Saturday, October 31, 2009

Scrumptious Saturday - Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I volunteered to help out with Hannah's Halloween party at her preschool. I was asked to do the snack. Actually, I was asked to make iced cupcakes in the shape of pumpkins or spiders.

I tried. I really did.

First of all, while I let Hannah have cupcakes now and then, I feel like it goes against who I am right now, to bring in an unhealthy snack the week after I asked the teacher if parents could start bringing in healthier snacks on school days.

So, I decided to go with a healthified pumpkin muffin. I tried to make the icing look like spider webs...FAIL.

I went with a dollop of icing with a candy corn on top, and I think they look pretty cute - and they tasted unbelievable!


26 muffins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. 1
    Mix first 5 ingredients together; separately, mix dry ingredients.
  2. 2
    Blend the two mixtures together, fold in chips.
  3. 3
    Generously fill 24 greased or paper-lined muffin cups.
  4. 4
    Bake at 400 degrees F. for 16-20 minutes.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Family Friday - Growing Up Fast

I guess this doesn't totally surprise me, but it did crack me up when Hannah decided to display her new memorization while on the toilet at the park...Don't worry, I waited to film it until we left the bathroom...and remember....with LEVERTY and justice for all!

video

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday


Ok, is it just me or are the changing leaves this year more beautiful than any other year, ever???

Maybe it's because of all the sun we've been having, or my spectacular moods.

The trees are just so vibrant and bright. I've been taking the time to gaze in awe at the beauty that God has created of each season, literally and figuratively speaking.

Hannah and I went to the park on Monday evening. The weather was beautiful and crisp.

No one was there.

It was quiet.

Just me and my favorite kid!

I got to revel in the sound of her giggle as we played tag, and pretended that the play area in Paradise Park was the magical castle of a witch, and we had to free all of the magical princesses (her figurines) the witch had shrunk. We had to tiptoe through the castle and reverse the spell to make them big again.

How fun is that!?

We played "spider" on the swings where she loves to laugh and snuggle! MY FAVORITE!

Then, as soccer practice started, we watched out neighbor coach one of the girl teams while Hannah pretended to be a cheerleader.

What a beautiful season, what a beautiful family.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Detox Update 2

Ok, well it's Day 11 of 20 on the detox.

I'm just over halfway done.

I am craving cupcakes. It could be because I watching a Bobby Flay cupcake throw down.

I do miss my sweets and it has been difficult trying to cook dinner for my family and myself. I do NOT like making 2 dinners. I feel like I'm living in the kitchen.

THAT SAID:
I feel better than I've felt in as long as I can remember. I'm down a couple of pounds. I'm pleasant (go figure). I've been so miserable the last few months, I forgot what it felt like to be happy. My digestive system is running like it's supposed to which I have never experienced and life is good.

This detox is difficult, expensive, and is torturing me by denying me chocolate, but how I feel is rivaling the negatives this imposes.

My sister, who's also doing the detox, may have a different story :)

*Confession* I took a bite of a piece of pizza, chewed it up, and spit it in the garbage...Is that bad?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tips and Hints - Have a schedule

Now, before I begin, I must say that I have NOT mastered this, but when I utilize this technique I'm much more efficient, and my house stays cleaner.

Not too long ago, I made a schedule of what day's I'd clean certain rooms, do laundry, vacuum, change sheets, etc. I call in my Daily Life Organizer and it looks like this:

When I'm overwhelmed by what needs to happen in a day, I can look at this and say, it's Tuesday. All I NEED to get clean is the kitchen and dining room (plus a few daily chores like making the bed and doing the dishes). It takes the stress out of it. I don't know if you're like me, but sometimes, if there's too much to do, I don't know where to start and I'll do nothing.

I highly recommend you make your own schedule like this that works around your personal day to day activities. You'll be amazed at how accomplished you feel!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Money Monday - Christmas shopping?

I keep hearing that people are done Christmas shopping and wrapping presents.

WHAT THE HECK?

I've picked up a very minor couple of things I suppose. Not totaling more than $15. I'm so bad at this. I don't budget for it until December, and them I'm running around trying to figure out what the heck I'm getting everyone.

I'm very seriously considering getting gift cards for everyone.

I'm tired of getting stressed out about Christmas. I thought we could lighten up a bit but my husband informed me that we can not. One more tight, sale-scouring Christmas - not that I'll go nuts next year...I just want to lighten up a bit.

So what do I recommend?

Even if you're not shopping, start sticking $10, $20 or $30 a week away for Christmas. Just put it in an envelope. You can get cash back when you grocery shop and add it to your grocery budget. You might not have ALL you need saved by December, but you will be poised if you find that perfect gift for someone, on sale. That's where I make my mistakes - I'm never poised for a good deal!

Do any of you have tips for Christmas shopping?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Spiritual Sunday - Unknowing causing others to stumble


I was reading my Bible yesterday and this passage spoke to me differently than ever before. I don't know why.

Sometimes, as followers of Christ we think we know things, more things than one who doesn't know Him. We are obviously better off in a place where we know Christ, but what we do with that knowledge can actually push people away from Christ.

Obviously most of us aren't accustomed to sacrificing food to idols, so I sit here and try to contemplate where this idea fits in with today's life. I know there are many ways that we, as followers of Christ, can unknowingly cause those being pursued by Christ to misstep. 

So my advice to you, and to myself today is pay attention to what you're saying, watching, listening to, thinking about, and doing. Would it be confusing to someone who is trying to get closer to God, would it push someone away from God, or are we being good examples? Strive for the latter today. 

Read the Scripture below and, if you're so inclined, explain how it speaks to you.

1 Corinthians 8

Freedom with Responsibility
 1-3The question keeps coming up regarding meat that has been offered up to an idol: Should you attend meals where such meat is served, or not? We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions—but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all. 4-6Some people say, quite rightly, that idols have no actual existence, that there's nothing to them, that there is no God other than our one God, that no matter how many of these so-called gods are named and worshiped they still don't add up to anything but a tall story. They say—again, quite rightly—that there is only one God the Father, that everything comes from him, and that he wants us to live for him. Also, they say that there is only one Master—Jesus the Messiah—and that everything is for his sake, including us. Yes. It's true.
 7In strict logic, then, nothing happened to the meat when it was offered up to an idol. It's just like any other meat. I know that, and you know that. But knowing isn't everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn't that insensitive.
   We need to be sensitive to the fact that we're not all at the same level of understanding in this. Some of you have spent your entire lives eating "idol meat," and are sure that there's something bad in the meat that then becomes something bad inside of you. An imagination and conscience shaped under those conditions isn't going to change overnight.
 8-9But fortunately God doesn't grade us on our diet. We're neither commended when we clean our plate nor reprimanded when we just can't stomach it. But God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a fellow believer still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track.
 10For instance, say you flaunt your freedom by going to a banquet thrown in honor of idols, where the main course is meat sacrificed to idols. Isn't there great danger if someone still struggling over this issue, someone who looks up to you as knowledgeable and mature, sees you go into that banquet? The danger is that he will become terribly confused—maybe even to the point of getting mixed up himself in what his conscience tells him is wrong.
 11-13Christ gave up his life for that person. Wouldn't you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn't really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you hurt your friend terribly, risking his eternal ruin! When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ. A free meal here and there isn't worth it at the cost of even one of these "weak ones." So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there's any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Scrumptious Saturday - Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

On this detox, I had to find a salad dressing that I'm allowed to eat that tasted good.

I'm a huge fan of Food Network and it's always on around here. Matt saw Tyler from Tyler's Ultimate making a roasted tomato vinaigrette and told me I should try it.

Boy am I glad he was paying attention because this dressing is one of the most delicious I've ever tasted. I've never made my own salad dressing before, but this will be a staple from now on. It actually tastes like a creamy dressing to me, but it's not.

If you don't like tomatoes don't write this one off. I'm not a fan of biting into a plain tomato either, but the combination of flavors in this dressing is just perfect!

One change I made: I can't have sugar on this detox, so I substituted Agave Necar. I also used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic.

Check out the recipe here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Family Friday - Sweet Dreams

On Sunday nights, I get home from church late and Matt usually has Hannah in bed. She really is not happy when I'm not home to tuck her in, so I always go in and give her some smooches when I get back.

