Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter 2015

I think I have more to say about Easter than I'm able to get into words tonight.  So for now enjoy these :)


Looking snazzy!


The Not-So Little Anymore Guy took this one!!  Maybe he has a future in photography!


Sweet girl!


My heart....all in one spot


Nothing but smiles for her Daddy


I love this one because she was looking right up at him....just adoring that sweet man!



Happy Easter....He is Risen!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Get Inspiralized

 I know Instagram is kind of old news at this point but it's my favorite way to connect via social media these days.  I've met some fun friends, discovered great products and enjoy chronicling our life in pictures.

A while back I came across the account @Inspiralized.  I really was inspired by Ali's beautiful food and her commitment to eat healthily.  I love it that she doesn't give up taste or beauty just to be healthy!

Ali's first cookbook just came out and I have had a blast trying her recipes.  The secret behind all of her recipes is using vegetables creatively.  She uses a spiralizer (if you don't have one run out to get one!).  I had this gadget on my list anyway and so I purchased a reasonably priced one as soon as I got her cookbook.  My only disappointment in this book has been not having a heavy duty spiralizer.  She uses 3 different blade to produce veggie "noodles" that resemble spaghetti, fettuccine and a very flat noodle.  Because of this I've had to improvise a bit on mine!



Sweet Potato friend rice was enjoyed by all five of us!  My boys aren't crazy about onions but those are easy to leave out!  This is a recreation of a heavy dish that is healthy and delicious!  I used my food processor to shred sweet potatoes (since my spiralizer wouldn't) and then "riced" the shreds to look like rice.  I also added chicken to make the dish heartier.  Yum!!


My favorite dish had to be the Pesto Spaghetti.  I'm a huge pesto fan and this didn't disappoint.  Zucchini mimics pasta noodles and is the perfect vehicle for the yummy pesto!  


The last recipe we tried was sweet potato waffles.  These were also DELICIOUS and my kiddos devoured them!!  

All of the recipes would be better made with a better spiralizer.  Ali has one coming out called the Inspiralizer and I plan to purchase that!  I would highly recommend her cookbook.  It's a great way to get your veggies especially if you aren't a veggie lover!  I struggle to eat them and this definitely has me wanting to try more!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Curry Turkey Meatballs



This is a new favorite at our house.  Easy and healthy!

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I would suggest taking a slice of break and cubing it)
1 green apple, cored, peeled & shredded
1 onion shredded 
11/2 tsp curry powder
1 egg, beaten lightly
1tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

I shred my onion and apple in my food processor but you could easily use a grater.  Mix all of your ingredients well and then make large meatballs out of mixture.  I usually cook my meatballs in a mini muffin tin (if I'm making small ones) or a regular muff tin for larger ones!  These meatballs are very wet because of the apple and onion.  I suggest starting them in a muffin tin and then finishing them on a cookie sheet once some of the moisture has tooked out or even on the stovetop.  The taste great regardless!

Bake meatball mixture at 375 for 16 minutes and then finish on stovetop or cookie sheet until brown.  You can top with extra cheddar cheese if you want but I prefer it without.

All three kids gobbled these up.  Get it? 

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Give Me Words...

It's no secret that we have a little Aaron Shust obsession in our house.  In our defense we do have a little bit of a personal connection.  He's an old high school friend of mine.  If you haven't heard his music do yourself a favor and go ahead now and buy every album he has ever made.  Because they are awesome and God-glorifying and you won't regret it.

Anyway.  He released his first album in 2007 and one of the tracks is just a few short chords as an intro to another song.  It says,

Give me words to speak,
Don't let my spirit sleep
Cause I can't think of anything worth saying

He developed that chorus into a song for a later album but it's those words just keep rolling through my head today.

I can't think of anything worth saying.



It's the easy way out for me.  Not that the easy way is really easy.  Life hurts right now.  It's painful to be a part of.  It's even more painful to watch.  And the thing about it, is what is going on in our family is just a glimpse of the pain that this world is filled with.  And it's just overwhelming to me.  I want to crawl in a hole.  I want to pretend that the hurt isn't there.  The lost children.  The miscarriages.  The broken homes.  The cancer.  The loneliness.  The hunger.  The hurt.  The darkness that threatens to consume us if we don't speak.  If we let our spirits sleep.

So I won't take the easy way out.

I choose to praise Him today.  To believe that He IS who He says He is.  Because if He isn't, what in the world am I living for?

I choose life today.  I choose light.  I choose Jesus.  Because when I don't have anything worth saying HE does.  When I don't understand life, He says trust me.

I've always loved these verses in Isaiah 55..

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Right now life doesn't make sense.  But knowing that I can't know the mind of God is a comfort. Somehow over the years I missed verse 2 and it's speaking for me.

Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.

God is saying to us here...you can try what you want....your way...the way of the world...whatever makes you feel better or happy.  But it won't satisfy.  Don't waste your time trying to make sense of life without me in it.  It's won't make sense.  It's won't satisfy.  It's a waste.

