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What’s your prayer today?

My Earnest prayer today is never to loose sight of you God Almighty!

For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Isaiah 50:7 KJV

Let my focus always be on you God
Not on the fleeting pleasures of this world

Comment below a prayer that’s ringing deeply in your heart

Even in a fire?!

The mood in the boat was tense, everyone muttering what seemed to be their last prayers while squirming around for something they can hang onto for dear life.

The angry wind swirling the boat in what feels like an endless dance.. water splashing into the boat.

The men, managing to scoop water out with whatever they can find..

This is hopeless Pete thought… How can we ever come out of this he wailed!

Pacing from deck to deck… in the chaos…

Then, pete saw him, he called out to His friends, they couldn’t believe their eyes!

There he was, fast asleep!!

How is this even possible! With all this pandemonium… He laid there sleeping?!

Their shouting reached a crescendo, waking him up as Pete and his friends chorused:

“Captain, don’t you care that we’re going to die?”
This boat may sink any minute now..

The captain, got up, calmly told them to trust his expert skill to sail them through the storm to safety.

Then, he confidently reached for the rudder of the boat, manoeuvering the vessel to stay above the storm..

They didn’t sink as they feared…and just as suddenly as the storm had started, it ended. There was calm again..the sky clear, the sun teasing with its warmth.

But that just made Pete and his friends wonder, what kind of captain is this?

The story above is my fictitious version of what happened in Mark 4:35-41

There’s a lesson to be learnt here…

The captain on the boat represents God, while, Pete and his friends represent us.

Many times in life, we find ourselves in situations that appear hopeless..we wonder if God even cares enough to do anything about it, will he just watch us suffer or be drowned by this problem? Are some of the questions that most times we ask..

We however, need to learn to relax and live with a moment by moment realization that God is always with us. In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus was asleep on the boat when the storm was raging and his disciples fretting.

He made it clear to them that they had little faith…for being so fearful.

Check this out, if they were living with the consciousness that Jesus Christ the Son of God, the same man who had done several miracles before their very eyes was right there in the boat with them..they wouldn’t even bat an eyelid in that storm.

They should have well, gotten themselves pillows to sleep beside Jesus knowing that as long as Jesus is there, all will be well.

The essence of this story is for us to realize that, as long as we are living on earth, we will always have stormy days, in our lives, there will be situations that will come our way, that will feel overwhelming.

Now, here is something that excites me the most!💃💃💃💃

Let me just share it with you straight from the scriptures;

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when through the rivers, they won’t sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you won’t be scorched and flame won’t burn you.
Isaiah 43:2 CEB
https://bible.com/bible/37/isa.43.2.CEB

God is saying, even if you are passing through fire, you won’t be burnt!

Is someone as happy and uplifted as I am just reading this scriptures?!

We are never alone! God takes us through our challenges! He makes us overcome them! We just need to count on him totally! Trust him wholeheartedly! Let him be in charge of that situation! Lay it at his feet!

See what Jesus Christ says in this scripture:

…… lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Matthew 28:20 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.28.20.NKJV

Today, let faith rise in your heart. Be filled with hope. Knowing that you are not alone! God is with you, is for you and he will bring you out victorious! Be encouraged!

Thanks for reading all the way through.

Did you find this scriptures comforting? Let me know in the comment section.😍😍😍

Beans: Protein or Carbohydrate or both?

💭 I know a lot of us were taught beans is protein…

💅 But…it isn’t!

🙊 Its a complex carbohydrate..

😳 It has about 20-25% protein, by weight when dry or uncooked and about 65-72% carbohydrate by weight when dry or uncooked.

😕 Now, the carbohydrate in the beans consist of 10-20% dietary fibre and about 85% starch..

🕵 That’s quite interesting right?

Especially since, starch is quickly absorbed to glucose in the digestive tract which is the same as what happens when you eat the likes of yam, rice, potatoes etc…

💁 I can understand how this would be a concern for those who are diabetic..and even those who are generally watching their glucose intake.

💃 But here is the good news, the starch in the carbohydrates found in beans is classified as ‘Resistant starch’ which means it doesn’t get broken down by the gastrointestinal fliuds in the digestive tract and actually finds its way to the large colon where it acts as food for the healthy bacteria there, also acts as bulking agent, and are effective in reducing constipation.

🎯 In summary, Beans has a low glycemic index, which just means, that it causes a very little rise in blood glucose in comparison with other starchy foods such as white rice, white bread, yam etc..

🏷This happens because, the starch in the beans isn’t metabolized by the small intestine, therefore reducing the amount of glucose released into the blood which invariably lowers the demand for insulin.

OK…I.hope I haven’t bored you out☺🤓🤓

🙋 I think the take home from all of these long talk is this….

1) Beans does contain a good amount of protein, but when pairing your beans with other foods such as ;
Garri, bread, yam, corn…keep in mind that you are increasing your carbohydrate intake, especially if you are on a diet monitoring your calories or glucose intake.

2) Other source of protein should be increased in our diet…such as meat, eggs and fish.

I hope this has been as eye opening to you as it was to me…

You can look up the links below for further reading on beans

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2015/11/16/ask-the-expert-legumes-and-resistant-starch/

https://www.eatthis.com/high-protein-beans/#:~:text=Beans%20contain%20between%2021%20to,other%20sources%20of%20vegetable%20protein.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthiest-beans-legumes#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3

Thanks!

How to make a No Milk, No Egg Nigerian Buns

Its no longer News that while the kids are home during the holidays they tend to eat more frequently.

This has led me to once in a while make snacks for them to feast on in between meals, which I totally enjoy doing since I love trying out new recipes.

But, things took a different turn than what I had anticipated.  I had planned to bake a ‘Honey cake’ for them, so, I set out to gather the required ingredients when I noticed that I was missing some key ingredients!

Chai! I had run out of supply! No time to do any emergency shopping now..these kids will cry their eyes out!

Oh my!…..what do I do now?!

A brief moment of perplexity and confusion overwhelmed me.. ..because, my kids had set their minds on the cake and were already chit chatting with themselves about it..

I wouldn’t want to disappoint these dear lil ones I thought to myself..not after all the way they were ‘psyching’  me by calling me chef..and me blushing while my head was doubling in size😂😂😂😂😂

Well, I turned to my trusted friend named “Google”😂😂😂😍😍😜. She always knows how to bail me out.. I tried to find recipes that my available ingredients can fit into.. But I couldn’t find.

Then, I decided to ask dear Google my question another way…lo and behold I saw suggestions that helped me think outside of cake baking.

I eventually settled for Nigerian Buns that didn’t require, eggs and milk just because, it promised to taste really nice and it was really simple and straightforward to make.

My kids were just as happy about the bun as when i told them about the cake.

Thanks to @yummy medley

For the Brilliant Nigerian Bun recipe I saw on her website:

https://www.yummymedley.com/wprm_print/2781

Which I have replicated with my own twist to it.

Here is my own version of the recipe;

How to Make Nigerian Buns
This recipe shows how to Make Nigerian Buns without egg, and milk
Author: Funto Okochi

Ingredients
• 3 cups of All purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 cup of granulated sugar
•1/4 tsp salt
• 2 cups of water
• Vegetable Oil for deep frying
• a pinch of black pepper
• 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
• 1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Heat up the oil in a pan before you start making the batter.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Then add sugar, pepper, nutmeg and Cinnamon and mix with a wooden spatular lightly.
  4. Pour in the water little at a time, mixing lightly each time, until the consistency of
    the batter is thick with about the consistency of a cake batter. Try not to overmix because this can make the buns become hard.
  5. The oil should be hot, and on medium heat before you start frying
  6. you can use an ice cream scoop if you have to drop the batter into the hot oil, though I was able to use my hand to scoop it, you too can if that’s your preference
    without overcrowding the pan.
  7. you can turn over the bun once one side of the bun has turned light brown, continue to fry until the buns are done.
  8. you can turn down the heat of your gas cooker or stove to reduce the temperature of the oil, so it doesn’t become too hot after batches of frying, because if the oil is too hot, The bun will not cook all the way through and will only have a brown exterior. you can also just add a
    little bit of room temperature oil to the hot oil to reduce the temperature.
  9. I made Zobo drink to go along with mine, but you can serve with any chilled drink or beverage of your choice.
    Notes
    Leave the bun batter for about 10-15 minutes. This is to enable the gluten in the
    flour to relax before you start frying.
    http://www.firstladyfuntosblog.com

My kids and i really enjoyed this very delicious and lovely recipe, if you do try it out let me know by leaving a comment.