Chicken Walnut Cheese Wrapped in Bacon

Chicken Walnut Cheese Wrapped in Bacon

I googled 5 ingredient recipes just to see what would come up because sometimes there is no “too simple” – you’ve worked all day, the house is a disaster, you need to feed your family but all you want to do is go to bed and forget the day.  I know, I’ve been there this week.  So, I thought I would just look for the really simple and like I said earlier, see what I find.  These look really good and seem simple enough.  And you get to pound the crap out of the chicken which might help let off some steam, added bonus in my book!  Enjoy!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/228752/chicken-walnut-cheese-wrapped-in-bacon/?internalSource=hn_carousel%2002_Bacon-Wrapped%20Chicken&referringId=16397&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&referringPosition=carousel%2002

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

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Dealing with my limitations

Dealing with my limitations

This past week I have dealt with some limitations, and did my best to work through them with relative success, thanks to God because I am nothing without Him.  Most of the week was okay, still working on that whole staying positive thing I talked about last week.  Easier said than done, but not impossible.  The thing is that the negativity can be so insipid you don’t even realize you’re in it until you realize you feel like crap and consider everything as hopeless, and then you can work on flipping the quarter and trying to find the good in the situation.  But that is not what this post is about.

The days I realized I was limited was last Thursday and Friday.  This past Thursday, my Mary Kay recruiter and I went to a strip mall and walked into several businesses to gather leads and have a contest.  My recruiter was able to just walk on in and start up a conversation with a total stranger as if they were long-lost friends and get the lead and just all around nail it.  I, on the other hand, was nervous, stuttering and not very personable.  I just thought I sucked, but my recruiter told me to stop being so negative!  It was my first time doing it and I’ve only been a consultant for a month and she’s been doing it for 16 years.  She said it would come to me with practice, and when I told my husband about it, he said the same thing.  I get being a people-person like my recruiter helps, but although I am introverted, I do think it’s possible to learn how to talk to people.   It’s about taking a genuine interest in them and talking to them; something that I’ve struggled with because I’ve always had trouble relating to people.  But each of us are human, each of us have our issues and it’s ridiculous to think that others are better than you when in reality, we’re all pretty much the same, just some are better actors!

My next dealing with limitations was the very next day, Friday.  I woke up not wanting to leave the house and I had to because I had work to do for my other business; I now have two clients and since they live near each other I work one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.  Anyway, I woke up just in tears because I knew I would have to leave my house and be gone for several hours.  I didn’t want to do it, but I did.  And praise the Lord, because His grace is sufficient.  It was not me that made it through the day, but His grace that got me through it.  I just must accept that there will be days that I do not want to leave my house and things may be scheduled on that day that can’t be avoided.  So, put the big girl’s panties on and make the best of it!  And that’s what I did.

I guess this post is just to say that we all have limitations, in all sorts of ways, each being unique.  But it’s what we do with those limitations that define us.  Do we let them win and just give up?  Or do we keep going and do the best we can?  There was a time that I let my limitations govern my daily life, but not anymore and that is an accomplishment I am very proud of.  Do I still have those limitations, well, of course, I was just talking about a couple of them; but, they no longer dictate my life.  I will learn to be more personable and more comfortable talking with people, I may not ever be the belle of the ball, but I don’t need to be either.  I will also learn to deal with those days I don’t want to leave the house as best as I can and put a smile on my face and with God’s grace, just muster through.  We define how we respond to the limitations life gives us, we are in control – it’s all about attitude!  Believe you can overcome and you will – it’s just that simple.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Memo Boards You Can DIY

Memo Boards You Can DIY

Staying organized is any homemaker’s biggest challenge.  I know it is mine and I’ve been searching for a while for good ideas on making a memo board for my home that was cute yet functional, key word being functional.  I came across this on my favorite site and knew I had to share it with you.  Being organized is so vital to a person’s sanity, at least to mine that I can’t underestimate how much easier life will be with the whole family organized and also that organization centrally located!  Here are a few ideas on how to make your own memo boards and they are all really great ideas.  Pick one and let your creative juices flow!  Have fun!

https://www.thespruce.com/diy-memo-boards-1791504?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10666413&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled Pork Barbeque

Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled Pork Barbeque

Oh, how I love slow cooker recipes!  There is something just magical about being able to do minimum preparations and then letting the slow cooker do its thing and making a wonderful dinner for you and your family.  The sauce this recipe calls for does take some work, but it seems relatively straight-forward.  The meat is very simple to cook.  This sounds really good, and considering my husband’s love of BBQ and pork, this will be a hit with him.  I hope you score a big thank you from your family by making this! Enjoy!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/slow-cooker-georgia-pulled-pork-barbeque-recipe-2078315

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Taking inventory

Taking inventory

First, the housekeeping part of this post; I have decided to stream-line the blog a bit.  Mondays will still be posts about life and God; I’ll just be incorporating the Monday and Friday post into one single post.  Wednesdays will be a recipe day and Friday will be a DIY or homemaking project of some sort, whatever I think is a really cool idea.  And that’s the gist of it, same basics covered, just stream-lined like I said.

Ok, enough with the housekeeping; on to the point of this post.  Last night, I had a quiet night alone because my husband was “camping” in our trailer in the front yard; so the night was mine.  I was in the blessed silence, talking to God when I started to really think about how far I have come over the last five years or so.  Before I returned to God, I was a disaster.  I had an addiction and I was abusing prescription drugs in order to dull the pain I was in.  I remember taking my shower daily, crying to God begging Him to obliterate me.  No heaven or hell, just wipe me from existence.  And as that old ad once went, I’ve come a long way, baby!  Here I am now, running two businesses and at least not pulling my hair out.  I may not be racking in the dough, but I am keeping busy, and with hard work, enthusiasm and determination, I will succeed.  I have my assistant business that has become something I never intended it to be, but any good business owner will tell you, it’s all about adapting.  Then, of course, is the Mary Kay consulting business; which is so outside of my comfort zone it’s crazy.  Not so long ago, I would have told you it was ludicrous to think I would have such a business, and I have only just begun, but it is actually fun.  My husband, God bless him, doesn’t care about the money that I bring in, he wants me to have fun doing what I am doing; which is a really supportive thing for me.  He asked me the other day how one of my skin care classes went and I told him how much I sold and he said he didn’t care about that, did I enjoy it, that’s what he wanted to know.  A good husband is worth his weight in gold!

Anyway, my point is that I have changed drastically in the five or so years since I returned to God and let Him be my CEO and priority.  Do I still struggle with the bipolar?  Of course, it will be with me the rest of my life and it has an effect on how I see the world.  You see, it is very important for me to start to see the world with enthusiasm and positivity, which does not come easy for me.  I have always tended toward the negative, which I think is just basic human nature.  It takes training to think positively and to be enthusiastic about life.  It’s all about perspective.  My former minister and I had several conversations about this very thing, and he told me to carry a quarter in my pocket at all times to remind myself of one very simple idea.  That with every circumstance, there are two sides to the same thing.  There is the negative and the positive and the quarter was to remind me to change my thinking from the negative to the positive.  Not easy to do, but necessary if you want to enjoy the life God has given you and make the most of your time here on this planet.  So, if you take away anything from this post, please take away the quarter idea.  Carry one around with you as a reminder that when the negative thoughts start bombarding you, flip it over and find the positive thoughts – they are there, maybe just a whisper right now, but with practice, they will get louder!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Things have changed…

Things have changed…

Have you ever had a moment in your life when all things just change almost in an instant?  I’m going through that right now.  A month ago Mary Kay was just a name, just a company, and now it is my business.  Yes, I still have the other business of being an assistant; but, frankly I don’t like being told what to do.  I think that’s why I’ve always leaned towards being my own boss – I get to make the decisions.  But Mary Kay is quickly becoming a full-time venture and that is leaving me juggling the other things in my life, such as this blog.  I am sorry I didn’t have any posts last week, just between my debut party and the subsequent anxiety of trying to move onto the next stage of the business, I didn’t have a chance to do any writing, so I took a week off.  Additionally, this will be the only post this week because I need to re-evaluate how I am going to be doing this blog.  Posting every day may be too many times for me now, and I need to re-structure the blog to fit in with my busier schedule.  I’m not quitting the blog, just re-doing the concept of it.

When I started the blog, all I wanted was to be home; and a part of me still does and always will.  Yet, with this new Mary Kay business, I am willing to go to a stranger’s home to give a facial party or one-on-one consultation.  It is scary that I have changed so much since I started this blog.  This is not how I expected my life to evolve, yet it is what it is.  And I can tell you that giving a skin care party is a lot more fun than doing data-entry!  I wasn’t expecting to care so much about the Mary Kay business, I thought I would do it for extra cash and work on my other business, but, funnily, it has become the exact opposite.

I just wanted to touch base with everyone to let you know that I am still alive and plan on continuing the blog – just differently, I don’t know it what way yet.  I hope that all my readers will bear with me as I figure this entire thing out.  I truly never expected my life to become what it has; it is as much a shock to me as it is to my family and friends. I hope and pray that everyone can find something to be passionate about, and maybe this is just another of my flights of fantasy, which is entirely possible.  I’ve written about those before and I could very well be smack dab in the middle of one and not even be aware of it.  They are hard to recognize until they are over.  You know, hindsight is 20/20.  All I know is that right now, I care a great deal about my Mary Kay business and turning it into what I pray it will be – a full-time venture.  But you just don’t declare yourself a consultant and the money starts flowing in, Mary Kay Ash said that she created the company so that women could earn whatever the dreams and ambitions would lead them to.  I have big dreams, which in itself is disconcerting due to the whole flight of fantasy thing; but, I am truly hoping and praying that this is something that is real and doable and that I will work as hard as possible to make this thing work – at least to the level that God wants it to be.  After all, He is still my CEO in all things.

Please say a prayer for me and wish me luck in my new venture.  And I will pray and think about this blog over the next week and let you know how I’ll be restructuring it next week.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Where the rubber meets the road…

Where the rubber meets the road…

When I decided to become a Mary Kay consultant, I spent many hours in prayer because it was so huge a decision I didn’t want to take it lightly.  I felt in my heart that it was God’s idea and as being such, He would provide the grace and ability to be successful at it.  But now that it is a reality, I’m second guessing everything!

I have to put my full faith in God to provide all that I need when I need it for this business venture to be successful.  I have to trust that God has my back.  And, as I’ve told you before, trust is not my biggest strong point.  But it still is something I have to do, I am under no misconceptions here – this idea of being a consultant is so outside of my comfort zone that the only way for it to succeed is to trust that God is with me every step of the way and will make it happen as He sees fit.

All I can ask for is prayers.  Please pray for me that I can overcome years of introverted, isolated behavior to branch out into the person I hope to be, a more confident, fearless woman.  And if in the process of this transformation, I can help at least one woman feel beautiful from the inside out, then it will all be worth it.  I want to be more than what I am, and with a lot of prayer and faith, I know that it can happen.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth