Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Resolve is the Resolution


Spicy Grilled Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich, creamy, sweet, salty, and spicy! | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #lunch


 I don't make New Year's resolutions, I've mentioned that before. No reason to promise that on one specific day on the calendar that I'll suddenly do what I haven't done the day before.
But I still have resolve. Actually, that's not true, it would be more accurate to say that I'm determined to regain my resolve.
I have all but given up, I look around at our current state of division, derision, and I despair. I care about our freedoms, our environment, public health, safety in public places, future generations. I've been bruised and battered by the tone of our politics, the loss of respect, the blatant denials and dishonesty. And it's not getting better, it's getting worse.
So much worse that it's killing people. I never thought we could possibly sink this low, that in the United States of America, the sanctity of human life has become collateral damage. 
I wrote a post back in March about guns and about my quest to get vaccinated. I called it Just Shoot Me. Please. The day before it was to post, there was a mass shooting in a covid vaccine line in a grocery store in my son's home city, Boulder. I had to frantically change the title and replace the original graphic of my post. It became Vaccination Information Stagnation.
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In the ongoing quest to protect society through vaccination, the focus has been on reason. Truth is, reason is not an option. Its foundation is truth and truth no longer exists. I've been railing against it, my poor logical brain cannot fathom the impotence of logic. But I have had to accept that relying on reason is unreasonable.

Perhaps, with the tenets of our religious beliefs still in the forefront of our thoughts, and a fresh new year just days ahead, we can put logic aside (ouch) and appeal to some core beliefs. Getting vaccinated is about compassion, it's about selflessness and respect, it's a tangible embodiment of ministering to others. 

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

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Food prices are sky high. There are some foods I can't even find at all. And yet, we still find a way to eat. I've become a lot more creative with ingredients and substitutions, all for the greater good. To continue to nourish our bodies.

Spicy Grilled Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich, creamy, sweet, salty, and spicy! | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #lunch
Spicy Grilled Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich
The focus now needs to be on nourishing our communities. We are obliged to see need, protect each other, replace sanctimoniousness with service, focus on the sustenance of humanity.
So this year, I resolve to keep trying, to look for other avenues of approach, to appeal to our better angels, to show restraint, to lead by example, to comport myself in a ways that strengthen our ability to recognize truth, restore reason, serve society. 
Join me?

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Spicy Grilled Peanut Butter & Bacon Sandwich       


Printable Recipe

Ingredients (per sandwich): 
2 slices of an Italian loaf, cut 1" thick
1 TBSP creamy peanut butter
2 pieces bacon, cooked
1 TBSP butter
2 tsp pepper jelly

*Spread the peanut butter onto on slice of the bread. Cut each piece of bacon in 2 - 3 pieces and place onto the peanut butter. 
*In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Once it's hot, place the bread in the skillet with the peanut butter and bacon up.
*Spread the pepper jelly onto the other slice of bread and place it in the pan on top of the bacon, jelly side down. Press gently.
*Reduce heat just a little and allow the sandwich to cook until the bottom is well browned. Carefully turn the sandwich over and cook the other side. Serve warm.


  1. Thanks for the words of wisdom on this crazy 'between the holidays' week.

    1. Thanks for continuing to support me and my blog, Kathy.

  2. Brilliant. Honest. Sad. What an awful turn of events for our society.
    carol c.

    1. We need to not give up, as hard as it is to do, we can't just turn everything over to people who won't see the bigger picture.

  3. Absolutely, I will join you! You are completely right. All we can do is lead by example. Even when that lead looks very tiny and insignificant against the great wash of nastiness...
    We'll carry on.

    1. Yes, we have to. How sad it would be to be the ones to lose it all for the future generations.

  4. Leading by example, appealing to our better angels - yes, I'll join you. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  5. Great words of wisdom and a sandwich I would have never imagined. I bet it's yummy!


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