Thursday, September 11, 2014

#99 Bland Food Made Fabulous!

No, I'm not a Vegan -- but I enjoy cooking Vegan recipes.  I love to try new recipes -- therefore I'm constantly running across people that make bland food taste "FABULOUS."

Once such person is Brown Vegan  You can check her out at this link:  Brown Vegan's Website.

When I try recipes, I try to pick something that is a favorite of my family but made in a healthier way.  I tried a recipe on her site called Buffalo Cauliflower (remake of Buffalo Wings).  They were a hit in my household.  I've also shared it with friends and their 12 year old daughter kept coming back for more.  Go figure! 

Here's the recipe if you are interested:

Buffalo Cauliflower

by Brown Vegan
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 40
Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into bite sized pieces
  • ½ cup rice or all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegan margarine, melted (Earth Balance is a good butter)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, garlic powder and water.
Mix in cauliflower, being sure that all the pieces are coated.
Place cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer (use parchment paper or oil to prevent it from sticking).
Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together the hot sauce and margarine.
Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl.
Pour on the sauce, being sure to coat all the cauliflower pieces.
Place the cauliflower back on the baking sheet and roast for 18-25 more minutes.
Let it cool for 10 minutes and serve with vegan ranch dressing.

Another person whom I've enjoyed on-line for her Vegan food is Jill with Simple Daily Recipes:

This lady will crack you up with her wit in the kitchen.  She is very good at making everyday meals simple and healthy.  Her kids are her tasters and it seems like the whole family has a great sense of humor.  I was inspired to cook up a big pot of lentils and to try a bunch of recipes from her stash using those lentils.  I tried (or will be trying):
  • BBQ Lentils and Baked Potato Wedges
  • Lentil Tacos
  • Italian Lentil Meatballs (had this on the list the same week but didn't cook it -- the family were a little burnt out with Lentils at that point) but I can't wait to try it...

I would definitely check out her YouTube channel Simple Daily Recipes and pick a recipe that you might want to try.  You will leave inspired to try something new -- I can promise you that.

Until next time...


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Friday, August 29, 2014

#98 August My Favorite Things -- For Summer!

I try to share at the end of each month a few of my favorite things.  It's been a great August and some of my favorite things for summer has been -- HERE GOES:

Homemade Kombucha Pops

Because I make my own fermented Kombucha tea (you can find out how I do it following this link How I Make Kombucha Tea) -- I thought it would be fun to make my own Kombucha pops.  These have been so delicious in this 90+ degree weather.

Homemade Ready-Made Salads

Nothings better then already having lunch prepared ahead of time.  I've made ready-made salads for when I need to grab and go -- or just to eat in a pinch.  I used spinach, chickpeas, one hard boiled egg, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms (but you can use a variety of combinations).  Layer each ingredient one by one on top of each other in a mason jar or a recycled jar and place in the fridge.  When your ready, grab a homemade dressing of your choice or a store bought favorite and enjoy!

Homemade Pickles

I've shared this recipe before -- which is from a friend Chris.  These pickles are delicious and I have made at least 12 jars so far this summer.  My husband eats them as fast as I make them.  Made from cucumbers from my garden here's the recipe:  Pickle Recipe.

Pepperoni Deep Dish
Outside Sight & Sound Theater -- saw "Jonah"

We had to squeeze in a last minute vacation to Branson right before school started.  We had a blast.  You can't go on vacation without eating some yummy food.  Enjoyed the Old Chicago Pizza and Pasta place on the Landing.  Also if you have not seen Jonah in Branson -- it's a must see!!!  I felt like I was at a New York production!  WELL DONE BRANSON!!!!

These are a few of my favorite things...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

#97 She's Real or Is She?!?!

You heard of plastic surgery because someone wants to fix their nose, lips, jaw etc.  But what about someone wanting to look like a spit image of a Barbie doll.  Valeria Lukyanova, 23 was interviewed face-to-face and was said to look like the closest you will come to an alien encounter. According to a Yahoo News Article.


I was on my way to sending out a email to a friend on my Yahoo account when I ran across an article regarding a 16 year old (below) who has transformed herself into a human Barbie (even though she says that she has not gone under the knife). 

Lolita Richi, a 16-year-old from Ukraine
Lolita has a 20-inch waist, a 32F bra size, and wears color contact lenses to emulate the wide-eyed doll-look of her fictional idol According to The Psychology of a Human Barbie Article.  I had to blog about this.  What in the world is wrong with people that they HATE what they look like to the extent of looking like a plastic doll? 

Who can you blame for this?  The parents would be my answer.  She is 16 -- where would you get the money to transform yourself into a doll?  And unfortunately it won't stop there.  She's 16.  She has a lot more growing and developing -- so I would hate to see her at 30.  She's going to have to do so much more because we all go through the change -- and unless you deal with it naturally with exercise and good healthy practices -- all the knife cutting in the world will just make you look faker and faker.

I have always enjoyed using this Barbie doll as my Facebook Avatar:

Why -- because I'm a natural (she's natural), African American and I love the look!  But I would be totally crazy to try to transform myself into this image "FOR REAL!!!!"  I'm sorry but we have too much fake hair, eye lashes, boobs and on and on going on already in the world to have to resort to this.  Nothing wrong with wanting to look beautiful (all in moderation :-) -- but I'm just saying -- what's wrong with what God has given us?  If we would just feed it right and dress it up right and hit the gym or sidewalk every now and then, we would perhaps feel better about ourselves on the inside and it would carry over on the outside.

Just my two cents -- we all have ours.  That's mine.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

#96 The Most Important Time!

I have made time to go to the gym, which is "ME" time.  I have made time to spend with my boys, my husband, my family and friends.  But what about time with God.  That time is off and on, sporadic and not as consistent as I would like.  I have now put that time as first place time in my life.

Before I place one toe out of my bed, I get to feed myself spiritually.  I have an app bible that I use and I'm going through the bible one chapter at a time.  WOW!!!!  It has been awesome.  From there you can't help but pray over what you have just read regarding things in your life.  For instance, in my neighborhood a young man, by the name of Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a cop in Ferguson, MO.  This incident was seen all over and brought forth a lot of outrage and sorry for what was taking place.  There was, and to this day still is, looting going on all over that area and surrounding areas (as a result of this incident -- or just an excuse to do so).  It has been one teachable moment for this homeschooling momma -- you better believe it.  I prayed for the parents of this young man and especially for his momma.  She was seen on the scene of her child's death and she was overcome with grief and disbelief.  You see, this young man was suppose to start college soon, but here he laid dead. 

While reading the book of Luke ch. 7 it talks about Jesus raising a Widow's son.  Verse 12 -15 says:

"12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate.  The young man who had died was a widow's only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her.  13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion.  "Don't cry!" he said.  14 Then he walked over the the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped.  "Young man," he said, "I tell you, get up."  15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk!  And Jesus gave him back to his mother."

Immediately I began to pray for that young man to be raised.  If Jesus can do it for that momma, He can do it for any momma.  He is no respecter of persons.  I'm aware that it's according to His will.  He will have compassion on whom He will have compassion.  After all He is God.  But I'm looking for God to do something supernatural.

Getting up everyday and having my quiet time with the Lord is the BEST thing that I have done -- PERIOD!  My day is brighter (even in this dark world), I feel a sense of accomplishment throughout my day with whatever else is in front of me because I know I have the most important thing done.  When we pray -- we are giving God permission to work on our behalf and on behalf of others.  So it's important that Christians everywhere do this on a daily basis.  If we don't pray -- all HELL breaks loose -- literally.  When we seek the face of God for our situation, our neighborhood, our world -- He hears and answers prayer.  I am a believer -- I've seen the results of prayer too many times in my life.

Let's keep the most important thing as the first thing we do -- LET'S PRAY!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

#95 Showing Up Is Half the Battle!

Do you have a problem being consistent?  Do you say you are going to do something and then when the time comes to do it you back out because you don't "FEEL" like doing it?  Do you have a gym membership that you are paying for but you are not showing up?  Giving away FREE MONEY!!! 

This quote is on the outside of my gym!!

Why is being consistent such a problem for many people.  Am I always consistent?  No -- I wish I could say I was.  When it involves other people I am quick to try to be as consistent as possible.  For instance if I make plans to meet with a friend -- I make it my business to keep my plans.  Just today I visited with a girlfriend and my boys went as well to visit with her boys -- it rained cats and dogs and my entire being was wanting to stay home and pull out a good book and just curl up in bed and read.  I could have easily called and rescheduled -- but it is my goal to be a keeper of my word -- especially if I have know good reason other then the excuse "I don't feel like it."  And I want to be known as a person who does what she says she's going to do.  I don't want to be labeled in a negative way.  So I guess I care what others think and say about me -- yes -- my character is important.  It's a reflection of who I am -- who wants to be known as always late, liar, inconsistent -- the list goes on and on...

