Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain is a fantastic book that is valuable not only to the introvert, but the extrovert. There are things you know about yourself, but don’t fully understand until you hear someone else describe in detail the fabric of your personality. Not only do I understand myself better, but also my husband and my oldest son. If all the noise in this crazy life is getting to you, this is a book for you. While I don’t agree with everything Susan Cain writes, she did a great service for all the “Quiet” people.
If you are a mom, this is book is for you. I will tell you that initially I was drawn to it because I could feel what the lady on the cover was feeling. She looks like I feel everyday around 3’o clock. There is so much in this book that every mom needs to hear. For example, formulas don’t always work. I know that I am a schedule, formula, A + B = C Mommy. But my son Weston has done his best to teach me about “out of the box” kids. If he wasn’t convincing enough, God gave us a foster daughter whose mission in life is to be sure I know she definitely does not fit in any box…EVER. I have just started reading this book, but my take away so far is that “A Mom is exactly the person that her children need; God created it to be that way.” Co- Author Sally Clarkson did a beautiful job of reminding me that we should stop believing there is “one right way.” She said, and i know this to be true, that Moms fear what others think of them, their parenting, and their choices for their families. A challenge for today, to be yourself! Sally says, “…it takes faith to be yourself, to embrace your own ideals and family design.” Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted” I am so looking forward to finishing this book!
Did you know that most of the apple products we consume come from apples produced in China?? In China, where pesticides are not regulated as they are in the U.S. This thought is so odd to me considering we live a short drive from MANY apple orchards. Sometimes information like this leaves me paralyzed in the grocery isle. In fact, on my last shopping trip I spent 10 minutes of my life trying to pick an applesauce. I know all the right answers. Organic…not in my budget. Make your own! I have enough to do! I seriously could not make a decision. My favorite applesauce was missing from the shelf, Musselman’s if you are curious, and it was about to be the end of me. Is this REALLY what my life has come to? An agonizing decision about applesauce. Finally, this guilt ridden mommy picked up the Chinese applesauce and finished her shopping! Sometimes, you have to let go of something. I am emptying the shelf the next time I see my brand! :0)
I stumbled upon this recipe looking for a hot cocoa recipe. It is Hershey’s recipe and it is so wonderful, hot or cold! I love it warm and could easily eat the entire pot.
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa powder
3 Tbs corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups milk
2 Tbs butter
Mix sugar, cocoa, corn starch, and salt together in a pot. Stir in milk slowly. Cook over medium heat until it boils stirring constantly. Let it boil 1 minute while stirring. Remove from stove, stir in butter and vanilla. Pour into serving dishes. I let mine cool before putting it in the fridge. Place plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
I have made this several times and love it! I will never buy store bought pudding again!