Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

I’ve been a tortilla maker for 21 years, minus the 3 years where I bought the uncooked tortillas from Costco.  Those were delicious, and simple, but got expensive so I went back to making my own tortillas.

If I were honest about making tortillas, I would say that in the beginning, although they were delicious and inexpensive, they were a nightmare to make.  I struggled with getting the shape and texture down.

Learning to cook wasn’t easy for me so it has taken many years of consistently trying for me to become a decent cook.  So now that I figured out how to make flour tortillas (not to mention found a better recipe), I decided to share my recipe and secret so if you’re like me, the learning curve won’t be as steep.

Homemade Flour Tortillas:

3 cups of flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3 Tablespoons oil

1 cup hot water

Preheat pan on stove to medium high heat.  I use my cast iron pan and I get it really hot so that it will cook on both sides really quickly.  Once I’ve cooked a couple of tortillas and the pan is plenty hot, I will turn the heat down a little.  But I start pretty hot.  If it takes too long to cook on both sides, it won’t be as flexible like they’re suppose to be.  I don’t grease my cast iron pans but I lightly grease metal pans.

It only takes 15 minutes from start to finish to make tortillas.

Mix all ingredients together and knead dough.

Roll into small balls.

  

Press rolling pin into one of the balls of dough and roll back and forth in a small motion.  Turn the tortilla and do it again rolling it out a little farther each time.

  

 

  

Once you have your tortilla, place it on the pan and cook it on each side, usually 15-30 seconds each.  Watch them closely as the time may vary.  If they’re under-cooked they’re raw, if they’re over-cooked they’re stiff.  But even if they’re a little under or over cooked, they’re still out of this world!

  

D E L I C I O U S !

Eat these tortillas plain…

Or with butter,

jelly,

cinnamon and sugar…

Or fill them with shredded beef, ground beef or chicken

bacon, eggs and cheese for breakfast burritos,

refried beans,

salad,

cheese,

or anything you can think of!

Eat and enjoy and tell me what you think.  I’d love to hear from you and get feedback.  Please write and say hi!


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4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid 

I’m a firm believer that as a mom, I set the tone for our household and I can make a huge impact on our family.  Even if I fail every single day (which I do) but make an effort to intentionally look to the Lord, read His Word, and love my family, I can make a difference despite my failures and shortcomings.

I remember reading, many years ago, about how Michael Jordan’s coach would tell his team to improve at least 1% every time they got on the court, whether it was for practice, drills or a game.  Michael Jordan ended up being one of the best players of all time and their team won many championships.

It makes me wonder if I can improve as a mom and wife just 1% every day or even every week, I can positively impact my husband and children’s lives in a huge way.  That seems totally doable to me.

I can be like Mike! (haha)

Looking to the Lord for wisdom and strength is essential so we can be a blessing to our family and make a difference.  Jesus is the key!

There are four negative emotions will tear down a family in a heartbeat and should be avoided.  Don’t ever lose heart though because we’re always going to be a work in progress until the Lord takes us home.  Everyone of us has struggles and fails but God is at work, so look to Him.

Today is a new day.

There are more of them but I took the top four from a book I’m reading by Stormie Omartian.

1. Pride

“A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.”  Proverbs 29:23

Pride is selfishness – so one way to avoid pride in our lives is to live a selfless life.  Pride has built in consequences that will bring anyone down faster than anything else.  It’s important to put God first and foremost in our lives and then put other’s needs before our own.

“Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37-40

What can we do will show our love toward God and others?  What does that look like when we’re loving our family with humility?  How can we get rid of pride?  Meditating and memorizing these verses will answer these questions.


 “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23

“Love is patient, love is kind.  Love is not jealous, or boastful or proud or rude.  It does not demand it’s own way.  It is not irritable and it keeps no record of wrongs.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices when the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstances.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-7


P R I D E 

 “God opposes the proud but shows grace to the humble.”  James 4:6

Disgrace is cast upon the proud and God resists them.  Pride will destroy families.  Seeking God and asking Him to remove the pride in our lives, will bless our family and bring glory to God.

