Monday, March 10, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Her are some pictures from a couple weeks ago. I love our little beach area right now because all the plants are dead and the beach is a decent size for the kids to play. It was beautiful the day I took these pictures. I was in awe!
Friday, February 28, 2014
My simplest ways to reduce calories AND eat healthy is to cut down on fats and sweets. I think a lot of time people will think an extra tablespoon of coffee creamer won't hurt because it is only 35 calories but trust me it adds up! My sister had put it the best way when she helped me remodeled my first kitchen. Her exact words were "yes that faucet maybe only be $200 but when you start adding everything up the new refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave, oven, etc it starts adding up to thousands and thousands of dollars! So yes one item may not seem a lot but when you add it up for the day or even the whole week or month it is a lot and all those calories will end up in the thousands too! So for me when I want to eat those sugary or fattened foods I'll try to reduce the amount by half, whether it's coffee creamer, dressing, sour cream or even when I bake I use half the sugar in the recipe. If that seems drastic to you start off smaller because it really does add up!
A couple healthy plates I made this week. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Laugh and Love,
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Since I am a mother of three gardening is a great way for me to teach my kids about taking care of their own food and maintaining a home. It is also something we can do together and have fun. My kids love picking fruits and vegetables. It also teaches them about photosynthesis right in heir backyard. I also am a little old school. If it were up to me I would have a farm and make everything from scratch so I wouldn't have to go to a market and buy processed foods but I know that is a little extreme.
This year we started out with seeds. We normally buy small plants but I wanted to go all out this year with tons of plants and that can get pricey if they are already grown. I bought containers at lowes, (pictures below) and planted my seeds inside my house next to a window. Within a week they started sprouting. Two more weeks til the last frost and I will be transplanting them outside!
I also put below what I want to do with the rest of my yard. It looks so small in a picture but when your down there chopping all the brush down it feels like forrreevvveer! Our lot size is 1.5 acres and we are planning to clear out a little less then acre. I can't wait til it's all done and let's hope it doesn't take all summer!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ahhhhh Nutella. Who doesn't LOVE Nutella. It is a staple in my house. No one in my house is fond of jelly so we eat Nutella instead. I never introduced jelly when they were young because I am not really a fan of it. We eat peanut butter and Nutella sandwhiches. I'll add a little flax or hemp seed to their sandwich also for some more nutrients. My kids eyes get wide open when they hear nutella. "Yes, mom yes, mom I want it"!
I had some old bananas and ended up making some nutella banana bread last week. They were so good I think I ate the majority of the batch. Sorry kids! It only takes about 20 minutes total time to make also. These are also low in sugar as I didn't add any sugar to the batter like most recipes.
2 cups All purpose baking mix
3 mashed over ripened black bananas
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon nutella for each muffin
Mix all ingredients together. Pour into muffin tin evenly.Take one teaspoon of nutella and swirl on top of muffin. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.