But what about being consistent to myself?  Keeping up with my bible time, and prayer.  Keeping up with eating a certain way -- things people cannot see -- but I'm aware of.  Oh it's easy to not be consistent to yourself because you are not being held accountable for those things by others.  When I'm consistent with these things I feel 100% better about what I do for the rest of the day -- when I'm not -- I know that I'm not being the very best to myself as I could be.  So why is it so hard to be consistent in those things?  I believe it's because it's easy to get caught up with the habits of checking our smart phones and everything else we get in the habit of doing -- but then -- check it out -- those things are just habits.  We can form new habits.

This year I joined Gold's Gym and I started when lots of people joined -- in the month of January!!!  Well I'm happy to say that I'm STILL GOING and I've turned into a regular Gym Rat now.  I love going to the gym and I'm definitely getting my monies worth.  No one is watching -- no one is keeping record -- it's a habit that I'm doing for me and I feel great about it!  Now I just have to work on my quiet times at home.  It can be done -- and I will make it happen.  That's the best thing I can do for myself. 

Let's make time for the most important things in life!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

#94 I'm Back -- and Refreshed!

Hey all, 

I've missed posting to this blog on Friday's but I'm so glad I took off for awhile.  I realize something that I always knew but rarely take advantage of  -- when you get yourself revitalized -- then you can be better for yourself and others.  So I'm back refreshed and rejuvenated in hopes to continue to encourage others.  I want to say -- GOD IS SO GOOD!  He helps us in so many ways -- we have no idea -- all the things that He is working out for our good in the spiritual realm.  I know I just lost about a third of you -- but hear me out...

I have watched God answer prayer that ONLY He could do.  Open doors that only He could open.  I remember posting in my blog post entitled "My Annual Review" (Check it out by pressing this link) about my testimony of leaving my church of 13 years to find another church home.  That was in May of last year.  I can happily report that God has truly blessed me and my family.  My oldest son has done a complete 360 and is serving the Lord in a way that I did not see coming.  He's playing the drums as well at our new church and just has really found his place there.  This is a work that only God could have done. 

I also mentioned in that same blog post that I was thinking about joining a gym.  BAM -- I'm on it!  I've been a member now of Gold's Gym since January of this year and I absolutely love it.  Yes I'm still going (not like those who start at the beginning of the year and slowly stop going) -- I plan on getting my FULL moneys worth.  I would have never thought I would love YOGA -- but I go to Yoga twice a week, cycle once a week, step and abs class once a week and so much more.  I talked about "ME TIME" and I've found it at my gym.  Go figure!  I love it!

I took a weekend by myself and spent it at the Hilton Garden Inn.  There I spent time with the Lord and was able to go away for a minute and get out of the four walls I'm in all the time (my home).  I think this is very important when you home school and your job and life takes place at home.  It was especially important for me this year since we did not go on a family vacation.  My weekend was spent enjoying Jesus and just chillin!  I brought my candles and favorite bubble bath and soaked the night away!  The next day I took a lovely stroll on the Chesterfield Valley Levee Trail.

All in all I had a wonderful time away and I'm glad I took the time off.  I'm looking forward to sharing with you all the things that the Lord is doing and sharing with me.  Thanks for coming back and sharing in my journey of health and all the other things I share!  God bless you.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

#93 Blog Vacation!!!

On A Blog-Away-Vacation

I can just dream of being back here in Punta Cana!!!
Hey all -- I will be on vacation from writing anything on my blog for the months of June and July.  As you all know -- I consistently put out content on my blog every Friday since August, 2012 (this is blog post #93).  I enjoy my blog and I thank God for those of you who take the time to read it.  

But everybody needs a break from time to time!  So for the month of June and July I will be on vacation from writing.  Much needed I can assure you.

Have a wonderful summer -- and I will see you in August.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

#92 -- 4th 5K DONE!!!

I came, I ran, I walked -- I finished!!!!!

Woohoo for me!  I'm  done with my 5K that took place on May 17, 2014.  It was a gorgeous day and it was a very fun event!!!

I enjoyed the fun of being with those who enjoy competing and doing something challenging for the body!!!  I was pretty sore for at least two days afterwards -- but it was a good sore!  I asked myself why I would put my "48" year old body under so much stress -- for what?  Well, because it's challenging and it takes you to another level.  Then after the soreness subsided I told myself -- "Self -- you should do this again."  I'm sure I will!!!

