Tuesday, April 29

Something new!


 Good Morning Everyone!!! Hope everyone is having a blessed morning.  It's a bit chilly here, but is expected to be a nice day.  I am watching the sky wake up as my son says when the sun brightens the sky.  I love his words and the way he looks at things around us.  That is one thing that we as adults miss so many times.  We are so busy with our lives that we miss the many small beautiful things that our children see. When we take the time to really listen or look at what they're trying to show us we see some amazing things. Things that we've forgotten that were there because we are so caught up in the moment of what needs to be done, our schedules for the day or days ahead. I was at our local library; a different one than we generally frequent.  My son was at my side he said "Mama look at the daffodils" ~ I hate to admit it, but at first thought I have seen daffodils before...I don't need to look...I could say yes, they're nice.  I wouldn't do that because then I'd be lying to my son and I will never lie to him nor do I allow him to lie about anything.  This is a very important part of our lives. He's learning the challenge of this ~ he never had an issue with lying, but we have been reading about many things in the Bible and other books.  He's been watching some Christian programming and the storyline that was in this program was on lying. The character in the story had lied; he saw how he tried to cover it up and got caught again and again. He saw how he was so upset that his friends were upset with him because he lied. My son says why did he lie? If he told the truth even though it was hard for him; his friends wouldn't have been as upset with him.  Lying is wrong. I know I kind of got off a little, but with the daffodils I did look they weren't the typical daffodil or the double daffodil like we have here at the house.  These were super tiny ~ I was amazed how small they were ~ yet so packed with detail.  I love how much detail God put in everything ~ not just nature things, but in us ~ each and every one of us.  We are all so very different ~ we may have some of the same characteristics, mannerisms, but we are all so very different.

Now the reason for the picture of the Coconut Oil.  I was on my Facebook and a family member had posted a recipe. I told them I would be making that recipe, but instead of using the olive oil that was called for in the recipe I would be replacing that with the coconut oil.  I love my coconut oil.  I find that I use much less than I did of the olive oil. Also I have noticed that the clean up from olive oil was much different than the coconut oil.  With the coconut oil there is hardly any residue left in the pan.  I also found that there is no aroma or flavor of the coconut when you add it to your recipes.  So if like me you have the ones that don't like coconut ~ no worries with this, this is made from the mature meat of the coconut so no flavor or aroma.  My husband is a big one that doesn't like coconut.  I switched his olive oil for the coconut oil and he never even noticed.  He said my popcorn tasted even better than ever.  He said "What did you do different this time, than you did the last time you made it?" I hesitated a little, but then I said " I made it with coconut oil".  He said, "No really what did you do??" I said it again ~ he said he couldn't taste the coconut.  I am trying to change things with my family to make our lives healthier and if I can do things like this slip some good stuff in and they not notice, but make comments of this tastes better than before ~ that makes me feel good.  My Aunt had inquired about the coconut oil and I told her how I had been using it and it's great!!! She's going to get some herself.  I will be looking forward to the comments from her when she tries it.  If any of you have used it or are using it let me know.  If you have any recipes or tips to share about the coconut oil please post below - would love to read your comments.
Before I close this post I will post the recipe that my family member had posted on Facebook.  Feel free to try it~let me know what you thought of the recipe.  Thanks for stopping by!!!
 Cut a zucchini into thin slices and toss in 1 Tbsp olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with paprika and bake at 450°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Using paprika not only to flavor this healthy snack, but also to boost your metabolism, reduce your appetite, and lower your blood pressure.

May substitute the olive oil with the coconut oil...I am doing this.  
Grace & Peace,
 

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