Category Archive Guilty Pleasures

ByEmily

I’m There For Ya, Babe

Here lately, my girls have really been into Full House, which we are totally okay with. There’s a certain episode we’ve seen a few times called, “I’m There For Ya, Babe.”

 

I'm There For Ya, Babe... Emily shares how God showed her His presence through a sitcom from her childhood. Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven

 

In this episode, Uncle Jesse is needed by everyone at the same time. Danny needs help with his carburetor. Joey needs help with an advertising jingle. Becky needs a date to her cousin’s wedding. DJ has a soccer game for him to coach. Stephanie needs him to bake cookies and all the while, Michelle can’t get Jack to come out of his box! Whew!

Every time Jesse starts to conquer one issue, someone else comes up with another one. Problem after problem. Jesse, being pulled in every direction, has promised each one his help and longs to stay true to his word. He has let each person know, “I’m there for ya, Babe.”

Eventually, Jesse realizes, along with everyone else in the household, that he can’t do it all. He’s going to have to tell someone no.

Tonight I went up for prayer at our church service. I have just been feeling way overwhelmed….feeling like I’m on the verge of losing either my sanity or my salvation—-and nothing is taking my salvation—- so crazy I must become! That’s right, I’m a wife, mother and woman. I struggle, too. I needed prayer.

“He’s there for ya.” That’s the statement about God that the lady praying for me made. In my mind’s eye I immediately saw Uncle Jesse, and I heard God say to me, “I’m there for ya, babe.” What’s amazing is, He really is there for me. Unlike Uncle Jesse, He doesn’t have to pencil me in along with everyone else. I don’t have to wait in line for my turn, or take a number. And even more amazing, I don’t have to worry with a possible disappointment if a time comes where I find out He really can’t handle it. Why? Cause He can handle it. His word stands forever. His promises are sure and true. What God says, He means, and I’m thrilled to know that He’s there for me, Babe!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”
-Psalm 46:1-

ByKaren

That’s Me! (Jack of All Trades; Master of None)

If ever I have time to relax, and that’s a big IF, I enjoy doing a variety of things. I guess I would call myself a Hobbyist. I like to try to make new things, at least once, just to say that I did it. The least it can do is go wrong, right?

I enjoy working on projects for church, whether it involves food, baking, crafts, gifts, etc. Recently, I did a baby shower for one of my cousins, and OH THE POSSIBILITIES! I had to make myself stop! I loved seeing what else I could come up with, though our budget definitely didn’t love it.

I have recently re-kindled my love for painting. Seeing what I can come up with is part of the fun and painting things that the kids ask me for, gets the creative juices flowing.

 

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My youngest son is into the reptile / amphibian stage and wanted a canvas of a snake. Since I don’t like snakes, I had to be creative and do a cutesy, yet not toooo cutesy snake, since he is 9 years old, that would still have the WOW factor. To me, it was still more for a “little boy”, and he will ALWAYS be my little boy, but he still loved it just the way it was.

My niece Adah loves all things dinosaurs! She turned 4 on June 18, so for her birthday, I painted 2 dino pics for her. They have just the right amount of girliness for a little girl that loves dinos! I didn’t want to leave out her sister Naomi, so I asked her what she would like. I did a butterfly for her.

Essie loves the Lalaloopsy Dolls. I haven’t painted any of those recently, but did several for her in the past. Her latest canvas for her room was an owl. Owls are pretty popular right now, so I used bright colors to go with her personality.

Josie’s new canvas painting was of a Cross. I used colors and designs that would give it a 3-D effect. It’s so hard to please a teenager these days, so when she loved it, I was more than happy.

Isaac’s was the most specific painting that I had to paint. He asked for a Fender Stratocaster Guitar in certain colors. Of course I was like, “You’ve got to be kidding me?“, but being the mother that aims to please, I “googled” images of certain Fender Stratocasters. Though it wasn’t a perfect painting, you would have thought that it was the best one ever! And seeing the rare glimpse of excitement in the face of a preteen boy, all because of a picture that I painted of something that he has a love for, was totally priceless!

Is there anything that you enjoy doing that can also bring happiness to someone else? It doesn’t have to be anything major. Sometimes, the smallest act of kindness or the simplest of gestures, can mean the world of difference to someone. See what you can come up with.

ByKaren

Food For Thought

Randomly, I will get on a kick to where I will eat only certain foods for a period of time or only like to cook certain foods. I’ll quit some dishes for a while then re-visit some. I tend to get burnt out quickly. I have certain “quirks” to go along with whatever I’m eating. For instance, if I’m eating a turkey sandwich, I have to have either peanut M&M’s with it or Sour Cream and Onion potato chips. Have to.

My husband & I at Lambert's Cafe

My husband & I at Lambert’s Cafe

Lately, we have been re-visiting good ol’ fashioned spaghetti. I used to despise it and can only sum it up to over use in our early years of marriage. Hey, it was cheap, fast, and easy.

I have my moments for PB&J for lunch with a big ol’ glass of milk. It’s the kid in me I guess. It was another staple in our early marriage. David took it to work for lunch everyday for almost 3 months. He was so sick of peanut butter!

My son & his pizza

My son & his pizza

I’m a cereal person, but not for breakfast. I like to eat my cereal at night before I go to bed. I know I’m weird… lol The cereal I’m on now is Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch. I absolutely LOVE it. Apparently a lot of others do too, because they are always low on them at the store. I could eat it every day. Wait a minute… I do eat it every day!  For now… It will be something different in a few weeks. Before this one, it was Maple Brown Sugar Life. Everyday.

Being a creature of habit, I don’t try many new foods when we go to restaurants either. I usually order the same entree for each visit. At our local Mexican restaurant, I eat Grilled Chicken and Cheese with rice. When I go to O’Charley’s, I get the loaded potato soup and the club sandwich. Plain and simple. That’s just how I roll.

Dessert at Hard Rock Cafe. Mmm!

If you have any food fetishes, etc., that you would like to share with us, feel free to do so! We would absolutely love to hear from you! (Let me know I’m not alone! LOL)

ByKaren

Guilty Pleasures: Salsa Chicken… YUM!

Recently, I tried out a new recipe, given to me by a teacher at school. It is so simple, healthy,
and yummy.

Salsa Chicken

What you need:

  • 2-3 chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 1 can of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 jar of salsa

I have a pot that I can place in the microwave for “speed” cooking. If you have one of these pots,
(I got mine from The Pampered Chef), place all ingredients into the pot, and place in microwave for
18 minutes. (Make sure chicken is cooked all the way through.)

Oven method – place all ingredients in an oven safe pan, mix together, and bake at 375 until the
chicken is done all the way through, approx. 40 – 45 minutes.

*I have a large family, therefore, I have to double the ingredients, which adds to the cooking time.
It took 28 minutes in the microwave with the extra ingredients.

You have a full meal in nearly no time at all. My husband, who is one of the pickiest eaters that
I know, loved it. Give it a try and enjoy!