foreman (if you have one.  Or just cook them the way that you like to.)

Dishes up!  Pile your scoop of veggies on the tortilla shell, add your cheese, chicken, ranch and salsa.  Fold it in and enjoy your fresh summer garden veggie fajita. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

You Are More Precious Than Rubies.

(*Note:  If the only thing you read on this the words in the video, I hope you read them.  If the only thing you look at in this post is the video, I hope you watch it.  If there only thing that enters your heart from this post, I hope you let it change you for the better.  The video is at the end.)

Some mornings I wake up and feel like an old sticky hand that no one wants any more.  Some days are tough.  Some nights I want to stay up and try doing my day over.  Some nights I just want to go to sleep so I can wake up to a new day. 
BUT!  Some mornings I wake up and feel so happy for the new day that has been given me.  Some days are simply pleasant.  Some nights I still don't want to go to bed because it has been such a good day.  Some nights I go to sleep with a sweet satisfaction because of who I worked to become that day. 
The truth is that life has it's ups and downs.  Life is hard, life is easy, life is difficult and bumpy and perfect.  The truth is, what the world says you should do and become doesn't really matter much at all.  The important thing is knowing who you are.  You are a child of God.  And you are beautiful that way.  The important thing is doing what God wants of you.  He wants you to be happy.  That's right.  You.  And you.  Yes, and you, too, my dear fellow brother or sister.  We are all God's children and he wants us to be happy. 
How?  Well, It's great that you asked.  Follow Christ.  Know he loves you.  Know God loves you.  Know you can become whole through the atonement of Christ and that every sin, every sorrow, every transgression and every pain will be washed away as you keep holding on to Him. 

Men and boys, know you are a son of God.  Know that He loves you and he will help you provide for your family, teach your children in truth, protect your dear ones, be a support to your wife and kids. 
Women and girls, know that you are a daughter of God.  Know that He loves you and you are enough.  He will help you be a support to your family.  He will help you raise, nurture and teach your children.  He will help you with your marriage, your family, or your single self if that be the case.  

These are things that I have learned because of Jesus Christ.  Because he lives.  Because of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days.  Because of good parents, leaders adn friends who have taught me the gospel and shared their testimonies with me.  Who never gave up on me.  Who corrected me when I was wrong but still showed their love for me all the greater. 

This morning, as I was looking for a little meme to show the world that I was not a morning person this morning, I came upon something greater and realized that was the wrong thing to do.  I came upon this.  I froze.  I listened.  My heart was changed.  God wants me to be a light.  I was motivated to go do something more.  To live up to my potential.  I remembered, I am a daughter of God.  And that means a lot. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Coconut Banana Bread

Whew!  This blog is getting so full of recipes, I am going to need to make a tab just for recipes, soon!  (If I can figure it out...) 
Here is something I have been making.  And by "I have been making" I mean I have made it multiple times this year.  Like 3.  Or today is my 3rd.  I don't know.  I just know it keeps turning out yummy and my neighbor said that she thought it was the best banana bread, so I keep making it. 

And I am only giving you the link.

Right there.  There it is.  Go make it.  It is "delishurs," as my Chinese friends would say.

Oh, also, I substitute for the coconut milk.  Somehow it still turns out deliciously.  I put in about a fourth of a cup of Cream of Coconut and like ... I don't know 3/4 cup of milk.  (I believe in not always measuring when I cook.  But don't worry.  I also believe in measuring.)  I omit the coconut flakes and have put in shredded coconut, but don't really like the texture it gives.  I do like the taste, though, so maybe this time I will put in more of that cream of coconut.  We'll see.  Enjoy this recipe. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Teriyaki Chicken Recipe BEST EVER from Momma

This recipe is the best Teriyaki Chicken recipe ever.  

1/2 cup of soy sauce
 2/3 cup oil (Mom uses chicken legs instead of chicken breast because the legs have oil in them.  Oil tenderizes the meat.)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbls lemon juice
1 clove garlic (minced)
2 tsp fresh ginger or powder
 ~1 cup rice
~2 cups water

Mix it all up.  Put it in your pan.  (I don't know if my mom sets the chicken in after the rice mixture or just does everything together.  For me it would depend on if I had chunks of chicken or if I was using chicken legs or breast.)

Bake in oven covered 1 hour and then uncovered for 15 minutes. 
With brown rice you have to boil the rice for 10 minutes before you bake it.
 Mom used to do this in the slow cooker at like 350 for an hour. 

It looked a little like this but without the peas, bean sprouts, mushroom or bacon.  This is from Cassie Craves

Also, If you want to add the sweet tang of pineapple, I am thinking that it would be delish to just put some pineapple rings (or chunks) on the top when it is cooking.  That sounds good to me.

When I was really little, Mom said we were going to have Teriyaki.  I asked why we were going to have teriyukki.  She explained that it is yummy.  As per my suggestion, we started to call it teriyummy.  Silly little me.  :)  And although we don't call it that now, it was a fun little joke. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

March For Marriage - A Must See

A MUST SEE - March for Marriage.  Listen to this.  Watch this.  May it take you 15 minute segments, may it take you 3 days to have the courage to open the video, may you watch it all in one sitting, may you listen while you clean the house, may you watch it over and over and over.  Watch it.  Inspiration and courage are waiting for you to take hold of them.

Or, you can view the marriage march here from The Washington Times

There were many great speakers at this event.  I especially love Gov. Mike Huckabee's speech.  It was so impressive.  Educational.  Inspiring.  Many of the speakers were spectacular.  The Climax for me was when he quoted one of the greatest recent leaders for justice and freedom our world has known.

Marriage and the Importance thereof.  What marriage is.  Why we must honor, uphold, sustain and protect marriage.  What is in it for our children as well as ourselves.  All these things are spoken of in the March For Marriage.
 HUGE THANKS to all of you who have participated in and had part in putting this march together.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! 

I watched the March For Marriage.  Actually, I watched the 2 hour meeting beforehand.  It is so incredible.  Marriage is so valuable and our rights in this country are so valuable we have to stand for them.  There are people who are working to take away our liberty, to take away our freedom, to take away our rights, to take away our families, and to take away our happiness.  We don't have to let them do that.  In fact and truth, we have an obligation to not let them do so.

To clarify my own personal views: I am in favor of providing children with the best environment for their raising and growth.  I am in favor of upholding institutions that will strengthen our society and our families.  I am in favor of upholding laws that support the people in our society, as well as the perpetuation and preservation of moral, free society.  I am in favor of each person being granted religious freedom.  I am in favor of every person being free to make an honorable living.  But we cannot have these things if we attack them, and we cannot have the institution of the family if we take it down and tear it apart. 
Let us have the courage to stand boldly for our beliefs and defend and protect our God, our Families, our Freedom and our Country.  God bless you.