The Weekend Report: A Big Pot of Trouble

The Weekend Report: A Big Pot of Trouble

Last weekend while at beautiful Bear Lake, I found myself bustling around in my kitchen, making dinner for my family. I was feeling a little bit glum, I hate to admit. There were several issues weighing heavily on my mind. Nothing major, life changing or out of the ordinary. Just regular, day-to-day worries smoldering around, giving me grief. That’s the thing about worry and fear, you know. Once you let them hang around too long they build themselves up into A Big Pot of Trouble.

from the window

I looked out my kitchen window and noticed ย two hulking, brown masses rummaging around in my backyard.

who is it

Woah, man. I thought. Look who has shown up for dinner.

see ya

A beautiful creature from the wild.

two at a time

One big Mama (or Daddy?) Moose and one young calf.

little guy

They were hungry…

close up

super hungry.


They pawed around in my backyard for nearly an hour.

Chewing on leaves.

Nibbling on bushes.

Storing up for the coming winter.

All of my neighbors came out quietly to peek at them. ย People parked cars on the dirt road in front of my house and snuck to the backyard to take a few pictures and shoot a video or two. We were a horde of spellbound onlookers.

snacking again

It was an amazing sight to behold. Very out of the ordinary.

Made my day, in fact. My Big Pot of Troublesome Worries sort of evaporated for the time being.

Must have been the gentle reminder that there is beautiful, amazing, life going on all around me, every second of every day.

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I thought about this scripture in Luke 12:6-7…

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. ”




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  1. 1
    September 6, 2014 at 4:51 am

    YOu have too much stuff being added to your blog site. It is so hard to get to your information.
    I am sad because I enjoy your site but please…I have to say goodbye. Remove me. When you streamline and don’t have so much irrelevent interrupting info on you blog, invite me again.

    • 2
      September 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Happy trails, babs. And thank you Jamie for all your posts – some inspiring, some yummy – but all great!

    • 3
      September 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

      I’m glad to see “babs” go! Keep your negativity to yourself!!

      To the owner of this blog, I too, feel exactly what you’re feeling. There is so much trouble in our beautiful world, its hard to see the blessings sometimes ๐Ÿ™ Ugh! I will keep you in my prayers ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 4
      September 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Awww shucks Babs … you must not be able to multi-task, because apparently it is just too hard for you to scroll past ONE little post a week that might be about something other than food. I am so sorry that you are unable to process a post once a week about life, because, ya know … life is a beautiful thing!

      Hugs Jamie! Keep sharing the yumminess of food and of life! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 5
    September 6, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Beautiful inspiring post!

  3. 6
    September 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I love that you add these posts to your blog. They remind me about what is important. Beautiful post. Thank you.

  4. 7
    September 6, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Loving your boldness to share your faith and His beautiful Word and glorious world – please don’t change.

  5. 8
    Shari Addis
    September 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Thank you for this post. It was a beautiful reminder that there are more “recipes” in life than just food recipes (although I very much love your food recipes as well.) I enjoyed seeing and reading about God’s “recipe” for slowing down, giving your cares and worries to Him, and taking a moment to enjoy His creations. Loved this. Thanks.

  6. 9
    September 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I love your weekend reports.

  7. 10
    September 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Boo on people that don’t enjoy an inspiring post! Kudos to you for inspiring us! We can still look for recipes after we read the inspiration! Thank you for this today! I needed it! How grateful I am to live in such a beautiful world!

  8. 11
    September 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Love your blogg – all of it!

  9. 12
    September 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thank you for your beautiful post. I love moose. Where do you live that you see this in your backyard??
    Thank you.

  10. 13
    September 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Love your post, don’t change a thing! Bye babs!

  11. 14
    September 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Beautiful post, Jamie, thank you! I so appreciate your blog and you, all of the time and energy you put into sharing all you do with us, including your faith, love it!

  12. 15
    September 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Jamie this was truly an inspiring post for today. I’m sure that so many of us have felt the same way. You were blessed to have such an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing.

  13. 16
    September 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Love the posts.

  14. 17
    September 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Maybe “babs” sees moose in her backyard all the time. I don’t and I really enjoyed seeing the ones in your backyard! That’s part of the enjoyment of following bloggers in all parts of our beautiful country.

  15. 18
    Karen Wolff
    September 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    great post-I think we all can relate!

  16. 19
    September 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I really enjoyed your blog today! Where do you live that you get to see Moose??? And the scripture verse was just what I needed to read today.
    Many blessings to all ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 20
    Stephanie G.
    September 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I, for one, LOVE your extra posts. Keep up the good work!

  18. 21
    Margaret Matlock
    September 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    We lived in Alaska for 3 years and it was common to see Moose roaming the streets in Anchorage. Thanks for sharing your pictures and thoughts

  19. 22
    September 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I, too, enjoy the variety of posts. Today’s was especially inspirational. Keep ’em coming!

  20. 23
    September 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Loved this post! We have beautiful country here in Texas, but sometimes I really miss the Utah/Idaho mountains – awesome pictures!!

  21. 24
    sandi r
    September 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Please don’t change anything about your blog. Heck I can read a cookbook anytime I want but reading your post are like I had a visit with a friend.. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of the lake and the wild life.. SANDI.

  22. 25
    September 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Your blog is just fine as it is. The whole idea behind blogs is (in my opinion) a slow stroll to discover new things. NOT a race to the finish.

  23. 26
    September 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Bye bye Babs! Good riddance.Go follow someone else.
    Please be reminded we are PEOPLE, not cookbooks. Our dreams, personalities, and lives are poured into our blogs. This one is one of the best BECAUSE of that. Thank the Lord we are not just food! True followers like the whole package and not just the parts that THEY choose. Sorry, this is an issue close to my heart.

  24. 27
    September 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I love your site. I love the recipes but I love hearing about your life, thoughts and cares. It really puts the “human love” back into life. Thanks for the inspiring words and pics. Love ya A LOT!

  25. 28
    September 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I love Jamie’s anecdotes and the recipes and instruction are surely appreciated. Keep it all coming Jamie!

  26. 29
    Linda S Gruber
    September 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Thank-you for your beautiful post today. It brought tears to my eyes. I marvel every day at the beauty Heavenly Father has created on this earth. It reminds me to let the worries go and rejoice in lifes beauties. :0)

  27. 30
    Iona Meyer
    September 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Heartbroken for the callousness of Babs’ post. Your blogg is perfect in every way. If we’d wanted a cookbook we would have boughten one. I love the personal touch to your blogg and look forward to *every* post. ??

  28. 31
    September 6, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for all you do for us out there in cyberland..
    Love the posts of the moose, and all the other posts that you do and its fine the way your blog is .. LOVE this site !

  29. 32
    Michelle Smith
    September 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Keep up your inspirational words of wisdom, humor and yummy food. I appreciate everything you share

  30. 33
    September 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    OMG- What a beautiful place you live in!!! You are so blessed to have a home with a beautiful view and great wildlife. When can I move in?

  31. 34
    September 7, 2014 at 5:29 am

    What a wonderful blessing from the Lord that prompts us to reflect and reminds us of His great love for all. We have an awesome God. Thank you for sharing!

  32. 35
    Emily denos
    September 7, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Thanks Jamie, needed that today ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. 36
    September 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I blog really ministered to me today. Thank you for hearing and obeying the voice of God in your blog. God rested and enjoyed what he created and we should do the same. Thank you again

  34. 37
    September 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for this…I needed to see it and read that scripture today…how great is our God that he supplies all our needs even when we didn’t know what we really needed…God Bless

  35. 38
    September 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t think Babs meant the content of the blog itself. I think she meant all the ads. They pop up and move the content aside and block out the good stuff if you accidently roll over one. At least that’s the way I read her comment. I love the pictures, the inspirational post, and the recipes too. I’m a new subscriber and look forward to many more posts.

  36. 39
    Pam Willahan
    September 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Beautiful words written by a beautiful woman. Learn from you everyday. Love you dearly.

  37. 40
    September 8, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Thank you for all of your sweet comments, everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚ Made my weekend.

  38. 41
    September 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Loved this!

  39. 42
    September 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I agree with Sherri, I think babs has been attacked unfairly. I also love your site, recipes & posts with or without a recipe. The ads, however are very annoying & distracting. I think that is what babs meant, at least that is what I got from her comment. Replies to her comment have been very mean spirited. Thank you Jamie, I am a subscriber & love your recipes & stories. God bless!

    • 43
      Shari Addis
      September 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Most of the comments in reply to Babs were not mean spirited at all! With regard to the ads..those are what gives Jamie the ability to post and for us to get these recipes for free. Most of us just wanted Jamie to know that we love whatever she decides to post.

      • 44
        September 10, 2014 at 1:39 pm

        What I was referring to was that some people seemed to jump immediately to the conclusion that Babs was condemning Jamie for her post about God’s glory & not posting a recipe. I did not see it that way & that is why I agreed with Sherri. She stated that the ads block out the content & make it harder to read the blog. I realize that some ads are needed to help with cost, I also know they are obtrusive & cause some people to stop going to those sites. I consider comments such as “happy trails, babs”, “I’m glad to see babs go”, & “bye, bye babs, good riddance” to be rude & mean & unnecessary on a beautiful blog such as Jamie’s. Most comments were positive without attacking Babs, others were uncalled for. I simply agreed with Sherri, why did you not address her comment as you did mine, when essentially we said the same thing?

  40. 45
    September 11, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Hello all,
    I wanted to thank you all for your comments on this post. I have contacted Babs (the first comment on this post) to discover a little more about her feedback. She doesn’t have a complaint about the written content, rather the ads that pop up and block the content… which I can understand and have been frustrated with myself. There has been a big shift in the online advertising industry over the past year and I am currently working with my publishing networks towards securing ads that aren’t so intrusive to the written content. Thanks for your patience and I apologize if you have come to a recipe that is covered with an ad that is hard to remove and obnoxious. (I know I have). Thanks to all of you regular followers who come here to read my words and try these recipes. I truly appreciate you. ๐Ÿ™‚
    ~Jamie Cooks It Up!

  41. 46
    September 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I am NOT in sales, but each person has some control on “pop ups” & other types of advertising.
    Check for small deltas (triangles) in the ad – normally in a corner. Click on any one to get specifics on the reason for & rules of
    E-advertising and a way to stop (block) most – if not all unwanted ads. Yes they can be annoying, but without them we wouldn’t know what products are new or available. Someone was kind enough to show me how to do so and this needs to be shared.

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