Slow Cooked Chile Verde

Slow Cooked Chile Verde

This is not quite the recipe I use, but it is close.  The recipe I use I have in a cookbook that my former preacher’s wife put together for the church and it’s a recipe from the one of the ladies that attends there.  Hers is a bit simpler, but I wanted to give you a link instead of writing out a recipe that you may not be able to print off.  Her recipe calls for tomatillos, garlic, chopped green chilies (canned) and jalapeno with ground sage, cumin seed and chili flakes.  But, like I said, the recipe is basically the same, I just wanted to do the full closure thing and let you know of a few other ingredients that you can use in addition to the ones listed in the recipe, just keep it as simple as possible, sometimes these recipes are just way to much work to make it worth it!  Of course, that is my humble opinion, so take it as you wish.  Enjoy!

https://www.thespruce.com/chile-verde-recipe-2342669

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Grocery stores are a serious pain in my existence!

Grocery stores are a serious pain in my existence!

Have I mentioned recently that I am an introverted home body?  Well, in case you forgot, I’m reminding you.  I really prefer to avoid the public at all costs, and that especially goes with grocery stores.  Now considering I do love to cook, you’d think that these stores would be an oasis for me.  They aren’t.  Well, they would be if there was no one else in them and there was a person to bag my groceries and no line to the cashier, then maybe the whole experience would be okay.  But that would be in the perfect world, and that doesn’t exist.  The reason they are on my mind is because I had to go to one this morning.  I had our menu planned out for the next week and had a massive list and I was just dreading it.  But I went, and I had to thank God for His grace when I got home because the whole thing took so much out of me to do it.

That’s one thing about being an anxious Bipolar that is really annoying.  The things that other people do with no second thought, take all I have in me to do.  Do you know what I mean?  Going to the grocery store is just one example.  Shopping in general is another.  I have to psych myself up to just do it and it annoys me that I have to do that.  Going and getting gas, I do everything I can to get my husband to do it for me.  Since he now works 60 hour weeks, things are falling on my shoulders much more and I think I am doing the best I can to adjust to being the main shopper, etc.  Do I like it?  Not really, but I also don’t have much of a choice in the matter either.  And the anxiety about doing something like grocery shopping even starts the night before, when I am lying in bed – it hits; the reality that when I wake up in the morning, I’ll have to go out in the public to provide food or necessities for my family.  It bugs me so bad that something as simple as going to a store has that kind of effect on me!

The only advice I have is to just ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen?  You get a crappy cart that gives you problems (like I had this morning), or there’s a line to the cashier, or you have to bag your own groceries (which I hate, but it is what it is).  Are those really life-altering events?  Not even close.  So, I just put my big girl panties on and just go do it, and the sense of accomplishment when it’s over is staggering.  Succeeding in something that makes you anxious is a thrilling feeling and just remember that is what will happen when you face your fears and overcome them.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

The prayer finally answered

The prayer finally answered

I have great news to share; my husband has found permanent full-time work.  We have been praying for that for a very long time.  God has gotten us through a difficult time since my husband lost his job, but God has always provided and we have not been left wanting.  He provides for all your needs, you just have to trust Him to do it and stay out of His way when He is trying to take care of your problems.

This post will be short because I just want to go and praise God for this wonderful thing.  I know whatever ramifications come of this, God will be right there with us making it all work out to our good.  My favorite verse: Romans 8:28 “and God works all things out to the good of those who love Him and are called to His purpose.”  He really does, it just takes faith because God doesn’t consider your time table, He has one of His own.  Faith is hope in what is not seen, and we have had our faith tested quite a bit in the last year or more, but we are stronger than ever.  Thank you Lord for this precious gift and take care all of you!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

12 DIY Napkin Rings for Any Occasion

12 DIY Napkin Rings for Any Occasion

I love these ideas.  If you are big into dinner parties or hosting family get-togethers, then this is for you.  There are some really great ideas here to make these napkin rings; all seem easy and fun to do.  And, they are cheap so added bonus.  I hope these ideas come in handy for your next dinner party.

https://www.thespruce.com/diy-napkin-rings-4126779?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10153774&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

9 Fun Beading Projects to Keep You Busy and In Style

9 Fun Beading Projects to Keep You Busy and In Style

I used to do beading when I was in my early twenties; but, haven’t since.  No real reason why, just outgrew it, I think, but who knows.  I think these projects are really great and each one comes with directions on how to do it.  There’s quite a variety of projects so there should be at least one that gets your creative juices flowing.  Have fun!

https://www.thespruce.com/free-beading-patterns-4118327?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10153774&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Chicken Cacciatore in a Slow Cooker

Chicken Cacciatore in a Slow Cooker

Just when you thought I had abandoned the whole crock pot thing, behold, a slow cooker recipe!  This looks really simple and a delicious way to serve chicken.  As the recipe recommends, serve it on spaghetti and include the garlic bread because bread is so wonderful and a salad to make sure you’re being healthy.  Enjoy!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/246305/chicken-cacciatore-in-a-slow-cooker/?internalSource=popular&referringContentType=home%20page&clickId=cardslot%2015

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Ennui

Ennui

I love that word, it just sounds better than the other words describing the feeling.  I learned it from a novel that I read a while ago.  Here’s the definition:

en·nui

noun

  1. a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.
synonyms: boredom, tedium, listlessness, lethargy, lassitude, languor, weariness, enervation

The reason I am sharing this word with you is because it happens to me a lot.  And it is a terrible feeling, basically a feeling of nothingness, just being numb.  Some days I am great, feeling like I can accomplish anything and all is right in the world.  But then there are times when the ennui hits and I just lie there and stare into the empty space that is around me.  I can’t explain it very well, that’s why I included the definition.  Being bipolar is not fun and the mood swings are a real pain in the butt.  I can handle the irritation mood, the elation mood, and all the various moods in between, but this numb feeling is very difficult for me to handle.

I don’t really have any practical advice about it either.  I can wake up fine and it will just hit and I have to work through it.  Usually, with a lot of tears involved.  But I do get through it and that is what matters.  The mood swings are difficult to handle like I said, but the silver lining is that they are temporary.  It’s a matter of just being strong enough to get through it, and I have my spirituality which definitely helps.  The only thing I can say about it is to just force yourself to get up and do something, anything, just keep going and you’ll feel better in time.  When it hits, I have my crying time, then I say a prayer and get up and paint or write or even just clean.  I also want to say that I think it is a totally normal feeling to have.  Bipolars are normal; we just have the roller coaster emotions instead of the steady state of being.  I know this is an odd post; I just wanted to share that this happens to me and if it happens to you, you’re going to be okay, I promise.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth