Some time ago, I was working through the night shift
with a colleague. She mentioned about her new house up in the hills. I asked,
“What is it like to live in a beautiful place?” The answer surprised me, as she explained
how she had gotten used to living in the mountains, she didn’t pay attention
Another time, I asked another colleague at work how she
kept her youthful look and she simply replied with the sweetest smile on her
face, “I take time to smell the roses.”
Two people with two very different outlook in life.Different strokes for different folks, so
they say.But really, can we choose the
same option with the same result? What do you reckon?Regardless of the turn-outfrom these two responses, I chose what is
best:I chose to take time and smell the
been a wild and chaotic year for me: too noisy, too doubtful, too blurry, too
stressful, too many hats!
talking to the first colleague at work since that day, I’ve been careful. I don't want my heart to devastate! (Read about it here.)
This coming year, 2013, will be the opposite. A soaking of God's presence: to listen, to pay attention, to be more thankful, to be positive, to keep still to rest and to do less.
I will stay out of the trap of ignoring God’s
blessings. I WILL PAY ATTENTION and be aware of God's riches and glory around me. When I am aware of God’s blessings in my life, it prompts me to stop and look, listen, and feel more.
I WILL BE MORE THANKFUL.I will be reminded of God’s amazing grace and faithfulness. All the more I will thank God in all things: the good and in my troubles. Having a thankful heart is reflected in our
prayers, as well as every aspect of my life. I will “rejoice always; pray without
ceasing; in everything give thanks” (1 Th. 5:16-18).
I WILL BE POSITIVE.A positive attitude results from
smelling the roses.If anyone had a
reason to have a negative attitude, it was the apostle Paul. He had been in
prison, beaten, scourged, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked, and poor. But
through all this, he remained positive—he focused on good things rather than
Paul had “learned the secret of being filled and going
hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Phil.
4:12). “I can do all things
through Him who strengthens me,” he proclaimed to the Philippians, and everyone
who observed his life (Phil.
4:13). Paul’s attitude was, “God causes all things to work
together for good to those who love God” (Rom.
8:28). Paul knew that God used
everything in his life for good, even when suffering greatly for the cause of
Our God works all
things together for good to those who love Him—no matter what happens.
A QUIET HEART.Now this is
MAJOR!I want to be an instrument of
peace, calm and not be anxious (Phil. 4:6).I will not only be quiet in heart, but also quiet with my mouth!I will speak and proclaim life (Prov. 18:21) to myself, to my family, to my friends and to the people around me. I will only open my mouth when it’s necessary to build someone up and be "quiet" when I don’t need to speak.
I WILL ENJOY LIFE. I mean enjoy life! I will laugh at the days to come and not worry for God has already settled my concerns of my tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34). God is the One from whom all my blessings flow—“Every
good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the
Father of lights” (Jas.
I WILL GIVE
MORE. As the giver of all our blessings,
God teaches us to enjoy them while doing good—“Instruct those who are rich in
this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty
of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to
share” (1 Tim. 6:17-18).
prayer for this year is to slow down... to take time and smell the roses: to smile often, to listen to the chirping of the birds, to feel the soft breeze on my
face, and to bask more on God's amazing grace.
start our year right, shall we? May we make an effort to make Jesus more real
in our daily walk with HIM!
New Year's fireworks display at Burswood, Perth, Western Australia
HAPPY NEW 2013 family and beloved friends! The best is yet to come!
"How am I going to feed 30 people on Christmas
eve?" was my dilemna as I went about my rounds at work. I thought, with not much extra
hands to help out in the kitchen? These are the times I wish I was home in the
Philippines where help was plenty. I recall a time when I used to do a lot of
chutneys back then (read about it here). Every year, it is always my desire to
make something home made to give away as christmas presents. But this idea
about making chutney to give away came in too late.
I'll do them ONE by ONE. So as soon as I walked in the front door, straight from
the night shift did I start a cooking rampage as a prelude to the Christmas eve
dinner preparations. My husband must have woken up from the loud clanging and
thumping of the knife and the wooden board as I chop away a basket of cooking
pears and apples, onions and tomatoes. I doubled Gordon Ramsay's recipe which
yielded me about 5 medium jars. But as usual, I don't follow the recipe to the
letter. I measure by the eye, I alter by the taste, and I feel by the heart
whether the recipe calls for more or less of this or that.
In the middle of my cooking, my beloved hubby
walked in the kitchen fresh from a deep sleep. I was so elated to tell him
about why I recycle jars. And yes, I did have the "I-told-you-so"
moment since he is one that chucks away everything in the bin which he
considers rubbish but "treasure" to me.
As soon as the the onions, cinnamon, nutmeg and
ginger started to sizzle in the pan, my lethargic spirit and my broken down brain from the night shift began to vivify! The house smelt of spiced perfume, oh so full
of life! I was dancing while mixing the ingredients in the pot, no music in the
background... just the clanging of the pot and wooden spoon.... they're music
to my ears.
Okay, I better share with you the recipe as I am
just typing away.... and since it's almost lunchtime, I better get my butt out
of here and buzz away to dreamland soon!
This recipe yields about 2-3 medium jars. I doubled
mine so I came up with 5 jars.
1 onion, peeled and chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (or ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ –1 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
250g light unrefined soft brown sugar
250ml white wine vinegar
4 firm pears (such as Williams), about 650g
1 small cooking apple, about 350g, peeled, cored
2 pinches of saffron strands
Finely grated zest and juice of 2 small oranges
2 tomatoes, diced
Peel, core and chop the pears and apple. Set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the onion
and sweat for a few minutes with a touch of seasoning - to soften but not
colour. Add the grated ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Sauté for
another 1–2 minutes. Add the sugar and stir over a medium heat until it has
dissolved, then add the wine vinegar. Stir in the pears and apple. Add to the pan with the sultanas, saffron and orange zest and juice. Bring to
the boil and boil steadily for about 15 minutes, until the liquid has reduced
down to a syrupy consistency. Add the diced tomatoes and cook for a few
minutes, by which time the chutney should be well reduced and thickened. Taste
and adjust the seasoning with a little salt and pepper. While still hot, spoon
the chutney into clean, sterilised jars and seal. Store in a cool, dark
cupboard or the fridge and use within 6 months – the flavour will improve with
So rustle up as this chutney is a great accompaniment
with Honey-Glazed Ham, salads, or steak or fish dishes.
Merry Christmas Everyone!Enjoy!
The finished product, tied with strings and with my personal label.
A Filipino favorite. So simple to cook and fast. You can also cook this in a slow cooker for 4-6 hours. Just mix in all ingredients together and set to low heat and forget about it. Do your laundry, go out for a jog, do some gardening. Just as when you are ready for dinner, this delicious meal will bring the house to a storm! Enjoy!
1 kg Beef cuts cut into large cubed chunks (preferably Beef gravy meat as it has a bit of the fat)
1 cup Tomato Spaghetti Sauce
1 cup Tomato Puree
3 Peeled Carrots, cut into big chunks
3 Peeled Potatoes cut into quarters
1 cup green peas
1 cup button mushrooms (halved)
1 large head onion, quarted
8 cloves garlic, chopped
1 big red bell pepper or capsicum, cut into squares
150 grams of bacon, cubed
1 link Spanish chorizo, sliced thinly
Salt and Pepper to taste
Boil the beef cubes in at least 1 pitcher of water until tender then add
in the potatoes and carrots.Boil when
soft.Drain some water until there’s a
bit of water at the bottom of the pan.Set
In a separate pan, sauté with a bit of oil the chopped garlic, onions until
transparent.Add in the chorizo, and
bacon until golden brown.Add in the
peas, mushrooms and capsicum.Pour in
the tomato puree and tomato sauce and bring to a boil.Combine this with the beef and stir slowly
until well coated with the sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.
Best served with rice. Enjoy!
(Usually tastes savoroso when aged a day or two. Refrigerate left overs and heat up on stove top when needed)
"... my quest toward patterning my life after the woman "far above rubies" - the administrator, seamstress, nurse, chauffeur, hairdresser, and chef par excellence, among others, the one whose children blessed her and whose husband praised her!
Hi! My name is Jenny and welcome to my blog. I am an accountant by profession, now a registered nurse as my second profession. I am a mother of four wonderful children and wife to a devoted christian husband.
Here, you will find excerpts of my personal life journey: the places I've been, my random thoughts, selected poems I have written, recipes I have cooked, my quilt projects, my ministry work, unique experiences, impossible dreams and desires for my family.
"You create your thoughts, and your thoughts create your life. Do you like what you have created? Comtemplate yourself each day and you will unravel the mystery of not only what you are but who you are." Ron Rathbun
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships,bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
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