‘Rap it up! 

 Chicken what? Chicken ‘Rap! 😋

Serving:  (1 wrap)

 Ingredients Needed: 

  • 1 organic Chicken Breast: (seasoning) sea salt, cilantro, thyme, cayenne pepper, onions, chile pepper and cumin
  • Organic Spinach leaves
  • Organic Grape tomatoes 
  • Organic Spelt Tortilla 
  • Organic Hot sauce 
  • Optional: Mushrooms and French Dressing

  

  1. Clean your chicken, please! 
  • Boil 3 cups of water
  • Remove all fats
  • I like to slice the breast so that the seasoning can get in well but that’s me!
  • Squeeze in lemon juice and apple cider vinegar (ACV) to clean the breast.
  • Let the lemon juice and ACV sit in the chicken breast.
  • When the water boils, pour out the lemon juice and ACV and pour the boil water on to the chicken breast.
  • Pour out the liquid and throw/rub on your seasoning. 
  • HEADS UP: be creative and season your chicken how you desire it (spicy, citrus, sweet or mild)

 It should look like this if you followed my exact steps: 

Place the chicken breast in the oven for 35 minutes on 450 degrees.  I threw mine in there with mushrooms and onions. And this was the result:  

  
 While the chicken breast was being baked, I prepared my tortilla: 

 

  1. the tortilla itself  
  2. I added some French dressing
  3. Then topped the tortilla with spinach leaves and sliced grape tomatoes 
  4. And I decided to add in my onions and mushrooms that were in the oven. 
  5. I vertically sliced the chicken breast and laid it on top. After, I added a desirable amount of hot sauce. 

How to fold your wrap:        

This took me at least an hour to get done. The chicken was clean and marinated with seasoning the night before. 

I’m going to drink some ginger lemonade after I have this to snack on!! Yum yum, hope you enjoyed this recipe. Please comment and share your thoughts  🙂 

    Confession: I’ve murdered. 

    As much as this blog is to help sisters become better in Christ, this blog is also to help me.

    There’s a lot I still can’t share because there’s a lot I’m still working on. And I’m not a believer in telling a sister what to do when I haven’t searched for that spot in my eye (Matthew 7:3-5).

    So to start: I’ve always thought I had one commandment together which was “You do not murder” (Exodus 20:13). But as I was studying my Word I found this sisters:

    “Do not marvel, my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. The one not loving his brother stays in death. Everyone hating his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has everlasting life staying in him. By this we have known love, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down for the brothers. ” ( 1 John 3:13-16)

    How often do we love our brothers and sisters? And what are some ways we present our hate for our brothers and sisters?
    I think as women and growing women (for those transitioning), it is really vital as daughters of the King to watch our thought process. Our thoughts reveal our hearts. And sister even scripture states that the heart is wicked (Jer. 17:9).

    THINK: Have I said mean things intentionally to hurt my sibling because he/she hurt me? Things like: I wish you were never born, you’re so stupid, etc.  Or even in my actions, how have I showed love. Did I suck my teeth when your annoying coworker had a lot of bags in their hands and were walking too slow in front of you? Did you roll your eyes when the sister filled with happiness came around to hug you? (Is that normal?!)

    Spend a lot of time examining how is it you choose your words /actions and why is it you slander those the way you do. Have they hurt you? Do they offend you? Why haven’t you seeked Your Father’s face for healing instead of telling the other sister about herself and how she hurt you?
    REALIZE: The Spiritual war is not between man. What a Spiritual war this would be if we all realized we are distracted. How easy is it to forget that the war is between good and evil. Realize we waste time murdering each other when we just got to murder the enemies’ kingdom. He’s the enemy, he’s the liar, he’s the murderer! Not your boss!

    Just to relate, if you personally know me, you know I am quiet-spirited for the most part. But when it came to someone trying to throw me under the bus, or disrespect me?! Oh, your girl was quick to let them know, I am not the one! And I was also quick to let them know they’re wrong and that they were this and  that.  I didn’t want to be around them or even look in their eyes. Ouch. But little did I know, it was also bitterness in my heart that didn’t allow me to love them when they hurt me. The same tongue I used to praise Jesus with, was the same tongue I used to say the nastiest thing about someone else. Oh man, who does my tongue serve?!

