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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sufficiency Vs. Scarcity


Several months ago I read an article in an Outdoor Photography magazine of all places that jumped out and made me go "WOW"! I don't often read through the articles, but something about this one caused me to take notice. Here is a link to the full article written by Dewitt Jones

You see, we live in an age of crazy technology where we are always aware of the constant change of trends, the newest products, the bigger and the better, the haves and the have nots, the who's and the "who-nots". From Facebook to Instagram; From Twitter to whatever else is out there. From thousands and thousands of blogs and websites and don't forget Pinterest! 

Sufficiency (or Insufficiency) and Scarcity are two words that seem to constantly be thrown at us in one form or another. Two words that jumped out of this article at me. I'm revisiting that article today and asking myself am I living life in Sufficiency or Scarcity, more-so in my mind than in the actual, tangible parts of my life. 



Scarcity = Lack, want, insufficiency, shortness of supply

Sufficiency = meet ones needs, adequate, the quality of being enough.

I believe that even more than being tangible realities, these are mindsets that we choose to adopt. As someone who loves  enjoys technology, computers, my camera and the internet, if I'm not careful, the first can rear its ugly head and make me forget the second!

When we live with a scarcity mindset, we forget to enjoy life. We don't have people over because we're afraid our house or our food isn't good enough. We miss all the amazingness around us because we are focused on what we don't have. We don't enjoy our "staycation" or the beauty in our own cities because we wish we were in Hawaii. 

Another word found in this article Dewitt Jones was FOMO: the Fear of Missing Out! Ouch! Below are a few quotes from the article that I thought were very powerful. He also quotes Lynne Twist from her book "The Soul of Money" 



"When we hit abundance with a scarcity mentality, that's what we all slam into. There's more around us than we could ever use, yet we keep on grasping, grabbing, fearful that we'll miss the next new thing." Dewitt Jones


"Once we let go of scarcity, we discover the surprising truth of sufficiency...sufficiency is an experience, a context we generate, a declaration, a knowing that there is enough, and that we are enough." Lynne Twist


How about changing FOMO in to JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out)



"to be content with what I have and where I am and who I am, knowing there was more (more technology, more gear, more images, more love, more gratitude, more _______) always out there waiting." Dewitt Jones



"Sufficiency resides inside each of us, and we can call it forward. It is a consciousness, an attention, an intentional choosing of the way that we think about our circumstances". Lynne Twist

So as you go about your weekend and into the next week ask yourself which mindset you're resourcing. The next time you are afraid of missing out on something because maybe the finances just aren't there or you're afraid of having someone over because you don't feel your home is adequate. The next time you compare your home decor or your clothes closet, your camera lens (cough cough...that's me) to someone elses, give scarcity a swift quick in the rear! 


With Joy UNquenchable,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome to 31 Days of Living Inside Out




In the last few years I have found myself in a funk when it comes to blogging. Life just happens and I don't post. I thought this 31 Day Challenge would be something that just might help me out of my rut. We'll see what happens...with that said....

Welcome to my blog and to my 31 Days series. One thing I find is that it is so easy to begin living from the outside in...meaning the things, events, people, expectations, technology, etc... around us begin to define us (or so we think they do). We begin to allow those things to have control over our identity, our moods, our worth, and our value. Instead of just "being" we are tricked in to always "doing" and defining ourselves by the "doing". I don't want to live there. I want to get back to "being". I believe that in just "being", in living from the inside out, the outside will begin to look different, even if nothing out there changes. One of my favorite people coined this phrase: "Heart Condition, Mindset, Lifestyle"...if we get the first two figured out (which are both inward), the third (outward) will fall in to place. 

Some days this might be "spiritual", some days practical...I don't really know what it will look like, but I hope it looks like encouragement, hope, and something you can take and ponder. You may not agree with everything I say; I'm not asking you to, just be willing to take time for you, take time to think, to not be afraid to ask yourself questions. Sometimes we think certain ways, believe certain ways, do certain things because "that's the way it's always been". I want to think outside the box, live outside the box. Boxes are not very exciting inside (when they are empty). So I hope you journey with me. If I'm the only one, then I've still accomplished my goal...getting out of my funk and journeying in to just "being". 

Now, who am I? I am a mom (we have two daughters 18 and 15), a wife (we have been married 22 years next week) a daughter, a friend and whatever else I decide I want to be. We live in the beautiful State of Washington, almost as south as you can get. Last summer I went back to work part time after being a stay at home mom for 17 years...that is a bit where my funk began...I quit taking time to blog. My job is great because it's flexible and close to home, but I still miss always being home. My hat goes off to working moms. Our life is busy with working, trying to finish building our home (if you have time you can read my posts on that journey), living at the soccer field and trying to find time to just be together as a family. My blog: mainly our life and recipes, started originally as a creative outlet and a way to keep family updated on life (until I discovered Facebook). Now it's mostly recipes with a little life thrown in. Hopefully I can remedy that and be more consistent. 

Below you will find links each day to the daily posts (and hopefully I've done this right...lol. I also decided to create a "page" on my home page for easy access as well. Hopefully it all works.

 31 Days of......... Living Inside Out:

Day 2: Scarcity vs. Sufficiency

With Joy UNquenchable,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Recipe: Crunchy Chicken Salad


 I love a good sandwich filling. When you get it just right, it's like a party in your mouth. One of my favorite sandwiches is chicken salad. Better than tuna, better than lunchmeat..maybe not as much as creamy peanut butter with grape jelly..but close! Well, I suppose depending on the day that might be stretching it, I'm sure it really just depends on the mood I'm in. But I ALWAYS like chicken salad. 

The beauty of chicken salad is anything can be added to it. Several years ago I posted a recipe for this chicken salad. Lately I have been buying a whole chicken, cooking it in the crockpot and getting about 2-3 meals out of it depending on what I decide to make. Often I have just a little bit left over and since I'm always trying to mix up my hubby's lunches, chicken salad has been what I've been making. I want to "bulk" it up a bit so it is more filling for him and I love a "crunchy" salad, so adding more chopped veggies does the trick.

My favorite Add-In's:

Chopped chicken
mayo
deli or dijon mustard
season salt
pepper
chopped radishes
chopped carrots
chopped celery
chopped pickles

Combine all ingredients and create a yummy sandwich, wrap or just eat it plain (I do that too...YUM). I added some sliced cucumbers and a slice of cheese as well.

With Joy UNquenchable,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Family Recipe: Sour Cream Coffee Cake

 Last week we were invited to brunch at a friends house that was to take place yesterday. I had no idea what to make...I had already done my grocery shopping so it would have to be with whatever I already had in the house. I had my heart set on apple zucchini muffins that I had scene posted on FB but the website would not open for me...so sad. Then the idea came to me..."make mom's sour cream coffee cake"! I hadn't made it in years and it just seemed "right"!

My mom used to make this regularly and it was always a favorite. My mom passed away almost 11 years ago and I love making recipes that remind me of her, ones that she made or ones that I know she would love. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her. She was an amazing lady. 

There is nothing like making a recipe that has been in the family, no matter how long it has been. I'm pretty sure this recipe originated from one of those paperback recipe books that you used to find at the checkout line in the grocery store. My mom used to love buying those little books and had accumulated quite a collection. So even though this recipe wasn't an original, it was filled with memories. It's best when eaten while still warm but anytime is a good time for coffee cake, don't you agree.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8tsp. salt
1 c. sour cream or plain greek yogurt
1 1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbs. butter, melted

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 350. Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch tube pan.

2. In large bow, cream sugar and butter; add vanilla and eggs. Mix well.

3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

4. Add flour mixture and sour cream alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. 

5. In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients. Mix well.

6. Spread half of the batter in to prepared pan; sprinkle with half of brown sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and brown sugar mixture. 

7. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 

8. Cool upright in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a large plate or cookie sheet; then invert again onto serving plate, streusel side up. 



With Joy UNquenchable,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Secret Recipe Club: Cookie Dough Fudge

I usually know if I ask my youngest daughter what I should make from my Secret Recipe Club choices she will choose something sweet. This month was no exception. I had four choices that I pinned on my "secret" Secret Recipe Board on Pinterest and she chose the sweet one. So, that was the one we made. 

This month I was assigned Karen's Kitchen Stories. Karen is a Southern California gal who loves her time in the kitchen. She's also a busy lady who works by day, teaches part time college classes, is married with two grown children and two grandsons. She's like me, in that we both tend to make messes in the kitchen. Phew, I'm not the only one. Check out her About Me page for more insight in to her life and blog. 

(love my helper)
The recipe we chose this month was her Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge.  My girl (youngest) loves fudge and she loves cookie dough. So it just seemed fitting that she chose that recipe. I am not a HUGE fudge fan, so I think I maybe ate half a piece, but she ate a few as did my oldest daughter. My hubby and oldest took some to work and everyone liked it, so I suppose you could say it was a hit!

The recipe was easy and didn't take us too long. I have really enjoyed being a part of The Secret Recipe Club. I always look forward to that email telling me who my "secret" blog is, and then I LOVE searching their recipe files for something awesome to make. My other favorite part? On reveal day, I LOVE going through the thumbnails and trying to spot "my" recipe that someone made. 
This fudge was yummy, and actually did taste like cookie dough. We were good girls and didn't sample too much of the "eggless" cookie dough before mixing it in to the fudge. 

Ingredients

Cookie Dough
1/3 c. unsalted, room temperature butter
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. packed, light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. Cream
1/2 c. flour


Fudge
1/3 c. packed, light brown sugar
1/3 c. unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1/3 c. cream
5 c. powdered sugar (yep, you read right)
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, wax paper, or foil.

2. Make cookie dough by beating the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla, salt and cream. Mix in the flour until combined. 

3. In a saucepan, put brown sugar, butter, salt and cream. Cook on low until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. 

4. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar in one cup increments. 

5. Add vanilla

6. Mix cookie dough mixture in to fudge mixture and stir until combined and cooled to room temp. (I used my stand mixer for this and kind of left it marbled a little bit).

7. Stir in chocolate chips and pour in to pan. 

8. Chill for a few hours. Cut in to amount of pieces desired. 
Enjoy! Keep leftovers in the fridge. 



With Joy UNquenchable,

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