Midwest Brown Rice Stir Fry

The funnest times are when you open up your fridge and pull out whatever you can find.

After a few minutes of looking my sister and I came up with a meal that’s quick, easy, healthy, and delicious!!

You’ll need:
1cup brown rice (cooked)
1cup of Sweet corn (frozen or fresh)
5-6 sliced baby portobellos
Olive oil
Colby Jack cheese (shredded)
1 Roma Tomato

Sauté corn and portobellos for 3 minutes in olive oil. Mix in brown rice and cook for 3-5 minutes.

Plate up and top with cheese and sliced Roma tomato.

Option: add sour cream

And there you have it! Midwest Brown Rice Stir Fry

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Infused Water

I’ve been working on increasing my water intake by adding fruit to infuse my water. One of my favorite recipes is Citrus Infused Water.

You’ll need:

1/2 Orange
1/2 Lime
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Cucumber (Peeled)

Slice the fruit and toss into a 2 quart pitcher. Add water and let it sit for two hours. Pour over ice and enjoy!

You can add any fruit to create your own infused water.

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Fear of Flying

I looked up and saw the stream from the tail of the plane as it drew its mark on the sky. I wished to be on that plane. I wondered where it was going and how long was the ride? Exactly…how long is this ride?

At the end of the month I’ll be moving yet again, this time to Chicago. I’m excited about the move and thankful preparation leading up to it has been smooth. It’s a new beginning and I believe the arrival of the harvest God has been speaking of. Honestly, I’ll go wherever He says but I’m looking forward to hopefully staying a while. In the past 2 1/2 years, I will have moved to three cities and each time I’ve been challenged to face specific fears in order to restore me to my natural state of mind (Faith). I am proud to say I have courageously overcome them all.

When living by faith you might as well throw logic out the window. One thing I learned along my journey of discovering purpose and fulfilling destiny, is that success God’s way is unconventional. People will think you are crazy, incompetent, brainwashed…I’ve heard it all from various people, especially in the beginning. I knew negativity would come but what bothered me the most was who it was coming from. I quickly found out who knew the real Candi and who simply had an idea of who I am.

When you make the decision to live your dreams you find the naysayers are the main ones to discourage and place their fear on you. Not because they don’t believe you will succeed, but because it exposes and challenges their own fear/insecurities or regrets. No one wants to be reminded that they didn’t follow through. Instead they would rather remain comfortable.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

I want all God intended for me to have and that meant acknowledging and detoxing unhealthy thoughts and beliefs, including my own negative/condemning voices. The gap between fear and faith, although not completely gone, is much smaller. I check myself for the smallest inkling of a negative thought or idea that I’m holding onto and I’m proud to say those words that once held me hostage, incapable of taking a step, are now like wisps of air–appearing and quickly retreating without a trace.

It’s never too late to adopt power thoughts and concepts. Renewing your mind can begin now. So, what do you want? God wants to know so that your internal compass (the Holy Spirit) can lead you to the most favorable outcome.

Take the wheel of your life and stop wondering where everyone else is going.

It’s time to fly!

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Beautiful Surprise

Omaha has beautiful treasures and surprises tucked away that are in the open but yet too often missed or overlooked, especially in North Omaha. I experienced great beauty on this day.

Keep your eyes and perspective open to discover beauty in unexpected places.

What have you discovered lately?

#Miss Intentional

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Turkeys in the Summer and Strong Back Tea

It’s 57 degrees right now and I’m sitting on my deck with a mug of Strong Back Tea and my journal. The wind is gently blowing through the trees, birds are singing and I can hear the trickle of water in my neighbors yard; probably from the hose. Mornings like this are a treat for me; not too hot not too cold, a preview for Autumn weather. Other than Summer, Autumn is my favorite season. I’ve often read that it is the time to harvest what you’ve planted in the Spring and watered and weeded in the Summer. Two months ago I saw turkeys on two occasions; one by himself and the next time a field of them were by the interstate in the city. Turkeys in summer and near the interstate….interesting. Of course I inquired of God and He said the turkeys were there to let me know my time of abundance, harvest, and blessings were coming. So if harvest is coming, I must have been planting- what did I plant this year?

Eight months ago I received the instruction to move back to Omaha; I cried for two weeks. Yes, I had a grand pity party and I was the only one invited. I spent 13 years of my life anticipating the day I could leave the city and then was told to go back; the news was disheartening but I knew it was for the best. During my time here I invested in the development of self; taking in what made me better and weeding out what hindered. I intentionally valued the moments and opportunities all with the expectation that I would NOT stay long. I knew this was a time for pruning, stretching, and action and what I received in this season shifted my paradigm and closed the gap tighter between fear and faith. God challenged one of my greatest fears in order to take me to my original state of mind, Faith. Of course I had fun too! I gained ideas and insight, toned up, went from skinny mini zero to a curvy 1/2 frame, traveled, tried new foods, learned to salsa and rumba authentically, made new friends, laughed, cried, danced with musicians, scatted to the blues, served often, encouraged daily, prayed, received correction, tried, succeeded, started a book, started a business, helped launch a ministry and was ordained as a Pastor. Okay, that was definitely a mouthful and doesn’t even begin to express all that I’ve experienced. I guess I shared it to remind myself that I can enjoy life in any season wherever I am. I wasn’t looking forward to Omaha but my time here was essential for the next step in my journey. While He was preparing me God purposely did things to make my heart smile. This month I’m transitioning to Chicago. I went to visit last week and He started wooing me on my first day there; it was wonderful! I don’t leave for another two weeks, but I’m confident, prepared and looking forward to the new adventure as well as 57 degrees, journaling on the stoop and the warmth of my Strong Back Tea.

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