Saturday, December 31, 2016

Simple Beef Jerky THM S Low Carb

I don't know about you, but I always thought beef jerky was SO hard to do.  So I never tried.  It seemed like every recipe I found was for expensive cuts of meat that I would never purchase.  Or for deer, of which I did not have.

But this year changed that. My son was able to get his first deer with the help of his cousin.  So our family has been blessed with meat, that we have never tried before. So out comes the recipes and the... wait a minute I have never had deer before so I didn't have any.

So in comes the University of YouTube. Okay admit it. ALL of us have attended a few classes from them. I mean if you want to make some cute craft.. youtube has the answer right?  So off I went.

Now, my brother has made beef jerky before, but he had a mix. Since I no longer use sugar or anything like that in it, that is kinda out for me. So I kept digging. Eventually I found this webpage that the directions were simple and easy, just like I needed.  But they were VERY simple. Salt, pepper, and seasoning. No measurements. That didn't work. So I played around with it and I came up with what we will be using with our ground beef and ground venison.


5 pounds of ground meat
2-3 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
5 TBSP seasoning. I used Italian and it was wonderful. The smell... ahhh,

Now you can dehydrate the meat 2 different ways. I have done the dehydrator, on HIGH, and it takes at least 36 hours. When I use the oven I can do it at 190 and usually be done in 12 hours.

Now to prepare your meat for the process I mix it together and then spread it on parchment paper for the drying process. Kinda in strips like shown.

If using the dehydrator I put down parchment paper on my drying rack to dry out the jerky. In the oven I put them on cookie sheets without the parchment paper.   Depending on the meat, you may or may not have any fat drippings. Since I used the Aldi meat in the above photo I did have some left on the parchment paper.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jesus With Skin On

I have never been a "fantastic" writer or blogger for that matter. I lack the talent to allow the words to flow freely, and in an orderly manner.  I'll leave all the pretty words and fancy photo shopped images to someone else. I lack the talent.  

But I do have experience, not that I wanted it, with several life altering events.  Without going into too many details, because this is NOT what this post is about, I wanted to share with you what things helped me and kept me going in the midst of the trials that have forever shaped my life.

The title says it all. Jesus with skin on.  There are several people in my life that have been that for me.
When I was at my lowest point and not sure what end was up, they held up my arms like Moses's brother and friend Hur in the Bible during the battle (Exodus 17).  I had 2 friends in particular that would email me a verse in the Bible or something encouraging for me to read. Two of my friends did it for over a year. They also called and try to encourage me. My sister came and cried with me. She came and brought meals when I didn't even feel hungry.  I also had a group of friends that end me a "care package" just to let me know, that they were thinking about me. I still have the apron and Journal. Although I have yet to be able to write in the journal about what happened.

What WE DO NOT need to do. Tell those who are hurting.... 
It is a season.
Everything happens for a reason
Count your blessings
You will get over it

When someone is grieving, especially a loss, isn't helpful. They need a hug and your compassion. Not a sermon on how things will be just fine after you "get over it."

My challenge to you (and myself), this next year, is to BE the Jesus with skin on to those around you that are hurting. I am not always very good at it, I'll be honest. Even though I have been through some of the same things, loss of a loved one, loss of a child, etc., I am still cautious about giving that hurting person a hug.  What they really need, as I did, was a card or a simple note letting them know I am praying for them, or if they need a listening ear, they can have mine.  For some people, including myself, that is what I needed at the time when I felt so alone.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Review: Seeing Ezra

I saw this book laying at the local Dollar Tree and it looked interesting. So I went to the library and reserved myself a copy.  The color of the cover was very eye catching.  The theme was something that interested me.

But sadly the book BORED me. It took me over a month to finally finish the book. And I didn't finish it because I was so "into" the book. I finished it because I made myself. Nothing about it held my interest other than I wanted to finish the book. I hate to start reading a book and not finish. I read on HOPING it would get better. It never did. I am not sure exactly what just lost me in the story. It was so mundane and no real "story".  It was like the author lost her drive. I am not sure exactly how to describe it. It frustrated me.  

I do feel for the author's child. I can't imagine how hard it is to deal with the things she did. But there was never a light at the end of the tunnel. No answers or no purpose for the book other than, my life was hard and this is what I did. Not why, or how I made it better.  How about giving hope to other out there that have to deal with this. Give us some tips and tricks that helped to make it through. 

All in all, I think I know why it is at the Dollar Tree. I wouldn't have paid to purchase the book. I am thankful I checked it out from the library. It wasn't worth the $ to buy even at the $1 price tag.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Goal for March 2016

How am I doing????

