Homemade Instant Pot Applesauce

Earlier this month, I rode up to Ellijay, Georgia. If you are from Jawja, Ellijay is the place for apples in the fall.

I picked up some Jonagold apples. I was told by the nice man at Panorama Orchards that this was his sweetest apple and I would not need sugar.

I did some research. I spoke to some friends. I commenced to applesauce making.

The first thing I did was de-seed and quarter the apples. Then, I washed them and put them in my Instant Pot. I added 2 cups of water. I set the IP on low pressure for 4 hours…and I walked away.

I am currently questioning my lack of lemon or orange juice in the applesauce. I was completely out. This may come out super brown.

After it is done cooking, I will mix the sauce with an immersion blender. I’ll update as soon as this gets done.

Edit: There was a TON of controversy stirred up in the IP group over this recipe. I cooked the apples for about 1.5 hours. It’s dang good applesauce and I plan to make some baked goods with this sauce.

This is the finished sauce. Applesauce is ridiculously easy. Don’t let IP snobs steer you away or make you question your skill. You CAN do this. And health wise, it is so much better for you!

Another New Series

This month I am choosing to focus on mental health. Specifically, I will focus on coping skills that help me move forward in life and they may help you, too.

Coping skills…what are they? Coping skills are the things we use in life to get through. The way we survive and in some cases the way we thrive.

The first coping skill will come at you next week. I am trying to make these posts happen on Mondays. I missed this post with this Monday, so I don’t know how consistent I will be at it. I’m trying y’all. 🙂 Bear with me.

WHOOHOO! (Can You Hear the Excitement?!)

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I LOVE FALL!!!!

No, really…I seriously love fall. It’s my fave. Cooler weather. Sweaters. PSL. Marshmallows by the campfire. Dia de Los Muertos. All of it. It is my fave. (Have I said that already?)

I’m doing a series of posts on Thursdays. These posts will just be about fall. I hope to make many adventures this fall, so some of them will be posted here. I also hope to explore new recipes and share my favorites.

I am wondering though. What sort of fall related posts are you looking for, my dear readers? How can I help you? I am going to do an Instagram Story where you can comment your requested topics on there. If you don’t follow me on Instagram…you should. We should be friends. Look to the right of this post and my link to Instagram is over there. Stories are the things at the top of the app that disappear daily. I love interacting there and would love your input on this blog series! You can also comment below. But trust me, Instagram is so worth it. 🙂 See you next week! (Or sooner….on Instagram!)

Who is Mama Mary to me?

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Simply put, Mary is the thing that constantly leads me back to Jesus. I find that she intercedes for me on a daily basis. Not just now, but always. She brings peace to my heart. And as an orphan, she brings her motherly love and envelopes me in it. Her pure love. That is something, my dear friends, we all need.

Catholics don’t worship Mary. Catholics don’t pray TO Mary. We worship Jesus. We respect Mary. We pray THROUGH Mary. She prays for us. She intercedes on our behalf to her Son.

I have such a fondness for her. Maybe it’s because I lost my mom when I was a child. Maybe it’s because my heart never has totally healed from that loss. Whatever the motivation or reason, I am grateful God sees fit to give humanity a mother figure. I am thankful that He sees fit to respect women enough to include Mary in Jesus’s story. I’m a sucker for a good story. I’m a sucker for a good secondary character. I love what I have learned about femininity from Mary’s example. I am thankful for what I have learned about strength from Mary.

Mary is Jesus’s mother. Mary is the mother of humanity. She is grace under pressure. She is a gift to me.

How do you find peace with Jesus loving on you through His mom? The first place I start every time is the Rosary. Pray the Rosary. Find peace in the meditation of it’s beads. Find healing. Find joy. Find yourself.

Total Transparency

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Dear sisters,

I am writing you today to be transparent in my journey through life. I am a sinner. I struggle with selfishness, ingratitude, and anger. I also struggle with trusting Jesus. Because I am a sinner, I need Jesus all the more.

It has been awhile since I’ve actually participated in Mass sitting in the Church. Often and regularly, I tune into Mass using EWTN. Getting in to the actual parish to attend Mass is much more of a struggle. You see, I struggle with anxiety. Social settings trigger waves of anxiety in me. I know I need Jesus. I also fear people. Here is the deal. I’m hoping by being transparent in my struggles that other women will connect and will also support me in my journey.

Often, it is simple to talk myself out of attending Mass. I can justify things. I can lean into old habits. I can flounder in my faith. That is not who I want to be. I desire to be a faithful Catholic. I desire to grow and have Jesus cleans my soul. I desire to perfect my experience while traveling through this journey on Earth. It is my goal to at least actually attend Mass in person and body once a month. If I can start that habit and release the fear that grips my heart, maybe I will be able to attend more often than that.

I share this, so you understand the person behind the keyboard, social media, and blog is a living, breathing soul with issues…just like you. We all have struggles. The more open we are about them, the less power they have over us. Please pray for me, as I am praying for you.

What are the Seven Sacraments?

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The Catholic Church teaches that there are seven sacraments. The are (in no particular order) Eucharist, Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, the Priesthood, Reconciliation, and Anointing the Sick. Each of these sacraments helps reveal Grace to the Church.

To me the sacraments are God’s gift to the Church. Allowing us to fully experience Him and His mercy while getting to worship Him. That may be an oversimplified definition, but it is one that I am able to process, understand, share, and act out.

At some point in the near future there will be a post about the Eucharist, transubstantiation, and my conversion story. Until then, I just want you, dear reader, to be aware that the sacraments exist and they are good. I will post some links below to offer you more information about the sacraments.

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/sacrament.php

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/sacraments/the-seven-sacraments/the-seven-sacramentsarticle2

https://www.catholicscomehome.org/your-questions/church-teachings/the-sacraments

A New Journey on an Old Path

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Greetings! I have taken about 2 months off from consistently posting on Teal Guava. It has been a doozie of a summer and spring. The good news is I’m back and I’m stronger for the time away.

As far as my personal journey…those of you who follow the blog know that I have bipolar disorder. I don’t hide my disease and quite often am very outspoken about mental health issues. Here’s the deal. After my dad dying in October, my dog dying in March, David kicking me out at the end of April and all this going on while my doctor wasn’t listening to me and my medication stopped working led to my third hospitalization from bipolar disorder.

I can say that I successfully completed the 7 week program and I am SO much stronger than I was before. I have a new doctor, a medication that works, and a great therapist. I’m good to go!

Through the journey of self discovery while I was hospitalized, I remembered how important my faith is to me. You see, I’m a Catholic convert. I came into the Church in 2013. The journey of my conversion has been an ongoing process. The whole of that story I shall tell at another time. After cohabitating for 3 years, I’ve learned I never want to do that again. Ever. I’ve also learned that Mary leads us back to Jesus every time.

All this to say, I’m still going to write about finances, health, and the like. I’m also going to be writing about faith. You don’t have to have the same faith or any faith to continue to read this blog. I just ask that you listen with an open heart and listen through love.

I’m excited to bring you the journey of me coming back into the Church and all that this entails. I’m excited to share my faith and my hope with you, dear reader. I’m excited to start this journey.