Blessing #4: BBQ and Jesus

So, tonight I’m making dinner for my honey bbq chicken sandwiches.

Before dinner we save the meal prayer thanking Jesus and blessing the food. This really sets the tone for how we finish our days, I think.

Being grateful is so important in this world. Being grateful to others makes us happier as well as whoever received our thank you.

I kind of threw the recipe together from a couple different sources.

Slow cooker BBQ Chicken sandwiches

  • Chicken (enough to cover the bottom of a slow cooker)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ginger ale

Put chicken on the bottom of the crock layer onion slices on top of that. Make sauce with other ingredients and slather over chicken. Put in crockpot on high heat and cook for two hours.

Buns of course. My honey freelance baked those.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 dashes salt
  • About 1/4 cup milk
  • About 2/3 cup warmed water, with one packet of rapid yeast bloomed in it.
  • Mix dry ingredients together then add what once yeast is properly activated. Then add milk and mix together kneading. Dough will be sticky. Proof dough in oven with towel draped over (not turned on) but with oven light on, until doubled in size. Pour out of bowl onto floured surface knead a little bit until dough is a little dryer, a little less sticky.
  • Cut dough into four equal pieces, form each piece into a ball. Cover again and proof again with light on for second time.
  • Once dough is 1 1/2 to double size take out, to stop proofing. Preheat oven to 350 F. Save time by hearing it with broil setting which heats oven quicker.
  • Prepare a pan of water. Once oven is preheated and set to bake at 350 F. Place buns on upper rack and pan with water on lower rack. Putting the pan of water in a couple minutes before will help the bread form a better crust on the outside.
  • Bake for 15-20minutes or until lightly browned and fluffy feeling.
Toasted to perfection!

Oh my goodness, It’s crazy raining outside friends 😳. PA is sooo rainy, I love it!

#1 My Strong Coffee

I woke this morning to the rain pitter-pattering outside and the sun coming through my window. God is sooo good!

I began learning the Slovenian language last night with this cool new app I found: MEMRISE. It uses speech and repetition to help you learn a new language.

Unfortunately, MEMRISE charges after the first lesson. So, maybe I’ll just skip back on my merry way to DUOLINGO again.

There is so much to learn and so little time!

I’m making coffee now in my pour over kettle.

I added dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg to the top basket and filled the pot with 4 mugs of water. Estimating six T to four mugs. Approximately 36 oz water to 6 T coffee.

Old fashioned coffee pot

I used a combination of 4 T GEVALIA pre-ground French roast and 2 T WESTROCK COFFEE COMPANY KIVU BOLD.

Two of my favorite grocery store coffee’s

I am a huge fan of KIVU blend which roasts as a bold and smoky cup of coffee.

Oh! It’s starting to come up the straw and boil over!!

The water coming up is still clear looks like it’s gonna take a bit more time….

The coffee is bubbling up much more rapidly and the color has changed to a caramel and now dark hazelnut.

I’ll let it boil for another minute then take it off the fire.

It’s best to pour as soon as you can because coffee’s flavor changes as it changes temperature.

Poured into my noble coffee mug! Bought discount at TJMAXX 😁
This is a homemade coffee mug made by my friend in Michoacán.

Well, friends I hope you have a wonderful day and keep your coffee cup warm and full.

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Pregnancy Help- Safe Haven Laws

I feel very passionately about helping pregnant women. I don’t think, so far, in my life, I’ve been completely vocal about my support for the pro-life cause. I think it is especially important this month to bring up this topic as it is National Safe Haven Awareness month.

Picture taken from Pinterest

You may be a worried and frightened mother who has months of waiting with no safe home or good place to raise your child. Safe Haven laws were established in Texas in 1999, sometime called “Baby Moses laws”.

Safe Haven will help. Safe Haven is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3)organization that was launched in 2004 with a mission to offer another option to unprepared women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

The Safe Haven Law allows parents to anonymously give their unharmed infant to a designated Safe Haven provider within a specific amount of time. These providers include, EMT, Police Officers, Churches and Firemen.

