Thursday, May 14, 2015

Joy In The Wasteland

It's been a really long time since I've posted.  You know, life . . . .

This is going to be a rambling post.  I just need to work through my feelings and find a way to cope and heal.  Writing it all down kinda helps.

I got laid off, I took a job in Minnesota to be close to the love of my life.  I hated my job, I got really sick.  I was depressed, didn't have any money and felt all alone.  I worried about my 5 year old.  I packed up and moved back to Arkansas.  I was so rash.  I quit my job, I said mean things to my best friend, the man I hope to marry.

I apologized.  I then became absorbed in helping my uncle pack up his business.  One that I had worked at.  That was extremely hard.  Both physically and emotionally.  I came home and would feel the crushing weight of loss.  I was so lonely.

I've been praying through it all.  I've sought solace in God's love and grace.

I know I'm rambling.  Sorry.

I was hanging out on Pinterest and I stumbled upon the blog Arabaj Joy.  Arabaj means wasteland. Taken from her blog:

"Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.  The wasteland (the Arabaj) will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.  Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!  The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.  There the Lord will display His glory, the splendor of out God."


We can have joy in the wasteland.

I read her post How To Live Loved and following different links I came to a post about praising God in our pain.  How God wants us to fully rely on Him, to have faith in his plan.

So, I still cry at the drop of a hat.  I long to talk with my love like we used to.  I pray, I hope, I thank God and praise him in my wasteland.

African Sweetheart
If you have a prayer need, I would love to pray for you.  Let me know in the comment.

Natosha

Monday, October 13, 2014

Horror Movie Survival Kit with Man Crates

So, I was challenged by Man Crates to create a list of items I would want if I were trapped in a horror movie.  What is Man Crates, you ask?  Well, let me tell you.

Man Crates is an awesomely creative company that specializes in gifts for men.  And get this, the gifts are delivered in a wooden crate that your guy gets to open with a crowbar.  How fun!  They have crates for the carnivore, survivalist, beer lover, gamer and more.  Man Crates also has a handy horror movie survival guide for you:



On to the challenge!  I love The Walking Dead and basically any zombie movie, so that will be the survival kit I will be putting together.  Here is my list of essential zombie survival gear:

1.  1st Aid kit with guaze, sterile pads, antibiotic cream, scavenged antibiotics, pain meds and sutures.

2.  An outdoor survival guide, because c'mon, I'm never gonna remember all that stuff.

3.  Tarp, rope and lightweight sleeping bag.

4.  Shotgun and shells, because you don't have to have that good of an aim with one of these suckers.

5.  Heavy-duty knife.

6.  French coffee press.  What?  I need to be caffeinated to deal.

7.  Kinetic flashlight.

8.  Energy and/or granola bars.

9.  A backpack to put it all in.

There you go.  That would be my basic kit.  Food and other handy items would come and go.

What items would you put in your horror movie survival kit?

Thanks for stopping by!

Natosha



Monday, September 29, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - 9/29/14

Wow, I haven't written a blog post since August.  I've fallen off the wagon in other areas too.  Like my promise to myself and Jaxon to eat healthier.  I find that menu planning really helps me to eat better.  Even if I don't stick to the menu plan strictly, I still have healthy foods in my fridge and pantry.  So, it's back on the wagon.





Monday
Lunch:   Leftover vegetable soup.  I used Alton Brown's recipe.
Dinner:  Tacos, in Lettuce cups, with all the fixings:  avocado, cheese, tomato, sour cream

Tuesday
Lunch:   Cobb salad with avocado, lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, hard boiled egg, cheese and roasted red pepper vinaigrette.
Dinner:  15 Minute spaghetti carbonara

Wednesday
Lunch:   Black bean "burger", sweet potato chips and small salad.
Dinner:  Balsamic roast beef, baked sweet potatoes and green beans. (freeze half)

Thursday
Lunch:   Leftover roast beef and sweet potato.
Dinner:  Baja fish taco bowls.

Friday
Lunch:   Tuna Salad sandwich with veggie chips.
Dinner:  Leftovers or dinner out.

Saturday
Cold cut sandwiches or leftovers.

Sunday
Chili and cornbread.

Breakfasts for the week will be one of the following:  scrambled or fried eggs with sausage or bacon, oatmeal with nuts and/or fruit, greek yogurt with fruit, nuts and honey or a protein smoothie.

Now to sit down and write out the grocery list.

Thanks for stopping by,

Natosha

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hi, it's been a while. {Randomness}

Hello all, I hope you are all having a great Summer.  It's just about over.  Here in Arkansas we have been blessed with an unseasonably cool Summer and it has been wonderful.  Keep those cool fronts from Canada coming!

No menu plans or recipes today.  I just wanted to say, "Hi, I'm still around."

Here are a few things I am loving lately:

Listening to on repeat:










Watching:








Random pics:















I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by,
Natosha

Monday, May 19, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - 5/19/14

Hello everyone and happy Monday!  This week is all about easy.


Monday:  Green beans, mashed sweet potatoes and grilled chicken breast.  Last night I grilled several chicken breasts 3 different ways:  buffalo, teriyaki and italian seasoning.  Plan on eating on them for luch all week.

Tuesday:  Breakfast!!  Scrambled, cheesy eggs, bacon and homemade waffle sticks.  I picked up the cutest little waffle stick iron at Walmart a few months ago.  I think the brand is Babycakes. We love it.

Wednesday:  Spaghetti with ground beef/red sauce.  Steamed broccoli on the side.

Thursday:  We will be taking  road trip so I'm packing PB&J sandwiches, apples, bananas, yogurt, nuts etc.

Friday:  ? ? ?  We will figure it out when we get there!  Hopefully eat out at a spot that is new to us.

Thanks for stopping by,

Natosha

Monday, May 12, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Sorry, I have been MIA lately.  Work and life in general has been crazy. I work at a wholesale florist.  We sell fresh flowers and supplies to florists all over our state.  It has been craziness leading up to Mother's Day.  I'm glad it's over.  Plus I've had a birthday, t-ball, etc.  Life.  Anyhoo, here's this week's menu.


Monday:  Eat a salad out, between T-Ball pictures and game.

Tuesday:  Firing up the grill to cook chicken and a steak.  Serve some of the chicken with grilled asparagus and fried sweet potato.

Wednesday:  Grilled chicken, warmed in some Frank's Red Hot sauce.  Served on crispy romaine with blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes and bacon.

Thursday:  Steak fajitas with avocado, sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers.  Side of rice.

Friday:  Chicken and veggie "Lo Mein" via The Primal Palate.



For breakfasts, I'm gonna try to do several smoothies and get back into the oatmeal routine.

Treat-wise, these look super yummy:



Thank you for stopping by,
Natosha

Monday, April 28, 2014

Meal Plan Monday - 4/28/14

Hello!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Jax and I finally got the garden planted.  Well, most of it.  I still need to get some bell pepper plants and he wants to plant sunflowers.  Yesterday was stormy and brought in cooler weather.  I'm liking the 50's and 60's very much.  Hot and humid summer will get here soon enough.

This week's menu plan is as simple as I could make it due to the fact that I started the 21DSD (21 Day Sugar Detox) again.  I almost made it all the way through last time.  Please don't judge the 21DSD by my meal plan.  There is such a variety of food you can eat, but to make it easier on myself this go-around, I will be repeating a lot of meals.  For more info, go HERE.



Monday:  Stir-fry with Napa cabbage, carrots, onion, garlic and mushrooms.

Tuesday:  Brown rice and quinoa with kielbasa.

Wednesday:  Salad with mixed greens, chick peas, feta cheese, hard salami and Red Pepper Vinaigrette.  This vinaigrette is tasty and lasts all week in the fridge.  Maybe longer, mine gets eaten before then.

Thursday:  Ham, mixed sauteed greens (collard, spinach and kale) and sweet potato.

Friday:  Asparagus, oven-roasted with olive oil, garlic and sea salt, baked sweet potato and grilled steak.  (Hey, ya gotta splurge every once in a while!)

Lunches will be combinations of salads, rice, tuna, beans and leftover veggies.

Breakfasts will be primarily eggs, cheese and either bacon or homemade breakfast sausage.  I bought some chia seeds over the weekend so I might make the Noatmeal.

Thank you for stopping by!  Check out the links below for a whole gaggle of meal-planning ideas and recipes!

Natosha



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Menu Plan Monday April 28/14