10 October 2016:

Things are not always what they seem.  You think you have run out of ideas – but then you didn’t.  You think you are too tired to think, but then you aren’t.   You think things are really bad, but then it’s not.  You think steak is too expensive, but then it’s on special.

We limit ourselves with our own thoughts.  We think we can’t, but then we can.  “Let’s buy steak”, my husband says.  “Steak?”, I question, “it’s too expensive”.  “But look at the price per kg …”, he says.  “Still”, I reply, “we can’t eat steak, not now”…

What if we left the steak on the shelf?  What if we did not see it for what it was – a gift?  What if we missed out on two great meals, just because ‘we can’t afford’ steak?  Luckily, we did see the gift in it.   We had steak for dinner.  It was more than enough for 6 adults AND for leftovers for another meal AND a lunchbox meal for the next day.

Limiting thoughts, a very limiting life-option.  I thank God for a husband that opens my mind, and for Checkers who sells delicious steak at affordable prices. So in celebration of an open-mind, I would like to share my left-over steak recipe with you:

Enough for 6 adults and 1 lunchbox

Total cost:  R110


  • 2 ½ T-bone steaks (left-over from the previous night’s braai), cut into thin slices
  • 500 gr cooked macaroni
  • 400 gr cherry tomatoes
  • 250 gr pitted black olives
  • Feta cheese – as much as you like or as much as you have in the fridge
  • Olive Oil – to taste
  • Freshly ground salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Mix cooked macaroni with olive oil and freshly ground salt and black pepper
  2. Add olives, tomatoes and feta cheese
  3. Mix
  4. Add sliced meat
  5. Mix
  6. Serve with a side salad of steamed green beans, salad dressing and feta cheese (or whatever you have in the fridge or in the pantry)

Enjoy, and remember, things are not always what they seem! Limiting thoughts, a very limiting life-option indeed.

Will journal soon again.

Thyme greetings!

Liesl – Mom on Thyme


Recipe inspired by ‘unlimited thoughts’ and Mom on Thyme.

Liesl is a life-and business coach with her own coaching company named Thyme2B.