Kids Creations Boutique

 If you're in the area, come check out this fun event!

Kids Creations Boutique
Items Made & Sold by Kids
Saturday, April 20th

Will be located at Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland.

Hope you can come support our community's great kids!!


First Recipe

I LOVE breakfast food.  So, that has been the first thing I've wanted to attack as I change to no sugar living.  So far I've done a lot of boiled wheat with honey and almond milk, eggs & bacon, and a few sugar free whole wheat pancake recipes.  Friday morning I made some delicious whole wheat bran muffins.  I basically found a recipe and adapted it with honey and wheat flour.

Whole Wheat Bran Muffins
2 c. wheat bran (unprocessed)
1 c. butternmilk
1 egg
2/3 c. honey (can reduce if desired)
1/3 c. olive oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. whole wheat flour

1. Mix buttermilk with wheat bran and let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Mix together eggs, honey, oil, and vanilla.  Add to buttermilk & bran.
3. Sift together and then add dry ingredients...just until moistened.
4. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.


Healthy Living

Food, Glorious Food!

I'm adding a category to my "labels" list.

Healthy Living

I know, I know.  There are so many recipe and diet and food blogs out there.  This is not one of them!  This blog is simply a taste (pardon the pun!) of my own journey through life as I live it.  It is evident that eating and living in a healthier way is becoming more a part of the life I'm living.

As with almost everything in my life, I have to write about it to internalize and truly make it a part of me.  So, blogging about my food and health discoveries will be added (including recipes!).

Currently, I have been not eating sugar or white flour for two weeks.  Well, okay, I did have a piece of cheesecake at Bunco the other night.  But, I figure one night a month won't be detrimental.  Oh, and I did eat some pasta last night -- - but it really didn't make me feel so great, so I think that's out for me now, too.   For the most part though, I have been doing great!

What I am not doing is:  going gluten free or dairy free (except no cow's milk). And I'm not even doing "fake sugar."  Honey will be my sweetener of choice.

This week I have been craving ice cream so bad.  I think I'll learn how to make some in the VitaMix or something.  And I think dinner is going to be the biggest deal.  For now I'm just sticking to what we've always eaten and working on changing my breakfast and lunch menus first.  Dinners are HARD.

Anyway, long story short....

I'm adding a new element to the blog.  So, if you're interested....stay tuned.   :-)



Asking the Right Question

I'm having a Brother of Jared experience.
No, don't think too grand, now. :-)

Remember after the Brother of Jared built the ships?  He went to the Lord and asked two questions.
1) How are we going to breathe?
2) How are we going to get light?

The Lord answered the first question with a clear, distinct answer.  "And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: Behold, thou shalt make a hole in the top, and also in the bottom; and when thou shalt suffer for air thou shalt unstop the hole and receive air. And if it be so that the water come in upon thee, behold, ye shall stop the hole, that ye may not perish in the flood (Ether 2:20)."

The answer to the second question was a bit different.  "And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire (v. 23)."  

Apparently, the Lord was willing to give the Brother of Jared the air because He needed them to live through this experience.  The light on the other hand was a bit more subjective, I guess, so the Lord could allow the Brother of Jared to seek out the answer on his own.  

I'm having one of those moments.  
I feel the Lord directly told me, "Change your diet.  Work on your health."  Easy.  Challenging, but a clear answer.  

The second answer I received when seeking what to learn from being down was a bit more like the second answer the Brother of Jared received.  "Well, you need to eliminate some stress.  What do you want to do about that?"   A question I need to seek and find out for myself (though I think I have some hints to what that answer might be).  

But I just realized what the Lord's question-answer really was:  "What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels?"  

What do I want the Lord to do?  This is where our faith comes in, right?  Faith that He will make the light shine in our lives as we do the work.  As we step into the direction we think we need to go, isn't that what happens?  Light appears.  And there is peace.  We see the hand of the Lord in our lives.  

This is something to chew on for a few days.  


National Blue Ribbon Week

What I like to do on this week is make my own blue ribbons for the kids.  Every time I catch them doing a "Blue Ribbon Act" I give them one!  It's not a competition or anything, just something to motivate me to give more positive reinforcement to my children.

