Ready for Spring and Meal Plan – 2-28-16

We had a lovely little blizzard last week. We really didn’t get that much snow, but the winds were very high. The roads were not suitable for driving though! I’m super thankful that Hunky Husband was able to make it home around noon and worked from home the rest of the day.

After we completed our homeschool day, the girls and I acted silly and did some baking. Because what else are you going to do during a blizzard?

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The weekend has been busy, but oh so good. Miss Spunky had her last basketball game of the season. Hunky Husband is the coach and one of his players gave him a basketball that the whole team signed. How sweet is that?! He loves coaching. My little Lady participated in a “Battle of the Books” with our homeschool team. They did so well and missed the final round by 1 question.

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Grandma and Grandpa came to watch both events. Some friends came to support the Battle of the Books too.

Worship and time spent with church family today. My heart is full and ready for the week.

Meal planning…

Sunday – Minestrone

Monday – Stuffed peppers, roasted potatoes, salad

Tuesday – Leftovers

Wednesday – Spaghetti squash/egg casserole

Thursday – Bean tacos

Friday – Stuffed portabellas, roasted potatoes, salad

Saturday – ???

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Spring Cleaning – A Little Early

On Saturday it was 69 degrees outside, and I love to clean. So… I started cleaning some windows. Cleaning windows is a huge project, but especially at my house. You see one of the reasons I love my home is because it’s so bright, but that also means that I have 39 windows. I live in the country next to farm fields and I have 3 dogs so my windows get dirty VERY easily.  I didn’t go crazy with the cleaning over the weekend, but at least I got the dirtiest ones cleaned!

So, in the spirit of early Spring cleaning, I’m running a promo for $10 off of the Get Clean Starter Kit when you order by 9 pm CST on Friday, February 26. You also receive free Shaklee membership with your purchase!

These are my absolute favorite non-toxic cleaners.

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I use Basic H2 for any surface in my home that needs to be disinfected! I use it in my kitchen, bathroom, on my windows, and even in my car!

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I also use the laundry detergent. I was skeptical at first because of our well water, but it is working well!

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Your Get Clean Starter Kit saves you $3,000+ and includes:

  • Dishwasher Automatic Powder Concentrate (plus dispenser)
  • Hand Dish Wash Liquid Concentrate
  • Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes
  • Basic-H2 16 oz. bottle (for every household cleaning chore)
  • Nature Bright Laundry Booster & Stain Remover (plus dispenser)
  • Soft Fabric Dryer Sheets
  • Fresh Laundry Fragrance Free Concentrate (HE Compatible)
  • Plus all of the Get Clean accessories: 3-pk spray bottle, dropper pipette,
    pump for 32 oz laundry bottle, measuring scoop, dual measuring spoon, Super Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Super Microfiber Window Cloth,
    Super Microfiber Dish Sponge, Miracle Scrubber Pad and Cleaning Caddy

Contact me if you have questions or need help ordering!

 

 

 

Menu Plan – 2-21-16

Hello!  We’re enjoying a gorgeous weekend!

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Family walk!

I even cleaned some windows yesterday! I love cleaning. I know, I know… I have issues. With 3 dogs, who knows how long they will stay clean.

On the menu for this week…

Sunday – Pasta mixed with spaghetti squash for the fam, just spaghetti squash for me, cauliflower alfredo, and Italian bean balls

Monday – Bean Burgers, roasted potatoes, veggies (asparagus?!)

Tuesday – “Refried” bean tacos

Wednesday – Zucchini fritters (using frozen zucchini from the garden), salads, fruit

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Butternut squash soup

Saturday – Breakfast for dinner – veggie omelet or frittata of some sort & fruit

What’s on your menu for the week? Were you able to enjoy the amazing weather God blessed us with?

Happy Friday!

It’s been a fun, busy week! I’m linking up with Angela for another High Five Friday.

We still had a regular homeschool day on Monday, but joined friends for roller skating in the afternoon! I had full intentions of skating more than I did, but I was enjoying talking to my friends while the girls skated with theirs!

