Monday, September 22, 2014

Balance Your Life Week 4 - Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Welcome to Week 4 of Balance Your Life, where our goal is to share interesting and helpful information on how to balance your life with your Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart. This series has been a lot of fun so far and we hope you're enjoying it as much as we are. In my last Balance Your Life post I shared on Finding Peace where I talked about ways to add peace to your life and the week before I shared on Overcoming Fear. I sure hope you found these posts inspiring and helpful for your every day life. Today we're switching things up with SWAP Week and I'll be bringing you an amazing Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup just perfect for fall. Mmmm...it's so good!

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Here's our team for today's SWAP Week:

Millie & Kristina @ 2 Crochet Hooks will be Team Spirit and will share an inspirational and encouraging message.

Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom will be Team Mind. She will share a craft, a book review, fun game or an activity to build memory and some positive reinforcement exercises - things to get that mind thinking!

Shari @ Pure Grace Farms will be Team Body and will share a super easy exercises that anyone can do to get their body moving. Make sure to stop by and get to moving!

I will be Team Heart this week and sharing a delicious healthy recipe called Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup that's just perfect for fall! Pumpkin is full of health benefits so this recipe is a heart smart one!

Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup by MySweetMission.net
Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup brings feelings of fall warmth and savory goodness! I froze some pumpkin last fall when I was creating my post on how to prepare pumpkin for recipes, and thought it would be awesome to use in some pumpkin soup. I had never made pumpkin soup before so I did a search and found one that sounded tasty, made a few changes and used half and half instead of heavy cream, to make it a touch lighter. I have to tell you it was truly amazing!! 

My Mom and I couldn't stop eating this soup and actually finished the whole thing! But, it makes a small batch and because it was our whole dinner with a piece of homemade bread it was perfect. The touch of homemade Cajun spice mix gives this delicious fall soup just the right little zesty kick.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Balance Your Life Week 2 - Finding Peace

Welcome to Week 2 of Balance Your Life, where our goal is to share interesting and helpful information on how to balance your life with your Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart. It's going to be a lot of fun and each of us four bloggers will share a different part each Monday. Last week I shared on Overcoming Fear, where I talked about trusting God to help you through difficult situations and changes like our big move to Florida.

BalanceYourLife

Here's our team:
I will be Team Spirit and will share an inspirational and encouraging message each Monday. Today's inspirational post is about Overcoming Fear

Our Team Mind is Millie & Kristina @ 2 Crochet Hooks. They will share easy crafts you can make from items found in the home, great book reviews, fun games and activities to build memory and some positive reinforcement exercises - things to get that mind moving!

Our Team Body is Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She has super easy exercises that anyone can do to get their body moving. Stop by and get to moving!

Our Team Heart is Shari @ Pure Grace Farms. She will be sharing healthy recipes with us, so go take a peek in her kitchen!

Balance Your Life Week 2 - Finding Peace by MySweetMission.net
Today, I'm sharing on Finding Peace because this is such an important part of being healthy emotionally, mentally and even physically. Without peace a person's mind can be tormented and may find themselves in despair and eventually even depression. John and I have a rule we try to live by, "If we don't have peace about something, then we don't do it". God can give you peace as you walk through life. Just ask Him and He will lead you and help you find peace. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A New Chapter, a Different State and a Brand New Home

Well, the time has finally come and tomorrow we leave for Florida! Life is full of adventures and John & I are approaching a new chapter in our lives. Both of us have lived in Michigan for many, many years. John has lived here his whole life and me since I was 3 years old. But since John retired we have been wanting, and tried a few years ago but it didn't work out, to move to Florida. But, this time it's actually happening. We sold our house here in Michigan recently and we're building a beautiful home in a great community in Florida. We're so excited, so I thought I would show you some pictures of the home we recently sold in Michigan. I would show you some of the Florida home pictures but it isn't quite finished yet. The walls inside and out still need painting, the grass and landscaping are not in and a few other finishing touches. But, once we get settled in I promise to give you the grand tour, so stayed tuned by following us on any of our social medias or by email.


A New Chapter, a Different State and a Brand New Home by MySweetMission.net
Our most recent home here in Michigan was an attached condo and it happened to be a short sale, so we got it for a great price. All we needed to do was put in new carpet and paint almost every wall. Our condo was on a quiet cul-de-sac in a nice community. We really enjoyed and loved this home a lot!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Balance Your Life Week 1 - Overcoming Fear

Hello everyone, I hope you're enjoying your Labor Day Weekend! Three of my lovely blogging friends and myself would like to introduce and welcome you to a new series called "Balance Your Life". Our goal is to share interesting and helpful information on how to balance your life with your Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart. It's going to be a lot of fun and each of us four bloggers will share a different part each Monday.

Balance Your Life Week 1 - Overcoming Fear by MySweetMission.net

I will be Team Spirit and will share an inspirational and encouraging message each Monday. Today's inspirational post is about Overcoming Fear

Our Team Mind is Millie & Kristina @ 2 Crochet Hooks. They will share easy crafts you can make from items found in the home, great book reviews, fun games and activities to build memory and some positive reinforcement exercises - things to get that mind moving!

Our Team Body is Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She has super easy exercises that anyone can do to get their body moving. Stop by and get to moving!

Our Team Heart is Shari @ Pure Grace Farms. She will be sharing healthy recipes with us, so go take a peek in her kitchen!

Friday, August 29, 2014

How to Dry Rosemary in the Oven

I love to share my baking & cooking tips with you! Some I've used for a long time and others are tips I've learned along the way. Today I'm showing you how to dry rosemary in the oven and this is a great tip because it will keep your rosemary fresh for a very long time. Now, we're talking from 1-3 years! Isn't that awesome? As you may know, we're moving to Florida (post to come) and as we were organizing and using up the food in my Mom's freezer, I saw a large bag of frozen rosemary from my post how to freeze fresh rosemary. Well, I needed to dry this frozen rosemary so we could take it with us. I did a thorough search, like I do for all my "How To" posts and new recipes, and found that most websites have pretty much the same steps for drying rosemary in the oven.


How to Dry Rosemary in the Oven by MySweetMission.net

Monday, August 25, 2014

Marinated Crispy Panko Chicken Breasts

Looking for a deliciously crispy and juicy way to make chicken? Then try our Marinated Crispy Panko Chicken Breasts. They're easy to make and marinating the chicken tenderizes it and gives it so much flavor, while the Panko bread crumbs makes it extra crispy! I was marinating some chicken breasts the other day with our homemade Italian dressing and marinade and John had an idea to make them similar to his Crunchy Panko Crusted Cod recipe. Well, we were all glad he did, because this chicken turned out awesome! So, on to John's recipe, let's make us some tasty crispy chicken, shall we?

Marinated Crispy Panko Chicken Breasts by MySweetMission.net


Monday, August 18, 2014

Cajun Spice Mix Recipe

Today I'll show you just how easy it is to make a Cajun Spice Mix right in your own kitchen. I love the spiciness of Cajun cooking and was making a spicy, creamy fall soup (recipe to come) that called for some Cajun spice mix, but didn't have any on hand. So, I found this one online that sounded really good (and it is!) and couldn't wait to share it with you.

Cajun Spice Mix Recipe by MySweetMission.net
This Cajun Spice Mix Recipe will add flavor and spice to chicken, pork, beef, seafood, tofu...well, you get the idea. It's hot and sassy, and will take your recipes to a whole new spicy level!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Swirled Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookie Bars

Buttery, chocolatey and nutty are the perfect words to describe these Swirled Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookie Bars. I've been making these amazing bars, and in this swirly way, for about 20 years now and they are just too good to be true! Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies and knows how easy cookie bars are to make. Well, these delectable babies are the best of both worlds.

Swirled Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookie Bars by MySweetMission.net
I love how the cookie dough, chocolate and pecans are swirled into a pretty design, turning these bars into a thing of art.

Monday, August 11, 2014

No-Knead Rustic Bread

Our easy No-Knead Rustic Bread has a light and airy texture with a chewy golden brown crust. It's really delicious and you don't need any special equipment to make it!

Recently I shared how to develop gluten naturally in bread recipes and I promised to bring you the recipe for the golden brown rustic bread pictured in that post, so here it is. John is a carb-lover, especially when it comes to homemade bread. I believe he eats some kind of bread at almost every meal and this easy no-knead rustic bread is one of his favorites. Well, we all love it and we make a loaf or two every week instead of buying bread. Homemade bread is so much better for you, it's really simple to make and it's a fraction of the cost of store bought bread!

No-Knead Rustic Bread by MySweetMission.net
The aroma while this bread is baking fills your kitchen and makes you feel like you just stepped into a French bakery.


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Healing for the Dominican Republic - Medical Mission Trip Update

Today's post is an update about our incredible medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic with Hope International Ministries. It was a 2 week trip from the end of June to the beginning of July. Because a picture speaks a thousand words, I'm sharing some of Hope's and our best pictures, along with the daily video links and even a funny video of John and a furry little friend!

Healing for the Dominican Republic - Medical Mission Trip Update by MySweetMission.net
The picture of this precious little girl quickly became one of our team's favorites. It was taken by Rick, one of our media guys, on Day 4 of the clinics in El Batey De La Union, at Pastor Robert's school. Her eyes say it all and tells the story of desperation in this beautiful country.

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