It’s been super busy around here since Christmas. You too? I thought so! Here’s a collection of my January posts and a rockin’ recipe just for you!
- Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Grilled Cheese Croutons
- Lasagna with Meatballs and Béchamel
- Beef Chili with Cinnamon & Chocolate
January Devotional Posts
“Anyway, this time of year, lots of bloggers start writing about their ‘one word’. They pray and ask God to give them one word for the year, one word to guide and focus them over the months. Many of my blogging friends have chosen amazing words for this year. Words like: Simplify. Enable. Pursue. Grace. Dwell. Like I said, I don’t usually jump on blogging bandwagons but this year after reading about some thought provoking words, I prayed about it and lo and behold a word popped into my brain, highlighted and bolded, underlined and italicized!”
You may or may not know I’m in the middle of writing my second book. It’s called The God Dare and it’s all about doing the scary thing God’s calling you too-the thing way too big for you to accomplish on your own. The world-changing thing He created you to do!
“We’ve got it all wrong. We’re searching for the very thing pursuing us. We search, we dig, we look. We fret and question, wonder and worry and all along it’s right in front of us, right under our nose.It’s God’s ‘yes’. His cosmic smile and nod of the head, his holy high-five, beckoning us to believe. Begging us to take Him at His word. To once and for all let go of fear, worry, pride and strife and just say yes to His yes.”
And, here’s the link to my top posts of 2013:
This month, over at TheBetterMom.com, we highlighted anger and how moms deal with it. Every day there was a different post and each one is unique and thoughtful. I encourage you to check out the whole series. Here’s mine:
“I can be selfish and think I have rights but the thing is, when we follow Christ we give up our right to ourselves. We tell the Lord with all sincerity, “I surrender all” until we don’t and the inner ugly rears it’s head. I’m learning (and believe me it takes a lifetime) to really surrender-my ways, my wants, my ego, my future, my worship, my time, my fuse, my control, my everything-to the one who alone can change me from the inside out. The biggest thing I’ve learned is this: the way you love is the way you’ll live…”
And over at Mothers of Daughters I wrote a post encouraging moms to listen to the ‘what-ifs’ deep in their hearts.
“..We think, when I see it I’ll believe it when the truth is, when we believe it, then we’ll see it. It’ll happen when we’re willing to ‘call those things that are not as though they are.’ All vision, all accomplishment, all dreams begin with listening to the still, small voice saying, “What if….” What if you wrote that book? What if you started that company? What if you went back to school? What if you lost the weight? What if you began the ministry haunting you since high school? We all have them. I call them ‘Holy Tugs,’ something just on the edge of possible, a worthy thing worth having but one with a price attached. The price? Time. Work. Sacrifice. Sweat. Because a dream is just a wish if we don’t put in the work….”
I’ve found a new favorite way to make Brussels Sprouts absolutely amazing! Of course, adding bacon to almost anything makes it better. Am I right?? FYI, my husband could’ve eaten the whole pan by himself!
Brussel sprouts with bacon and coconut sugar, ready for the oven.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Coconut Sugar
This is the easiest side dish ever! You’ll need:
- 1 pound Brussel Sprouts, washed, ends trimmed and outer 3 or 4 leaves removed
- 1/2 pound pastured, nitrite free bacon
- 3 tablespoons coconut or brown sugar
- Cut each sprout in half, lengthwise.
- Cut bacon slices into 1 or 2 inch pieces.
- Oil or butter a baking dish and put in the brussels sprouts.
- Lay the pieces of bacon over the sprouts. Sprinkle with the sugar.
- Roast at 375 for about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 or 15 minutes.
- You’ll know the sprouts are done when the bacon has gotten brown and crispy.
Oh. My. Word! Your house will smell heavenly and these will be devoured! Trust me, these are ‘slap your mama’ good!
- I love Organic Coconut Sugar for so many reasons. Mainly because it’s lower glycemic than regular sugar and loaded with nutrients. I use it exactly like I use brown sugar and it works just the same. Try it, you will love it!
- Add a splash of balsamic vinegar when done to add a rich depth.
- Feel free to throw in a handful of unpeeled garlic cloves to roast along with the brussels sprouts. They’ll get soft and you can snip off the ends and squeeze onto the brussels and bacon. So good!
- We don’t eat a lot of bacon in our house but when we do, it’s always pastured and nitrite-free. Much healthier for you!
- You don’t need any additional oil for roasting the sprouts. The bacon provides plenty.
I’m super excited about the recipes planned for February. How do homemade peanut butter cups sound for Valentines Day? And a killer balsamic chicken in the crockpot and my super moist, super delicious meatloaf and……well, I’ve got a lot up my sleeve! And I’m excited to share more on what God’s been showing me about my one word: Inheritance.
Thank you so much for reading and sharing. I couldn’t do it without you!
Big Hugs! Kate