Freezer

The Freezer and Fridge is full and yet you have nothing to eat? Let’s roll up our sleeves and clean out the freezer, pantry and fridge and see what we can come up for with meals for 2 weeks only using our bits and pieces. Money is tight, some foods are hard to find and we want to be as frugal and budget friendly as we can to help us stay on track. Also….did you know that you can get some foods sent to you via UPS with free shipping from Walmart. I have a small Walmart Haul with a few fillers.

A small Walmart Hall via Walmart.com
So what can we find in the freezer to make a meal with?
So what can we find in the refrigerator to make a meal with?

 

Are you watching…..

I am learning more and more that people are watching everything I do. Why should I be surprised? I do the same thing to them. My husband and I love to sit in the mall with a cup of coffee and enjoy the sights — I mean the people.

Years ago, I was at a garage sale miles from my home town and church. I was calling to my husband to come and look at some goodies, when all of a sudden, a voice came from the other side of the table, and said, “I know you”. Of course, that day I was dressed in my cleaning clothes, and my hair and make-up were not the best. When I looked up, I really had no idea who she really was, so I needed to ask. Her response to me was, “I never would have recognized you, but your voice is what I remember.” Interesting, I thought. She had come several times to a “Ladies Night Out” at my church and heard me speak. She remembered my voice.

Oh, if I had been talking fresh to my husband or yelling at my kids in a way that would not have been a good testimony, would my voice have touched her ears again? She is not a believer, so I invited her to come out again to our ministry. May my voice always bring pleasant sounds to someone’s ears.

Another time I was in the dining room where I work, and as usual, after lunch, my coffee cup was crying out to be filled. Without thinking, I filled my husband’s cup first and then mine. I then sat down, took creamers from the bowl, then the sugar, and passed them to him first and then to myself. He is my first love, next to the Lord, and I just look out for him and try to love him in even the silly ways like this. One of our staff members came to me later and said that she loves watching us in the dining room and elsewhere. She loves the silly “love things” we do for each other.

Our life should be filled with joy, love, friendship, and most of all, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 2:3 (New International Version)

“…He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” Psalm 32:8 (New International Version)

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go…”

These are two very simple examples of how someone was watching me and
remembered me. My voice was remembered for the words I spoke and my actions
remembered for the love I shared.

What is someone seeing or hearing in you today?

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

What are you passionate about?

“I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God!” ~Isaiah 61:10 (NLT)

I have been in a sales position for many years now. It all started with me working for a tour company selling packages to Europe, and then working as a Travel Agent and now working in sales at a conference center.

Many times my parents tell me I can sell anything. What happens is, I feel strongly about something and then it turns into a passion of mine and it just pours out. I really do get excited about what I am doing and I guess it rubs off on people.

When I was teaching for a while, I would come into class sooo excited about the new lesson or project I had for my students and they would ask me if I stayed up all night planning this event. They thought I was crazy for being so excited about school work. But I loved what I was doing!

What are you passionate about? Now I know not everyone is a salesperson and we all do not have the passionate drive about the same things. Ask me about my kids, my husband or my home and I could go on for hours. I would end up getting so excited that you would probably walk away and tell me that I am a little nuts!

If someone were to ask me about the Lord would I be so excited? When people see me walking, talking and interacting with others can they see the passion for my Lord? I need to ask all of us this question. What are we passionate about? Can people see the passion fruit growing in our lives?

The Bible tells us to be overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God, excited, passionate are part of this too.

If someone met you today, would they see passion, deep-rooted love, excitement in your life and would your life show the passion fruit that we are to bear? No time for gloomy faces and gloomy lives….we need to be excited about our Lord for the days are numbered.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Beef Stroganoff using leftovers!

Here is a quick and easy meal for a lunch or dinner using leftovers. Below will be a link to the original recipe that I used that they called hamburger stroganoff. It’s a great recipe that cooks up in about 10 minutes that you can modify to basically use anything you have in your refrigerator and pantry. It’s healthy and delicious and kid friendly. Also is a link for my buffalo chicken soup that I used with leftovers that I had as well.

 

Take a walk with me

I am reminded every day of Psalm 46:10 which clearly states, Be still and know that I am God.  Did you notice I used the word clearly.  I have this verse on my computer at work, my computer at home and on the bulletin board in my kitchen.  I know myself and I know that I need to be reminded of this often!

Let me take you back a few steps to where I have been and where I am heading.  I have been praying for about a year now for a certain area of my life to open up and for the Lord to show me what He would like me to do.  Of course being STILL and knowing that He is God and in control is so hard for me.  Can you relate?  In my thoughts daily this particular item is running through my mind and I have a list of what I feel is the best thing, how I can organize it, where I fit in and what is needed from me.  I have it all worked out if the Lord would only answer my prayer (oh, yes, in the way I have organized it), I would be in great shape.

Then again I am reminded….of Psalm 46:10 Be Still…..that is a hard task when you are task orientated, always wanting to be busy and on the go.  I am slowly learning over the past year to be still, not to rush, not run, not to jump but to be still.

Yesterday someone walked into my office and we just starting to chat about prayer and what she is working through in her life.  She had the same type of story that I have….praying and having a hard time waiting.  She told me she is learning to walk with God.  What a thought….”Walk with God”; again I am reminded to be still or at least slow it down, not to run, not to rush and not to jump but to be still and wait for the Lord.

What have you been praying about this past year and are you still waiting for an answer?  Join with me and walk with the Lord for a time, during which you will get the answer you need.

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Orange Muffins….Oh so good!!!!

This recipe I found in a very old missionary cookbook from Greenwood Hills camp. These recipes I usually find are full of ingredients that are very basic and things you probably have on hand. Most of the missionaries that I know never had a Super-Walmart near buy to run out and buy extras, so the ingredients are basic.

I made this recipe not knowing what this would taste like by blending an entire orange skin and all….but let me tell you, this was outstanding and delicious.

Enjoy!!

  • 1 orange (washed, cut in four and take the seeds out)
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • ½ cup of chopped dates, raisins or cranberries (my favorite are the dried cranberries)
  • ½ cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • ¾ cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

 

  1. Quarter the orange and cut in half
  2. Place orange, egg , orange juice and butter in a blender and chop and blend together rind and all
  3. Mix in a separate bowl remaining ingredients
  4. Mix all ingredients together and you will find the batter is very lumpy
  5. Stir in fruit or nuts of your choice
  6. Place in a greased muffin tin and bake at 350 for 20 minutes
  7. Let then cool for a bit and they taste oh so good!!!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Lentils and rice/ Instant pot cooking

This was my first try ever eating lentils and rice let alone cooking them. I found a great recipe using the instant pot. It takes only about 20 minutes from prep to serving it up and it’s absolutely delicious.

 

This recipe that I made fed my family of three for one meal plus at least 2 to 3 additional meals. So you could obviously stretch this out for 5 to 7 lunches or dinners comfortably if you need to stretch things.

It is warm and delicious and my picky eater even liked it. Enjoy!!!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Lentils or 2 cups
  • 1 cup of rice of your choice (I like white rice)
  • 4 teaspoons of dried onions
  • 6 even cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 2 teaspoon of chicken or beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
  • 2 teaspoon of minced garlic

Easy instructions:

  1. dump all the Ingredients into the instant pot
  2. give it a good stir
  3. place lid on and turn to sealing
  4. turn on manual for 20 minutes
  5. you can do a quick release or let it release on its own
  6. open lid and enjoy

*use as a side dish or as a main dish

*use leftovers in a soup or a casserole

Find me on YouTube – At Home with Lynn Wilson

 

Budget Cooking, Depression Cooking and HOT MILK CAKE!

Right now we are in weird times and everyone is scrambling to find budget friendly meals, and resources for these meals as well. Many people have not had to cook so many meals at home until this virus hit us. On top of having to cook the meals we are now finding that our resources are limited for meats, rice etc. Here are two books I can recommend not only give you a budget friendly recipes but also for alternatives for when you can’t find what you need.

I’ve included a great recipe for a yummy cake. This recipe is basic ingredients that you have normally at home and all you do is change up the extract to create a different flavor every time you make it. I hope you enjoy the show me a cake as much as I do. It’s moist and delicious and great deserve as a snack or dessert at any time. Be creative with the icings and toppings that you use for a different dessert every time you serve it.

The BEST ever Banana Muffins

I know….I know you have heard this before from someone.  At some point I am sure that you have heard of  a great recipe along the way.  But stop…wait this really is the best ever recipe!!!

So here we go a short and quick recipe to follow:  Enjoy!!!

  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of butter, margarine or shortening
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla but I like to use almond instead
  • 1/2 cup sour milk ( add 1 tsp of white vinegar to your milk for 5 mintues and you will see it curdle
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup bananas ( 3 large should work)
  • additional items: nuts, raisins or chocolate chips
  1. mix dry together
  2. mix wet together
  3. combine all together and then pour into a greased muffin pan
  4. bake on 350 for 22 minutes or until golden brown

serve warm right out of the oven or the next morning

 

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother