Tuesday, August 14, 2012

You are Perfect.

I've had this saved as a draft for a while now. Wasn't sure if I should share it or not, but feeling kind of down  today, so when I saw this, I knew I had to share it, it made me feel much better.
This is more of a story of me talking with a leader of my church before A was born. 

I was asked if I would display A's artwork, even when she was little & it didn't look like much other than scribbles.
Of course I would & I do. 
It would be beautiful to me wouldn't it?
Yup, it would be & it is.
He tied it into, that even though it wouldn't be perfect at first, I'd still love it, it'd be perfect to me with all of its imperfections, and that's how God sees me.
With all my imperfections, I'm perfect.

I know it's churchy but it stuck with me for other reasons. It helps me see that I don't need to be perfect, physically or when I do something, I just need to be me & do my best. So just remember, 

With all your imperfections, you are perfect.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Blog Award.

So I got the Liebster Blog Award again, Thanks Ang & Audrey !

What is the Liebster Award? Liebster means "dearest, beloved, or favorite" in German.  This award is awarded from one blogger to another as a way to give a shout-out, of sorts, to up and coming blogs of 200 or fewer followers.

When accepting the award, I am asked to:
  • Post 11 random facts about myself.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the nominator.
  • Choose 11 deserving bloggers and tag them in my post.
  • Create 11 questions for the newly nominated bloggers.

My 11 Questions from Ang.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love the support you get from other bloggers, you can really make some great friends through blogging.

What is your least favorite thing about blogging?
The need some people feel to be just like other bloggers. We need to be ourselves. 

Eat-in or take out?
Eat-in. I love to cook & love being able to have A help me cook. Love fresh food!

If you could travel anywhere (all expenses paid), where would you go, and why?
Texas! My brother & his wife live there with my God-Daughter & their other 3 kids. I miss them so much. They came up after A was born & that was the first time I had seen them in 3 years. 

What is your favorite food?
Mexican food. Seriously could eat it all day long every day.

What is your favorite drink?
Love Diet Coke. But lately water sounds so much better!

 If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or not), who would it be and why?
I actually have a post about that here.

If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?
You need to stop being so darn shy!

Are you a cat person, a dog person, or neither?
Dog. Definitely dog.

What is your favorite type of social media?
Twitter lately! I am slowly disliking Facebook more & more.

Which is your favorite season?

My 11 Questions from Audrey.
1. What do you like to do on date night?
Eat. Ha, seriously, we would much rather grab a pizza & cokes and watch a movie at home, than do anything else.

2. How often do you buy yourself anything when out shopping?

I always manage to add something in for myself, even if it is just a pair of socks.

3. Do you have your husband cook dinner?

Yup, sometimes he does, but Mon-Thurs I make sure I have dinner made & his lunched packed.

4. What is your #1 go to recipe to make?

Apricot chicken or Sweet Pork Burritos.

5. Do you read celebrity gossip?

Not anymore, used to!

6. If you could have any pet, what would it be?

Alligator? Like it'd have to stay small forever. For whatever reason, we love watching shows about gators & they're always cute when they're little.

7. When picking out baby names, did you share them? or wait until the baby was born?

Hehe, I shared with my parents & siblings, but not my in-laws. Then I ended up in the hospital at 30 weeks pregnant & my mother in law threw a fit about  not knowing the baby's name when she prayed. Other than that no one else knew till she was born.

8. What's your favorite Olympic sport?

Yeah, we only have Netflix so no Olympics for us, but I did watch some Volley Ball & Tennis with my brother for a few minutes.
9. What's your favorite flower?
Tulips. Love them. Or Daisies.
10. Do you have a book you have read over and over?
The Notebook. Love it.
11. Do you enjoy camping? Or staying in a hotel?
Hotel for sure.

Now I'm supposed to go & tag 11 bloggers, but I've done this before & I'm lazy, if you have less than 200 followers answer the same questions I did & tag 11 people!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Social #10

Sunday Social

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Seriously, Mexican food. 
I love it. 

What's your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
Chocolate & saltine crackers.  
Gotta have my sweet & salty.

What's the weirdest/craziest thing you've ever eaten?
I love sushi, but eel just crossed a line for me, it was slimy & such.

What foods do you avoid at all costs?
I'm allergic to tomatoes though, so that's a little different.

What meal reminds you of your childhood?
Chicken, Broccoli, Rice & Cheese Casserole. 

Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes.
When my sister was in the hospital after having her baby, 
I made these cupcakes for her & her visitors.
Everyone loved them! 

Dad's Thoughts for Your Sunday.

My dad likes to send out texts to my siblings & I. They always have a lesson to be learned. Sometimes they are just what I need to read. 
The following is a text from my dad: 

" I had a communications class in college that I hated but it turned out to have the biggest impact on my life out of all the classes that I had. Today I am sharing with you one of the key concepts that I learned in that class... A concept that I did not believe for many years but is true and helps me have understanding, power and compassion when dealing with people. Please consider what I say next and let me know that you have read it.

 People have very strong needs. They need food, water, shelter, to be loved, and TO BE RIGHT. It is this last need that I ask you to ponder. People have a very strong desire to be seen as being correct or right.