Currently, every state has a Safe Haven law, however, a few states have instituted a Safe Haven movement for the protection of babies using “baby boxes”. Indiana installed their first baby box in 2016 and now has 6+ baby boxes located at fire departments.

“Safe Haven Baby Boxes are designed to allow people to anonymously surrender their healthy newborn without fear of criminal prosecution at any fire station.

They are equipped with alarm systems to notify 911 and staff inside the fire station immediately.

The boxes also have heating and cooling features and lock as soon as the baby is placed inside.

-wpta21.com

These boxes also have motion sensors and lock immediately after the baby is laid inside. The motion sensors alarm policemen, firemen, etc. to come and pick up the baby.

There are no cameras and no questions are asked when the mother drops off her baby.

I am a strong pro-life advocate and it is important for me to have my readers be informed about Safe Haven laws during its national awareness month. Please fight for our children born and in utero.

They need us to fight for them to live and grow.

Be brave. Be confident. Stand up for what you believe is right.

#3 Blessing: Birds of a Feather

Good day friends! I woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise. The damp grass glistened across the lawn and the happy chirp of the Eastern Towhee bird. The Towhee bird is one that my fiancé and I discovered on our walk through the woods. “Through the woods”, that sounds so romantic, heehee.


Eastern Towhee bird

It’s quite a beautiful bird!

Also, on our walk I identified several native trees. I have this nifty little app called Picture this!

Picture this! Plant identifier app

Also, I baked these fun yummy cool whip cookies! I cut the recipe in half because I only had 1/2 cup cool whip. These cookies were the simplest to make and like I said yummy. I’d say 7/10.

Cool Whip Cookies

  • 1/2 c. Cool whip
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup devils food cake cake mix

Set oven to 350 degrees F. Beat the cool whip and egg. If your cool whip is too hard, microwave 15 seconds. Sounds crazy but trust me. Mix in the cake mix. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes. The cookies will be still soft right out of the oven but trust the cooling process to solidify them. Oh my goodness they tasted just like brownies. So good!

My fiancé certainly like them, haha! He ate mine while I wasn’t like looking.

Yesterday, we went to a food truck festival. We stopped at El Gusto Criollo, which was DELICIOUS! I had my first Venezuelan empanada. I had chicken and plantains in mine which I must say was delicious! I love ethnic foods.

It was a wonderful day!

My Larch!

This is a beautiful Larch tree that I found in my neighborhood! It’s so beautiful against the sky. And Lordee me the sky is stunning!

I love how the blues and purples cascade into each other. It’s the perfect montage of colors!

It’s been especially wet and cold these past few days. Every once in awhile I’ve been glancing at the thermostat but have resisted turning on the heat. It’s April for Pete’s sake!

I am almost done with this semester’s psychology courses. Hurrah!!! I’ve decided that I’m treating myself to fresh baked brownies and a mani/pedi after this is all said and done.

Today, my assignment was to read three chapters and write a summary page of two. Oomphf! That’s cramming a lot. And paraphrasing for me is, well, let’s just say, not “in my wheelhouse”.

Well, onward I go back into academics! 😁

Update #1 on Country Living

The winds are brisk today 43 degrees to be exact with a sharp wind that’s bound to make your nose cold and cheeks rosy.

Paradise apple tree

Today, on my walk I came across a currant tree and a Paradise apple tree.

It’s so peaceful outside not a sound.

There are a good deal of Robins and blue jays flying and flitting about outside. Despite the month being April it is still dastardly cold outside and sadly most of my flowers are down and out.

I truly am feeling the cold of PA.

I’ve been making coffee on a regular morning basis pretty much in the dark still. It was very misty moist-y wet this morning.

I just realized I have to watch Shawshank Redemption or Snowpiercer for an assignment due tonight.

So toodles friends! Have a lovely evening