Saturday, January 31, 2009

Elijah loves his daddy!

Here is a photo I quickly took the other day of daddy being silly with Elijah. Elijah loves his daddy.

Gracie Bump

Any one know what this could be? It's not a zit. And it seems to be growing. If it doesn't go away within another week or so, I will be taking Gracie to the dermatologist.


On thing that Abi and I love. Is Sushi. We are the only ones in the house that truly enjoy it. But it costs so much. And there are many out there that are vegan. So... here was our attempt at Vegan Sushi. We started with the seaweed, then carrot strips, cucumber strips, avocado, and then sprouts. All rolled up. I really enjoyed it. Abi liked it too.


Anyone ever heard of a Quince? We found these the other day at the grocery store. We bought three thinking we'd really enjoy this new fruit. We were wrong. We won't be eating these... ever.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!!!

Yes, it's snowing in NC. The children were so excited to hear that in the morning there might be snow on the ground. Like in the past, I told the children, don't get too excited. It normally melts before we make it outside. Today was different, it's actually laying!!! I went out to the garage and got out our old snow clothes from our winters in NJ, Grace ended up wearing boy clothes, but she didn't care because it was SNOWING!!! It's really coming down out there. The children were able to do a little sledding and were even able to make a snowman. They were super happy!!! We then came inside and were able to eat some popcorn while they watch Frosty the Snowman. I thought it was appropriate after making our own snowman. They even got some hot coca. 1 cup of soy milk, 1 date, and 2 teaspoons of unsweetened coca powder, blended and then popped into the microwave for a couple of minutes, the children LOVED it. They plan to go out again a little later, but for now were warming up by the fire, and ah, so are our clothes! :) Enjoy the photos!

Hannah in "the bug"

We've had "the bug" since Abigail was a month old. All of the children have really enjoyed it. I guess it's now Hannah's turn. She is now grabbing everything and loves "the bug's" antennas.

Orange Slush

Mmmm.... We tried the "Cantaloupe Slush" recipe with oranges... yummy!!! (Scroll down blog to get the recipe!) Good to the last drop!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

To answer someone's question...

In response to a question about where I've gotten my recipes lately. The answer is and Both sites have vegan recipes that don't include oils or sugar. Chris and I have always limited our children's intake of sugar, and now we have cut it out all together. With the exception of every Lord's Day. (they are allow at treat at church)

This is another blessing of home schooling. They eat what everyone else in our school is eating... what mommy makes them. ha ha... I know it can really be hard making wise food choices in public school. Of course there is the pressure to eat what everyone else around you is eating. We have been blessed that our kids don't have that to worry about.

Also, don't think our children are suffering from never getting sweets. They love their fruits. I often hear my children say... "Is this healthy? It taste like candy!" When in reality, it's just fruits mixed with other healthy ingredients. I actually think their getting more treats to eat now, than before when we just limited their sugar intake! This makes me think I need to go make some healthy ice cream for breakfast! ha ha... You can do that when it's just fruit, soymilk, and ice! YUMMY!!! (I wish I had a cantaloupe.... you guys got to try that cantaloupe slush!)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hannah eats bananas

Hannah tried bananas for the first time this morning. She has eaten prunes and applesauce before, but this was her first time for bananas. I popped a small banana (peeled of course) in the blender this morning and wa la... baby bananas. There were no preservatives or anything else they may put in jar baby foods. This was simply a banana. I think she enjoyed it.

Garbanzo Beans and Bananas

Here is another strange recipe, perfect if you have a gluten allergy, your watching your carbs, your trying to eat less processed foods, or you like to try new strange sounding recipes. Garbanzo Beans and Bananas. It sounds exactly like the name.

Garbanzo Bananza

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 2 minutes

2 Sliced Bananas
1 16 oz Can Garbanzo Beans (Drained and Rinsed)

Place 1/2 can of Garbanzos in each Cereal Bowl. Slice bananas and place on top of beans. Refrigerate about 5 minutes to chill.