Last night, I found her like this:



Her face was completely covered by Minnie Mouse! How cute is that? I guess she's as excited to go to Disney as Matt and I are....I bet she was having some sweet dreams!!

We're also planning to bring our extended family, Curt and Debbie Shaw, some dinner tonight. Debbie is recovering well after a very scary heart attack just over a week ago. We love her bunches and are so glad she's safe and healthy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I feel so thankful today:

I'm thankful for a healthy family.

I'm thankful for helpful friends!

I'm thankful that even though my escrow was short, it was only by $50.

I'm thankful that we're finally getting stuff done on the house.

I'm thankful for a sweet little girl.

I'm thankful for two days in a row of blue sky and shining sun. I need that!

I'm thankful for my Dyson.

I'm thankful for Food Network...Is that shallow???

I'm thankful for Almond Butter YUM!

I'm thankful for my vision insurance. I'm actually going to get new contacts soon!

I'm thankful for worship music.

I'm thankful for my husband who automatically plugs my phone into the charger when the battery is dying.

I'm thankful for the strength, peace, and power of an Almighty God.

I could go on all day today!

What are YOU thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Detox Update

Well, as I'm writing this, I'm starting Day 2 of the detox. It's going pretty well. I thought I'd be worse with the diet restrictions, but I feel okay. I actually didn't miss my sugar yesterday at all. In fact, I can't tell you the last time I went a whole day without sugar.

I'm feeling great! I'm in a better mood than I've been in in months. But, I don't know how much I can attribute to the detox since I felt good the morning before I started it. The sun has been shining and that makes a huge difference for me.

I know one thing...Almond Butter is going to get me through this!

My sweet mother had dinner at her house on Sunday with all kinds of DELICIOUS foods, and she so kindly made my sister (who's detoxing too) and I foods we could eat like lentil soup, turkey chili, and quinoa tebuleh. That's a nice mom.

I think tonight for dinner we'll have some leftover chili with butternut squash "fries"....like healthy chili cheese fries (but mine won't have the cheese :) I got this idea from my friend Jackie. You can check out one of her blogs out here if you'd like.

For those of you who don't know (and have been hiding under a rock), I'm doing this detox to help flush the chemicals from the Methotrexate (chemo drug) I had been taking for the past two years. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tips and Hints - Set a Timer 2nd Edition


I have mentioned before about setting  at timer to clean when you're lacking motivation.  Today I want to revisit that concept but from a different angle.

As I said last week, Tuesdays are my cleaning day. Hannah does not have school on Tuesdays so she's home with me. I have so much I do that I worry about neglecting my Hannah Banana. 

So, after I finish a task or a room or whatever, I announce Hannah Time and set the timer for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off (which elicits a pouty lip from Hannah) it's back to work for me, but as soon as I finish my next task, it's Hannah Time again! 

So, when the day ended, Hannah and I:

Built two puzzles (Dora and Belle)
Drew pictures of ourselves next to Christmas trees with presents under them (she was a jet pilot in hers)
Worked on a Maze book
Played Ice Cream Shop (twice)
Read books
Played with Max, Ruby and Blues Room figurines 
Did a Bible devotional and practiced her memory verse

This doesn't include cuddle time or time when I take care of basic needs with her. 

Maybe this idea sounds so awful - like scheduling in your child...but for me, if I don't do it this way, I won't do it at all. How many of you can say that you spent two hours of playtime with your child engaging them in quality activities with you?? If you can say yes to that question, I admire you - but I believe most would answer no. 

Now I must note, I do not IGNORE Hannah when it's not "Hannah Time."  I'm just not actively playing with her. I'll set her up with toys in the room I'm working in, or have her help me clean or clip coupons. Hannah Time is when she picks what we do, and she has my undivided attention.

So, set a timer for a little while to play with your kids. If you include them as priorities on your list of to-dos for the day, you won't spend time thinking about what you COULD be doing when you're trying to play with them. It'll be there turn, and exactly what you're supposed to be doing at that moment. Give it a shot :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Money Monday - generosity part 2

So, on Sunday nights at Nexus, we have been talking about generosity, and last week I mentioned that I was pondering wether or not I'm generous enough with our money.

I'm still thinking about that. Matt and I chatted about it a little last night and thought about actually budgeting in money to give away, He suggested that we should wait until our 3-6 month emergency fund is in place.

I mentioned last week how important I think it is to make sure your own family and household is taken care of before you can help others. That makes sense to me. The more stable I am, the better position I'm in to help others...but I want to do it now! I guess there's a lot of things I want to do with our money NOW but it only goes so far.

That said, I'm glad I'm thinking about generosity, and I'm really daydreaming of the day we can give a waitress a $100 tip...or sneak someone who's hurting a couple bags of groceries. That day will come in time.

On another note, OUR ATTIC DOOR IS IN!!!! I'm so excited. There's still a lot to do, but the door is installed and that's huge. So far we've spent about $185 on that. We need to re-insulate, put a floor down, get a cover for the inside of the door, and run electricity for a light up there. I'm hoping all that can be done for less than $325...and I'm hoping it gets done soon!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Scrumptious Saturday - Spider Cookies/Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Look how cute and easy these little spider cookies are for Halloween!!

I was going to make them for Hannah's halloween party, but I think I'm going to stick with a healthier pumpkin muffin instead. After emailing her teacher to request that parents bring in healthier snacks, I don't feel right bringing in junk food! I feel like this is a happy medium! Actually, if you're interested in that recipe, it's here. I'm going to use half wheat and half white flour, and honey instead of sugar (ratio of 3/4 honey to 1c sugar). I will probably use less of the chocolate chips too.

Just to be festive, I might stick a candy corn in the top of the cupcake.

Do you think I'm wrong??? The mom in charge of the party asked me to bring in large iced cupcakes in the shape of something for Halloween. I told her I'd figure out something...Hope she's not too mad :) It's only going to be 10am!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Family Friday - Double Favorites

Hannah is very excited to have a sibling someday. I might even say she's equally as excited as I am to have a new baby in this family (whenever that happens). She even likes to tell people that I'm going to have a baby...and when I tell her to stop telling people that, she'll hold up her hand at me and say "SOMEDAY MOM! SOMEDAY YOU WILL."

I'm always telling her she's my favorite. Which, most parents don't have kids as far apart as we will, so they don't get to dote all over their first born as long as I will. I even told her she was my favorite when she was an infant.

I remember rocking her in the chair in her room telling her, "You're my favorite, and when you get big and have a sibling, I'm going to have to say that they're my favorite too, but you'll always be my favorite. Just don't tell them."

I also like to tell her: "If there were a million little kids in a room and I got to pick anyone I wanted...I'd pick you every single time." She loves that one.

I smile on the inside when I think about this, because of two things. The first one being that I know I'll love my kids equally, but it's hard to fathom that right now. I won't be able to say those things anymore when I have two kids, but it's still sweet to think about.

Yesterday, after once again telling her she's my favorite, I had to bring it up. I said,  "Someday, you're going to have a little brother or sister. Are you going to be okay if mommy has TWO favorites?"

She looked up at me and without hesitation said, "Yep!"

I love that kid! She really is my favorite!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful that Matt is finally feeling better! He had me a little nervous for a while there! 


I'm thankful that Hannah is so sweet and prays for me all the time. Today, I'm not feeling well and when I came home from work, we played two games of Candy Land before I plopped on the couch in my dress clothes. She climbed on the couch with me and didn't get down until Matt came home. Any time I'm not feeling well, she won't leave my side and will get anything i need. I love that kid.


I'm thankful that Matt took her to play at the mall so I could rest...and I'm glad that when they came home, Hannah was still interested in reading the next few pages in the Ramona Forever book. SCORE!


I'm thankful that my grandfather is doing well after his first round of chemo. Hannah went to visit him with my mom today and he just adores her. He keeps her picture next to my grandmother's and kisses them both every morning. How sweet is that??


I'm thankful that Disney is 51 days away!! Bring it! That reminds me, I need to get our park tickets.


I'm thankful my attic will be started on Saturday and I'll get to have a play date with Brigitte :)


I'm thankful that yesterday, when I was cranky and miserable and freaking out about the LARGE broccoli florets that said PETITE on the bag, my husband sat down with scissors and cut them all up.


I'm also thankful, that two days ago, when I was STILL feeling sick and lacking sleep, I got to sleep in until nine, because Matt set Hannah up with breakfast and the Disney Channel and told her she couldn't wake me up until after Oso was over.


I'm thankful that God loves me no matter how moody I am.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Scratchy Scratchy

My husband became sick with flu-like symptoms last Friday. Last night, he spiked a fever and was acting a bit dilerious. I'm beginning to get a little nervous. I'm wondering if I'm going to have to take him to the hospital.

My throat is a little scratchy, but I've been downing Immuplex, Vitamin C, Immune boosting drops, tea, honey and lemon etc. I'm praying Hannah stays healthy.

That said, remember to stay healthy today. Wash your hands, keep alcohol hand gel on you, sneeze into your forearm and stay away from others for 24 hours after your symptom free from an illness.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tips and Hints Tuesday - Stay in one spot

Tuesdays are my big cleaning day.

I'm realizing why I can clean the entire day and get nothing done. I move ALL OVER THE PLACE. I'll get distracted by photographs, Hannah's school work, bills and the clutter wins yet again.

I also find that when I start in the kitchen I get discouraged and don't finish the rest of the house. I do not have a dishwasher and washing, drying, and putting away a sink-load takes at least 45 minutes. That doesn't count cleaning out the microwave, stove, or washing the floors! There's no TV to entertain me, and I want to quit.

So here's my advice for being productive when cleaning.

Start in a room that you can complete relatively quickly. For me, it's my bedroom.

If you find something in that room that belongs to another room, quickly place it in that room and walk RIGHT back. Do not get distracted by anything in that room or making sure the object you're bringing in there fits just right in a a specific place...set it down and walk out.

Stay in that first room until it's completed, even if the laundry basket in the hallway overflows, or the toys that your putting back into your child's room seem to be making her room more of a mess...focus on ONE room at a time.

You'll be amazed at how quickly that room gets done. This will increase your motivation and momentum. Have your garbage bag ready and don't be afraid to throw things away. I'll often keep a laundry basket at the top of the stairs and toss in off season clothes or really anything that belongs in the basement that's made it's way upstairs. That way I'm not making a million trips up and down the steps and getting sidetracked by the basement (which is another story!!)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Money Monday - generosity

First order of business: 
Does anyone know how to get discounted Disney tickets? If you have any suggestions, I'll take them.

Secondly, I'm thinking about generosity lately. I firmly believe that it's biblical to take care of your own debts before straining yourself to help others (aside from tithing of course). The Bible tells us we need to take care of our households. 

That said, I often wonder if I'm a generous person. We've never been in a fantastic position to help people out monetarily and there are things I want to do to help others out, but I fear that I've been so cheap for so long, what if I don't know how to give??

I'm usually generous with my time - if someone needs a sitter, a ride, a friend - I'm there. 

But sometimes I just have to wonder how generous I am. I would really like to think I'm a generous person with my money - but I guess I just need to do some soul searching.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Scrumptious Saturday - Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

I altered this recipe from Good House Keeping Magazine. It's delicious and about 165 calories, 6g protein, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber per serving!

Ingredients:

1 large banana broken up
3/4c - 1 c skim milk
1tbsp creamy peanut butter
4 ice cubes

Mix in a blender. Consume (serves two).

Call me and tell me how much it tastes like a milkshake, how full it made your belly, and how wonderful I am.

Hannah even loves to have them for breakfast too!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Family Friday - Preserving Memories

I love scrapbooking and I'm ALWAYS behind.

My good friend Alea has two kids (one is an infant) and she's never behind. You can check out her latest work here.

I'm always a YEAR behind.

I was talking with a friend about getting together last night to get some work done. By the end of the day both of us were so exhausted, we decided to forego our plans until another day.

As I sat on the couch that night around 9pm I was thinking, I'm never going to get caught up!! So I decided to pull myself off the couch (stupid girl) and get started, 11 completed pages and five and half hours later, I went to bed caught up to a year behind again.