So today I will listen to him.  I will eat what is good.  I will delight in him.  Even when it's hard.  Even when I don't have the words.

Give me words to speak Lord.


Kelsey's 10 Month Update



Kelsey Jane,

As always it is crazy to me that another month has passed.  Every day with you is a joy.  You have to be the sweetest and most even tempered child there ever was.  You are rarely fussy.  You nap easily and you are content to play.  You have especially enjoyed playing downstairs with your brothers.  Sometimes they leave the gate open and then...watch out!  You are already an expert at climbing those stairs!


Eating has started to be a chore because you will not stay eating in your high chair!  You are just busy busy all the time.  When you do take time to eat you are still willing to eat most anything. I believe meat and veggies are your favorites (are you sure you are my child??)  You love it when Mama makes soup and gives you all the yummy veggies!


This is your new favorite trick.  You think you are big stuff climbing up in the rocking chair and rocking back and forth.  You've figured out how to get in the chair and back out!


You love when Daddy comes home. As soon as you hear the garage door you go crawling toward the garage to see him.  I love the look on your face when he appears at the door.  Pure adoration.  It's hard not to love your Daddy.

You are wearing size 9 month clothes finally and we've just switched you to size 2 diapers.  I don't think I did a great job of anticipating your size when I bought all those cute pink clothes last year!  We will have to see if you hit a growth spurt!



Another thing you love to do is sit in the bathroom while I get ready.  I love chatting with you and seeing what you are scheming to get into next!


You are into anything and everything you can get your hands on.  Your brothers got an easel for Christmas and you didn't want to be left out!



You are the perfect addition to our family Kelsey Jane.  I love watching you hit these milestones each month but I sure wish the time would go a little slower.  Can't believe you are 10 months already!!

We love you pretty girl!!

Love,
Mama & Daddy



Kelsey's 9 Month Update



Kelsey Baby,

You are growing up so fast!!  Mama stays behind and I think because of that you seem to grow and change even faster than I think you are.  It seems like just yesterday that you were such a tiny little thing and now you are getting to be such a big girl!


You have been standing whenever you can this month.  Your favorite place to play is in the refrigerator.  I often find you in there...sometimes you are trying to get something out.  But usually you are just exploring.


This was a fun month.  Full of travel to visit family and your first Christmas.


There you go practicing your standing again!


You got two new teeth (the two on top) without Mama even realizing it!  You are such a sweet, easygoing girl!  You still take at least 2 naps a day, usually around 2 hours each.  You are still wearing size 6 month clothes but Mama is hoping to move you up to some new sizes soon!  You have worn a few 9 month things! You are still in size 1 diapers!




You will each just about anything.  You are still nursing 4 times a day and eating 3 meals a day.  


This rocking horse is definitely your favorite toy.  I find you standing on it or around it often!



Sweet girl we sure love you!  You are so loved by your brothers and your Mama & Daddy.  We are sure blessed to have you in our family!  We can't wait to continue to watch you grow and change over the next few months!

Love,

Mama

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cauliflower Pizza Crust



I've admitted this here before, but I'll say it again.  I'm not a veggie fan.  I have to hide them from myself to get them in.  This cauliflower pizza crust is the perfect way to do that!  It's easy and healthy and super versatile.  I combined a couple of recipes to do this and I feel like I'm still perfecting my version but a couple of you have asked for it so here it is!

1 medium cauliflower
2 T chopped parsley
2 T Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg
dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder

Your first step is to shred the cauliflower.  There are two ways to do this.  The easiest way is in the food processor.  If you don't have one you can definitely use a grater.  But a food processor is much easier.  Honestly if you don't have a little one at this point I would suggest purchasing one. You can get a cheap version for around twenty dollars.  

So, after you've pulsed your cauliflower you want to microwave it for about 4 minutes.  Take it out and place it in the refrigerator.  You want it to cool down enough so it doesn't scramble the egg when you mix it together!

While you are waiting shred your mozzarella cheese (we always purchase block cheese because it doesn't have any additives) and chop your parsley.  If you love parsley you can add more!

After you cauliflower cools mix in your beaten egg, cheese and spices.  You only need about 3 cups of cauliflower.  If you have extra you can add in more cheese and an additional egg.  

Take a piece of parchment paper and place it on a baking sheet.  Spray it with non-stick pray (we use coconut oil).  Spread your mixture out.  Make sure it's thin and even.

Bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes.  Take it out of the over and add your ingredients.  Bake for another 10 minutes.

I've made this three times in the past week.  The first time my ratio was around 2.5-3 cups of cauliflower.  I also made sure I spread the mixture very thinly on the parchment paper.  The crust came out much better this way.  It's important to let the crust cook without ingredients until it is totally done.  Otherwise it is really crumbly and not really crust-like.  

You can mix up this recipe by adding other spices or cheeses to your crust.  Try goat cheese or even feta and make a mexican pizza!  I love this alternative and next time I'm going to try to make mini-pizzas.  I think smaller amounts will make the crust even more crust-like!

Let me know if you try it!

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