Here's a delicious soup that I made that had us all licking our bowls clean! Next time, I plan to double the recipe. It's nice having leftovers and not having to cook all the time. It'll warm you up and your taste buds will thank you!
Broccoli Cheese Soup
16 oz. bag frozen broccoli florets (if you use fresh broccoli use 1 large head, stems removed)
8 oz. cheddar cheese (I like the extra sharp variety.)
1 small onion diced
1-2 T minced garlic (depends on how much you like garlic)
2 c. chicken or vegetable broth
1 c. milk or half and half (depends on how thick and creamy you like it; use half and half for a thicker soup)
dash of salt
dash of pepper (I like white pepper but you can use either one.)
Optional ingredient - 1 c. shredded carrots
1. Over medium heat saute the onions in olive oil until al dente then add garlic. Stirring frequently for another minute.
2. In a medium sauce pan or stock pot (if you double the recipe) pour the broth, milk OR half and half, salt and pepper in. Bring to a gentle boil. Then add cheese, onions and garlic, and broccoli. If you are including carrots in the soup add the carrots too.
3. Reduce heat to medium and stir until cheese is melted.
4. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and let soup simmer for 5-10 minutes until broccoli is cooked. Stirring occasionally.
Add angel biscuits or Red Lobster biscuits to make this meal yummier. Angel biscuit recipes are on our Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/whereisyourangel.com) Red Lobster biscuits can be made at home using their mix found in grocery stores or by going to the restaurant and ordering some.
Enjoy as you warm up your insides!
#comfortfood #angelbiscuit #soup
Not sure if it's me or if it's really happening. It quite possibly could be the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. You see lately I've been seeing "angels" everywhere. For example, earlier today I went to the store to get some cosmetics. While reaching to get my regular mascara, I saw the new "Push Up Angel" version mascara. Oh my word! Of course it came home with me instead of the one I usually buy.
After going down another aisle, there was an Angel Pez! I couldn't believe it either. So, of course, the Angel Pez went in my cart too. And I don't even eat Pez anymore. Now the Angel Pez is perched on my desk.
If you haven't guessed by now, the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon is similar to synchronicity which basically says, "once your mind thinks about something you pretty much see it everywhere." It is also known as "frequency illusion" or "recency illusion." It's quite fascinating. Or should I say quite phenomenal?
Tell me what frequency illusions you have had in your life. Has it been angels? or maybe a car?
#angels #synchronicity #baadermeinhof
We are looking for some human angels to bless children who are sick or are going through trying times. We are looking for some angels, whether individuals, corporations or foundations, who would invest in sending comforting angels to children and families who are facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles and situations in their lives. Individuals or foundations who would give these families hope and comfort.
If you or someone you know or work for is interested in children's causes, and would like to help send some love and hope, then please contact us and we will share how you can help.
Thank you for being human angels on earth and helping take care of your fellow man. Love someone today, in thought or in deed. It will spread joy!
#foundations #hope #angels
Today we aptly honor Martin Luther King, Jr. The Baptist preacher whose peaceful protests paved the way for the spiritual prosperity of a nation.
Martin was a godly man who feared and loved his Lord and His Word. His strong convictions for whites and blacks to eat together, drink from the same water fountain, work and play together without issue was paramount to turning the tide of race relations in our country. He preached godly truths from his pulpit and platform. He stood on the shoulders of other black Christians who went before him like Marian Anderson and Jackie Robinson.
His life and legacy opened the doors for my sisters and brothers of color to come to my house, to worship with me, pray with me, and befriend me without suspicion or fear of harm.
Once we visited an all black church in the black part of town. We stuck out like sore thumbs but we were welcomed. We were able to go there and worship with them without whispers. I especially was tickled when a little black boy in the kid's room said to me, "We don't get no whites here." Then the worker in the room hushed him. I smiled and said, "I'm sure you don't. We're glad to be here."
So, today, let's honor Martin Luther King, Jr.'s faith and steadfastness. Not with minced words filled with sarcasm. But with his own words and prayers of godly reconciliation. Here's an excerpt from his sermon titled, "A Christian Movement In A Revolutionary Age."
"When Moses walked into the courts of Pharoah and thundered forth with the call to 'Let my people go', he introduced into history the concept of a God who was concerned about the freedom and dignity of all His children and who was willing to turn heaven and earth that freedom might be a reality. Throughout the history of Israel as recorded in the Old Testament, we see God active in the affairs of men, struggling relentlessly against the forces of evil that beset them and seeking to mold a people who will serve as His children, as partners in the building of His kingdom here on earth. The God of our fathers is a God of revolution." Amen.
