Friday, November 30, 2012

NaBloPoMo & Flashback Friday: Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hey there! Happy Friday! It's also the last day of November. That means I have successfully completed the NaBloPoMo challenge.  What's NaBloPoMo? (Don't worry, I had no idea myself until the first of the month). It is none other than National Blog Posting Month, and I took the challenge to post Every. Single. Day. I didn't know at first how I'd do it--but here it is the last day and I managed to make it. Whew~!
For this week's flashback, I'm re-posting a favorite recipe for Chocolate Chip Muffins. These muffins are tender and delicious, and might be even better with mini chocolate chips. (Note to self: buy more mini chocolate chips).
Chocolate Chip Muffins
adapted from All Recipes.com

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. milk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 T. sour cream
1 t. vanilla
1 egg, beaten
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
additional sugar for the muffin tops


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 16 regular sized muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. Make a well in the center and pour in milk, oil, sour cream, vanilla and beaten egg. Mix until just combined and all flour is moistened. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown on top. While still hot, brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Libbyville

Everyone in our family gets such a kick out of Libby. She is so fun!

The other day, I saw her go walking by the kitchen with a box of stuff in her arms. I recognized it as all the little Christmas village stuff I bought at Dollar Tree a few years back. The last couple of years, I haven't even bothered to set it up. Well, someone noticed. So she decided to do something about it.

As she walked by, she said to me, "Don't come in my room."

Ummm, okay. I went on with what I was doing and forgot about it til she asked me to come see.

Just before Thanksgiving, Libby and Mia had cleaned their room. As in, really cleaned their room. They even cleaned off the tops of their dressers. Libby had a newly cleaned dresser, so she decided it was the perfect spot for Libbyville.

Libbyville has its own fire department.

All volunteer staffed, of course.

It also has its own skating rink for Moms and Dads to have a date night.

And in Libbyville, date nights have to be quiet for them. It's the law!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Easy French Bread




Ironically enough, we love homemade French bread with our Italian meal of spaghetti, and it's pretty easy to make.

Homemade French Bread
(why run to the grocery store if you can make it yourself?)

I use my bread machine to mix this dough:
1 3/4 c. warm water
1 rounded T. yeast
2 rounded T. sugar
1 t. salt
2 T. oil or melted butter
3-3/12 cups all purpose flour

My bread machine mixes it, kneads twice and lets it rise once. (If you don't have a bread machine, you can mix & knead by hand and then let the dough rise for 45 minutes or until double). At this point, I roll the dough out into a rectangle about a 1/2 inch thick. Roll the dough into a log, rolling from one long side to the other. Thoroughly pinch all the edges together to seal. Place the dough log seam-side down onto a large greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel and let it rise for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. After the dough has risen for 20 minutes, take a very sharp knife and make 3-4 slashes diagonally across the top of the loaf. The slashes should go about 1/2 an inch deep. Put the loaf into the oven and bake 30 minutes or until dark golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes or more before slicing. Delicious dipped into olive oil & balsamic vinegar. (Or just butter it up--nothing wrong with a good 'ol slab of butter!)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gino-egg!

Last spring, our city council voted to allow chickens. Residents can keep up to 8 chickens (no roosters!) in their backyard for home production only. That means no selling the eggs.

We promptly got some chicks in the name of self-sufficiency, preparedness, etc, etc...all that good stuff. By the end of the summer, they all began laying eggs. This morning when I went to check on the chickens and let them out of their coop I discovered a Gino-egg in the nesting box. Take a look at what I mean:

It's huge.

It won't even fit into the carton with the normal-sized eggs:


We've had extra large eggs before (usually they have two yolks inside) but this one takes the cake. Jake guessed that it probably has three yolks. I was tempted to crack it open and see, but I'm going to wait until Jeff sees the size of the egg first.

Raising chickens takes a little work, but getting awesome eggs like this makes it more fun. This is one egg you couldn't buy in the store. I wonder what egg farms do with the occasional giant-sized eggs they must get?

Monday, November 26, 2012

eShakti review {& a giveaway for two!}

I was really excited when eShakti contacted me about doing a review for them.

You see, I had heard of them before and seen some of their stuff on other blogs. If you don't know about eShakti, you really should. Their tagline is perfect: "We design. You customize." And that's exactly what you get to do at eShakti. You can change the collar, the sleeves, or the hem on any item.

Pleated cowl neck knit dress

I was lucky enough to be offered an item of my choice to customize however I wanted. I chose the Pleated Cowl Neck dress in red, and opted to change the sleeves from 3/4 length to elbow length.

This dress also has a hi-lo hem, which I wasn't sure about at first but my sister talked me into it. ("Hi-lo hems are big right now!" and I quote. Thanks, sister!) I wore my dress with brown wedges for this photo, but it also looks good with brown knee-length dress boots.

At eShakti, they will give you their measurements for each size, but if you don't fit that mold, they make it easy to change by customizing the measurements as well. You just enter your actual measurements, and the dress is made to fit YOU, for just a nominal fee. My measurements are pretty proportional so I didn't need to do that, but I could see it would be very simple to do.

The size I ordered is just a little bit big, but the dress is 100% cotton, so I'm not worried. I suspect it will shrink a tad and then be perfect.

Another great thing about eShakti was the time it took to receive my dress. From the time I ordered until it came was barely a week. I was pleasantly surprised, as they quote about 2 weeks when you make customizations.

And now:

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Great Read: The Robe

 

What if the robe that Christ wore before being crucified was left charged with the aura and power of The One who wore it? Almost becoming a living thing, with the ability to affect people who touch it, even though Christ is no longer on the earth?

This is the premise of The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas. The book focuses on the Roman soldier who was given the robe after the soldiers cast lots for Christ's raiment, and what happens to him when he realizes that the robe isn't just fabric anymore. Douglas gives the soldier a name, a family, and a compelling story that I found fascinating. This is one of my very favorite books.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Triple layer cranberry-vanilla cake

Yesterday was Amelia's birthday. And she loves cranberries! I don't know if it's because she always celebrates around or on Thanksgiving, but she has loved them since she was old enough to try them. It was no surprise that when I showed her this cake in my recent issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, she said "I want that cake for my birthday!!"

This cake isn't hard to make. It's a vanilla sponge cake, baked in three layers. The filling is a simple cranberry filling made by cooking cranberries, sugar, apricot jam (I substituted homemade nectarine jam) and cinnamon together until the cranberries pop. Cool, and it will be the consistency of preserves.


 The cake is frosted with a whipped cream frosting that's different from the whipped cream frosting I've used on other birthday cakes, because it has a little sour cream added. Tasty.

It was a delicious cake. Amelia's favorite part was (of course) the cranberry filling!

We discovered that there were no birthday candles in the pantry, so we improvised:
 Love the effect!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Miss Cheeks!!

Today is Amelia's birthday!

The year she was born was also Black Friday. I didn't shop much that day. (Not that I shop much on Black Friday ever...at least not until the craziest part of the day ends. It's just not worth it to me).

Here she is just last week during the run of her latest play, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever:


As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so this next one should explain why we used to call her Miss Cheeks:
Exactly.

This is my favorite baby pic of her EVER. She's eating a pizza crust in it. I know she doesn't look like she was old enough to be eating pizza, let alone standing....but she really was. (She has never been more than 2% on the growth chart). She walked at 9 months old, and no one could believe their eyes when they would see her because she was sooo tiny!

Happy Birthday Miss Cheeks! We love you!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful

Today I am thankful for sooo many things! An abundance of love, family, friends, peace & hope for the future. My husband, children, church, and so much more....

I think this song from Josh Groban says it best.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Winner!!

The winner of the Sibu Beauty balancing facial cleanser is:

Aleta!!

Congrats, Aleta!! You will love the cleanser! You should be hearing from Sibu Beauty soon. Thanks for entering!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Celebratin' in the dog house


My kids are all over the fact that it's Dukie's birthday. He's two years old. In male dog speak, that means he's still pretty much a puppy.

Sometimes I like that dog, but most of the time I think we should have named him Marley, because he could play Marley in the movie. Heck, he could be Marley! He gets trash from the trash can (paper plates seem to be the fave) and carries it to his kennel and stashes it in there. He slobbers on Jeff's suit. He barks at people. He doesn't always make it outside before peeing. HE CHEWED UP ONE OF MY PRIZED POSSESSIONS (which I still haven't forgiven him for. Is forgiving your dog part of the 10 commandments? If so, I'm in trouble.) Needless to say, he gets told "Go to your kennel!" a lot. One of the good things about him is that he always listens to that. He'll lay in there for a little while until he thinks the coast is clear. Then he'll come out and lick me like he's sorry.

Anyway, he's in there now. And the kids were smart to put his Happy Birthday sign on the door. They know he'll probably be celebrating there. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Sunday

Here's a pretty little George Winston song and video for your Sunday before Thanksgiving. We live in such a beautiful world!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Flashback Friday--to give myself a kick in the butt!

