5 minute lettuce chips

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{recipe from here}

Ingredients

for one serving…

-5 large lettuce leaves, washed & dried really well (I used Romaine)

– olive or coconut oil

– salt/pepper to taste or any seasonings you like

– baking sheet/pan

Directions

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
-Spray sheet lightly with oil
-Tear or cut Lettuce leaves into chip-size pieces.
– Place leaves on baking sheet
– Lightly spray the tops of lettuce leaves with oil
– Add salt/pepper/seasonings you like
– Bake for 4-6 minutes (depending on oven)

**Tip: Try to avoid using the part of the leaf where the thick vein is. It works best with the very thin part of the leaf, so it can be crispier.

Enjoy!! 🙂

banana chips…

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“Who knew, right?”

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and gave it a try. The first time I made these was a failure, because they completely stuck to the pan 😦 But I gave them another try, and mastered them (I think). 🙂

banana chips

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  • 2 very sweet bananas (makes btwn 35-40 chips, depending on how thick you cut them)
  • some fresh squeezed lemon juice or orange juice (to prevent heavy browning)
  • a cookie sheet
  • some oil for greasing c. sheet

1) Preheat the oven to 175 to 200 degrees & grease the cookie sheet.

2) Cut the bananas into fairly thin pieces. But don’t make them too thin or else you won’t be able to get them of the cookie sheet!

3) Dip the banana pieces in the lemon juice, and set on the cookie sheet.

4) Bake for 1 1/2 hours on one side, then flip. This part’s kind of hard, because those bananas really like to stick, so be careful and try not to break them.

5) Bake for another 1 1/2 hours.

6) Take them out and put them in a bowl or on a plate. Let sit for about 20 minutes. They may still feel a little bit gooey when you first take them out, but they will harden a bit as they cool.

7) WARNING: these will go, like, super fast. So I recommend making at *least* a double batch.

A perfect, kid-friendly snack! Or for healthy snacks to take with you on the go.

(Oh, and I bet you didn’t notice that I said “cookie sheet” at the end of the first three steps, haha ::grin::)

oh, darling, do not fret …

Do you ever wonder how far fretting ever gets us?

I wonder. I wonder hard, and long, after a strenuous and trying week of finals, now that I have the time to breathe and think and ponder on sun-kissed days.

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And I read those feel-good verses or messages that say to not stress so much, but still most days I find myself just… frustrated.

And I chuckle, and wonder if that person ever had a worry in their life.

But maybe we all have those moments, yes? Those moments when we realize that the constant stress, the constant worry, the constant fret wears the soul down over time, like waves on the rocks by the shore?

Maybe it’s even a mode of our own self-destruction?

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.”

Psalm 37:8

It’s always easy when the seas are smooth. But there comes a time when our once-strong hearts have to face the bitter storms that come our way.

And at times we wonder if we will drown?

“So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[c] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”

Matthew 14:22-33

Oh, you of little faith.

Yes, you, that girl who woke up Monday morning, getting ready for school, and the dreaded final to come.

Yes, you, that girl who cried that morning.

Yes, you, that girl who sometimes feels like you have to be perfect, have to ace that final, or else.

Yes, that girl who had to pray and pray that she would not cry during that final.

All that stress amounted to nothing. I aced my test, which is great. But there is one lesson I have had to learn over and over again through the years.

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Everything is in God’s hands.

(Fret not.)

the heavens declare the glory of God

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“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

The skies display his craftsmanship.”

~Psalm 19:1

Do you ever take a moment to stop and realize how God has filled this world with so much beauty?

When we were at the coast this weekend, my camera caught images of flowers and sand and rocks and such, but it just took my breath away when my lens captured this.

And it still takes my breath away.

How much detail He put in every flower, every sunbeam, every rock, every sunset … sometimes it makes us stand there in awe, to pause, and wonder, and to be wooed by the Creator of all things? Wooed to draw closer to Him, and to admire His glorious handiwork?

Aaaah, yes.

So maybe tonight, grab a cup of coffee and sit outside to watch the sunset, and breathe in the moment? Take a look at all the beauty we’re surrounded with, and utter a prayer of thanks?