how can you overcome?

have you read through Ephesians 6 recently? the power to overcome comes through obedience to the truth  
~ Penny Raine

are we offending God?

people are way too easily offended these days, and most of the time it is trivial, but if we are offending God? that is something to be careful about, ask Him daily to search your heart, and shine His light on your motives, are they true? ~ Penny Raine

parenting to do right

Parenting is not about making your children “do right” it is about imparting to them the wisdom and desire to want to “do right” to look at the consequences of their actions and lifestyle, and see the benefits of living a life pleasing to God, a God who loves them and wants what is best for them ~ Penny Raine

parenting is not about making your children "do right" it is about imparting to them the wisdom and desire to want to "do right" to look at the consequences of their actions and lifestyle, and see the benefits of living a life pleasing to God, a God who loves them and wants what is best for them ~ Penny Raine

Instant Pot Chili for every day

(this post contains an affiliate link, but my opinions and recipe are my own)

We have hardworking folks at our house, and they work up a good appetite so I like to have something hearty at all times. Recently is has been chili, it is the free for all food anyone can overindulge in between meals. It is super easy and I will share my amounts below, but feel free to improvise. We make this most mornings, leave it to keep warm and it is perfect by lunchtime. It could not possibly be easier to make chili from scratch than this method. I cannot say how much we love our Instant Pot, for this we have the 6 qt, and it is a dedicated pot for chili, the seal is tomato stained and the whole thing kinda smells like chili no matter how much it is scrubbed, but it is amazing and has been used daily for over a year, best kitchen money I have ever spent.

First off 4 cups of dry pinto beans, check and rinse and add to pot

 

add 8 cups water to pot

 

add 1 pound ground beef in chunks, we raise our own and it is frozen so I thaw just enough to separate into chunks

add 1 diced onion

add 1 can of tomato sauce

 

add seasoning, we use about a 1/4 cup of taco seasoning from Azure that we buy in bulk

sometimes I will add peppers but not all the time

push the meat/stew button and you are done, when it finishes let it release the steam in it’s own good time, you do not rush chili even in the instant pot, if for any reason some of your beans rise to the top and do not fully cook, you can stir and turn it back on for a bit at the same setting, or manual 10 mins or leave on slow cook, chili is pretty easy going

 

 

here is the recap

  1. First off 4 cups of dry pinto beans, check and rinse and add to your Instant Pot
  2. add 8 cups water to pot
  3. add 1 pound ground beef in chunks, we raise our own and it is frozen so I thaw just enough to separate into chunks
  4. add 1 diced onion
  5. add 1 can of tomato sauce
  6. add seasoning, we use about a 1/4 cup of taco seasoning from Azure that we buy in bulk
  7. sometimes I will add peppers but not all the time
  8. push the meat/stew button and you are done, when it finishes let it release the steam in it’s own good time, you do not rush chili even in the instant pot

be blessed 🙂

 

 

 

my productive love for checklists

there is just something so satisfying about checking things off a list

it helps my day progress

it makes me feel acomplished

and it reminds me where I left off

 🙂 and I like it

 so I put my everyday things on an app called Nozbe and I get to check them off everyday and give myself a score, I have a health/fitness goal that is more of a goal to create a habit than it is to reach a certain thing, looking forward to a good report card!

 

tornadoes and chocolate cobbler

Our weather has been so strange this year, but actually strange weather is normal for TN so I guess it is strangely normal. We hardly had a winter, but the days that were like winter were super cold. Then spring started early, like in January. My fruit trees are threatening to bloom, and that doesn’t usually happen until late March at least, some in April. The daffodils, called buttercups here in the south put on the biggest show ever in February and when we had a single night hard freeze it didn’t even affect them. My pastures are greener than they were last summer. Go figure 😉

but then

this morning, I got something I had almost forgotten about … a tornado warning, which of course means sit on the porch and enjoy the storm, I figured I had a few minutes before our satellite internet service went out .. so I posted this on facebook

so tornadoes today, more chocolate cobbler and coffee? how do you spend stormy days?

~ Penny Raine

and the crowds went wild,

not about tornadoes but about Chocolate Cobbler 🙂

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have a good day

God is good, rejoice with those who love you and don’t let anything ruin your day, it is a gift from Him

your child’s heart and who it belongs to

wisdom from my friend Marcie Hadley
>>> Do you have a family who loves the Lord and your child’s soul more than they love themselves? Thank God for them! If you have a family who only wants to tantalize your children in order to get their heart, you will need to be like Gideon. There are those would prefer they have your child’s heart than that God has it, even while wearing the cloak of church folk. Do not be fooled and be ever watchful. If they disregard God’s commandments, the love of Him is missing. The most valuable thing your child has is their soul.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 <<<
the enemy WANTS your children and he will use anyone not totally submitted to Christ to get them ~ this part by me Penny Raine

finding yourself

the goal is not to “find yourself” the goal is to find your part and purpose in His plan ~ Penny Raine

 

yay! Lilla Rose sale!

starts this morning, don’t miss it, every mom deserves to be pretty 🙂

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Not only are these THE best hair clips in the world,  but there are tons of styles, they are super durable and being part of this business has been a HUGE blessing to our family, I would just love to share how it can be for you also.

You can read all about  why I sell Lilla Rose Flexi Clips here.

And you can like my facebook page and see TONS of pictures and join my fun events HERE .

If you love hair accessories and you love folks and you would be blessed by some extra income you might consider becoming a Lilla Rose consultant. (then you get first notice like I do) I have room for you on my team of nearly 350. I have a group that pitches in and helps one another and it feels like family. We have a bigger business group that shares anything and everything you might need to succeed and again even though that group is thousands, they feel like family. I love what I do.