2016 Presidential Election put me in a tailspin!

How could this happen? We had a well-qualified candidate and we had a wealthy man who stirred people with fear, racism, sexism, lies, offensive comments and actions. What affects me deeply are Christians, who support hate. None of us are perfect, but I hope we are working on being better. We are supposed to be our brother’s keeper. How can we say no to everyone having healthcare. How can we not have empathy for those less fortunate. The president of the United States of America is supposed to lead our country, not react to what others say about him on Twitter. He was chosen by the Electoral College and not by popular vote. That’s another thing, it discounts the vote of most voters. How do we reconcile that and the current events? Change is what we need.
Prayer is the answer.

Days after the election, I was still reeling. For the first time ever, I was afraid in my own country. Not just for me, but for our country. Never before did I have this feeling of fear and dread. My candidates have won and lost and I’ve always been okay with it. It’s how the process works, but this time, something is so different.

Finally I am coming back to the Pat I know. GOD is still in control! Once I realized that I couldn’t change anything, I decided to pray for our president and all our leaders. I will be mindful of all they do. I will be the good citizen, better that before. I am watching and taking notes. I know that I have a voice and people are listening. I’m reading the constitution and checking facts on what is published. I am still amazed, that in a country full of immigrants, this could happen. Let me say that as a Christian, my goal is to follow the 10 commandments. I also know that I am not to judge others. Difficult as that may be, I have opinions on what others do, but I am not to judge. GOD gave us free will and we get to choose what we do. On judgement day, we each are responsible for our choices. Remember, there is separation of church and state in our country.

A few weeks after the election, our pastor Graeme Sellers gave a message “Be swift to choose peace”. It was one of his best messages. We are to be peacemakers and he asked GOD how we can do this. The message GOD gave him was to
“open your heart and shut your mouth”. Not easy to do, I’m working on me! I’ve always said there are 3 sides to a story; yours, mine and the truth. We hear and receive things differently. What I must do, is respect the opinions of others. So I will “open my heart and shut my mouth.”

I love my church and pastors and it is a safe place. I am inviting you all to visit Wonderful Mercy Church in Gilbert, Arizona. If you are not sure or it’s too far away, we have an app(android or i phone) please download the free app. You can hear the messages and check us out. We also have a Prayer Garden, and it’s available to all. We all need that higher power and I will share mine, if you like. “Choose Love” was last year’s mission, it still is. I will always choose love over hate.
I will try to be the example GOD wants us all to be. When someone comes with hate, let’s turn them around with love.

I realize that people are frustrated with life. We must take responsibility for our choices. It is much easier to blame someone else, but let’s be honest. Put on our big boy and big girl pants and own our decisions.

Being the leader of the free world is hard. When President Obama was elected, Rush Limbaugh wanted him to fail.
Someone said, it’s like wanting your pilot to fail while you are on the plane. For 8 years president Obama faced unprecedented opposition. One of the most blatant wrongs was, when a new judge needed to be named to the Supreme Court and they would not even consider his candidates. We get fired when we don’t do our job. We have the ability to vote these people out of office. Let’s pay attention to what these leaders are doing and score them with our votes. I am praying for President Trump. I pray that he has a heart for all people. I pray that he remembers that we are all immigrants, except for Native Americans. I pray that he remembers that Social Security is not a handout, we paid for it. I pray that GOD gives him the tools and people to represent us as the greatest country in the world. Finally, I pray that he gets off Twitter and gets on with the business of running our country!

Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind and Be of Service!

Pat G

Award Winning Pepper Relish Shrimp with Veggie Pasta

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It was January 2009, just weeks before President Obama’s inauguration. It was my first international convention with Saladmaster and we were in Washington DC. So excited, to learn from the best and to compete in a cooking competition. The time was stressful, there were missed cues, the shopping list was not accurate and I was very sick. WE WON anyway!!

031-2 We are the winning team from left to right; me, Pat Green(home chef),
Pearlie Johnston, (professional chef) a great friend and Chad Smith(wonderful young man) who followed directions well. The secret to our success was practice, practice, practice and good feedback from our whole team. We worked on the recipe for many weeks.
Saladmaster is the best cookware.
It’s made with surgical grade stainless steel, it cooks faster, cleaner and without water. You are just tasting the food. Have you ever made a dish and it didn’t taste like the original? That’s because most cookware gives a taste or should I say aftertaste. That’s the metal giving off it’s flavor and chemicals. Saladmaster also cooks at a lower temperature, which helps to retain the nutrition.
One of the things we had to do was, send a list of ingredients and we added everything we thought we might need. We were not in a kitchen, it was a large meeting room with tables to create a kitchen atmosphere. We were teams of three and we had a small amount of time to prep and then we were timed on completion of the dish. We started with simmering minced garlic in olive oil(this flavors the oil and perfumes the room). We got every one’s attention.
The recipe is designed to be very healthy and tasty. It’s made with shrimp and many vegetables. You can not only change the protein, but add or leave off some of the vegetables. The recipe is just the starting point, enjoy and make it your own!
Since we didn’t have a kitchen, we decided to use the electric skilletWP_20160404_14_51_51_Pro and we also used the electric slow cooker(MP5)WP_20160619_08_11_46_Pro These are “kitchen on the go” items and we had a one burner induction unit. So, we included items to keep our “kitchen” clean and tidy. We had 30 minutes for prep and then 30 minutes to make the dish. The secret to getting the crowd involved was the garlic in olive oil, that great smell. Each team member had a specific job. We requested items to make it easier, such as easy peel shrimp and peeled garlic cloves. We got unclean frozen shrimp and a whole head of garlic, so we asked for extra prep time and they gave it to us. Because, I had a copy of the list of foods requested, they could see that we didn’t get what we asked for.

Award Winning Pepper Relish Shrimp over veggie pasta
1 Jar “Harry & David”pepper & Onion relish or my Sweet pepper onion relish(recipe is in Magic kitchen post)
1/2 C. Extra virgin olive oil – 6 cloves of garlic, minced – 1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped – 2 carrots, grated – 1 red & 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into small strips
1 pound triple washed baby spinach,chopped – 1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded
2 t.salt & 1 t.pepper – 1 pound whole wheat angel hair pasta – 1/4 C Parmesan cheese, shaved
1/4 C. pine nuts – 1 lemon(cut into 8 wedges)for garnish – 1 bunch of parsley or basil, minced
(few whole pcs,for garnish) – 2 pounds, peeled & deveined Shrimp, raw with tails on.

In a skillet, simmer the oil and garlic, until just cooked. Remove the garlic and 2/3 of the oil and set it aside.
Fill a stock pot 3/4 full of water, bring to a boil, add 3 Tablespoons of Kosher salt and the pasta.
Follow the package directions, but shorten the cooking time by 2 minutes and drain. Keep 1 C. of the pasta water.
In a large pan, saute the peppers, onions, spinach, cabbage, zucchini and carrots in the reserved oil for about 2 minutes.
The vegetables should still have a little crunch. Add the pasta, garlic, pine nuts and parsley to the veggies and toss.
If the mixture needs to be thinned, use some of the reserved pasta water.
Saute’ the shrimp in the skillet, with the rest of the flavored oil, until pink and set them aside. Pour the relish into the skillet
and reduce the sauce by half. Toss the shrimp in the sauce to coat and warm. Serve the shrimp on a bed of the pasta and
garnish with a lemon wedge, parmesan cheese and a sprig of parsley. ENJOY!

I’ve been away for a while. There was surgery, broken computer, loss of internet and the election. I appoligize for not helping you through the holidays. Sometimes we struggle with life, but that’s why I’m here. I just had to take time to get me back on track. We don’t always have it together, we are human. I will always come from a place of love and sometimes I have to find my way back to love.
Next time we will talk about the election.

Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind and Be of Service!

Pat G