hey guys! hope your thursdays have been glorious.
i said i was going to make chicken piccata last night, but i actually ended up making up a simple, new recipe for chicken parmesan. we had our friends kristen and rory over and i wasn’t sure if they would like piccata, so i played it safe with a classic, adding my own healthy twists.
this was so good! everyone else really liked it, too. there were no leftovers.. what does that tell you?
i went ahead and made a recipe page for the chicken parmesan.. click here!
another body for life friendly recipe.. here are the stats:
all healthy eating standards went out the window with dessert, however. we broke out the ice cream maker again.. for the third time this week.
we are addicted!
this time, we made chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.. i used my cookie dough recipe and froze it for a bit, then crumbled it into small pieces.
what do you know, another winning ice cream flavor!
we are never buying ice cream again.
this morning i woke up with a sugar hangover. it’s true. they happen.
breakfast was something old (kashi golean) and something new (sliced banana) with a splash of skim milk for good measure.
adding sliced banana to cereal needs to happen more often. i forgot how great it tastes.
lunch was packed with more potassium.. this time in banana sandwich form.
i simply cut a banana down the middle (long ways) and smeared some mighty maple peanut butter on it, sandwiched it back together and sliced it into bite size pieces.
eaten alongside the same old wrap you’ve seen all week.. chicken, feta, hummus, sprouts and lettuce.
i had a lot of errands to run after work and so my snack escaped the camera’s eye.. it was a perfect foods protein bar. not to worry, i will be reviewing these bars soon! and there may or may not (okay, there may) be a giveaway in store.
i am about to make dinner. it’s going to be sesame stir fry and i will finally update the horrible photos on my recipe page. oh man, those were bad.. back in the day when i didn’t know a thing about photography..
i told you i would get around to it.. day #4 of my 30 day challenge (that is going to turn into a 60 day challenge, i am sure, but i will get it done!).
discuss your views on religion.
i could get reallllly detailed about this one and go off on a tangent about my deep thoughts on religion, but honestly, i think religion is something that is SO “to each her own” that i don’t want to go too deep into it. i will, however, tell you a little bit about my history with religion as well as where i am now.
i have mentioned it before, i was raised in a very active LDS (mormon) family. this is very typical of utah residents, and no.. we are not the religion that is full of polygamists, so please don’t ask how many wives my dad has. the answer is one, and it is my best friend, momma b.
so, all my thoughts on religion are going to have to do with the LDS faith, because i know NOTHING about other religions.
anyway, i grew up going to church every sunday and following the rules of the mormon religion. it wasn’t until i was 16 or 17 that i started to get frustrated with several things about the church. as i got older, i found more and more things about the church that i just didn’t agree with. and this is not because of my teenage rebellion. i simply found that a lot of mormon people i knew were hypocritical and judgmental of others and there were a lot of self righteous members. it made me sad and it made it hard to relate to the religion with so much hypocrisy going on.
i don’t want to rattle off examples, but here is a very, very general one. in the mormon religion there is something called the “word of wisdom” and it states that you can’t drink coffee. when i lived in london, i was studying abroad with lots of mormon girls. i would drink coffee or tea and they would tell me that it was the worst thing ever, yet they would suck down diet cokes all day long. correct me if i am wrong, but an 8 oz cup of coffee in the morning is a whole lot better for your body than multiple 12 oz cans of soda. i am sure that if the word of wisdom was established at a time that there was soda, it would have stated that you can’t drink it. i still can’t fathom those who judge me for drinking coffee and continue to drink gallons of soda each month. really?
anyway, there are lots more examples, but i am going to leave it at that.. it gives you the general idea of what i went through.
i stopped going to church when i turned 18 (and moved out with my at the time boyfriend, but that is a different story) and that is the same time that i was dabbling in drugs. eventually, i came to my senses and grew up, but i didn’t go back to the LDS church. i learned a lot in my younger years and i used those life lessons in a positive way and really turned around to be a great person. i am not trying to sound conceded. i simply am saying that i changed. i learned from my mom that following the rules could be fun. as in.. not driving drunk or doing illegal drugs or shoplifting or.. yeah, i was a bad kid.
it was a struggle for my parents, mainly my dad, to accept the fact that i don’t go to church and that i won’t be going back to the LDS church. all of my siblings went on mormon missions and got married in the mormon temple. when i did not go on a mission OR get married in the temple, i know that was hard for my parents to swallow. i think they felt like they had failed in some way. and sure, when i was younger i can see how they might think that. but now? not so much. the most important thing they need to see is that just because i don’t go to church doesn’t mean i am not a good person. and i know they know that, but i am sure they still struggle with the fact that i’m not all about organized religion.
it’s hard to go against what your whole family is doing. but it is also impossible to practice a religion that you do not agree with 100%. at the end of the day, i have to do what i believe, not what i feel pressured to do.
ANYWAY, i guess what i am getting at is that i turned my life around and became a better person without religion. i stopped telling lies. i started obeying the law. and i didn’t need to go to church to be a good person. in fact, i know a lot of people who don’t practice an organized religion and are, in my eyes, better people than some LDS folks i know. it’s sad, but it’s true.
my whole family is still LDS and active and i have tons of respect for them and for the religion. i feel like growing up in an LDS household taught me great morals and i have a strong belief in god. i pray all the time and i really believe that prayers are answered. if i am having problems or am sick or something is going on where i need my dad to give me a blessing, i am all for that. if my family wants me to go to church because they are speaking or because of a baby blessing or something like that, of COURSE i will go! i do church activities with my mom all the time. it’s fun. i am not someone who is against the church by ANY means.
i think the most frustrating thing for me is the people that think if you aren’t LDS then you aren’t going to have the same privileges in the afterlife as those who do follow the religion. there are a TON of good people out there and they aren’t LDS. i fully believe that if you are good, honest person and stick to good morals, you will have a great afterlife.
well, this ended up being longer than i wanted it to be. typical. i am such a rambler. hope you enjoyed my thoughts on religion. the next topic is super heavy. i guess i better gear up for that.
have a great night!
1. do you like bananas? what’s your favorite way to eat them?
2. if you want, chime in below with your own thoughts on religion. i would love to hear your story.
xo. janetha g.