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Stay True, My Animal Communication Reading, Christmas Traditions, & Kielbasa & Pineapple Saute

Happy Friday!  It’s blog day 🙂  And I’m actually on time this week…YAY!  So, I wanted to chat about a few things this week.  Remember last week I talked about “never say never”?  A lot of times in our lives, we say this, but for me, I’ve learned every time I say it, I end up doing it.  But, when we are passionate about something and someone we are close to says “I will never” or doesn’t fully support you in what you are doing, it can be upsetting.  How come they don’t know the “never say never” rule?  Not everyone does.  Or maybe they are just stubborn.  But, as I thought about it more and more this week, I learned it’s OK.  Not everyone is going to support you.  Not everyone is going to believe what you believe it.  It’s OK!  It doesn’t make them wrong and it doesn’t make them bad people.  I always tell my kids…not everyone is going to like you and support  you.  And it’s true.  Life lessons.  The most important thing is to always be true to who you are.  Be true to what you believe in.  That is what is going to make you happy.  You do not ever need to put boxing gloves on to stick up for your beliefs.  You don’t need to put boxing gloves on to prove yourself or the way you feel.  BE YOU.  Think about the other person…are they a worthy opponent?  Maybe yes, maybe no.  But either way…you win if you stay true.

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So, do you want to hear something cool?  This week, I had a reading done by an animal communicator.  It was all done over the phone..not in person.  Did you know animals choose us?  And they have a reason for being in our lives?  I find this so fascinating.  I’m still in awe of how I went from not wanting “a” dog, to now having two, considering a third, and just absolutely loving them to pieces.  Although, I don’t feel like I can totally communicate with them, I do sometimes feel like I know what they are thinking.  Who knows…it’s just that look they give me sometimes.  Either way, my two furbabies, Zoe & Jasper, are my loves.  Just like my kids, I’d do anything for them.

Anyways…back to my reading.  The purpose of the reading was to connect with an animal and see what their connection is with me.  I was speaking to a wonderful, sweet woman.  She asked who she should connect to, and I chose Zoe.  First she connected with me….she told me I seemed very stressed and busy.  And that I also seemed unsure of my path and often question it.  She said she saw my heart pounding with insecurity.  She also saw me a little shy and also observant.  I found this very interesting.  Not only is it true, but it’s something I don’t like to admit.  The funny thing is…right now I feel like I’m on the right path.  But I do question it all the time.  I also constantly post about our journey and finding our path and how paths constantly change.  Next, she connected with Zoe.  She described Zoe to a “T”.  Not in looks, but in her personality.  Quiet…calm…observant.  She asked Zoe about me.  Zoe told her she wants me to ground myself.  She wants me to sit down, take time, and connect with myself.  Oh boy…I never do this!  You know why?  I don’t have time…I’m stressed and busy!  Over and over again during the week, I get frustrated and tell my kids, “I just want to sit down!”.  Zoe also said that nature would be the best place for me to connect because if I’m out in nature, taking a walk, or whatever, my mind will be more clear and I won’t think and question as much.  She said my mind is cloudy and things are not clear.  She was telling me to listen to my heart and my decisions.  Zoe’s an insightful little puppy, isn’t she?  Because what did I just talk about this week and last week?  Stay true to you.  Listen to your heart.  But, this is always easier said than done.  I can preach it all I want, but why preach it if I can’t follow it myself?  Zoe was on point with everything.  I need to find time to sit and relax…to think.  I need to find time to clear my mind so my path becomes more clear.  Because only then will we fully find happiness.  I’ll be having more sessions to learn even more.  When I got off the phone, I had so many more questions!  I’m excited to be able to communicate more with my babies.  Stay tuned….because I think they will both be able to teach us some good lessons 🙂

Is this not the cutest face you’ve ever seen?  How can I not listen to her?

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So, does anyone else tag their Christmas tree to then cut down themselves?  It’s become a tradition in our family for now 6 years.  Notice I just called it a tradition.  Not a fun tradition.  Because you want to know what?  Every year I think, it’s going to be fun and every year it is one of the most stressful things…LOL!  Why?  Do you know how hard it is to pick the “perfect” tree out of hundreds?  It’s SOOOOOO hard!  Is it too tall?  Is it too skinny?  Does it have bare spots?  I literally think it drives my husband and kids crazy.  And we can never fully agree on a tree.  NEVER!  But the day didn’t even start off good.  I completely forgot to go out and get cheap decorations so we can decorate it once we choose it.  This is part of the tradition, by the way.  I thought we’d grab some on the way, but we started driving and completely forgot.  This made me grumpy.  So, we started looking for junk around the car to put on the tree…we found a plush emoji key chain and an old air freshener.  I guess that’ll have to do.  My daughter wanted to put empty seltzer cans on the tree, but I just couldn’t go that far.  So, there we were…trying to find the tree.  On our usual side where we pick one, but found nothing.  So, we had to go to a “new side”.  This was even more overwhelming…LOL!  Oh, and did I mention my daughters friend was with us?  So, we kind of had to behave ourselves.  Which kind of made it even worse because I think since I couldn’t speak everything I was thinking, my looks of death came out.  I got those looks from my mom…I wonder if she will read this…LOL!  Let me know, mom, if you are reading this!  Sorry…I digress.  So, we walked around and around, found a few, then looked again.  We just couldn’t decide.   So, we did as we should and went back to the original.  I figured that was safe.  We put the tag on, threw on the emoji and air freshener and had my daughters friend take a family pic (tradition of course).  She was actually funny…trying to make us laugh.  She knew we wanted to kill each other at that point.  “Say Cheese!…Pretend you love each other!!”

As frustrating and stressful as the “tradition” is, it’ll never stop me from continuing it.  I still absolutely love it.  It’s something we really look forward to every year and get excited about.  And something my kids will always remember.  I think we just forget how stressful it can be because deep down we love all love every minute of it.  If you don’t cut down your own tree, you should.  Cutting down the tree is pretty cool.  Did I mention I’ve changed my mind on the tree when we’ve gone back to cut it down?  LOL.  Yup.  Hopefully not this time.  Stay tuned, though.

Here’s a pic of our “un-decorated” tree.

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Ok…how about a recipe??  So, if you read my posts the past few days, I haven’t been menu planning or meal prepping the past few weeks.  I can’t stand it when I don’t plan, but lucky for me, I’ve been eating clean long enough that I don’t fall off the wagon because I know how it’ll make me feel…and I don’t want to feel like poop!!  So, I come up with SOMETHING.  Even if it’s just eggs for dinner.  Or ground beef with veggies.  But, sometimes its really fun when you just throw something together and it actually becomes a yummy creation!  Even better?….it was soooo easy!  I love easy and tasty dinners.  This threw together in about 15 minutes.  And if you like a little sweet, you’ll love this dish.  Try to find nitrate-free Kielbasa.  The one I bought from Market Basket is Leidy’s brand.  Have your pineapple pre-prepped ahead of time.  I always cut up my pineapple when I get home from the grocery store and store it in a container in the fridge.  Pineapple is my favorite to have at breakfast.  For some reason, I never get sick of it…LOL!  Also…this would be awesome over cauliflower rice.  I did have cauliflower, but I was too lazy to take out my food processor to rice it.  Had I meal prepped, that would have been done and ready to go.  I store my uncooked riced cauli in a zip lock bag in the fridge.  That way, when I want some, I just throw it into a pan with ghee or olive oil and some sea salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Ok…make this and enjoy!  Oh…and here’s a little test this week.  I’m curious how many are actually reading my blog…lol!   I know my blog is new, so I’m curious how many I reach.  Just throw me a quick comment below…even if it’s just a “HI” 🙂

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Kielbasa & Pineapple Saute
Kielbasa & Pineapple Saute
Course Dinner
Servings
2-3 people
Ingredients
Course Dinner
Servings
2-3 people
Ingredients
Kielbasa & Pineapple Saute
Instructions
  1. In a medium saute pan, add the kielbasa and pineapple. Saute over medium heat for about 10 minutes, making sure to flip the kielbasa so it cooks and browns on both sides.
  2. While the kielbasa is cooking, heat the olive oil in another saute pan over medium heat. Add the green beans, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Saute for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft.
  3. Once the kielbasa and pineapple mixture is heated through, add the coconut aminos and optional coconut sugar and let cook, continuing to stir for a few more minutes. Coconut sugar will help it caramelize a bit, but is not necessary.
  4. Add cooked green beans to your plate, then top with the kielbasa pineapple mixture.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. NOTE: This would also be fantastic over cauliflower rice! Mmmmmmmm......
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