Saturday, January 6, 2018

Winter Tea Party

With the weather getting to such low temperatures here in Saskatchewan, we’ve been stuck in the house even more than usual. Yesterday, I thought I’d make a tea party for some of the children to help keep them occupied.  We had lots of fun! Here are a few pictures. 

Getting everything ready. I had some special snacks I’d been saving, I pulled those out and made some tea. 

The snacks!  Colorful mints, assorted cookies, peanuts, and we also had a bowl of pretzels. :) 

The tea tray. Tea, cream, sugar and snacks. 

Ready to eat! 

Happy sigh! I love pouring tea. :) 

Hope everyone is having a good winter! 

  “And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God.”
-Ecclesiastes 3:13

Monday, January 1, 2018

Marshmallow Snowman

I saw a cute idea for making marshmallow snowmen to go on top of hot chocolate that I wanted to try. Today I realized we had big marshmallows and some of the other things needed to make one. Below is my first attempt. Not as cute as the Pinterest picture, but not bad. :) 

I used toothpicks for the arms and legs. The picture where I got the idea used small pretzel sticks, but I didn't have any on hand. For the eyes, nose and buttons I used small pieces of gummy fruit snacks we were eating with our hot chocolate at the time.  It was fun, and the children thought he was cute. :) 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Redoing a Flower Arrangement

I recently found this floral arrangement at a second hand store.  I had been looking for something to put on our dining room table and I thought with some adjustments this might work.  As it was I thought it looked a bit cheap with the bow and gold rimmed rose. At the same time parts of it looked nice.  Buying quality fake flowers can be expensive so I generally always find them at thrift shops and make my own arrangements.  

When I removed the bow I realized it had been glued there to cover up a broken section on the pot. 

After mixing some acrylic paint together I painted the broken section. I didn't have exact colours in my supplies, but I thought it turned out close enough.

 For the arrangement, I first remove three or four of the flowers that I didn't care for, and then I added in a few berries I had on hand. This is how it turned out. :) 

I'm happy with it, and it matches great in the dining room. :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chocolatey Brownies, Low Carb, THM S

I happen to love brownies, and so, I wanted to find a good, chocolatey, moist, low carb, recipe for them (if that was possible).  Of all the recipes I've tried, this one has satisfied my chocolate craving the best. :) They turned out really good for being diet brownies. Just don't overbake them.  I enjoyed the added touch of the chocolate chips on top. I also added a few sprinkles of chopped walnuts to mine. 

Yum! 


The recipe I used:

1/2 cup melted coconut oil 
1/2 cup warm water
2 room temperature eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup gentle sweet 
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 c cocoa powder
1/2 tsp  salt
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup low carb stevia sweetened chocolate chips


Whisk together all the wet ingredients. Make sure your eggs are room temperature, you can get them warmed up quickly if you put them in a cup of hot water for a few minutes.  Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased 8x8 inch pan, sprinkle on the chocolate chips (and a handful of walnuts if desired) and bake at 350 for around 20 mins, or until done. 

Enjoy! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Northern Leopard Frog

The children and I found this little frog hopping in the yard one day.  After everyone had a turn holding him we put it in the flower bed.   Curious what kind it was, I did a search, and found out it's a northern leopard frog. One interesting thing that I was surprised by is that these frogs can eat all kinds of things including birds! Here is what Wikipedia had to say:

"[These frogs] eat a wide variety of animals, including crickets, flies, worms, and smaller frogs. Using their large mouths, they can even swallow birds and garter snakes. In one case, a bat was recorded as prey of this frog.." 


 It was fun learning a little bit about this Northern Leopard Frog.  🐸 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Scripture For Today

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." 

Galatians 6:9-10

Thursday, September 28, 2017

You Know You're a Mom....:)


 
These were funny because they were so true! Lol 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hot Pumpkin Custard, THM S

I was looking for pumpkin recipes and found this custard. It's so good hot with a bit of butter and cinnamon!   This is a THM S.  Here is a link to the original recipe. 


As usual, I didn't have everything that was called for in the recipe so I left out some things and added a few according to my cooking style: if you don't have it, improvise! :)  Here is how I made mine. 

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2.c.  Water
  • ⅓ c.  Plain canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 1tsp. Cinnamon 
  • 1/4 t. Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp.  Vanilla 
  • ¼ t. glucomannan
  • Gentle sweet to taste. I used around 2 Tbsp.

