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April 2016

Midnight Snack 

Hello, 

So the truth is…. I have a bad sweet tooth that is nearly never satisfied. In fact I’m notoriously guilty of indulging in midnight bowls full of lucky charms. (Horrible I know)

However I do TRY to eat healthy, and I recently decided to cut back on my sugar intake. So instead of running to my favorite box of cereal tonight…I switched it up. 


Nothing more then half of an avocado mashed, topped with shredded cheese and sprinkled with salt! 

Yum!!! 

Healthy=Happy (A dinner idea from my kitchen) 

Hello Friends, 

On Monday (everyone’s favorite;) 

I found myself in my kitchen thinking to myself…. Hmmm I should really cook something delicious, healthy, and quick for my family. And knowing it had been a little too long since I’ve done a good shop at the grocery store, my search through my kitchen inventory began. 

A few things came to mind:

-What’s fast?

-What’s good? 

-What healthy? 

After all who doesn’t like a delicious, healthy, and quick meal?  I know I do! The only dinner that may be better then that is one that requires minimal clean up. Right? 

Well you’re in luck! Because that is exactly what I’m going to share with you in this post. 

I started a pot of boiling eggs, to cook away while my dinner prep began. 

Then I preheated my oven to 350.

Threw some boneless/skinless chicken thighs into a baking dish with a stick of real butter, garlic salt, and thyme. 

Rinsed some potatoes, and carrots.

Trimmed the carrots. 

Grabbed another baking dish, and added my veggies, butter, and desired seasonings. 

Put both dishes into the oven for an hour.  

And…. 

This was the outcome:

A high protein, quick, delicious, and simple meal! 

A few tips from my kitchen

1. Keep some staple items on hand for a quick go-to dinner idea.

 – A bag of frozen chicken

-A frozen loaf of bread

 -A bag of potatoes 

– Frozen or canned vegetables 

-cream of chicken soups (can be used for a quick casserole)

2. Think high protein, low carb

3. Clean up, as you go 

4. Use one baking dish if you can

5. Download an awesome app for dinner ideas (I love the budget dinners app) 

6. Make it colorful

7. Make a list (at least a mental one) before going grocery shopping

8. Fall in love with cooking!:) 

Warmest,

Mandee 

Earth Day? 

Hello Friends, 

Approximately 25 minutes ago “earth day” came to an end. I’ll be honest… something about this particular day bothers me a little. It’s not “earth day” itself that bewilders and unsettles me, but rather the idea of recognizing, and considering the needs of our home just once a year.  

It’s wonderful that we have a special day to acknowledge the needs of our planet. For people to get educated, for many to go out and plant trees, recycle a few things, and participate in beach cleanups.  

However …shouldn’t  we acknowledge, appreciate, and care for our world everyday? 

Instead of billions of dollars being spent in search of another livable planet, why not just care for the one we have?

Shouldn’t we constantly consider the needs of those not yet born?

I recently looked at one of my children, and I had a deep desire for the condition of the world her children would grow up in to be livable….

However I want so much more then that! I don’t just want my children’s earth to be livable. I want it to be beautiful, and I want them to stand in awe of God’s  creations. I want my children, and their children to have clean water to drink! I want them to have fresh morning air to take deep breaths of, I want them to have ocean waves, and rivers to play in without fear of nuclear waste.  I want them to love nature, and I want them to feel safe as they enjoy it. 

I want to do my part to help make this possible.

Currently I recycle every week.

 I turn off the tap nearly every time I brush my teeth.

I purchase the “tube-less” toilet paper, and I occasionally ask for paper bags instead of plastic. 

Today I realized that I can do so much more for our planet. 

I want to do more, and I will do more. 

You?

Warmest, 

Mandee ❤ 

I’m weak, and that makes me strong. 

Hello Friends,

Here I am a week later, finally sitting in the doctors office. Last Wednesday I knew I wasn’t feeling well, but I also hadn’t been outdoors to get any fresh air.  Maybe that was my problem …? I had a slight case of cabin fever, fresh air deprivation,  and the need for a brisk walk with Hailee (my four your old). 

As Hailee and I hurried out the door, I anticipated the fresh air, and the fun I had teaching Hailee to read the street signs in our neighborhood would cure my body aches and fatigue. 

Boy…. was I wrong. 

By the time we returned home from our twenty minute adventure my ears had begun to burn. Needless to say the brisk walk didn’t cure my aches and pains.

I sat down, and checked the time. 

Women’s Midweek was quickly approaching, and any feelings of wellness were….not.  My husband told me of a great plan and that he would help me form a fun, interactive plan for midweek. One that would alleviate some of the pressure I felt, require delegation, and would still be a great time of training and strengthening for the group. 

I was opposed to this plan. I had another plan. A much better plan. I needed to pull myself together. Straighten my hair. Dress up. Feel great. Show up early energized, and enthusiastically deliver my color coordinated, printed, and well planned lesson. 

Lol… Well that didn’t happen. 

I have to just say, my goodness I love my husband, and the group of women in my ministry! We ALL worked together to share and explain the five core convictions of our movement, as well as had some great role play of potential discipling scenarios. We were taught by one another, discipling methods were corrected AND commended, we learned, we laughed, and it was a victorious night. 

Coltin’s plan was better. 

Gods plan was better. 

God is constantly teaching me to find my strength in my weakness. And time, and time again I find myself striving to appear strong… After all isn’t finding strength in weakness a bit paradoxical???! 

Nope. 

Not at all. 

No sir! 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 

Hmmm….?

Ok God… Your grace is sufficient for me, and your power is made perfect in my weakness. So delight in this hardship? Delight in this weakness?! 

Ok, ok! I absolutely believe you at your word. When I’m weak, I’m strong! 

I went to midweek, and I told the sisters that I felt like someone had beat me with a stick. I was vulnerable, I was truthful, I was sick, I was weak. 

They encouraged me. And together we had an AMAZING time at our Women’s Midweek. 

I as their leader was weak.

But together with the body of Christ, I was surrounded by Gods grace and I was strengthened. 

I went as I was. 

Not feeling well. 

Definitely not looking my best. 

And God allowed me to find strength in my weakness. 

I believe we were all encouraged, God’s word was put into practice, and most importantly God was glorified, and his word has proved itself true in my life once again:) 

My encouragement to you my friends, my readers, is to allow yourself to be real, raw, honest, and weak when you are weak.  

Bring it to God, and find your strength.

When you are weak, you too can be strong.  ❤ 

Warmest,

Mandee 

  
Coltin and I at the Doc’s office! 

*After our girls both got diagnosed with strep. And I’m running a fever we both went in to get some antibiotics. 

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