Thursday, February 27, 2014

Trim Healthy Parfait

Do you ever get that "I'm totally over food!!" feeling?
Well that's where I'm currently at. I'm tired of thinking about food and what I should prepare for the next meal or who might or might not like what I do prepare. So meals have been simple around here for quite a while and usually contain a salad and meat of some kind. I make no apologies for this because this seems to be what everyone feels the best on anyway and it's not time consuming. At least not usually. :) Wraps are another easy meal that we all enjoy with one exception. "The Princess" isn't crazy over them but she has to figure something out on her own if she doesn't like what is on the table, which she usually does. :)
Lunch is even simpler since it's just me and the photo above is one of two things that I currently enjoy the most. Easy, refreshing, with all the right components. Fruit, protein, fiber, and healthy fats. What's not to like?
And it's colorful and looks pretty. This is important, you know. :)
1% Cottage Cheese
Finely Shredded
Organic Coconut
Sliced Almonds
Very Yummy!
We were hoping to make a quick dash to Ohio this weekend to do three things. Watch Andre's basketball games and to see my new nephew and to see my parents, even though the visit would have been very brief. The weather however did not get our travel memo and doesn't look all that favorable so I'm leaning towards staying put but will talk to the kids and Lin tonight and see what they think.
My Dad's health is declining and although the visit would be brief it would still be really nice to go see him! I am planning a trip out there soon in March but will trust that God will tell me if I need to get there before that.
Pray for him??
Thank you!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This and That

Because my life really isn't all about food :) here's a peak of another part of my life.
It's coming people, God promised that it would.
The bird even agrees, and they know things.
These next few photos may not mean much to anyone but me but I love to look at them because yesterday morning these two rooms looked nothing like this!!
The Can Cellar
Just the after photos :) there's a real good reason for this.

I love things in order!

Lots of empty cans, I know, but... you know... Summer comes after Spring and then they'll be useful again. Oh and just to give you an idea of how full it was of these empty cans. The top shelf that you see... yep FULL of cans left here when we moved that I haven't used in the almost 8 years that we live here. Thank goodness for that Local Area Facebook Yard Sale thingy!! That was a brilliant idea BTW!
The Pantry
This room got a good clean up too this morning. I can walk all the way to the back shelf again! haha. In case you're wondering... no I didn't purposely put wildlife paneling on my pantry walls! This room had a different life before we lived here. :) And I have even different plans for it's future :)
We've been plunged into the deep freeze again.
And these... just because they're gorgeous! And because they visit me every day and somehow they always remind me of The Lord's Favor. Love them!!

Serena loves to go to this place by the Susquehanna River so on Sunday we took her down to check out the ice and snow.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Cran Apple Crunch Salad

Over the years I've tried at different times to like cottage cheese but just never could say that, yes, I definitely enjoy this! Recently I was reading through the Trim Healthy Mama book and came across a recipe with cottage cheese that made me decide to try it ... again. I added a few ingredients to the original recipe because I thought I would like it better. And... I can honestly say, yum, I loved it! :)
1 Large Apple, diced 
Splash of Lemon Juice
Toss together.
1 cup Cottage Cheese
1 Celery Rib, diced
1/3 cup fine, unsweetened Coconut
½ cup dried Cranberries
1/8 cup finely chopped Walnuts
Salt, to taste

Give it a stir and enjoy!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Good Old Fashioned Winter!

Currently in progress is another beautiful snowy day! No school, just a cozy, relaxing day at home. I'm loving it!
Stay safe and warm!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snow and Ice

It's really hard to describe in words just how beautiful it really is outside with all the ice and snow. Here are just a few favorite photos that may give you a glimpse of it.
 Tonight's Sunset
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Many people and businesses had to trade convenience for the beauty but thankfully the electric company(s) are slowly but surely getting things up and running again.
afternoon light

 evening light
The boys had school today but Serena's school did not have electricity soon enough this morning so she ended up here at home again. She is ready to get back!

Have a Blessed evening!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Natural Beauty

My Bluebird friends visited yesterday. :)
Are they not beautiful?!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Mint Chocolate Pie

If you like mint and chocolate ganache you are in luck. Just the right amount of each is found in the creamy goodness of this pie.
My sister Karen shared this recipe with me. She added the decadence of the ganache to it which is a perfect addition.
1 baked 9" pie shell
8 ounces dark chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
Heat cream till bubbles appear around the edge. Pour over chocolate chips, let sit for a minute then stir till smooth. Pour into baked pie shell. (I used half of this and thought it seemed like enough). Refrigerate until firm.
Mint layer:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 drops green food coloring
1 Tablespoon peppermint extract
16 ounces Cool Whip, divided
Whip the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the milk, mint, and coloring and stir to combine. Fold in most of the Cool Whip. Reserve enough for the top.
Assemble and enjoy. Garnish with chocolate curls or shavings.
Happy Monday!
No school today :) lots of white stuff floating down. What a lovely way to spend a Monday!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Poached Egg in a Zucchini Nest

Some mornings just need a delicious start.
Okay, ALL mornings should start out on a good note, and most of them do! :) But just in case, good food certainly helps!

½ zucchini, shredded
½ smallish onion, shredded
button mushrooms, sliced
1 poached egg
½ Tablespoon bacon bits
salt, pepper, & red pepper flakes
Saute zucchini shreds, onion, and mushrooms until tender and beginning to brown.
Meanwhile prepare a poached egg by cracking an egg into an inch of boiling water. Continue to boil gently until desired doneness is reached.
Enjoy with a few bacon bits for a yummy satisfying breakfast.
We were looking forward to a visit from my sister and her family this weekend but alas, the flu got in the way :( (Murphy's Law, or something like that? ha) We are all disappointed but the kids especially feel this. Not having any cousins around here their age feels like something big is missing sometimes and they always look forward to any interaction with cousins from Ohio.
The temperatures are beginning to feel more gentle which is nice. :) And this makes me think of Spring and working outside :) and photos like this.

Have a lovely Saturday!