Make Do With What You Have (It’s not about the bacon.)

Happy New Year to you!

As I was throwing together a somewhat special breakfast on New Year’s Day morning (or shall I admit it may have been after noon?), I once again commented on how much I NEED a new, larger cookie sheet with sides.

We have been cooking our bacon lately in the oven; our latest favorite method, such as described here.

Not that it’s wrong to want new and better things, especially items that will help us to be more effective in blessing our families, but as I got out my still-shiny, medium-sized Pampered Chef baking sheet and began to cover it with foil, an idea formed in my mind…..or perhaps within my heart.

I began to realize that more than a new cookie sheet, what I need to develop is a new attitude of thankfulness.

You see, the recipe clearly states that the bacon strips should NOT be touching. By nature, I tend to be a perfectionist. And with the size cookie sheet I have (the one with sides; NOT including the countless other baking sheets I also possess), I have to often use more than one sheet, and/or overlap the bacon a little.

In other words, I don’t have the ideal baking sheet, but I have PLENTY of nice baking sheets.

raw bacon

Overlapping (breaking the rules) bacon.

Well, as you can see, this smaller package of nine strips of bacon just fits, and only if they are SLIGHTLY OVERLAPPED…..a cooking faux pas, to be sure.

But this is obviously another “first world” problem.


Other “first world” problems I encountered this Christmas were:

  1. – trying to fit all of the holiday food into my jam-packed refrigerator
  2. – attempting to serve and consume all of said food in a timely (and healthy) manner…before it spoiled and we had to resort to throwing it out
  3. – choosing which recipes to make out of the hundreds I have almost instant access to on my technology devices


I realized that this is not the first time I have had an attitude that wished for bigger and better.

Earlier in this Christmas season I suggested how much nicer it would be to have a stand mixer. This coveted, but expensive kitchen appliance would make my baking so much easier and more enjoyable (and I love to bake). It’s been on my “wish list” for years.

And maybe someday, I’ll get my larger, really nice baking sheet.

And possibly someday after that I’ll get that beautiful, colorful, powerful stand mixer.

Perhaps one day I’ll even replace my food processor that broke a couple of years ago,too.

But my bacon came out just fine.

cooked bacon

My bacon came out just fine. (You can blame my oven for the uneven cooking).


So for right now, I’ll just be thankful for and use what I do have.

I will remember how blessed I truly am.

I will use my arm muscles (and be thankful that I am healthy enough to do so), rather than a machine.

I will enjoy the little things in my life, and I will ask God to help me to be more grateful than greedy.


bacon breakfast

New Year’s Day breakfast.


Most of the time I can “make do” with what I have. And it’s not really even “making do”. In fact, it’s much more than so many others could even dream of.  

We are so incredibly blessed, especially in this part of the world. Yet we can so easily be caught up in the North American mindset (or is it just human nature?), of wanting that next bigger, newer, or better thing. Our culture cultivates this emotion and tempts us constantly with greed.

But I chose to be wise and creative with the gifts with which God has already graced my life.

I choose to be grateful.


“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” – Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)


enjoy the little things

One of my favorite Christmas gifts from my sister (my new plaque).


Please feel free to add a comment.



18 replies
  1. Dad (better Dad AND Alive!)
    Dad (better Dad AND Alive!) says:

    A great start!
    Can I make some suggestions?

    Have one of your tech guys add TinyMCE Advanced Plugin. Then you can change size of text to a more senior-friendly type and even pick from many fonts found in Windows! Found at

    A font size of 16-18 or up a bit is quite comfortable and easy to read. Most current sites use type that large, believe it or not! Is it because there are more seniors than “juniors” now?
    Thanks so much for everything!

  2. Donna P
    Donna P says:

    Love your new blog. I am totally, extremely guilty of new technology in the kitchen. In fact appliances are often my favorite gifts. Forget jewelry or personal stuff lol.

    • Ann Guinn
      Ann Guinn says:

      It’s OK to like and get new things, but it all comes back to our hearts. Believe me, I’m preaching to myself! Thanks for sharing, Donna.

  3. Pat Cleveland
    Pat Cleveland says:

    I like your graphic at the top of the blog! Could you put it above the link that Rebecca shared as well?

    I must admit I’m jealous, have often considered blogging, but always find something else to do!

    • Ann Guinn
      Ann Guinn says:

      Hi Pat!

      I’m still a newbie with these technical details, but even my husband (the expert) can’t figure out how Facebook chooses what to display. If you want to share a link with the logo, it should work to go to the actual blog page and copy and paste the link.

      Don’t be jealous! You can do it, too. This is definitely out of my comfort zone, but I have enough encouragement and support to move forward (with God’s help).

      There’s lots of great (free & to purchase) information out there for new bloggers. I suggest checking out Crystal Paine’s website at .

      Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Ellen Pedley
    Ellen Pedley says:

    Ann–I think your first blog is great. I look forward to seeing more and passing on the insights and ideas as the Lord leads you your writing.
    Lots of love

  5. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Great blog! I really enjoyed it. I myself seem to find it hard to appreciate what i already have. Besides my family and friends of course. Keep writing. You have a great gift!

  6. Gail Parmentier
    Gail Parmentier says:

    Thanks for helping me to remember- wants vs needs…. sometimes a tough lesson to learn. How very blessed we are to have first world problems.


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