Do you ever feel God is trying to teach you something? Do you see or hear similar messages throughout a day, week, or month that cause you to briefly think about an area of your life?
I hear these messages. I know they are trying to tell me something but instead I quickly am sidetracked onto other “more important” things. I tell myself I am too busy right now and carefully brush the thoughts away like wispy bangs hoping they don’t fall back into my eyes and blind me. This week I have seen these messages in bible verses, conversations and social media. No more brushing aside!
Time for me to sit up and really take notice of the many little positive messages I see and hear each day that really make my life more meaningful and time for me to ignore the broken record messages I see and hear from people that weigh me down spiritually.
Here is what I am going to do to have a more meaningful day, S W I P E 🙂
- Simplify–this is actually my word for the year. I’ve been fairly consistent but there is definitely room for improvement
- Write– take note 🙂 of these meaningful messages and where they came from- I like the idea of journaling, envy people that journal, but have I ever journaled? Nope! Well I am going to give it a try.
- Inch–Change takes time. I am going to inch my way into journaling. Doing it this way makes something new easier to accomplish and baby steps feel better
- Prepare–I am going to prepare my heart and mind when I first wake up
- Encourage–I am going to try to always say something positive, helpful and uplifting
Letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace–Romans 8:6
Spring Rolls with Veggies, Herbs and Tahini Sauce
I love a good fresh Thai Spring Roll but these were delicious and the tahini sauce was great. Don’t get overwhelmed by the length of this recipe. These rolls are easy once you get everything cut up and fun if you have your kids help:)
2 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon chunk fresh ginger
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 tablespoon sugar or sweetener of choice (I used white sugar but like coconut sugar or maple syrup)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 Thai red chili, seeds removed or you can use crushed chili pepper flakes or even Siracha
Water, as needed, for thinning
Rice paper wrappers, https://www.amazon.com/ROM-AMERICA-Trang-Spring-Wrapper/dp/B06Y2K4JX9/ref=sr_1_12_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1530205634&sr=8-12&keywords=rice+paper+wrappers I got mine from The Fresh Market but here is a link to Amazon
Filling: (Customize to your liking. I love cucumber in my fresh rolls but didn’t have any and used some yellow squash instead)
4 pieces of mixed greens per roll ( I have used butter lettuce, romaine and iceberg)
1 small beet, peeled and shredded
1 carrot, peeled and shreeded
4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
Julienned yellow squash
2 mini sized bell peppers, sliced in rings
10 basil leaves
10 mint leaves
1/4 c Cilantro leaves
To make the sauce: blend everything together until smooth. Adjust according to your taste preferences, and add as much water as needed to get a creamy consistency. I made the sauce ahead and found I needed a tad more water before serving.
To make the wraps: I use a round cake pan filled with warm/hot water and dip the rice paper sheet for 20 -30 seconds, then lay it flat on piece of wax/parchment paper. Fill with your ingredients starting 1/2 inch to the top of the circle.
4 pieces of greens
1 T or so each of beet and carrot
4 pieces of sliced tomato
a few pieces of julienned squash
3 rings of bell pepper
Fold the top of the wrapper over your ingredients. You can kind of squish up ingredients to make them more compact and roll over and fold the sides in and keep rolling like you would wrap up a burrito. The first one is always the worst. I tend to over stuff the first one.
You can make these ahead. If I make 1-2 hours ahead I cover with a few damp paper towels and leave on counter otherwise cover with damp paper towels and wrap up and store in fridge. You don’t want the rice paper to dry out so if it several hours you may want to check your paper towels to make sure they haven’t dried out.