Tuesday, December 29, 2009
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups COLD water
In a large microwaveable mixing bowl, combine soda and cornstarch. In a separate 2 cup measuring cup combine water and food coloring. Stir to distribute coloring evenly. Pour colored water into soda mixture. Stir until smooth.
Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Or until mixture is stiff but can still be stirred. Stop after each minute and stir, then microwave another minute, stir, etc till stiff. Cover with a damp towel and let cool. Knead it until smooth. Store in airtight containers or plastic baggies.
Yesterday I pulled out all the clothes from the 5yo girl's side of the shared closet, and all the games on the top shelf. It's really amazing how much stuff our kids can acquire. Even in our tiny home, it doesn't seem like we have alot, until you start trying to clean it and organize it. But I pulled so many clothes out of just my 5yo's side of closet it created several piles on the couch. And there were so many games on the game shelf it took up the entire kitchen table. I really have no idea how we got so much shoved in such a tiny space, but I guess when it's acquired little by little over time you really don't notice the growth in the closet.
After cleaning out all the clothes, I then went through the piles, and sorted them according to sizes. I also tossed out anything that was stained. And I sacked up clothes that were too small or if they were the next sizes up but just didn't catch my fancy. There were one or two outfits too small for my 5yo, but were really cute so I set them aside ot save for my toddler.
Next, I started packing clothes for future sizes away in a large storage tote. As I packed it away in the tote, I marked it on the Clothing Inventory Worksheet . I only put shirts, pants, or jeans in the tote. All dresses and skirts were hung in the back of the closet, in order to keep them from wrinkling.
After clothes for each of my daughters are packed in the tote, an inventory worksheet for each girl will be packed in the tote, to help me keep track of what I do have and don't have stored away for future use. Eventually I will have a clothing tote for each girl, but right now I'm just using one large tote.
Next came the thinning of the games. Somehow we had collected two versions or Rummikub, two versions of Monopoly, two boxes of Dominoes, and two versions of Uno. So that helped make it easy to decide what to keep of those. Then I went through each game to make sure all the pieces were there, and tossed out games with missing pieces. Then thinned out all the games the girls were no longer interested in or we haven't played as a family for a while.
It was a lot of hard work, and my housework was severely neglected. But best thing about thinning out your closets, is it's a great reminder of how much you are blessed and you always have something to bless others with. In the afternoon, I called a friend over with her 4 girls. We put a movie on for all SEVEN girls, sat down to sip tea, and she went through all of my sacks to see what she could use.
At the end of the day, I had amassed 6 sacks of clothes, shoes, and such to take to Goodwill.
I am keeping today's to do list very short. Other than the normal meals, diaper changes, and trying to spend time with my family.....
I am tackling my oldest daughter's side, all the dresser drawers, and the toy boxes. I'm going in later this morning, so if you don't hear from me on Facebook or Twitter by mid afternoon, send a rescue team. :)
Have a blessed day.
Monday, December 28, 2009
3 medium green apples - cut into about 1/2" chunks
2 medium oranges - peeled and cut into about 1/2" chunks
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup green or red seedless grapes
1 Tablespoon Honey
Mix all together in a medium to large bowl. Let sit overnight in refrigerator.
Weekly Meal Plan
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Fruit, Milk
Lunch: Fruit Salad, Turkey franks, carrot sticks
Snack: Baked Oatmeal and cheese sticks
Dinner: Turkey Fajitas, Black Bean Salsa, Salad, Milk/Water
Breakfast: Crockpot oatmeal, blueberries or strawberries, Milk
Lunch: Toasted Cheese Quesadillas, Celery Sticks, Peanut Butter
Snacks: Apple slices and deviled eggs
Dinner: Turkey or Chicken Enchiladas, salad, water
Breakfast: Spinach and cheese crepes
Lunch: Peanut butter roll ups, cheese sticks, fruit salad
Snack: Bananas and peanut butter balls
Dinner: Dinner at church
Breakfast: Mushroom, pepper, onion omelette
Lunch: Turkey and oatmeal steaks, cheese, tortillas, apple slices
Snack: Deviled eggs and carrot sticks
Dinner: Grilled Chicken and Asparagus, Peas, Salad
Breakfast: Yogurt and fruit salad
Lunch: Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad, Orange Slices
Snack: Apple Slices, Peanut butter, cheese sticks
Dinner: Chicken and broccoli rice casserole
Breakfast: Pancakes, turkey sausage, eggs, milk
Rest of Day: Leftovers
Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole
Dinner: Roast Rosemary Chicken
Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
7-8 lb Whole Fresh Fryer Hen
6 cloves garlic - minced
1 small Red Pepper - seeded and diced
1 small Onion - peeled and diced.
Warm up crock pot. To help remove the chicken later, Take a long length of aluminium foil and fold it legth wise. Line the crock pot length wise with the ends of the foil extending over the edges. Take another length of foil, fold it in half length wise, and lay it in the bottom of the crock pot perpendicular with the ends extending over the edges of the crock pot.
Wash and rinse chicken. Tuck wings under back of chicken. Place in crock pot. Pour in just enough water for about 1/2" depth. Drizzle chicken with olive oil. Rub with sea salt and minced garlic. Sprinkle generously with Turmeric Powder, Curry, and Paprika.
Fold the ends of the foil over the chicken so you can put the lid on and have a good seal.
Cook on low all day, or cook on high for 3-5 hours. About 1 hour before it's done, generously sprinkle the red pepper and onion over chicken.
When you think it's done, check the temp with a meat thermometer to ensure it's done.
Lift Chicken out using ends of foil. Let most of the juices drain, then place on a cutting board. Let set 10-15 minutes, then slice to serve. Serve with broth in a serving bowl.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Front Straight Leg Swings
Side Leg Swings
Run 200m sprint
15 overhead squats
Standing Hamstring Stretches -- powered by eHow.com
Seated Hamstring Stretches -- powered by eHow.com
Hip Flexor stretch
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
13Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].
14Who knows but what He will turn, revoke your sentence [of evil], and leave a blessing behind Him [giving you the means with which to serve Him], even a cereal or meal offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God?
15Blow the trumpet in Zion; set apart a fast [a day of restraint and humility]; call a solemn assembly.
16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation; assemble the elderly people, gather the children and the nursing infants; let the bridegroom [who is legally exempt from attending] go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet. [None is exempt from the humiliation.]
17Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity and spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the [heathen] nations should rule over them or use a byword against them. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?
18Then was the Lord jealous for His land and had pity on His people.
19Yes, the Lord answered and said to His people, Behold, I am sending you grain and juice [of the grape] and oil, and you shall be satisfied with them; and I will no more make you a reproach among the [heathen] nations.
20But I will remove far off from you the northern [destroyer's] army and will drive it into a land barren and desolate, with its front toward the eastern [Dead] Sea and with its rear toward the western [Mediterranean] Sea. And its stench shall come up [like that of a decaying mass of locusts, a symbol and forecast of the fate of the northern army in the final day of the Lord], and its foul odor shall come up, because He has done great things [the Lord will have destroyed the invaders]!
21Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!
22Be not afraid, you wild beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness have sprung up and are green; the tree bears its fruit, and the fig tree and the vine yield their [full] strength.
23Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before.
24And the [threshing] floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with juice [of the grape] and oil.
25And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten--the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you.
26And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame.
27And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame.
28And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
29Even upon the menservants and upon the maidservants in those days will I pour out My Spirit.
30And I will show signs and wonders in the heavens, and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.
31The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.32And whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered and saved, for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the remnant [of survivors] shall be those whom the Lord calls.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We all have them.
You know, those things you tell yourself as to why you can't workout today. Like "My kids/spouse/neighbours woke me up last night." or "I have dirty dishes in my sink.", or "Everyone will look at me and think I'm weird!" Most of the things we tell ourselves are really excuses to cover up the fact that we are stalling on doing the workout because
A) We are lazy.
B) We don't like the workout for the day.
C) We are afraid we can't do the workout of the day.
D) We are lazy and don't want to exert ourselves on the workout of the day.
(Did I mention we are lazy as one of the things our excuses cover up?)
But there are instances where we are telling ourselves things as to why we can't do the workout of the day, and they are not covering up laziness, or fear of the workout. They are legitimate reasons. They can include anything from injury, to emotional fatigue, to life throwing you a big curve ball, to not having mastered proper movement form to keep from killing yourself.
It's ok to have legitimate reasons to skip a workout, modify a workout, or do a different workout all together. Just don't let your reasons turn into excuses to keep you out of the game.
But how can you keep this from happening?
First, you have to really know yourself and be totally honest with yourself. You have to know what your fears are, your weaknesses are, and what your strengths are. If you consistently pass on workouts that have movements you are weak on or don't like, and substitute for a workout that has movements you are strong in, you will never strengthen your weaknesses.
Second, Hold yourself accountable! Keep yourself accountable to someone who knows you well. And who values your friendship or life enough to give you a swift kick in the fanny if you need it. Some one who knows you this well and values you can help you sort out the excuses from the reasons.
Third, eliminate all the excuses, or ignore them. So what if everyone looks at you and thinks you're weird? I'm sure someone else looks at them and things they are weird as well. Dirty dishes in the sink? They will still be there when you walk back in the door.
Fourth, take care of your reasons. Get sleep, eat right, listen to your body and don't workout if it's really telling you it needs rest. Haven't mastered the proper form of a movement? Get a good coach for a week or two of intensive one on one training. Whether you workout in a box or workout at home. Injured? Modify the movement or the workout.
Just for fun, here's a video Eva T did a while back of excuses heard frequently at CrossFit SantaCruz Central. See how many you can remember saying to yourself.
And please know I am totally preaching to myself on this subject. I've done pretty good this past week, but who knows about next week!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Lets talk about eggs or What are you going to do with all those eggs?
My family eats a lot of eggs. We could easily go through 1 ½ or 2 dozen a day. We have eggs in some form for breakfast almost every morning. And eggs make a great take along snack when they are hard boiled.
It's not unusual for me to go to Braum's on my shopping day and get a case of eggs or more.
I love the reactions I get when I walk in and get that many eggs at once. The question I get the most is “What are you going to do with all those eggs?” DUH!!!! We're going to eat them. But sometimes I feel almost onery enough to say “We're having an egging spree tonight. We need a few new targets, can I have your address?” I haven't done it yet, but it's more tempting each time! :)
I also get the response in the statement that “Eggs are so expensive”. I had one lady tell me that, just as she was paying over $5.00 for one ice cream sundae with all the trimmings.
For that same $5.00 I got my family 4 dozen eggs. For the same price that she purchased a small boat of fat and sugar, I was able to get protein for the next 2-3 days for my family.
It's all a matter of perspective, and all a matter of priorities.
Eggs are cheap protein. When you compare 1 egg to the price of 1 oz of cheaper ground beef, the cost is usually the same or less. Then you have to take into consideration, that when you cook the ground beef, you loose some of the volume as the fat is cooked and drained off. 1 full oz of raw meat is not going to remain 1 full oz cooked. You're going to need to eat a little molre 1 oz of cooked ground beef to get the same protein as in one cooked egg.
Eggs are nutrient dense, and considered a high quality complete protein. They contain all the essential amino acids required for the human body. They are calorically low, and one egg can have as few as 3% of the daily calories needed by a adult man. Eggs contain most of the vitamins and many minerals the human body needs. They are high in the B vitamins, especially B12.
And yes they contain fat. But fat has gotten a really bad rap. Fat is essential for the cells to properly develop, and the brain required a fair amount of fat to function to it's full potential. The right kinds of fat taken in moderation are not as harmful as most of the nutritional communitiy would like you to think.
I could go on, about the nutritional contributions that eggs make to the human diet. But there are already countless websites and journal writings that say way more that I could. Just do a google search on eggs and nutrition.
So here's just a few ways we make our eggs, and eat them too!
2 egg as an omalette or scrambled with ¼ cup whole milk with small dash sea salt
2 cups raw spinach leaves tossed in just before eggs are completely cooked
4 Tablespoons fresh salsa
1 hardboiled egg, 3-6 almonds/cashews, 1 medium apple or orange.
You can take the hb egg and make a single deviled egg by splitting it in half, mushing the yolk, with a tiny bit of mayo and mustard. If you do this, don't eat as many almonds if you're worried about zone blocks.
½ stick of butter or coconut oil
¼ cup flour – more if needed
2 cups whole milk
Nutmeg to taste
Variety of fresh veggies; such as red peppers, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, onion, green onion, broccoli, asparagus, peas, corn, ect, chopped/diced/sliced.
½ lb grated cheese
Start by making the white sauce. Melt butter or coconut oil in skillet or saucepan. Add flour and blend well. Add milk a little at a time to avoid lumping of the flour. Heat until sauce starts to thicken and bubble. Add Nutmeg and remove. Stir more to help it thicken evenly.
Whisk eggs till well beaten. Add white sauce to the eggs. Whisk well to mix.
Prepare veggies and place in bottom of a square or rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce/egg mixture on top. Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes. About 40 minutes start doing the toothpic test. Stick a toothpick in the center of the dish and pull out. When it comes out clean and dry, the dish is done. Remove from oven and top with cheese. Place back in oven for about 5 minutes to let the cheese melt a bit.
Let cool 15 minutes before cutting into. Serve along side a big salad of romaine and red leaf lettuce.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled and whole
1 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
3/4 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 pound large mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1/2 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 wedges
1/2 - 1 pound carrots, washed, peeled, and cut into long slices
Wash chicken, rinse inside of cavity thoroughly and discard gizzards and neck. Remove skin of whole chicken if desired. Tuck wings under the back to secure, and place in a crock pot. Put whole garlic cloves in cavity of chicken. Sprinkle salt, lemon pepper, thyme, and rosemary evenly over chicken breast. Arrange mushroom slices on top of chicken. Arrange onion wedges and carrots around chicken.
Cover and cook on low all day long, or on hight 4 hours or until chicken temps at 160F.
Serve with steamed brocolli and a large mixed salad.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
1 Tablespoon canola or olive oil
1/4 onion diced
1/4 cup milk
4-6 Medium/Large mushrooms, washed and sliced
2-3 cups baby spinach leaves
1 small to medium avocado
Warm oil in large pan over med low - med heat. Add diced onion, and saute a bit.
in a bowl whisk eggs and milk together. Pour into pan with onions. Immediately top with sliced mushrooms and spinach. Stir frequently, to turn mixture, till egg is cooked completely. Portion evenly onto 4 medium plates.
Skin and quarter advocado. Slice quarters and arrange on plates beside eggs. Serve with a 1/2 cup bowl of cinnamon oatmeal sweetened with a touch of honey or stevia.
This does have a bit more fat because of the added avocados. But its a fat that is good for you and your brain. I give it to my kids often because they are growing and need it. But you can omit it if you choose to.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Here's a simple lunch or snack that is yummy. It does not take much thought, and is easy to make. Prepare several ahead of time to keep in the fridge to grab through out the week.
1 low carb tortilla OR one large Romaine lettuce leaf, washed and patted dry
1-2 oz Muenster cheese, sliced thin
2 oz thin sliced black peppered ham or leftover turkey breast/chicken
1-2 cups mixed prepared Romaine lettuce and baby Spinach leaves
1 Tablespoon Honey Mustard
1 Tablespoon mashed advocado
On the tortilla or the lettuce leaf, layer the cheese, ham or other meat, and mixed lettuce to fill. Top with mustard. Start to fold and roll tortilla/lettuce leaf. Spread the mashed advocado near where the seams will meet up to help seal the wrap, and finish rolling up the wrap.
Eat with a piece of fruit or some berries.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
And I got to practice that today.
This morning I woke up, got the kids up, and started on our morning clean up. (Sorry flylady, by the end of the day, I'm so worn out the last thing on my mind is taking care of "hot spots".) Amid the clutter on the table and on the counters were lots of drawings the girls did last night before bedtime. The collection of drawings consisted of Joelle's attempts at ponies (which look more like Dachshunds with extra long legs), some mermaids, scribbles, more mermaids, Jordan's assortment of flying unicorns. And of course lots and lots of horses.
All those drawings meant all that paper. I love how my kids are artistic and creative, and love to express their creativity. But sometimes it does get frustrating when you discover that your printer paper supply has once again been raided because all of their art paper has already been used up.
So this morning, while sorting through and filing the best of last nights creations, and tossing the rest, I was having a little pity party over the low paper supply.
And for some reason I thought it would be cute to jokingly take the pity party public; on my Facebook and on my Twitter both.
I should of known better.
We finished clean up, and I started to make breakfast. Jordan was in the other room reading, and Joelle was outside playing in the front. Jordan went outside, and reported that Joelle was playing with rocks (not out of the ordinary) when she came back in. Not thinking anything of it, I continued with breakfast.
When breakfast was done, I sent Jordan to fetch her sister. Jordan went outside, and immediately came back in.. hesitated...."Mom, come look and see what Joelle did"
(Oh great.... for once Jordan's remembered not to be a tattle tale and actually come and get me.)
No matter if she had of told me or not. Nothing really could of prepared me for what I saw on the hood of my car.
See it? Guess what it is yet? Or how all those beautiful etches in the paint got there?
It took me a second or two to realize what it was, and what had happened. And a few more to respond. I turned around and saw Jordan's eyes were as big as tea saucers. Then I turned and looked at Joelle and saw that she was smiling in her 5 yo childishness because she was proud of creating something different. Then she saw the look on my face and she knew she was in big trouble.
My first thought was to cut a branch off the tree, but didn't. I called her over, and with every ounce of will in me to stay calm, I explained to her that drawing on the car was wrong, that it hurt the car, and she should never do it again. Poor Joelle was so crushed because she was in trouble over something she wanted to proudly show me. Hugged her, and then sent both girls inside to eat.
Then I started laughing hysterically. It took me at least 10 minutes before I laughed enough to calm down and go back inside. And everytime I looked at Joelle, or had to look outside and saw the car, I wanted to start rolling again.
I knew I should of been mad, but I couldn't help it. It was so funny!!! And it serves me right for jokingly asking God if we could make a ream of paper last more than a week. Besides, it's only a car. This one has over 200,000 miles and a few problems anyway. God's got this taken care of or has another car waiting for us.
My lesson for the day: Don't look at a blessing and turn it into a gripe. It could, and probably will, get worse.
Spring cleaning fever (although late), claustrophobia, living in a small house syndrome, call it what you will, I have once again started evicting unused items that are taking up valuable real estate in our small home.
And it has been so freeing.
Yesterday I cleaned out of our closet 3 sacks of clothes to take to Goodwill (ok so I put one really cute baby dress back, even though it would never be worn again... snif). It is amazing how many stained, tattered, shabby, or just haven't been worn in a while articles of clothing can hide in the back recesses of even the smallest closets.
After the closet I tackled the book shelves, then my sewing/knitting bin. I have two sewing machines sitting on top of my bin that haven't been used in a while. Time to get rid of one of them (Jordan wants to learn to sew so we keep one).
I've had to look at each and every item, piece by piece, and really scrutinize my love for it and if I still want to let it stay put. Some of it was really hard to let go, some of it not so hard, but once I did make the decision to kick it out the door, that items hold on me was broken.
Probably the best item I got rid of? My couch. Yep, that's right, my couch and recliner. It went bye bye last week. To me it was old, took up too much space, and wasn't pretty enough to be in our home. So I listed it on craigslist, and it found a new home with a young couple who lost everything in a fire. God Bless them for taking my couch.
Do I have one to replace it yet? Nope. Not yet. But we're being creative, and have moved the two toy chests into the living room. With lots of pillows it can be quite comfey. And if it's not comfey, it's just more of a reason to not sit for long periods and actually get up to get more stuff done.
But I'm sure something will come along soon. My ideal would a nice futon. A futon could double as a bed in a pinch, and be tall enough slide clear plastic storage tubs under.
What's the next thing I'm considering sending out the door? The waterbed. But I won't suprise hubby with this one. I'll give him more notice when the time comes.
Monday, May 18, 2009
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Monday, March 2, 2009
I've finally gotten into a good routine and homeschooling is flowing well.
In February we were given airline tickets by my in-laws to fly to Colorado for vacation and family. It wasn't much of a vacation, all 3 kiddlets got sick when we got there. But still the drive through the mountains and the views in the mountains and canyons were really refreshing.
The weather has started warming early, so we've started on our garden.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Jerimiah wrote an article and it was accepted to the CF Affilliate blog. It was posted today and you can read it here: "Building the Fire Breather" by Jerimiah Childress.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Breakfast - 2 eggs in oil, sweet potatoes
Lunch - 2 oz cheese and carrot sticks
Snack - Hard boiled egg, carrot sticks and peanut butter
Dinner - 2 oz steakburger, black bean salsa, green beans.
Went to a TU watch party at church, had 1 Bratwurst with mayo, and 1 fruit and yogurt parfait
21, 15, 9
Situps and Burpees
I hate Burpees!