 You will experience more success and happiness in life as you act and interact with people keeping this principle in mind. Think of yourself sitting in a classroom and your teacher asks you a question and you give the wrong answer in front of everyone. How do you feel? Why? What if you show up at a party and everyone is dressed in nice dresses and suites but you are in Levi's and tennis shoes. Everyone looks at you... How do you feel? Why?

 Imagine yourself taking a test in class and you know that after the test you will be required to pass your test to the person to your right to be corrected. And, after your test is corrected that person will announce your score to the teacher in front of the whole class. Will you be more nervous taking the test knowing that everyone is going to know your score? (This used to be a common practice when I was in school) Imagine yourself getting into a heated argument. The other person is slinging insults faster than you have comebacks. How do you feel? What do you want to do? Why? What should you do?

 In each of the above scenarios we can imagine the stress. Why stress? ...because of our need to be right or at least appear right in front of others. We think that if we are right we will be accepted by others (back to our need to be loved) and be validated or accepted by ourselves (we need to feel valuable). 

Each of us has heard about the virtue of humility. Each of us know that we have been taught to be humble. Humble does not mean weak or always being submissive. Humble means to be teachable and accepting of truth. When we are humble we let go of our NEED to be RIGHT and allow ourselves to seek the truth in any situation even if we are wrong. 

A humble person will seek for truth, admit when they are wrong and then move forward in a stronger or more enlighten position with the newly acquired understanding or truth.

 As we let go of "BE RIGHT" and grab hold of "SEEK RIGHT" we are able to defuse confrontations, control our emotions and more easily gain more knowledge and understanding. So, go forward with courage seeking and ACCEPTING truth in all you do. This is humilty and it is a Godly virtue that makes us better and better. It is difficult to understand the full meaning and power of what you have just read but having just read it is a good start to understanding. I hope you are able to ponder this message and that you can share some associated real life experiences. 

Have a nice day. Love, Dad  "

So, one of the key concepts to remember from the message is that generally speaking we can be right or we can be happy. We try for both but it is very difficult. The thought is that if we always try to show people we are right we just offend them.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Meet the Juggling Act Mama

Hi, I’m Ang (as in, short for Angela). 

I’m a mother, wife, daughter, sister, auntie, and friend, attempting to do it all – because, well, I want to. I’m also a writer, crafter, scrapbooker, amateur photographer and Pinterest addict. Long before Pinterest, I developed addictions to books, snapping memories of my kids, and chocolate desserts... or chocolate anything...or...ok, just sweets in general - don't judge me! I love being creative.  

I’m married to my best friend & high school love (we've been together for more than half my life now, and married for 8 years). He's a very supportive albeit, handsome dorky guy - I have live-in tech support!  He can also make me crazy, and I'm not talking about the good crazy! I'm a multi-tasker that swears by lists; he's a realist that detests them. 
We have two beautiful children – ok, I’m biased, but who isn’t when it comes to their kids, right? Our sweet, silly, smart son, Ethan, is four, and our darling, dimpled, diva daughter Olivia (Livi) is one. Oh, and we have a cat named Pumpkin that wants nothing to do with our children, or anyone elses, and loves to drink out of my water glass in the middle of the night. 

I am the proud owner of an Etsy shop called AngelFlowers, where I sell some of my handmade hair accessories. Oh, and I also work full time at an awesome start-up, as an office manager, (this company has the potential to rock peoples worlds, in ways no one has imagined before).  So maybe I have my hands a little full... but don't we all?

I'm super excited to be visiting Sara today - and, since I know how much she loves her chocolate (a girl after my own heart!), I thought my Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread recipes would be the perfect thing to share with you all. This recipe is adapted from Paula Deen, with a few healthy modifications.  I hope you'll enjoy this as much as we do!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour 
1 1/2 tsp salt 
tsp  freshly grated nutmeg
tsps  baking soda
1 tsp  ground cinnamon 
3 cups sugar 
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
1/2 cup applesauce
4 eggs, beaten 
1/3 cup water 
2 cups grated zucchini 
1 tsp  lemon juice Zest from 1 lemon
 2 squares Baker's semi-sweet chocolate
       1 cup milk chocolate chips 
           1 cup chopped walnuts 


Preheat oven to 350-degrees, and crease and flour two bread pans. Grate the zucchini (I pulse mine in the food processor - skin on - to save time).  Chop the Baker's chocolate into tiny pieces and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flours, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar - use a whisk to blend.  In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then combine with the oil, applesauce, water, zucchini and lemon juice.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and fold in the walnuts, chopped Baker's chocolate, and chocolate chips.(Besides measuring the flour, this is my son Ethan's (4) favorite part - he loves sampling the chocolate chips, and mixing the batter.)  Pour into the pans and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
Once the bread has cooled completely, refrigerate it - it's best served chilled.  Speaking of chilled, these loaves freeze wonderfully.  I double freezer bag mine, and label it with a Sharpie.  Thaw it in the fridge overnight. 

I hope you'll try this delicious bread, 
and come visit me at Juggling Act Mama to tell me how you like it!
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