Friday, July 24, 2015

A healthy choice from my "test" kitchen

Sometimes when you are trying to eat healthy, out of the blue, you just get the 'hankering' to start baking. Visions of cupcakes and muffins and all kinds of unhealthy items fill your head or at least they fill mine.

And let's face it there are all kinds of healthy type recipes out there....and the photo looks delicious, and then when you grab all the ingredients and take the time to make it, you wonder what kind of Yuck is that.

SO today I hit the test kitchen, my own...with healthy ingredients  available in my fridge and  pantry. and I came up with Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes....sounds pretty good? The raw batter was even delicious and the baking smell in the kitchen smelled like really tasty baked goods....and the final product? It was great too.... here's the recipe.

Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes

1 AdvoCare Chocolate Mocha Shake Pouch (purchase meal replacement  shakes)
1/2 cup old fashioned Oatmeal
1/2 cup almond milk
2 eggs
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup Splenda
1/4 cup flaxseed flour
2 T coconut flour
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1- 7oz container of FAGE plain 2% yogurt

Mix together ingredients, Spray muffin pan, bake at 350 until done, makes approx 8 cupcakes

Friday, June 26, 2015

Berrys pickin' berries...

Today we took a trip to the farm to pick blueberries and blackberries. When we arrived, the man told us that the blueberries were not ready yet, so we picked two gallons of blackberries instead. Because of our morning schedules we could not get there until right before they closed at 1pm. So we did a speedy berry pickin'....

 The local farm is a cool place. see the cows in the next field at the top of this photo?
Karlie is feeling much better after her recent wisdom tooth extraction surgery. So glad to see her feeling like her regular self these days.
 Berrys pickin' berries in the hot boiling sun....
 Don't pick the red ones, they are not raspberries, just not ripe. 
 Someone won't look at the camera...
 This farm has large blackberries...Amazingly delicious.
 Do you see some more?
Fill up that bucket.
 It did not take much time at all to pick two gallons of blackberries.
Now to enjoy those berries.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Just Married~25 years ago

On June 16th, 1990 at quarter past two o'clock in the afternoon (because quarter past looked fancier on the invitation than just plain ole two o'clock) on a hot summer day in Mississippi these two kids said
 I DO.

Twenty-five years later we still do....
We are posing by this hay bail in the neighboring yard because 25 years ago, on our wedding day, while I was at a bridesmaid luncheon, KB was on the tractor bush-hogging. He said riding the tractor provided stress relief?
I met this cool cat at college band camp my freshman year. I was 17 and he was 18. He was toting a marching tuba on his shoulders and I had been assigned to be the tuba squad leader? I played clarinet/and marched a saxophone, some may call that coincidence, or luck,  I just believe it was Jesus.
He was wearing a muscle shirt and those '80's cut off blue jean shorts with the pockets hanging out. He had hair on his chest and a five o clock shadow on his face at 8 o'clock in the me that was a sign that He was a real man! ;) 
I had always thought tuba guys were kinda slow, but he was this smart math engineer guy, who aced all his tests, and studied for the fun of it, the complete opposite of me. And my oldest son grew up to play a pretty mean tuba so I had the whole tuba stereotype thing wrong.
I'm glad I joined band back in the 7th grade. My original intent for joining band back then was to get out of P.E.....I didn't know then  being  a band nerd would one day introduce me to the MR. that would make me a Mrs. 

Time flies when you're having fun. I'm blessed to share my life with my "favorite". The kids always ask who momma's favorite is, and the answer is Dad.  We've  had a lot of adventures, several kids, lived in two towns, enjoyed several jobs, worshiped Jesus and served at a few local churches. We seek to enjoy life together with our kiddos.
Happy Anniversary, Karl.
 I love you.
Photo creds: to our daughter karlie. 

Join us in  the celebration of our 25th anniversary.
With a 24 day challenge.   and beyond.
It's a game changer.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Class of 2015

Some how  we managed to space out our kids in such a way that there is a high school graduation happening every 5 years, except for number 4 and she will wait seven years after the 3rd born graduates. We will have graduates in the Class of 2010, 2015, 2020, and 2027. Homeschooling till Jesus comes....

This year is Karlie's turn.....Earlier this month our church, PCC honored the seniors.

 Class of 2015 at Passion City Church is Sweet.

 Louie gives a charge to the students.
School was almost over...a few more days of school, exams, and party or two, and graduation practice...

Karlie designed her Graduation invitations with a trifold graduation card with all of her senior portraits displayed on the front and back. 

Karlie with her friend Victoria with Karlie's last high school year book.
Karlie poses with her senior sign on the way to graduation...

 Practice for graduation, at least one parent had to attend. Karl took the day off so that we would both know what we had to do. At a hybrid school graduation, the parents hand the diploma to their student, which means a step on the stage in front of God and everyone....while everyone listen to your prerecorded parent/child blessing.  Since we are "B"'s we were first...sometimes its awesome to be at the front of the alphabet. We had ring side seats, right at the 50  yard line, behind home big hair to look around or tall was awesome. The folks behind me though, may or may not have had big hair to look around. 
 Each Senior is giving a half table to display a few of their favorites, passions, etc. Karlie's display included her Pure Fashion Award, her superaltive form her sophomore year as Most Fashionable, and photos of friends, siblings etc...
 Senior parking! Don't think they really meant Senior in High School, but it makes for a cute photo. Karlie found a cute monogram idea on pinterest, and we contacted my friends, Sheila and Joe, to make the monogram with their machine. We kept it a secret in case it was a no no....but it seemed to be a hit. and a couple others joined the creativity and designed their caps by graduation night.
 A big smile at rehearsal, she's been ready for graduation since kindergarten I think. 
Rehearsal was great....
Now on for the Real Thing...

 Karlie and her friends....
posing behind her grad table
pomp and circumstance
The Program
The Graduates

Her page, and her parent blessing brought a tear to our eyes.

Woo HOO!!!!

Karlie and great grand Honey...
 Karlie with Gam and Pop

Karlie with her Bro.
Karlie with her sis

Karlie and her younger's sideways...just cock your head to see