Tator-Tot Casserole

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Sometimes life gets in the way and the post that you wanted to write you simply do not have the time to put it together the way that you would like.  I know that my posting schedule is all off right now and I hope to get it back on schedule by next week.  I have so many ideas that I want to talk with you about.  In the meantime I hope that you enjoy this.

For those of you who have followed me for any length of time, you know that I have a habit of going to Pinterest for ideas.  In the beginning I marked lots of recipes that I thought looked amazing.  Some I tried, some are still waiting for me to get around to remembering to try them.  This recipe is not my own, I found it on Craving Comfort.  Since trying it though it has become a family favorite.  In fact, I thought I had shared it with you already and sent my Aunt to my blog to get the recipe, just to realize that I had forgotten.

This is just a great comfort food recipe.  It’s really easy and honestly it has become something we love to do.  We always double the recipe when we cook it.  Then we just reheat it another night for leftovers.  Since I forgot to post it before and we have not just eaten it I do not have my picture to share with you.

 

 Tater-Tot Casserole

SERVES 4

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup (undiluted)
  • 1 16 oz package frozen tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef. season with salt & pepper.
  3. Add chopped onion, cook until tender.
  4. In a casserole dish, combine ground beef mixture & cream soup.
  5. Top mixture with tater tots.
  6. Bake , uncovered, for 30-40 minutes till bubbly and Tots are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven & top with cheese, return to oven until melted.

I hope that you enjoy this as much as my family has!!!

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Jesus is the Glue

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I was reading recently about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.  As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, and not something to disguise.  Collectors became so enamored of the new art that some were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi.  This reminds me of the image in the bible in Romans of the clay asking the potter “Why have you made me like this?”  It also speaks to me of how God uses us the most after we are broken.

This weeks prompt: Glue

GO!

In this world today I see many people broken and starved for Love.  I see people hurting and desperately searching for help for their hurts in all the wrong places.  I see children that need someone to step in and just love them without expecting anything in return.  I see the need for Jesus, the only one who can glue together the broken pieces and make one whole again.

There is such a blatant need for people to see Jesus, and yet I find that there are so few willing to give them the message that they desperately need.  We would sooner hand them a bottle of glue and watch them try to do it themselves than we would to share the live changing truths that they need.  Why is it so bothersome to us that someone might be offended?  Shouldn’t it bother us more that someone could die without hearing how to truly live for eternity?  I see many who shy away saying that it is not politically or socially correct and I want to scream.  Jesus is the message this world needs.  How can we dare not shout it from the rooftops or show it in our actions?

Stop!

 

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Food Addiction is Real

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I mentioned that I would share with you some of what I have learned, and some things I already knew but never really cared about before.  Remember, I am not a health care professional and I am not an expert on health matters.  I want to start with the fact that food addiction is a real problem.  Whenever we eat foods that are not natural it sets us up to want more and more.  In fact, refined sugar is the most addictive substance of all.  It is more addictive than cocaine, morphine and heroin.

Food manufacturers actually hire people to make the food addictive.  In fact, in one of the seminars I listened to I found out that some of the big tobacco companies are also running our food companies.  One example of this is that Phillip Morris is Kraft.

Another thing that surprised me that kind of backs this up is the average American consumes 146 pounds of flour a year, and 152 pounds of sugar a year.  That is about a pound for every American a day.  For me, this just proves that the foods do have an addictive property, why else would we consume so much?

Sugar is the leader in food addictions.  It causes the same organic changes in the brain as drug use does.  Other addictive foods are the fatty and salty foods.  When we eat these things we may feel momentary bliss.  Over time the brain reduces dopamine to lower the pleasure threshold makes it so we need to eat more and more to reach that same degree of pleasure.  Both drugs and food enter the reward center of the brain.

The good news is that it is all reversible with detox and recovery!  I am working on removing some of the foods from my diet.  I have already reduced some of the sugar I eat, and I am limiting some of my other salty treats that I enjoy and trying to replace them with something healthier.

For more information about food addiction, you can visit Pamela Peeke.  As I said I am not a professional, and I do not know Dr. Peeke in any way she is just who I heard speaking on this topic that I intend to look into more as I continue my journey to better health.  I believe that you will also find her on Facebook and twitter if you are interested.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this!!

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Given New Life

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Joining up tonight with an Amazing community on Twitter, #FMFparty and we are all writing about Paint.  We simply write unedited for 5 minutes and then link up.  Please feel free to join us.

This weeks prompt: Paint

When I think about paint, I think about clean, new, fresh.  Paint can be a marvelous thing because it takes something that may feel old, stale, worn, and makes it look new again.  In some ways paint can be compared to the blood of Christ.  We are washed in the blood and given new life, much like paint gives things a new life.  The bad thing is that anything you paint will eventually need to be painted again.  Yet when we are washed in the blood of the lamb, it only needs to be done once.  While we continually need to confess our daily shortcomings, we are washed clean once for all time.  Jesus only had to die once for us, and He did that so that we would not need to die a painful death on the cross.  That is only what we deserved as we are all born sinners, and yet we get this amazing gift of grace and love that keeps us from ever having to pay the price for our sins.

I am so thankful for the precious blood of the lamb.

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