    In becoming better, I encourage you to join me in following God’s commandments. Murdered your hater today? Ask the Lord for forgiveness. Truly, pray for your hater. They’re also fighting a fight. Murdered the girl that tried to talk to your boo or ex boo? Ask the Lord for forgiveness and to remove the spirit of bitterness. Words hurt. They hurt the Father when He hears your words too. Speak and practice acts of love sis!

    The Pumpkin Pie Recipe 

     Hey there sisters!! As promised on Instagram (@abetterwomancafe), it’s Sunday and my pumpkin pie recipe is up for my foodies!! 

     

    The ingredients I used are as followed (every ingredient is not found in the image above):

    • 4 large eggs
    • 2 cans of carnation milk
    • 2 tsp of ground cloves
    • 1 cup of brown sugar
    • 1 tsp of sea salt
    • 1 tbsp of ginger 
    • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
    • 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
    • 1 can of Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin or half a pumpkin (boiled soft)
    • 2 pie crust 
    1. Preheat the oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
    2. Mix the eggs, milk, ground cloves, brown sugar, sea salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin into one large bowl. 
    3. Mix until it is smooth in texture.
    4. After 15 minutes, put the oven on 325 degrees.
    5. Pour mixture into two pie crust.  
    6. Place in oven until mixture is golden.
    7. To test: poke a knife at the middle of the pie to see if the knife will have pumpkin reside.
    8. Once you past the test, leave pie out to cool off.
    9. Enjoy (try it with some vanilla ice cream while it’s still warm out the oven 😩😋) 

    So I was greedy and didn’t get to take a picture of both pies but rather started eating one. But here’s a picture of one straight out the oven :

      

      Submitting to the Father 

      “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ‭‭(James‬ ‭4:7‬)

      Submitting: (v) to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively).
      Submission is really major when it comes to our relationship with Yahweh. At least for me it is. Boy, I am a control freak. I know what I want, and I know how I want. Therefore, I make it happen my way, not God’s way.

      Point is, being a control freak and set apart for the Father is hard to do. It’s like two drivers in one seat pulling for the wheel! Ah!

      But, submitting is simply trusting. Yahweh told the Israelites that He is their husband. Which means, Israel is His wife.

      According to scriptures, what is the role of the wife towards her husband?

      “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”(‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:22‬)

      In other words, (Israel), submits yourselves unto your (Father/God).

      Sister, married or not, we CANNOT submit to our husbands if we do not KNOW and practice submitting to God everyday. It’s truly impossible.

      We must learn to trust God by:

      1. Casting our cares to Him (‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬)‬
      2. Loving/Obeying Him (John 14:15)
      3. Having total faith in Him (Revelation 14:12)

      THINK: what holds you back from truly submitting your life to The Father.

      1. Fear?
      2. Idolatry?
      3. Hate towards others?
      4. Hate towards the Father?
      5. Hate towards yourself?

      Sin, in general, keep us from submitting totally to the Father.

      DO: pray and ask the Savior to search your heart for WHATEVER and WHOMEVER that’s keeping you from submitting to God. If they’re keeping you from submitting your life to God, evaluate the relation.

      Sister before you think any farther into marriage, make the Father your husband and submit your love, your life to Him. All of it.

      It’s totally worth it.

      Dear Father,

      As I work to become a better woman for Your Glory, I let go all of my cares today and I submit my life to You. I submit and obey every Word that is written in Your scriptures. I know You love me and once I leave everything in Your hands, everything will be alright. Thank you for taking care of me. Thank you for building me into who You’ve called me to be. I worship You for this and more. In Jesus’ name I do pray, Amen.

      The Problem with Emotions

      I’d say I spent my whole life being emotionally led. If someone hurt me, I had a bad day and if someone did good to me, it was a glorious day. The problem was I allowed others to control my life and I sinned every day not trusting my Father in heaven to direct my path. I allowed man to direct my path and to turn my eyes away from The Father.


      Sister, are you emotionally led? Do you allow people to hand you over your emotions? Or do you rebuke it?  Do you do the most silliest thing while you’re in your feelings?

      WARNING: We were created with emotions. Their functions are to help us communicate and motivate action. However we must not let them control us because they can be (1) deceptive and (2) straight up wrong.

      Should we act on every emotion?

      Are emotion facts?

      No. Some emotions can be sinful thoughts which lead to sinful actions. (E.g.: jealous thoughts to hateful actions)

      To be emotionally-led is to lack self control. So let’s check what scripture says about self-control.
      “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭25:28‬)

      That doesn’t sound like a safe city or a civilized place/person. When I think of a city with no walls, I visualize a city with no government, unorganized, and disastrous. A unorganized person with no authority (from the Father) is very concerning and dangerous.

      “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-24‬)

      Challenge:

      Spend tomorrow, this weekend, next week (however long) processing your emotions and understanding how it got there and then analyze the reason why it’s there. Then ask, is it right? Is it healthy? Does it move me to love others? And does it inspire me to enter into the kingdom?

      As I do this more often I realize, I struggle with some emotions that I never knew existed within me. I’ve recognized how wicked I’ve allowed my heart to become. But I’m using this time now to become better. I encourage you to take the time to bring that emotion(s) to the Father through Jesus Christ and ask:
      Father, how did (emotion) get here? Forgive me for allowing (emotion) to live here. It is not my master, You are. Help me to forgive myself and the person that allowed (emotion) to get there. I just want to have Your fruits so that I can take on Your Spirit and not my flesh. So please, help me fight this emotion until Your return. In Jesus name, amen.

      Sister, checking out emotions seems tiny  especially since we are more emotional than men. You might think we are met to be this way. But remember, Christ calls us to be sound-minded. How can we be sound-minded if we’re not talking to our brother because he told us our work appears lazy? Especially if he’s telling the truth. Don’t let your emotions keep you from making it into the Kingdom.

      “Deliver us from evil Lord.” (Matthew 6: 13)

      Jeremiah 17:9, Mark 7:21-23

      Salsa, salsa, Salsa! 

      In becoming a better woman, it’s important that we become better at our future roles as a wife to our husband and a mother to our child(ren). And though the American society doesn’t believe it, cooking is a woman’s role in the Bible. Proof? 

      Proof. “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” (‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:3-5‬ )

      “So I want younger widows to marry, have children, and manage their homes so that they won’t give the enemy any reason to slander us. ”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭

      Side note: if you disagree, take it up with God in prayer sister.

      So today, I learned to make salsa from scratch.  Yes ma’am. 

      Here are the following ingredients I used (I used 1 tomato, a 1/2 of white onion and a 1/2 of red onion):  Above photo: tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, limes, white onion, red onion, cloves of garlic.  (I detox the produces with activated charcoal in water for about 3-4 minutes to remove toxins) 

       Above photo: so I squeezed the 3 limes and got lime juice. I added 1 tsp of cumin, 1 “cup” (not accurate measurement) of cilantro and 1 tbsp of chili pepper.
      So I used:

      1) 1 tomato but use more to reduce the “hot spicy” taste 

      2) 2 3/4 jalapeño peppers

      3) 1/2 of a white onion

      4) 1/2 of a red onion

      5) 5 cloves of garlic ( used mortar and pestle to “mash it” with 2 cloves and desired sea salt: but be careful with the sea salt, you cannot take away)

      6) 1 cup of cilantro (that’s a lot I used less than that)

      7) 1 tsp of cumin

      8) 1 tbsp of chile powder 

      Cut all the ingredients to desired size. Use food processor if you want to get the produce really small. I made my own chunky but wish I chopped up my onions a bit smaller. Pour all the ingredients together into a jar and let it sit in the fridge. 

       And just like that I made salsa: 

       
      I prepared rice, turkey meatballs, salad,  plaintains and added salsa on top of my dish: Delicioso
      Enjoy!!