Saturday, February 16, 2013

don't let others get the best of you

Some people will do things, just to get a rise out of you, to trip you up and bring you down ~ because they are threatened by your power or they want to have power over you.  Light often attracts attack ~ but light also deflects it if one chooses to have a strong boundary.
It is quite selfish to disturb someone else's peace and then blame them for being too sensitive.
Some egos might never grow or align with higher self, but that is their problem.  Don't let others get the best of you ~ let it bounce back into them by maintaining stability and neutrality, because they desperately need the wake up call.
Don't feed them or give them the satisfaction of hurting you.  To end its ruler-ship don't allow it in and don't allow it to make you a victim and don't become it.
In the face of it, let it empower your Spirit, because in that moment you are reminded of the goodness you are made of.  No need to sink into despair or the pain because you have to deal with those who don't hold Love and Harmony as Sacred...
If you hold it as Sacred, then you will enjoy the benefits and you will assist in reminding others of how beautiful life can be when you have respect for the most important qualities of life.
~ Maritza "Journey to Balance"
Amen. xo

Friday, February 8, 2013

little love bug


Little guy is such a useful one.  He enjoys helping me dust and sweep, feed the birdies and gives the doggies treats and even offers to share his beloved dee dee.

Dillan has a healthy appetite and delights in my cooking.  Now he revels in the fact that he can feed himself most times. He enjoys oatmeal, rice pudding, soups, pasta, apples, avocado, yogurt, bagels and sausage the most. I made a batch of pickles to satisfy his palate.  When he has his fill he shakes his head and says no.
We finally got some snow in these here parts and he could not wait to go out and walk around, chasing the geese, looking for the deer that hover in our backyard and I gave him a ride on the sled for the first time.  He had to get all bundled up and could hardly move. LOL 
His mom and dad will be on honeymoon in a few days and we can't wait to have him and Ozis stay with us.  Party time.  I bought some of his favorite things to eat and a few new toys to keep him busy.  He loves puzzles and trains and cars but mostly songs he could dance to.  I make forts and we play peekaboo constantly.  Giggles galore with the little fella. 
He is on the verge of talking up a storm and babbles all day about things and we have conversations using inflection as if we understand each other.  Right now his favorites are listening to the Gummibear Bubble Up song while he chases bubbles and Doo Bee Doo Bee Doo and Twinkle Star.  We sit on the sofa with the doggies at times and quietly browse through books while he is nestled in his Tigger blankie and holds his ba ba.  These moments take my breath away.  xo

Thursday, February 7, 2013

comfort food for the soul

  One of my favorite things to do these days is prepare meals.  I have been digging up new recipes to add variety to our menu with much success.  Lately the raves have been for breakfast casseroles and pies.  Here is a new one I discovered from an Aldi flyer.
 Sunnyside Breakfast Casserole
dozen frozen hash brown patties
1 pkg. sausage patties
dozen large eggs
leaf spinach
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup half and half
fresh parsley
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat 13 x 9 pan with olive oil.  Pan fry the hash brown patties in a skillet.  Crumble the patties and evenly spread them into the baking pan.  Brown the sausage patties on a grill or in a skillet. Crumble sausage.  Evenly top the hash browns with spinach, follow with sausage and 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, salt and pepper.  Pour over the casserole mix and pat down the mixture with a flat spatula.  You can top with sliced tomatoes or just sprinkle remaining cheese and parsley.  Bake 45 minutes. 
To take the edge off the extreme weather, I decided to make good old fashioned homemade chicken soup.  The house smells so warm and cozy with the aroma.
Chicken Soup
3 chicken legs
10 yukon gold potatoes
3 celery stalks
6 carrots
1 onion
fresh parsley
chicken boullion
salt and pepper
kluski noodles
Peel potatoes and carrots.  I save the scraps and mulch for the finches.  Chop onion, celery, potatoes and carrots and set aside.  Cook chicken breasts in stove or crockpot filling water to the top.  Add boullion, allspice, vegeta, salt and pepper to your taste.  Add chopped veggies and parsley to soup mix and cook for hours until chicken falls off bone.  Remove chicken and add some to soup if you prefer.  Serve with Kluski noodles.  Your soul will soar.
Since the kids are going to Cancun, I decided to take a stab at making Chicken Enchiladas.  I found a couple recipes and will attempt to conjour up my own based on them.
Chicken Enchiladas
8 chicken breasts
1 large can stewed tomatoes
1 onion
1 poblano pepper
1 can enchilada sauce
2 packets enchilada sauce mix
1 can tomato paste
cumin, cayenne and chili powder
cheddar cheese
fresco cheese
whole wheat tortillas
fresh cilantro and parsley
spanish rice as a side
Parboil the chicken breasts for 4 hours.  Remove from broth but save broth for the chicken soup above.  Chop onion and pepper and shred the chicken.  Mix in bowl with 2 cups broth and cumin, cayenne and chili powder.  Keep in fridge overnight. 
In skillet, saute mixture in olive oil for a few minutes.  Meantime, combine processed stewed tomatoes, enchilada sauce, tomato paste and 1 cup broth.  Cook on stovetop until well blended.  Add a little to chicken mixture and cook a few minutes.
Wrap tortillas in foil and bake in oven for 5 minutes to tenderize. Coat bottom of lasagne pan with enchilada sauce.  Dip each tortilla in same sauce then fill with chicken mixture, roll and line in pan with seam face down.  Add more enchilada sauce on top.  Finalize with cheddar and fresco cheese on top.  Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.  Garnish with cilantro, parsley, scallion, sour cream if you like and serve with Spanish rice and beans.  Ole.
Stay warm and snuggle with the ones you love. xo