Snacks and more Snacks!

Snacks and more Snacks! |
This last week in the kitchen has been all about snacks! I purchased the Healthy Snacks to Go e-book (by Katie Kimball from and decided to cook my way through it.  I usually do that with new cookbooks. I am not very disciplined when it comes to taking my time, so we have had an abundance of snacks all week long.  No one is complaining! I often feel a little nervous when purchasing e-books since it is not possible to flip through the pages (while sipping on tea at borders) beforehand. Occasionally I am disappointed, but thankfully this was...

Change – It’s not for the weak

I came across the following quote recently: “You are the way you are because that’s the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be different, you would be in the process of changing right now.” – Fred Smith When I heard it, all I could think was, “OUCH!”  There are many things I’ve wanted to change about myself or about the way my family functions, but I have not.  Excuses come easy to a tired mind. It got me thinking, do I want to come to the end of my life and have only achieved that which...

An Eternal Focus

Heaven. Is it real to you?                                         For the faithful Christian, heaven is a reality.  God promised it and He keeps His word. Life may get tough.  We may feel worn to the ground, as though the world has chewed us up and spit us out.  But this is not all there is. In order to have a healthy mind and spirit, we need to take hold of this truth.  So much peace comes from knowing you are right with God and knowing what awaits you at the end of this life (as much as our earthly mind can comprehend, that...

Favorite Salad Nuts

Favorite Salad Nuts |
I thought it might be nice to take a little break from the serious talk and share a yummy recipe that makes me very happy… These nuts are delicious sprinkled on a salad or eaten alone. I especially enjoy them on a bed of lettuce or baby spinach with crumbled feta, avocado, and dried cranberries or apples. What you’ll need: 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar 1/3 – 1/2 cup Sucanat* (or brown sugar) 2 cups pecan pieces large skillet parchment paper What to do: Lay out a large piece of parchment paper to place nuts on when...

Choosing Joy

Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Do you think that is true? Unhappiness has crept into my life many times.  It felt natural.  If my daughter didn’t throw a tantrum at the grocery store, I would be happy.  If I hadn’t burnt the dinner, I would be happy.  If the kids pitched in a little more, I would be happy.  If I could read my favorite blogs without interruption, I would be happy! The problem with this thinking is that it bases happiness on circumstances.  And we can’t always...

Healthy Factors for a Happy Home

A home filled with peace and joy does not happen by chance.  It takes intentional effort and hard work.  But I’m not telling you anything new.  If you are a mother,  you already know that! There are many factors that affect the tone of the home.  Our goal here is to work on the ones we can actually control.  Why?  So we can create a refuge from the world for our families.   A safe haven. This blog will be focus on a few key areas: – Healthy Spirits – Healthy Minds – Healthy Bodies – Healthy Relationships – Healthy Habits...

What God says about Himself

word cloud made @ Yesterday we talked a little about getting to know God and how knowing Him is the foundation for a peaceful home.  I mentioned liking scriptures in which  God describes Himself because in them we find firm truths to take hold of.  Below is a list of verses in which God tells us about Himself (my husband put it together for me). I like to use these verses as a foundation for memory work with the kids and am slowly going through the them, memorizing each one.  I prefer to do this before memorizing other verses...

Number One Way to Delight in your Days

Know God. It’s as simple (and as complicated) as that. All the other tips and tricks I plan to share may help a little, but without God, it won’t matter. He made you.  He loves you. And that is a comfort.  As much as we learn and experience in this life, we still can’t see what God sees.  He is the One who knows all and made all.  From beginning to end, He is.  And He wants the best for us. How can we know God? Read His word. The Bible is God’s word.  He has revealed Himself to us...

SugarBean teaches Bible Class

On Fridays I go to Ladies’ Class. My children come with me. The class is in the church building and we set the table up close to the nursery. Another mother comes with her children and our kids play together in the nursery while we have class (Don’t worry, the nursery door has a big window! We can see them) The Ladies are so good about having the kids there, even when things get rowdy on occasion! My daughter decided she wanted to make this play time into Bible class time. She is the oldest (8 years) and wanted to...