Thankful Thursday :: Being able to stop and admire the roses.

DSC 0633 Thankful Thursday :: Being able to stop and admire the roses.Isn’t she just beautiful?

Flowers remind me of the beauty in my Father’s World every single time I see them. 

Roses in particular. 

Each and every bloom starts off with the tiniest of buds. Slowly it grows and then one day you are rewarded with a tightly furled bud – just a small glimpse of what she will become. Over the days the rose reaches out, uncurls and morphs into a laid-back version of it’s former self until it wilts and falls away. And then time and time again the same story is played out. Another and another bloom begins, shines and then wilts.

DSC 0634 Thankful Thursday :: Being able to stop and admire the roses.

Today I am thankful for those moments of just being able to stop and literally smell and watch the roses. There is always so much going on in our lives today. So much to think of, so many things to watch the clock for. Time stands still when you allow yourself to just stop. Stop and admire what is around you and consider what an amazing Creator we have. 

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Homemade Burrito Seasoning

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I have an aversion to pre-mix sauces that require you to add water in cooking because of all the hidden nasties like MSG, salt, acids and anti-caking agents. But my problem is that my family loves Mexican, and an easy way to do Mexican is with a packet of Old El Paso along with THAT little packet of powdered seasoning. The last time we ate burritos, as I tipped that little sachet into the pan of chicken, I thought there must be another way. And sure enough there is.. The Homemade Way!

After perusing the good old Interweb, I found this recipe on Taste.com for Homemade Burrito Seasoning. It’s easy as measuring spoonfuls of spices and mixing. I doubled the recipe and now I have enough for three dinners of Burritos. All you need to do is add it to your meat after it is browned and half a cup of water. I bet it has half the salt, no MSG and no anti-caking agents. Safe. And the best bit? You can tailor it to your own spicy or bland tastes by adding however much chilli you would so desire.

The bestest bit? It tastes absolutely gobsmackingly amazing.

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Gather ::

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon chilli powder

1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon sugar

Do ::

Mix all the ingredients together, doubling or multiplying to suit your needs. I doubled the recipe and used two tablespoons of the mixture with 500gr chicken.

Add 1/2 cup of water to every two tablespoons of mixture in your pan with cooked meat to make sauce. 

Thankful Thursday :: this little boy

DSC 0556 Thankful Thursday :: this little boy

First Thankful Thursday since our little boy made his entrance into the big wide world and yes, you guessed it :: for him I am truly thankful. 

He is the perfect fit to our family. Our life has already moulded around his. Feeds, sleeps, baths and the small amount of time he spends awake get mingled in with homework, school runs, visits and outings. 

His own little character is already showing through and he makes us laugh constantly. His nickname of Bugalugs has stuck.. but now he has another; ‘the little bird’ because of the way he mucks around during his feeds. 

And another thing I am totally thankful for..

Our family, friends and church community that have overwhelmed us with their generosity in the countless meals prepared for us. It means a great deal and has taken the pressure off in the afternoons. And having a mum just up the road who comes around and helps out makes me more than thankful. 

God has certainly given us more than what we could ever want or much less deserve. 

It’s just His pure grace that puts this willingness to serve others in the people around us. 

For this I am the most thankful for. 

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