Lucy’s Vegan White Cheddar Mac Recipe!

Lucy’s Vegan White Cheddar Mac Recipe!

  As many of you know I have been a plant based/half vegan/pescatarian since July. LOL I know that description is a lot but let me explain. So, I have completely eliminated all meat and dairy from my diet with the exception of the occasional piece of fish.  My reasoning for making this change was not the popular, “What the Health” documentary, although that pretty much solidified my choice.  It all started on a sunny day in Jamaica on vacation with friends. I was OD’ing off of Jerk Chicken as usual in Jamaica. And then it came a time where I felt like I heard within my spirit, “enough is enough, stop eating chicken.” Now it may sound spooky to some but after that moment, I put the chicken down and was simply done with it. I had no more desire to eat chicken or turkey, and I had not eaten beef or pork in about 4-5 years. It was at that moment I began to make the transition to a plant based lifestyle. Dairy was not too hard to eliminate since I am lactose intolerant anyway. However, one of the foods I missed the most was my famous baked mac and cheese. I use three different types of cheeses, and everyone always request it over the holidays. In fact, I made a pan during Thanksgiving and backslid and had some! LOL Of course my body felt terrible afterwards, but hey, I had to taste test what I made for everyone else. Nonetheless, I had been working on perfecting a Vegan Mac that I could make when I missed...
Tis’ the season…Or maybe not?

Tis’ the season…Or maybe not?

You know how the old song goes, “Tis’ the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.”  The Christmas season is officially in full swing. The decorations are up, the parties are beginning, churches are planning their Christmas plays, and yet you feel like you want to hide under the covers until it all goes away. Well, here is the good news. You are not a weirdo, you are simply SAD!  SAD in this sense is the acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder and there are more than 3 million cases in the U.S. per year. The technical definition for SAD is, “a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time each year.” People may experience: Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, loss of interest, mood swings, or sadness Sleep: excess sleepiness, insomnia, or sleep deprivation Whole body: appetite changes or fatigue Behavioral: irritability or social isolation Also common: depression, lack of concentration, or weight gain. I am no therapist, however I decided to share this information because this occurs in a lot of people. And if you have recently experienced loss in your family you definitely have to be on guard against Seasonal Affective Disorder around the holidays. Having lost my father in September I noticed when the holidays came around it felt like a dark cloud came with it. My entire family struggled with these feelings and decided to be intentional about overcoming them. I wanted to share a few tips that we personally are doing to overcome and combat these SAD feelings around the holidays. If you have lost a loved one, remember them with a special...
Gye Nyame: “Only God” : My Experience Leading a Mission Team to Ghana

Gye Nyame: “Only God” : My Experience Leading a Mission Team to Ghana

From July 19th-July 31st I was able to spend some time in Ghana leading a missions team. Hear about the experience here! I pray that it inspires you to step out and live missionally. Let’s take the gospel from the 4 corners of our block to the 4 corners of the world! Love, Jennifer Lucy Tyler From My Block to Yours- www.frommyblocktoyours.org City of Refuge Ghana-http://www.cityofrefugeoutreach.org/ Adventures in Missions- www.adventures.org My amazing missions team and the founders of City of Refuge Me and Sweet Grace Our Team the First Morning after they Arrived Our group after taking the kids hiking up Shai Hills...
Our Secret Enemy: The Root of All Sin

Our Secret Enemy: The Root of All Sin

  I found the greatest love of all Inside of me The greatest love of all Is easy to achieve Learning to love yourself It is the greatest love of all- Whitney Houston In a culture where self-worth, self-esteem, selfies, and being self-made are highly regarded it’s easy to unknowingly welcome our secret enemy: Pride. We love ourselves SO much that we often believe the world revolves around us. I never thought I was a prideful person, or even thought about how dangerous pride can be. In our world we are taught to have pride in ourselves, and our abilities. We are taught self -esteem in books, conferences, and school. Heck, I’ve shared on the importance of having self-esteem because it was taught to me over the years. This sense of self-worth and being self-made leaves out an important person, “God/Jesus/Holy-Spirit.” (I’ll use these names interchangeable throughout this blog.) Our worth comes from Christ, and the more we are aware of that, the better we can recognize pride when it rears its ugly head. When I truly think about the sin of pride, I can see how the enemy with his craftiness has secretly inserted this into our identities from the beginning of time. Defining Pride Let’s begin with defining pride. I love this definition found in another blog: Pride’s been defined as a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction in an achievement, an accomplishment, or in someone else or something else but it’s also been described as conceit, egotism, vanity, vainglory, all over one’s own appearance or status in life and not just something that’s been accomplished. It...
Courage to Lose Sight of the Shore

Courage to Lose Sight of the Shore

  “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”   The Christian Life is often equivalent to one big, fun, terrifying rollercoaster. You know the really big one that takes you through every emotion? You go from anxiety, to laughing, to crying, to screaming in terror, to ultimately surrendering and experiencing relief. That is pretty much how I can describe our Christian experience especially if we look back over the past few years. I often think of the call of Abraham that starts in Genesis chapter 12.  12 The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.[a] 3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples[b] on earth will be blessed[c] through you. How often does God reveal His purpose to us yet never gives us all the details of what’s in between? God gave Abram an instruction, He told him the benefits of obeying those instructions yet He left out a ton of things in between. He was just supposed to leave everything that was familiar and enter into this journey of walking by faith, obedience and trust of Our God. I admire Abram’s obedience to God’s call all throughout scripture. God would give him an instruction and with no questions asked, Abram would obey: Genesis 22: 1-4 The Sacrifice of Isaac 22 After these things...