Like I said, I did not do this to calculate how fast or how slow I ended in the race -- but it was all in fun and just a great way to keep in shape with other like-minded people.

Here I am from start -- to finish!

Until the next race...

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

#91 Eve of the 5K/10K & Happy Birthday

Well today is the eve (Friday, May 16th) of the Ferguson Twilight Run Walk.  This is my second time participating in this race and the first time I participated in it with a girlfriend.  I will be alone this time and it looks like the weather is going to be beautiful.

I am going to enjoy this walk/run.  I look forward to being in a crowd of like-minded people who enjoy the great outdoors.  I look forward to just enjoying the day by enjoying the scenery of beautiful Ferguson, MO.  I don't go into this as a "RACE" -- I go in with the mindset of "FUN."

Now beyond that -- today is my first born's birthday.  He turned 17 today.  Happy birthday Adrian!!!!

He had a great time and I'm enjoying seeing how the Lord is shaping him into the young man that he is.

Until next time...
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Friday, May 9, 2014

#90 Walking App.

My boys are in boy scouts.  One of them is trying to earn his Hiking merit badge.  So with that in mind myself and the two boys laced up our walking shoes and hit the road.  He has a total of three ten mile hikes he needs to complete and one twenty mile.  I wanted to keep track of our mileage easily so I went to my trustee IPhone and found a free walking app.  It's called "Map My Walk."

It was pretty cool.  We walked in the neighborhood and this app did not need Internet access to work.  It worked by GPS (however that works cosmically in the air) .  It tracked where we started and where we ended.  We ended up doing a little over 10 miles total but we started off by completing 5 miles.  We went home had lunch and rested a bit.  Then put back on our shoes and finished our last 5 mile for the day. 

It turned out to be a beautiful day when we walked -- we needed jackets.  The boys were not use to walking this long but there was not too much complaining.  One hike down and three more to go.

If you are into walking ... check out this app called Map My Walk.  I'm sure you will love how easy it is.

Until next time...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

#89 April's Favorite Thing -- 24 Years of Marriage!

April's favorite thing this month is our Wedding Anniversary.  Wow has time flown by -- I remember when on April 21, 1990 we were walking down the isle and giving ourselves to each other "To Death Do Us Part."  We were young and in love and the Lord was the center of our lives.  Well 24 years later -- He is still the center of our lives -- and we are still in love.  

We spent our 24th wedding anniversary without children (they were at boyscout camp) and we enjoyed dinner and a lovely outing at the Fabulous Fox Theater.

We had a wonderful time. Looking forward to the 25th!

Until next time...

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Friday, April 25, 2014

#88 Stop and Enjoy the Flowers...

Just because I'm in the mood of the season, I thought I would post some pictures that I've taken.  Enjoy!

In front of Jewel Box in Forest Park

I love this picture (@ the Jewel Box)

Pretty and Pink!
Historic St. Charles
Off of Main Street
One of my favorite ornamental flowers -- Persian Shield
Vibrant Color

In the lilly pond @ the Jewel Box

Stop and enjoy the flowers.  Until next time...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

#87 Do You Know The Muffin Man?

I know, funny title for this post -- but I was making some muffins and got to singing that old tune "Do You Know the Muffin Man" -- to my teens horror!!!  I remember when he use to like his mom's singing!  Any way,  I was in Schnucks one day and I say these two carts parked next to each other with all this Gluten free food and Red Mill Products -- for  CHEAP -- all marked down for a dollar or under.

Well if you are not familiar with Red Mill products -- they are not cheap.  I think I just landed in a Schnucks where the neighboring people were not into "Gluton free or familiar with Red Mill Products" --  so in the mark-down baskets they went.  This is just a little of what I purchased -- because I have used so much of it already.  Hot cereals, bread mixes, biscuits, muffins, flours of all types -- potato, whole wheat, brown rice flour and so many others.  Now you may have thought they are getting rid of it because it's either expired or getting ready to.  Well I am just now getting to post this on my blog -- but I purchased these items back in 2013 -- and like I said, I've used a lot of it already.  Most of the products expiration date reads as follows:

Not bad for something purchased in 2013

Well today was the day I decided to make the muffins.  I made a big pot of beef stew with my pressure cooker and I needed some bread for this stew.  So this Namesta Foods Gluten Free Muffin Mix made it's debut.

Yummy & You Wouldn't Even Know It Was Gluten Free by the Taste

So don't be so quick to pass up those mark-down items in the carts.  You just never know what you might find.

Until next time.

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