Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day.  A day dedicated to recognize the person who brought you into this world.  It may have been by accident, or by miracle, but either way your mom loved you enough to endure the extreme pain of childbirth.  She wasn't perfect, and she could be the person you love the most or someone you may never want to see again, but regardless, her love for you has given you the chance to know life.  Use it.  Take it and run with it.  We're only here for such a short time, so whatever your roll may be right now, make it the best.  Glorify the Lord.  You don't know Him?  Get to know Him. 

My mother has moved on.  Today is My day and although it was hard for me to accept at first, I now gladly and proudly carry her torch.  Her light still shines brightly here and I know that as I continue to honor my mother, it also brings honor to the Father.  

Lay down whatever misgivings you may have toward your mom.  Lay down the mistakes she's made and the poor support she's been.  Maybe she belittles you, maybe she smoothers you, maybe she's just right… either way, she's still your mom.  Open your heart today and let her go.  Set her free from all she's said and done.  Decide to love your mom where she is today.  


Monday, January 26, 2015

15 Minute "Meatloaf" aka Meatloaf Hash

I always seem to want meatloaf at 5:00 when I'm thinking about what I want for dinner and didn't plan for it earlier.  I figured there's gotta be a way to make meatloaf faster than the hour and 15 or 20 minutes it usually takes… especially for my family of 6, I'm cookin' 3lbs of beef!  I mean if you're makin' a meatloaf then make a meatloaf!

Well since I'm terrible about planning ahead it's rare I make this delicious meal that my kids scarf down, until now! So I had to share this simple recipe with you for those nights you desire a little comfort food without planning ahead :)

*I have also found this meal works really well with ground turkey.

Meatloaf Hash
serves 3 (realistically)

1lb ground beef or turkey
1/2-1 t onion powder or 1/2 grated onion
1 t worcestershire sauce (opt)
1/3 c tomato sauce or ketchup
1/4 c milk
1/2 c quick oats or 2 slices of bread or cooked rice
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 c shredded cheddar (opt)

In a bowl pour in the milk and add the oats (or bread or rice). Add ketchup & worcestershire,  and mix. Now add beef/turkey. Begin to mix and add onion/onion powder, salt and pepper. (save the cheese till last).  Mix thoroughly and add to a skillet.  Cook through, about 8 minutes and add cheese and serve with your fave side/veggies.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Thoughts


The angel said to the shepherds that beautiful night,

 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men."  Luke 2:14

"Glory to God in the highest..."  As your preparing for your Thanksgiving meal and planning out your Black Friday shopping, I'd like you to keep these words on the forefront of your mind this holiday season.  This year ask God how you can thank Him. How can you thank Him for wrapping up His Son and giving Him to us.  How would He like His glory to shine through you?  We all have hidden talents and special uses, seek what that is in you and use it for His glory. 

"...and on earth peace..."  Secondly we are to keep peace with those around us. Not worrying so much globally but starting with individually. This means family and friends as well as the people you're rushing against for the toys your children so desperately don't need.  This means your co-workers and all those who oppose saying 'Merry Christmas!'  If you're truly seeking to glorify God this year, then this one should follow right in suit.

"...goodwill toward men."  Lastly comes goodwill toward men.  Goodwill- benevolance, an act of kindness, charity given.  For some reason this one has become our focus our number one... maybe this one is easier to do than the first too??  Our gifts, holiday shopping, charity boxes, dinner parties, Christmas plays, and all the other distractions we can think of, should all still come in third.  Glorify God first. Is what your spending your money/time/engery/thoughts on this year bringing God any glory or thanks?    

Christmas, to many of us, is about creating memories for our children, for our families.  I want my children to see me happily buying gifts, or happily making a meal for a family, happily going to the nursing home to sing christmas carols, or happily taking them to see christmas lights.  Its our attitude that brings God glory.  So maybe this year, try to whistle while you work; if you hate shopping then seek another way to bring someone a gift.  Maybe your an artist or an amateur photographer, a baker or perhaps a writer, reguardless of your talent, keep your heart happy and turned in thanks to The Lord our God for the greatest gift imaginable.

Merry Christmas and may your days of shopping be full of whistling :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Unsubscribe: A Facebook Challange

How often do you check your facebook page? Once a day? twice? More than that? How long could you go without peeking? Do you think about your days events in short one or two sentances to post in your status bar? Do you post more than once a day? Could you delete your account?

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
"But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write you for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do...but we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we have commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing."

"...and that you may lack nothing." Powerful words. Praise, adoration, intelligence, acceptance, sympathy, recognition, and information. Aggrivation, annoyance, jealousy, envy, self-doubt, superiority, spite, and anger. All things we seek and recieve from facebook.

Be in praise always that this is not the world/life we will endure forever. When you are not great enough to face whats around you, turn and thank God you will not perish here. The long arms of darkness are weak and limp in the light of Gods glory.

Facebook might not be a problem for you, however there are too many out there that it IS a problem for. You may be on the receiving end of abusive posts or you may be the one writting them. You may be simply informing everyone about your daily events hour by hour or day by day, or you may just be a nosey neighbor medeling in everyone elses business. Whatever the case may be, be sensitive in what you write. Writing about how your wonderful husband is who brought you flowers and made you dinner and is the greatest husband in the whole world, can cause unnecessary strife in another.

I kept debating whether or not I should delete my account. I just couldn't give up all my contacts though! So I decided to unsubscribe from everyone for a week. Wow. It was so peaceful and quiet when I logged in to check my fb page.I wasn't side-tracked for 30 minutes by reading 20 or so different tidbits of conversations. It's pretty much like an email now, I still receive all messages, just not other peoples posts.

Its been a couple weeks now and Im finding it hard to start subscribing again. I've really been enjoying not comparing myself to others 'perfect' days, or my children to theirs, or my marriage to theirs. My thoughts have been quieter.

So I challenge you. Unsubscribe from everyone. Do you know how? There's a small icon that appears on the right by the persons name. Click on the persons name and the icon appears, it kind of looks like a ribbon or a bookmark or something like that. Click on that and near the bottom theres the choice to unsubscribe. I think you should try it. It made a great difference for me. Maybe it will for you too!

Monday, August 9, 2010

For yourself and your children...

Don't we all want to avoid going to the doctor? Don't we want to do everything we can to keep our children healthy? Then educate yourself about the benefits of raw milk. We have been fed a load of crap (by the corporate food industry), about raw milk and I mean that literally.
What is wrong with pasteurization you ask? Well let me initiate your investigation into raw milk vs. pasteurized.

1. Pasteurization alters the structure of the milk itself.
Funny how milk allergies are blowing up across the board. Ever wonder why it seems like everyone has a milk allergy? In milk that is pasteurized and homogenized the lactose sugar is converted to beta-lactose. Beta-lactose, alone, can cause milk allergies.

2. Pasteurization destroys the creaming ability of milk and it destroys the souring bacteria. Pasteurized milk putrifies and raw milk sours (which is good for your body)

3. Pasteurization destroys vitamins C, B6, and B12. Your body can absorb the vitamin C in raw milk but not pasteurized. It also destroys enzymes, antibodies, hormones, and fatty acids (like CLA).

4. Pasteurized milk leads to a variety of problems. Infants do not develop well on pasteurized milk. Even calves who are fed pasteurized milk over their mothers natural raw milk develop poorly and sometimes die. Other problems consist of tooth decay, constipation, allergies, arthritis, cancer and osteoporosis. It can also diminish resistance to disease especially in the young.

5. Pasteurization isn't perfect. Based on the Center for Disease Control's own numbers, raw milk was responsible for 1007 illnesses and 2 deaths between 1998 and 2005. But pasteurized milk outbreaks have over 200,000 cases of illness and over 600 deaths.

This isn't about health though. Not for them. In 2006 the pasteurized milk business was valued at $23.4 billion. Raw milk has been outlawed completely in 15 states! It is legal in 9 and restricted in 26.

With healthcare in question, isn't it wise to take care of your body and your family yourself? Start with switching to raw milk. Not only is it healthier it tastes better! If you are interested locally in Fort Wanye please contact me and I'll get you hooked up. You may also visit www.realmilk.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fruit Leathers

I thought that since Meijer has strawberries on sale for $1.00 a pound, this would be a good post for this week.

Who doesn't love a fruit roll-up?? Yummy goodness that you can carry around and chew... mmmm. I decided to try my hand at making some fruit leathers since the "good" ones are so expensive!! It's funny that the fewer ingredients a product has, the more expensive it is! Now why is that? Wouldn't you think the opposite, like when you see a huge paragraph of ingredients that the product should then cost you a lot of money? Ok so that's not the case. Well anyway, I bought 10lbs of strawberries and a bag of apples (or 10 small apples, I do one apple per lb of strawberries).


So here's my strawberry fruit leather recipe:

10lbs strawberries
10apples
3/4-1 1/2 cup honey (use whatever sweetener you want, I use honey to taste. just remember not to get it too sweet because they'll sweeten as they dry)

I added the apples to help add sweetness and texture. One apple per pound. That sounded good to me. I cored/peeled/sliced the apples and washed and trimmed the strawberries. I then cooked them down until they were nice and soft then transferred them to my food processor (add honey to your taste). Zip, zip, zip, till they were liquefied. Line a jelly roll pan or a baking sheet with saran wrap or wax paper. You want some to hang over the edges a tad bit. Now set your oven to the lowest temperature and stick 'er in the oven. I let mine dry for about 12 hours. Three lbs will yield about 2 trays worth. You want the mixture to be about 1/16"-1/8" thick. Check it every few hours. It will be shiny on top and not wet when done.

So there you have it. Simple, easy, and very healthy fruit roll-ups. One tray for me gave me about 40ish 2"x4" strips. It was hard to keep count since we kept nibbling on them :)
Ten lbs should yield 200-250 fruit strips.

my cost break down is:
strawberries $10.00
organic apples $ 4.00
raw honey $1.60
total cost for approx 225 fruit strips =$15.60 or $.07 each

Since this is such a good deal this week I'm planning on buying another 10lbs and doing almost all of this again... this time, instead of drying it, I'm going to put it in gallon size ziplocks and freeze it until I'm ready to dry it. Hope you give it a try!!


*Apple ones are even easier by using just apples or dehydrating your favorite applesauce!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Homemade Nutrigrain Bars *For Emily :)

I found this recipe one day while scouring the internet for a recipe for something similar to a Nutrigrain Bar. Everyone here loves them so it's a keeper for us, maybe it will be for you too!

Fruit and Grain Bars (posted by BaylorMom @ titus2.com)
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup oats
16oz jar strawberry or other preserves (I've found that the 11oz jar I buy is plenty)
1 teaspoon almond extract

Cream butter and sugar. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add almond extract. Press 1/2 into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Spread preserves on top and finish with remaining crumb mixture. Press down. Bake @ 350 for 20-25 min and let cool completely before cutting into bars.