Getting Healthy –

One of my many many resolutions for 2012 was to get healthy – not to just diet, not to just exercise, not to just drink more water and less diet pop – but actually get healthy and improve my quality of life. Well, here it is March 20, I am still going strong and doing even better than I though I would. I have all but given up sugar, totally given up caffeine, and also recently reduced my sodium intake by nearly 80%. I am not taking any sort of diet aids, pills or shakes. As of this morning, I have lost 16 pounds and down 1 full pant size. I am exercising 5-6 days per week for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. I feel super! I just wanted to quickly share my very best friend so far during this journey. My super yummy – super healthy – go to meal.

Roasted Veggies with Chicken

first of all, I make a HUGE batch of this in a big roasting pan so I have enough meals for me to last several days. One of the hardest things about this journey for me is making 2 meals every night – while I am totally satisfied eating this every lunch & dinner, my family is most definitely NOT.  Having single servings of this recipe all ready and waiting for me in the fridge is a huge blessing – I fix dinner for the family and then just heat up mine in about 3 minutes.  🙂  Anyway, here goes…

4 small-medium sweet potatoes – peeled & chopped
1lb carrots – sliced (I cut them about 1/4-1/2″ thick)
2lb broccoli flowerettes – I like these kind of big
1 12oz can of chicken
Toss all together in a large roasting pan with 2Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and season to taste (I use onion powder and garlic pepper) – cook at 425 degrees for 30 minutes then pull out and stir. I’m pretty picky about the texture of my food – so I usually toss it all back in the oven for another 20 minutes. I like the sweet potatoes on the soft side, but I want my carrots to be a little bit crisp. And that is it! I divide it all up into 2 cup servings and store in the fridge. When I’m ready to eat it, I heat it up in a dry skillet and then toss on about 1 tsp on grated Parmesan.  I plugged all the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and a 2 cup serving is approximately 350 calories!  WOOT WOOT!

It is totally crazy that I like this so much because I really am not a vegetable lover AND I normally HATE leftovers, but this I literally eat almost every lunch and dinner. It is so yummy!

For those of you near a Sam’s Club – you can buy 5lbs of carrots of $2 and 3lbs of broccoli flowerettes for $5 – that is CRAZY CHEAP compared to the local grocery store prices.


***UPDATE*** This recipe also works GREAT on the grill!  Use a grill basket or make foil pouches.  Also – when I reheat mine on the stove, I like to add some fresh minced garlic.  I don’t add it when the veggies are roasting because I’m afraid it (the garlic) will burn.  Oh – and I also love to add chopped onion to the grill basket. 🙂  I can’t wait to get some shrimp and try grilled shrimp and veggies in the grill basket.  YUMMO!


My Christmas Wish & Many Thanks

Hello again my friends. I want to wish all of you the very merriest Christmas filled with wonderful memories and special moments with your loved ones. I also have a very special request. I have a new friend who has recently suffered a health scare and is in need of prayer. I’m keeping the details quiet for now, but she went in for a biopsy this morning and is awaiting results – could be as soon as today or as late as next week. I’m asking you to join me in prayer for this special lady – prayer that the tests results show nothing scary; prayer that she is given a clean bill of health; prayer that she & her family can relax and remain focused on the real reason for Christmas as well as on loving each other this Christmas; and prayer that they know no matter what happens, they are loved and that Christ is the great physician and can overcome anything this world throws at them.
May God bless each and everyone of you this Christmas and once again, I thank you for your friendship and support.


How do you react when someone attacks you unjustifiably?  Do you attack back?  Do you write a vicious post on facebook about that person?  Do you shrink back into yourself and pout like a small child?  I am definitely the latter.  Don’t get me wrong, I get mad, but I’m also horribly afraid of conflict so I will usually apologize profusely (regardless of whether I am guilty or not) and then have a ridiculous pity party for myself.  I repeated this cycle last night after I received a nasty message via facebook accusing me of horrible customer service.  I won’t get into details, but I will say that this person was incorrect in her accusations and have plenty of documentation to disprove her.  However, I am more than willing to admit that I am NOT a people person and I suffer from incredible shyness – I am a poor communicator but I work hard to try to improve and push myself out of my comfort zone.

Anyway, before I ramble on too long I want to share several things that went through my mind last night.  First off, I am a Christian – and every thing I do/say can be scrutinized by the world.  I don’t know if my accuser is a Christian (I have my suspicions, but that is neither here nor there) , but I have a duty…a responsibility to react in a Christian manner – anything less would be wrong…sinful even.  I’m reminded of the verse from Mark 9:42 “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.”  We usually consider “these little ones” to be those who are very young in their faith – whether a child or simply a new believer.  But am I wrong to apply this verse to the circumstances for which I am writing?  True, I don’t know if she is a Christian, but even if she is not – do I not have a responsibility to make sure my reaction is not such that I put a black eye on Christianity?  Am I making sense?

I cannot imagine a worse thing than me personally being the reason someone would not be a fellow believer.  I despise Christian hypocricy.   I was once at a local church clothing giveaway event with 2 of my girls.  From across the room I could hear a woman cussing about something – I immediately scurried the girls to an area away where they wouldn’t hear this.  When I turned to see who it was that was cussing so much (in a CHURCH!), I was shocked/outraged/ saddened to see that it was a member of my own church.  I don’t know the circumstances that had her in such a state, but I cannot think of a single thing that would make her reaction acceptable.  She has been a member of this community for years and is known to be a believer – but what must those non-Christians who were there have been thinking?  That it is acceptable for a Christian to behave that way?  Or that she is just another of those Christians that behave 1 way on Sunday, and behave like the world the rest of the week.  I don’t know.  Being the wimp I am, I focused on keeping my girls out of earshot and getting out of there ASAP.  I pray that if I am ever in that position again, the LORD will give me the strength to kindly and lovingly approach and correct the individual.  For now, I continue to feel ashamed of fleeing.

So this and so much more has been swimming in my head for the last 12 hours – and I am struggling with how to balance how I feel Christ would have me be, and how not to allow myself to be a doormat for the world.  However, considering what HE has done for me, a few hurt feelings from time to time are a pittance.

Just to clarify – I am NOT saying that it isn’t OK to get mad.  “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”  Ephesians 4:26, NIV   I forgot about that last part…perhaps that’s why I couldn’t sleep last night – WOW.



Hello Again!

Oh my friends…where do I begin???  The last 3 weeks have been about as close to crazy and as chaotic as I can manage.  Between the normal managing a home with lots of people in it + homeschooling 5 kids in 5 different grades + keeping 2 toddlers from climbing the walls and escaping out the door, I have ventured into a small business.  What started out as a small post on a local facebook “for sale” type site, has blossomed into what could turn into an actual business.  Last Friday, as in just 1 weeks ago, I posted the following on the “Richardson County Swap & Talk” facebook site

This was the only I had, but I was curious to see if anyone would be willing to pay $10 for it.  I got quite a bit of positive feedback and requests for me to build and sell, so on Saturday morning I listed this

and got even MORE orders!

Fast forward to today…7 days later… and I now have over 50 orders for a variety of different block styles!  My carport is littered with 2X4 blocks in various stages of completion…raw wood…sanded blocks…primed blocks…painted blocks…etc.

Here are a few pictures of other completed projects from this week!

So… in addition to what had been my normal juggling act, I have tossed in another (rather large) ball.  I am so excited about this, though!  I feel like it has been an incredibly long time since I have done something for me – not as a mom or a wife or a church member or whatever…but for me.  It’s a very good feeling. 🙂

I must admit I am not balancing quite well right now…for as I was writing this blog, I discovered the little guys had found a big soup pot and were filling it with Hot Wheel cars in the living room while watching Dora the Explorer.  I guess it could have been worse. 🙂


Wednesday – Daddy’s Home! :)

Happy Day!  Jeff decided to come home this morning and be with us for a day before he heads back to work.  For those that don’t know, Jeff works at an ethanol plant that is located about 30  miles away from our home.  Normally, he commute is 35 minutes.  Well, thanks to the flood waters along the mighty Missouri River and the resulting road closings, his commute is now approximately 2 1/2 hours…1 way!  At the same time the roads closed, the guy he carpooled with quit.  So…now we have to shell out about 15 times the amount of gas $$$ we had to before the flooding.  OUCH!  Anyway, he job has a rental house in a neighboring town that they are letting the guys stay over in – which is super great, and we appreciate it so much, but mostly the entire situation stinks.  In order to save some $$$, Jeff is going to start just staying at the house over there on some of his days off and I was prepared for that to start this week, but he decided to come home anyway.  Man, I love that man.  Being home alone with 7 kids all day everyday is a HUGE blessing, but at the same time, it is easy to get stir crazy.  We all just miss him when he’s not with us.  So, today we celebrate the fact that he is with us. 🙂  Of course, he’s been asleep since he got home this morning, but hopefully we’ll get some quality time tomorrow. 🙂

My Latest Obsession

Are you on the Pinterest bandwagon?  Oh what a wonderful way to waste spend an evening!  If you are not familiar,  here is the description from the Pinterest website –

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

I have boards to organize the many things I am passionate about – from FOOD FOOD FOOD to Christmas to Homeschool Misc to My Style…Pinterest is a fantastic way to organize anything you find on the internet that moves you.

Here are a few of my recent pins –

I can lose myself in Pinterest for hours – but I don’t really consider it a waste of time because it is so totally inspiring and I have discovered a lot of clever crafts and projects that will keep the kids and I busy for months – I’ve even got some Christmas presents in the works! 🙂

Happy Birthday!

After months of debating and rationalizing and arguing with myself, I have decided to take the plunge and actually start my own blog.  So today is the birthday of “dandelionpancakes” – I’m excited about starting this project and thrilled if you choose to join me. 🙂

Every “how to” I have read about blogging insists that you should pick 1 topic and blog about that.  Well, I have way too many interests and there is simply no way to choose just 1 thing.  So – here you will read about my passion for my family (hubby + 7 kiddos + TONS of extended family & friends), homeschooling, crafting, baking, cooking, and the ins & outs and joys and frustrations of running this crazy wonderful household of mine.

I’m off for now – so much to figure out and build upon!  HUGS!

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