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Endurance.

I was reading my Bible this morning in Hebrews 12… “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses (Moses, Joshua, Rahab, David, Samuel, the Prophets), Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles us… and let us run with ENDURANCE the race that is set before us.” Now, I know nothing of endurance on a sports level. I’m a quitter, I’m weak, I give up easily, my mind can easily sway me into stopping early, giving up, “it’s too much, it’s too hard.”

But my husband is the exact opposite. He is competitive, he’s a doer, he’s disciplined, he can train his mind and his body to do anything. He’s such an amazing example. And physical endurance and discipline definitely spill over into his spiritual life. What you see is what you get. He doesn’t talk about doing it- he does it. He leads our family, he prefers us, he ALWAYS puts our needs/ wants first, he goes above and beyond to protect and take care of us, he leads us spiritually, he trains our kids physically, he delights in the things we delight in, he never complains, he seems to not grow weary (even though he’s up at 4am every day!), and even after all these years together, he still treats me like I’m the only girl in the world. He is the nicest man I know.

So I was happy to spend 3 days in the desert with him, cheering him on and delighting in one of the things he delights in. A 6 hour, 2 man race in Temecula. He rode a total of 31 miles in the hot sun, up and down a tough, rugged course and still had a smile while BBQing hot dogs and carne asada that evening. He has endurance. He is such an example to me.  Sorry for all the gushing, but I really like him a lot.

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January 28, 2014 - 12:01 am

Melinda Cassol - Love it!

Shepherd’s Pie.

So, I made Shepherd’sPie again tonight and we all loved it…. again. THe first time I made it I mentioned it received 8 thumbs up. THat almost NEVER happens in my house. So I’m sharing the recipe here since some of you have asked for it.  SIde note: Sorry that some of my words aren’t properly spaced and sometimes my caps lock sticks- I may have spilled a glass of wine on my keyboard at some point on our road trip : )

shepherds-pie

*I double this because… well, we eat a lot.

2 cups chicken (I used a rotisserie from Costco) chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
2 cups chicken broth (I always use Trader Joe’s Organic chicken broth- yum!)
1/2 cup frozen green peas
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

Saute onion, carrots, celery, bayleaves, thyme in olive oil for a while (I sauté for a while because I like my veggies soft , but if you like them crisp sauté just a few minutes). Add chicken and chicken stock- allow broth to boil, then simmer for about 5 min.- let the liquid reduce just a little bit. Remove bay leaves, remove from heat then add the frozen peas.

Transfer to a deep dish pie plate or shallow casserole dish placed on a baking sheet (it will spill over). Spoon mashed potatoes over the top and make an even layer with the back of your spoon. I add fresh shaved parmesan cheese to the top, too.  Bake at 400 for 20 minutes until top is brown and filling is bubbly. ENjoy!!

 

January 28, 2014 - 12:03 am

Melinda Cassol - My husband won’t eat this but I love it! BUT…he will be down in so. cal. for a few weeks before we come so I think I will make this!! Looks so yummy!

Road Trip USA. The end of August.

From Washington, we traveled through Idaho, Montana and then on to Yellowstone in Wyoming. We stayed in Grant’s Village on the South side of Yellowstone all week. We experienced the BEST weather and honestly just the time around the campsite was my favorite. As beautiful as Yellowstone is… I really enjoyed staying put and hiking the trails around our site. From Yellowstone we headed east through Wyoming and into South Dakota where we saw a shoot-out on the street (fake, of course) and a real rodeo! Can you tell I’m just trying to catch up?

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