Personal 
Read 2 books
Memorize Psalm 37 
Make up Routine
Eat Greens 5 times a week

Marriage

Pray together for the children

Children/Homeschooling

Do 1 fun outing/activity per month
Establish game night 
Read one book out loud for the children each month

Ministry/Family 
Write a "love" note each week
Visit Grandpa once a month
Go camping

 
Blogging

Monthly Menu
Monthly Goals
Try a 1 new recipe a month and blog about it
Write 12 book reviews
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write 6 OAMC sessions - I have 2 finished!

So I might have some work to do huh?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THM OAMC Session 17

Like a few other menus I have done, this one is done from the NEW THM Cookbook.  They have so many good recipes it is hard to pick just 1 menu. :-)

Wicked White Chili p.37
Pot Roast with Radishes and Gravy p.50
Slow Fajitas p.53
Cilantro Lime - Burst Chicken Thighs - p. 54
Balsamic Chicken p.58
Cowboy Grub p. 59
Swedish Meatballs in Cream Sauce - p.61
Eggroll in a Bowl p.62
Slim Sloppy Joes  p.63
Quinoa Goes Cajun p.69

Here is the printable shopping list for you!

Want to see more THM menus?  Cooking sessions Check out all my other menus are here:1, 234, 56 7 8,  9, 101112131415, and 16 are finished. Check them out.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Goal for February 2016

How am I doing????
Personal 
Read 2 books
Memorize Psalm 37 
Make up Routine
Eat Greens 5 times a week

Marriage

Pray together for the children

Children/Homeschooling

Do 1 fun outing/activity per month
Establish game night 
Read one book out loud for the children each month

Ministry/Family 
Write a "love" note each week
Visit Grandpa once a month
Go camping

 
Blogging

Monthly Menu
Monthly Goals
Try a 1 new recipe a month and blog about it
Write 12 book reviews
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write 6 OAMC sessions - I have 1 finished!

So I might have some work to do huh?

Monday, January 18, 2016

THM OAMC Crock Pot Session 16

Okay, a quicky session to get my freezer cleaned up.  I have a few favorites that I am wanting to do again so here we go...  A combo menu. :-) I am making 18 different meals and doubling them 2 times so a total of 36 at at the end.

Chicken Meals
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Greek Marinated Chicken
Jambalaya
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Popper Casserole
Buffalo Chicken Pasta - I am going to make it with Spaghetti Squash

Roasts Meals:
Lime Shredded Pork
Asian Street Taco 
Moroccan Beef
Stroganoff

Ground Beef Meals
Coney Island Casserole
Meatballs(I used oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs) 
Taco Meat
Mexican Bean Soup -I rinsed my beef
Garlic Beef Enchiladas - I use low carb tortillas and glucci to thicken

Ham
Cheeseburger Cauliflower - I am going to use ham instead of ground beef
Ham and Green Bean Soup
Breakfast Burritos - THM S I will use ham, real cheese, and low carb tortillas
Frittata - I am going to use ham instead of bacon


My printable grocery list!

Want to see more THM menus?  Cooking sessions Check out all my other menus are here:1, 234, 56 7 8,  9, 101112131415, and 16 are finished. Check them out.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Goal for 2016

COURAGE!

That is the word I choose for this year. Many changes are coming. Not ones that are easy, but necessary. Believing that He will move mountains this year if we are willing to let go and let HIM be in control.  I can't wait to see what He has in store for our family.


Personal 
Read 24 books
Memorize Psalm 37 
Make up Routine
Eat Greens 5 times a week

Marriage

Pray together for the children

Children/Homeschooling

Do 1 fun outing/activity per month
Establish game night 
Read one book out loud for the children each month

Ministry/Family 
Write a "love" note each week
Visit Grandpa once a month
Go camping

 
Blogging

Monthly Menu
Monthly Goals
Try a 1 new recipe a month and blog about it
Write 12 book reviews
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write 6 OAMC sessions


What my goals were for 2015
 I CHOOSE JOY – laughter through our tears. 
This past year was a very difficult year for our family on SO many levels. Last year starting had so much hope and joy in it and it ended with so much sorrow and heartache.  Talk about feeling worn.  I am praying and waiting to see His plan to make all things work together for good…..

Personal 
Read 48 books
Establish schedule for cleaning
Memorize Psalm 37 - 1 verse a week.
Read Proverbs once a month
Read through the Psalms
Complete 1 sewing/craft project a month

Marriage

Strive for 2 dates a month
Pray together for the children

Children/Homeschooling

Do 1 fun outing/activity per month
Teach each child a new recipe they can make on their own
Establish game night 
Teach Ashlianna to sew. 

Ministry/Family
 
Write a "love" note each week
Visit Grandpa once a month
Call/Talk to my brother once a week.

Blogging

Weekly Goals
Weekly or Bi-Weekly menus
Monthly Goals

Try a 1 new recipe a month and blog about it
Write 12 book reviews
12 DIY projects and blog about them
1 Family or School Blog post a week
Write 6 OAMC sessions