Strawberry and chia seeds pudding

Thanks for sharing. This looks very enjoyable. Your little one is so cute with his camera. By the way, even though V day is very big here in the west, my husband and I share your sentiment. We don’t celebrate it. We show each other daily that we love each other and it is not dependent on candy and flowers. It is in the little things done for each other. Have a good day.

Cooking without Limits

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Yesterday, In Romania , we celebrated „Dragobete’s Day”, which is our Valentine’s Day. We had it even before we knew about  V Day, but most of the people living in the city did not do anything special. After all this V Day fuss started in our country, we also start celebrating our  „Dragobete’s Day”. We try to make it less commercial, but is a lost war.

I don’t celebrate V Day because I think that V day is everyday. You need to show and tell the loved ones everyday that you love them and care about them. Flowers and gifts will make you a better person maybe for one day. This is my philosophy and I don’t expect that everyone agrees with me.

pudding

So it was just a coincidence when I made this dessert. I wanted to put it on my blogg before any celebration, but a stupid cold kept…

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Serious Choices – Heroine

I was standing at a life-changing crossroad.

Should I live in the cold north or

The familiar south or

The place of my dreams, the west?

Should I make this decision based on a man that I love

Who I am not sure really loves me?

I made the decision to move

Thanks to my heroine.

She sat me down and made me look objectively at all my choices.

I had spent four years in the cold, cold snow.

Done with that.

I wanted to experience a different environment so the south was out.

My dreams lay in the sun reflecting off the Pacific.

But what about him?

She said

“If he loves you, he will come and get you.

Do you really want to plan your life on His doubt?”

I moved to the west

Thanks to my heroine.

I moved west with no regrets

Thanks to my heroine.

My heroine was my other

ME.

At least on that day.

Lost and Found – elegy

So often loss is

 A sad thing.

 But how can this

Be?

 I feel so good,

 Losing you was a good thing.

Internally, you were tender while

on the outside your crisp.

Red Robin offered you bottomless

Unlike mine.

Your addicting grip on my salty taste buds has

 been loosed.

No more struggles to

Do what’s best.

 I can choose what’s good and

 forget the rest.

 My brain is excited to

 fire all synapses.

Knowing I’ll have minimal memory

lapses.

A new guest has arrived and its

 place is set

So come on in.

Whole foods welcome

Welcome home.

Trust -Mis-Trust – Acrostic

Trusted you with my heart

Relaxed in your presumed integrity

Understand I am not your victim

Surviving your betrayal has made me wiser and stronger

Trusting?

 

Mistake – Big Mistake

I made it when I believed you

Sharing my dreams

Telling the sacred secrets

Revealing the depths of my thoughts

Useless are you to me

So I place you in my emotional closet

Terminating our “so-called: friendship.

Some Kind of Journey -limerick, alliteration

The Head Cold Trip

Snifflin’, sneezin’ away the day

Coughin’ and tearin’ that’s the way

My head cold is rulin’

Stop it.

Stop it I say.

You can’t ruin my night like you have ruined my day.

 

Here are other thoughts. Curious what you think it means.

The Journey, Maybe

Why do the pretty people in the park

Paint poison pictures reflecting my pain?

Do they know?

Speeding down the expressway of sorrow

Seeing sights of sparkling shadows

How fallacious is it all?

 

 

The Pharisee Syndrome

Who are the Pharisees? The particular group that I am referring to are the religious leaders of Israel during Jesus’ time. They were the gatekeepers of Israelite Law as prescribed by the Mosaic and Levitcal Law. By this time they had taken a serious responsibility and perverted it for selfish power plays. They talked a good game but their behavior did not match. There were those who mistreated the people and used the Law to justify their actions. Sound familiar? I am not taking on all the things involved but there is a sharp comparison to the current behavior of “us Christians.” It is what I call the Pharisee Syndrome.

Have you noticed how the world lumps all Christians together under the “Right Wing, Evangelical, Tea Party Banner”? I find it a major insult. Being a believer in the Bible and a disciple of Christ has become an ugly, dirty thing. I understand why the world would think that. I thought about their expectations and decided they should expect us to be under the same banner but not that one. The banner we should be grouped under is the truth of the Word. The practice and teachings of the Christ. I have not found anywhere in the Word where He selectively hated people while justifying His hatred with Himself (The Living Word of God).

  • His continued teaching was to love people. Love is not hate-filled. His teaching said be righteous.
  • Righteousness requires us to live up to the standards in which we believe. We were not commanded to judge the world. We were told to judge ourselves and leave the judgment of the world to God.
    • 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (NKJV)
      9  I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
      10  Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
      11  But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner–not even to eat with such a person.
      12  For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
      13  But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” 
  • Just in case, I am not clear, the Apostle Paul is writing to believers in the city of Corinth and this is a more modern translation. It makes it very clear.
    • 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (MSG)
      9  I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn’t make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous.
      10  I didn’t mean that you should have nothing at all to do with outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue- or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You’d have to leave the world entirely to do that!
      11  But I am saying that you shouldn’t act as if everything is just fine when one of your Christian companions is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can’t just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior.
      12  I’m not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don’t we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers?
      13  God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.

Those under that hateful banner are behaving just like the Pharisees. I am holy speaking but not holy behaving. When Jesus said if you lift me up, I will draw all men (mankind) to me, He wasn’t just talking about what we tell people but how we show people. If my God is a God of Righteous love and judgement then that is what they should see in my behavior.

  • People should see me trying to live up to my God’s standards daily.
  • I should conduct business by his standards even if the rest of the business world doesn’t.
  • I should respect those who have different lifestyles from me even if I disagree with them. He did!
  • I have no hell to send anyone to so I have no authority to condemn. The only people that I should expect to live up to what I believe are the ones who say they believe the same thing.
  • Agreeing with me should not be a pre-requisite for me showing you compassion, mercy and His love. I am not responsible for your opinion, just my commitment to Him.

If I, we, live what we say we believe the way He lived, doing what He did, the way He did it we would be respected even though we may be “hated and persecuted.” At least then it would be for “righteousness sake” and not because we were the initiators of the hatred.

Let’s not be like the scribes and the Pharisees. Let our righteousness exceed theirs.

Matthew 5:20 (ESV)
20  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

We were commanded to Go, tell, baptize teach, and love. The rest is God’s job. Let’s let Him do it. We might find a great weight lifted when we stop trying to do God’s job. Stress reduced!

Side Note:

Just like all Christians are not right wing, tea party hate-filled people, not all Pharisees were like this. There were some who lived the Law the way God intended.

Greek Inspired Stuffed Peppers

I am changing my attitude about cooking. It is now a daily experiment and I have found good suggestions and recipes from Tracey. I am on a wellness kick and finding ways to use food as medicine. I like this recipe as a variation to the one I have.

My husband’s favorite meal is stuffed peppers.  I am sure he loves the classic stuffed pepper made with ground beef and ketchup that maybe his mom and grandma made, well that is too predictable for me.  I need to mix it up a bit and add my own twists. As I go through this recipe I will give you some hints on how to make it your own.  The kitchen should be where you can have fun.  Don’t be afraid of swaying from a recipe or substituting ingredients.  Being creative in the kitchen can be fun and you learn to adapt and overcome obstacles.

I am going to tell you what I used for tonight and what you could substitute. Now if you are thinking Greek lamb should come to mind and you can certainly use ground lamb.  I am using ground turkey instead. Peppers…I am using a yellow, red and 2 green…

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