Thursday, January 16, 2014

Success

"Heaven, not Harvard"

I just heard that phrase for the first time this past week and remembered that I haven't shared this. 

Back in the beginning of September our oldest accepted Christ into her heart.  We had read the Patricia St. John book, Treasures in the Snow, and Karrots surprised us by letting us know that she had prayed that Jesus would come into her heart.  She had grabbed onto the spiritual illustrations in the book, like how you don't chase darkness (sin) out of a room (your heart), but open the curtains and let the light (Jesus) in. 

I am SOOO glad she has Him as a best friend and that we'll get to spend eternity together, basking in Him love.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Nut Butter

When we got married I kinda got adopted into a new way of thinking.  That is, a new way of dressing a morning food favorite...peanut butter.

That's right...peanut butter...on pancakes and waffles.

Now don't judge it until you try it.  Not only is it yummy, but it adds protein - a MAJOR bonus for all pregnant women, those balancing sugar, and workout junkies!

Then last year autumn came along with a craving for pumpkin and a need for more protein than sugar.  So I found this recipe for pumpkin pancakes.  AMAZING!  One can of pumpkin and 8 eggs with very little else.  Protein AND veggies!  Added bonus: the kids LOVE them! 

But, it just didn't taste perfect with peanut butter.  So, with a determination to find another use for our Vitamix (besides smoothies), I came up with a better autumn nut butter combination: 2 cups almonds, 2 cups pecans, and 1 cup walnuts.






It makes my Vitamix sound like it's breaking, but with the warranty and notes on such behavior in the recipe book, I'm convinced this machine was designed for this.

(One tip: eventually you can keep the tamper all the way in and it will help with a vortex to keep it all moving.)

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Addition

We've been wanting a descent camera for a while now.  One that would take good pictures in low light, i.e. without a flash or blur.  One that we could get a macro lens for.  One that we could change the focus and depth of field on.

So, back in December, after asking a friend (who happens to be a professional photographer) for advice, we made the plunge and bought a Canon 60D. There was a great sale one Target.com for a kit with a lens and backpack, etc. PLUS another 5% off and free shipping for using a Target card.  (BTW, thank you Target for your lack of security on that one.)  Even with the "great" price, it took us over a month before we committed to the purchase by opening the package.


THIS picture (above) is a shot I've been longing to get.  Focus on the sweet little toes with the rest blurred.  I just love his little parts!




Though I'm still not on board with the price, I'm sure pleased with the product!  

(BTW, if we have your address, you're well aware of the OTHER new addition to our family back in summer of last year.  God continues to bless us and refine us in parenting!)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Look Familiar?


The top pic's kinda like her 1st birthday cake pictures...

For those who know our kids...this is where she gets it from...


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Egg Nog Recipe

In leu of the coming holidays I've been craving egg nog.  I found a recipe online and "healthified" it to my liking and it's become my new addiction...not just because it has rum in it, but because I grew up loving egg nog and hate all the white sugar and processed junk in the stuff they sell in the store.


Egg Nog

4 raw pasture raised eggs
2 cups raw milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-2 ounces dark rum
1 tsp. nutmeg

First off, as this recipe has RAW eggs you can follow Alton Brown's safety suggestions in his recipe or, as Jordan Rubin suggests, just wash the shells with hot soapy water.  The shells supposedly where any bacteria dwell.  After washing them, separate the egg whites from the yolks.

Whip the egg whites.  I do this with our stand mixer in its smaller bowl.  While it's whipping, beat the yolks in a separate bowl then add the milk, cream, syrup, rum and nutmeg.  Beat until combined.  When the egg whites form stiff peaks add them into the egg/milk mixture with a whisk.  This makes it ubber frothy.  Add more syrup (and rum) to taste.

With just 1 ounce rum this egg nog tastes a lot like the stuff I remember growing up with that my mom bought off the shelf...but it's fresh and not processed!  Not much guilt and a rich, creamy delight I think I make have to make year round.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rusty's Brother

Before we got married we talked about adopting children.  We had the perfect plan of having two of our own and then adopting two.  (Thankfully, God's intervened in our heart and now you can see how well we've stuck to that plan.)  Most recently we've been praying about adopting a baby.  I'd prayed that I'd be able to breastfeed the baby and that it would be an opportunity to save a baby's life.  With that, Karrots has been praying for a brother for Rusty.

Well, the Lord listened and there seems to be an opportunity.  We've all been praying this baby will be given life outside the womb and are fully open to adopting him/her. 

This morning I had a dream that there was a worship service going on, led by a couple children.  The first was a boy, about 8 years old or so, who I knew was some part black.  Then it panned to another part of the stage and there was orphan Annie, red curly hair, red dress...They were worshiping harp and bowl style, singing in their prayer language and making up new songs and had a choir and all around joining in.

I just know that Melody's going to have a heart to intercede and worship, so I know orphan Annie represented Melody (red curly hair anyone?) and the boy seemed to represent the baby we've been praying for/about.

Please keep us and the baby and mother in your prayers.