Welcome to my Kitchen!!

It’s been awhile since I posted about my cooking so here it is!!! I’m really excited to share with you what has been making my kitchen super messy haha!!

Since I’ve been married I started getting busy in the kitchen and to be honest I am really slow at cooking…I don’t want to undercook anything but I guess that’s the whole part of learning the ins and outs.

In the next couple weeks, the hubby and I will be doing a 30day challenge with our friends called Whole30. It is where you completely take dairy, grain, sugars out of your diet. All you can eat is veggies, fruits (Moderation), potatoes (preferably sweet potatoes) & meats. CRAZY right??? It’s a really hard challenge but it is a great way to cleanse your system and of course shed a few pounds in the process.

So in order to get ready for this challenge I’ve been practicing some healthy meals but also just putting more veggies in our diet since we were lacking that for the first few months!!

Check it out 🙂

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We love Eggs!!! But a yummy simple breakfast 🙂

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Red Peppers!!!

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Red Peppers with Rice…

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Then add the Sweet Potatoes on Top 🙂

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Carrots and Green Bean Stir-fry!!!

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Mango Salad 🙂

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Baked Red Potatoes 🙂

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Love Shrimp!!!!

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Coconut Shrimp!! Yum 🙂

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Sweet Potatoes with Bacon & Pears!! (A friend inspired recipe)

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Baked Zucchini!! Sooo Good!!! (Also a friend inspired recipe)

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Baked Cauliflower Rice!!! Just grind up some cauliflower and voilaaaaa 🙂

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Homemade Chilli!!! So Delicious!!! 🙂

 

Why Should I Fear?

I’ve been feeling really burdened lately but I’m still figuring out what that burden is. Funny eh? Well that’s where your prayers come in. I’m an open book, I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or I trust people too easily with things that excite me, or make me sad, or personal struggles I battle with all the time.

I have a conflict. That conflict is Fear.

Today I was really convicted by the message given at Church. The speaker spoke about Fear, Missions, going out of our comfort zone, etc. But the one thing that really stood out out of everything he spoke about was FEAR.

I was so fearful about getting married at the age of 22, was I ready for it? That’s fear.

I was fearful about moving to Georgia with only two months of notice, will people accept us? That’s fear.

I am fearful of if I get my green card or not; my visiting visa ends in march and we still haven’t received our marriage certificate. If we don’t get it in time, I will have to go back to Canada without my husband. That’s fear.

In order to work in the States, I have to pass an exam, which I’ve failed twice already. Will I pass again? That’s fear.

I have a desire for children, but I have PCOS (Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, it’s been about 8 years since I’ve been dealing with it). Doctors have said that having a child will be difficult or I may not have one at all. That’s fear.

My husband and I have a heart for missions. The mindset is wherever we are living it will always be a mission field. The fear is, God where are you taking us next. I love Georgia and I don’t want to leave anytime soon. We desire a home here, we love our church here, our family has gotten bigger. But I’m still fearful.

Fear is hard and it entraps every part of our being if we let it. It’s our human nature to fear of the unknown. However here is our hope. Jesus.

The Speaker spoke about a missionary couple that served in China several, several years ago. Their name was John and Betty Stam. They were very young when they went but this was the mindset of Betty before going to China.

“Lord, I give up all my own purposes and plans, all my own desires and hopes and ambitions, and accept Thy will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all utterly to Thee, to be Thine forever.” ~ Betty Stam

As believers do we have that same attitude as Betty did? I know I don’t or if anything I lack it A LOT.

We have lots of ambitions and desires for our life and as you can see most of my fears are pretty earthly which should never be the case. Wherever God places us we have to diligently work hard and strive to serve Christ every minute of every day bringing Glory to his name. It comes with a lot of sacrifice too.

If I do my part here in Augusta, Georgia with all love for my Lord I know that he will reveal his plans for my family. I have no reason to fear. My God is good and he will continue to be good to me whatever the outcome of life may be.

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” ~ Psalm 73:25-26

Don’t be afraid friends, I have a Savior that will take away all those burdens and fears and will make plans beautiful in his time. You can have this free gift too. Surrender your heart to Him and he will Save you.

I’m thankful for friends and family who are a HUGE encouragement to my husband and I. We love you and appreciate the prayers. Continue to pray for us.

 

 

 

 

 

A “Sweet” Circle

The hubby and I have been in Augusta officially three months now and it has been a blessing living life here and putting a foundation in our marriage. God is good!!

So I told you guys that I started a photography challenge; so this week’s challenge is about presenting a “Circle”!!

“With this theme, you may go literal, and look for things around you with perfectly round shapes: your wedding bands, the bubbles your daughter blows, the curvy sculptures at your local museum, or the glittery sphere that falls during a New Year’s Eve countdown. It could be whatever you want”

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Since Ben and I have been in Augusta we have checked out some restaurants and sweet shops!! We have a huge sweet tooth which can always have its consequences haha. Anyways we went to our favorite cupcake shop this weekend; USA TODAY voted #1 place to grab a cupcake (Smallcakes Cupcakery). They are so colorful and have a yummy assortment of flavors. My favorite is Peanut Butter and the hubby’s favorite is German Chocolate. They even have Gluten-Free cupcakes on certain days for those who are gluten-free!!

Going back to my photography challenge; below is my interpretation of a “Sweet” Circle. If you are ever in Augusta, go check this place out 🙂

 

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