Traditional Style Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Traditional Style Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

I thought I would post one totally vegan recipe.  I’m all into the meatless thing, but I’m not a vegan, but that doesn’t mean that one of you isn’t.  So, with that in mind I thought I would share this recipe.  I love shepherd’s pie and thought that this sounded like a pretty decent recipe to give a try.  It uses only vegan ingredients, and seems relatively simple to do.  I don’t share complicated recipes because if I’m not willing to do it because it’s too complicated than I’m probably not alone, unless you’re a big time foodie, in which case this is probably not the blog for you.  I like simple, I know you all know that by now.  Anyway, I hope you give this recipe a try, or just substitute all the vegan ingredients with regular ones and use ground beef instead of the beef substitute and enjoy the recipe for what it is!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/180735/traditional-style-vegan-shepherds-pie/?internalSource=streams&referringId=16146&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=st_trending_s

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

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God may shut a door, but always opens a window

God may shut a door, but always opens a window

As you all know, the whole Mary Kay thing has come to an end and my husband wants me to concentrate on working my first business, the administrative assistant one.  I must admit some conflict here, not that I care about Mary Kay coming to an end, that’s not where the conflict lies.  Part of me wants to have a successful business and have several clients and the whole nine yards with that, the other part of me, the louder part of me, wants to be left the heck alone and just let me take care of my house and snuggle with my dog and read a good book.  Therein lies the conflict, but I’m dealing with it.  Personally, I don’t really care about the whole career thing; it’s one of those things that looks good on paper but, in reality, isn’t all that great.  But my husband wants me to do more than sit on my butt and read, so I am working on the business.

As I told you last week, I met an insurance broker at a local business luncheon.  I met with her and her assistant on Friday for lunch and they were very helpful in explaining what I need to do to become licensed and what I could offer solo insurance principles that would help benefit them.  I know I would need to be licensed and then appointed if I want to write business, as it is called when you write policies.  Also, there is no writing involved, the lawyers do all of that, I would just use what is already written and endorse it.  And, it would most likely be more of a virtual position than an on-site position.  If the agent has an office, then they have a staff and I’m going after the ones that don’t have a staff.  The thing is, it’s freaking me out a bit and here’s why.  First, I’m learning a whole new industry, which is no big deal really, I’ve done it before and I can do it again.  Second, I have no idea how to do this virtually – that’s the big one.  I could offer to handle the phones, but I don’t know how the calls would be redirected to me to answer them.  It’s the minute details that always give me pause and I don’t know why that is.  It’s just a matter of working these details out, which I know God has already done, I just have to trust Him to do it.

But, my point to all this is that God does shut doors, but He then opens a window.  You just have to be brave enough to go through the window not knowing where you’ll land.  Is it easy?  Nope, not at all.  As you all know, trusting God is not my strongest attribute, which is sad considering all He is capable of doing.  As I always tell myself, God created the universe; I think He can handle my little problems and issues.  I don’t know if I am on the path that God wants me on, but I’ll find out pretty fast.  It seems that when you are on the path He wants you to take, He clears it of hurdles.  Well, at least the big ones. So, I will go into insurance with a couple of friends at my side that are willing to guide me along the way and offer all the advice that they can give me.  God provided that.   I know these ladies that I met for lunch are very willing to help me and I thank God for that because I am entering foreign territory and having friends behind the lines is a God-send.  So, I will be brave and jump through that window and trust that God will catch me on the other side.  It’s all I can do at this point!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

100 DIY Projects To Upgrade Your Home

100 DIY Projects To Upgrade Your Home

I thought I would share an all-encompassing article for DIY projects for every room in your home.  It has so many great ideas that you are bound to find at least one that you will want to do.  I love the whole DIY thing, got that from my husband – he can create anything out of the most basic things.  Besides, you give it your own twist and it is a unique piece of furniture or accessory instead of some store-bought item.  So, have fun and make something great for your home.

https://www.thespruce.com/diy-projects-to-upgrade-your-home-4114737?utm_campaign=needlesl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11127636&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Ravioli With Tomatoes, White Beans, and Escarole