**Giveaway going on now: http://ifihadanythingtosay.blogspot.com/2012/11/sibu-beauty-review-and-giveaway.html. You have until midnight Monday to enter!**

Welcome to Flashback Friday. When did I start having a Flashback Friday on my blog? Umm...now seems like as good a time as any!

Today the flashback is a post about my favorite workout DVDs. Why? Because I need a big ol' kick in the butt. Running isn't easy in the cold, and I won't run outside if it's snowy or icy. The treadmill that got me started running has since died (and I want another desperately!) so it's back to the workout DVDs for me. This was a good reminder.



Flashback here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Real life with T1D: Evil Ketones

Monitoring for diabetes through a blood test{ Has anyone tried the JDRF's T1D for a Day challenge? If you have, let me know. I want to post about your perspective!}

Most of the time, T1D (type 1 diabetes) is managed well and patients live a normal life, but you have to count on hitting some rough patches. We had another one of those "real life" moments. I like to call them that because they're always a reminder of what we're dealing with. A rotten nice little dose of reality.

Last night, once again at 3:30 am (what is it with T1D problems and 3:30 am??)  Jared came into our bedroom and said, "Mom. I'm 400-something (I was barely awake and can't remember the whole number) and my stomach hurts a little." I said, "Well, you'd better change your site." A site is the place where a tiny needle is inserted under the skin to provide the insulin drip from his pump. Sometimes they go bad, get bent, clogged with blood, etc., and then don't work. Jared left to get one, but then came back. He said, "I know why I'm high. My pump is disconnected." I could see he was holding something up for me to look at. It was the end of the insulin tubing that had somehow gotten disconnected from the site. He reconnected it and then bolused (gave insulin) to bring his blood sugar back down.

But with his stomach hurting, that was a bad sign. A sign of too many ketones in his blood.

Evil ketones! (I like to call them that because they wreak havoc with Jared!)

Ketones are a by-product, an acid, that is produced when the body burns fat for fuel. In a normal person, extra insulin is sent out to break them down. In a T1D (whose body produces NO insulin) the ketones can get out of hand quickly if there is either no insulin available or not enough. Because of the high blood sugar, the body thinks it needs another source of fuel and starts burning fat, producing those Evil ketones. They also cause problems if Jared is sick and not eating, because once again the body needs fuel and starts burning fat.

Jared had too many ketones early this morning and got sick before his insulin kicked in, but he got up for school and said he was feeling much better. He felt better, but his blood sugar was still 300, meaning that the insulin he had took care of the ketones first (good), and so we had to give him another extra amount to lower his blood sugar.

I don't know how his pump got disconnected, but it just serves as a reminder that anything can happen. Thankfully, we have what we need to take care of it and help him live a normal life!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Watching out for Mom and Dad

Libby's instructions to the other kids

Last Friday night, the usual date night, it was snowy and I was coming down with a cold and wasn't feeling great so we were hanging out at home. I was in my bedroom watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (love that show, BTW) and Jeff came in. He sat down and said he wanted to have popcorn and a movie with me. Just us. (So sweet!) Of course I said okay. He left to make popcorn and I started searching for a movie.

After our movie was over (and it had been miraculously quiet) we realized that Libby had been looking out for us. She had posted a sign on our door. She had closed it earlier, but we didn't know there was also a sign involved! "do not enter dating room." 

So that explains why it was so quiet. Libby rules.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sibu Beauty review {and a Giveaway!}




 Sibu Beauty.

Have you heard of it? In all honesty, I hadn't until they contacted me about working with them on a review & giveaway. And I'm also being completely honest with you when I say I WAS MISSING OUT.

Sibu Beauty is a line of beauty and health products crafted from premium Himalayan Sea buckthorn berries. Sea buckthorn berries are all natural and full of antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C and E, and full of omega fatty acids, particularly omega 7. If you watch the Dr. Oz show, you may have seen him talk about omega 7 and its ability to enhance weight loss. And its ability doesn't stop there--omega 7 is also great for hair, skin and nails. It helps to:
  • Boost collagen production
  • Protect against oxidation damage
  • Restore resilience and plumpness to aging skin cells
  • Rejuvenate cell membranes
  • Enhance the skin's ability to retain moisture
  • Repair sun damage
  • Protect against sun damage, toxins and environmental stress
Omega 7 is not widely available, but Sea buckthorn berries happen to be a rich source. Sibu Beauty has taken the Sea buckthorn berry and created a line of health and beauty products showcasing the berry's powerful effects. They sent me a bottle of their Sea buckthorn balancing facial cleanser so I could try it and then review it here on my blog.

