Grilled Ratatouille Salad

Grilled Ratatouille Salad

This looks so good to me!  I was trying to find a recipe that used all the wonderful fresh veggies that summer has to offer.  As you know, my husband is an avid gardener and we are neck deep in those fresh veggies.  This recipe looks simple enough; I try to find recipes that you don’t need to be a chef to execute them!  It says to let it cool, but I think you could eat this warm or cold.  Whichever way you choose, enjoy!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/grilled-ratatouille-salad-recipe-1960137

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Today is my birthday, what a joy!

Today is my birthday, what a joy!

I don’t know about you, but on my birthday I do an inventory of my life, what I’ve accomplished or finished or just my general state of being.  And I usually concentrate on the things that I wanted to change on my last birthday and didn’t achieve.  But, I’m not doing that this year.  I am working on thinking much more positive about myself and the world as a whole.  Attitude is everything, and I’m working on improving mine.  So, let’s see what I have done positive this past year…

  • I started this blog. But more importantly, I found something I love to do and that is writing.  I take great pleasure in doing this blog, and no, I’m not trying to be the next great blogger or have 10,000 hits a day kind of blog because I just don’t care.  I do this blog just because I like to and that is all there is to it.
  • I’ve been as good a wife to my husband as I possibly could be. We have had a rough year, still are actually, but we are making it through it and doing it rather well.  Of course, all the glory of doing that goes to God, because without His grace, we would not be doing near as well as we are.  I know I have done my best to support and care for my husband, home and furbabies.
  • I worked a job and I saw it through to the end. Did I have to make it part-time because the full-time hours were wreaking havoc on me emotionally?  Yep, you bet.  But I finished the assignment – I didn’t quit!  That is a huge accomplishment for me.
  • I started my own business. I am working on believing in myself that I can do this and I am putting myself out there in a way that does not come natural for me.  For instance, last Wednesday, I went to a ladies’ networking event, and I made some good contacts and may even have a client very soon.  Was it difficult for me to do it?  Oh, you betcha!  Huge introvert here, remember?  But, I did it and that is what’s important.

All things considered, I kicked butt this year.  It’s all about perspective.  Have I clients calling my phone every day or a super-successful blog, nope, but who cares!  I am doing well and that is what is important.  I’ll be 45, and frankly, when I was 20, I never thought I’d survive to this age.  As they say, I would have taken better care of myself if I knew I would still be around at this age!  The point is to always keep moving forward, no matter what life throws at you.  You can do it, you can kick butt!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

God considers me worthy!

God considers me worthy!

As I wrote on Monday, I suffer from a deplorable lack of self-esteem.  I’ve had it pretty much all of my life, all the failures and mistakes I have made over the years have just seemed to solidify this conception of being worthless.  I bought this book called the Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur and I would tell you the authors, but I don’t have the book around me, but search Amazon and you’ll find it.  Anyway, there’s this one line that says I need to be confident in the value that I bring to people, potential clients and the world itself.  Wow, yeah, um…I have a problem here.  I am not confident that I bring value to anyone – God, family, potential clients, this list goes on.

Yet, God valued me enough to send His son to sacrifice himself on the cross for me to be given salvation if I have the faith and obedience in God and Jesus Christ.  If the creator of the universe sees value in me, why can’t I see a least a small portion of that value?  The answer is I have no idea.  I really don’t, my husband, my business mentor and others have tried to talk to me about this and whatever they say just doesn’t seem to resonate with me.  I was created in the image of God, and yet I see myself as nothing but a collection of various flaws and imperfections.

