Why An Inspirational Blog?

With so many blogs out there (lifestyle, training, fitness, finance, food, DIYs, to name a few) it really took me a while to determine what kind of blog this was going to be.

So why an Inspirational Blog?

I’m so glad you asked!

My hope is that every time someone finishes reading one of my posts, they feel encouraged.  With so much negativity and turmoil in the world, I feel this is my little spot to speak life.  That doesn’t mean that I will necessarily shy away from talking about hard things, but my hope is that I can bring a different perspective.

I love reading – the Bible, I read a fair bit of fiction (when time allows), I enjoy devotionals, and teaching books (John & Lisa Bevere are some of my favourite teachers/authors, along with Joyce Meyer and others).  I find a lot of the Christian fiction I read is labeled “inspirational fiction”, but the most inspiring thing I have ever read isRead More »

A Granola Bar Recipe You Have to Try

This week I made more big, healthy, meals than usual.  I really enjoyed getting creative, although by Thursday I wanted to make lime coconut chicken (an original recipe, coming soon), which is a bit of a Thai inspired dish, but I was tired of rice… so instead, I made my potato wedges (which I realized I need to revise for you all, it’s 1/4 cup of mayo not 1/2 cup). So we had sautéed vegetables, lime coconut chicken… and potato wedges.  Random, but everything tasted great (if I do say so).

The kids ate way better than ever, which made me think I need to have them try new things more often, even if they do douse it with ketchup and plumb sauce.

I also did a bit of baking.  Last night, a banana loaf, and Thursday I made these amazing granola bars from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are missing out.  Her recipes are incredible, and her blogs are great to read.  You may have seen her on the food network.

Anyway, if you decide to make these granola bars (click for full recipe) I made them my own a little, here’s what I did:

  1. After adding the hot ingredients mix (which I added about 2 Tbs of butter to) to the dry ingredients, I added about 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips, which then melted.
  2. I also used parchment paper instead of tin foil on my cookie sheet and buttered it really well, and added chocolate chips on top rather than dipping them (chocolate…enough said).
  3. I only had them in the oven for 20 minutes (I have found in the past they get to crunchy if left longer).  Then you have to let them cool completely (she says this on her blog, but I never took her advice and cut too soon), then remove the entire parchment paper from cookie sheet so you can cut the bars on the counter.

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Try her recipe!  So yummy, and a healthy snack (minus the chocolate…).  I wish I could say my kiddos liked these, but their tastebuds are still in development and don’t know what’s good for them.

In other words, this is for you, not the kids.  My husband asks for these on a pretty regularish basis.

Happy weekend!

PS – Make sure you store the wheat germ in the fridge, it will last way longer.

Time Flies When You’re Having Birthday Fun

I’m pooped.  Birthday celebrations are officially over, and the same week as a certain little birthday boy went from being a regular napper to an occasional napper.  But it’s really been a great week.  Literally.  We celebrated a week ago with amazing family that went above and beyond, and of course today with his cute little friends.

So there you have it, my three year old became a four year old… it took a few days, but he finally accepts that he’s 4 (took a bit of work to realize that 3 was over and not nearly as cool as 4).  All his little friends left from his first real “kid party” and mommy and daddy are totally zonked… it’s a wonder really that I’m having energy at all to blog this.

As I was planning for his kid party, I looked on pinterest, had a few games ready to go, some ideas to make it extra fun, extra pinteresty…  In the end, all they really wanted to do was play with toys and eat food.  So the games didn’t really happen, and really, if they don’t care, I’m not going to loose sleep over it.  I think the day was a success.  Some mom’s do an amazing job of having a special theme, creative DIY projects, all that… I’m not that mom.  I’d say my way is more simplistic.  I appreciate those mom’s… but I won’t Read More »

How Being Unsatisfied Can Lead To a Lack of Wisdom | Looking at Ecclesiastes Chapter 1

Other Reading: Ecclesiastes 1

I had planned to read through my Bible this year, but then I realized the Lord was directing me to instead do more Bible study.  To take topics, or even whole books of the Bible and study them more than I have ever before.

I’m really excited about it.  The book of the Bible I’m studying first (in addition to the Proverbs 31 series still in progress here at Not Without My Morning Coffee) is Ecclesiastes.  There is also a word the Lord has pressed upon my heart, which I will not mention at this time, but it will be appearing more on this blog in the days and months to come.

Ecclesiastes isn’t a book I’ve spent a lot of time in, but it has caught my attention now.Read More »