Facial CleanserAnd here's my humble opinion: this cleanser is awesome! I have been using it for about 10 days now and I love it. I've noticed as I've gotten into my mid-forties that my skin is drier than it used to be, and Sibu Beauty's cleanser doesn't dry out my skin. I've also noticed that my skin looks better when I use a cleanser that is exfoliating, and this cleanser has micro-particles in it that help me feel like my skin is really clean. Sea buckthorn balancing facial cleanser is also naturally anti-bacterial, and I love the scent--it is light and almost citrusy. I have noticed that my skin appears brighter and feels fantastic. I highly recommend this cleanser! It's also important to note that Sibu Beauty's products are Fair Trade and paraben, cruelty and sulfate-free.

**Now for the Giveaway!**

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Disclaimer: Winner cannot be a previous Sibu Beauty giveaway winner. Sibu Beauty sponsored this post and giveaway, but the opinion of the Sea buckthorn balancing facial cleanser is mine.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

A happy, snowy Sunday

My snowed-under deck. There's about two feet out there.
Happy Sunday from quite possibly one of the snowiest places on earth...or at least it feels that way! It's been snowing for a couple of days. We think it might stop today, but we'll wait and see.

And for your listening pleasure, one of my favorite Sunday tunes:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Texas Sheet Cake in a Cupcake

 
Thanks to Si at A Bountiful Kitchen for posting this recipe. (If you haven't ever been to Si's blog, you should. Her recipes are always great!)

These cupcakes reminded me of the "brownie" recipe that Jeff's grandma used to make. I've come to realize that the "brownies" were actually Texas Sheet Cake in a 9x13 pan. Grandma would put whole pecans on the top of the cooled brownies and then pour the warm frosting over the top. She would make them ahead of time and then freeze them. Once in awhile, she would forget to take them out in time for them to thaw all the way before a family dinner. She would lament, but the rest of us loved the partially frozen brownies. While I ate my cupcake, I kept thinking about how good they'd be frozen. Next time...

The frosting I halved in the interest of having only about 2 cups of powdered sugar left in the pantry...but you know what? It was still plenty of frosting. With a diabetic (Jared) and a frosting non-lover in the house (Jeff), the whole recipe would have been too much frosting for us. Which would have been okay. I would have frosted the cupcakes the same amount and had leftover frosting for graham cracker sandwiches. Mmmm.

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes
adapted from A Bountiful Kitchen 

For the cupcakes:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 heaping T. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 sticks unsalted butter (I used salted)
1/3 cup boiling water
1 cup buttermilk (or use sour milk by putting 1 T. lemon juice in the bottom of your measuring cup and then adding milk to the top. Let it sit for 5 minutes before using)
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda


Preheat the oven to 350. Line muffin cups with paper liners. Combine flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Add boiling water and cocoa powder. Whisk well, and then pour mixture into the flour mixture. Whisk until combined. Mix in the buttermilk (or sour milk), eggs, vanilla and baking soda until well mixed. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when touched with your finger. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Frost. Makes 24 cupcakes.

For frosting
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
4 heaping T. unsweeted cocoa powder
4-6 T. milk for thinning
1 t. vanilla
dash of salt
4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

In mixer, combine melted butter and cocoa powder. Add vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar, salt and about 4 T. of the milk, whipping until light and fluffy. Add more milk as needed to thin the frosting.

Friday, November 9, 2012

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pink Taffy Designs Giveaway WINNER!



Unique Baby Gifts by Pink Taffy Designs a Children's BoutiqueDue to circumstances beyond my control, it took a little longer than I had planned to be able to announce the winner of the Pink Taffy Designs hand painted wall letters, but I finally have it for you! I apologize to all of you who entered for the wait.

The WINNER is: BETHE!! 

Congrats, Bethe! Email me your contact information and I will forward it to Pink Taffy so you can receive your prize.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's like Christmas in November

I am so happy that Election Day has finally arrived!!



Santa Claus holding a stack of Christmas presents

I feel like a little kid at Christmas, because the suspense is killing me. If this were Christmas, there's one thing I'd want Santa to bring me. Can you guess?

A new President! And a new Senator would be nice too.

Unfortunately, we can't rely on Santa for this one. If you want a new President, or a new Senator, then get out and cast your vote if you haven't already.

Happy Election Day! Go Mitt!!

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Recipe: Quick Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps


I found this recipe over at 71toes, and it's a winner. I LOVED it. In the interest of full disclosure, not all the kids liked it, although 3 out of the 5 living here did, so it's at least a majority. Most days, that's as good as I can expect.

Anyway, it's an easy, quick recipe and really delicious. I made a few adjustments as follows: the broccoli slaw I bought was actually a bag of broccoli salad mix from Costco:
I used that as is, and chopped up some of the bigger heads of broccoli that were in it. I also used about half of the packet of cashews and dried cranberries as well as the entire packet of crumbled bacon, and it was delicious. I will do it this way every time I make this dish. If you don't like cashews, bacon or dried cranberries...just use a regular bag of broccoli slaw.

Quick Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
adapted from Picky Palate by way of 71toes

In a large skillet, heat 2 T. of olive oil. Throw in 1 cup of chopped onion and 1 pound of ground turkey. To the turkey add 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Brown and crumble the turkey. Once the turkey is browned, add the broccoli slaw part of the Salad Kit (29 oz. bag). Also add 1/2 cup of bottled Teriyaki sauce, 1 tsp of Sesame Oil, and 1 can of water chestnuts, drained. Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the broccoli and water chestnuts are cooked. 

Meanwhile, wash approximately 15 lettuce leaves. Original recipe calls for butter lettuce, but Costco had romaine so I used that.

Last, add the packet of crumbled bacon from the salad kit, and about half the packet of cashews & dried cranberries. Spoon into lettuce leaves to serve.
The broccoli salad kit includes a packet of sweet onion dressing, and I poured a little over my turkey/broccoli mixture. Yum!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

When your child is diagnosed with T1D

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness month, I am linking you to an article I wrote that appeared at KSL.com.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

You can be T1D for a day.


November is Diabetes Awareness month, and you can show your support and learn more about what it's like to live with Type 1 diabetes.

Through a simple text message campaign, the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is trying to increase awareness of T1D. During the month of November, go to jdrf.org to sign up. You'll receive up to 24 messages in one 24 hour period simulating things like blood glucose tests, insulin injections, and food choices. Things that a T1D like Jared go through day in, day out.

I challenge you to take the T1D challenge. Then come back and tell me what you learned.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Questions from a first time voter

We have a first time voter at our house! That would be Jake. He and I went together to vote early last night.

Over the last few weeks, he's asked me some interesting questions about voting. Stuff that sometimes we don't think about anymore. We had conversations like this:

Jake: "So do you just vote a straight republican ticket?"

Me: "No. I vote for whoever I feel is going to do the job right."

Jake: "Even if they're Democrat? Have you voted for Democrats?"

Me: "Yes. Dad and I both have voted for Democrats who we felt were better for the job." (And some I still would, such as Jim Matheson. I voted for that guy twice when we lived in his district, and if I lived in his district now, I'd vote for him again. He really listens to his constituents).

Jake: "Then you're really an Independent, aren't you." Smart guy, cause it wasn't a question.

Me: "I'm a registered Republican, but yeah, I make up my own mind. I don't just vote for Republicans."

I'm proud of Jacob (and Nicole too!). Both of them vote, based on their own thinking. We don't tell them how to vote. They listen to the candidates, watch, and pay attention to what's going on, and then they make up their own minds about who to vote for. 

And lest anyone think that I voted for Mitt Romney just because he's a Mormon like me, that's not the case. I voted for Mitt Romney because Obama hasn't done the job. I like what was said in the Wall Street Journal today: 

"Mr. Romney has treated voters like adults and offered them a true choice about the future. He is promising change, and for once that abused term doesn't mean for the worse." (From The Romney Turnaround, WSJ November 2, 2012)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Goodbye, Franken-thumb. And some serious haul.

It's time to say goodbye to Franken-thumb. That was my pet name for my stitched-up thumb, which looked like this:
I should seriously have painted that thing green yesterday. Oh well.

This morning the stitches came out. Now it looks like this:
Much better, but still a little strange. I'm a little nervous about ripping it open (I know, probably an unfounded worry) so I'm keeping a bandaid on it for a little longer. It feels great and doesn't hurt, but where the shot was given to numb it (around the joint) is still swollen and some of the skin is numb. That's weird too, but I suppose it will go back to normal some day.

In other news, my kids got a ton of candy last night. This is one kid's haul:

I'm not kidding you, it weighs 5 pounds. Multiply that by 4 kids who went trick-or-treating and we're talking 20 pounds of candy in this house. Man alive. No wonder I've got a MONSTER headache today.

See you later. I need a Coke.