The full text of this sermon can be read by going to:
#reconciliation #martinlutherkingjr #Christians
Has your angel's mission started yet? One of the reasons we started this series of angel book sets is to get people to think about making life more meaningful and having more meaning in their lives.
Hmm...what do angels have to do with meaningful? Let's think about that for a moment. When you first started to think about or become aware of angels did that put a damper on your day? or did it make the day a bit brighter? Usually the answer is it made the day brighter. So, if you bottle that bright up and open it each time you touch your angel, read one of the angel books, or do one of the angel activities, wouldn't you want to do it more? and share it with family, friends, co-workers, everyone?
Our lives are full of opportunities to be really busy. Lots of hustle and hurry. Things calling out for our attention and sometimes even screaming so loud it's obnoxious and unbearable.
Starting your angel's mission is a simple reminder that you are not in this alone. You are not left to your own devices to figure it all out without guidance and love. Our Creator gave us angels to help along the way. That's just how He is - faithful, loving, merciful.
Need more meaning in your life? Want to make life more meaningful? Then get your angel book set and start your angel's mission today. Instructions included with every purchase (go to "Shop Now").
We are here to help make it more meaningful.
#missionstarted #angels #meaningful
Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But inside it can be delightful.
When you make this chili to eat,
Your body will warm up with its heat.
In case you haven't guessed it yet, Friday's Fixin is chili. Chili is such a great all-in-one meal. You've got the beans, meat, tomatoes, herbs, and just about anything else you want to put in there. Here is my "throw it all together" chili recipe. The recipe is meant to be followed loosely. Feel free to add a little more or a little of less of something to your liking. This is supposed to be a no-stress recipe.
1/2 lb. turkey burger meat or ground turkey
1 c. chopped onions (sweet or yellow or whatever onion you've got)
16 oz. can dark red kidney beans drained (the darker the better for you)
16 oz. can red beans drained
15.25 oz. can whole kernel corn (I get the reduced sodium.)
28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes (or whatever can of tomatoes you've got)
1-2 T. powdered garlic (add more if you love garlic, add less just for flavor)
1 T. mustard seeds
1 T. cumin
1/2 t.- 1 T. fennel seeds (depends on how much you like fennel)
1/4 c. Bragg's Liquid Aminos (if you don't have this, it's ok - this time - put it on your grocery list and keep some in your house - it's multi-purpose, flavorful, and good for you)
Brown turkey meat in skillet with onions, 1/2 the garlic, and the fennel seeds. When cooked, put it in a pot, and add all remaining ingredients. Drain all cans EXCEPT the tomatoes and corn. Pour the entire contents (liquid and all) of the tomatoes and corn. Stir together. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Simmer 10-15 mins.
Tips - If you like it more soupy, add water. If you like it thick, drain the can of corns. You can add ketchup (1/4-1/2 c.) or bbq sauce (1/4-1/2 c.) to your liking and/or add 1 t. oregano. I like to add several seasonings. My husband says you can have too many and miss the flavors of them. Either way, make it edible for you and your family and friends.
Put crackers on the table, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and some fresh chives if you've got 'em. These all add to the meal. If you want to get really fancy, you can always make a corn bread bowl to put the chili in. But that's another blog post...
Stay warm and enjoy!
#chili #warm #fixins
If you haven't yet, you probably soon will be putting away all the Christmas decorations. The Santas, elves, reindeers, snowmen, nativity sets, nutcrackers, inflatables, etc. all stored in boxes until next time. Who knows maybe this will be the last year your child/ren believe in Santa. (I know, don't gasp or cry at the thought.) But let's talk about it because one day, like it or not, they won't believe in the red suit and white bearded man. What do you do then? What can you do now to prepare yourself and your child/ren for that moment in time? Come clean quick or let them know slow?
A couple months back my seven-year-old whispered to his older brother, "I think Mommy and Daddy are the tooth fairy." I overheard the conversation and smirked at how astute my little tike was. When he asks me point blank questions like, "Mommy is Santa real?" I don't shy away but tell him, "St. Nicholas, which is Santa's real name, was a real man who did wonderful things for children." If he prods, I answer honestly but not brutally. Then I direct his attention to what is real but primarily unseen, something that wants what is best for him - angels.
If you and your spouse have grappled with the, "When do we let them know (about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny...)?" then I would encourage you to introduce your family to angels this year. Specifically our Where Is Your Angel?™ book series with your family's very own watchman angel. It will encourage the imagination in your child without any future let down.
