Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter 2014 - Forget the Frock!

A friend shared the Eyes That See organization with us today and we were intrigued.  They are all about breaking traditions in the name of love.  Forget the Frock is about passing on that new Easter outfit for a much cheaper tee shirt, and donating the money to feed children.  For a month.  

I am only all about this kinda thing only if it comes from the heart.  And no guilt!  Please know that there have been many a year that I go out and buy exactly what I want for my family so we all look adorable for that perfect Easter picture.

I traipse through the mall looking for that perfect dress.  Oh and shoes.  And a sweater -- we do live in Ohio -- which means probably tights.  And let's not forget I need to times this all by EIGHT.  It's exhausting.  And expensive.  So when I read through their website today, it took about .8 seconds for me to be.....IN!  SIGN ME UP!  YES, PLEASE!

I wanted to run it by the family though and I was so proud of them for taking about as long to sign up also.  We showed them the website and read the mission to them.  One of the kiddos said, "So no fun new Easter outfit?"  And another said, "But, we do get to feed a child for a month!"  And then they all said, "LET'S DO IT!"

Love this gang.

So, when you see us on Easter, we will be in our blue jeans, flips and these lovely tee shirts.  Anyone wanna join us?  :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Incredible Gluten Free (and Grain Free!) Bread

I've followed Danielle Walker's blog, Against All Grain for some time now so when she recently debuted her recipe book, I Two-Day shipped that book right to my house. (thanks, Amazon 1-click shopping!)

This morning I made her "world famous sandwich bread" which is grain free.  I've tried a few GF breads and to be honest, they aren't great.  This one is fabulous!  I'm going to mess around with the rise a bit on the next round (I failed to add the milk until the end, oops!) but all in all, it is fantastic.  The only thing I will say, it's a bit pricey, however I found a few bulk cashew butter options online that my grocery budget is going to love.

Here is the link to the recipe: Best GF bread, right here!
(P.S. I substituted raw cow's milk for the almond milk)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Beet Smoothie!


We have lots of lots of beets from our CSA so I've been making beet smoothies the past week.  Beets are a blood purifier, improve digestion and have a significant amount of fiber.....and that's just 3 of the many beet benefits!

I make them similar to my green smoothies (and I even add greens) and grind away.  Here's what I did this morning:

purified water
frozen organic blueberries
organic lemon (cut off outer peel)
handful of organic beets (locally grown from our CSA, yay!)
a few large handfuls of organic greens (your choice!)

Grind in the BlendTec and serve!  Yum.

*thank you stock internet photo.  We drank ours before I could snap one!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Carl Linnaeus

Today during CC art the kiddos learned about Linnaeus, who was most famous for his work in taxonomy (the science of identifying, naming and classifying organisms.)

He would spend hours, week and months intricately drawing and painting different plants and identifying their parts.  He went on to create a system of naming plants and animals that we still use today and is known as the "Father of Taxonomy."

This was Abby's interpretation of what Linnaeus' work may have involved:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

All 6!

Happy Birthday (again!) my Love.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Kendall!

Happy 1st Birthday to our youngest!  Kendie, you have made the past year the BEST one yet!  You are an angel and the most content child I have ever encountered.  You make every day brighter.  God has given us miracle after miracle this year and we are so thankful.  We love you, Bunny Boo.