Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lent

And so it begins. 40 days of fasting and prayer. I am thankful that it is here. My boys even seem ready for it too.

I have pondered and prayed about what to give up, what to do this Lent. A week ago I went to a Mom's night out at this lovely blogger's house. There was a talk about preparing for Lent. And the mom that gave the talk did an amazing job. She reminded us to keep it simple.

So, for this Lent I am trying to keep it simple. I have prayed, a lot about what to do and the first thing I feel drawn to increased prayer (There are others, but those are not the point of this post). There are several things going on with our family, my husband's work, etc that need prayer. And so, first and foremost, I will pray more as we are all called to do.

In order to do that, I need to eliminate some distractions. Which distraction? Blogging. I love to blog. I love to read other's posts and write posts. I love that family who lives so far away from us can know and see what is going on with us because I blog. But, ever since I wrote this post, I have really tried to discern what type of relationship I should have with my blog. I know that that may sound strange, but I often wonder why I post. Do I post for me? For my kids? Or in hopes that some random stranger will read it and like I what I have to say.

So, for this Lent, I am not going to blog. I will not check my blog, nor will I check other's blogs. I know that my family will still read my blog after the forty days are up and if I lose followers or readers, then I guess I was not meant to have them in the first place.

I hope you all have a blessed Lent! "See" you all after Easter!

God Bless,
Katie

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hope for Haiti



Wild Olive is a great Christian tee company has designed a Tee called Hope for Haiti. The following is from Wild Olive Tee website:


Please join us in our efforts to raise money to send to those suffering in Haiti. To read more information about our partnership with Eyes Wide Open International, click here.
Buy one ‘Hope’ tee for $24.99, and 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Haiti through Eyes Wide Open. Buy a second tee to send to someone in Haiti, and get both tees for $20 each! 100% of the proceeds from the additional tee will go to Haiti as well.


To buy the tee, click here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Love this music!

A few days ago, I was listening to 91.9 FM WGTS, the local Christian radio station. I heard this song that I had never heard before and I immediately fell in love with the song. I searched and searched to try to figure out what the song was called and who the artist was. When the search failed, I resorted to listening to WGTS every chance I got to see if I would hear it again. And since we have been snowed in, that meant that as soon as school was over, the radio went on. Today, my persistence paid off.

The song is called Your Hands by JJ Heller. Click on the song title to hear a live version of the song on YouTube (for some reason I am not able to copy the embed html).

I love the tone of her voice. And the lyrics are amazing! After searching her web pages, I found another song that I loved called My Savior's Love Endures (Magnificat). You can go to JJ Heller's MySpace page here and click on the song on the right to listen. You do not need to be a MySpace member to access it. It is worth the few clicks!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Best Super Bowl Moment

For us, best Super Bowl moment did not happen on the TV . . .






It was when A, our 21 month old, finally started walking! Go Baby A!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

More Snow Photos



Yes, there are cars under all that snow!

A drift on the side of our house.

Don't lick the fence Rosie! Your tongue will get stuck!

A drift on our deck. To give you an idea of the amount of snow on the deck, I took this photo while kneeling. Rosie is standing at the top of the drift and the railing you see is the 4 ft high railing of our deck.

Snow!!


We are getting a major storm right now. We have at least 24" on the ground and there are some drifts in our yard that are over 4 ft tall! The snow is still falling, but I thought I would share some photos from earlier this morning.
K in the igloo we built!


Our dog Rosie romping in the snow. She would not go out in it at all until the boys ventured out. This morning there was so much snow on the deck that I had to, literally, throw her in the snow to get her to go outside!
J venturing out with the bucket to get ready to build an igloo.


Walking through the path that I dug out on the back deck!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Gotta love Chick-fil-a

We are a Chick-fil-a family. It is the ONLY fast food restaurant we will go to. We support it because we love the environment there; from everything being CLEAN, to the amazing and friendly service, to the Christian music playing and free food. Plus, it is closed on Sundays.

Plus, you have to love a company who's CEO is quoted saying (Quote comes from this article at Church Report):

“Chick-fil-A has truly been blessed to have had another year of sales growth during these difficult economic times,” said Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Dan T. Cathy. “While we by no means are immune to the economic challenges our country is facing, we do believe we will continue to remain healthy as long as we stay committed to the qualities that have shaped the Chick-fil-A brand thus far: providing exceptional customer service and unmatched product quality to every customer on every visit. We have sensed God’s continued blessings on this business, especially during these unprecedented economic times.”



It is so refreshing to hear a CEO speak of God!!


OK, so now for some fun with Chick-fil-a. Have you heard this song?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Another great recipe - Nourishing Protein Bars

I LOVE THIS ONE! This recipe comes from the Passionate Homemaking blog. I have copied it here in its entirety. Any modifications I have made from the original recipe, I have highlighted in red.

Nourishing Protein Bars


2 cups almonds
1/4 cup flax seeds, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds (ground in a coffee grinder or blender) – I used flax seed
1/2 cup dried prunes, dates or raisins (I used raisins)
½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
½ cup unsalted peanut butter (original recipe uses almond butter, but I didn’t have that - I used almond butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup coconut oil (melted)- I used 3/4 cup of coconut butter
1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey (we used honey!)
2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract

A few squares dark chocolate, less than half a bar needed for thin layer (optional) – I melted about 1/4 bag of chocolate chips in a small saucepan for the topping - I use a 70% cacao bar, melted


Place almonds, flax meal/seeds, dried fruit, shredded coconut, almond/peanut butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly for about 10 seconds.In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat. Remove coconut oil from stove, stir sweeteners and vanilla into oil. Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens. Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve. Makes about 12-15 bars. Store in refrigerator or freeze for later enjoyment!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Cookie" Cluster Recipe with a side of fried computer

I have been wanting to share this recipe for a while now. Last night, I went to our computer to download the photos from the camera and then write the post and our computer froze up. It would not respond to ANYTHING, so finally, I shut it off and tried to turn it back on. It would not go back on and smelled like an electrical fire! I think it is fried! So, I am on our laptop and have no way to upload photos.

Since completely changing how I eat, I have been searching for good, healthy, recipes that my kids will also like. I want them to feel like they are getting "treats" while eating foods that are good for them. This recipe was originally called Protein Clusters and I got it on Transformation. I still make the protein clusters for myself, but modify the recipe for my children.

Here is the modified version:

2 Medium Bananas, mashed or 1 cup natural applesauce
1/4 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups oatmeal (not instant)
2 eggs

I also add unsweetened coconut, pecan pieces, and chopped up 70% cacao chocolate bar to make them like a chocolate chip cookie. Or you can add raisins and cinnamon for an "oatmeal" cookie.

Mix all ingredients together and place a tablespoonful on a GREASED cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 min.

Enjoy!