I couldn’t share a picture of this recipe, it was in a format that couldn’t be used, so just imagine ravioli in a bowl with all kinds of great ingredients with it! I’m still on the meatless kick.  We just eat so much meat – my husband takes being a carnivore to a whole other level!  I’ve been looking for these kinds of recipes that would be healthy and delicious enough that I don’t have to hear him complain the whole time he’s eating it.  This recipe looks really good and seems simple enough, so I’ll try it and see if my food critic will like it.  Serve it with some fresh garlic bread and enjoy!

http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001046868,00.html

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Just a matter of time…

Just a matter of time…

Well, last week I wrote about wanting to be happier for my husband because he needs that from me.  I have been eating healthier and next week I’ll be adding in the exercise portion of my plan.  However, my husband has nixed the whole Mary Kay thing entirely.  It really was just a matter of time, he knew that it was not what I had expected and that it was very unnatural for me to be forced to talk to strangers and give facials and all that being a consultant involved.  So, last Saturday, after hearing yet another horror story about Mary Kay that my husband has been hearing from his friends and coworkers, he told me to stop it.  I argued with him for a while and then finally just gave in.  I can’t do something, anything without his support.  Besides, he was right, I was my own best customer!  I truly do love the products, they are really great products!

Anyway,  at first I was having  some issues with the whole thing but after a day or so, I realized that he was right (as he usually is) and am much calmer and more at peace now that I am no longer doing it.  I know all my husband wants is for me to NOT spend my days sitting on my butt on the couch with my dog and a good book.  He wants me to do something, he just doesn’t want me doing things that stress me out or that don’t make me happy.  So, I’m back to working on my other business, the administrative/bookkeeping business and I’m okay with that.  It is what I went to school for and it is what I am very good at.  I met this one person at a local networking event and she suggested I go into insurance, that there were many solo insurance principles in town that could use my help, especially if I was insurance certified to write the policies.  I love to write, and that is something I am rather good at doing and it doesn’t involve trying to sell something to someone.  I’m working on having a meeting with this woman because I want to learn more about this idea and what she was talking about; I need her guidance.

Regardless of my path, it is in God’s most capable hands.  I’m not worried about it; it will come to fruition at the perfect time because that is how God works.  I just have to work hard at getting that QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor thing done in the meantime, I’ve been putting it off for some unknown reason, but I need to just do it and be done with it.  I also want to learn more about marketing and sales in general because that is my weakest point.  I’m not salesy or much into boasting about myself and all the things that I can do.  I don’t regret the whole Mary Kay thing – it has helped me with my confidence, if I can conduct a skin care class to strangers, I can do anything I put my mind to.  It just wasn’t meant for me and I’m very glad I figured that out and can move on to what does work for me.  I like to be behind the scenes, not in front of the class.  I like being left alone to work and just be in the moment.  So, that’s what’s going on in my world as of today.  Things could change at a moment’s notice because that is how life is, but I do have an action plan that I intend on following.  I pray that I am on the right path finally!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

How to Make Your Own Homemade Soap

How to Make Your Own Homemade Soap

I think this is just such a cool idea; I’ve always wanted to do something like this but didn’t know how.  This article covers the four basic ways to make your own soap and gives you the instructions and a list of what you need for each way.  You can customize your soap with essential oils that help you to relax, or feel good, whatever your need. Plus, they’d make great gifts for this holiday season!  I hope you enjoy because I know I’ll be trying to do one of these methods, which one I don’t know yet.

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-make-soap-517084?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11127542&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan

I’ve been trying to convince my husband for us to eat more meatless dinners, and I think he would go for this one so I thought I would share.  I want to be healthier in mind and body and good nutrition is a great place to start to reach those goals.  So, now I’m on a meatless kick, so bear with me and let it run its course.  This recipe is super simple, especially considering it’s a Martha Stewart recipe.  Best eats to you!

https://www.marthastewart.com/351777/lighter-eggplant-parmesan

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth