Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Baking for my family...

I took some time today to bake a few things that we haven't had in awhile.

Gluten free crackers. 

Gluten free vegan cookies. They are pumpkin chocolate chip and I added raisins to good!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Back to art journaling...

I haven't done any kind of art journaling in months! I would sit down at my desk and no ideas would come to me. I hate when I feel like that. I just want to be able to open up my journal and paint, write, and draw anything I feel like. But that just hasn't been happening. I would sit down and just stare at my book until I would give up. That was not fun.

This morning though I finally got a little time to myself and so I tried again. I opened my book and slowly looked through the pages until ideas just started popping in my head. I added little touches here and there until I was satisfied with what I had and it was great! I love just getting paint down on paper. It is very relaxing for me. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Homemade oatmeal packs!

It is that time of year again where I feel like eating oatmeal. I don't usually like it very much but in the winter I am drawn toward the warmth of it. I enjoy the texture of steel cuts much more then quick oats but they just take too long for me to cook. 
You basically just mix up about 5 cups of the oats (or any amount...depending on the container you will be putting it in) and any spices/sugar you would like.

It will look like this when its done. So good (when I'm in the mood for oatmeal). Haha
I filled up my container for home and then filled up some packets for my hubby to take to work. You generally use 1/3 cup of mix per serving.
I hope that you enjoy the ease of this oatmeal mix. If you are the kind of person who needs an exact recipe then you can easily find one online. That's where I got the idea from. :)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkin time!!

I roasted pumpkin today. It was past time to get that done. My freezer has been out of pumpkin for months! I don't even eat it that often but I like to have it if I need it. :)

It ended up being super yummy just like this. I got about 9 cups when I was done bagging it all. I may have to get another one soon and do this again. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

What do you desire?

I have been seeing this word everywhere lately...DESIRE. What does this mean? Desire. I feel it means, something you want with all your heart. I am reading a book right now that makes you ask yourself some tough questions...

What do you want?
What do you desire for your life?
What do you want your life to look like?

Those aren't some very hard questions to answer. I can easily write several blog posts about things that I want out of life, but the hard part is actually making those things I want come true. I am quite set in my ways and it is so hard for me to change. I have lots of bad habits in my life that I have developed over the years and they are going to be so hard to break. I don't know the first thing about meeting my goals. They are easy to make but when it comes to actually doing things to fulfill those goals I just give up. I have ALWAYS just given up because things would be too hard. I don't like to get out of my comfort zone. I don't like to make changes to my life. I know this about myself. 

I am going to have to though. I want to start slowly and look deep inside myself and be very aware of the things I want and how I need to go about getting them. I need to consciously make decisions for myself and try to slowly change my bad habits. They are only making me miserable... I figure I would rather be miserable and uncomfortable trying to change my bad habits then just being miserable while living my life like it is. 

You got any tips for me? How can I change my bad habits into good ones?

Friday, September 11, 2015

My day with A and her fever....

Today has been super busy...

The kids woke up later then usual b/c of the thunderstorm. It's always nice to sleep during a thunderstorm to me and now I guess the kids think so too b/c they didn't wake up until an hour later this morning. Then I fed them breakfast and sat down to check my e-mail. I noticed that my daughter was still pretty tired and cranky, but didn't think it was a big deal. About an hour later, she bumped her head and when she came to me to kiss it, I realized that she felt warm. Of course she had a temp of 99* when I took it. Why can't kids get sick on a Monday?!? It always has to be on a Friday when you can't take them to the doctor. Oh well, there isn't anything I can do about it. She isn't having any other symptoms except the fever so I'm just trying to keep it down. About an hour later her fever was up to 100.8* so I gave her some tylenol. In the mean time, I had prepped supper (making soup of course cuz that always makes you feel better when you are sick), put some bone broth on the stove to boil all day, fed the kids again, took some clothes out of the dryer, etc. I am so tired. A didn't eat too much for lunch, but she ate some. I had decided to order myself some pizza and pasta cuz I was just to lazy to fix myself anything and when I am stressed out I want to eat. When the pizza arrived A was excited about it. She ate a small slice and a half of pizza so at least she's still eating. Her only other symptom really is that she is tired. I hope she rests well during nap. They are going to get up in a minute. Then I am going to have to do some homeschooling with J. I'm glad that he is enjoying it and doesn't fuss with me about it. I don't think I could handle this homeschooling thing if he didn't like it. After doing school work we are probably going to pop in a movie and rest until my hubby gets home from work. It needs to be a restful afternoon.

Sorry that I am just rambling, but I can't really seem to make a coherent thought today. My brain is just going a mile a minute about everything. I think that I need some time to rest with the kids too. haha

Monday, September 7, 2015

Making the most of the holiday...

We had an awesome day today! I did the kid's homeschooling early this morning and then we left and went to the zoo!! My hubby is off for Labor Day so we wanted to do something fun together with the kids. They had so much fun seeing all the animals. They also played on the little playground over there. They wore themselves out and took a good nap when we got home. haha

When they wake up, we are going to visit my grandpa in the hospital. He is recovering from open heart surgery and doing well. He is going to be so happy to see them! We also have lots of chores to do tonight, but it will all get done. I am not worried. :)

What did y'all do today?

I wish we had a grill outside cuz I would be barbecuing this afternoon too. Oh well, maybe next time...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cooking lunch...plant based...

Today I am cooking lunch for my family. Normally we go to my mom's house and she cooks, but she recently had a birthday so I gave her a month off from cooking. I am making lentil sloppy joes for lunch with a veggie tray. She has recently switched to a whole food plant based diet so I am trying to accommodate that. I don't mind though because I have been trying to include more "plant based" meals into our diet as well. I know that it is more healthy for us so we are trying it...albeit very slowly.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Here I am again...

It has been a long time since I have written a blog post, but every time I sit down to try and write one I chicken out. I just can't seem to always think of something meaningful to write and then I realized...why does it have to be meaningful at all?!? It's my blog and who really cares what I write about. I can just write about anything and everything that I want to. So, in an attempt to resurrect this almost dead blog, I am going to write a lot more often. I am going to write about things even if they seem boring b/c someone might be interested in it. I am busy with the kids, but I can find time to write b/c I need this. I really do. I like having an outlet for my words and also my thoughts...

I thought about completely scrapping this one and trying to change the name and the format and stuff b/c I haven't been doing much art lately, but I thought nah!!! That is way too much trouble and I like what I have going on here... haha

Sunday, April 5, 2015


I am just so tired... my daughter has been sick since Friday (with I think a bladder infection or something along those lines). She was complaining of belly aches and crying after she peed. I didn't know what was wrong with her. She even threw up on Friday night. As of today, she isn't complaining as much of pain anymore. Now, it is just a fever she has. I hate when I have to keep her medicated b/c she has a fever. It sucks! I know that it helps her to feel better but I just hate having her constantly on meds until it goes away... It isn't too high thank goodness, but it is high enough to make her feel bad. I am so hoping that she is better really soon and that the fever starts going away tomorrow. We did a urine culture to check for an infection so I am just hoping that something shows up. That way we would have an answer, she would get an antibiotic and just get better. If the culture shows nothing and the fever continues, then we will have to run more tests and take her to the doctor again and I really don't want to do that. I just want her better. It is hard to see your child miserable when they are sick. So, that is where I am at tonight. I am staying awake just a little longer so I can check her temperature and give her another dose of advil so she can sleep well...hopefully I will get to sleep well tonight too. I am just so tired......

I'm sorry if this is just rambling and doesn't make too much sense, but as I said...I am just so tired...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Breakfast Burritos

I have been wanting to get in the kitchen and prep some breakfast foods for my hubby and I. Something that would be easy for him to heat up and eat on the go. I decided to make breakfast burritos! I finally got to the store to get some tortillas.

This morning, I got up and started cooking. I sauted grated carrots, a bag of frozen spinach, shredded mushrooms and pork sausage crumbles. I also cooked about 8 eggs (mixed with spinach juice). I grated 2 kinds of cheese, got out my Taco sauce packets, and the salsa. You can see my ingredients and set up in this pic. :)

I made myself an assembly line and got to work...

Don't they look delicious?!? We ended up eating some for breakfast right after I made them and we really enjoyed them. They were so good. It was a nice healthy and hearty breakfast for us! 

I ended up getting about 15 of them which isn't too bad. I will definitely be doing this again. I am actually looking forward to experimenting with different ingredients to put into the burrito.

Do you do any kind of meal prep for your breakfast? Have you ever made breakfast burritos like this? I would love to hear from you. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Homemade toothpaste...

As you know, I have taken the time to make lots of things in my home more natural. I am trying to get away from all the store bought ingredients, fragrances and general toxins that we buy in a lot of our things. I have made my own laundry detergent for years now. I have also made my own deodorant (the baking soda gave me a rash so now I just use a salt crystal). I make my own cleaning supplies with orange peels soaked in vinegar. I try to make as much of our own food as we can...homemade yogurt, tortillas, etc. And I have just recently ventured into using Young Living Essential Oils as part of my household now. I use them for everything!

One of the things I have been meaning to try for a while is toothpaste. I have been buying different "natural" brands that I could find, but they still have some questionable ingredients that I would like to avoid. So, today I made my own toothpaste.... (I got this recipe from pinterest).

1 part coconut oil
1 part baking soda
about 1 tsp. hydrogen peroxide
stevia (optional)
peppermint essential oils (to taste)

I was all set on this working and being my new toothpaste but then I tried it...YUCK!!!! I cannot get past the taste of the baking soda. It was so bitter and salty. Gross! After I tried it, I added 2 packs of stevia and it was a little better. I don't think that this is something I could use every single day, but I think I could use it a couple times a week or so. Maybe my hubby will like it because he likes bitter tasting things. I am gonna make him try it out tonight.

If you try it (or a similar recipe to this one) let me know what you think in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's a colorful life...

It was passed time for me to dye my hair again. The turquoise had long faded out and my roots were a good 3 inches grown out. I wanted bright, festive colors for the upcoming spring weather. I chose blue because I just love this color and I decided to put purple in the back just for fun.

I totally love it! It was pretty challenging for me to do by myself because my hair had gotten longer and it's so hard to see in the back. It's hard to make sure I get all my roots with my hair being so thick and all but I did it. I won't be doing it again though. I think while my hair is long I will just stick to highlights or just doing the crown of my head. Hopefully this color will last awhile. :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Art Journaling

I have not done any art journaling in awhile. I just haven't had much time...especially now with Christmas coming up. I did a few pages and backgrounds this morning but I had to get up at 5am to do it. It was okay though because I couldn't sleep anyway. It is nice to be able to escape with my paints every once in awhile. :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 is here!!!!

My resolutions/goals/what I want to accomplish in 2015:

1. Move more everyday (sit less)
*I need to just sit less during the day. I need to go on more walks or exercise more with the kids. I need to play more with them on the floor.

2. Read 1 book per month (any kind)
*This will equal me watching less tv during the day and will mean that I am on my phone less. That will help with goal #1 too.

3. Learn to like vegetables and eat more of them
*I do like lots of veggies in general, but I want to eat them more often and find different ways of cooking them so that I don't get tired of them as quickly.

4. Be able to run/jog 1 full mile
*I have always wanted to run. I don't know why. I dream about running sometimes. It's crazy! I can run (more like jog), but my problem is that I want to do too much too fast. I will not do that this year. I am going to go at my own pace and not force my body to do something it can't right now. I will go slow and eventually I will get to 1 full mile of running.

5. Go with the flow
*I try to plan too much and they don't usually work out. I can't plan things with little kids. I can't worry about every little thing that happens. I need to just go with things sometimes and have fun!

6. Declutter more stuff
*I have way too much stuff just lying around. I don't even use most of it, I just keep it for "just in case I need it". I need to get rid of all those extra things to make more room in my life for other things that matter.

What are your resolutions for this year? I would love to hear about them in the comments! :)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas morning and I am sitting here in the dark in total silence except for the sound of my own thoughts. It's about an hour before everyone else will wake up and I just can't sleep anymore. I am too excited! There is anticipation balled up inside me and ready to burst out at any moment. I love giving gifts to my family. I love waiting to see them open something I made or bought them and hoping that they will love it. It's weird, but I actually get a little sad when everything is opened and the anticipation is gone. Everyone else is fast asleep and dreaming. Soon they will be awake and ready to rip open the paper packages and be together with everyone. We will put the coffee maker on and put the breakfast casserole in the oven. It will all be ready by the time we are done. I love our little traditions and memories that we are creating together. I am so grateful for the family we have. My life is so blessed.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas! Make the most of it because it sure comes around fast... :)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Get outta this funk!!!!

My brain has been MIA lately. I feel like I cannot get myself together! I haven't been able to cook because I just can't decide what to make. I am sick of everything I have been cooking and want to make some new stuff, but it's hard when you have lots of allergies in the family. I will have to force myself to actually plan somethings. I feel like I am in a funk. I don't really want to do ANYTHING at all...even if it is "fun". I just want to sit here...which does not really work when you have 2 young, active kids. I can't sit here all day and do essentially nothing. They need me. I have to play with them, read to them, teach them, and help them. I don't mind any of that. In fact I really do love to do it, but I need to get myself out of this funk I am in. I am sorry if none of this makes any sense...I am just typing out my feelings and what is coming to me. I don't know if it is my depression or just stress from everyday life wanting me to shut down but it is something and I have to figure it out. What do you do to get yourself out of a funk? I am very blessed, but I still feel like my life isn't how I want it to be, but I know that I am the only one responsible for changing it. I am the only one who can make my life different and I'm working on it. I am working on making slow changes. Right now I am focusing on discipline of the kids. And maybe that is why my brain can't focus on anything else right now, because discipline is hard man!! It is the hardest thing I will ever do in my life. I have to teach my kids how to be good people and grow up learning responsibility and self discipline and self control.'s just hard. There is no other way to say it. It's a full time job just doing that. I don't have room in my brain right now to worry about cooking, cleaning, taking care of myself, but somehow I have to do all of it. Thank goodness I have a great hubby and family around to help me. I think I would COMPLETELY fall apart if I didn't...Because I have them, I am allowed to fall apart a little, sometimes, but I always have to pull myself back together because they need me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

To my older self.....

I got the idea to write this from MammyWoo's blog post this morning...I hope you like it.

Dear 40 year old me,
 How are you doing? I hope that you are well. I hope that you are happy. I hope that you are content with your life. I am not all the time, but I am getting there. I am slowly learning how to live better and be happier with the everyday "mundane" things. I hope that you have embraced your life as a mother and that you have finally learned how to be calm about most things. I hope you are finally on a healthy living path because I am not right now. Do you exercise regularly and eat all your veggies and fruits? I hope so because that's what I am slowly trying to figure out how to do and I hope that I have figured it all out by the time I am you. I hope that you have a good relationship with J and A. You have them now and they are teenagers!! Did I do a good job with them? I worry about that everyday. I hope I taught them how to be patient and well adjusted to changes in life. I hope I have taught them to live a healthy life. I hope that I did a good job with their homeschooling and they are learning everything that they should know about the world. I wish you could tell me if I have done a good job as a mother so that I can stop worrying about that. Can you just give me a hint? I hope that you don't regret everyday the decision we have made about having more children. I haven't fully decided yet, but I hope that 37yr old us has and is happy with her decision. I just want you to not have any regrets about any decisions that I have made. I am going to have to think of you in the future and make my decisions based on you and what you would like to have...can you let me know what exactly that would be? I hope you have finally learned to love yourself and embrace all of your "flaws". And most of all I just hope you are living the life that you always thought you would have.
your younger self

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Canning Satsumas

Every year my family and I try to think of different ways to use the massive amount of satsumas we get from my dad's tree. Usually we eat all we can and just juice the rest or my mom makes satsuma marmalade. This year she found a recipe to can them.

It took us ALL DAY LONG! First you have to peel them and use a knife to scrape all the pith off. If you leave it then your satsumas will be bitter. That step takes the longest. 

Then mom made a extra light simple syrup to pour over them and she processed the jars in the water bath canner for 10 min. 

We ended up with 14 quart size jars. We did 2 batches today. We will probably do more later on when we have some more time. 

When we were all done, mom researched different ways to use the orange peels because we didn't want to waste anything. So we are soaking them in vinegar to make a concentrate that will become a house cleaner. I also put some peels in my vodka to flavor it. ;) Our hands will smell like orange for a week!! Haha

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I am just sitting here in my pjs and playing on the computer. The kids are having breakfast and watching Frozen for the umpteenth time, but it's ok because I love this movie. There are a few things to pick up and some clothes to fold but other then that I don't have that much to do today. I plan on playing with the kids later (maybe build a block tower) and prepping a few things for lunch and supper, also I need to do some schoolwork with J4. Tonight is knit night so I will have to take a shower at some point today. I will probably do it while the kids are napping and it will be a little warmer this afternoon. I hate the cold weather and being cold. I wish I had enough wood to light a fire everyday cuz I would. It keeps the living room warm, I just wish it warmed up the bedrooms...oh well. I guess I should get up now and get the day started. I need to eat breakfast and start my chores.