sometimes, i forget.

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When I walk outside and see this. When my camera focuses in on God’s creation, my heart does too.

I forget to be afraid. To worry. To stress. I ignore all the lies Satan puts in my ear. When my world seems to be spinning, screaming out of control, I look outside and remember that God created all and everything is in His control.

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This choice, to forget, is not an easy one, for sure. But it’s a choice.

And I’m not saying to be naive or ignorant of the troubles of this world. On the contrary.

Today, tomorrow, this week, remember that despite the pain, the difficulties, heart-aches, sin of this world, God sees all and controls all things. He controls the tornados, the hurricanes, the craziness, the chaos in everyone’s lives.

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roasted brussels sprouts

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Don’t wrinkle your nose at me. These are roasted, salted, and garliced brussels sprouts. I could seriously eat these like popcorn.

They’re good for ya, and they’re amazingly delicious! ::grin::

roasted brussels sprouts
{via “make it paleo” cookbook}

serves 3-4 (or one big eater, like me 🙂 )

ingredients

–> 3-4 cups brussels sprouts

–> 1 tbsp evoo (extra virgin olive oil)

–> 3 cloves garlic, minced

–> salt & pepper to taste

directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degress F.

2. Rinse sprouts & cut off ends.

3. Place in glass baking dish and toss with olive oil and the salt & pepper (to taste) …

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4. Roast at 400 degrees for 20 min., stirring once after 10 minutes.

5. Add minced garlic, give one last & final stir, and roast for 10 more minutes …

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6. And viola!

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Give ’em a try! They taste waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy better than you might think 😉

the easiest, peasiest, no-kneadiest french bread

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Aaaaahhh… isn’t it beautiful?

Can’t you just imagine that smell filling your entire house as it’s baking in the oven?

Can’t you just taste the soft, buttery goodness?

Can’t you just hear it calling out your name?

In other words, you should make it.

Oh, yes, and this both nut and dairy free 🙂

no knead, no worry french bread

(originally from the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day)

makes 2 loaves

 ingredients

~ 3 cups lukewarm water

~ 1 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast

~ 1 1/2 tbsp coarse salt

~ 6 1/2 cups all purpose flour

how to make it:

1. Wear a cute apron.

2. Put your hair in a cute messy bun (that is, of course, if you are a girl…).

3. Place the water, yeast, and salt in one of those big hefty mixing bowls. Dump the flour in and mix with a floured spoon until everything is nice and moist. Then voila! You’re done. Or, at least done really doing anything.

4. Cover the bowl loosely with a (clean) towel and let sit until it’s puffed up quite a bit. For me, this took about 30-60 minutes. Now, you can either bake it now, or put it in the fridge for another day so you can just pop it in later.

5. to bake the bread: If you just got it out of the fridge, warm it to room temperature before preceding. If not, then flour your hands so it looks like you have gloves, and then take half of the dough from the bowl. Form it into a boule by pulling the sides of the dough into its underside and it forms sort of a ball. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Do the same with the other half.

7. Transfer it to a large, floured cutting board at let it sit for another 40 minutes. 20 minutes before you’re ready to put the bread in, put a cast iron skillet in the oven. Then preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

8.  Dust some flour over the risen loaf and then cut a few slashes in the top about 1/4 inch deep. Put the loaf in the skillet, and bake for 30-40 min. Cool before slicing. Well, if you can manage to wait that long. 😀