Friday, March 11, 2016

7 ways to Spice up your salad.

The weather is warming up and I'm in salad mode again lately. I actually love salad, but really dislike boring or bland salads.
I try to keep a big bowl of chopped greens in the fridge and have a small salad before meals, or sometimes a big salad as my meal.

Naturally they can get boring. But I'm cautious about adding too much junk that makes them full of calories.

Here are a few things to put on top to change things up and add big flavor.

1) rotisserie chicken. Buy one and pick off chunks to make your salad an entree. It'll last for several days.

2) salsa. It's practically no calories and adds a huge punch! (I do a little bit of light ranch with it.)

3) Doritos. Wait, what?! Yeah. Really. 4 or 5 crushed Doritos won't kill you and they add really great crunch and flavor to a salad. (Using the three mentioned so far: chicken, salsa, doritos, and a little ranch = you've got yourself a decent taco salad!)

4) Ken's lite Caesar. This salad dressing has super intense bold flavor so a little goes a long way. I love it.

5) bacon bits. Homemade would be better, but I usually keep just a bag of store bought ones in the fridge. Again, a little goes a long way to change up the flavor of your salad.

6) Parmesan cheese. Fresh grated would be best, but sometimes the canned stuff will do too. It adds a salty-ness and perks up a salad.

7) blue cheese. I'm kind of obsessed with blue cheese. It's funky, bold, and delicious.

A few other options would be hot sauce, lemon juice, salt & pepper.

What are your favorite salad toppings? 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hesston is our home.

The last 24 hours have been a complete shock for us. We're reeling with shock and sorrow from a mass shooting that happened in our little town, a town of just over 3,000 people.

We are a community of farmers, dirt roads, factory workers, teachers, plumbers, cops, artists, restaurant workers, students, nurses, and families.

We are a town of "those things don't happen here", and yet it did.

In our family, The Boy (14) was particularly moved. His heart is as big as the ocean is deep. "Mom, what can we do?"

My answer, "We do what we can with what we have." What we have is an entrepreneurial spirit. What we have is a small business and a willingness to help with what we have.
So together we designed jewelry.

"There's No Place Like Home" - so true for many of us, even Dorothy when she was speaking about Kansas in The Wizard of Oz.
We're offering a necklace, bracelet or key chain and 100% of the proceeds go to Salvation Army in Central Kansas.

Our sadness runs deep, but our strength runs deeper.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Who do you try to please?

A friend and I were discussing this recently. It's far too easy to fall into a trap of trying to please others.
When we're able to make others happy, we feel whole, fulfilled, complete. But when we let others down, we feel empty and worthless ourselves.
Sometimes it's self-inflicted, sometimes others reinforce that, unfortunately.

But you are worth something. You're worth everything. You're priceless.
You are perfectly pleasing in the sight of God. No matter what you do, no matter what you've done.
In spite of our failures, we are still loved. He designed us uniquely and exactly how He wanted us to be.
He knew this day would come. He knew your flaws would leak out. Yet He still chooses to love you and me.
We have value and worth, simply because He decided we do. To Him, we are perfect. And that's all that matters.

We are pleasing to God, in spite of our failures. Repeat: we are pleasing to God, in spite of our failures.
Even when we fail, He loves us unconditionally. He picks us up, dusts us off, and repairs us.
We are pleasing to God, in spite of our failures.
Repeat as often as needed until it sinks in.

Sure, it's fun to please others. It's fun to get a pat on the back, to hear an attaboy or attagirl. It's fun to make people happy.
But making others happy doesn't dictate our worth. Making other people happy doesn't determine who we are.
We are who we are, because God said we are. That's enough. And He approves of who we are.

(image courtesy of Bob Goff)

This is an easy lesson for some people to learn. It can take a lifetime for others to learn.
But I hope it's something that can soak into your soul.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time to Shine!

We are all so broken. Cracked. Weak. Imperfect.

When we pretend not to be, we're lying to ourselves and to others. Some may believe the lie, but others can see the truth. We're frauds.
It is in our brokenness that God shines brightest through the cracks, if we let Him.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

Our weakness, woundedness, and flaws are the openings through which He shines.

Don't try so hard to hide the cracks. Just breathe, realize that we're all flawed, and the cracks are there for a reason.
Let Him do the work and shine.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Word of The Year suggestions - 2016

Words are powerful. We have a whole business dedicated to word jewelry.

So many of you choose a Word Of The Year rather than traditional resolutions... a word to inspire you, remind you, challenge you.
A simple word to change your life.

I love doing this too.
One of the best things is when a word or phrase appears to you again and again, and you KNOW it's meant to be used.

Some years the word jumps out and smacks you in the head. Some years you search and contemplate for months to find the right word.
Some years the word seems to find you. (last year my word was "journey". I had no idea why it hit me, but it did. And WOW, was 2015 a journey!)

This year my word came back around to me over and over, begging to be chosen. Fun.
Be more fun.
Have more fun.
Find more fun.
Search for fun.
Simple as that.

As always, we have a new design for your One Little Word.

This year it's called My Heart In a Word.

If you haven't chosen a word, or if a word hasn't chosen you yet, here are some suggestions. Maybe one of them will trigger something for you.


Have you picked a word? We'd love to hear!