Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August Chain "Linky" CLIMB

 
 God’s Growing Garden


  This is what Mary-Andering Creatively said about the CLIMB and being a co-host:  "I noticed a definite increase in my facebook following and I also went over 100 GFCs for the first time after hosting. I now have 543 followers on Facebook up from less than 200. I also saw an increase in my bloglovin traffic, going from just 20 followers to 85."

So you see - Networking really does work!!!

I'd like to thank everyone (both the climbers and the co-hosts) who participated last month!

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Host:  Angie @ God's Growing Garden
 
Co-hosts:  Sara @ Content in the Meantime
                    Lorna @ Life With R.A. is a Pain
            Susan @ Crochet Addict UK
            Anne @ Crochet Dyverse
            Annmarie @ The Simply Swift Blog

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To celebrate my little sister's birthday there will be a special "twitter boost" during this month's CLIMB.  A "Twitter boost" means that on the date of my sister's birthday (Sometime in August - I'm not telling you that date ahead of time hehehehe) - I will promote each blog on twitter that has linked up to the CLIMB by that date (in other words - I will send out 1 tweet per blog on that special day). 
So link up early in the month!!

use #BlogCLIMB to follow along on twitter


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The Host - Angie from godsgrowinggarden.com will be giving a FREE "Weekly Ad" space to anyone who co-hosts this Blog Climb !
(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Co-hosting "Tuesdays with a Twist" - Week #1


I am so excited to be co-hosting this super fun blog hop!!
Firstly, I wanted to share with you what's been happening in "God's Growing Garden".
Last week was Zucchini week with posts like:
Zucchini as a Snack
Zucchini as a Meal
Zucchini as Dessert

Also, we've been studying "Prayer" -
"Think it, Feel it, Pray it"

Now, please link up & ENJOY this cool hop!
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Good Morning and welcome to another fantastic party!
 
Back to the Basics
   

Did you get a chance to check out the Grow Your Own Wheatgrass Kits?
Rocky and Lucy love HomeGrown Wheatgrass
 Mary's heirloom Seeds is donating a portion of ALL kits sold thru July 31st to a local non-profit, no-kill cat/kitten rescue.  

Are you ready to party?
 
We're your co-hosts: 
 
Mary @ Back to the Basics and
AND please welcome Angie @ God's Growing Garden

Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured!
 
My Features this Week are:

1. Abortion "What-Ifs" by Becca @ "A Humble Bumble"

2.  Heat Wave Cake by Kath @ "This One Good Life"

3.  Cats Birthday by Leah @ "Rascal & Rocco"

 

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

Back to the Basics
 
We all love comments!  we try to comment on each and every link. 

Please hop around and show some love!


The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 


Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
 
And now for the party!




 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Arugula - I Ardently Admire & Love it!


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Arugula - I Ardently Admire & Love it!

This wonderful green should be in a Jane Austen novel.  The first time that I tried Arugula I was offended by it's strong "prideful" flavor and for years I was "prejudice" and refused to eat it again.  Slowly, the robust flavor and tender texture softened my heart and now I am in love with this healthy green!  (for those of you who have not read "Pride & Prejudice" - the title of this post is a quote from that classic - "Mr. Darcy" professes his love for Elizabeth Bennet" for the first time & says: "I ardently admire & love you.").

Health benefits of Arugula - it is much higher in vitamins & minerals than iceberg lettuce, it is said to be cancer preventing because of antioxidants like lutein & zeaxanthin (I am not a doctor - please see my disclaimer at the bottom of this post).


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Arugula is very easy to grow but should be planted in the spring when it is a little cooler. 

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Look at the delicate & beautiful flowers!!
When they are ready - I will show you how to save seeds in a different post.

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Three Arugula Recipes Previously posted on this blog are (Click on each title to see more details):

1.  Arugula Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

2.  Grapes'n Grain Chicken Salad served on a bed of fresh greens including Arugula

3.  Arugula Cranberry Cashew Salad

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ENJOY!!



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Home & Garden Hop

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Think it, Feel it, Pray it

 
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will."  Romans 8: 26 & 27
 

Recently on this blog we have been talking about Prayer: 
 
"The Ultimate Spiritual Weapon" where we learned about the full armor of God (click HERE to view). 

"By Prayer & Petition" where we learned how to pray (click HERE to view)

"Finding & Understanding God's answers to our prayers"  where we learned different ways to look for God's answers (click HERE to view).

"Prayer Warrior #1" true story accounts of "Prayer Proof" (click HERE to view) & remember, if you have a prayer story that you would like to share - go to the bottom of the "Prayer Warrior" post.
 