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We have started a ladies’ Bible study via conference call. I have done Bible studies over the phone before, but not in a larger group. I think the set-up is going well, and I am really benefiting from the study on “Seasoning Your Words.”  I’m working on not being so critical and asking myself, “Is this really necessary?” before I speak. Let’s just say my youngest gets her lack of tact from her Mama.

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This weather is amazing! It’s supposed to be in the 60s today and tomorrow! It’s REALLY windy today, but tomorrow is supposed to be better. I know it’s too early, but I’m itching to get my hands in the dirt!

I have been slowly detoxifying our lives by finding replacements for cleaning products, skin care, etc… So, I got this makeup for my birthday. I love it!

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I had another Facebook event this week. I covered “Real Food in a Processed World” giving some real food swap ideas. I love teaching, but I really love working one-on-one with clients. It’s such a blessing to see people feeling better. I had one person tell me she hadn’t had a fibromyalgia flare-up in weeks. Woohoo!

NOTE: I like doing these High Five Fridays because it makes me concentrate on the things that went well this week. However, I don’t want it to be discouragement to readers who may think my life is always sunshine and roses. Let’s keep it real.

  • Winter is hard for me.  March and April are usually the worst because I always think it’s going to be warm, but, you think I would know by now, it’s NOT.
  • My kids and husband don’t always like the new recipes I try.
  • My school room pretty much looks like a tornado at the moment.
  • I could go on, but today’s post is supposed to be about the positive things! 🙂

Have you ever done a Bible study via conference call? Are you getting excited about gardening?

Menu Plan – 2/14/16

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hunky Husband and I don’t get too excited about Valentine’s Day. However, my Little Lady wanted to have a family Valentine’s Day celebration. We even picked out special decorations one day when it was just the 2 of us, so it can be a surprise for the other 2. One evening while the other 2 were at basketball practice, we scoured Pinterest for ideas and I let her pretty much choose the menu. She’s getting so big and helping me in the kitchen so much. Bittersweet.

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Sunday – Little cheeseballs with faces made with red peppers, roasted potatoes, salad (with some kind of protein), asparagus, cranberry sauce, and ice cream (So Delicious Dairy Free Cashew milk “ice cream” – so good for a treat!)

Monday – Veggie Chili

Tuesday – Spaghetti squash with basil and cauliflower alfredo

Wednesday – Homemade individual pizzas (cashew sauce for me)

Thursday – Black bean tacos

Friday – Stuffed peppers, roasted potatoes

Saturday – Crunchy cashew Thai quinoa salad – (probably with a lentils instead – my family just can’t get into quinoa – Yes, I know… Gasp!)

What’s on your menu for the week? Does your family like quinoa?

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Have you ever noticed that most muffins are basically cupcakes without icing? Not these! But they were loved by my kiddos! “Mom, can I have another one?” I can say, “Sure!” Without the mom guilt. 🙂

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

2 cups old fashioned oats, ground into a flour in food processor, GF if necessary

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. pure powdered stevia

2 ripe bananas, pureed

2 eggs

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 – 1/2 cup water *

Grind oats in food processor. Mix dry ingredients together. Puree banana in food processor. Add egg and vanilla extract. You can use less vanilla extract. We just really like it. 🙂 Add water until the “right” consistency. Sorry. I told you I was a horrible recipe developer. 😉

Bake in preheated oven at 375 for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Make a double batch in case your kids are like mine and devour these babies!

Menu Plan – 2-7-16

Hello!  It’s the start of a new week! My half-marathon training starts this week. I have been focusing on strength training for the past 6 weeks. I will continue to incorporate my strength workouts, but I will be getting in some higher mileage! Bring it on!

This week’s meal plan…

Sunday – Stuffed portabellas (grilled cheese on Ezekiel bread for the kiddos), veggies

Monday – Butternut squash soup

Tuesday – Out for my birthday!

Wednesday – Refried Bean tacos – This is actually my birthday and Mexican is my fave!

Thursday – Veggie Minestrone

Friday – Black bean burgers, coleslaw, potatoes

Saturday – Omelets and fruit

What’s on your menu this week? Will your kids eat mushrooms?

High Five Friday – 2-5-16

Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Happy Fit Mama again this week for a High Five Friday!

  1. Pottery with friends! I live in a really small town and this little pottery place opened up before Christmas. I was so excited. You can go and paint pre-made pieces of pottery like other pottery places but you can also go and take a class (or do a field trip) to actually learn how to use the wheel! Each kid got 2.5 pounds of clay and made 3 pieces. Now, I want to go take a class too!20160203_141320.jpg
  2. It’s Go Red for Women’s Heart Health Day! Are you wearing red?  Heart health is really important to my family. My grandpa died of a heart attack, my dad and uncle have heart disease (started at a young age too!), and heart disease runs in Hunky Husband’s family too! 20160205_125558.jpg
  3. It just so happens that we’re talking about the Circulatory System in Science right now too. We made a model of blood today. 20160205_091313.jpg
  4. 10 Things Your Homeschool Friend Won’t Tell You But Wishes You Knew – Not all of these are true for me, but there are many that are! For example, I don’t feel physically tired, but at the end of the day, my brain needs a break!
  5. I’m lovin’ my Life Shakes! They are really good warm! blogpic27.jpg

How has your week been?

Gluten and Dairy Free 101 – Part 2

So, if you are wanting to do a trial of living gluten free, what’s the first step?

First of all, if you think you may have celiac disease, you need to get tested BEFORE you eliminate gluten. If you eliminate it first, you celiac panel will likely come back negative.

Many people feel better eliminating gluten but it’s not for everyone. Before you eliminate any thing, I recommend you begin taking a quality multi-vitamin… not all vitamins are created equal. I remember 10-15 years ago when I was in Pharmacy school, they told us this same thing! When tested, some brands contain fillers, even including things like grass!  So,  your multi-vitamin will help fill in any nutritional gaps you may encounter while on an elimination diet.

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Next, eat real food. There are all kinds of gluten free products available these days which  is very nice for  convenience. But that is how you should use them… for convenience EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. Don’t let them become staples. Most of them have many other ingredients (chemicals) that also cause inflammation.

Instead of pasta – try zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash

Instead of breadcrumbs – try nuts of gluten free oats

Instead of sandwich bread or whole grain tortillas – try corn tortillas or lettuce leaves

Instead of whole wheat flour, use almond flour or coconut flour (not 1:1 sub!)

Instead of croutons – try nuts

Watch out for dressings and seasoning mixes (many contain gluten, sugar,  sodium) – try making your own (cheaper too!)  I keep this taco seasoning one in my pantry to season fajita veggies. I omit the salt.

Use beans instead of flour in brownies/cookies/etc… (not 1:1)

What real food gluten-free swaps do you use?

 

 

Gluten and Dairy Free 101 – part 1

I taught a class on this over the weekend. Seeing as this is the newest health craze – I thought I would share some highlights from my class.

Why might you even explore this in the first place?

  • To decrease inflammation – Inflammation is linked to many diseases including heart disease, autoimmune conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disorders), Alzheimer’s, asthma, allergies, fibromyalgia, and cancer.
  • Weight loss resistance – Some clients are unable to lose weight because their body is intolerant to a certain food.
  • Celiac disease – If you have celiac disease, you MUST eliminate gluten. If you think you might have celiac disease, please get tested before eliminating gluten. If you eliminate it beforehand, you may get a false negative.
  • Get rid of migraine headaches
  • Unexplained symptoms – Have you ever had a pain or digestive problems that your doctor cannot figure out?  Maybe they have done CT scans, MRIs, etc… and can’t find anything. You begin to think maybe the doctor thinks you’re crazy? It’s not that your doctor doesn’t care or thinks you’re crazy. It’s just that they received little to no training in nutrition, so most of them don’t connect the food you are eating to the way you are feeling.

While my class centered around gluten and dairy, you can be intolerant to a myriad of different foods. Not all foods you may be sensitive to are inherently “bad.”  Some people cannot tolerate apples, for example.

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This is why it is important to keep a food journal if you are having symptoms. Comment below and I can send you one. Basically you will track the food you eat, your digestion, and the way you feel at different points during the day. Then you look for patterns.

Have you ever kept a food journal?

Do you suffer from any of the above conditions?