A smile is cheer to you and me
The cost is nothing –it’s given free
It comforts the weary –gladdens the sad
Consoles those in trouble –good or bad…
Unlike most blessings for which we pray
It’s one thing we keep when we give it away.
“If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions but subtract from the sum of his desires.” – unknown
My desires aren’t of stuff…it is of time. Time spent with family and friends. I want more time, but who doesn’t?
“Energy and time are precious, limited entities. Therefore, you need to use them wisely, focusing on what is truly important. As you walk close to Me, saturating your mind with Scripture, I will show you how to spend your time and energy. My word is a lamp to your feet; My Presence is a Light for your Path.” Psalm 119:105–Jesus is Calling
Since I made sauce for the zucchini lasagna, and I had some extra (score), I decided to go ahead and make some meals for either dinner or lunches for the week.
David is part of a local community theater group, and will be in rehearsals all week. So I will be on my own for dinner.
I had a sweet potato, sliced, chopped. Add a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees until soft and tender.I also had spiralized some zucchini – made some noodles.Three bowls with some zucchini, sweet potatoes, and…Added the meat sauce, and then parmesan cheese of course! Four meals…well, one is zucchini noodles with some olive oil, salt and pepper – with shrimp that I had sauteed as I had ran out of meat sauce.This week was so much better for meal planning and prepping. I felt so much better about dinners, and lunches and my overall health.
How was your week? Did you plan/meal prep?
The picture is from my family’s place in Maryland. Lisa’s flowers are beautiful.
This is the first time I have created something like this. It took me forever to figure out how to change the font color. Ha.
Since I made the Zucchini Lasagna, I wanted to have some “bread” with it. I loved the two ingredient bread that I had made, and decided to try making a garlic bread.
Again, I used 1 cup of full fat greek yogurt, and 1 cup of flour. Mix together, and let rest. Kneed, and roll out. I oiled my pizza stone with some olive oil, and laid the dough on top. Pressed out some spots or indents.Topped the dough with olive oil, Italian seasoning, and chopped garlic.Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
This was a perfect accompaniment for my zucchini lasagna. I love this chewy bread. I don’t feel as guilty since this has some protein in it.
I have been craving Lasagna for a while, as since flour pasta is not something I should be eating, I tried it with zucchini (again). I used my madoline, and sliced it thin. Laid them out on a paper towel, sprinkled with salt (to draw out the moisture). Let them sit for a little bit…you will see the moisture draw out.For the sauce: pound of ground beef, 3 cloves of garlic, and a medium onion. Sauteed until cooked through. Seasoning: cinnamon (yes, just a bit), Italian seasoning and Oregano, salt and pepper.I used some of the Slocomb Tomatoes that I put up a couple of years ago for the sauce (and just let it simmer for a while), and a couple of cups of red wine. I added some tomato sauce as it wasn’t deepening like I wanted.Wipe off the moisture from the zucchini, and place into a 9×9 dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Next, layer…with sauce…Mix together a small container FULL FAT ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup parmesan, egg, and a generous amount of pepper.Hint: drop the half of cheese mix into spots around the dish THEN spread out to cover.One block of mozzarella cheese, shredded. Sprinkle a third of it on the first layer. And, repeat…Once you add the second layer of cheese mixture, top with mozzarella, then add the other 1/2 cup of parmesan. It will add a nice crust to the top.Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until nice and bubbly.Remove the foil, and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.I LOVED mine…the noodles (zucchini) were perfect for me…and it was the perfect serving size. David’s portion (and he had seconds!), with extra’s.We had leftovers for the next several nights, and even had some for when Carmen was home. She even enjoyed it! The cinnamon really adds a nice hint of something extra.
I had made Yogurt Bread as well…so yummy!
Another version of a cherry sauce, this time prepping for Salmon (coming soon). I apparently didn’t take any pictures of the prep. I am sorry.
Recipe is as follows:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup dry white wine
Salt and pepper (more pepper than salt)
Bring to a boil, and simmer until reduced by half. Cool, and pour into a glass container for keeping in the refrigerator. Can serve cold or warmed.
Oh! and David got me this amazing cherry pitter at store after he witnessed what I went through the battle of removing cherry pits with a paperclip! I will say it works better if you follow the instructions! This was amazing! It did four cherries at once! AND my fingers weren’t blue! So nice. And, yes, I have to label things, otherwise I forget what it is…at least I am honest! Blessings.
“We think we’ll be safest tiptoeing carefully around land mines of criticism. Callings beget criticism. The thing about trying to please critics: they’re never pleased. A wise man once told me that there are people you don’t want to like you.” – Beth Moore
I have always wanted everyone to like me. I want people to feel good, not only about the day, what is going on around them, about themselves, and about me.
It’s been a hard lesson, but I have realized that I can’t always make everyone happy. Not everyone will like what you do, say, or how you act. There will be people that just don’t like you. But YOU have to like you. You have to accept the flaws, bumps, and awesomeness that you are. That’s it. It is harder than it seems, eh?
Blessings today…and always.
Love these two. They are spending time together this weekend, because they want to…makes my Momma heart happy. ❤️