Spiritual Journey

Flawed and worthy

Hey everybody!

I know it’s been a while! But…for good reason. I always want my posts to be intentional, have substance, and to never post just for the sake of posting. That, plus trying to maintain my sanity with school, having a life, Own Your Peach, work, interning, etc…. things have been HECTIC. But, I have no complaints!

Anywhoo, I prayed for some inspiration about what my next dose of spiritual food for the soul should be. So, I have returned with something that has been on my heart for the last couple of weeks.

Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘Am I really worthy of all this?! I have sooo many flaws!’ or what about this one, ‘This is too good to be true…so I won’t even enjoy it.’ Or one of my favorites, ‘I’m just going to sabotage or end this because it’s not going to work out the way I want it to anyway.’ How TOXIC are these thoughts to our daily lives, especially those of us who are supposed to be putting our faith and trust in God and God alone?  I find that the things that are most difficult to trust God with, are the things that we:

a.) have little to no control over b.) things that we have never seen manifested in our lives or the lives of those around us or c.) because we are imperfect, we have a hard time believing that God would bless us with something so amazing.

 But, true faith requires us to walk with the expectation that God knows and wants what is best for us (Jeremiah 29:11-13). And that He will provide us with the desires of our hearts, according to HIS good and perfect will (1 John 5: 14-15).

When I find myself in those moments of doubt, I have to remind myself that there is absolutely nothing in this world that is out of reach. Every bit of joy, peace, love, and purpose that exists can be mine. This goes for all of us. I have a number of goals that I am currently seeking God’s will for. And there are times that cause me to wonder if the hiccups in the road of this journey are a sign that it isn’t meant to be, or if it just for the testing of my faith. What I DO know is, the testing of our faith produces patience (James 1:3-4).  Patience to wait on God to guide us into His will, which requires us to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.  Patience for God to produce for us the fruit of our labor. Patience that allows us to enjoy the journey that God is trying to take us on…if only we follow Him. And patience that gives us time to remember, “I am worthy. Flawed, but still worthy!!  AND patience and faith to know that when our plans fall through (as they often do), that GOD has something sooo much better in store. Waiting for us to receive it.

Finally, if I am a daughter of the King…doesn’t that automatically make me qualified to receive the blessings that He has for me?  Yes, it does. May we straighten our crowns, give our hearts to Him, and remember yes, I am flawed. But I am STILL worthy.

Farkarwa

Taste Buds

Not Your Mama’s Lasagna

Hello my good people!!

I am here to FINALLY share with you my lasagna recipe.  Warning: This is “NOT YO MAMA’S LASAGNA.”  You have been warned. 🙂

**This is not, I repeat this is not one of the healthy recipes I like to share. This is strictly for those looking for some comfort food!! If that is you…you are in good company. 🙂

Okay, so my recipe was created literally from the dome, based on the lasagnas I have tasted in the past.  But, I felt like it needed a little “MPH” in order to make it unique.  So, the general idea is very similar to your traditional lasagna, except with my own little twist!  My family has accepted the fact that they are ‘willing’ participants in my culinary experiments.  And this one did not disappoint! The special ingredient gives it just that extra push that I believe all lasagnas need.  Its the perfect little addition to this household favorite.  I won’t hold you in suspense too much longer, I know yall are dying to try it out for yourselves!  Which, I hope you do!  Comment below letting me know how it turns out for you!

Here it is:

Not Yo Mama’s Lasagna

What you will need:

9-12 lasagna pasta pieces (do NOT boil before laying in pan)

1lb ground beef

1lb jimmy dean breakfast sausage ***my SECRET/SPECIAL ingredient! 🙂

2 jars of Classico spaghetti sauce (any flavor you like. I usually get one garlic and one red pepper)

1 6 oz can of tomato paste

6-8oz bag Mozzarella cheese

6-8 oz bag Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup Ricotta cheese

Parsley (about 5 leaves)

2 eggs

1/2 cup Onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup bell pepper, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 lasagna baking pan

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

In large pan, combine: onion, bell pepper, garlic, ground beef and sausage

Cook until almost brown

Drain

Season meat to taste (juuuust a little)

Add spaghetti sauce and tomato paste

Cover and bring to boil (keep on low-medium heat setting)

While meat and sauce are coming to a boil:

Combine egg, parsley, ricotta cheese

Whisk

Once meat reaches a boil, spray large baking pan with cooking spray

Cover bottom of pan with small layer of meat sauce

Add lasagna pieces (3 to a row)

Using a spoon, add egg mixture on top of the pasta

Sprinkle generous amount of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top of this

Add meat sauce

Repeat steps until pan is full or meat sauce runs out

Top the pan off with more cheese!!!

Cover pan securely with foil. Make sure there are no open spaces!! (this is important to make sure the pasta cooks all the way through)

Bake for 40-45min depending on your oven

Set for 10min

Serve with your favorite salad and dig In!

lasagna

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Ginger Beef & Herbed Quinoa Recipe 

Ginger Beef & Herbed Quinoa Recipe 

Sistas, how y’all feel?  Fellas, y’all alright?

I know it’s been a while.  The last few weeks have been suuuuper crazy!  I really appreciate those of you who have taken the time out to read and follow so far!  I am currently working on revamping my blog (I know it’s still pretty new but I wanted to add a few things to make it even more special.  Lord willing, you will see what I mean in another week or so).

Anywhoo, I was actually going to hold off on posting until then, but I’ve been asked several times about what I have been cooking lately…and I HAD to share with everyone!!  Plus, I attended a women’s Bible study today that talked about being INTENTIONAL.  Holding off on posting because of some updates goes completely against that.

Well, I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did!  If/when you try it, contact me and let me know if you like it as much as I do.

As with many of my recipes, this takes approximately 30min to prepare!  The reason I try to do this is because I want to create dishes that are healthy, flavorful, and do not always require a lot of time in the kitchen.  (not all of my recipes are healthy or quick…it’s just what best fits my life for the most part for now).  Being in grad school, I don’t get to spend as much time cooking as I would like…but a girl’s gotta eat!  So, I come up with these dishes that match my lifestyle, without compromising flavor (which is important to many of us).  Ginger has become one of my FAVORITE things to cook with.  It has sooo much flavor and spice.  I just love it.

Let’s get to it!

What you will need to enjoy this dish:

Ginger beef:

1lb lean grass-fed beef

3 tablespoons ginger (finely chopped)

2 cloves garlic

¼ cup onion

1 teaspoon olive oil

Herbed Quinoa:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water OR vegetable broth

1 tablespoon butter (optional)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 ½ tablespoon oregano

1 1/2 tablespoon parsley

1 pinch paprika

Mia’s ‘Go-To’ Salad:

2 large carrots (sliced)

1 cup spinach

1 cup kale

Juice from ½ lemon (optional)

3 radishes

3 strawberries

Instructions:

For 1 cup of quinoa, you will want to add 2 cups of water or vegetable broth.  Add butter, garlic powder, oregano, parsley, and paprika, and stir well.  Cover and cook for 10min.

While quinoa is cooking, on medium-high heat, sauté onion for about 3min.  Add beef and cook all the way through.  When beef is half-way done, add ginger. Drain excess fat.  Set aside.  (The great part about using lean beef is that there’s less fat and more meat to enjoy!)

For the salad, add all ingredients to a large bowl.  Sprinkle with lemon juice (optional).

Serve.

ginger beef

**For the salad…I should let you know…I LOVE experimenting with different textures and flavors in my salad.  Hence the radish and strawberries…in the same bowl. 😊 Not everyone ‘gets’ the whole strawberries in a salad thing…but I promise, if you give it a try, it adds a unique, DELICIOUS flavor to it.

Until next time,

Farkarwa