The Importance of a Full Pantry and a Good Attitude

Full Pantry and Good AttitudeDo you ever just wake up overwhelmed? I do.

The first thought on my mind this morning was not one of gratitude, but rather, “I have SO much to do!” And instead of taking a moment to re-focus, I proceeded with my day, hurrying and grumbling about what lay ahead.

After a few hours of work and over an hour of house cleaning, I was tired. And grumbling. And well, more and more overwhelmed.

Then it hit me. We had nothing for lunch.

I was tempted to order takeout in that moment and continue my grumbling, but I stopped and thought about something I had read in Deliver Me from Negative Self-Talk Expanded Edition: A Guide to Speaking Faith-Filled Words. Paraphrasing, of course, but the author says at one point in the book that we often miss the blessings in front of us when we’re wishing for something else.

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I stopped and looked around, thinking about the blessings all around me. And my mood shifted to more of a can-do attitude.

So I looked through the pantry and found a package of red pepper corn chowder from Frontier Soups. Once that was one the stovetop, I began mixing up some quick biscuits. Those went in the oven, and lunch was in the works.

I felt better and grateful. And when my husband came up the stairs and said “Wooo! It smells great up here!” I felt happy.

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ¬†—Isaiah 40:31

Hey! How are you? Just thought I’d wave hello!



Cinnamon Brunch Cake

Cinnamon Brunch CakeSometimes it seems like my little efforts at home are worthless.

Baking and cooking and cleaning seem small things, easily forgotten as the world becomes more and more chaotic. We all grasp onto what we can, but often it seems like the center cannot hold. In the midst of all of the awful news and the prayers and the pleas for peace, it seems like these things at home have no meaning.

And yet…

I open my Bible and find the only One who can bring peace. He is the center that remains constant, the only Light for our lives.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33

And I get up and do what I can for my family, to bring some measure of pleasure to their day.

When my husband left for a meeting, I decided that I would bake a cake and greet him with some yummy smells. This cake recipe seemed pretty easy, so I set to work in the kitchen.

Here are the minor changes I made when mixing up the cake:

  • As I did not have non-stick spray, I just melted a big dab of coconut oil in the pan and spread it around. I did not bother to pour off any excess, which seemed to work just fine with this cake.
  • I added chopped pecans for a crunch.
  • I did not measure the topping ingredients or the melted butter. (I was generous with both.)

This made a wonderfully moist and simple cake for my husband to enjoy. And the house smelled delightful.

When all we have left are prayers and family and home and Jesus, then maybe that is when we truly find our riches. And maybe our little efforts at home still have meaning. At least I hope so.

Praying for Paris, Beirut, and so many other places…

Beginning Our Hydroponics Journey

aerogardenWell, I suppose my last post was somewhat prophetic. I lapsed into some pretty deep homemaking doldrums, only working and watching old movies. Yes siree, I was a slacker.

Thinking about my advice from my previous post, though, I knew I had to do something different. Considering the cost of fresh veggies nowadays, I wanted to try growing our own food indoors year round. And with cats–especially one who loves to munch on greenery–along with a real lack of sunny windows, I decided to jump start our hydroponics journey with an Aerogarden.

I’ve actually been looking at them for quite awhile but hadn’t ever taken that step of purchasing one. With the new LED versions, I couldn’t resist. It seemed like a low stress way to growing food, even if it would be kind of expensive.

Lewis and Aerogarden

Lewis putting together the Aerogarden

Putting the actual Aerogarden together wasn’t that difficult. Within about 30 minutes, we had assembled it and had everything planted. It’s all automatic, and so we feel that we’ve finally reached the space age, despite the lack of Jetsons-type conveniences.

I’ll keep ya’ll posted as our little plants grow. It’s a small step for gardening in general, but a big step for our household. Wish us good eating!

Katniss found her favorite part of hydroponics!

Katniss found her favorite part of hydroponics!