"Our children are God’s children. That is their true identity and potential. His very plan is to help His children overcome mistakes and misdeeds and to progress to become as He is. Disappointing behavior, therefore, should be considered as something temporary, not permanent—an act, not an identity." 
Elder Lynn G. Robbins, CR April 2011


A quote to simmer on

image from yourldsblog.com

This is my favorite of two weekends in the year. 

Here is a quote I will be pondering on as I seek answers from the leaders of this great church on how to lead, guide and direct my family.  I know that it is while listening to the prophets' words prayers are answered, peace is felt, and faith is strengthened.  May it be so this weekend, I pray. 

"I can think of nothing sweeter than a home where a man is living his religion, magnifying his priesthood, with his wife supporting him in every way, where love and harmony exists, and where together they are trying to raise a family of righteous sons and daughters whom they can take back into the presence of their Heavenly Father.  This may sound like an impossible dream, but I can assure you that there are thousands of such families within the Church, and it is something that can be a reality for every one of us as we accept and live the teachings of Jesus Christ." 
- - Elder N. Eldon Tanner, Oct. 1973 - -


What kind of Coach are You?

I was sitting at my son's soccer game the other day,  when I became away of the game going on behind me;  or rather, I became aware of the coach of the team playing behind me.

 "Go right, Gracie.  Yeah!  Run down the side.  Lucy's open.  Pass it to Lucy.  Go to the goal. Megan, go up and help them.  Now run up.  Oh.  Go get it from her.  Tricia, run up the side.  Don't use your hands.  Go.  Go.  Julie, be ready to go in.  Guard the goal.  Don't let them get it in.  Now, run to the right.  Go to the left.  Dribble the ball.  Try to score."  

At first I was a bit annoyed with the insesant yelling when I just wanted to watch my son play.  Then the thought hit me, "What kind of coach are you?" 

My mind instantly went to my home. 

"John eat don't spill your food.  Addie pick up your jacket.  Joel, why are you bugging your brother.  Brooklynn, go get the laundry.  Ethan, your shirt is filthy, go change.  No, David.  David, stop.  David!"  

Yeah, you get the point.

So, really, what kind of coach am I?  I started reflecting on the sport coaches my children have had over the years.  Currently, JL's coach is more the quiet type (with a highly organized sidekick).  They teach during practice, but then simply let the boys play the game, practicing what they've been taught.  As I pondered this I came up with 2 Principles for Coaching our children.

Principle #1:  It's in the field,on their own, where they need to learn to make decisions based on what they were taught.  "Teach correct principles and let them govern themselves, right?    If I, as the coach, am constantly giving my players direction while on the field they may not learn to make those decision on their own or they may stop listening to me when it is the right time to teach.  Making  mental notes on the sidelines of where they may falter and then finding the best way to teach them may be more effective than teaching in the moment.

Principle #2:  One core concept as the base will set a pattern allowing players to play the game almost without thinking.  My mind then reflected on our favorite coach thusfar.  JW was with the same soccer coach for several years.  This coach was amazing.  He told us at the beginning, "I just want the boys to learn one thing:  Up the side, to the middle, in the goal."  And he did just that.  This coach was also very positive and encouraging.  His style of coaching reminded me of a primary teacher long ago.  Her goal was simlar, to teach the Sunbeams just one thing:  that Jesus was in their hearts.  The lesson was simple, but effective.

What is my one concept?  Am I so concerned about all of the mundane things that I fail to teach them the one thing I need them to know.  The scriptures teach, "And again, inasmuch as aparents have children in Zion, or in any of her bstakes which are organized, that cteach them not to understand the ddoctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eeight years old, the fsin be upon the heads of the parents (D&C 68:25)."   If all my children learn are these four concepts, and learn them to the point where they don't even need to question them, what a great game they will play!

So, as I shut off the yelling coach behind me and focused my energy on cheering for my son from the sidelines, I determined myself to become a better coach for my players and to focus on the things that matter most.


Saying Good-Bye

I'm interrupting my usual Joyful Mondays post to say a bitter-sweet farewell.

Good-bye to OREOS

Good-bye to Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Good-bye to Dove chocolates.

Good-bye to Twizzlers.

Good-bye to breakfast cereals (oh! my favorite!).

Good-bye to cow's milk.

Good-bye to processed bread in the store.

Good-bye to homebaked cookies & desserts (oh, no....layered cookie bars!)


I'm doing it.  I'm cutting them out.  My first step to my new lifestyle.
A couple of my kids are joining me (so they say).

Wish me luck!!
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