Slow Down????

I think I will be happy when winter hits. Don't get me wrong, I love summer, but with summer comes a lot of running around. I am happy to get out of the house and have something to do, but then there comes a time when I am ready to sit back, kick my feet up and relax. I don't think I even remember what it's like to read a good book. Oh how I miss that! One of these days... So what have we been up to? I have been taking photos. We joined a new church in an adjoining town. It has been great for us. It's a very small church, and everyone there is quite close. I think I can say we all trust one another. My boys love the contemporary music and the way that the scriptures are read and explained. Not only have I learned a lot in the little bit of time we have been going there, but my boys are now telling me bible stories and things that they have learned. I love that! Not long ago I was asked to be the church photographer. What a privilege that is for someone like me that is really just … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies….Oh My!

Totally against my diet, but the boys wanted chocolate chip cookies for their religion class teachers, so we looked online for a recipe, and made these. They were SO yummy and so worth the extra exercise I had to do to work them off...ha!Chocolate Chip CookiesIngredients:1 cup butter, softened1 cup white sugar1 cup packed brown sugar2 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I use Imitation Vanilla)3 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda2 teaspoons hot water1/2 teaspoon salt2 cups semisweet chocolate chips Directions:1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F2.) Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Drop by large spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. (Directions said ungreased, but I always spray mine or they stick.)3.) Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Who’s Hungry?

I am stuck. I have lost 18 pounds to date and now I am stuck. Hopefully I can get some of my energy back and I can start to kick butt with my workout like I was when I first started dieting. There is only so much I can do with my diet since I am nursing, so I know that if I really want to lose much more I am going to have to do it with exercise. Anyone have any great secrets to how I can get my abs looking great, FAST?I'm sure all of my readers would LOVE this tip! On to the recipes!Earlier this week I made chicken for supper. It was not my favorite chicken recipe, however it was a last minute thing and something I just sort of threw together on a whim. (Try making this with pork and it is super yummy!) Ingredients:Chicken(boneless, skinless chicken breasts)Thyme (or your favorite seasoning)PepperOlive Oil (or you can use Garlic Grapeseed Oil from Wildtree like we did)Put about 1Tbsp of Oil in your pan and heat. Once pan is hot add chicken and sprinkle with seasoning and … [Read more...]

Acting Like the Kids and it was FUN!

How was your New Years? We rang in the new year with my sister and her family. The kids were super excited because rather than drive out on the roads when we knew there were going to be a lot of drunk drivers out, we planned ahead and had a slumber party! My 2 nephews came dressed in the cute and comfy pjs and we had lots of yummy snacks and fun! The adults had a few drinks (minus me, I'm nursing.) I must say it was a fun night, and I can't wait to do it again! We even got one of the kids games out, Headbanz and had some adult fun with it! Can you imagine 4 adults sitting around a table playing a kids game? Ok, I won't make you imagine...here is a funny pic of my husband playing the game. Mind you, he looks a little tipsy because he doesn't normally drink and by this time he had well, a few drinks. ha ha!  The next couple of days after New Years were spent trying to catch up on sleep, and then the kids got sick! This sickness that they have is awful, … [Read more...]