Monday, April 21, 2014

Menu Monday!





Monday
Spaghetti, french bread, salad

Tuesday
Hamburger stroganoff over noodles, veggie platter

Wednesday
Hamburger enchiladas, chile relleno casserole, refried beans
 
Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Creamed tuna over biscuits, coleslaw

Saturday
Lasagna soup, french bead, veggie platter

Sunday
Chicken pot pie, salad


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Updates from the Homestead




My biggest updates are about jobs for two of my daughters and another one passing a major time in her work. We are super excited for all of them.

My daughter Sierra, just a few weeks after getting her driver’s license, got her first job. She is super excited and has been a hard worker and loving it. She was hired to work in the deli of a grocery store in town. After only 2 weeks of working she has been asked to stay overtime periodically and help and was asked if she wanted full time work. I’m thinking they know a good worker when they see one. I’m very proud of her. For now she plans to save her money for dental assistant school this summer. She is in the process of filling out the paperwork for enrollment. She still loves her photography and wants to continue that as hobby, with some of that saved money from her job going for camera lenses and other equipment! :) Love seeing my little birds take their first flight from the nest. It is bittersweet and an incredible blessing at the same time.

My daughter Leanne has kept herself very busy since coming home from S. Korea. She has taken various classes both online and at the local community college, as well as teaching herself both Spanish and Korean. She picked up a LOT of Korean while in S. Korea and wants to keep in touch with this. We have all been watching a lot of Korean movies! LOL..  She also has been searching for work. She enjoyed teaching but was not sure that was the direction she wanted to go. So she has been looking into other options. However, she liked the idea of staying in touch with the ESL (English as a Second Language) field. She just recently found a part time job as an ESL teacher for adults. When she does find more permanent work she plans to continue this job as it is evenings and weekends and something she knows she will enjoy.

Finally, here is an update to share on my daughter Emily. She finished her second tax season on Tuesday and is breathing a huge sigh of relief. She is a staff account for a firm in the city. Tax time is very stressful for any accountant. They work incredibly long hours from mid-January to April 15. She has spent the last few months getting up at 3:30am, heading out the door by 4:15 to be at work by 4:30 and not getting home until 6:30 or later. Plus she has her computer set up to work at home on the weekends, which she did. When asked how she is surviving her answer is always a cheery.. “Great!!” She is a trooper. To help her out I made several meals a few times for her freezer. It’s a challenge to come home after a 14 hour day and then make dinner. She and her hubby were very grateful. I enjoy this new role as a mom of grown children and the ability to help them when I can.

This is the most recent picture I have of the 3 girls together. It was taken about 1 ½ years ago at Emily’s wedding.

(Leanne, Emily, Sierra)


That is the recent news and updates from my homestead!
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Menu Monday!





Monday
Marinated chicken, brown rice, salad (this one did not happen last week, so we’ll try again)

Tuesday
Philly cheese chicken sandwiches (crockpot), homemade tomato soup, veggie platter

Wednesday
Baked pork chops, crockpot new potatoes, spinach salad

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Pesto/mozzarella stuffed chicken thighs, french bread, salad

Saturday
Crockpot chili, cornbread, salad or veggie platter

Sunday
Leftovers


 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring from the Homestead


Spring is in full force in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve had plenty of rainy days, which is normal for us, and the temps are warming up and that means everything is growing and turning green. It can be a big job to keep our property under control. This last week we’ve had a string of sunny dry days and my hubby and boys have been working on lots of mowing and property maintenance.

I went out yesterday and took a few shots from around our property and as you can see there is a lot of green everywhere, with bits of color here and there..…







Our pond is fed by 2 springs and has a drain that allows us to lower the level of the pond when we need to take care of anything… as we are currently doing. The first job my hubby did after lowering the level of the pond was to replace the boards on the dock..



The drain for the pond is under the dock and we access the drain below the dock. Part of the dock lifts up to allow access. For right now, my son just reached down under and grabbed a few sticks that were blocking the drain…


Having the level of the pond down also revealed the steps my hubby made many years ago. And currently he is replacing one of the boards on the top stair …



My goats were also out and about enjoying the sunshine….




That is all from the homestead for now, hope you are enjoying spring as well!!

 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weight Loss Thoughts





I wrote about my own weight loss journey awhile back. You can read my story HERE. Recently I’ve been talking to a few people on the subject. After maintaining my loss for so many years now I’ve seen things differently. I am NO expert and I’m not a doctor, or a nutritionist or anything with a big title that would give me any authority to discuss this. What I have is my own experience, the experience of others and my observations of these things.

