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Caged

April 8th, 2014

Inside me there is this desire to write.

To harness all the passion, desire, and energy inside and force it into beautifully written words for the glory of God.

I want to unleash the fierce tiger inside the cage of my soul, but I’m scared.  I keep her locked up and, with white knuckles, I clutch the only key.

Instead of laying down quietly to sleep, the tiger is pacing the cage.  She pounces each time I entertain the idea of letting her out.

But each time, I hear the same lies swirling around me like leaves in the wind.  I don’t believe that what I have to say is worth reading.

I think so-and-so is already doing it better.  I think all the things I’m passionate about have already been said and said better than I could say them.

I assume everyone else has read all I’ve read and experienced all I’ve experienced and therefore already knows everything I’m excited to say.

They don’t.

Even if they do, they haven’t heard it my way.  In my voice.  With my flavor.

That could make all the difference.

Maybe God will give me a new thing to say.  Maybe I won’t just spit back what others have already said before.

Maybe He has a message for ME to share.

Maybe I’ll just dive in and start the only way I know how and maybe, just maybe, He’ll take over and write things I could never imagine.

The only way to know is to do it.  To stop fearing and talking myself out of it and instead reach with trembling  hands into my pocket and pull out the key to unlock the cage.

Let that wild tiger run free.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  (Galations 5:1)


Leftovers Egg Scramble

April 7th, 2014

Perhaps you sense a theme around here lately.

Leftovers, baby.

We all got ‘em.

And if you don’t eat them, you’re not allowed to tell me.

My mom did a solid job of brainwashing me to not waste food.

I’m serious.  It’s in my DNA to eat up everything before it goes bad.

My mom is hardcore.

She’ll eat things that I swear are on the edge.

Go mom!

Your depression-era relatives would be very proud, lol.

I talked last week about making soup out of random leftover meat and veggies in the fridge.  It’s a great way to repurpose foods that you ate one time already.  Mixing them into a tasty new soup helps you forget you’re really eating the same thing over again.

Plus, this time of year when it’s cold and drizzly, a hot cup of soup is like a big hug.

Mmmm.

Another way I like to use up leftovers is by mixing them into an egg scramble.

leftovers egg scramble

I generally use up stray veggies this way.

Half a bell pepper starting to shrivel up?

A lonely green onion starting to get floppy?

Leftover frozen french fries?

A few mushrooms in the bottom of the tub?

Three spears of leftover steamed asparagus?

Some fresh spinach leaves stuck to the bottom of a near-empty bag?

No problem!

Chop it all up, sauté the raw stuff in a little butter or olive oil till it’s tender then add in the cooked stuff.

Give it a little stir and top with 2-3 eggs, scrambled in a separate bowl and then poured over the veggie mix.

Got a little shredded cheddar or crumbled feta laying around too?

Mix that in with the eggs before you pour them into the pan.

Using a heat-safe rubber spatula, give everything a big stir occasionally (mixing the bottom layer up to the top and making sure all the wet parts get cooked up).

You’ll know it’s done when there isn’t any liquidy egg left.

Slide it out of the pan onto a plate and drizzle with sriracha or Frank’s Red Hot.

If you’re really into a kick of heat you can go to town with a bottle of Tabasco or your other favorite hot sauce.

leftovers egg scramble closeup

If you want to give it a mexi-vibe, pour a little salsa and dollop of sour cream on top.

This is a great breakfast, brunch, or even dinner option.

I eat this about 2-3 times a week and never get sick of it.

Because the veggies are always different, it tastes unique each time.

What a great way to eat a bunch of veggies and use up straggling produce, right?

Leftovers Egg Scramble
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
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Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions (or green onions)
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Leftover steamed veggies
  • Leftover french fries or potatoes
  • Cheese (crumbled feta, shredded cheddar, mozzarella, swiss, colby, etc)
  • Anything else that sounds good!
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil, butter, or ghee in a small sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. After about 2 minutes, add raw onions and cook for about 2 minutes until they begin to soften.
  3. Add other raw veggies and sauté until tender.
  4. Add leftover cooked veggies/potatoes and stir to combine and heat through.
  5. Crack 2-3 eggs into a small mixing bowl and “scramble” well with a fork or small whisk.
  6. If using cheese, add it to the raw eggs and stir to coat thoroughly.
  7. Pour egg (and cheese) mixture into the pan and use a rubber spatula to mix everything together and turn the eggs over and over to fully cook. Scrape the edges of the pan as you go and keep turning the bottom of the mix up to the top so that all of the egg cooks evenly.
  8. Top with hot sauce, salsa, sour cream or anything else that sounds good!

 


What I’m Learning from my Social Media Fast

April 4th, 2014

what i'm learning from my social media fast

I’m almost 4 weeks into my social media fast for Lent.

Enough time to get a feeling for how it’s really affecting me.

I started out feeling light as a feather from not being connected all the time, and that lightness has continued.

Sadly, I still find ways to fill the void previously occupied with social media.

I obsessively check my blog reader, email, and text conversations.  I grab a book or turn on the Food Network.

Those things are certainly less consuming than social media, but they’re still noise.

I’m in the home stretch of the fast now, and my prayer is that I will continue to quiet my heart.  Get to a deeper level of stillness and calm.  Create more space to be with God and for Him to speak to me.

When I take stock of how my life is different without social media, I realize I’m less irritable and critical.  I worry less about other people’s lives.  I don’t compare as much.

I’m not scrolling through a bunch of dogmatic opinions on Facebook. I’m not seeing other women’s perfect-looking photos and feeling bad about mine.  I’m not obsessing over how many followers I gain or lose.

I’m more present in my real life.

Which is such a good thing.

On the flip side, I find myself missing a few ladies I consider to be friends.

I only “know” them online, but I really enjoy them.  Their pictures and pursuits and thoughts and perspectives all bring joy to my life.

Because I’m not on social media right now, I have no contact with them.

I honestly miss them.

It will be so great to catch up when I get back online.

Overall, the pros of being “disconnected” seem to outweigh the cons, but I do think there is value in social media.  In connecting with other people even though we can’t physically be together.

It can be powerful to share our lives online.  To bring a little heaven to earth by being kind and speaking love and being honest and vulnerable with one another.

Women today are so busy.

We work hard.  We parent hard.  We grocery shop hard.  We love our husbands hard.  We serve hard in our churches and schools and communities.

It can be difficult to find time to socialize.  Sometimes it’s just “one more thing” to make time to hang out with a girlfriend.

We fall exhausted onto the couch at night after our busy days.  We usually grab our phones or tablets and start scrolling to numb out.

If we find connection with other women and we find the gospel dripping from lovely blog posts and we find the smiling faces of other women warriors, we feel less alone.

We were made to live in community.

We were made in the image of a God who lives in community!

He could have been one, but he decided to be three.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We actually need one another and social media is a way for us to connect in our busy, modern age.

It almost feels like this fast has helped separate the wheat from the chaff.  Whisking the junk of social media away with the wind and allowing the worthy wheat to fall down and be seen.

I’m looking forward to delving back in with this new perspective.

I know it won’t be perfect, and I’ll still numb out in cyberspace from time to time, but I’m hopeful that I’ll keep it in proper perspective and maintain the quiet in my heart more often than not.

Have you ever given up social media for a stretch of time?  What did you learn?

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