Cold Buster Smoothie

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This smoothie is perfect for the season. Drink in the morning whenever you feel a cold brewing to jump start your immune system.

Ingredients

2 organic carrots with skins

1 organic apple

1 teaspoon chunk of ginger root

2 organic peeled oranges

8 oz coconut water

Directions

Blend together and enjoy for instant relief!

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Green Machine Smoothie

16110295_1239120339506829_2124150770013044736_nI recently watched the movie Hungry for Change and was reminded of the importance of eating to fuel your body. This green machine smoothie is one of my favorite ways to begin the day and it is toddler approved. Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 stocks organic celery

2 Tablespoons NutivaⓇCoconut Superseed Blend

8 oz coconut water

1 cup organic kale or spinach

1 organic apple

1 organic banana

Directions

Blend items together until smooth.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

16110167_615104238689669_3482395320803917824_nThese Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a variation of Betty Crocker’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with a twist. The trick is making sure you cook them just the right amount, so they are golden on the bottom. Otherwise, they will fall apart and you will have a huge mess. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup raisins

1 cup hot water

¾ cup melted butter

1 ½ cup organic sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 ½ cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 cups rolled oats

½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Soak raisins in a bowl with hot water.

Heat oven to 400°

Mix melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

Stir together flour, spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients.

Add oats, nuts, and raisins.

Drop dough onto baking sheets covered with non-stick silpat.

Bake 7 minutes until golden brown on the bottoms.

Basement Remodel

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

Living through a remodel is hard. Living through a do-it-yourself remodel with a baby and a toddler is even harder. Ultimately, you are responsible for the delays, the setbacks, loss of weekends, stress, the costs of time, family, and friendships. Does this balance the cost savings long term? While we are truly blessed to have the family know-how and ability to renovate for such a large-scale basement remodel project; is it truly worth this year long process? After making yet another detailed list, I am still unsure. My husband thinks it is the right thing to do, and for now I need to trust him. Especially since we are already in the thick of it and there is no backing out now.  I guess all we can do is continue to forge ahead as planned.
God, I hope I live long enough to enjoy the fruits of this labor.

Happy 2017

Happy 2017! Every New Year’s Day my husband and I make a list of things we want to accomplish in the upcoming year. We post it on our refrigerator to help us stay focused and motivated. Here is our list for 2017:

  • Pray together every night before dinner
  • Finish basement remodel
  • Visit at least one more national park
  • Kiss 10 minutes a day (or more!)
  • Increase service to others
  • Fix one thing a day
  • Decrease television consumption

We will see where our resolutions take us. May your year be merry and bright!