Friday, September 9, 2011

Almost healthy, doesn't it count?

Out there on the web is a recipe for brownies made with black beans instead of flour. Most people think it sounds gross, but you really don't taste the beans at all. While its not a real fudgy brownie, it is a pretty good version.
I have another brownie recipe bookmarked that I wanted to try. This one uses pureed raspberries in place of the oil. Raspberry and chocolate is such a good combination! I didn't have the amount of raspberries that recipe called for so I decided I would take the berries I did have and put them in the black bean recipe instead.
Because the brownies only called for a 1/3c oil and I used a container of fresh raspberries instead they ended up not solidifying like they should. Instead I came away with an awesome tasting raspberry chocolate black bean mousse.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Trying again

I am going to try this blog thing again and see how I do. I need a place to keep things recorded so I figured why not make this it? I wont have a ton of beautiful pictures- even if I was to take them I am terrible at getting them downloaded and posted.
I need someplace to record my recipe attempts. I am lactose intolerant and I think I am gluten sensitive as well. It has caused me to become creative with my food and I don't want to forget what I am doing.
Charlotte is starting high school this year. Our friend's daughter has inspired her to take her four years of high school in a three year time frame. She is rearing to go, the question is, am I?
We will see how this goes, I spend time at the computer nursing the babe but usually don't type cause I hate to type one handed. We'll play it by ear.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Little Update

I have been meaning to update people on our lives for the last month or so but I think it is going to have to wait just a few more days (or the way I do it a few more weeks). This little baby was due yesterday and is talking his/her time so I figured I would wait till the arrival and update on everything. Of course I have been known to be as much as 17 days late when it comes to baby arrivals, so don't hold your breath!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas baking made easier and more fun

The past five or so years, my sister and I have found a neat way to enjoy our Christmas baking even more. Every year we have gotten together and made some of the cookies. We usually only do four different kinds and we only bake enough to make about four dozen (which is usually just one batch of dough). It is easier however, when you are making it together and sharing time with each other as you do it.
Today the three girls and I went over my sisters house to do the annual baking. We figured it might be easier to spend a girls day baking then to do it here with the boys running around and wanting to help. We made peanut blossoms, thumbprints, butternut balls (similar to what some people call Russian tea cakes) and snickerdoodles. We baked the snickerdoodles and butternut balls but froze the other two kinds in cookie sized balls to bake later. We each went away with 8 dozen cookies to share and lots of good conversation.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Celebrating through the Advent season

So many times, with the busy-ness of the holiday season, it becomes a real struggle to keep the focus off of commercialism and onto Christ and family. I thought I would share what we are doing in our family celebrations to combat Christ getting lost in all the hustle and bustle.

For the past few years in a row, we have been doing a Jesse Tree reading. This reading starts the first day of Advent and goes every day through Christmas. The reading follows through the old testament showing the reason why Christ had to come and the different promises God gave leading up to Christ's fulfillment of those promises. The reading we do is found here.

The first year we did this reading we printed a copy of the symbols off in color and every day we glued that reading's symbol onto a small poster. I know people who make ornaments with each symbol on them and I have ideas for some in my head, but just haven't made them yet.

This year, we are also doing some sort of special activity each day of advent. These are all free or very cheap (read: money for materials needed only) ideas and most all of them are done as a family. This is to encourage togetherness and get the mindset off of one day of presents and onto three weeks of sharing. Plus, some of the ideas are service projects that help prompt our family to give to others during the holiday season. Here is our list of activities for this year:

Nov. 30- decorate the tree
1st play board games as a family
2nd make edible gifts for the birds
3rd make paper snowflakes (we hung these on the front door and windows)
4th write a letter to a US soldier
5th buy and deliver gifts for the military over seas (we may not be able to do this if I don't find somewhere to take the stuff!)
6th take treats to the local fire or police department
7th celebrate Daniel's birthday
8th play video games together as a family
9th make Christmas cards for people in a nursing home
10th sleep in living room by the Christmas tree (this will be only the kids as I will be 8 1/2 months along and Dan's back wont let him sleep on a couch all night!)
11th share with each other what you appreciate about each person in the family
12th have breakfast for dinner
13th make gift tags
14th deliver Christmas cards to the nursing home
15th take canned goods to the food center
16th take cookies to the neighbors
17th drink eggnog and eat cookies
18th drive around looking at Christmas lights
19th read Christmas stories together as a family
20th play in the snow as a family (hopefully it will snow by then!)
21st go Christmas caroling (our church does this each year)
22nd make Christmas ornaments
23rd watch a Christmas movie and eat popcorn
24th go to the Christmas Eve service at church
25th go visit relatives

Obviously some people cannot do a few of these (not everyone has a Dec. birthday in their family!) but hopefully this list may give someone else some ideas for something they can do together.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #16 Candy Candy Candy

Life has been rather busy the last few weeks and I have not been posting my assignments- or anything else for that matter. I am hoping to catch up on the assignments and maybe even post a little about life here in the next week while we have a little down time.

This week it’s seriously going to be just fun. This week share your favourite candies. Have fun with this… and you’re welcome to post a photo of YOU eating your favourite candy. Haha!

God’s Word is also like sweetness to our souls. His sweet love, forgiveness, comfort, peace, and more is what makes our lives seem a little more bearable when things get rough. Whenever you eat your sweet piece of goodness remember that God loves you and will always be there when life seems sour.

Share a scripture for this week as well. One that lifts you up when you’re feeling discouraged.

I would have to say that my favorite candies are:
Jelly belly jelly beans, candy corn and dark chocolate. I just started eating chocolate again after not eating it for almost 3 years (long personal story why) and have found that I have become rather picky in my chocolate. Stuff like the typical Butterfinger or M&M's wont do it for me. I like it nice and dark. Trader Joe's has a dark chocolate bar that I use to buy that was really good and I can't wait to go there soon and get myself one.

The past couple of years, with Dan's worker's comp situation and being unable to work, I have relied a *lot* on the scriptures that talk about God's provision and promises to take care of us. One in particular that I studied for a short time is:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Joyous Home giveaways

I don't know how many have heard of Joyous Home Magazine, but it is a great magazine with really cool ideas. They have recipes, gardening tips, decorating tips, etc.
For twelve days they are having a giveaway each day. Today is the second day and they are offering an apron pattern for your daughters (good Christmas idea) and holiday recipe cards. All you have to do is visit their front page each day and download your gift!