Food can be a vice and one of the most difficult spirtual battles we will fight. We have to face it every day.  It can be just as much of a vice as any type of vice… alcohol, smoking, drugs, etc… the biggest difference I see is that we must eat (a friend once said to me that food is the Christian drug of choice, all other vices are not acceptable but food will always be). We can put alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs in the trash can and walk away free. But we can’t do this with food. We do need to eat to live. What I have seen and lived is that we develop and emotional connection with food. I’ve had people even tell me that they don’t deal with emotional eating. But what I’m talking about is not the…”I’ve had a bad day and now I’m eating a gallon of ice cream to soothe me” type emotion. What I see is that we develop rules and needs based on what and how we feel food needs to play a part in our lives. An obvious example (to me) of this is eating 3 meals a day. We’ve heard we must, we’ve heard we have to, so that is what we live by. We don’t take into account that not everyone truly needs to eat that much food; it is just becomes how we operate. And because this is not logical (to me), then in my opinion it must be emotional.

Personally I have many days that I don’t put out enough energy to warrant eating that much food, and so I simply don’t. And, I’m fine, no metabolism issues, no nutritional deficiencies, etc. This is how I’ve been for many years. Some days I’m super busy, going all the time and guess what… I may eat 3 meals on those days because my body needs the food. How do I know it does? Because I’m hungry. My stomach is growling and empty and needs some fuel.

When someone asks me about weight loss (which happened this week) my first question is, what role is food playing in your life? Is it controlling you? Does it dictate what you do and when you do it? Can you go to a party that is serving cake and not have any because you are just not really hungry.. or do you struggle and it leaves you feeling angst?

The positive things I’ve discovered about food.. we need it! :) it tastes good and we should enjoy good food, we need to eat a healthy diet, food is our fuel and just like a car or any engine we would want to fuel it with the best choices. There are many healthy choices out there. Do the best you can with the finances God has blessed you with.

If food is not in the proper place in your life, here is what I recommend. Pull out your Bible, pray for wisdom, pray for self-control (this is a fruit of the spirit), cut your portions in half, eat only when you are hungry. When you sense that food is taking control of you instead of the other way around… pray for self-control and sit down and read your Bible, any verse, any chapter, until the need to fulfill the impulses pass. Over time, this will get easier, you will be able to walk away from food when you are not hungry, when it is not in your best interest to eat it (I know how much I can eat in a day by experience… do I want to spend this eating junk or eating a super good meal such as my daughter is preparing tonight for our family: Korean pork, brown rice, kimchi, egg rolls, salad.. wow.. I’ll take the yummy good food over that junk any day now)… and finally there is no need to eat in excess.. you might find that an hour after you’ve eaten a reasonable sized portion (and walked away from the table) after eating half what you might normally eat, you are feeling great… if not, pull out your Bible and start praying for HIM to satisfy you in ways that are beyond anything overeating could ever do for you.

Food is an amazing servant but a terrible master. 

 



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Homemaking Challenge for April!!





We are a week into April and I’m just now getting this month’s challenge up! Life has been very busy for me lately. So here we go for the challenge..

This month my focus is on spring cleaning. However, since I started this challenge back in January I’ve accomplished things that would normally have been done this time of year. But that is great and the whole purpose of my monthly challenges is to be able to do small things all year long rather than be overwhelmed with numerous items all at once. It has also been the goal to attack areas of the home that often not really seen and therefore can get neglected.

    

For April’s challenge I have 3 items to knock off my list…

1. Clean light covers on my overhead lights. As I’m having more sunny days and the light shines in I see way more dust on the hanging lights and covers than I care to.

2. Vacuum dust bunnies in the corners of the house and ceiling. And move living room furniture away from walls and vacuum behind and under them. Also vacuum couch/furniture cushions.

3. Wash windows. Dirty windows are just one more item that have appeared when the sunlight comes through the windows.. ha, ha!!


This is one challenge that would be very difficult to take before and after pics of.. so I’ll pass on that this month.



Also, my bathroom challenge continues onward and will be done soon! I will update you on the progress when it’s finished.
 


So who is with me for this month’s challenge? :) ..
Happy spring cleaning!!

 

We Can Do This Girls!!




 
 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Menu Monday!



Monday
Korean pork, egg rolls, rice, kimchi

Tuesday
Beef pot roast, roasted red potatoes, broccoli

Wednesday
Burrito pie, chips & salsa, salad

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Marinated chicken, brown rice, salad

Saturday
Tuna patties, mac & cheese, veggie platter

Sunday
Chicken lasagna, french bread, salad