It’s impossible to move forward when there is pride lurking in our hearts. God gives grace and honor to the humble which is opposite of the disgrace that is cast upon the prideful.

Pray.  God will give wisdom and show us our pride.  He alone will help us take our focus off of ourselves and onto the important people in our lives.

That is not to say that we’re not to take care of ourselves and our needs too. That’s something completely different than having pride in our hearts.

2. Fear

Fear is something that has been a struggle in my life for years.  I suffered rejection and a devastating loss at a young age and the fear of loss stayed with me well into my marriage and raising children.  The fear in my life controlled me.  I had to fight hard in prayer and look to the Lord to heal me.  Acknowledging my fears, praying about them, praying that I wouldn’t be afraid,  and continually bringing these before the Lord has helped me to overcome this obstacle in my life.  When I was constantly fearful, I didn’t have the freedom to be bold or confident in my faith.  It was a distraction that kept me from strengthening my relationship with God and kept me from making a greater impact in the lives of my family. But God has set me free from this and He will help you too, if you ask Him.

 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

3. Anger

The bible says not to hang around a hot-tempered person and not to be friends with someone who is easily angered.  There is a big difference between being angry and being an angry person.  An angry person will have quarreling with all of their relationships.  We can be angry and not sin but when anger takes over our lives, it can destroy our lives and the people we love.  Like I said before, praying and meditating on God’s word can help to overcome anger issues.  Abusive anger and using anger to control people is a big problem and sometimes there is a need for anger management classes or counseling help to overcome anger issues.

“An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.”  Proverbs 29:22

Anger does not belong in the home.  It can be dealt with and healing can come.  Take heart and look to God.

4. Anxiety

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”  Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety is a weight that causes a heavy load of fear, sorrow and depression.  If anxiety burdens the heart, the truth of God’s word alone can heal.  Jesus invites us to come to Him all who are weary and burdened and He will give us rest.  He is gentle and humble in heart, His yoke is easy and His load is light.  Seek Him.  Read His word.  Read through the gospels.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

Imagine never being anxious about anything!  It seems impossible with all that’s going on in the world, let alone things going on at work, school, kids, and in our homes.  But Paul advises us to turn our anxiety into prayer.  Every time worry and fear takes over, stop and pray.  Pray about everything.  Pray and don’t stop!  It works!  God heals.


Please share your thoughts and your personal experience.  God is at work and He’s doing amazing things.  I’d love to hear your story.

The Joy of the LORD is Your Strength!

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My other posts:

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1) and (Part 2)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things To Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

6 ways to save money on homeschool curriculum

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How I cured my food allergies

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One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

Even as a professional mom with a lot of experience, I am unsure as to what to do more often than I’d like to admit. It’s so easy to give advice to others on how to raise their children when you’re not the one handling it, but when you’re the one in charge, parenting isn’t as simple as it looks.

Or maybe I’m just tired haha.

Regardless if you find parenting easy or not so much, there is a way to get through tough days.

When you make a 21-hour drive across the country to see your new grandbaby, stay with inlaws with your large family, help your exhausted daughter who just had a 19 hour labor and emergency c-section late into the night several nights a week, while having to take care of low blood sugar at 2:30am with your diabetic 6-year old, it makes one question her ability to not only handle mommy hood but makes one wonder if she even knows what the heck she’s doing and why.

Although there are many details in the above scenario left untold and many blessings about this that I can’t even begin to describe, I often marvel how a person can manage all that is required of a good mom.

But it’s possible. It may be messy and imperfect but that’s ok.

Isaiah 40:28-31: “Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

No matter what life brings-hope in the Lord.  That is the important key to being a good mom. And watch God do incredible things.

By the way- our daughter texted this morning while we were packing and getting ready to head back to Missouri and thanked us and said she felt so loved. Parenting win!

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How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 steps)

1 John 4:4:  Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.


Because of the internet, the world’s voice seems so much louder and bolder than ever before.  It’s harder to protect our children from the deception of the world like we once could and those lies can tear us down too.  Don’t let the world get in your head.  Don’t let it worry you and get you down.  Don’t listen to the dishonesty.  Satan wants to keep us from God and will do whatever he can to prevent our family from being healthy and godly.  Satan is a liar and a destroyer.  And you don’t have to look very far to see his impact on the world.  People are angry because they are not getting what they want fast enough.  They are hateful, demanding, critical, and deceitful.  The hostility and animosity in the world is not very discreet but is there for all to see, beckoning us to follow.  But we are to live differently by showing humility, gentleness, and patience.  God has given us gifts to build up the body of Christ and to encourage each other.  We are not to be like we were before we were saved.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander be put away from you along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.  By living intentionally and focusing on God, we can not only prevent the world from discouraging us but we can influence the world around us.  It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a christian, we all have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us and He can work in our lives so that we can be a light in a dark world.


Ephesians 6:12:  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


1. Be Humble

Living a humble life means to live a selfless life of serving others. Considering others as better than ourselves.  Look for ways to show your husband and your children that they are loved. They are the most vital people in your life so think of ways everyday to show them that they matter and they’re important.  Also, look at other people in your family ~ people you have contact with regularly ~ people in your church ~ and people at the grocery store, bank etc.  How can you be a blessing to them? Whether it’s a note, a gift, reaching out to show you care, praying for them, meeting a need they have or simply making eye contact and smiling.  Be genuine ~ be kind ~ be encouraging.  This is humility and it’s significant.  The world can be as loud and as obnoxious as they want, but we are not like the world.  We are different!


1 Timothy 2:1-8:  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may live a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.  For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.  I desire that in every place men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.


2.  Be Smart

Spend time everyday in God’s word and memorize scripture.  We are from God and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19).  If we are grounded in the word of God, the temptation to be caught up with society will cease.  God will never ask us to do anything that will go against His word so we need to diligently renew our minds by daily reading the bible.  Get into the habit of looking to God and spending time with Him. Devote yourself to prayer.   He desires to have a relationship with us and that will come if we actively seek Him.  God is always there and He is waiting for us.  Know God.  Know His word.  Be smart!


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


3.  Be Bold

We can be confident in loving our husbands and boldly teach our children the truth of God’s word.  Stand firm in the faith by loving God and others.  Our courage and strength will outshine the world and point others to the Messiah.  Continue to do God’s will regardless of any hardships we may face.  Be bold and do what is right by fiercely loving your family and those in your community.


Ephesians 6:10-11:  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.


4.  Be prepared

Jesus is coming soon so we must be prepared.  Don’t let the world and the things of this world distract you from what is really important.  Jesus will come, there’s no doubt about that, but we are too busy to let the voice of the world get in our way.  Our family needs us to love them and bring them to God.  There are people all around us who need our prayers and our encouragement.  Fight the good fight and run the race to win.  It doesn’t matter what other people are saying or what they’re doing, God is what matters.  He’s the most important and He is doing amazing things.  And we can be apart of it.  Our almighty God wants to have a relationship with us and He wants to use us to bless others and glorify Him.  Others will see that we are not like most people and will desire to know the truth.  We must be prepared to give an answer to every person wanting to know what’s true, also.  Be prepared.


1 Corinthians 16:13:  Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.


That’s not to say that we’re to let people hurt us and our family.  It’s okay to protect our family by being firm on how we are treated or to let go of relationships that continue to cross boundaries without any concern for the people injured in their wake.  This too can be a significant way to point people to God.

I hope this post was as encouraging for you to read as it was for me to study and write.  We currently live in a unique time and we’re called to impact the world for Christ instead of joining them.  Maybe we’re put here during this moment of history for such a time as this!

Thank you for taking time to read this post.  Please comment below and share this with your family and friends.

Thank You & God Bless You

PS- I have to say that our little grandson was born this week. YAY!  Orion was born February 1. We are so happy for Derrick and Jessica.

My other posts:

Homeschooling:

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 ways to save money on homeschool curriculum

Money:

7 money saving tips

6 ways to save money on homeschool curriculum

Health & Recipes:

How I cured my food allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Spiritual & Inspirational:

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned