Feed Your Soul

5 Random Acts of Kindness

- Monday, October 19, 2015

·         Take a plate of cookies to your local fire department

·         Reach out to someone in your circle who you know is going through a tough time in their life and listen to them and acknowledge their feelings rather than offering advice.

·         Buy a bunch of balloons and hand them out to children.

·         Leave a gas card at the pump.

·         Leave a big bottle of laundry detergent at the laundry mat.

The Best Foods to Donate to a Canned Food Drive

- Sunday, September 27, 2015

When it comes to donating foods to food pantries think healthy and long shelf life. Here are the foods most appreciated by the volunteers and the needy at food pantries:

·         Juice Drinks

·         Holiday Foods like Canned Yams, Stove Top Stuffing, Canned Cranberry Sauce

·         Low-Sodium Vegetables

·         Canned Tuna, Chicken or Salmon

·         Unsalted Nuts

·         No Sugar Added Fruits

·         Shelf-Stable Milk

·         Whole Grain Pasta

·         Canned Beef Stew

·         Brown Rice

·         Oatmeal

·         Canola and Olive Oil

·         Peanut Butter

·         Low-Sodium Soups

·         Beans

·         Low-Sugar Cereals

·         Granola Bars and Popcorn

The Benefits of Giving Your Time

- Sunday, September 20, 2015

Busy schedules have lots of us feeling more time-constrained than ever but a recent study published in Psychological Science shows that helping others can actually increase our feeling of “time affluence” and alleviate our perception of “time famine.” Participants in the study carried out tasks in which they either gave their time or wasted it. The participants who spent time helping others by either writing to a sick child, helping an at-risk student from a local public high school, or doing something that was not part of their normal responsibilities— either for someone else or for themselves, reported that spending time on others seemed to “expand the future” in contrast to spending time on oneself. If you’re feeling time-constrained, consider giving your time to others. You’ll be happier in the long run and you’ll help others in the process.

Pujols Kitchen Takes New Direction

- Tuesday, September 01, 2015

La Cocina Deidre

 In 2008, I sought a way to combine my interest in cooking with my passion to help those in need and Pujols Kitchen was born. Created to honor God, Pujols Kitchen offers great Latin inspired cookware, provides authentic recipes, serves in global missions and shares inspiration from my heart and my kitchen.

For me, cooking is an expression of love and serving others. Whether it’s preparing a meal for family and friends in your kitchen; sharing your talents with others or donating cookware to those in need, there are all sorts of ways to love and serve others here at home and abroad. That’s why we’ve decided to make Pujols Kitchen’s online community a place for positive connections with people and to expand its mission on a global scale. Each month on the newly remodeled Pujols Kitchen website you’ll see recipes, inspiring messages and ideas for serving others in your immediate community and all around the globe.

I am excited about the redirection of Pujols Kitchen as I take it back to its original purpose of giving and missions. We will still offer great quality cookware for purchase online, but our main focus will be on the needs of those in challenging situations, both in the states and abroad, providing them with cookware and nonperishable food. I remember being inspired to create the cookware during a visit to one of the most remote villages in the Dominican Republic where cookware was such an important part of their existence. Knowing how important cookware was to them, and how important family meals are to creating a happy community, it is my dream to share this inspiration one family at a time, and end poverty all around the world.

And speaking of family meals, being a parent of 5 kids sometimes means 5 different requests for meals. Its a challenge to get one meal on the table let alone have time to serve a full restaurant menu. So I'm constantly looking for ways to get my kids involved in the kitchen. My oldest daughter, Bella, now nearly 18, has a passion for food. We've worked on helping her make healthy choices. I asked Bella, who has Down Syndrome, to help me teach other people with different abilities how to make good meals either with a toaster oven or a microwave. I will highlight a recipe twice a month straight from Bella's kitchen! Check out her Toaster Oven Tortilla Pizza.

Toaster Oven Tortilla Pizza

1.    Take ¼ cup marinara sauce and spread over a 10-inch whole-wheat tortilla

2.    Sprinkle one ounce reduced fat cheese on top and any of your favorite vegetables

3.    Heat up for approximately 5-8 minutes (or until cheese melts and tortilla is light brown)

4.    Slice and enjoy

Sometimes people just need a smile. God has blessed Albert and me and our family in so many ways. God has inspired me to serve. I just want to love on people and share the countless ways all of us can love and serve those in need. So I invite you into my kitchen where, together, we can share God’s love, serve others and make the world a better place one meal, one donation and one person at a time. Every one matters.

Ten Ways to Give Back

- Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Not all of us are made of money and while we’d love to give to those less fortunate, we don’t necessarily know how. The good news is giving to those less fortunate is easier than you might think and doesn’t have to break your budget either. Here are ten ways to give back and let God’s light shine through you.

1. Give of yourself. 
When you visit a friend or loved one, send them a card, call, email or text, you make them feel special and loved. Hand-made gifts are personal and show them you took time out for them. Showing appreciation, giving praise and gratitude creates heart-to-heart connections.

2. Share Your Talents.
Many of us downplay our talents when the reality is we know things others would love to know. Giving someone an hour of computer coaching or a cooking lesson could change their life. Do you have mad skills when it comes to painting, plumbing or landscaping? Are you an expert organizer? You never know who could benefit from your skills.

3. Clear the Room. 
 Tired of all the clutter in your closets or basement? Maybe it’s time to give what you no longer need or use to charity. What some consider junk others consider treasure.

4. Laughter.
One of the best ways to bring health and happiness to others is with laughter. Laugh loud and often with others and you provide them with physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits.

5. Give blood. 
 Not only are there health benefits to donating blood, like better blood flow and more balanced iron levels, but the blood you give might just save someone else’s life.

6. Touch is a powerful thing. 
 When you appropriately give affection in the form of a hug, a pat on the back, a kiss on the cheek, even a simple touch on the arm, you help to heal someone’s emotional wounds. The same is true of encouragement. Filled with doubts and fears, many of us have lacked courage from time to time. Make the world a better place by inspiring others to act on their dreams.

7. One of the easiest and most abundant gifts we can give away is kindness. 
Whether your kindness takes the form of buying Girl Scout cookies, opening the door for the person behind you, returning your grocery cart or making a meal for your neighbor, there are all sorts of ways to give away kindness. 

8. Lift someone’s spirit. 
 Bad news is everywhere. Why not share good news stories instead. Pass these on to friends with a personal note to let them know you’re thinking of them. You’ll make their day.

9. Forgiveness. 
 Memories of unlovable times can haunt us. Life’s too short to dwell on what they did or what you did and the meaning you’ve given it. When you forgive you offer healing to coworkers, family, friends and neighbors, even yourself.

10. Love. 
 Unconditional love is the purest and hardest love to come by. Make the world a more loving place by loving those who deserve it the least.


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