Hamburger Helper Grows Up 


I remember as a child in the 70’s we loved some Hamburger Helper. It was so good! 
Just Not so good for you….

Every once in awhile I will want to get the potato stroganoff one and I then I read the ingredients list and shudder and my conscience makes me leave it on the shelf. 

I have made my kids a homemade version of it before but it just takes way too many ingredients and time.  

Lately my kiddos have been wanting the cheesy greasy goodness of Hamburger Helper. Well, actually my adapted version since we stopped eating HH almost 10 years ago. 

So my version normally is all from scratch but sometimes I do opt for the box Mac N Cheese. When I go the “simple and quick” route with the box, I just don’t read the ingredients.  

I had some leftover ground sirloin that I sautéed with onions and threw in some more sautéed purple onions from the garden and a big chunk of Elephant Garlic with olive oil.  

Thankfully my kiddos like garlic and onions because we have lots of onions from my Mother In Laws garden right now and I always put enough to convince myself that it’s actually another serving of vegetables.  

Today  I wanted to save time and ingredients so I bought the store made Mac N Cheese box.

 I just didn’t read the ingredients list so my conscience stayed clear-but opted for this version since it promotes no artificial flavors or dyes etc. 


I boiled the noodles and threw all the ground sirloin, onions, garlic, herbs in with the cheese sauce and added a little steamed asparagus so they got another vegetable of course! 

So there you go- Dinner is done! 


Our Hamburger Helper Grows Up….
Just like my kiddos are in the blink of an eye.  

Makes for a happy and almost healthy dinner. 

What are you Cookin today? 
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Hot Hot Hot ! 


No -I am not talking about the Texas Summer heat quickly approaching or something on HBO after dark. 

 I am talking Salsa Season! 

My family loves good salsa. And there is a difference in fresh and jar salsa. 
 The jar salsa just won’t cut it.

Sorry Pace- you are not my idea of salsa. 

Now I can handle Arriba Salsa in the jar if desperate… But only in a pinch. 

My hubby is a gardener. I am not. 

I do however like to cook up all the yumminess that his garden produces but when everything is producing rapidly the counters can get full quickly and it drives my old OCD tendencies a little crazy. 

So into the Vitamix went a large purple onion, 8 medium tomatoes, a big handful of parsley and cilantro, 2 yellow banana peppers and 2 sweet red peppers, a squeeze of lime juice, pink salt, a big spoon of chopped garlic and a pinch of cayenne with one long skinny Serrano pepper and ….. Ta da! Salsa is done!


Grab your favorite chips and here you go! 

Clean counter….=Momma Happy 

 #YummO salsa made out of #RealGoodFood 

= Family Happy! 

Doesn’t get much better in the ole South – where we like keeping things Hot Hot Hot! 


         ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Faith-Filled Foodie 


I always thought my dream job would be a food critic or food journalist. Problem is there is not much food that I don’t like or won’t try so people would probably get annoyed that I didn’t have anything bad to report. I probably would weigh a thousand pounds too because I just am not that into Tapas style portions- but I am learning portion control and that a little really can go a long way. 

For our followers that don’t know this about me – I do have a passion for cooking. Sometimes I get bored and try to find creative ideas so I make up a lot of recipes. I have only had a couple of flops in all these years. If you have followed me on Instagram on my personal account @schells you know I love the #(Hashtag) #RealGoodFood & #YummO 

I know- some of you may hate food pics- but I love them for the most part.  

I like to take pics of my food. I like to share great dining places. I like to create recipes and I like to use silly #Hashtags.   

So as I was trying to figure out what to cook today and how to use the surplus of green beans the garden is producing, I decided to create something #YummO out of #RealGoodFood and thought- why not share with all my awesome blog followers.  

Now, I must also disclose that my intention is not to cause anyone to stumble that may be fasting or on a diet. 
Since recently going on a fast last October I had to repent and apologize for posting food pics so much on social media. Plus the little Tasty videos of recipes is brutal when you are abstaining from cheese, and sugar, and white flour….. I get it!  

I also struggle with emotional stuffing with foods so I attend and lead a 12 Step Recovery Group for Emotional Eating each week so I will say I am Recovering … ing… Not ed-recovered. 

I am learning to let God fill those voids and deal with emotions and finding my words instead of stuffing.

I am a Faith-Filled Foodie that is simply trying not to stuff my face…make healthier choices and take care of my temple better, but I don’t always get it right. Progress… Not perfection.  

For Fun- if you like recipes, I am doing a new category called the Faith-Filled Foodie.

This will be a place for recipes and all things food and cooking.  

If you want to guest blog for us- contact me. 
       ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Tonight’s dinner was brown basmati rice, grilled chicken and purple onions sautéed in a tab of butter and garlic, Steamed fresh green beans with toasted slivered almonds with a light sprinkle of Feta. Put it all in a 13×9 pan and heated on 350 till feta was slightly melted.  


I paired it with my favorite salad right now-

Watercress, cucumber, green olives, yellow squash, green onions, cherry tomatoes, avocado with a sprinkling of Raspberry Vinaigrette. 

 I have to say- it was quite #YummO 😋 plus my daughter gave it two Thumbs up! 

Tend To The Roses 

  
I saw him standing outside in his new yard 

looking at his old yard

What was he thinking? 

Did he hear the sounds of his families laughter and business before they faded away?

I hope his new life and family bring him some kind of solace! 

These tragedies occur right in our neighborhoods and we smile 

We wave and pretend

Nothing has changed

What if crosses were put in that yard 

With the names of his children 

And the wife of his youth 

To remind us to slow down 

And smell and tend to the roses 

❤️~ Krystal Lynne

  

The Garden of Daily Living

  

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS: 

1. Peace of mind 
2. Peace of heart 
3. Peace of soul 

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH: 

1. Squash gossip

2. Squash indifference

3. Squash grumbling

4. Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE: 

1. Lettuce be faithful

2. Lettuce be kind

3. Lettuce be patient

4. Lettuce really love one another 

NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS: 

1. Turnip for meetings 
2. Turnip for service 
3. Turnip to help one another 

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN, YOU MUST HAVE THYME:

1. Thyme for God 

2. Thyme for each other 

3. Thyme for family 

4. Thyme for friends
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE 

AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. 

THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN 

BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

                     ~Author Unknown 

The Word Of Life 

  

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

As I was in prayer this week God began to show me a garden. It was scorched and dried up, choked by thorns and weeds. There was no green to be found, the leaves had all crumbled away and all that was left was dried twigs and branches. Then, there came a gust of wind and like a National Geographic time lapse video, leaves began to grow and flowers began to bud. Tiny shoots pushed their way up from the earth and grew into tall, strong plants. Fruit began to ripen on vines and the garden that was once dry and barren became bursting with life in just a matter of seconds.  

 

We, as believers, are like a garden. We are meant to grow and bear spiritual fruit for the glory of God’s kingdom. (John 15:1-6) God promises us a harvest of blessing when we are faithful to Him. (Galatians 6:9) In order to be fruitful and bring a harvest there must be life in the garden. The garden that God showed me was dead at first. There are 2 key areas in this image of the dead garden that are important:

 

Lack of Water 

In John 7:37-39 Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as “rivers of living water.”  

Ephesians 5:26 says that we are cleansed through the washing of the water through the word of God.

 

Even the healthiest of plants cannot survive without water; when it is left with no source of water, it will shrivel and die. Regular watering is necessary to the life of the plant. A plant that is watered sporadically will eventually die if it is neglected. It may take longer than a plant that is receiving no water at all, but the end result is the same – lack of fruitfulness and failure to thrive. When we fail to water our hearts with the Holy Spirit and the truth we find in the Bible, we spiritually wither and dry up. The Bible says that we should be “watering” daily if we want to be fruitful as followers of Christ. (Joshua 1:8, Acts 6:4)

 

Weeds and Thorns

Jesus referred to weeds and thorns in his parables. In Matthew 13:3-8 He tells of a sower who plants seeds among thorns, which choke the plants and kill them. In Matthew 13:24-30 He talks about a man who had a wheat field. An enemy of the man came and planted tares, or weeds, amid the wheat to try to ruin the harvest. 

 

We will encounter weeds in our lives – things that work against the purposes that God has set for us. Sometimes those weeds may be caused by circumstances or situations we face in our day-to-day lives. These are the common everyday weeds in the garden. Just as we overcome our circumstances through faith and obedience to God, our spiritual weeds are removed from the garden of our lives through faith and obedience. Our situations are capable of overwhelming us like weeds when we don’t allow God to prune them away through relying on His strength instead of our own.   

 

Not only are there ordinary weeds that we face, the Bible says that we have an enemy that is seeking to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8.) We also encounter weeds in our lives that are deliberately planted by the enemy. The malicious potential in these attacks of the enemy are uprooted when we seek the Lord and walk in obedience to Him. (Leviticus 26:3) Our lives can only be a fruitful, healthy garden when we allow God to tend to us and remove the weeds that inevitably show up.

 

In the image of the garden that God showed me, the garden was not tended. It was completely dead. However, both of the conditions that led to that state were preventable. If we apply this to our own lives, this is great news! If we are diligent in the care of the garden of our lives, tending it as instructed by scripture, we will not only see life but experience fruitfulness. The fruit of the Spirit is evidence of a life surrendered to Christ. (Galatians 5:22-23)  

 

But what if our garden is dead? What if we have dried up and are overwhelmed by the weeds that have stolen our strength? How does that wind that God showed me in the image of the garden come in to revive and resurrect it?  

 

Resurrection and Life

God has given a word of life for you and that word is the mighty name of Jesus. In John 1:1-4 it refers to Jesus as “the Word” and says that in Him is life and that life is the light of all mankind. Jesus is the source of life. We access the life-giving power of Jesus through speaking His name. The Bible says that the power of life and death is in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21.) When we speak the name of Jesus, we tap into the source of life and allow him to work in us. The Bible promises that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13, Joel 2:32)

 

Over and over throughout scripture, the power of the name of Jesus is demonstrated. Jesus declared Himself as “the resurrection and the life” in John 11:25. He demonstrated his power over life and death through the resurrection of Lazurus and in His own resurrection. Not only did Jesus perform miracles, He promised that his followers would be able to use the power of His name.

 

Mark 16:17-18 “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 

When the garden is not watered and weeds creep in, there is decay and death, but the Word promises that when we apply the name of Jesus to our lives that nothing is impossible for us. (Matthew 19:6, Mark 10:27) The Holy Spirit is compared to a “mighty, rushing wind” in the Bible. (Acts2:2) Calling on the name of Jesus releases the power of the Holy Spirit to work in us and bring life and renewal.

 

Waking What is Sleeping

In John 11:1-44 Jesus tell his disciples that their friend Lazurus “has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up.” The disciples thought Jesus was talking about natural sleep, but He corrected them saying that Lazurus was in fact, dead. By the time Jesus arrives at the tomb after meeting with Mary and Martha, Lazurus had been dead for 4 days. In the natural order of things, life at this point has long departed and it’s return is impossible, but Jesus called out to Lazurus by name and Lazurus rose from the tomb. Then, Jesus commanded, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

 

Sometimes we look at the garden of our life and all we see are dead things. Sin may have come to disconnect us from God. Lack of faith or submission to God may have cut us off from His power in our lives. There may be areas of failure, defeat and destruction that is evident in our lives, but Jesus is the ultimate power. We may be overcome by circumstances and spiritually dead, but the Bible says that the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. (Romans 8:11) 

 

When we call on Jesus, His power is able to transform us and breathe life into that which is dead. In Isaiah 43:1 God says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” You, in particular, are important to God! The Bible says that He knows us by name and claims us as His own. Like Lazurus, He calls us individually, by name, to lay claim to us and breathe His life into us. Not only does He bring life, but when we are walking in submission to Him, He removes the grave clothes – the things that held us in bondage to that death state – and sets us free! 

 

Buried Seed

In Matthew 9:18-25, Jesus encounters a synagogue leader whose daughter had died. At the leader’s house there was a crowd of witnesses who could attest to the fact that she was dead, yet when Jesus arrived He said, “The girl is not dead, but asleep.” Remember, Jesus referred to the dead as sleeping because He holds power over death. The crowd laughed at Him, because they could see with their own eyes that she was dead, but then Jesus took the girl’s hand and she got up.

 

Something that God brought to my attention in the image of the garden was this; not only was life brought to the plants that were dead in the garden, but new life was created in the seeds that took root. Just like the crowd of people who were at the leader’s house perceived the death of the girl, there are areas in our lives that we may identify as dead. Continuing to believe in that particular area may seem pointless – after all, it is dead. People may even laugh at us for speaking words of faith in that area. Our response when we identify it as dead, is to bury it, to lay it to rest. Sometimes the things that we buried because we called them dead are in fact seeds that God wants to breathe life into!

 

Our garden may seem dead. We may feel neglected. We are not without hope! Begin applying the name of Jesus to your life! Whatever the situation is, God has power over it. It may be an area that we have been defeated in. It may be an addiction. Begin speaking the name of Jesus over your life and He will set you free! You may be facing a hopeless health issue. Your family may be struggling or your marriage at the brink of destruction. Speak life into that circumstance in the name of Jesus! You may feel purposeless, and given up on your hope and dreams. Call on the name of Jesus and He will birth new life into you and cause the dreams that He has set for you to come into being!  

 

Sometimes tending to the garden is work. You may have to keep pouring water and pulling weeds. It may take time, but don’t grow weary in your labor, because God is faithful. He promises that there is life in the Word. The Word is living and alive in you and even that which is dead is not unreachable for Him. Even the impossible is possible through Him. His name is available for you to use and call upon. It is the Word of Life, and it is for you.
                                ~Dana Smith 

  

Harvest Of The Souls 

  
Multitudes in the valley of decision 

For the day of the Lord is near

Put ye in the sickle…

For the harvest of the souls is here

No man can care for your soul

First enter the land of the living 

Your spirit man inside your heart

Craves Jesus Christ’s forgiving

He has raised you up in righteousness

All your ways He will direct

There is no God beside Him

You are chosen, Gods elect

He hath made you a promise

His bow still sits in the cloud

Forever His love will hold you up

God never lets you down

He hath called you out

Of the darkness

Into His marvelous light

You are now a royal priest hood 

Jesus was the sacrifice

❤️ Krystal Lynne 

1982

Flip The Switch

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My family likes to use a lot of silly made up words. Some are original creations, some are one word wonders, others are compound words, and some are little phrases or even songs. I am not sure why we do this, but we always have. Many, well, come to think of it, most, really aren’t appropriate. However, they are quite funny. The latest gem my sister has been using is “FlipSh*t”. This is to describe when she needs me to pray that she keeps her peace. When she is starting to feel the chaos swirling around her and she is close to unraveling, blowing her cool, and losing her peace, she will say, “Please pray I don’t FlipSh*t. “
She just re-entered the work place after being retired for several years. This silly word had me thinking about my own journey with Peace.
I can remember those corporate world days when I was not walking closely with the Lord, and I constantly had no peace. The fastest way for me to Flip was while working, but juggling a full time job, being a wife, and also a mom to twins, who am I kidding, I was a regular Flipper, I FlipSh*t daily back then. I so longed for and craved peace.
I remember seeing this verse my children had to memorize for Sunday school several years ago.


Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] ~ John 14:27 AMP

I love the direct command at the end of that verse in the [brackets] for the AMP (Amplified) version. It has some great stuff in those [Brackets]. God knew that I was doing all those things in the brackets. For far too many years I did them. I was finally all “Flipped Out “, I just wanted Peace! Not momentary peace, nope, none of this world’s peace stuff, I wanted true lasting peace.
Slowly, as I began to read and study His word, Asked Jesus back into my life, and became filled with the Holy Spirit, I started to understand this “Peace stuff”.

You see, I never realized before that we can’t lose our peace. It is a fruit of the Spirit. We have it; it just doesn’t maybe get developed as it should, kind of like self-control. We need God to be our “Miracle Grow” to get those puny little fruits to grow bigger and better.


But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[f]that can bring a charge].24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit [g]we have our life in God, let us go forward [h]walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.] ~ Galatians 5:22-25

See the [bracket] again,… the work which His presence within accomplishes. If Christ is in us, We got peace! And ….. If by the Holy Spirit, we have our life in God, we move forward, walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit. So we have to let ourselves be controlled by the Spirit and not the flesh. The fleshly worldly peace is fleeting, The True Peace never leaves.

How does this Peace help us and what are we to do with it?

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. ~ Colossians 3:15 AMP

We let Peace rule. Yep, I am not the boss of me either. We let Peace aka, The “Soul Harmony” from Christ, Rule! Oh, I want some of that!, …(act as an umpire continually in our hearts)….we don’t call the shots, we have an Umpire for that… and did you catch the [brackets]? …Deciding and settling with finality ALL questions that arise in your minds. The Umpire decides and settles with finality ALL, again it says, with finality ALL questions that arise in our minds are settled. In that peaceful state, we were called to live, being thankful, appreciative, and giving praise to God always.

How do we keep Peace?

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3 AMP

We will remain in perfect and constant peace when we keep our mind, both its inclination and character, on Jesus! We continuously Commit, Lean, and Hope in Jesus.

Where does Peace come from?

The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11 AMP

The Lord will BLESS His people with Peace! Only the Lord gives Peace. He also gives us unyielding and impenetrable strength, and self-control too so we don’t Flip.

Without Peace there is no Power in our lives. When we are filled with The Prince of Peace, we have Him inside us helping us grow and develop that good Perfect Peace.

We have to Flip the switch!

The power switch for peace and an abundant life is found only in Christ! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom