365 Daily Devotions – Day 8 – Accountability

When I need to consider carefully how I am using my life.

This devotion was something that has hit home for me lately. That when we pass we will have to be accountable for every wrong we have done. This can be very scary for every person on the planet. We are not perfect, we all have our faults and we have all sinned. But this is not meant to frighten us because we already have the assurance of the forgiveness in Christ. Now I am sure every religion has their own way of handling this aspect but this is something that I really love about being a Christian. Is the love we have in Christ. My God is a loving God. But it also means that I will strive every day to be worthy of this love.

The LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. Proverbs 5:21

I feel like I am a good person, I don’t get in trouble, I strive for each day to be the best I can. I raise my children the best I can, I take care of my family, I try to be a good friend. I know that I am not perfect but I try each day to make it work. Some days are of course better than others. Last night was the absolute worse, I am at my lowest at night. I need sleep. I lose my temper and I get upset when I know my daughter doesn’t know any better. She cannot understand that Mommy needs her sleep and Mommy also has to be there for her brother to get him to school. I have personal issues to get through and my children don’t know it so I work on each day to be a better person. One of my favorite quotes ever is:

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” – Anne of Green Gables

I hold onto that quote to get through the hard times. Now where you consider “tomorrow” is your own opinion, running on maybe 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night the days run together, lol.

Accountability can also be about others as well. Those that want to be in your life and stay in your life, are the people worth having in your life. I find that friends and family come and go in my life, but most of the time I find myself alone. The hard nights all I pray for is for someone to help me and my husband. I feel so bad him staying up with me because I know he has to go out and work a physically demanding job all day. I would love for someone to help me at night. Take the night shift with the baby, that would be amazing. I also would love to find someone to help me with my house. It’s an absolute disaster, I need help with my organizing and deep cleaning. I really can’t afford to hire any one but I might need to look into it. Because something has got to give. I pray that I can find patience with my child and with myself. I need to let go of the preconceived notions of what I think should happen, and just do what I need to do. I will keep praying that tomorrow will be a better day, that tonight will be a better night. That is all I can do.

 

Day 7 – A Reflection on Greatness

Anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:4

We start out in this world, so very innocent and pure. It’s our environment and experiences that shape the way we live in this world. To constantly aspire to be childlike in the way we think about God is something to work on everyday. To have their blind faith that the world is a good place and that God is absolute is an aspect of life that is difficult for me to grasp at times. But if you think about it, that’s part of life: Aspiring to greatest.

Today was church again, another great service. I love the singing and worshiping that goes on. It makes me feel good when I leave no matter what else happens afterwards. My son really enjoys going and I am so glad he does. I never grew up in church so I struggled in adulthood to find somewhere I felt comfortable being. I am a firm believer on you do not have to go to church to be a good Christian but nevertheless I enjoy going because I feel closer to God. I do want to venture out and meet some more people and perhaps get more involved in the church but my lovely little antisocial introvert that I am makes it difficult to take that next step. Maybe one day 🙂

Well I need to make this a short post, my daughter is crying after falling asleep like 20 minutes ago, ugh. No rest for this Mommy.

Day 6 – A Reflection on Idolatry

This is a short lesson today, very appropriate with it being a Saturday and I have so much to catch up on since I was pretty distracted this week. Laundry piled up and I would love to get a shower in, lol. But I figured since my son is here playing with my daughter and my first load of laundry is in the wash, I would do today’s devotion.

“When I am trying to serve both God and something else.” 

At first it had me thinking, I’ve never truly believed in anything else. There have been times in my life where I was interested in other religions but mostly just for study because I find religion interesting in general. The good, the bad, and the extreme I find myself watching documentaries and reading books on other religions because I find that in most cases whatever anyone believes is their own personal decision. Now those who are in cults against their will or being abused is certainly not the place to be. But for the most part other religions give people what is most important in life, belief. To not believe in anything, I personally feel is very scary because of the unknown when we pass. I hold onto the belief that I will see my parents again and in some very low moments of my life, is the only thing I can hold onto.

But as I went into the devotion, I realized that this is not what it means. It means thinking you can serve two “God’s” at the same time. Thinking that something else in your life is more important or higher up than God. For example, say you are dedicated 100% to your work, to where you stop seeing family, stop doing the things you love, and think that you work is the most important thing in your life. You are serving both God and you think that you have to serve your work just as high. That is not healthy.

No one can serve two masters. Matthew 6:24

You hear that children, lol! Just kidding. God should be #1 in your life and everything else will work out because of it.

Baby girl slept a little better last night, or rather I made the decision to get out of her room. I want to sleep in my bed again. So I turned the baby monitor on its lowest setting and made it a point to go to sleep in my bed. I was so physically and mentally exhausted that it wasn’t difficult. I woke up about midnight thinking I should probably go and check on her, but I decided against it. She’s old enough now to where she would cry out if something was wrong. About 4:30 she woke up and wanted to eat, wasn’t crying but talking in her crib. Got her up and fed her and put her back into bed with us. Her thinking it was time to be awake took a good hour before she went back to sleep but I was able to sleep until about 8:30 this morning which was wonderful. Now it’s 10:30 and she’s fussing so I guess it’s time for a nap. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Day 4 & 5 – God’s Plan & Gratitude

 

Well I already slacked on my commitment to write every day. Just say the last day and a half has been stressful. Yesterday I literally did not have a single moment to myself to sit down and write. The day before I received a major test of my faith. I broke down and became scared and didn’t know what I was going to do. I had my moment, but I had to get back to my responsibilities. I am so glad I started this journey when I did because it really brought things into perspective that I needed God fully in my life. So yesterday’s devotion “God’s Plan” was perfect. Things happen for a reason and even though life will throw us curve balls everywhere we turn, I have to keep my faith that things will be okay. At the same time today’s devotion is about giving thanks to God for all he has done. I thank Him for my family, my husband, my children, my dog. This adult life is such a breathe of fresh air compared to my childhood. I am incredibly lucky and thankful for everything he has given me.

Last night was another stressful night, my daughter kept me up for some reason or another last night. She’s such a loud sleeper, when she tosses and turns she cries out and of course I think she’s awake or needs her paci, so I get up and find it and sometimes she takes it sometimes not, but it wakes me up. I fall back asleep and the same thing happens multiple times. Well around 4am she decided she wanted to wake so I put her in bed with me and it took about an hour but she fell back asleep without needing a bottle. Praise the Lord! But that meant I didn’t sleep. So another hazy day for me. I need to clean my house so bad, laundry is piling up, and I need to start taking better care of myself but how can I do any of those things with no sleep? I envy those who have a house cleaner, or nanny, or night nurse, or anyone that comes in and helps because that just doesn’t happen around here. I am so incredibly grateful that I can remain home and be there for my children but sometimes those who stay at home need some help from time to time. Oh well, hope everyone has a great weekend. I am so glad it’s Friday!

Day 3- Light

While the baby is taking her morning nap and I’m struggling to get this fall festival basket put together, I thought I would take a moment to do my daily devotional. I realize that some days will be more enlightening than others and that some days I might not have anything to add to what they say or some personal experience to share so I’ll try to reflect as much as I can while also sharing bits of my personal journey. Last night me and the baby slept better, praise God! I prayed so hard as I went to sleep last night that she would stay in her bed all night or rather that she wouldn’t wake to eat at 1:30 again, lol. I got upset last night putting her to bed because she was so very fussy and realized that I needed to be more understanding, she had been up for several hours and was overly tired. I who only got 3 hours sleep the night before let my exhaustion overtake my understanding of her needs and I regret losing my cool. But like yesterday told me I need to put my regrets in the past and focus on the present.

That being said today’s devotion is “When I need Jesus to illuminate my thinking.” What happens when we first encounter light after being in the dark? Our eyes burn and we turn away from the light to the more comfortable state of the dark until our eyes can adjust to the change. This is a great way to think about what we do to God. It is more comfortable to move away from Him and not let Him into our hearts because of how much we have to adjust our life. We sin every single day and your definition of sin can be very personal so I will never go into my personal beliefs in a way that would reflect that your own personal beliefs are not correct so don’t worry there. But it is so easy to think that because of these sins, God will never forgive or help you move past them. But you are wrong. Opening our hearts to God and allowing your God to help guide you to a better life is something I hold on to so very much. No matter where I am on my personal spiritual journey, I know that God is with me every step of the way.

[Jesus said] “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” John 12:46

I will to pray that Jesus will continue to shine his light on my family and continue to watch over us because I no longer want to be in the dark. I want to feel the comfort and protection of the light.

Today is a somewhat of quite day, I hope, lol. Once baby wakes up I am going to feed her and walk around the neighborhood with my friend and neighbor. I am so grateful to make friends in my neighborhood. Our last neighborhood I did not talk to a single person more than a passing wave and this neighborhood in the beginning felt like there was a click, so I was worried. But I have met a lot of good people and have comfort in knowing that if something happened, I had several people to go to.

I need to finish this fall festival basket. I was asked to be Room Mom and the biggest responsibility is creating this basket. Well the shrink-wrap didn’t turn out the way I wanted so now I am hoping to get a clear plastic bag to wrap it in, just something else I need to go and get, lol. I’ll be glad when it’s at the school but I worry it will not bring enough money for the school. Just something else I have decided not to truly worry about and leave it in God’s hands. Would you bid on this?….

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It’s a “Pampering Mom” gift basket! So many awesome things plus several things on the bottom that just didn’t fit above. It’s actually valued at over $500!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! I really think these daily posts is helping me reflect more of my life and I hope to create some other posts soon with recipes or ideas. I am also creating a Spotify playlist to hopefully give light to others who need some inspirational music.

Day 2 Devotion – Regret

Welcome back to my 365 Daily Devotion series! It is only Day 2 and the Lord is already testing me, lol! We had another rough night with the baby. Hands down she is just not a great sleeper. Let me correct that, she does sleep just not for that all night stretch sort of thing. By now my son was sleeping 10+ hours at a time. Sometimes my daughter will and the past few nights she had been going from 8-8:30 till 6-6:15 which is great but she is stirring and waking throughout that time and I am rushing to put her paci back into her mouth because if she wakes up she wants to eat. Well I thought last night that since she had been doing great lately sleeping those times I would stay up a little bit. And by a little bit sometime after 10pm, lol. For once I spent some time with my husband without the kids around. Well the second I went to sleep, she started stirring. Around 11, then around 1. By 1:30 it was full force she was demanding to eat and not going back to sleep. Me not getting proper sleep means I lose my temper and get super upset and every morning I always regret how I have acted but I am just SO over it. There is no reason for her to wake up like that when she eats enough during the day. So I fed her and I finally went back to sleep at around 2:30 – 5:30. Yay for 3 hours! Not great when I have to get ready today and go get a mammogram. Anyway that’s my rant let’s get to the devotion.

“When I feel paralyzed because of my past.” There are no truer words. Regrets can haunt our everyday life when we are constantly back in our past. Keeping faith in God can help you move forward. This hit me so hard today, exactly what I needed. I find myself constantly living in the past which unfortunately dictates my anxiety. It’s difficult to explain but when you lose both of your parents at such an influential stage in life it has repercussions that no other stage would have. I have tried to explain it to people as best as I can, but when times get tough I resort to my 14-year-old emotional state. The year I lost my mom and became an orphan. Imagine how you were at 14. How those emotions took you over and you couldn’t control your feelings. That’s what builds my anxiety to its breaking point. I have a lot to work on but I am trying to put my trust in God more and more each day. I’m really enjoying a lot of the newer Christian music that seems to be calling me lately. I usually find my faith and spirituality through music. It’s my therapy and my life line.

“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race.” Philippians 3:13-14

How do you handle your regret? Putting your faith in God to help guide you through those difficult times can give you a bit of comfort during those rough times. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever truly let go of my past because that would mean letting go of my parent’s memory. But my little regrets throughout the day or mistakes I make I can fully move past them because no one is perfect and nothing in your past can thwart God’s plan.

Please say a silent prayer for me today, I am getting my yearly mammogram. I’m reaching one of my big years that will be difficult for me…35. In a few years I will be the year that my mom was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The year that changed my whole family’s life. Little did I know at 8 years old I would only have a little more than 7 years with my mother and only 3 more years with my father. So please lift me up in prayer that my scans come back clear and I have remained healthy. Thank you Lord for all you have given me.

365 Days of Devotions – Day 1

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So I’ve been trying to think of something to do on my blog every day. Just a quick little update of the day and really try to stick with something. Well today has proven that most of my day is extremely hectic.  It’s 4:30pm and I still have things to do. Looks like it might not work out but I’ll try and make something work. You might think that us stay at home mom’s don’t do anything but I got news for you we do. We do all the unspoken things that make a family’s life function. I get 3 breaks a day most only lasting maybe 45-1 hour A.K.A when she naps. Most of those three times I am eating, lol but I wanted to add a little to my day. I finally started to go back to church since my daughter has been born and already I feel like it is making a difference in my life. Right now my husband has been staying home with her but I hope to soon be able to bring her on the day’s my husband wants to join us. It is nice because it gives me alone time with my son and gives him one on one time with our daughter so even though we are not together as one family unit, the bonds we are creating are wonderful. Well I wanted my own Bible study but in a way I could do in everyday life. Enter in a 365 Pocket Devotions. It’s a small orange book and it is very simple daily lesson and scripture. I hope to be able to discuss this on my blog or at least let you join me in my devotions.

Taken from 365 Pocket Devotions Inspiration and Renewal for Each New Day by Chris Tiegreen

Day 1- A reflection on Knowing God.  When we want to have a closer relationship with God.

I find that I constantly struggle with this concept. Basically we come to Jesus with our own personal needs when in fact we need to develop our personal relationship with God and by knowing God our sins will be forgiven. I’ve definitely opened my heart more to God as I have gotten older. I struggled during my very traumatic times because I often wondered what I had done to deserve the life I was given. I was fortunate to go to church with my friend’s family and it really helped me. As an adult I struggled with where I fit inside a church. So many were so daunting because they were such tight-knit communities of people and with my antisocial tendencies I was always too afraid to start. My wonderful neighbors opened their hearts and I started going to church with them and I am extremely grateful. I like that I can sit alone and worship and do not have to be a part of the whole group to feel I belong. I hope that one day I do venture out and meet more people but for right now this is enough. Allowing my heart to know God will forgive me for my sins and watch over me is very confronting. Allowing God to take over gives me a sense of comfort I so desperately needed.

I hope you enjoy my little journey to better know myself and to allow myself to open up more to you…

If you would like to join me on this journey, I can pick up a book for you it was only $2.99! It would be fun to do this with others and get others feedback on this journey.

Update!

Hi Everyone! I’m so sorry I have been so terrible with keeping up with my blog. Things have been crazy since having my daughter, staying super busy during the summer, to starting school and my son getting sick every time you turn around…so I finally feel like I can breathe a bit. Just a bit. I’ve been struggling personally with a lot and have wanted to share on here but I always stop myself in the end because of what other people will interpret or think about it. Yes, I am grown but at times have the emotional insecurities of a 14-year-old. This weekend I decided to start doing more for myself. I walked for the first time today, lol, and I’m going with my friend to lunch in a bit, I’m in the process of consigning my old kid’s clothes, selling items, trying to make this house not such a disaster and am hoping to find myself again. I made another Instagram account for this blog so that it can be public and not have pictures of my kids. My old public account starting to get too personal with kid’s pictures that I made it private. It will mostly follow this blog and be more of an everyday thing. To get to the point of writing a blog every day would be amazing but not realistic. I would love to start making videos again but it is also something not super realistic but we’ll see. Gotta get 1,000 subscribers to start making money again so maybe that can be a goal. So lots and lots to do! Check back soon!

Art Lesson – Henri Matisse for Preschoolers

I have been teaching art to children with ages ranging from 2 years to 6 years old for over a year now. I have the wonderful opportunity to teach at my son’s preschool. The love of art is something I have had since I could remember. Growing up, my mother owned a ceramic shop, she had everything to create ceramics from start to finish. She had hundreds of different molds and would hold painting classes. She was so talented and sadly had to sell everything when she became sick. I was told since I was little that I had a paint brush in my hand before I held a pencil and I take that with me my whole life. I feel like I have a little of my mother’s talent, I feel closer to her when I paint ceramics but at the same time makes me a little sad. When I was given the opportunity to teach little ones about art I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted them to have the chance to create art the way they want to create art. It is called Process Art. Yes, they can all make something cute using the same pieces or materials to create the exact same result, but I find it does not expand their creativity and imagination. Letting them have the control over what they want to use, where they want to use it, and the result it creates is something very magical. They take pride in the work they create because it looks completely different from their neighbor’s piece. It gives me great joy when I hear the kids say that their favorite thing to do at school is art each week.

A major topic I wanted to expose the children to was introducing them to famous artists. Now considering my age range it was difficult to figure out: 1. What would be appropriate 2. How much could I actually tell them that they would understand. My main focus the last two years has been on Vincent Van Gosh, Henri Matisse, and Claude Monet. These three artists I can show in a way that is very generalized and they make great pieces of art that children can create their own version of. I will more than likely make art lessons on the other two but today’s post will be about Henri Matisse.

Each of these artists definitely had a very colorful and in some cases depressing life. There are definitely facts and art pieces that are NOT age appropriate but I was able to find just basic information to share with the children and expand on that. With Henri Matisse I introduced him as a famous painter that was famous for his bold colorful art works. When he got older, he could no longer stand for long periods of time or be able to walk and had to use a wheelchair. Because of this he had to think of a new way to create art. He decided to “paint with scissors” using scissors to cut out big shapes and glue them onto big pieces of canvas on the walls. With the help of assistants and a long stick, he made huge murals that expanded over the entire wall. I showed them this picture:

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This was a big concept for kids because I would expand my arms out showing them that his art work reached the ceiling and you would have to raise your head all the way up to the ceiling to see his art work. This gave the children the idea of how massive his art pieces became. This piece “The Sheaf” is a great example:

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Art Lesson:

After explaining a little about the artist we transitioned to the art lesson. I showed this piece ” The Snail” where Henri Matisse use different sized pieces of paper cut in square and rectangle like shapes to create an almost collage like art work. I told them how he tried to put complimentary colors together and tried not overlap the same color next to each other. Our art lesson for the day was to create their own Henri Matisse paper art piece.

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Here is the example I showed them that I created:

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Here is how I set up the table:

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I always start with paper over the table just in case of accidents, then I put a place mat (long sheet of pink paper) down to separate each work space and to have something to catch excess glue or paint. Then I have a flat plastic container to hold all the scrap paper. Our resource room has a scrap paper bin and I just grabbed a bunch from there. For the older children, I added glue sticks and scissors to the table. Whenever you are working with children scissors you need to make sure to watch them all because even though they are dull, they can still be dangerous. I also gave the children either the same sheet of paper as shown above or I mixed up the color based for each piece.

I broke the lesson up into two ways to create: The “littles” which is my older 2’s class and my 3’s, I already had pieces of assorted color paper cut out into different shapes. We went around and placed glue all over their paper, from there the children would take one piece at a time and place it on their paper, wherever they wanted. The lesson was to try to only take one at a time (fine motor skills) and figure out where to place it. It became almost like a puzzle and the end result made something very wonderful. They were done when all the glue was covered.

For my older children, Pre-K and Kindergarten we expanded on this lesson. They were given bigger strips of paper, scissors, and glue sticks and they created whatever they wanted. Some children were more skilled with scissors than others so it was very interesting to see what they decided to create. My Kindergarten class did a great job actually creating pictures out of their paper. Hearing their stories and what each cut piece was is a joy during the class. The older children get about 5 more minutes for art and the extra time was taken up by adding their own glue and cutting their own pieces. Here are some pictures of the children working and their final results:

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At the end of the lesson, if there is extra time which when it comes to this age there always is, I gave them this color sheet to color:

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This is a great art lesson for any age range. With all my art lessons this can be made to accommodate 1 child to 75+ children that I teach art to once a week. It’s all about gathering the materials. If you have any questions about this art lesson or would like to know anything more to create this at home please email me at: healthhobbyandhome@gmail.com

Easy Homemade Spanish Rice

Rice was always an ingredient that I struggled to get right. It either was way too mushy or crunchy. I grew up having the 10 minute rice in a bag and never really attempted to make anything on my own. It wasn’t until I became an adult and got a rice cooker for a wedding present that I started making it on my own. And by making it on my own I mean using the rice cooker, lol! For years I wanted to make a great Spanish rice, like the type you get in the restaurants but could never find anything that really worked. The packaged “Spanish Rice” in the stores that only required you to microwave it was just so nasty to me! Finally one day I stumbled across a recipe online that was very simple straight forward and seemed easy enough. It has been so long I have no idea where I found it but over the years have tweaked it to my liking. Hope you enjoy!

– 1 cup of uncooked long grain rice
– 1/4 onion finely chopped

I usually use 1 whole onion for my entire meal – chopped up and divided, if you want more you can add as much as you would like.
– 2 Tbsp cooking oil
This can be anything from olive oil to vegetable oil. I usually eyeball the amount, just need enough to coat the pan
– 2 Tbsp (or more if you want) favorite salsa (I use mild)
This is a new discovery. I use to make this recipe with tomato sauce. It gave the rice a nice color but lacked on flavor. What I usually would do is buy a small can of tomato sauce use half of it and put the other half in a small bag to freeze, that way I had it on hand. Well one night I decided to make this I totally forgot the tomato sauce. I had to scramble what to do. I had some salsa in my fridge and thought “Hey, why not.” I say 2 tbsp but again you can decide on much you would like. I usually do two really big spoonfuls (see picture below). It not only gives it great color but also the chucks of tomato and green pepper give it a little more spice and flavor. Now like I said above I use mild salsa. If you prefer spicy rice then go ahead with what you like but it will give it a different flavor and maybe a little too spicy, I am not sure.
– 1 tsp garlic salt
With the spices, I do not do exact measurements. I take the 1/2 tsp spoon and do 2 big scoops for garlic salt, and 1 each for cumin and oregano. This just gives it a little more flavor and this isn’t baking so you do not have to be exact.
– 1/2 tsp cumin
– 1/2 tsp oregano
– 2 cups water
– Good flat pan with lid
I use the same pan overtime I make this dish so I’ve got it down to a science. It needs to be big enough to accommodate 2 cups of cooked rice.

Directions with pictures:

1. Set out all your ingredients to be ready to cook, this is important because of timing.
2. Turn on stove to heat pan to medium heat.
3. Add oil, rice, then onions. Mix together and cook (stirring frequently) for a few minutes until rice is golden brown without burning it.
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4. Next, add your salsa and stir quickly. It will sizzle and continue cooking.
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5. Add your garlic salt, cumin, and oregano mixing it together.
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6. Add the water slowly until completely mixed. This will also sizzle until completely incorporated together.
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7. Allow the mixture to come to a good boil, turn stove down to low and place the lid on top.
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8. Set timer and cook for 15 minutes. DO NOT lift up the lid no matter how tempted you feel. This is very important. If you want to take the entire pot and shake it (holding the lid) that’s a great way to stir the contents inside without lifting the lid. I tend to do this towards the end when so the bottom doesn’t burn, but if you really have it on low then it shouldn’t.
9. Once the 15 minutes are up, take pot off the burner and set aside for an additional 5 minutes (again not taking the lid off your pot). During cooking and sitting time is a great time to make your other dishes.
10. When ready to serve, take lid off the pot and stir the contents. ENJOY!!!
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Printable Version Below:

Easy Homemade Spanish Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A easy take on a great rice that can be served with a variety of meals

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 Tbsp (or more if you want) favorite salsa
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 cups water
  • Good flat pan with lid

Directions

  1. Set out all your ingredients to be ready to cook, this is important because of timing.
  2. Turn on stove to heat pan to medium heat.
  3. Add oil, then rice, then onions. Mix together and cook (stirring frequently) for a few minutes until rice is golden brown without burning it.
  4. Next, add your salsa and stir quickly. It will sizzle and continue cooking.
  5. Add your garlic salt, cumin, and oregano mixing it together.
  6. Add the water slowly until completely mixed. This will also sizzle until completely incorporated together.
  7. Allow the mixture to come to a good boil, turn stove down to low and place the lid on top.
  8. Set timer and cook for 15 minutes. DO NOT lift up the lid no matter how tempted you feel. This is very important. If you want to take the entire pot and shake it (holding the lid) that’s a great way to stir the contents inside without lifting the lid. I tend to do this towards the end when so the bottom doesn’t burn, but if you really have it on low then it shouldn’t.
  9. Once the 15 minutes are up, take pot off the burner and set aside for an additional 5 minutes (again not taking the lid off your pot). During cooking and sitting time is a great time to make your other dishes.
  10. When ready to serve, take lid off the pot and stir the contents. ENJOY!!!