You can pour some soy milk on top if you like.

The "nutty" taste Like Cheerios in Milk!!!

The kids loved this.

Clear Plastic Vinyl

My friend Judy gave me this really good idea to help the kids learn, without them really knowing. The idea is to place things that your currently working on, under a clear plastic vinyl table cover. So three times a day, they are staring at the same stuff for a week, and then you can change it out when memorized. Caleb and Abigail are currently working on memorizing some piano notes, Grace is working on counting from 11-20, Zoe is learning her lower case letters, and for Elijah I just put something fun for him. So here is what our table currently looks like. I love it, you don't have to worry about spills, and it protects your table. When company comes over, it slips off easy. Here is a plus... this week clear plastic vinyl is on sale at Jo-Ann's for 50% off. This nice piece of plastic cost me just a little over $4. Thank You so much for the idea Judy!!! :) Reminder: Don't forget to measure your table before going to the store!

Strawbeany Ice Cream

We are into trying new healthy weird recipes lately, so I thought I'd share our experiments. This was suppose to be Strawberry Ice Cream, but I miss the part about letting it freeze for 8 hours! ha ha... Since the kids couldn't wait, we ate it like a yogurt with fresh strawberries. It was a little weird, but the kids LOVED it. To understand the weridness check out the ingredients. Here is the recipe.

Strawbeany Ice Cream

1 cup medjool dates, pitted
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup raw cashews
7-ounces pinto beans drained
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup sliced fresh organic strawberries, divided (1/2 cup optional)

To make ice cream: blend dates, frozen strawberries, cashews, beans, vanilla, and water in a Vita-Mix or other powerful blender until well blended.

Pour into a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries. Cover and freeze for about 8 hours until almost set.

May be served as is or layered with the berries in a parfait glass.

Note: If ice cream becomes too soft you may re-freeze until it hardens slightly.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cantaloupe Slush

Another amazingly healthy treat!

Cantaloupe Slush
1 cantaloupe, rind removed and seeded
2 cups ice
6-8 medjool dates, pitted

Blend the ingredients together in a Vita-Mix or other high-powered blender until smooth.

Note: The same drink can be made with peaches or nectarines.

We only had 5 medjool dates on hand, so that's how many we used. It was great! The kids said they LOVED it. Abi said it tasted unhealthy. ha ha... I guess that meant it was REALLY GOOD! I can't wait to try it with peaches, I think that would be amazing. It was like having dessert for breakfast. YUMMY!!! I wish I would have taken a photo!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


This week, we returned to schooling after a long holiday break. If felt so GOOD to be back in the groove of things. Structure and schedules are good things! I've been updating our schedules, making new chore charts, and menus. It's nice getting re-organized.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Growning up...

Hannah is getting so big. She is eating baby food and sleeping through the night. It so hard to believe that she will be 5 months old! What a wonderful blessing she is to our family.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The BEST dip in the world

Seriously, this is the best dip in the world! Also, VERY healthy! Our friend Jamie passed it on to me, and I made a few adjustments to meet our dietary needs. YUMMY! Kid tested, Mother approved! You got to try this dip! As you can see, it's sooo... good. Very addicting, in a good way. :)

Here are the ingredients....

White Bean Hummus w/Fresh Thyme and Basil

2 c cooked white beans
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Tahiti or (2 Tbsp of sesame seeds if you have a vita mix or blend tech)
1 large clove garlic
2 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tsp fresh thyme
1/4 c fresh chopped basil

Put all ingredients into the food processor or blender. Mix until smooth. Then, pulse herbs or mix in by hand. You want to see pieces of the herbs in the dip.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Party Time

Today we went to our friends 50th birthday party. Both husband and wife turned 50 years old just one day apart! To celebrate, there was dancing, karaoke, and lots of fun. Grace even did karaoke, she sang "Jesus loves me". Enjoy the photos and video!