Thursday, February 2, 2017

Philippians 2:12 Part 1. $7.50 Club. I'm Hooked On This - YUM!

Philippians 2:12.
Isn't it awesome that Paul knows he can count on the Philippians to obey God's Word - whether their founder is there or not?  We have just read of skirmishes in the church, but Paul seems to feel that, for the most part, the Philippians obey God's Word.

How many times have we heard this saying?  
But, apparently this is not the case with the Philippine church. 
In fact, Paul says, "...but now much more in my absence...".  
I can only hope that we can continue to maintain that kind of discipline -
to be true to whatever authorities God has placed over us (pastors, bosses, parents, ect.) in their absence.

Many times it can feel like God isn't always there - in our presence.
How do we act then?

God, sometimes when I don't feel You,
I lose faith and fear moves in.
But Your Word says:

You are with us.
no qualification - 
no exceptions - 
no reason to fear.
Though we do fear at times, 
You are with us!

God, sometimes when I don't feel You,
I sin and condemnation moves in.  
But Your Word says:

And my all time favorite, 
especially during 2015,

even cancer,
even fear,
Thank You for these verses!
Thank You for Your presence.
Thank You.
Dear Friend,
this is my truth.

$7.50 Club.
Our challenge for our last $7.50 Drunkards Path block was to make a flower using our green Grunge fabric, our background fabric and perhaps even introduce a third fabric.

It was fun!

Here's mine! 

I'm Hooked On This!
Mason Jar Salads
UPDATE:  Several readers had great questions about this process.  I answered them in my typical fashion - in the Comments section as well as emailing each reader.  Please take a moment or so to read the comments.  They had awesome questions!  Plus I'll be continuing to post about this process.  I've added a "Mason Jar Meals" label to my sidebar.  If  you click on that label, it should bring up all posts about this fun new way of eating healthier!  

I admit I'm a bit late to the game - 
but have your heard of 
Mason Jar Salads?  
Mason Jar Breakfast?
Mason Jar Soups?
I thought it was weird when my daughter told me about it.  But, then again, she's a pretty smart cookie.

I do buy a lot of produce with every intention of eating it, 
but sadly, 
I don't.

So, last Friday, I bought my weekly produce and spent an extra $10 on 12 pint sized mason jars.  (It's recommended to use quart size jars, but the pint size worked great for me.)

Then, on Monday, my daughter and I got together to make our meals.  

Here's how we did made ours.  I'll be putting a list of links I used at the end of this post.  This is by NO WAY my original idea!  :)

Step 1:
Gather all your your favorite fresh veggies, toppings and salad dressings together with your clean dry jars.

We used from left to right (I think...always confuse that.)
craisins, shredded carrots, lettuce, mustard greens, almonds, blue berries, celery, bell peppers, sunflower seeds, broccoli and grape tomatoes.

Not pictured are cubed cheese and feta cheese.

The order you put your ingredients in is extremely important!  
1) salad dressing (commercial/homemade)
2) hearty veggies - tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, broccoli, celery, peppers
3) beans, sprouts, avocado, snap peas
4) cooked pasta or grains
5) protein:  cheeses, eggs, meats
6) lettuce, nuts, seeds

Cover them up.  I labeled them with the date using washi tape on the lid.

You now have a weeks worth of salads!  

I then made my breakfast jars by stirring
6 oz of Greek yogurt,
about 4 tblspns non-fat milk,
raw oatmeal,
in a jar.
I added 
frozen berries and mangos,
and almonds.

My daughter made a dairy free version using coconut milk.  

The next morning she texted me saying:
"Cold oatmeal, where have you been all my life?"

Yup.  That about sums up the yumminess.  
Last were the fruit salads made of
frozen berries
and Mandarin oranges.  

It took us about an hour to make these from cutting up veggies to staring at their loveliness.  And that time includes taking care of Baby M2 (6 months) and Baby C. (1 1/2 years).  

By the way, all you husbands out there,
my husband took a breakfast one to work and loved it!  

Here's my Pinterest board with the websites I used as research!  

I'm linking up to


  1. Your jar salads look delish! Yum, enjoy them!
    I really enjoyed your verse today, as always! You have such a great gift with words and helping others understand. <3
    I LOVE the green grunge fabric! I got some recently for a really neat project I am starting, I really like it. It's funny to see it on your block right after getting it myself. lol
    Have a great weekend!!

    1. Amy, that is so funny about the green grunge fabric! I'm eager to see what you make with it! We never know which Grunge we are going to get from month to month, so it's a fun surprise when we go to class! :)

      The salads are so delicious! Maybe I'll even lose a bit of weight!

      Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  2. Yum - those salads made me hungry. I should try that. Thanks for the links. A fine block - your piecing is fantastic. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone. My verse for today is Joshua 1:9. Blessing from a 16 year survivor.

    1. You are so welcome for the links! The salads are delicious! Thank you for your kind comments on my block and for hosting the linky party! Oh my! We had the same verse! So cool! Angie, do you have any idea how much you've blessed me by sharing that. you are a 16 year survivor??!! When it seems everyone around me is being diagnosed, has had a metastasis or recurrence, your words are a balm to my soul. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  3. Those salads look yummy and I didn't realize there was a certain way you make them, thanks for sharing! Neat block also!

    1. Thank you, Connie! We are on Week 2 of using these salads. Lovin' them! Thank you for your kind comment on my block!

  4. I have not heard of the salads in a jar before. The lettuce doesn't get soggy or limp at all??

    1. Hi there, Vicki! Great question! The secret is all in the layering of ingredients. The lettuce/greens are placed in the jar last - or on the top. Therefore, they aren't marinating in salad dressing and stay fresh. While the "harder" veggies marinate in the dressing! However, when you're serving your salad onto your plate, naturally everything get a bit of dressing. My daughter and I love the salads and overnight oatmeal. I'm preparing to move onto soups in a jar.

      Try this with a friend - you won't regret it.

      I'll be blogging more about Mason Jar Salads/Oatmeal/Fruit Salads and Soups and sharing tips, likes and dislikes. Truly, I find myself eating healthier because of the convenience.

      Please let me know if you try it out! :)

  5. How long do they last? I know that normally cut salad does not last very long.

    1. You are so right, Missy! That was one of my arguments before I tried this. My daughter said the greens last longer because of the glass. Also, when you're preparing your greens, tear them with your hands vs. cutting them with a knife. As I mentioned in another reply to a comment, the secret is in the layering.

      Our greens were about four days in my fridge by the time we made the salads. Then the salads tasted fresh for roughly four days. I diced leftover meats from dinner and kept them separate. As I ate a salad, I added in the meats. I did add in fetta cheese and rinsed, but not cooked black beans, to the jars. Therefore I had three sources of protein.

      Initially, I was quite skeptical, but my daugther is one smart cookie, so I went with it. Now, I have no regrets!

      Please let me know if you try this out! I would love to hear about your experiences! :)