February 1, 2016 by 1 Comment
I started the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating a few weeks ago and have already lost about 6 pounds. I have not done it perfectly… but I have found one of the most amazing aspects of this diet. I rarely have left-overs. Why is that important? Well, I have three boys (two teenagers and a tween) and a hubby who all love my cooking. So, I was worried that I would have to cook two different meals each night!
That is SO not the case! Honestly, they love the meals as much as I do. I still cook them carbs and they can have their sweet tea. But I can’t tell you how surprised I have been at how much they are loving these recipes! That helps me stay on plan! Such a blessing.
This recipe is another one that they loved. They gave it a 9.5 on a 10 point scale! So, I wanted to share the recipe with you! I modified it in several places, but this is inspired by the THM New Cookbook.
What You Need:
- 1 2lb shredded chicken
- 1 head of cabbage
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 Tbsp Braggs Amino
- 1/4 cup of low sodium Soy Sauce
- 1-2 tsp rice vinegar
- Mineral Salt
- Black Pepper
- Red Pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth
- 2 tsps Sesame Seed oil
- Cook the chicken until done and remove from pan.
- Add onions and garlic to the pan and saute in Sesame Seed Oil until nearly cooked through.
- Combine the Braggs amino acids, Soy Sauce, rice vinegar, chicken broth and Ginger and add to the skillet
- Add red pepper flakes to taste.
- Immediately add the Cabbage and Carrots to the skillet – half at a time.
- Continue to cook about 15 minutes, then mix in cooked chicken.
- Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Now the downside to the family loving THM recipes is… I have none leftover for lunch the next day! But what a blessing to have this worry!!
April 15, 2015 by 2 Comments
As many of you know, we are in the process of remodeling our home and getting it ready to put on the market. Ironically part of the remodeling process is also decorating to create that “curb appeal”. Unfortunately, our budget will not allow much allocated to that expense, so we are learning how to decorate on a dime. I will be writing some articles to show you some of the frugal decorating ideas we are trying. I hope they inspire you try some too!
Last year we started fixing up and painting our house. It has been a huge endeavor, but we really didn’t have much of a choice when the lowest quote was $10,000! So, we have all been learning some serious life skills with that project. Here you can see how much we have had to do…
Here is the next stage of the porch. It is not complete, but we are making a lot of progress!
We are really glad we went back to the gray. The green was just too darn hot on your feet and it showed every little nick in the paint (Not that those were little nicks, of course 😉 )
Last year we were gifted with a couple of old wood chairs at a yard sale. They were pretty rough looking. But structurally they seemed fine. So we took them and put them in the barn.
This year, as I was starting to update the porch and paint the swing and tables, I remembered the chairs in the barn and decided to try my hand at spray painting and “antiquing” them.
I used Rust-oleum American Accent Satin finish spray paint. I have heard how easy it is to do … so I really wanted to try it! It took two cans of paint to coat the chair pretty well (about $20). Here is the painted chair.
After that, I took some fine grit sandpaper to it and spent just about 10 minutes roughing up the areas that made sense to me. The places where you would hold it, sit on it, put your feet on it, bump it, etc.
Then throw in a pillow I got from Wal-Mart on clearance and you have the final look. Our house is white with green shutters and roof. We have a white PVC fence along the front of the house. So it just feels like it needs some color.
I still have one more chair to do and a table to go in the middle. But I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt! Speaking of adding color, I’m contemplating painting the table the light coral color at the top left hand on the pillow. What do you think? Do you like the direction I’m headed in?
I want to get one more thing after I get the table painted for this area of the front porch … it is an antique window to hang on the wall. I’m excited to be moving forward but not spending a fortune doing it!
Anybody have an antique window I can buy cheap? 😉
More frugal decorating ideas to come!
January 4, 2015 by 4 Comments
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve had time to spend a few minutes writing. With homeschooling and renovating our home, the general upkeep and maintenance of a family of five with chickens, horses, dogs, cats… Not to even mention managing the social media for the rapidly growing Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Page, moderating the new Community with almost 10,000 homeschool moms and managing the Montessori Materials Group … I stay more than just pretty busy. You might even say life has been C.R.A.Z.Y. the last half of 2014. However, it is time to get back into a routine with sharing about our homeschool and life. After all, that is why I started this website to begin with! To share how we do what we do, to meet like-minded moms and to hopefully inspire others. And speaking of inspiring…
This time of year I see lots of writers posting their resolutions for the new year. I’m not big on resolutions… at all. But one concept I stumbled upon really inspired me. Ironically, the article I read and shared about was on our Hip Homeschool Moms’ website. The concept is this…. Choose one word you would use to prophesy what you want your year to be. One Word. I have really thought about, prayed and pondered this a lot for the last several weeks. At first glance, it seemed it was going to be pretty hard to narrow them down to one word. … with all the possibilities …all the words that inspire me. I had to pick Just One Word.
I started thinking about the priorities I have … those things I don’t want to fail at. Those things that I consider so important they are part of my very identity. Those are the things that need my attention this year.
So when choosing THE word, it had to help me sharpen my focus on those three things and inspire me to do better in each and every category.
In order to know Our Father’s will, we have to study His manual…. The Scriptures. We are a Messianic family, so we believe both Testaments are relevant and apply to us. We are believers in Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) and believe He is our model for how we are to live our lives. We don’t compare our walk to the world… we compare our walk to His example. And I fail. A lot. But 2014 brought lots of reconciliation and forgiveness to our family… Areas that I had really been praying about. Unforgiveness is ugly and can tear a marriage apart. I had to forgive. In order to do that I had to see my husband as a child of God and the father to my children and not as my husband… at least not until I could forgive him. And I prayed for that very thing. I prayed over our marriage and over our family. Daily. And God has answered my prayers. So I literally can’t wait to see what He has in store for us this year!
As a family we have been through a pretty rough couple of years. When I decided to homeschool, I chose to downsize our business so I could step away … little did I know how downsized it would be! So saying finances have been tight would be an understatement. A year ago we almost lost our home. We are still working to get out of this mess, but we are making great strides towards stability in our finances and ridding ourselves of this debt. In doing that, some things necessarily have to change because of these decisions. One very important thing is downsizing our lifestyle. Getting our home ready to sale has been a high priority for our family. And it has been the entire family! Renovating our home has taught us so much… not just how to scrap and repair and paint… but how to work together, how to overcome obstacles, how to persevere through hard times and how to continue to see joy in life and our everyday circumstances. To show and express our love with something other than things. It has been a year of Living. Loving. and Laughter… even through these difficult trials. For that I am truly thankful!
Needless to say our homeschool has suffered. Not as much as I thought it would… especially academically. More in routine and discipline. In my record keeping. In their record keeping. Our curriculum is fantastic. And unlike previous years, we are not even switching out curriculum at the beginning of the year. My boys have continued homeschooling through these trials. Through our constant stopping and starting. We’ve spent a lot of time sky watching and thermometer gazing …. seeing if it was an outside work day or an inside work day. Yet they have kept working. Maybe not as much as we had planned…. but they were working. But for 2015 we really have to buckle down and work the homeschool plan that we laid out some time ago.
As you see, all three priorities are all related and intertwined. Like a three stranded cord, so tightly woven together they are no longer distinguishable as individual cords. Inseparable. Dependent on each other for success. When I finally sat down and invested the time to focus on choosing THE word and how it would reflect my priorities, it was not that hard to choose. Before I tell you my word, let me tell you its various definitions….
- to support, confirm, be faithful, uphold, nourish
- to be founded, firm, established, faithful, trustworthy, sure
- to stand firm, to trust, to be certain, to believe in
So what is my one word that embodies all the things I want for me, my faith, my family and our homeschool this year?
Steadfast in my faith, in trusting Abba to provide everything I need to do all that is in His Will. Steadfast in the knowledge that as long as I am living His Will and doing His work, that my labor will be fruitful. If I remain steadfast with my eyes firmly fixed on Him, then my priorities will always be straight and all the things we strive to do in His name will be blessed. Yes, One word, steadfast, perfectly describes what I desire for my year. For my life.
What one word would you choose to define your year? Your Life? Please share them in the comments!! I am looking forward to reading your One Word.
Until next time… James 1:22-24… be a blessing!
Related articles across the web
May 12, 2014 by 3 Comments
This is the last post in the Boost your Blog with Facebook series. I have really enjoyed researching my topics, pulling together my thoughts, creating outlines and presenting my challenges and suggestions to you. I hope they have been beneficial and worth your time and energy in reading these articles and completing the challenges. As I close out this series, I really want to encourage you to continue to focus on content. Because content is still king and social media is his queen.
If you don’t have fantastic content, you can push it out all day through every social media channel out there and you still will not get the desired result. You may get page views for that article, but they will not translate into followers, loyal readers and certainly not tribe members. So we have to remember that only content that is relevant to our audience will actually build our following.
That being said, if you have fantastic content, but nobody knows about it, you still are not getting the desired results. It takes the combination of both of them to really grow your following.
Your content can change and evolve as you do. You will lose some audience members… and that is okay! The ones that stay are the ones that are really your tribe anyway! I know we have spent a ton of time this week analyzing data and crunching numbers… but in the end, it still boils down to writing great articles that people want to read and pushing them out through social media. With the goal being two-fold:
(1). To feed your tribe. Those that are loyal readers that immediately click when they see that you have a new post up. And that is the most important segment of your audience (in my humble opinion).
(2). Reach new readers. Hopefully your new readers are coming from not just your social media pushes, but also from your tribe sharing your content. Be sure to ask them to!!
The Final Challenge
So the final challenge is focus on content. You should have a pretty good idea of what your audience loves and is hungry for. Write the content they want to read. Be fantastic in your niche. Own it… and they will come!
I wish you all the best with your blogs and writing! I hope you will consider sharing my series if you found it to be beneficial. And leave me feedback if you see areas that could be improved. We are all still growing and learning …. it is a life long endeavor here at Live and Learn Farm!
Be sure to read the other posts in this series:
- Day one: Know your Audience
- Day two: Know your Competition
- Day three: The Goal of Social Media
- Day four: Turn Off the Autofeeds
- Day five: Methodically Test Your Posts
- Day six: Testing Which Posts Work
- Day seven: Pay to Play
- Day eight: Be Prepared to Change
- Day nine: Start a Group
- Day ten: Content is King and Social Media His Queen
Be sure to visit the other co-hosts and do their challenges as well!
- Lisa from Squishable Baby wrote a series on Giveaways
- Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love wrote a series on Grammar
- Thaleia from Something 2 Offer wrote a series on Blog Photos and one on Commenting
- Martiel from Amazing Success Academy wrote a series on SEO and one on Blog Titles and Topics
- Honey from Honey’s Life wrote a series on Twitter
Until next time…