So, as you pack up the last of the holidays and smell the remaining leftovers to see if they should be tossed or not, think about adding an angel into your home that will always be with your child. You will be glad you did. So will your child.
#holidayletdown #santa #angels #real
It's the first Wingsday of the New Year and we are excited around here!
We like firsts. We like the first book we launched that has lead to more books. We like having the first bite of cake - especially if it's a corner piece or has extra buttercream frosting! We like our firstborns who made us moms and dads. We like the first day of the week, the Sabbath, a day of rest. It allows us to focus on Him so that we can recharge from the busyness of the week before and be ready for the week ahead. We like our first bank accounts we opened as adults. It made us feel so mature. We like our first cars too, whether or not they were lemons or "the bomb". We like first kisses. Awkward as they were, they have become funny stories that make us laugh now. We relish in all the firsts of our lives and appreciate all the firsts in this angel business.
Firsts represent new beginnings. We like new beginnings because they represent opportunities. Opportunities for smiles, learning, laughs, progress, and for moments. Making moments more meaningful are what we do first for you. Everything else is icing on the cake.
#firsts #cake #angelbusiness #makingitmoremeaningful
Happy New Year!! This is the time of year people make positive, productive changes they want to see in their lives or community. Whether it's including more fruits and veggies in the diet, recycling more, or volunteering. Today we're giving you a tip that comes with a bonus. Not only is it one that is beneficial for your health but it will also help our environment and natural resources.
Drink orange juice that only comes from U.S. produced oranges. Not in part, but completely. Some orange juice containers will say their orange juice comes from oranges in various countries. More often than not, these orange juice companies get their orange juice from oranges produced by depleting the rainforest. Drinking orange juice only from oranges that come from the U.S. ensures that the rainforest was not harmed. You can find out where the oranges came from on the bottle. If it doesn't say, put it down and don't buy it.
Not only are you helping the environment, you are also helping Made in the USA businesses. One national brand of orange juice that only gets their oranges from the U.S. is Florida's Natural. We buy their orange juice regularly. Indian River is another brand but they were bought out by a larger company last year so I'm not completely sure if they are still 100% U.S. grown. My local grocery store's generic brand lists that their oranges only come from Florida so I buy their brand too.
It only takes about 5 seconds to read the label in the store. Those 5 seconds could save some of the rainforest, help a Made in the USA company, and make sure you get orange juice that was produced here. What a win-win!
I raise my glass of Florida orange juice to you and say, "Cheers!"
#orangejuice #MadeintheUSA #localgrown #healthy
Today is the last day of our look back at some of the more popular blog posts from this year. This blog post was posted in November and is titled, "Meaningful Monday." The most popular blog post for the month of December was the Christmas poem we posted last week Friday 12.22.17.
May you all have a safe and Happy New Year!
Without further ado, here is November's popular blog post:
As we gear up for more "busy" over the next six-seven weeks, let's pause so that the meaning of this week and the season doesn't escape us leaving us spent.
My youngest (who gives me some great dramatic stories to tell) said this one day when he was told to pick up his cars, "I need to play cars NOW because when I'm a dad I won't get to play cars because dads don't play cars." As I was musing what he said, I started feeling guilty. Not a false sense of guilt but guilt that leads to truth.
Even though he didn't say it outright, he was speaking volumes to my heart. How often do my husband or I sit down and play with the kids in their room on the floor? Not as much as when they were littler. We (or rather I) plan our days and there is not much "pause time". We have sports, school events, work, Trail Life, church, doctor appointments, parties to plan and go to, grocery shopping, laundry, YMCA, and the list goes on and on and on...
So one day out of the blue instead of going into their room to tell them to do something (clean up for dinner, get ready for school, pick up toys, etc.), I went in and sat down on the floor. I asked if I could play with them and they said, "Yes." It was enjoyable playing with them and being in their world. This is what I need to do more often. Do what interests them, not just what's on my agenda. I made the decision to invest "pause time" with them now so that when they are older they will have "pause time" with me. It is what relationships are built on - meaningful moments together.
So while you are making your plans for the rest of this year, put some "pause time" in there. Your body, mind, and family will thank you.
"Be still (have pause time) and know (let it sink into your thoughts) that I AM God (there is none other)..." Ps. 46:10
"Be silent, Oh all flesh, (shhh! my busy mind and schedule) before the Lord..." Zech. 2:13
#pausetime #bestill #meaningful