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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Definition Realization

I looked up the definition of the word journey and was amazed when I read the following...

jour·ney
ˈjərnē/

noun
noun: journey; plural noun: journeys
1. an act of traveling from one place to another.
"she went on a long journey"

synonyms: trip, expedition, excursion, tour, trek, voyage, junket, cruise, ride, drive,jaunt, road trip; More

2. a long and often difficult process of personal change and development.
"her spiritual journey towards Roman Catholicism"

verb
verb: journey; 3rd person present: journeys; past tense: journeyed; past participle:journeyed; gerund or present participle: journeying
1. travel somewhere.
"they journeyed south"

synonyms: travel, go, voyage, sail, cruise, fly, hike, trek, ride, drive, make one's way; More


I know that this definition may not rock your world, but it really did something for my spirit.  I think I need to constantly remind myself I am on a journey, and that everyone else is too.  And that it IS "A long and difficult process of personal change and development."  

We all handle process differently, and we are all constantly going through different things in our hearts and spirits and bodies and minds.  I am resolving to stop judging other's journeys, and to attempt to focus more on my own hand in hand with my creator.

God has granted me grace, and I owe it to others.  We are all traveling somewhere, and this life holds journey after journey.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Food I Ate Friday - Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken with Biscuits

Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken With Biscuits

I am not sure how many times I am going to say I am all about my crock pot, but one more time couldn't hurt.  It is a full blown obsession.

This meal is easy, delicious, and makes me happy.  I genuinely hope you try it!  Also, I am not in denial, my food pictures aren't beautiful, and I will continue to use the one's from the website's where I find recipes.


Ingredients

3/4 Pound Carrots (about 4) cut into 1-inch lengths
2 stalks celery - thinly sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs 
(I used breasts and it is less rich - I just shred it while it is in the crock pot)
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup heavy cream 
(I used 1/2 & 1/2 and it is less rich)


Directions

1. In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, toss together the carrots, celery, onions and flour.  Place the chicken on top and season with the poultry seasoning, salt and pepper (to liking).  Add the broth and wine.

2. Cover and cook until the chicken and vegetables are tender, on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  (I actually cooked it on low for 8 hours and the veggies were still crunchy, so I think this varies per crockpot.)

3. 30 minutes before serving prepare biscuits.  I used the ones you find in the fridge at the grocery store, but previously I have made my own from scratch :)  Whatever is your preference!

4. Ten minutes before serving, add the peas, heavy cream and a little more salt to the crock pot and stir until combined.  About 5 to 10 more minutes (I think I did more like 15).

5. To serve, place the bottom half of the biscuits in shallow bowls, then top with the chicken mixture and the remaining biscuit halves.



The original recipe can be found here.  As a lot of my favorites do, this one comes from Real Simple Magazine.  I recommend enjoying with a friend, a glass of wine and some jazz music.

Have a lovely weekend friends!

Friday, January 17, 2014

I've Got Peace Like a River

Even still, it is well with my soul.

Lately I have been feeling at peace. 

At peace with my family. 

At peace with my friendships. 

At peace in my marriage.
 
At peace in my heart with the Lord. 

I have had a couple of hard conversations lately, but now that they are behind me, I feel weight off my shoulders. 

I have sat down and read the Bible more lately than I have in the past year, and God's word is refreshing me.

I have set aside time to reach out to family that is not near me, and I am finding it rewards me as much as it shows love to them.

I am learning to love Bill in the simple moments that we share and to enjoy doing chores with him because I get to be near the man I love.

I pray that you find peace in your souls friends.

I pray that you seek out peace if you do not have it and find a way to draw nearer to your creator, as he is the only way to find true peace.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friendship - Oregon Style


These lovely friends are here this weekend from Portland, Oregon!  They recently had a sweet baby named Aiden, and gave Bill and I the pleasure of being his God Parents!  

What an honor that is, and I cannot wait to hug him and hold him and be around them and share meals together.  These two are people we really treasure.  This weekend is sure to be a glorious adventure, and I will share some photos in the future :) 


Enjoy your weekend friends!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gettin' Crafty - Photo Update on Palette Project


As promised, here is a picture of the "headboard" hung over our bed - it ended up being more like a piece of art, but I am absolutely in love with it! 

Yes, it was a gift for Bill, but as I said last week, it is also a gift for me!  Definitely a win-win for the Rogers :) 

Sigh… it fills my heart with joy.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Getting Crafty - My Very Own Sewing Machine


I have wanted a sewing machine for as long as I can remember.  I have been jealous of people who know how to sew and always wanted to have the skill for myself.  I want to make table runners and napkins and quilts and hem pants and take things in and make curtains and be a woman who knows how to sew almost anything.  It is all a part of my mission to become a well rounded woman :) I want to have all the traditional skills: Cooking, Cleaning, Sewing and Baking.  

Well, now it's time to embrace this desire, because my wonderful husband bought me this gift for Christmas.  When he pulled it out from behind the tree I had no idea what was inside the box, and when I peeled off the paper my eyes welled up with tears.  What an incredible opportunity I have to hone a skill I have always wanted to master!

Despite all this, I'm intimidated.  Learning to sew requires patience and a whole lot of practice.  This weekend we went out and bought the basics (thread, fabric, etc…) and now there is nothing left to do but start.  I think I am just going to familiarize myself with it to begin, and move from there.   Hopefully, just spending time with the sewing machine will remove the intimidation factor and I will only be excited.   I look forward to posting all of my completed projects in the near future :)

Any suggestions from those who sew out there? 

Where to get cheap fabric? 

Beginners tips? 

I'd love to hear it all!