 
Today I wanted to talk a little about the Holy Spirit & prayer.
 
I just love the verses above! - We don't have to have a list before praying - just pray - like the verse above shows us:  "we do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us."  There might be things that we think we are praying for but God knows our motives and our true feelings.  God knows more of what we are praying for than even we do. 
 
For example:  You might be praying for different job - praying to leave your current place of employment.  But when you continually pray this prayer  you keep thinking about your boss & hoping that he will go back to conducting his business in an honest manner.  In this type of a prayer situation the Holy Spirit takes over through "groans that words cannot express."  Not only that but the Holy Spirit also changes our heart to conform to God's will for our life - "because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will."  Maybe God wants you to stay in that current job so that you will be a beacon of light and an example for that dishonest boss - so that Jesus will shine through you! 
 
We might not realize our true feelings about a person or subject that we are praying for until after praying for a long time.  It might take weeks, months or even years but through prayer God will change your heart & your mind to be in agreement with His will for your life.
 
Don't worry about using the "correct" words in prayer - just PRAY!  Whatever you think or whatever you feel - just pray about it.
 
Think it, Feel it, Pray it!
 
 

Friday, July 26, 2013

I'm Loving & Co-hosting the "I Love My Post" Blog Hop!

 
I love my post

 Welcome to the I Love My Post blog hop where we invite you to link up your favourite post of the week, to show it off and hopefully receive some love from the others partaking in the hop!
 
If you are yet to participate in a hop they are really simple to get the hang of all you need to do is 'hop' around, hopefully finding some new great reads!
The Rules are simple! Have Fun, click around find some new blogs to read and share the I Love My Post LOVE! And if you fancy being a co-host with us! Give Sarah an Email: sarah@lifeinabreakdown.com
 
Your Host’s this week are:
Sarah from Life in a Break Down
Bex from Futures

and our lovely co-hosts are:
Jessica from Girl Booklet
Lotte from BericeBaby
Angie (that's me!!) from Gods Growing Garden

 
I would love it if you would tweet, share on facebook or place our button on your blog, the more sharing we can get happening the bigger this hop can become!

 
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This week's Featured Blog is: RaspberryKiss If you love cosmetics this is a blog for you full of detailed pictures and reviews it could really help you find your next must have item. ~ Sarah
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Zucchini as Dessert

 
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 Zucchini as Dessert

This week has been "Zucchini Week"!  First I shared my "Zucchini Snack" ideas (click HERE to view) and then Wednesday was all about "Zucchini as a Meal" (click HERE to view) - today the focus is Dessert!! - saving the best for last!

Click on each title to see more details:
 
 
 
 
 
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Mix It Up Mondays
All My Bloggy Friends
Home & Garden Hop

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Zucchini as a Meal

 
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Zucchini as a Meal

A couple of day ago we talked about having Zucchini as a snack (click HERE to view) - today we are talking about having Zucchini as a Meal.

Click on each title below to see more details of each recipe:





Zucchini Enchiladas
Ready to be baked for 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven



Zucchini Lasagna


Zucchini Lasagna





Since Zucchini is the "carp of the garden" (as my husband calls it) - freezing shredded zucchini is a must for garden food preservation:


Freezing Shredded Zucchini
Shredded zucchini in the food processor


I add plenty of shredded zucchini into my home-canned tomato sauce:

Canning Tomato Sauce



The following 5 meals have (as an ingredient) either my home-canned tomato sauce or frozen shredded zucchini:


Garden Preserved Beef Stew



Garden Preserved Chili 

NOTE:  This is a doubled recipe in the pan above

Garden Preserved Minestrone Soup


I like a thick soup that requires some cutting and chewing (see the uncut green beans above) - this annoys my husband greatly so I don't always make it this way.


Garden Preserved Steamed Spanish Rice




Rainbow Swiss Chard Pasta

 
 
 
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Zucchini as a Snack


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Zucchini as a Snack
 
I have deemed this week Zucchini week!  At the beginning of every year I always worry that we won't have any zucchini and then by August we are swimming in the "carp of the garden" (that's what  my husband calls zucchini).  To celebrate zucchini I will be sharing with you the many ways to use zucchini. 
 
Today we are talking about Zucchini as a snack.
 
Last year I shared with you the 3 different shades of zucchini (Click HERE to view the entire post)

 

Tender zucchini is great eaten raw, cut into strips and then dipped in ranch dressing.

Below are 3 zucchini snack ideas in order of my preference (favorite first) (Please click on each title to see more information):
 

 

 
 




ENJOY!!


 
 
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Freedom Fridays
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