I'm going to get some more pictures developed today and hopefully get into the start of December...but we'll see :)

It's important to preserve your family memories. I'd like to say your kids will thank you but here's the reality: If you do it, they won't care, and if you DON'T do it, you'll never live it down. But it is a fun and creative outlet for those inclined.

Enjoy a few pictures of some of the work I got done last night.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I think you all know what I'm thankful for today!!!!!!

If not...read yesterday's post!

I'm also thankful for working from home...which I'm going to do today!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - I am HEALTHY!



I'm on cloud nine (see above).

It seemed as though this day would never come.

I've  been off my chemo for over a month now.

Don't be surprised if you didn't know this. I didn't tell anyone until recently. I don't know why I chose to keep quiet. Probably because I was afraid things would get worse, but mostly because I knew I'd get yelled at because I didn't get the "official" okay from the rheumatologist to stop.

I've felt really great, but the last couple weeks weird things started happening. I thought it could be seasonal allergies, but in the back of my head, fear kept lurking...what if things are getting bad again?

My doctors appointments kept getting shuffled around and pushed back and this morning I thought...this is ridiculous. I haven't been to the doctor since JUNE. I should see him. So I called and got squeezed in with the post op appointments.

Well, I could tell the doctor was nervous because any time I come in unexpectedly because I think something is wrong, something is almost always wrong.

Boy, did I want to jump for joy (and so did he) when he said everything looked great.

Although this is not completely true, but the best way I can figure to describe it - I feel like 2 years ago, someone hit PAUSE on my life and today they hit PLAY again. So much has grown and happened in the past two years to make that statement silly, but there's a part of me that's been dead, that is now alive again - and it feels good.

I'm so thankful to God for being bigger than I am and having power beyond imagination. Thank you to all those who have prayed for me along this journey. Please continue to pray for good health.

I'm off to the nutritionist at 5:15pm today for a liver detox. Woot Woot!

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering about when baby number two will be coming...

Not for a while.

It's recommended that one waits about 6 months AFTER stopping the chemo to start trying for a baby. There's just too much risk for fetal abnormality and death. Some recommend waiting a year. I'll will be doing the liver detox and waiting at least six months. I will then get blood drawn to see if the medication is out of my system. I'm very anxious to complete my family, but I am patient. There's a lot I want to do in my house before the next little bundle comes along. I know it'll happen when the time is right. :)

Love to you all.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Scrumptious Saturday - Crunchy Apple Muffins


Here's a healthy apple muffin recipe that Matt actually requested a second time! It's a keeper! I'm not posting the link because I think I changed the recipe enough to claim it as my own! But I got the original from allrecipes.com if you're interested.


Crunchy Apple Muffins


Ingredients


3/4 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c whole wheat flour
1/3 c honey
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 c fat free milk
2 tbsp butter melted
1 cup tart apples - peeled, cored, and chopped (I used about 1/4 c. MORE)


Topping
1/4 c oats
2 tbsp chopped almonds
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp fat free milk



DIRECTIONS - DO NOT OVER MIX BATTER!!

  1. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, beat egg, milk, honey and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Batter will be thick. Coat muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray or line with papers; fill 3/4 full.
  2. For topping, combine the oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon and milk. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. 
Makes about 1 dozen muffins


Friday, October 2, 2009

Family Friday - Comparisons





Look at my girl.

Above is this year's first day of 4 year old preschool.

Below, the first day of 3 year old preschool.

She's so not a baby anymore!

But, I must add - she's wearing the exact same shoes in each picture :)




Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I'm a little down today. I'm just tired of the world I guess.

People are nasty. It's very discouraging. Why do people have to be so rude?

Anyhow, I'm thankful nonetheless. It's a good thing I don't have an UN-thankful thursday blog where I complain.

I'm thankful I got to sleep in and wake up snuggling with my little peanut.

I'm thankful for a nice run and then walk with the family with a stop at the playground.

I'm thankful that I got to spend the whole day with Han.

I'm thankful I'm going to get to spend time with Jill tomorrow to talk about Disney...Will it ever get here??

I'm thankful that Matt cleaned out the air filter to the furnace today.

I'm thankful for my big fluffy robe.

:)

What are you thankful for?

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