  • Topping:  Butter, and a sprinkle of cinnamon to taste.

  • Whisk the eggs in a pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir again.   Add the glucomannan while whisking so it doesn't clump up.  When the custard starts to bubble, pull the custard off the stove, reduce heat and put the pan back on the burner and keep whisking until the custard thickens. Whisk the entire time or it might curdle. I've had it curdle a few times, cooking it low and slow seems to be the best way to prevent this. 

  • Top the custard with a teaspoon of butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon.  Enjoy! I ate mine when it was warm, so yummy! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A September Daybook

Out my window.....


High up on the treetops the branches are waving gently in the wind.  Among the dark green leaves of summer there are tinges of yellow, signalling the soon to come change of seasons.  I have mixed feelings about Autumn, it used to be my favourite time of year. How could anyone not love pumpkin treats, bonfires with toasted marshmallows, cozy sweaters, and beautiful foliage, right?   I used to think so, but after experiencing seven Saskatchewan winters (that last forever), now fall is a reminder of what is coming. I still enjoy it, :) but now my favourite time of year is the first truly warm day of spring when the children and I can go outside with bare feet and no jacket! :) 


Around the house...


Crumbs and dust and dirt abound. :b   Since starting homeschool, housework has become a wee bit neglected.  Right now the baby is sleeping good and since we are finished with schoolwork I have time to clean, so that's good. :)


What's been happening lately...


Harvest on the farm is in full swing.  God has blessed with good weather thus far, for which we are thankful!  Looking forward to when the crop is off!  In other news I started the Trim Healthy Mama plan again last week.  So far it's going well.  Pinterest has been handy for finding new recipes.  This time I've tried incorporating more E meals, mostly for breakfast.  The first three days I only ate S meals and I could feel my energy drop, but once I started the E meals it seems to have balanced out again. One E recipe I tried was for overnight pumpkin spice oatmeal, it tasted good and was handy because I was able to make it the night before (when the baby was sleeping) and grab it out of the fridge in the morning to eat (when the baby is usually up and crying).  


What I am reading....


I haven't done much reading lately, there are several books on my list, but for now I usually only have time for the Bible.  I'm trying to read through it again this year, I only wish I'd set up the reading plan a bit different.  I prefer to read both Old and New Testament everyday, but my plan is set for reading straight though.  I use the app called "A Lamp Unto" it works great and helps keep me on track. :) 


In the kitchen....


I have leftover chicken in the refrigerator from the two birds I cooked the other day.  My plan is to make either a THM casserole, or soup with it.  I took the time to boil the bones from the chickens this time, combined with the reduced cooking liquid, it made a flavourful broth that will make a great soup.  Right now, it's starting to smell good in here from the two pans of muffins baking in the oven. They part of the children's supper, while I'm reducing carbs they still need them.  :) I must say though, the thought of fresh muffins sounds mighty appealing!  Despite all the claims from some die hard THM people, coconut flour mixed with almond meal does not make "just like the real thing" muffins or biscuits or bread, or cake....Ok, it's not that bad, just going through carb withdrawal here. Haha! :) Being serious again, I have found a few recipes containing the above mentioned ingredients which have tasted good. Hopefully I can post about them soon. 


What I'm thinking....


That I need to go downstairs and make a THM FP shake and then read some books to the four children who aren't napping. :)  Though I don't have much time for my books, I try to read short storybooks to the children as often as I can.  I want to instil a love of reading in them, just as I loved reading growing up!  My Mom and Dad always had good books for my siblings and I to read, and going to the library and finding new books was a highlight in my life back then. :) 


What I'm excited about...


All the things my brother fixed and made when he was here a few weeks ago!  He's an amazing handy man! :)   My sister came too and was a wonderful help to me!  I had such a nice time when they were here and the visit went far to fast! 


A favourite quote for today... 


"A Humble Christian studies his own infirmities and another's excellencies."  


A picture to share...



L
ove old barns! This one is part of an old an abandoned farm yard I'm guessing from the early 1900s. When my brother and sister were here we drove out and went exploring in the old house, and out buildings. We had fun, though we did get slightly worried when we noticed what appeared to be bear droppings in the yard and tall grass, thankfully we didn't encounter the actual bear! 


A Verse for today...


"Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. "


~Jeremiah 9:23-24