Simple Joy Saturday #34

Simple Joy Saturday #34

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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May 12-18

1. I bought a popsicle mold…

…and I look forward to making homemade popsicles.  Let me know if you have a good popsicle recipe!

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2. Having a gym membership for rainy days.

(because it rained every day this week)

3. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe. 

It was by far the best story I read for class this week.  Poe tends to be dark, but this story was fun!

Strawberry S’mores Snack Mix

Strawberry S’mores Snack Mix

How do you eat your cereal?  (and don’t pretend that there is only one way to eat cereal because I can name at least three)

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Growing up, I always ate cereal dry, picking up one piece at a time with my fingers.  It wasn’t until college, when Honey Nut Cheerios became my go-to cafeteria dinner, that I learned to put milk in the cereal bowl and eat it with a spoon.

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Top Ten Tuesday: C is for Conflicted

Top Ten Tuesday: C is for Conflicted

Top Ten Tuesday

10 Verses for When You Feel Conflicted

When it comes to making decisions, I am like a squirrel on a four-lane highway.   I sprint back and forth, considering all the options until WHAM! it’s too late.  A decision is made for me.

Decision-making always leaves me feeling conflicted.  I see the pros and cons of each side, and I am anxious concerned that I will be bummed by the decision I make unwise.  I struggle to distinguish between what my deceitful heart wants and what God’s perfect will wants.

1.Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?

The problem is that I am trying to rely on my own wisdom to make the decision.  The Bible shows us that we do not have to make decisions alone.

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Simple Joy Saturday #33

Simple Joy Saturday #33

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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May 5 – 11, 2018

1. Having the entire family together.

Never before have I laughed and loved so much in a single day.

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Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

May is National Strawberry Month AND National Salsa Month

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Did you know that almost 14% of people think that cilantro tastes like soap? It’s true, and it’s completely scientific.

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Top Ten Tuesday: B is for Bummed

Top Ten Tuesday: B is for Bummed

In case you missed the introduction to my new Top Ten Tuesday series, you can read it in last week’s post.

Top Ten Tuesday

There are thousands of scenarios that can make us feel unhappy, disappointed, and even depressed.  Even in a state of despair, we are not hopeless.

Ten Verses For When You Feel Bummed

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Coconut Straw-nana Chia Pudding

Coconut Straw-nana Chia Pudding

May is National Strawberry Month

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Here’s a little known fact about me (or maybe it is a well-known fact):  I love Veggie Tales.  I grew up on regular doses Esther, Jonah, and King George and the Rubber Ducky (on VHS of course).  I had the Madame Blueberry card game.  I often fell asleep while listening to the audio cassette tape of Daniel.  As time passed, my family had DVDs of Wizard of Ha’s, Lord of the Beans, and Sumo of the Opera.  We knew every lyric to every song on Veggie Rocks.  We even met Bob and Larry!

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This day was the highlight of my childhood…okay, not really…but it was a great day!

To this day, I regularly quote Veggie Tales.  This is one of the scenes I have perfected:

 

You can’t eat strawberries without bananas!

So if we are celebrating National Strawberry Month, we need to have some bananas, too!

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This chia pudding incorporates strawberries, bananas, and Coconut Macaroon Nut Butter!

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If you have never made chia pudding, there is something you need to know.  The chia seeds absorb a lot of the liquid, making the pudding thicker as it sets.  When you make this pudding at night and let it sit until morning, you will get a thick, creamy pudding.  If you don’t wait, you will basically be drinking milk with raw chia seeds.

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But trust me, this is worth the wait!

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Ingredients:

  • One overripe banana
  • One 5.3-oz container of coconut-flavored Greek yogurt
  • Four tablespoons coconut macaroon nut butter
  • One cup of milk (any milk will work.  I used 2%, but I am sure this would be amazing with coconut milk)
  • Eight or more strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Extra banana slices and strawberries for topping

Directions

  • Using a fork, mash the banana and mix it with the Greek yogurt.  Try to make this mixture as smooth as possible.   Stir in nut butter and milk.  You may have to stir for several minutes to incorporate everything.  Alternately, you could use a blender.
  • Dice at least eight strawberries and stir them into the mixture.
  • Add chia seeds and mix until everything is well-combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight.
  • Top with additional strawberries and banana slices, if desired.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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P.S. – I am linking up with Angie and her cohost, Antonia @ Zoale.com, for Fiesta Friday.