Friday, February 24, 2017

Eating Low Carb: 5 lunches

 My Sweetie and I eat low carb about 80% of the time. When eating this way, sometimes it can be hard to come up with meal ideas. So here were my lunches one week, to inspire you.

This was a taco bowl. I took ground beef and seasoned it with chili powder, garlic and cumin, then added black olives, a half an avocado, grated cheese and salsa.

Italian sausage bowl. This is sauteed Italian sausage with mini bell peppers over roasted cabbage.

This was a salad kit from the store. Sesame Asian flavors with kale and cabbage and I added chopped chicken.

Leftovers from dinner the night before: two barbecue chicken legs and some bell peppers on the side.

Here I have scrambled eggs with mushrooms, alongside my kale bacon salad.

All of these took just a few minutes to put together. I hope this inspires you!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday Musings (On a Tuesday)

What I'm thinking: That I am thankful that I can trust in God's perfect plan. I am thankful that I can truly never ever be out of his will, and also that He gives me grace to get through each day.

What I'm reading: I just finished reading Boy: Tales of Childhood and Going Solo by Roald Dahl. It is his autobiography and a really great story.

What I'm listening to: At this very moment I am listening to violin lessons. Nutsy is really enjoying playing and is doing well.

What we're learning: This week we are really pushing the 4-H presentations. Only two of them are doing presentations since I tell them that they don't have to do one their senior year.This year Nutsy is doing a demonstration on vegan cupcakes. Dasher is doing a very interesting illustrated talk on the Sacramento Rendering Plant.

What's cooking: This week I am making Pulled Asian Pork, Tilapia Curry, Beef Tacos, and Barbecue Chicken. I really love being in the kitchen.

What I'm buying: Valentine's treats. We really don't celebrate it but we are doing a Valentine exchange tonight at our 4-H club meeting.

What I'm creating: Vacation blog posts! I have been updating my other blog with stories from our recent trip.

What I'm praying: I am praying for those that are displaced right now because of the Oroville Dam. We do have some friends that had to leave and others that are on standby.

What I'm planning: My Sweetie and I need to spend some time tonight studying and going over our lesson for our Financial Peace Class. We have both been coordinating a class the last 5 weeks and have really enjoyed talking personal finances with our class each week.

What we did this last weekend: We ran errands all day Saturday, it seemed. Sunday we went to church and also Sunday School. That evening we had a nice relaxing evening with the girls.

What I'm looking forward to: Mr. Lego coming home soon! It looks like it will be in the next couple of weeks and we are excited to have him home again.

A picture to share:

~My lunch today. Creamy Asparagus Soup.

Friday, February 10, 2017

This Week At My House

This week.....

We started the week by watching a great Super Bowl. We are football nuts over here, and wanted to see a good game. This year did not disappoint. And this is how I watched it: with my fuzzy blanket and a glass of wine.

The next day we went up north a ways to pick up a goat for Nutsy.

Dasher made friends with this little doe.

Nutsy and Canyon.

This week we also had music lessons. Nutsy is really determined to master violin and practices 30-45 minutes every day.

One evening we had our 4-H Officer Meeting. These kids meet monthly and plan an agenda for our club meetings. Great life skills.

One day Bookworm came home from her class with this. This semester she is taking an intermediate art class and is really doing very well.

We have been getting an incredible amount of rain this year. As in, we are no longer in a drought, but now dealing with too much water. Here is the river near our house - it is usually quite calm and much lower.

Wednesday we had co-op - the kids learned about Saturn in astronomy, the signers of the Constitution in history, and we learned about proper letter writing in our writing class.

Now that we have a goat we are out there working with him and Nutsy is determined to work rain or shine. So here she is, in the rain, walking Canyon. She even gave him a scarf so he wouldn't get too cold.

And finally today, coffee with my oldest girl while we ran an errand. Having older children comes with its own set of challenges and I am working hard to continue to work on relationships with my kids as they get older.

Friday, February 3, 2017


Today I am organizing some of my photos and came across these beauties:

Taken between 2007 and 2010.

When my babies were still babies.

When they all lived under the same roof and we all ate dinner together, every single night.

Time flies. Savor the moment.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Happy Anniversary


Happy 21st Anniversary, my love.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That marriage is hard work, amazing, crazy, and full of grace. I had a good conversation with a friend today about marriage, and was reminded of how humbling, sanctifying, and lovely it can really be.

What I'm reading: I have started using a devotional book for my morning Bible time. I am really enjoying it - New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.

What I'm listening to: I'm listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio right now. His financial steps really work, and I like listening to his radio program.

What we're learning: This week in our writing class the kids have the assignment to write a five paragraph biographical essay on one of the signers of the Constitution. They are also learning more about Mars and then also Jupiter in astronomy.

What's cooking: This week I'm making a Split Pea Soup, Kale-Ginger-Chicken Soup, Root Beer Pulled Pork (my slow cooker meal for the week) and Minestrone Soup. Lots of soups, but this is appropriate because it is going to be raining for a few days.

What I'm thankful for: I am so very thankful for our church. We have our annual meeting in a couple of weeks and as I sat today and read the annual report, I am struck by how many people serve and help in our church. I am also thankful for the leadership at our church and their deliberate and thoughtful approach to the flock.

What I'm creating: I am creating lesson plans for my goat project. Our goats are coming next month and we are gearing up for all things 4-H again.

What I'm planning: I am planning a fun celebration for our 21st anniversary. Twenty-one years! I really can't believe how time has flown.

What we did this last weekend: We ran some errands and did things around the house. Like we do almost every other weekend. :) I did make a yummy dinner of Green Chicken Nachos.

What I'm looking forward to: Celebrating with My Love on an adventure. Finishing up another week of school. Having Bookworm drive herself to work and school this whole week. Getting the girl's 4-H presentations done.

A picture to share:

~ A group of very sweet girls, celebrating National Hat Day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ten on Ten (Well......Maybe Not Quite)

Sometimes I feel like I run out of blog entries. So yesterday morning I was brainstorming and realized it was the tenth.

So I endeavored to take one photo an hour and do a Ten on Ten.

We started out well.


{ my morning cup of tea}

 {doing some school work before heading out on an errand}


 {my view, as we drive up north}

11am -12pmish 

 {in the rain and mud, checking out goats for this year}


 {piano practice}

between 3 and 5pm??

 {never ending laundry}

7pm (I know this because that is when our 4-H meeting starts)

 {playing a game at our fun meeting}

And that's it.

Sometimes the days goes like that. I start out great, with a very productive schedule for the whole day. We go for a few hours, and then the whole thing collapses because of a long conversation with a child, an unexpected phone call, a mess in the kitchen I wasn't planning on (when are messes ever planned?!?) a lost book that is overdue at the library, or a tree down in the middle of the road because of all the rain (this one really happened yesterday). 

Life happens, and even though we make the best of plans, some days they work and some days they don't. 

That is why I am thankful for grace. And thankful that each day, His mercies are new.