Mary had a little lamb. Had.
And I just happened to find the best rub for it!
I was able to follow this recipe to a tee. It does call for garlic (which I’m sensitive to), but I just decided to roll with it. I’ve always been confused by garlic causing me inflammation while garlic, it self, is an anti-inflammatory. IDK.
Everyone raved over the crust!! Lamb was the choice meat for Thanksgiving this past year. Devine! It went incredibly well with the Butternut Squash Risotto.
I found this Leg of Lamb recipe over at modernwifestyle.com. This girl, Katrin, is an amazing food photographer!!! I do aspire to improve my skills. Promise. She just gets it. And seems to be a highly creative individual. I love cool moms 🙂
That’s also an aspiration of mine ;P
I’m not as cool as I am weird.
Soooo, if you get our newsletter you can really tell that I’m diggin‘ meditation.., meditating. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Boys too! And kids.
Every day life is high stress, non-stop. Time won’t slow down. We just need to find a better way to manage it. I feel successful with my day if I am able to get a chance for yoga and a quick, (at least) ten minute meditation. Of course, these items aren’t even on my checklist, but I know how important they are to my mind, body and soul.
This whole meditation thing is pretty new for me. I was actually kinda nervous about it (for many reasons). Do I have the time? Can I actually sit there for that long!? Should I have a mantra, or does that go against my religion? All these thoughts (and more) swarming through my head… I’ve just read so many good things about it over the years. So, why not give it a try?
I took the easy route out. I actually think it was an app promo from Starbucks. I’m talking about Headspace. This is guided meditation. They offer a free intro pack that includes 10 10 minute sessions. After that point you can continue to use the free pack or you can subscribe. After subscribing you are loaded with hours upon hours and topics upon topics to choose from. The best deal is (of course) the 2y deal coming in at $6.24 a month (or you could just make a lifetime purchase). Or you could try it out monthly for $12.95. Lots of options, folks.
I enjoy his foreign accent. Sorry guys.
Another one of my favorite ways to mediate is by listening to isochronic tones. Definitely a lazy gals (or guys) dream. Just lay back and press play. Your brainwaves will become entrained by the isochronic tones (frequency tones- remember delta, beta, alpha, theta and gamma?). Now, I could go off on a whole ‘nother tangent here. I’ll save that for another time. Very interesting, though. Enhance your mind, sleep, energy, focus and relieve stress!
- Does your mind wander non-stop?
- Are you over the top stressed and anxious?
- Do you have a hard time controlling your emotions?
- Do you have a hard time sleeping?
- Does your brain seem to be in a fog all the time? Is your memory shot?
- Are you too tough on yourself?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you might be a red-neck.
Just kidding…but you do need to start meditating or at least try to be more mindful. You can’t meditate without being mindful. Soooo, being mindful might be a good start for you. And I promise this works. Come on guys, give it a valiant effort. Let me count the reasons why…and this is only a handful…
- Meditating actually makes you more mindful. In your day to day experiences try to be more mindful. Listen to your body. Observe your surroundings. Savor your food. By intentionally being mindful we can interrupt our “usual program” of negative and harmful thoughts. While meditating, we are put in present time. We don’t have to worry about what has happened or what will happen.
- Meditating calms your inner self. Do you ever feel like you are about to explode? It’s almost impossible to escape the stresses of the mind and the discomfort in the body during these moments. That’s when we really need to take time out and meditate. Focus on your body and breath as you take deep inhales and exhales. If we are able to breath through our anxiety and really clear our minds or just actually nail down what is making us anxious, we will be able to have more control of our brain activity. The more we take control of these situations the more natural it becomes. We can actually train our brain to take a different route then it used to resulting in less anxiety 🙂 True story. This has been my saving grace (along with our Heavenly Father) through my bouts with depression and anxiety. It’s amazing, the difference of my responses now compared to what they were even a few months ago.
- Meditation helps you control your emotions. Meditating really helps us grasp our inner self by being able to (attempt to) understand how our mind works during the process of experiencing an emotion or thought. This definitely takes practice. The more and more we meditate the more obvious it becomes to us that certain thoughts create certain emotions. And are these thoughts truths, by the way? Let’s not create more turmoil in our brains! By gaining control of our thoughts, we are able to comprehend much more than before, therefore making better decisions. Isn’t that swell?
- Slowing down your mind through mediation will help slow down your life. Our minds are constantly running, which means we always feel like we are busy (even when we aren’t). So what happens when we slow our mind down? We get rid of all the clutter in our brain, we are able to make smarter decisions (which is guaranteed to save you time), we become more thankful (and happier), and we don’t have nonsensical arguments (saving us time and stress). Life is a gift. We all have a purpose. Let’s be intentional with our lives. That’s my word this year…intentional.
- Meditating helps ADD (and ADHD). Well of course it does. Which means that you will have better focus and concentration. Which means that your memory will be better. Which means that you won’t look like an idiot anymore. Hahaha. I can only say this because of personal experience. Oh, and you’ll probably be able to come off your meds. It’s been done.
- Teach your kids to meditate. I’m still working on this one. My (almost) 2yo is having a few issues with sitting still ;P But seriously, imagine what it could do for our children if every school were to implement this!? You’ve read what it can do for adults. Well it’s the same for children. So, as they are in their learning environment they will be able to focus more and also be more aware of the children around them. Their minds will become more empathetic and less selfish driven. Don’t tie them down and make them do this for hours. I’m sure your neighbors will call Child and Family Services on ya. Ten minutes is good enough for children.
Is this ok with God?
Did you know that Jesus meditated? The bible actually commands us to mediate (day and night). By meditating on the word of God we are (more) able to obey the law of the Lord. He wants the Law to rest in our hearts. What is in our hearts comes out in who we are. Our thoughts determine our behavior. That is why it is sooo important to have (good) intention with our thoughts. And what better way then to put the word of God right there in our hearts!?
I really enjoy choosing a verse to focus on (one that is relevant to my season) and breaking it down. This is done by asking God to reveal the truth of the verse, reading the surrounding text of the verse, taking each word of the verse and understanding all the meanings of it, applying it to my life and praying it over myself (and others). I choose to listen to (creative or IQ enhancing) isochoronic tones as I do this. A sort of active meditation.
Overall, christian meditation should look like this:
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NASB)
Ain’t that the life. I could meditate on this verse every day 🙂
- 4 lb bone in Leg of Lamb
- 2 t black pepper
- 2 t sea salt
- 2 t paprika
- 1 t fennel seed
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t ground cumin
- 1 t group coriander
- ½ t chili flakes
- ½ t ground star anise
- 20g fresh grated ginger
- 3 garlic cloves
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 T olive oil
- Garnish with fresh parsley
- Bring the lamb to room temp (takes about an hour).
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Add all of the dry spices to a pan and cook over medium heat. It takes them about 5 minutes to get nice and fragrant.
- Stir in the garlic and ginger.
- Stir in the lemon juice and olive until it forms a thick marinade.
- Rub the marinade all over the lamb. Every last inch.
- Use a roaster to place the lamb in. Be sure to collect the juices in the bottom of the pan once its finished.
- Use a meat thermometer to cook to your liking. This generally takes 80-90 minutes. Rare: 50c (125F)-20m per lb. Medium: 60c (140F)-25m per lb.
- The meat will need to rest for 15 minutes after it comes out of the oven.
- Garnish with parsley and serve with the left over juices.
BT-dub: Another great addition to the Leg of Lamb would be these incredible plantain buns. I might only eat Leg of Lamb once or twice a year, but when I do, this is my jam right here.