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How to be the Kind of Wife a Hurting Husband Needs

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 26, 2015

It’s easy to get discouraged when life doesn’t go the way we planned. Job layoffs, bad health and a death in the family can all have a negative impact on your marriage. But when the going gets tough, we women can get tougher. Here are some things to consider when your husband is hurting.

·         He may have failed or made a wrong choice, but he needs your forgiveness.

·         Rather than discourage and make him feel rejected, encourage him instead.

·         Show him you believe in him.

·         Pray for him.

·         Be his friend and his lover.

·         Love him for who he is and where he is at rather than for his potential.

·         Don’t focus on his growth in the Lord, focus on your own.

·         Be positive and approach him with love and grace.

·         When he’s down, don’t be tempted to take over. The last thing you want to do is emasculate him. Communicate with him as best as you can so you understand how he wants things done.

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.  Psalm 39:7

What Nothing Can Dim

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 26, 2015
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” –Maya Angelou

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween is one of the best nights of the year for young children. But it can also be one of the most dangerous. Here are some vital tips to help keep you and your little trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween night.

·         Plan your route in advance. Little legs will get tired and sore, despite your trick-or-treater’s protests. That’s why it’s best to choose a route that doesn’t take you too far from home. Map your route before you leave the house and stick to familiar paths so you don’t get lost.

·         Wear comfortable walking shoes. Even if your costume is a dress, flats are much better for walking than a pair of heels. Also, double knot shoe laces to avoid tripping, especially when seeing is difficult enough in the dark.

·         Keep well-lit. Just as cars have headlights to see and be seen, the same is true for trick-or-treaters. Stick reflective tape on your child’s costume and have a flashlight to keep their path well-lit.

·         Make sure your child’s costume is the appropriate length. Costumes that are too long are a tripping hazard.

·         Avoid masks if you can help it. Opt instead for non-toxic make-up so your child can see better and breathe easier.

·         If your child insists on a costume that requires weapons as props, make sure these props are soft and resistant (like Nerf balls) so they won’t hurt other children.

·         When your child has had his fill of trick-or-treating be sure to sort through their candy, throwing out any candy that appears to have been tampered with or doesn’t appear to be in its original wrapper.

One Small Crack Does Not Mean You are Broken

Pujols Kitchen - Saturday, October 24, 2015
“One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and didn’t fall apart.” –Linda Poindexter

Halloween Prep: How to Ready Your Front Porch for Trick or Treaters

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, October 23, 2015

Whether you’re hitting the pumpkin patch, buying candy, decorating or planning costumes, there are always lots to do to get ready for Halloween. But if you want trick-or-treaters to stop by on Halloween night, you’ll want to spruce up your front porch. Here are some things to make the front of your home more welcoming.

Your family might use the back door or enter through the garage most of the time when coming and going and you might not think about how the front door looks. Leaves, acorns, gumballs and dirt can clutter the path to your front door. Your home will be much more welcoming if you sweep your front porch, stoop or walk on Halloween before sundown.

Tweak the lighting out front too. Replace any burned out light bulbs with working ones at your front door, porch and paths leading up to your house. Clean bugs and cobwebs from lighting fixtures so your home doesn’t resemble a real-life haunted house and scare trick-or-treaters away.

Decorate. You don’t have to go all out so your home gets featured on HGTV (unless you want to). Simple decorations like hay bales, squash, pumpkins, and mums create a nice autumn scene that doesn’t have to be too Halloween-y and can last through Thanksgiving.

Front doors are some of the most neglected surfaces on a house when it comes to cleaning. Wash grime away from your front door and eliminate fingerprints from windows and storm door.

Have a presence. Trick-or-treaters are more likely to knock on your door if it looks like someone is home. Some Halloween hosts choose to sit outside and wait for trick-or-treaters while others simply turn on more lights inside and on the front porch. Whichever approach you choose, the more evidence of a presence, the less leftover candy you’ll have the next day.

Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, October 23, 2015

There’s nothing wrong with buying canned pumpkin this fall but eating fresh and buying local are two really good reasons for making your own pumpkin puree and it’s easier than you think.

To make your own pumpkin puree you’ll want to pick up sugar pumpkins, pie pumpkins or pumpkin pie squash at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.

1.      Preheat the oven to 350F and grab small 2-3 pound sugar pumpkin(s). You can roast a couple 2-lb. pumpkins at the same time. These are not huge carving pumpkins here.

2.      With a sharp knife, slice the stem off before slicing in half so you don’t have to slice through the stem.

3.      Next, slice the pumpkin in half. Then, take a sharp-edged spoon and scrape out the seeds and guts. Be sure to save the seeds for roasting.

4.      Brush the inside of the pumpkin with oil, then place face down on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

5.      Roast pumpkins at 350F for about 45-50 minutes. Depending on the size of the pumpkin(s) you may need more time. The skin will become slightly darker and you’ll easily be able to poke a fork through.

6.      Let the pumpkin cool for 10 minutes then use a large spoon to peel away the very thin skin which should come off effortlessly.

7.      Now you’re ready to puree the pumpkin. Place pumpkin flesh in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Life Starts Over Again When

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, October 22, 2015

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

Knowledge - To Share or Not To Share? That's a Good Question

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” –Maya Angelou

                There are two types of people in the workplace, those who share their knowledge and those who don’t—the knowledge hoarders. In the knowledge hoarder’s mind, he’s spent a lot of time learning what he knows, so why should he share what he’s learned when this knowledge gives him an edge over his colleagues. Unfortunately, knowledge hoarders don’t see the whole picture and the reasons why sharing their knowledge benefits everyone.

When it comes to sharing knowledge, it’s important to remember that you are where you are because someone else decided to share their knowledge with you. They didn’t judge you or put you down for your lack of knowledge. They decided you were worth the time and effort to help you grow. If someone invested in your growth, you owe it to others to pay it forward and share your knowledge.

We as individuals grow when we share knowledge because the very process of sharing brings clarity to your thought processes and ideas. As you share knowledge, questions come up that help broaden your perspective and widen your knowledge. This is how you as an individual grow.

True, knowledge is power in today’s Information Age but when you share knowledge, you build your profile as an expert leader. This in turn helps you to move seamlessly into leadership roles. Additionally, when you share your knowledge in front of the right audience, you build your network and spread your influence. In fact, in front of the right audience, you’ll encounter influential people who know what you know and who are in a position to help your career even further.

Finally, people continue to learn despite a knowledge hoarder choosing not to share what he knows. The more you share knowledge, the more you learn. Knowledge is a gift you can give that costs nothing more than your time and the energy to share what someone shared with you.


Four Must Do Stretches if You Sit at a Desk All Day

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stretch arms and shoulders with an Eagle Wrap

Release the tension in your shoulders, back and neck with the Cat and Cow.

A Forward Bend helps stretch out your neck and release tension.

A Low Lunge helps with stretching out your hip flexors and lower back.

If You Don't Go After What You Want

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” –Nora Roberts


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