Free to Stay

Free to Stay

Our fictional friend, Marcia, begins a new job today, and she is overjoyed.  Her last job was stifling.  She worked 15-hour days in a dark office for no thanks.  Her boss regularly ridiculed her efforts, and her coworkers loudly berated her.  She quit the horrid job last week, shaking the dust off her feet and not looking back.

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Simple Joy Saturday #31

Simple Joy Saturday #31

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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April 21-27, 2018

1. Last weekend, I met a college friend at Pilot Mountain.  We had such a great time hiking and catching up!

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Best Lazy Tiramisu (Mug Cake for One)

Best Lazy Tiramisu (Mug Cake for One)

When I started planning for National BLT month, I had to Google* a list of foods that begin with the letter T.

…tangelo, tapioca, tamales, tahini…

Seeing tiramisu on the list, I returned to Google.  I knew that tiramisu is cake, but I didn’t know what made this cake special.

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The Pilot

The Pilot

Pilot Mountain State Park

Before you leave, I need to know if I there is a man in these rocks, or if I am just seeing things…

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You see it too, right?  Perhaps he is the pilot that gave Pilot Mountain its name.

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Simple Joy Saturday #30

Simple Joy Saturday #30

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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So, um…sorry for not sharing my simple joys last week.  As they say at Pine Cove, grace abounds.

April 7 – 13

1. Electric lights

On Monday morning, I rose out of bed with half-closed eyes, and I swiped the alarm on my phone.  It was early, the room was dark, and I was still tired.  I stretched my arms wide to awaken my muscles, and I felt my hand hit the unlit bulb on my ceiling (which isn’t unusual since there’s only a 6.25-foot clearance).  The bulb plopped onto my bed, and, instinctively, I reached for the light-switch.  To nobody’s surprise, the room remained dark.  I used a battery-operated lantern to get ready for work, which made me very thankful for electric lights!

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Further information:  my new light is incredibly bright.  This also brings me joy because I can finally see inside my closet.

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Best Lazy Tamales

Best Lazy Tamales

In my mom’s hometown, there is a food stand called The Tamale King.  The owner, Ray, makes the BEST tamales in the United States.

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I am not even going to pretend that my skillet tamales compare to Ray’s real tamales.  These are the lazy version; you don’t have to…

  • Shred the meat
  • Make masa
  •  Soak corn husks
  • Assemble individuals tamales

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You just need a skillet and about 30 minutes to cook this delicious dinner.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 bell pepper (any color will work; I used yellow)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 4 oz. shredded cheese

Directions

  • Chop the pepper.  Cook the pepper and the meat in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain.
  • Return meat to skillet with cumin, chili powder, salsa, water, and corn.  Bring to a boil.
  • Cut tortillas in half and then into 1-inch strips.  Add the tortillas strips to the skillet.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Top with cheese before serving.

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie for Fiesta Friday.

Philippians 4 for the Twenty-first Century

Philippians 4 for the Twenty-first Century

There was a night last month when I was brimming with silent anger.

You know know what I mean?  Have you ever felt the anger that makes you ball up your socks and throw them at the floor (socks being the object of choice because they make the least noise), or the anger that makes you have imaginary arguments in your head without saying a word aloud?  Have you experienced the anger that makes you take a shower just so that if you cry, you can blame the puffy eyes on misplaced shampoo?

I was feeling that type of anger, and it was rooted in extreme discontentment.

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