Monday, September 29, 2014

He Can Have His Pancakes, and Eat Them!

For about a year now, I have been very conscious of what types of food I put in mine and my hubby's body. As much as possible, I try to prepare nutrition dense foods, to fuel our daily lives. But, that's not always an easy task when you are used to certain foods, that are not particularly known for their health benefits.

For example, the pancake.

A delicious breakfast treat. Or, if you are like my hubby, an anytime of the day snack.

I knew Justin really loves his pancakes, but I really wasn't fond of how they lacked in the nutrient area. So, I set out on a mission. To let my husband have his pancakes, and me watch him eat them knowing they are fueling his body with good stuff. :D

Here is my original pancake recipe...

2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted Crisco
Sift together dry ingredients. Beat eggs in bowl. Add milk and blend. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Heat pan and cook until done.

Here is my modified, much healthier version...

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
Sift together dry ingredients. Beat eggs in bowl. Add milk and blend. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Heat pan and cook until done.
Have you modified any favorite recipes to make them more nutritious?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ticking Right Along...

Can you believe it? School has only been in a month and I am already suffering from a cold. I kinda expected it's arrival. I know my immune system has never been that great when it is surrounded by constant sneezing, and being subjected to wiping runny noses for two days a week. But I was hoping it would be a good while before I was plagued. Oh well...

Enough complaining. I am on the mend, and feeling much better than Saturday when the germ first slammed me. The tiredness has lingered, but I'm finally able to breathe without my mouth wide open! :D

Other than that, life has ticked merrily along here. There has not been anything real exciting going on lately. Just the usual comings and goings of life.

Grocery shopping...

And the almost impossible task of trying to keep the house in order. Especially the kitchen. No matter how hard I try, it looks as if there was an explosion of flour, dishes, and open cabinets when I get in there. Used to drive my mom crazy. ;P

My K-3 class has been a joy thus far. I have 3 students, all girls. They are a pretty quiet bunch. I'm thinking that they could all be classified as introverts, the way they would rather play on their own. It's making my job fairly easy. They all listen to stories quietly, obey quickly, and are generally sweet. I feel blessed to be working with this group. :)

My chickens are doing good. We found the first egg about 2 weeks ago.

We have 5 roosters and two hens. We tried to sell the roosters, to no avail. So, we have decided that after this bag of feed is gone, they will become "feed" to us. :)

I recently incorporated bike riding into my exercise routine. I try to ride 2-3 days a week. It has been an enjoyable change of pace, and so peaceful getting out enjoying the back country roads.


Bow hunting season for deer has begun. So some time has been spent practicing, and setting up the stand and shooting lane.

 I have been hunting one time so far. There has not been anything large enough to shoot just yet.

I might be heading on a trip soon. My family will be heading to West Virginia in about two weeks, to see some family up there. I haven't seen any of them since the wedding, and quite a few are in poor health.
I'm looking forward to a possible change in scenery, but not leaving my hubby behind. He will not be able to go because of a church function that week, and work. We have only spent one night away from each other since we said "I DO", and the thought of staying 4 days and 3 nights away, is definitely NOT a happy thought.
Oh, did I mention the weather turned cold? It did. Temps have been in the 60's all week, and it has been rainy. Not great for outdoor fun, but perfect for indoor fun. Like wearing these warm buddies of mine. :D

What have you been up to this week?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Your Authentic Self

It doesn't make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don't really see ourselves. We don't watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up silently with our chests rising and falling with our own rhythm.
We don't see ourselves reading, eyes fluttering and glowing.
You don't see yourself looking at someone with love and care in your heart.
There is no mirror in your way when your laughing and smiling and pure happiness is leaking out of you.
You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments where you are truly your AUTHENTIC SELF.

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blue and White Stripes Keeping Me Warm

I am very unfortunate to have a sensitivity to cold. In my book, any temp below 75 is cold. And it's all the same, whether it's 72 or 32, it's cold. Which is why the whole idea of fall and winter is not on my list of happy thoughts...
Anyway, the temps were in the upper 80's this past Friday, and it was grocery shopping day. While temps in the 80's are great for staying outdoors, it means that I can guarantee you the stores air conditioner will be working quite well, keeping everyone cool. I opted for a long sleeve tee for the day to keep me comfy while in and out the air conditioning...

I recently purchased this shirt at Clothes Mentor for only $5. I love the blue and white stripes...

The skirt I have owned for several years now.  And it is by far the most comfy jean skirt I have owned. It was a Goodwill find. I'm pretty sure I did not pay above $4 for it...

With my flip flops, pearl earrings, and side braid, this outfit was really fun, and comfy to where out and about...

Are you looking forward to colder weather? Can you tolerate the cold pretty easily?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Teaching A K-3 Class

Frannie over at "Authentic Virtue" has asked some questions about my job as a K-3 teacher. I've been wanting to share a little more about my job with you, my dear readers, for a bit now, and this is the perfect time. :D
I will start out by explaining my job, and then answer the questions.
This will be my 5th year teaching a K-3 class. Class is held two half days a week. It's a reasonable amount of time for the kids to interact with one another, and be to introduced to a somewhat formal learning atmosphere. 
The school follows the Abeka curriculum, so everything is pretty much laid out for me, as far as lessons, stories, etc. go. I have been doing it so long, I don't even write out lesson plans. It's engraved into my head, and I know what comes next each day. :)
Our daily schedule looks like this...
8:30 Arival, Play on carpet quietly until 9
9:00 Bathroom
9:05 Pledges/Prayer Time
9:10 Exercise/Singing
9:20 Bible Story/Scripture Memory
9:30 Weather/Color of the Day
9:35 Bible Coloring Sheet
9:45 Letter Time (intro to letter sound, formation, and story with the animal friend)
10:05 Snack
10:30 Books/Puzzles
10:45 Gym/Playground
11:10 Bathroom
11:15 Numbers (counting, etc.)
11:30 Science or Social Study
11:45 Craft/Journal Time
11:55 Pack to leave
12:00 Departure
Three year olds are a very interesting lot. They are just coming out of the "terrible twos", and well, let's just say some days can be quite interesting in the behavior and attention span department.
As far as behavior issues, I try to spend more time encouraging their good behavior, and that seems to make them want to please you. I have a candy/sticker chest for the end of the day. And if they are particularly disobedient, they don't get to go into it. But I really try to reiterate that we should behave well, and have happy joyful attitudes, because that pleases GOD.
And now to answer some questions...
Do I like teaching?
As far as teaching, yes. It is not my job of choice (aside from being a homemaker, the best job I ever had was working on a neighbor's farm), but I do enjoy it. But I will admit, talking with parents is what I dislike the most. (my shy/introverted personality gets in the way there)
What has been the most challenging?
Patience. As I mentioned earlier, three year olds are not the easiest bunch to work with. They can be really sweet at times, but without warning they can turn in the most selfish little terrors. (that's human nature though...) I have had to learn to just wait out the bad moments, chill, and not get so upset when they are misbehaving. Prayer has been the biggest helper there.
What has been the most rewarding?
Seeing how ready and willing children are to listen, hear, and learn about GOD and HIS truths. Like in these verses...
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2-4

If any of you have any other questions about my job as a K-3 teacher, please feel free to ask!

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Most Romantic Moments of My Life

Justin and I celebrated our 17 month anniversary on Saturday. I couldn't help but go back down memory lane of that day, and reminisce with my sweet hubby on the most romantic moments of the day.

Like holding hands before the ceremony, and praying...

Seeing each other face for the first time, as I walked down the aisle...

That first kiss EVER...

And that long, slow kiss, the first time we were alone, that seriously made me dizzy, and feel as if I was going to faint ...

I thought about those sweet days, and gloriously long nights of our honeymoon too...

Yes. Those were some very romantic times. But not necessarily the most romantic of times of our married life.

I've always dreamed those sort of memories would stand out as the most "romantic" of my life. But after almost a year and a half of marriage, I've seen a more beautiful side of marriage. And yes, an even more romantic side.

Like, lying on the couch together watching football, me falling asleep, then waking up to hear him say how much he loves it when I fall asleep in his arms.

Sending random texts through the day saying "I miss you".

Finding the dishes washed and the kitchen spotless.

Being called beautiful, and being told I smell fine, with sweat dripping down the face and neck after a 30 minute run.

Hugging him when he walks in from work.

Him mowing the yard, then clearing my walking path of any clippings.

And back massages when monthly cramps are bringing me to tears.

I have found that it's not always the "big" moments in married life that have made me love my husband more. But the little moments, that occur everyday.

His never ending patience with my faults. And his unending love in my pain.

It's the everyday, ordinary things, that have been the most romantic moments of my life.

What is something your hubby does for you, to show his daily love?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

My Heart Is Glad

Psalm 16
 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014