Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bucy Food

Sunday is normally no electronics day around here.  Add an ice storm to that and "boredom" is quick to set in.  First it started with Rory wanting to make dessert.  She makes these carrots and applesauce muffins that she really likes and wanted something with lemon instead.  I looked up a recipe, and she was off to baking.  
That started Logan and Marley perusing the cookbooks we have.  Marley picked out a snack idea to make, and Logan picked out a dinner.  We happened to have drumsticks thawing in the fridge, and that's what he found a recipe for.  It was meant to be.  
Marley's snack was fairly simple, and I'm proud of her for finding something suitable to her experience. I can't remember the name of the sandwiches, but it involved mixing peanut butter with honey and spreading it on some toast.  Then you top it with shaped banana slices.  She did pretty well with it, and everyone ate it!
Logan's drumstick recipe had been made before, and we remembered the kids didn't like it.  I had made nuggets a couple nights ago with a breading on them, and all the kids ate them up.  So I switched up the recipe and had Logan make the breading mixture but bake them in the oven.  He did well dredging them in the egg and crumbs.  
Kevin added some fried rice to the menu to go with the drumsticks, and then Rory made a lemon icing to go with her lemon cake.  Did I mention it was a whole wheat cake?  Even though today was their "lent-free" day and they didn't have to eat whole foods, they still did.  I think I might get into this whole cookbook thing.  I could have them find things and make them.  It may not be whole foods, but it won't be from a box.  ;)
Here's some pics...I'm a proud momma.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Whole30-Day 6

I thought you might want to see some things I've been eating.  Day 6 has brought a little relief.  I don't feel like I'm going to kill my family anymore, and that's always a good thing.  I've run out of food, so I'm hoping to get some things made soon.  Without further ado...here's some food.
 I found this chicken sausage that actually has no sugar in it.  This is my latest go to meal.
This was supposed to be like a blueberry "tortilla."  It was good, but it was the same taste over and over again.  I've been eating well, huh?  All good stuff.  Only 34 days to go.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fat Tuesday - Lent

It never fails this time of year, I get caught up in the whirlwind of everything I want to be.  I feel that Lent is the only time I am scrupulous enough to try and change things that just seem too hard during the normal seasons of the year.  Then I go too hard, get burnt out, and worry that I'm going to hell because I caved on a sacrifice.  True.story.every.year.

While I recognize this familiar rhythm about myself, I do nothing to change it.  I want it all, and I want it for Jesus..or so I say.  Unfortunately when I do this, Jesus is just an excuse, scapegoat, reason, scare tactic, etc.  I feel too weak to just change for the better because it will be good for me.  I need stronger motivation.  I'm hoping to change this since I'm realizing it, but I'm not there yet, so here is my launch into another 40 days.

I'm only doing one class at the gym tonight to come home and prepare the lenten wreath of toothpicks.  Our family will quietly remove toothpicks as they make selfless sacrifices.  For kids this might mean not whining or complaining when doing something, or doing a chore for their sibling without being asked.  For the grown-ups, it's a personal decision with each pull.  We don't share and announce our holiness to one another.  This year I will make the holes for the toothpicks bigger, so we can actually get them out of the hardened bread rather than break off the tips like last time.

Tomorrow will start my Whole30 journey of a stricter Paleo plan and prayer time in the mornings.  To make sure my morning prayer times happen, I'll have to be getting to bed earlier, so we'll have to see what that looks like.  The kids are starting a whole food journey that will be more of a sacrifice to Kevin and I than to them I think.  I've given myself some leeway on this one because I can see it turning ugly real fast.  I am striving to feed them healthier food than the box stuff I regularly provide out of convenience.  It would be so much easier if they liked my paleo food.  *sigh*

I will be attempting other personal things that I'm not going to share with anyone.  Not only so that if/when I fail, no one will ridicule me, but it's between  God and me.  Typing all this I can't help but feel failures coming on, but I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.  

I was going to type Happy Lent, but that doesn't seem right.  How about Welcome Lent!?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

History Project - The Longbow

Yes, this is the latest project for Kevin from Rory's history class.  Lucky for me I get to make a cheesecake for Logan's history.  I'll get back to you on how that went.  His teacher talked to me about it, and she said I could buy one but that she thought the recipe was easy.  Since that sounded like a challenge, I accepted.  Now....scenes from a longbow in the making.
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I'll have to show these videos to her teacher to prove she did some work herself!  Don't expect pictures from cheesecake!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sickness Part II

This cold has long worn out its welcome.  It has hit Logan full force today to where his little nose and cheeks are bright red, and his eyes are glassy.  It doesn't stop him from being excited to get a fish though, so if a fish can be gotten, school can be attended tomorrow.  Poor kid!  
Rory and I are still coughing.  Bob didn't get much of it at all, maybe a day or two of under the weather sniffles.  Kevin's had a headache for a while, but he always has those, so I don't know if that's this cold coming or whatever the other reason he gets them.  
Honestly, I've just been tired and going to bed.  I have enough energy to veg out for a show right before bed, and that's about it.  Sorry for neglecting the blog.
I'm trying to think of some happenings.  Maybe I'll scroll through the most recent pics and call it a day.  I hope to be back in full force soon for you.  Don't worry.  You're not missing much.  ;)
This is our new addition to the family.  His name is Luke.  He is a joint effort pet for Logan and Bob.
Then...I was brushing Bob's teeth this morning, and this was what I saw out the window behind her.
It's a duck in the middle of the road.  People just drove around him.  They all slowed down because it's not every day you see a duck in the middle of the road.  I was going to quack crack a joke like, "Why did the duck cross the road?"  Haha.  

Then this evening...I'm standing in the kitchen talking to Kevin and I see this at the window.
He looked so sad, and I wanted to feed him, but I knew we couldn't.  We're under attack from wild animals!