Hungry?

You are what you eat from your head down to your feet.

Remember learning that little poem in grade school? It is true.  If you eat a bunch of junk food, that tastes so good going in but the little nasty bits decide to stay and hang out for a while in a not so nice way. Those suckers come in and take up residence as unwanted bumps, tucks and rolls in various locations on your body. As you get older, those stinkers get harder and harder to evict from your being too. GGRRRRR!

I can hear you cute little skinny young things out there saying ” that’s not true! I exercise hard every single day and I look great!! I can eat anything I want!!” I hear you sugar!!  Oh and honey, you do look incredible, ON THE OUTSIDE. How is your body doing on the inside? Are you running on optimal thrusters? What damage is all that fake food doing to your cells, circulatory system, your liver, yada yada yada?

“But I take the best vitamins! I use special oils! I use this amazing whatever and I am healthy!!”  You can bandaid your health as much as you want and justify it to yourself however it helps you sleep at night.  The truth still remains that the cleaner you eat, the better your temple for God will run.

He gave you what you need to keep your body healthy.  Real food.  It is the same with your soul.  It needs to be fed.  Don’t keep giving it just a taste of goodness and filling it up with drivel.  All the “junk” you take in reading, listening to and watching just fills time in your day not in your heart.  If you have time to spend watching the Kardashians, you have time for The Word of God.  We need to be invested in the study of it!!  Yes, we can attend church online ( or when things are better actually in a physical church) and hear The Word taught to us and that is good for our soul!! It fills us up and that is wonderful!! That is a healthy spiritual meal…but it is just the appetizer. We need to add reading a devotional, listening to worship music, maybe scroll through some ministry chick’s blog to pick up daily dose of a few spiritual vitamins.

We still need more.  We need to remember, even with all these great soul snacks available to us we need to spend time with our substance, The Lord most of all. Spend time feeding your soul His Good Word.  Read your Bible. Really think deeply about what is being shared with you. Ponder for a bit what you are taking in.  Then talk with God.  Ask Him questions.  He has been waiting to spend this time with you and He wants to hear from you. Share your hurts! Praise His holy name! I promise you, He is listening.

He is what keeps your spirit healthy.  He is the bread of life. He is the living water. He is your soul’s healthy food. Dive in and be nourished my friend.

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Yummy Cookies by Angelica

This YouTube vlog is from a dear friend. Her food is incredible!

These videos are a family effort too. I just love that part!!

I will post the recipe at the bottom :)

 

Here is what she posted at the end of the video.

If you liked it she would love if you would subscribe to her channel :)

 

~This recipe was created during a time when God was redirecting us (course correction)… During a time when my family did not have a home of our own… We all lived in one room, but during that time we prospered and grew strong as a family… greater than three strands~
“Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit.” Jeremiah 29:5

Ingredients:

2 7oz. Packets of Sun Maid Tropical Trio
1 1/2 cups of Pecans
2 1/2 cups of Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of Baking Soda
3/4 cup of White Granulated Sugar
1 heaping cup of Golden Brown Sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) of Cold Salted Butter
2 Egg Whites
3 Egg Yolks
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Real Vanilla Extract

Sweet Glaze Topping:

1 14oz. can of Condensed Milk
1/2 a stick of Salted Butter
1/2 Tablespoon of Real Vanilla Extract

 

Have a blessed day friend!

Tomato Sauce

 

It was 95 degrees today and I decide to make homemade tomato sauce.

What was I thinking??

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I was thinking this is way healthier and tastier.

I mean look at all those organic veggies bubbling up in there!!

016Here is my go to in a jar brand next to my homemade sauce.

They both look good to me,

but I still think I am going for homemade sauce for tonight!

Do you ever make sauce from scratch?

Hopefully not on a super hot day like I did!!

Do you have a great recipe I could try?

I would love to try it out!!

Let me know friend  and have a blessed weekend with those you love the most!!

Dinner Tonight

I made “stew-oup”.

Everyone has been a bit under the weather over here. My Rebecca got it worst of all. Poor thing just felt miserable.

So I pulled out my bone broth determined to make her better the healthy way with soup.

I pulled out the frozen bone broth and defrosted it.

I added left over chicken, sausage, corn, bell peppers from the garden, and a cup of rice.

I put it on the stove in my soup pot to warm for dinner and to make the house smell delicious.

I asked the kiddos to keep an eye on it and stir it every so often while I ran out to do an errand with my husband.

Rebecca called about 20 minutes after I left.

“Mom? I thought you said this was soup that Aimee and I are watching?”

“It is…” I replied.

“I hope you are almost home then, because this does not look like soup.”

5 minutes later I walked in the door and this is what I found.

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I apparently added more than a cup of rice.

OOPS.

It was more like stew…but it tasted really good!!

I actually think I might make this again, but on purpose this time!!

Ha ha ha!!

Let’s just hope it kicks this bug out of our happy home!!

Belle is Learning to Cook

Here is the recipe Belle just learned in her new cooking class.

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She used:

pasta sauce (home made!!)

English muffins

Meat (optional)

&

grated cheese.

First, she split the English muffins and covered them with pasta sauce.

035Then she put grated cheese and meat ( if you want it) on top.

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So our family is finicky.

Some of us don’t like meat, some don’t like pasta sauce… so we made extra work for the little chef.

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She did not seem to mind though.

039So then she had me put them in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes,

and…

044…TADA!!

Mini Pizza!!

I totally remember making these back in the early 80’s.

Oh and remember making this on french bread?

Love that my little one is learning this skill from someone other than me.

I am having all sorts of flashbacks in cooking!!

So proud that Belle loves this class and is loving coming home and trying out the recipes on us!!

Way to go little one!!

Father’s Day Foods

Oh my gosh.

I am so full.

We had so much food for Father’s Day.

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and boy did we not only found the way but we paved it!!

My husband was spoiled by our kiddos.

He got to sleep in and was brought breakfast in bed by his littlest cutie.

030She was so proud of the breakfast she made!

Then I put a huge roast in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots before we left for church.

While we were there Belle made her Daddy a bbq rub.Father's Day Food 001Then when we got home we made Daddy chorizo and beans for more breakfast.

He loves chorizo!

Rebecca then gave him her awesome gift of homemade bbq sauce…

Father's Day Food 002…and some of mom’s famous (in house only) salsa.

Father's Day Food 003Isn’t that the cutest labels she put on there?

I will have to find out where she down loaded those from.

On the top of this one she modge podged some pretty paper to give it just that much more love.

She also pre packaged some in little tuppers for his lunch this week.

Such a sweet girl.

So, gave Daddy some chips to eat a bunch of his salsa.

Watched a movie with him and had some great Dad’s root beer Popsicles.

The roast is still in the crockpot making the house smell very homey.

Michael Jr really wanted to make Dad some of his favorite Daddy Dogs though.

So into the kitchen he went.

040This was monumental.

I had to get proof that HE DID THIS HIMSELF.

He made the whole dog meal for not only Dad, but for everyone.

Shocking for sure.

He hates the kitchen.

052He did good!

They all got gobbled up by surprised sisters and Dad before I could get a picture of them done!!

Rebecca made Cherry Bombs.

034I know.

I put weight on just looking at them.

I still ate two though.

They are maraschino cherries wrapped in a cake ball and dipped in chocolate.

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Amazing treat.

They may not be pretty but they are delicious.

Belle served the pie she made her Daddy too.

050Did Daddy love that one too?

Lets see…..

Father's Day Food 004Oh my yes.

Oh we missed dinner time.

The roast is ready honey.

What?

Your not hungry?

Really?

I wonder why?

Positive point…I do not have to make dinner tonight!

Hope you all had a blessed day that you shared with your Daddy too!!

Graduation weekend :)

My eldest had her graduation party this weekend.

It turned out pretty good.

 Here is how we set up all our decorations…

Belle made  the birdhouse. Aimee loves the babys breath (keeps to the theme too), and the candies in the dishes I made for $2  remember??

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The gate all pained with the 2013 banner Becca made.

I have 20 peach roses, the vintage punchbowl and glasses, old fashion pink and white striped straws…

There is a beautiful cross down on the bottom of the gate, that one goes on my cross wall after all this :)

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Here are the little flags Becca and I made.004 007Then we set up the tables.

Graduation Party 131After our taco man came, we set up the rest of the food.

Graduation Party 1273 kinds of cookies, nachos, a veggie plate…

Graduation Party 128…fresh fruit, salad…

Graduation Party 089 Graduation Party 093 Graduation Party 095…and tons of cupcakes!!

I made the cupcakes and Becca decorated them.

She did an INCREDIBLE job in my opinion!!

My niece is a professional cake decorator and she was impressed too :)

We made chocolate cupcakes with raspberry icing, spice cupcakes with vanilla icing and gluten free vanilla cupcakes with strawberry icing.

We had family and  friend family show up and shower Aimee with love and blessings.

Graduation Party 147 Graduation Party 156 Graduation Party 163 Graduation Party 168 Graduation Party 179 Graduation Party 209 Graduation Party 213Then Aimee got a blessing from Daddy in front of everyone.

It made her cry happy tears, so I did not post those pictures.

It was a beautiful blessing though.

Then we toasted her future with Martinelli’s before all her cousins and her besties covered her in silly string!!

No picture of that either. Tears, puffy eyes and covered in silly string, Aimee would be mortified!

She received many wonderful gifts that night.

She was even surprised by her favorite uncle and aunt driving 12 hours to be there!!

What a gift!!

050They drove back home the next day because they both had to be at work on Monday.

That is love :)

So my girl is all graduated.

(sniff)

I am comforted though knowing that the Lord has amazing plans for this girl.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

IMG_7953CBlessings to your future my daughter.

I love you.

Homeschool field trip

Oh yeah!

We had a field trip to the new ice cream shop!

It was really nice!

They showed us everything in the shop!

We saw how they make the ice cream and even got some of the secrets for certain flavors!!!

Samples were available and we all got a scoop at the end.

Thank you Handel’s Ice Cream for a fun day!

Now all the kiddos have to give me a report on what they learned.

Thinking about sending them along with thank you cards to the Handel’s Ice Cream Shop…hmmmm?

Yummy Deserts from Easter

My niece made this yummy desert.

Yes she works in a bakery so you know it was gooood!

My sis-in-law made this cute little peeps cake!

Again, Yummy!!

The icing was perfect!

Her niece made these!

Oh my gosh!!

These girls have missed their calling!!

They need to open up their own business and sell these delicious confections!!

These girls are talented!!

 

 

Choco Cocoa Cookies

Here are Aimee’s Choco Cocoa Cookies!!

They are really tasty and made by a girl who usually does not like to cook :)

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup butter room temperature

1  1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs room temperature

2  1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 bag chocolate chips

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the sugars and the butter for about 3 or 4 minutes, till they are well mixed and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs and continue to mix.

In another bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder.

Add this to the mixture slowly, one 1/2 cup at a time.

Soon you will have a nice dough.

Add in the bag of chocolate chips right at the end. Then in rounded spoonfuls place them on your cookie pan about 2 inches apart.

Bake them for 12 minutes.

Take them out and let them cool for 3 or 4 minutes before you remove them from the cookie pan. I like to cool them on an old cereal box opened up. Sucks up the oil pretty good.

You should get almost 2 dozen cookies with this recipe.