I don’t know if I just lack the faith to believe that I am as worthy as God sees me or not.  I know I worry about things that I don’t need to worry about because God knows exactly what is going on with me and knows exactly what I need and how to provide it.  But knowing and believing it with all of my heart are different things, unfortunately.  There are times when I do have the confidence and peace of mind to believe in myself and I think I can do anything, but those times are infrequent.  More often I feel like I am a fraud that everyone can see that right off the bat.  I pray about this a lot, but it seems to be my cross to bear and something I will be fighting for some time to come.  All I know is that I will struggle with finding success in life until I possess the self-confidence to know with all of my heart that I bring value to the world, to the people in my life and to my potential clients.  I pray that this doesn’t take a lifetime to overcome!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

10 Creative DIY Backyard Fire Pits

10 Creative DIY Backyard Fire Pits

When I saw this, I knew I had to share it with you.  I know there’s this big thing  about outside living now and making your patio into an outside living room.  I think it’s a great idea, but some of the furniture and fixtures are expensive.  So, when I saw that these were DIY, I knew it was for this blog.  They are all really great ideas and seem to be quite affordable to complete.  So, if you into the whole outside living thing, pick one out and have at it!  I mean who doesn’t love the idea of a fire pit in their backyard.

https://www.thespruce.com/diy-backyard-fire-pits-4142011?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10054058&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

DIY Mini Flower Garden Pots

DIY Mini Flower Garden Pots

I guess I’m on a role with the kid-friendly stuff.  I just thought this was a really cute idea and it is something to get your kids in on and gives them something to do one summer afternoon.  The project includes washi tape and markers and just letting your creative juices flow.  The final suggestion is to make a fairy garden using them and I think that is a cute idea on how to use them.  Or make a display of them on your patio.  Regardless, this is a super cute idea that seems really easy to do and so have some fun and do a few of these.

https://www.thespruce.com/diy-mini-flower-garden-pots-1251371?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10054058&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi

Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi

This recipe looks delicious and simple.  I do love me some simple!  It also seems to be quick, another bonus. Anyway, if you’re into shrimp (and who isn’t?) this is a healthy recipe for shrimp scampi from the foodnetwork.com.  Do give this a try and let me know how it turns out, and enjoy!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/lightened-up-shrimp-scampi-2012108

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

I want to be the person my dog thinks I am!

I want to be the person my dog thinks I am!

Above is a picture of my beloved dog.  We got her in 2006 from the SPCA and the vet we took her to said she was a Doberman mix.  So, considering her German roots, I named her Gretchen Eva.  She’s a great dog and I love her to death.  This is something all dog owners know, when you leave home and come back, your dog is so excited to see you – like you’ve been gone for months or something.  I can be gone for like five minutes and I get the same reaction from her as when I’ve been gone for hours.  I think that is the one thing that is so endearing about dogs, how happy they are to see you when you get home.  I have cats too and I don’t get the same reaction from them, I assure you.  Also, she is wherever I am, whether in my home office, living room, doesn’t matter, she is always by my side.

Anyway, the other day I was thinking about this; how to my dog I am the greatest being alive. And I started to think how really great it would be if I thought this about myself, not the ‘I’m the greatest’ thing, but that I am worthy of such devotion.  When my dog looks at me, she doesn’t see the fat, the flaws, the shortcomings – she just sees me as being perfect.  That’s what I wish I could do for myself, to just accept the flaws and stop having issues about them.  I am what I am, and according to everyone else I am a great person.  Do I see that? No, I don’t.  All I do is constantly berate myself for not being good enough at being a homemaker, a Christian, or just plain being a human.

As you know, I am working on starting a virtual assistant business and days like today, actually, I just think to myself what a fraud I am, how I am completely unprepared to do the job, to help clients.  It doesn’t matter that I would do anything possible to give potential clients the best service possible, or that I would care about their business as I care for mine.  I just think I am just such a fraud, that I have no idea what I am doing and why would anyone want me as a VA, when there are ones out there who really do know what they are doing.  I can’t seem to give myself a break on this, and this comparititis that I have with other VA’s is detrimental.  I could be comparing myself to a VA that’s been doing it for ten years; of course, he/she will know what they are doing.  That’s why I want to see myself as my dog does, so that I can just give myself a break and be a whole lot more logical and reasonable about whom I am and what I have to offer.  Everyone I know sees me in a way that I just don’t and I really need to work on this because there are much less talented people out there that are successful because they had the self-confidence in themselves to put themselves out there.  Maybe I need to read a book or two about developing self-esteem, any recommendations?  I know in Scripture (Philippians 4) God says to think on good, positive things and the peace of God will be with us.  Maybe I should just take His advice, and learn to think positively!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth