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Hillbilly Livin’ and Smoothies

 Since we sold our house, we have occupied a travel trailer until the quest for our new home is over.  I have noticed some unexpected things with our new lifestyle and one is, I am not getting the nutrients I need.  I noticed I was craving  vegetables and fruit.  This got my attention because I don’t like fruit!

Since my pregnancies, 25 plus years ago, I had heard you crave what your body needs.  If you are craving something, your body is missing a key nutrient found in that food.  I have heard a great deal about smoothies lately.  Soon I became so preoccupied with the ‘smoothie’ idea,  I  decided to research it.   I found smoothies offer a full days supply of vegetables and fruit and give you many key nutrients with just one serving.  

Today is my second day, and I must say, I do feel a difference for the better.  I don’t feel anything earth shattering, but I do feel I have more energy and I have noticed a considerable reduction in stomach acid and much less acid reflux.  This does surprise me!

This is my recipe, if you would like to break out your blender, too!

ingredients to smoothieI start with half of a banana, 1-2 large strawberries, 1 cup packed spinach, 1/4 of an avocado, and 2 teaspoons of peanut butter.  I do use a small amount of bottled water to make sure it is smooth and not a chunky consistency.

end result of smoothie


This is the result of my nutritious blend.  It is good, not spectacular.  I still have some experimenting to do.  I am not a big fan of bananas, so they will probably be replaced soon with pineapple.  I will let you know how it goes as I go!  Just feeling better is enough for me to say, ‘Bottoms up!’  :)

Blessings, dear reader!  See you soon!!





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Bible Verse of the Day-God Has Commanded the Blessing Upon Us

god has commanded the blessing

Deuteronomy 28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.

2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.

3 Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field.

4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock.

5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading trough.

6 Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.

7 The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

9 The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.

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Easy, Yummy Fall Apple Salad

autumn apple salad

Can we say, “YUMMY”??  On this easy fall salad we can!!  This is so easy, so yummy you will be asked for the recipe every time and it is healthy to boot!  Great for church get togethers, family reunions, or just because it is apple pickin’ time.  Whips up fast and if you can read a recipe you can make it!  Have fun being the hit of your next get-together and enjoy!!


4 Fuji, Gala, or Red Delicious apples, cored and chopped  (I love the Gala apples!)

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted  (I do mine in the microwave on 1 minute…if you want them more toasted, microwave every 30 seconds until you have desired taste)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup chopped dried cherries

1 (8 ounce) container vanilla yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey (optional)


 In a medium bowl, stir together the apples, almonds, cranberries, cherries and yogurt until evenly coated.
If this was any easier…you would be sleeping!!  Enjoy, friends!!
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RECIPE-An FYI And Quick And Easy Fresh Apple Cake




Before I give this recipe that I found on Facebook  which Darla Braden shared, let me give you an FYI.  I have never thought of this before, but I am so glad to know it now!  There are two things in you never want to be without in your pantry;  they are yellow cake mix  and canned chicken!!  

Let me start with the canned chicken tip.   In the past 2 weeks, I have made incredible chicken salad from canned chicken and it was delicious!  Using the canned chicken is easier than the boiled and it is definitely less time-consuming!  When I think over the years and all the time I wasted thawing, boiling,  letting it cool down so I could shred the chicken, when all the while all I had to do was open a can and crumble it I could kick myself!  You cannot tell the difference and who has extra time to waste??

I then thought of canned chicken with casseroles.  I thought of all the times I went to Wal-Mart and was so frustrated because they NEVER in my town have rotisserie chickens at 12 p.m. or at 5 p.m..  They sell out fast and all the complaining in the world is just a waste of breath and upsets my joy!  Well, my joy can remain full because canned chicken works wonders in chicken salad, casseroles, and chicken and dumplings!  The sky is the limit with canned chicken!

My next “cannot ever be without” is yellow cake mix!  These make the best cobblers, as you can see in the picture above.  From berry cobblers, to apple cobblers, to quick cakes for unexpected company this is a must have for your pantry!  Thank you to my pastor’s wife, Kathy for teaching me this invaluable tip!  I have several recipes with yellow cake mix, so make sure you hop over and visit the recipe section! 

I did tweak this recipe.  It originally called for 1 stick of butter but I used 2.  Also, I used “champagne” apples, but they can be hard to find.  Another great choice is “gala” apples.  If you don’t like apples, any fruit will do!  One more tip on the apples.  I cut the skin off and I squeezed fresh lemon on my slices so they wouldn’t turn an ugly dark color.  This will leave the apples too tart, so I added 2 Tablespoons of sugar and stirred.  I hope y’all enjoy this one as much as we did!

Fresh Apple Cake  
Layer your apple slices (or other fruit) at the bottom of a pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.   Sprinkle on boxed cake mix.   Pour melted butter over the fruit and dry cake mix.   Bake at 350* for about 35-45 minutes — it’s done when it is nice and bubbly.
I served this with caramel sauce (straight out of the jar, but heated a bit) and whipped cream.  You could use ice cream, too!  If this was any easier…you would be SLEEPING!!  Blessings, precious friends and happy eating!!  Simply, Juliana
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Daily Bible Devotional-How To Succeed at Being Yourself

how to succeed at being yourself





It’s tough to enjoy life when you don’t like yourself. People who haven’t learned to accept and get along with themselves tend to have more difficulty accepting and getting along with others. Yet, the Bible repeatedly tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” I personally spent years having a hard time getting along with people, until I finally realized through the Word of God how my difficulty with other people was actually “rooted” in my difficulties with myself.

The Bible says a good tree will bear good fruit, and a rotten tree will bear rotten fruit. Likewise, the “fruit” of our lives comes from the “root” within us. If you’re rooted in shame, guilt, inferiority, rejection, lack of love and acceptance, etc., the fruit of your relationships will suffer. However, once you have a revelation of God’s unconditional love for you and begin to accept yourself and others, eventually these new roots will produce good fruit, and your relationships will thrive.

Here are a few tips I believe will help you succeed at being yourself.

1. Never say or think negative things about yourself, such as, “I never do anything right.” “I’ll never change.” “I’m ugly.” “I look terrible.” “I’m dumb.” “Who could ever love me?” Matthew 12:37 says, …by your words you will be justified…, and by your words you will be condemned…. Proverbs 23:7 says, …as [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he. In other words, the way we talk and think about ourselves reveals how we feel about ourselves.

2. Speak good things about yourself (as private confessions) in line with what the Word says about you. For example: “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.” “I am made acceptable in the Beloved.” “God created me and formed me with His own hands, and God doesn’t make mistakes.” I like starting the day making good confessions. Perhaps you can do this while you’re driving to work or cleaning house. I also encourage you to look in the mirror and say out loud, “God loves and accepts you, and so do I.” You may even try hugging yourself. This is beneficial to people who have lacked love and acceptance in their lives.

3. Never compare yourself with other people. God must love variety or He wouldn’t have created us all differently—even down to our fingerprints. You’ll never succeed at being yourself if you’re trying to be like someone else. Other people can be a good example to you, but duplicating even their good traits will manifest differently through your individual personality.

4. Focus on your potential instead of your limitations. Actress Helen Hayes was told early in her career that if she were four inches taller she’d be the greatest actress of her time. Her coaches tried various methods of stretching her, but nothing increased her height. She refused to concentrate on the supposed limitation of being five feet tall and decided to concentrate on her potential. As a result, she was eventually cast as Mary, Queen of Scotland—one of the tallest queens who ever lived.

5. Find something you like to do that you do well, and do it over and over. If you spend your time doing things you’re not good at, it’ll frustrate you and cause you to feel defeated and unsuccessful.

6. Have the courage to be different and deal with criticism. Be a God-pleaser, not a man-pleaser (see Galatians 1:10). If you dare to be different, you’ll have to expect some criticism. Going along with the crowd—when you know in your heart God’s leading you a different way—is one reason people don’t succeed at being themselves. You won’t like yourself very much if you go against your own convictions.

7. Don’t let the way another person treats you determine your worth.

8. Keep your flaws in perspective. People with a high level of confidence have just as many weaknesses as people without confidence, but they concentrate on their strengths—not their flaws or weaknesses.

In conclusion, let me remind you of my opening statement: It’s tough to enjoy life when you don’t like yourself. When you learn to succeed at being yourself, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying life more fully.


SOURCE:  joycemeyer.org

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