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Monday Meal Plan

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So tomorrow is the day we order from our co-op and so I am putting together a list of things I need to order. I thought I might share our meal plan too. Exciting stuff right there.

So for our co-op order, it depends on our budget, but here is what I am hoping to order:

  • Coconut Sugar
  • Cashew Butter
  • Chia Seeds
  • Maybe some Kombucha.
  • Sunflower Oil

I am also going to try to get some kefir grains (maybe water kefir!) from our co-op leader.

So for our meal plan last week, I did a two week plan. However, I will just do this week since I didn’t post it last Monday.

Breakfasts

  • Soaked oatmeal or pancakes with fruit
  • Toast (with homemade bread- Recipe soon)
  • Yogurt and fruit
  • Eggs
  • Muffins
  • Tea, milk, or smoothies

Lunches

  • Pizza Quesadillas
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Sandiwches
  • Left overs
  • Salad (cobb or taco)

Dinners

  • South of the Border omelets with home fries
  • Pulled pork and potato salad
  • Dutch Babies with fruit
  • Roast Chicken with baked potatoes
  • Chicken enchiladas with chips and guacamole 

I also wanted to share some time sensitive information with you! Tomorrow at 6pm EST there is a free live webcast (with speakers like Lysa TerKeurst and Sheila Walsh) through Women of Faith. Check it out! Sign up here.

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What I Want Them to Know (Plus Bonus Post: Our Summer Bucket List)

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If you haven’t figured it out by now, I tend to post when I have time. Sometimes it’s every day, sometimes it’s only once or twice a week. It’s how we roll here…nothing is ever expected, normal, or as planned.

With that said, I am a planner at my core…and I like to plan ahead even though I know the plan will probably not happen as it should. Ah…such is life.

Before I get to our “plan”, I found this article the other day and it really inspired me to write down some things I want my kids to know about me. So I did it! Check out my list:

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As I wrote this post, I thought of a few more:

21.) I don’t want you to be like me because I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I made.

22.) I love the funny things you say and do.

23.) You are growing and learning so quickly. I am proud of you.

24.) Nothing you do will change the way I see you.

25.) God’s love is free and so is mine. You never have to earn my love or favor.

My kids are young right now, but I know in the future, I will have many opportunities to share these facts with them. After all, how will they know what to get me for mother’s day (a coupon for my favorite coffe shop, of course!)? And how will they know my true intentions in every situation… unless I tell them?

I really liked this idea…it’s fun, but it also tells my kids about their mom. It opens communication, it is honest and real. How many times are we completely honest and real with our kids? Motherhood is hard…but loving our kids doesn’t have to be. Being open with them (as with any relationship) is the key to success. Do you love your kids enough to be real with them?

I encourage you to make a list for your kids and when your kids are old enough, have them make one too.

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Photo by Alsal Photography

So summer is finally here! I hope you are as excited as I am. As I was thinking about what I wanted to accomplish this summer, I realized I should write it all down so that we can check off items as we accomplish them. Hence the Summer Bucket List.

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So far, we’ve already picked strawberries and planted our garden. We also hope to go to our local farmer’s market this weekend. 🙂

So What does your summer look like? Do you have a list?

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Whole Food Eating: Co-op Ordering

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As I was getting ready to place my co-op order last month, I decided I should do a post about it. I touched on it in my last post, but we order from Frankferd Farms. We order through a friend of a friend and it’s not really a co-op because it’s not really membership based. A co-op, or food cooperative, according to the International Cooperative Alliance (1), is:

“… an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.”

The idea for co-ops, is to provide people access to real and natural foods that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to just by shopping at the grocery store. This is especially important in areas like mine that are very small communities that have limited foods available. All we have is a Kroger and a Walmart and a small mexican grocery….SO….a co-op was a good idea for us.

There are certainly other ways to get real food. I touched on this a little in my budgeting for real food article. A really good way to get good food is to go to good people! The little guys: farmers, small shop owners, farmer’s markets, get stuff from friends or grow it yourself. But for things we can’t get this way, we order.

Like anything, we need to budget our spending for the co-op orders. Our main order is wheat berries for making our homemade bread (recipe coming soon). So when we buy those, (25lbs!!) we won’t usually buy anything else. But, since 25lbs will keep us in wheat for a while, when we don’t have to order them, we can get other things. There is a wide variety of things to order from, of course.

To look at the catalog, just go to their website and click on Our Catalog.

taken directly from the Frankferd Farms catalog

taken directly from the Frankferd Farms catalog

Most of the time, we get rice, a nut butter, baking supplies, cheese…etc.

Some of the best things to get are dry goods. Grain, rice, and beans. We do buy this stuff, but we also buy cheese and other refrigerated goods.

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Most of the time, if you have a co-op group, there will also be people in the group who know what is best to buy and what is not as good. There may also be people who you can get certain items from. The woman that orders for us sells chickens, eggs, and much more. She also has Kombucha Scobies, Kefir Grains, and Sourdough starters that she gives away because she’s always got extra. 🙂 So check around.

Ask around at farmer’s markets or people in your area to see if they know of a co-op in your community. There are probably several. You can order from Frankferd and other co-ops independently, but it can be costly. Plus delivery can be difficult. Doing it as a group order will be most beneficial. You can even google “local food co-ops” and see if you can find one that is near you. However, I think the best way to find one, is to ask people you know.

Good food is the key to a good life.

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photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net

Sources: 1.)http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/save-money-food-coop.htm

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Pizza Quesadilla Recipe


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This is super easy and fast way to feed your kids a nutritious meal.

You can make these as a quesadilla or you can even make your own personal thin crust pizza.

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First, you’ll need all of your ingredients. We just chose to do only mozzarella cheese but you can do any pizza topping you like. You’ll also need tortillas and tomato sauce.

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We chose to use sprouted wheat tortillas. Read about why sprouted grains are good for you here.

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We also used cheese from grass fed cows that we ordered from our co-op, Frankferd Farms.

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And for the tomato sauce, we used Muir Glen tomato sauce. Not only is it delicious, but it’s actually on the more reasonable end of the price range.

DSC_7011 DSC_6993Shred or break apart your cheese and put it on your tortilla.

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You can put it on the whole tortilla like this. Or you can put it on half like the one below.

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Next, place another tortilla on top, or fold it in half.

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Then, bake them at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Or until the cheese is melted.

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DSC_7004Don’t forget to flip them over and bake it on the other side for 5-7 minutes.

DSC_7006Cut and serve. Yum!

When they’re finished, serve with the tomato sauce (heated) for dipping.

DSC_7016This makes a great little lunch or quick supper. With more toppings, it could make a really yummy pizza too! Add a salad, soup, or fruit to make this a super yummy meal that your family will love. Enjoy!

Pizza Quesadilla Recipe

Makes 3 large Quesadillas

Ingredients

1 Pack (6) Sprouted Tortillas (we like Alvarado Street Bakery)

1 can of tomato sauce and any seasonings for it! (Italian seasoning…pizza seasoning…garlic…..)

Mozzeralla Cheese- We used about 8-10oz. But you can put on as much as you like!

Other pizza toppings: sausage, pepperoni, peppers, tomato, onion, mushroom…etc.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Shred or break apart your cheese and put it on your tortilla.
  3. Next, place another tortilla on top, or fold it in half.
  4. Then, bake them at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Cut and serve.
  6. Serve with the tomato sauce (heated) for dipping.

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Proverbs for Parenting

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When we had our first child, my mother-in-law gave us a book called Proverbs for Parenting by Barbara Decker. It’s a topical study on the book of proverbs as it applies to parenting. Ms. Decker separates the book into sections organized by category. Topics include Reverence for God, Godly Character, Self-Control, Wisdom & Instruction and so much more.

The book is introduced by quoting Deuteronomy 6:6,7 which says,

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6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Ms. Decker quotes the KJV but I like how the Message version says it too:

Deut. 6:6,7 MSG

Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.

The idea here is to infiltrate God’s word into our children’s lives.

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The author goes on to point out that she noticed in her own parenting that correction and discipline sounded like “No.”, “Stop.” “Quit.” or “Don’t.” Instead of instructing her children with God’s word.

On page 2, in the introduction, She says,

If one of my boys dawdles in carrying out his task of taking the silverware out of the dishwasher and putting it in its proper place, I have the resource and option of teaching him a proverb about work, such as:

     Proverbs 6:6-8

      Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

     Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

     Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth

her food in harvest.

And once I have instructed him with this proverb, perhaps later a simple reminder of the ant would suffice as encouragement…

Do you see what she’s saying? Instead of simply trying to control our kids’ behavior by nagging, demanding, and complaining, instructing with God’s Word is not only more practical, but it is more rewarding and a more meaningful form of correction that our kids may actually take to heart.

Easier said than done, I know. Here are a few ways to implement focusing on God’s Word from day to day:

1.) Take time in God’s word for yourself. How can we teach those under our care if we aren’t learning on our own? Join a Bible study, memorize scripture, listen to a sermon online, read a spiritually challenging book before bed. Whatever you can do to be in the Word and be challenged in your walk.

2.) Follow Deut. 6: Memorize scripture with your kids, encourage your kids with scripture, and discipline & correct with scripture.

3.) Pray that God would change your heart and the hearts of your children.

We are definitely just at the starting point. Trying to change our focus to scripture and not on what we need to do or or what was done wrong. If we focus on God’s Word, He’ll do the changing and convicting.

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Real Food Rules!

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Many people have their own idea of what a good diet is. I’m sure it’s different for everyone and that’s fine. Today, I’d like to share a little about the things we’ve been learning about food.

I recently came across this article by The Frugal Girl. Kristen (Aka: The Frugal Girl) writes about a book the helps define certain rules of a real food diet. She shares several of the rules such as:

#10 Avoid foods that are pretending to be something that they’re not.

#13 Eat only food that will eventually rot.

For us, we are certainly not perfect in this area. At. All. But we have changed our diet pretty drastically in the last few months.

Our “rules” before? Anything goes.

Now we have some rules that we try to follow most of the time.

Real Food Rules

#1. Anything created by God for human consumption is probably good for you.

#2. Make as much food at home as you can. Eating homemade food, even some meals that might not be great for you are still better than buying pre-made food at the store.

#3. Remove processed foods from the diet. Anything from canned soups to breakfast cereals. We try to avoid foods full of chemicals, MSG, dyes and foods that are highly processed.

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#4.Watch your oils. We’ve nixed vegetable oils, canola oils, soybean oils, and the like from our pantry. Hydrogenated oils are no good! Use stronger fats like butter, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil for high temp cooking and sunflower oil for non-cooking uses.

#5. Eat good dairy. Yogurt, kefir, butter. These are full of gut-healing bacteria and are super for the digestion. They are also good fats which keep you full and help you fight fat too. If you are allergic to dairy, try using full fat coconut milk instead.

#6. Ferment veggies & beverages and soak grains. We don’t do this as often as we should, but like I said, we are still learning. Soaked grains are broken down and the harmful anti-nutrients are neutralized making these difficult to digest foods good for you and easier to process in the body. Fermented veggies are full of gut-healing bacteria too.

#7. Ditch the soda.

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There is definitely more to it, but those are the basics.

What does a good diet consist of in your house? Do you follow a certain diet or is it anything and everything?