Yes, it can!
- Cut banana in less than ½ inch thick circles in a regular bowl.
- Sprinkle the Chia and Hemp on top of the banana.
This is a closer picture than I normally would take but the kids and I ate some before it dawned on me to take the picture.
Zucchini bake has been a faithful staple in our family’s food rotation. It has given us a lot of comfort on the hard days in this whole food journey. Depending on our family’s current IGg test results or if my husband or I decided to do a detox with our health care providers help. This recipe has been able to be adjusted to meet all those heavy requirements. For example, we just recently added tomatoes back in because they had been on my IGg test result before.
We tried canned tomatoes at first but they made my mouth feel weird. I am not an expert or a scientist but for some reason, I feel that the citric acid they use in canned foods in combination with the tomatoes chemistry does not agree with me. But fresh tomatoes I don’t have that problem with.
Stuff is everywhere. We have kid stuff, paper stuff, emotional stuff- you get my point. STUFF!
Below is my reflection, my way of dealing with the magnitude of stuff I currently have at ,one of my parents apartments, my sisters house, the condo that we have been living at for about 10 days so far, my parents house and a moving container. That is A LOT of personal items to keep track of. Its all waiting for 2 more days until we finally get to move into our new house. It is my prayer that you find encouragement and/or some value in this. At the very least I hope you see that you are not alone in, “Stuff.”
In my reflection I came up with three Categories:
I can’t seem to get rid of this stuff!
You know what I am talking about. Like that shirt, the one that is kind of to small or even way to big. It might have some holes in it, but it’s comfortable, so you keep it.
All of this, I don’t like and don’t want. Yet it still remains…
This stuff I can not seem to find!
It makes me feel crazy!
Like when you have torn up your whole house to find your car key’s or cell phone, because you can’t find it for the millionth time.
Its there one minute and the next its GONE.
Has this happened to you too?
As I mentioned briefly above, I never seem to have enough time.
What about you? What kinds of stuff do you like, need and want? Stuff that you can’t find or find difficult to make time for?
Think of our laundry room for just a minute.
I have yet to figure out why this room is the room where everything that no one knows what to do with ends up. At least in my house it did. We will see if this holds true for our next house. Maybe you have a different room like this at your house. If so, comment and share with us on which room you find to be the room in your house where these items end up in.
What about these “lost socks” of the group?
Which brings me back to the stuff that really has no other definition than “Stuff.” You know the stuff that when a co-worker asks, “What have you been up to? The answer you might give back is, “Stuff.” This is the kind of “Stuff”, I don’t know what I want to do about it.
All of that to say,” You are not alone!” We all feel these things. No one has it all figured out. I will be the first one to admit- I don’t. It is always easier to see all the Stuff in others lives and what to do about them. It is a lot harder sometimes to see our own. Me included. As I reflected I thought about how all this stuff starts to become “normal.” It just becomes apart of the background of our lives.
Kind of like the refrigerator.
We all have one and we know its there, but on a day to day basis we don’t think about the fridge until it stops working. Then its a big deal. In those moment we appreciate the fridge a little more than we did the day before.
We appreciated the fridge because something changed and then it went back to normal, once it was fixed. We all enjoy the comfort of knowing what comes next, our routines- the status quo. But change is good. Change can be a very healthy thing. Change usually brings up things, stuff that we would just rather stay have stayed behind the refrigerator forever.
With all of this moving and packing, I have gotten rid of a lot of old STUFF. In all forms of the word. With getting rid of it all- such as, the stuff that has not served me in some time. I believe that it creates space for all the new and wonderful stuff God has for me and my future. It has also given me a whole new perspective on attaining MORE STUFF. ( Which is that -I don’t need any more stuff. Nope!)
I encourage all of you to prayerfully consider where in your life you could use a new perspective and take inventory of all of your STUFF. See what shakes out.
If you really want to shake it up and you need more room in your house. Pack it all up. Seriouly. Every 5 or 10 years I am going to do this. Just to see how much I have and just feel blessed. Thank God for all He has given me and provided for my family. Then give A LOT away!
This method, I feel, will help me to find things I didn’t even know I had, or maybe find items that were from an old season and never realized I had moved on from, because they had become apart of my everyday background. I found a lot of that in the move.
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This recipe has a funny story. Every time we make it we usually change something about the recipe. This particular time we didn’t have enough ingredients to make a whole batch, and most of the ingredients were… let’s say sketchy at best. They still turned out. The kids ate them. I call that a win.
The original recipe, which I can’t find at the moment but will update this post once I do, had a really nice description of why she weighed out the ingredients instead of measuring them. So convincing that I weigh them out every time I do this recipe. Except for the salt. I can’t bring myself to put that much salt in it. That is why it is in teaspoons instead of weight. See the recipe below for more information. From what I can remember of the post it is more exact to weigh the ingredients out than to measure them.
This is what the dough should look like. If it does not, it will be hard to work with.
Kids approved. This is another reason I love homeschooling. I get to teach my kids real life skills that they will use every day. Ps. The outfits were Christmas gifts. Don’t they look so cute?
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This question came up in my reading of Hosea 1:2-2:1 and in the study notes that followed. The author mentioned, “Complete Devotion.” At first glance, to me, this concept seems very heavy. After I had taken a second and really thought about it, I saw this concept in a different light.
What if God is laying down all of His expectations and trusting us to use them to create and personalize the path He has planned out for us to find. In other words a bigger picture kind of view. To, in a way, know where we are going, as much as a human brain can comprehend at least.
This is were I fall in love with my Lord even more. If that is even possible. I believe that He knows His expectations feel tremendously high, and sometimes even unattainable, for us to live out. Yet He believes in us and knows we are capable of one day meeting them. Not only that, but He is more than willing to help us, everyday, get closer and closer to meeting them.
Knowing this and living this out, for me sometimes gets tricky. All of this gets “burdensome” on those days when I get side tracked or misread DEVOTION for PERFECTION. Which sometimes, if I am being honest, leads into depression. After which, I just get stuck. Can you relate?
Today’s Bible reading, is a great reminder that all God is really asking for, is our imperfect devotion. If He wanted perfect devotion, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus to die for our sins.
I don’t know about you, but I have imperfect nailed! This I can handle. For those who don’t know me yet, I am completely, head over heals, devoted to my Lord and God.
After I took the time to really stop and pause today. Complete devotion looked a lot more doable, when I looked at it through the eyes of Complete “Imperfect” Devotion. So my answer to the original question, would be a huge yes! I believe that if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, have the right heart intention, and do our best- imperfectly, in everything we do, every day. I would call that complete.
Does complete, imperfect devotion seem easier to wrap your brain around now?
Please understand there is no wrong answer.
If you want to answer but would like to do so with a little more privacy, join me in the discussion in my closed, judgement free, Facebook group. Free to join and everyone is welcomed.
I was first introduced to, “wellness” by a supplement company. I learned a lot, but I was taking tons of supplements. More than any one person really needs.
I kept having this nagging feeling, “why am I taking so many supplements and not food?” What is food for if I NEED all of these supplements? Long story short, I started to listen to that nagging feeling and began to do my own homework.
Supplements are used for a variety of reasons. For example, some Vegans may have a harder time meeting the recommended Vitamin B12 from food, so this would be an area for supplements, if recommend by a health professional. Athletes are another area where supplementation is a hot topic. Specifically, with protein shakes, these things scare the pants off of me. Why? Supplements, including protein shakes, are not regulated and can be unsafe. This book goes on to say that not even dietitians can accurately know what to do with some of these supplements because of the undisclosed ingredients. Yikes!
I have spent HOURS checking labels of supplements over the years and it was time-consuming and expensive. It would have been a lot easier and faster, going to the store, buying high quality whole food, not to mention cheaper and then preparing it myself.
“There is no strong evidence for health-related benefits of consuming dietary supplements for individuals eating a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or nonfat dairy and lean protein.” Brittany Nikolich, RDN, CD
Food or supplement. Labels are vital. Don’t get me wrong, reading labels is worth the time. I recommend, reading the labels and getting familiar with the ingredients that you are putting into your mouth, especially on a daily basis. Yes, even that long, folded up piece of paper that you get with your medicine, or at the very least research the ingredients online. You might be surprised what you find. (I know I was shocked!) Ask questions. Know what you are putting into your body. That way you will not be fooled by marketing and misleading information.
For more information on this topic check out Consumer Labs,they go way more in-depth.
I personally follow a healthy combination of, way more whole foods and only the supplements that my doctor and I agreed on. The vitamins and minerals that I don’t get enough of from food or ones that my individual body needs more of, for whatever reason that is.
Which means :
I would love to hear from you on this topic. Share in the comments below.
If you have not seen my “How to Read and Understand Food Labels” presentation, it will be coming on here shortly. Otherwise ask in the comments below and I will find away to get it to you sooner. (website learning curve)
Why on earth am I saying Happy Thanksgiving?
Yes, I know it’s February.
February 14th to be exact.
It started with my sweet Vanessa’s excitement over Valentine’s day at school. So excited in fact she couldn’t remember what it was called. At some point, I believe she said something to the effect of “Happy Thanksgiving.” In the hopes of helping her remember what it was called, I explained to her that Valentines began with the same letter as her name. V like Vanessa. So we continued talking and again she said, “Mom, at Thanksgiving tomorrow, at school…..”The next part was priceless. She shook her sweet little face and said, ” No, that’s not it.”
It got me thinking.
I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s day. I personally think it’s a Hallmark holiday. In other words, it’s only around for card companies, flower shops, and candy stores. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not for me. Being allergic to flowers, and believe it or not, chocolate is not a huge deal for me. There is not much left for me to get out of Valentine’s day.
So when my sweet Vanessa said ” Thanksgiving,” instead of Valentine’s day, it got me thinking. I guess I got caught up in the hype and I lost the point of the day in the first place. I have been focusing on things to be thankful for, so why not use “Valentines day,” as a reminder of thanks and gratefulness instead of an over hyped expectation. That is the whole heart intention of Valentine’s day in the first place, Right? Thinking about it through the lenses of thanksgiving has helped me to see that it is a much-needed reminder to be thankful for the people you love, so why not call it
So this is what my sweet husband got me for “Happy Thanksgiving”
I know I am weird, but this does not make me sick. This is a treat for me.
So I encourage all of you out there. To reclaim these “festivals,” as your own. In other words, you have permission to make the world’s celebrations whatever you want them to be for you and your family.
Thank you for being a witness to our first ever Nikson Family “Happy Thanksgiving”!
Ps. Pray for Vanessa. I think she might be feeling that we are making fun of her. I told her she had such a great idea that Daddy and I decided to change the name of the day for our family because Daddy and I liked her idea better. She was not amused.
Side-note: She now remembers every time to call it Valentine’s day.
Please comment below your “out of the box” holiday name or tradition your family celebrates.
Greetings, to all my fabulously fantastic followers! I just want to share a quick snack tip with you.
I was at the gym trying to figure out a quick and easy snack to eat post-workout. Do you do that too? I hope I am not the only one that thinks like this. See I struggle with getting to the gym early enough to have my favorite protein smoothie after. But alas, today that did not happen. I never knew this before my journey to health and optimal living, but it’s beneficial to eat protein after a workout. So the last time I had my smoothie this late I couldn’t sleep. There is no stimulant in it or anything, but it did give me a lot of energy.
So it hit me.
Dates with raw honey.
A friend of mine had a version of this at a dinner party. I think hers tasted like cheesecake, but that’s just me.
Dates and honey are not a protein. Right? Right, but hemp hearts are.