FAVE: Forever, Kari Jobe

I have wrestled this last week.

Partially, I have been living in “frenzy” mode trying to keep up with everything, and Easter has snuck up on me. Even though I knew it was coming early this year, it still arrived like Spring-in a sudden overnight gust.

But, isn’t that how it usually happens? God promises to show up, and then we wait. We often lose heart, and then He shows up, just as He promised, changing our reality FOREVER!

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

cookiesI shared earlier this week that sometimes you just need a legit, real sugar, real butter chocolate chip cookie! And I wholeheartedly believe it’s true. Now, I don’t eat them a ton. In fact, it’s been over 6 months since I eve made these last. I only make them when there are others who want to eat them, and that’s fairly rare. My hubby isn’t a big cookie guy, leaving Maddy and I to eat all of them. That’s not a good scenario. Haha!

Anyway, on to the recipe!

Chocolate Chip Cookies (see here if you use Plan to Eat: http://www.plantoeat.com/recipes/1674447 and let’s share recipes while you’re at it!)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F (175*C).
  2. Mix shortening, butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Stir together until smooth. Add vanilla and egg. Stir until smooth.
  3. In a second bowl, mix dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed. (If the dough is too soft you can add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.) Add chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon until mixed well.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto cookie sheet; bake 8-12 minutes; cool on wire rack before storing in airtight container.

Recipe source: my Mom’s handwritten recipe book, so who knows where it came from before that! :)

Check back next week for a significantly “healthier” cookie recipe that I find myself making quite often!

Wisdom a Tree of Life

Wisdom Tree of Life Pr 3-18 (1)This visual struck me to my core as I read Proverbs 3 this morning.

I pondered “Wisdom”. (Read Proverbs 3-it’s a really great picture of this female character known as “Wisdom”.)

I read Proverbs 3:18, “She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.”

What does a tree provide to those who take hold of it?

Shelter

Provision

Water

Comfort

I’m sure I could list more if I sat and thought on it even longer.

I desperately need wisdom every day of my life, and I want to be sure that the wisdom I seek is rooted in God’s truth.

How are you rooting your life in wisdom?

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up Chocolate Peanut Butter RECIPE!

Afternoon Pick-Me-UpI didn’t sleep well last night, and was seriously dragging today.
This momma pushed through until nap time and crashed for a nap too, then re-started my day with an afternoon pick-me-up. A CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER one to be exact.

THANK YOU, LORD!

Here’s what I do when I’m in a rush and just need a quick but delicious snack:

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. water
  • 4 oz. unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1-2 tsp peanut butter (I eyeball it, because WHO MEASURES EXACT TEASPOONS OF PEANUT BUTTER???)
  • 1 scoop Regular or Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2-1 cup crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients (in the order listed) to a shaker cup/blender bottle. SHAKE! *sings, “Shake it off! Shake it off!” Enjoy!
  2. Just a Tip: when putting your peanut butter into your shaker cup, I have found that wiping it off onto the shaker piece keeps it from falling to the bottom or sticking to the side of the cup!

-whole foods CHECK
-chocolate CHECK
-protein CHECK
-soy free CHECK
-artificial flavor free CHECK
-preservative-free CHECK
-delicious CHECK

What’s YOUR Afternoon Pick-Me-Up?

More Brussels, Pweease??” Recipe: Parmesan Roasted Brussel Sprouts

She seriously ate half the pan last night! I had to get her to eat more bites of chicken *in order* to get more brussel sprouts. Crazy, I tell you!

She seriously ate half the pan last night! I had to get her to eat more bites of chicken *in order* to get more brussel sprouts. Crazy, I tell you!

“More Brussels, pweease?” Seriously? Did this kid just ask for MORE brussel sprouts?

Yep, she did. Haha!

I knew this was a winner when I made it twice within two weeks and the second time Mason and Maddy were both literally scooping handfuls from the pan! Even if you HATE brussel sprouts, give this one a try!

Recipe adapted from Dashing Dish: Honey Parmesan Roasted Brussel Sprouts

  • 1 lb Fresh brussels sprouts (I purchase a bag that’s already washed and halved-makes for even faster prep)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper (or to your liking)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated 
  • cooking oil for greasing
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and spritz with your cooking oil of choice. If you want to keep them from sticking, crumple your foil a bit before you spread it out (this lets the air get under the brussels as they cook).
  2. Toss brussel sprouts in 1-2 tsp of cooking oil. Place brussel sprouts on prepared pan and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over brussel sprouts.
  3. Roast brussels sprouts for 12-15 minutes. The parmesan cheese should turn slightly golden-brown so that you get a nice crispy texture where there is parmesan cheese!

Come back and tell me how you liked them!

QUOTED

-Being brave means trusting the God who

“Being brave means trusting the God who brought us to this place,in this moment,

will come through for us.

What would it be like to know God so intimately you trust him implicitly?

That has become my prayer: that I would know God better and believe in his promises to me.

So when I feel like I am running on empty with nothing worthwhile to offer and my insecurities threaten to overwhelm me,

I remember God is enough.

 He is more than enough.”

-Alyssa Alexander

Covers

“Mama, covers!” I heard startling me from my sleep. My eyes blinked in the darkness as I tried to bring myself to consciousness.

“Mama, covers!” rang through the baby monitor just a few seconds later.

I mustered up the energy to go take care of our little girl, and sure enough, she simply needed her covers and couldn’t find them in the dark.

As I crawled back into my own bed, under the warmth of my own covers, my mind went to the idea of God’s covering over us as His children.He will cover you

He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalm 91:4, NLT

What comfort we have as believers knowing that we have covers!

25 Weeks Pregnant and How I am Increasing my Exercise?

KINDLE_CAMERA_142286560600025 weeks! What?? This is going by really quickly, guys. I’m not anywhere near ready for this little girl to make her appearance.

However, I can confidently say that I feel better last week and this week after making a few tweaks to my exercise and eating plan.

What did I change?

Well, I had been a little freaked out before about doing exercises that weren’t “pregnancy safe”, and had slacked back in a sense from what my body was used to. That was NOT a good decision for my body (you may be different, and that’s OKAY!) I was noticing this particularly with core/ab exercises, which are so difficult to do when you’re sporting a bump and your abs are literally splitting apart from a tiny human making themselves comfy. All of a sudden my lower back was killing me! Well, hello…your lower back is part of your entire core that holds everything together-go look at a diagram of your muscles. It’s pretty awesome the way it works!

When I did a little more research, and found that I could in fact do more than what I was doing, and just began listening to my body and the cues it was giving me, I stepped it back up. I mixed up some workouts (I’m combining some #21DayFix exercise routines with #PiYo), suddenly my lower back stopped aching and my hip/sciatic that flares up from time to time is back to it’s mostly happy self.

All that to encourage my other preggo momma friends, take your dr’s advice, and you also have to listen to what your body is telling you.
When it says REST (and it will), do what you need to give your body some rest.
When it says, BE ACTIVE (and it will), give it some blood pumping, sweat-inducing movement!

As far as my eating plan, I’m only eating maybe a couple hundred calories more than what I would normally eat to maintain my goal weight range. I have in fact, added a good bit of weight to the number on the scale, but I’m going much less by numbers these days and much more by how I feel and my energy level. I’m still using the 21 Day Fix/Portion Fix guidelines, and when I add in those extra calories I start with additional veggies, then protein, and fruits (really have to discipline myself here-I could eat a TON of fruit)! I also don’t necessarily “count” my additional healthy fat teaspoons, but toss it in on a salad for dressing or in my Shakeology.

If you are curious about what I do as a Health Coach, check out our Square One Coaching site.

If you are looking for a program that you can customize for whatever season of life you my be in, contact me! I can help you find something that works for you and that suits your goals.

Steps of Faith to Square One

God has been stirring something in Mason and I for a few years now, and we are finally nearing a point of launching it. I’m still feeling a little chicken about putting ourselves out there, but I’m going to embrace fear and do it anyway. So, if you will, check out our new website: Square One Coaching. I’d love to have your feedback, or just test the links for us and let me know what might have a kink or two. ;-)

As I was having some quiet time reflecting and praying last week, I read Acts 2 (the “launch” in a sense of the first church). God used this passage to remind me that He placed this dream of Square One in our hearts, and that He is ultimately going to go before us, bless us, provide for us, etc. Our actions really don’t have much to do with it other than just being faithful and working as unto Him!

When God desires for a movement to happen,

  • He will do the supernatural.
  • All I have to do is show up.
  • Nothing can stop God’s plans.

When God MOVES...It’s time to step out in faith, and trust His plan.

It’s time to just show up. Just take that step, and see what He does.

It’s time to watch Him work, and see His plans unfold.

Recipe: Raspberry Rainbow Smoothie

Do you know what flavor ice cream I used to ALWAYS choose as a kid? No, not chocolate. I preferred something more fruity and fun, and since Baskin Robbins was the main ice cream source in Korea we were able to access some pretty standard flavors. The meld of Rainbow Sherbet’s essential three flavors still have the ability to instantly transport me back to my kindergarten years! That’s what I found when I made this smoothie, and I found it so good I had to share!

Raspberry Rainbow SmoothieRaspberry Rainbow (1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Strawberry or Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology to test this blend. I also find that Shakeology has the most dense nutrients and health benefits!)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 large banana (ripe or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, frozen (though I’m sure fresh would be amazing also!)
  • 1 squeeze of fresh lime juice (or more to your liking)
  • Ice, one handful (or more to your liking)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth!

Note: if you want this to be more creamy (and add even more protein) add 1/2-3/4 cup of yogurt!

Let me know how you like this recipe, or what adaptations you make to it. I’d love to try out something new!

If you are interested in trying Shakeology, message me.

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