Saturday, February 28, 2009

March Recipe ~ Baked Oatmeal

I make this alot. It is healthy and very good! The kids really love it and usually ask for seconds and sometimes thirds. Isaac loves raisins but he prefers this dish without them and James prefers it with raisins. so I make one half of the dish with raisins and one half without. We usually eat this along with eggs but if we aren't having eggs I double the recipe and use a 9 by 13 dish for there to be enough for us. Although it looks like there are several ingredients this is done and on the table in less than 30 mins.

Baked Oatmeal

2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup raw honey
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp vanilla or maple flavoring (use a little less if using maple)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/3 cup real butter, melted

Mix all ingredients together and pour into greased 8 by 8 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Josh and Paola's Blog

My soon to be sister Paola just wrote the sweetest post about her new family on her blog! Check out Josh and Paola's journal at

You will be blessed by their love story and the deep spiritual content on their blog!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Recipe of the month - Taco dip

My soon to be sister Paola asked me where are all the recipes I said I was going to put on here. That reminded me I have not kept up with posting a recipe every month! Here is one of husband's very favorites. He requests this often and our kids really love it too. It is easy, cheap, and uses only 4 ingredients.

Taco Dip
1 can organic refried black beans
8 oz. cream cheese softened (1 bar)
16 ounce jar of organic salsa
1 small bag finely shredded cheddar cheese (2 cups)
layer everything in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan in the order above. bake at 350 degree's for 15-20 minutes. Serve with bite sized or regular tortilla chips (I buy organic or all natural chips when possible).
* you can also make this with regular refried beans but I found they have way more sodium than I want our family to have!

Book recommendation

I just finished reading one of the most helpful and encouraging books I have ever read! I have been a huge fan of the Duggar Family who is often featured on the TLC and Discovery Health for a long time. They have just written a book called "20 and counting" about their supersized family. I have often watched them on TV thinking on how earth do they manage? Reading their book confirmed so many things God has been showing me lately about relationships with my children and humbling myself with them and even allowing them to tell me when my behavior or words are not not lining up with Gods word. Jim Bob Duggar in the book shared that he never experienced an anger problem before having so many kids but that now he has given his children the freedom when they sense that he is getting upset to put their hand on his arm and say "Daddy, I think your getting angry". They share many other secrets about handling both small children and adult children that I found so helpful. They even share how they organize their house. Whats even more cool is that Jim Bob Duggar is also a real estate investor. He reminds me so much of Daniel and the goals Daniel has for his life and business. Be warned if you buy this book that the Duggars are VERY conservative. The girls wear long dresses and they have strong convictions. I have always believed though that we need to use wisdom and not disregard books that we can glean wisdom from just because we don't agree with the authors on every point! Alright, this bookworm is going to bed! Please share if any of you have any other recommendations for books on child training/family relationships that you think I would find helpful in my journey.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Valentines day pictures

We had a really fun Valentines Day! You already read in the previous post the things we did. I wish I had gotten pictures of the scavenger hunt, that was a hit with Daddy and the kids! Several people asked me if I got my date after reading the Valentine post. Yes I did! It was wonderful. My Valentine arranged to take me to the Indian restaurant in Blacksburg and it was lit up by candlelight with absolutely no wait to sit down! It could not have been more perfect. I did not even have to call the babysitter:-) We left there and he asked me if I wanted to go get my all time favorite food, Ice cream. If you know me at all you know how much I LOVE ice cream. Thankyou Sweetheart for such a wonderful evening! Its amazing when you have small children how much more you appreciate and get excited about going out on a date with your husband!
My Valentine with his morning look!

The heart pancakes, they were soo good!

The kids thought squirting whipped cream on their pancakes and putting strawberries on top was the greatest

I just Love this face! Was he into it or what? So funny!
Kids listening to Daddy read 1st Corinthians 13

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I hope to get valentine pictures up soon but not tonight. I am excited because I think I just found out why It takes me so long to go to sleep at night:-)

" You know your in love when you can't fall asleep
because reality is finally better than your dreams "
Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentines Day Idea's

I thought it might be fun to share what Valentines Day is going to be like for us this year and hope to get some more idea's!

1. When I set the table for breakfast I will have the kids candy bags sitting on their plate ready for them when they come to the table (each bag will just have a small sucker and 2 miniature candy bars).

2. We will have strawberry milk or cranberry juice to drink for breakfast, along with heart shaped pancakes for the kids to decorate with strawberries and whipped cream

3. We will read 1 Corinthians 13 and talk about what love is after breakfast

4. Each child will then go on a scavenger hunt to find the small valentine gift we have for them.
This will be done by me cutting out a different colored heart for each child from construction paper and placing them around the house for the kids to find their next clue. Since my kids are pre-schoolers the clue will be a picture drawn to give them a hint of where to go to find the next clue and end up at the final destination where their gift is. I am also doing a scavenger hunt for Daniel to find his gift by writing a line of a poem I wrote on each of his clue hearts (I am not about to tell you the poem though:-)

5. For lunch the kids will have a heart shaped peanut butter sandwich with strawberry jelly inside

6. After lunch we will make and decorate valentine cookies.

7. Evening... I am kind of hoping for a date:-) If this happens I will have a pizza for the kids to enjoy along with cookies they made and let them stay up a little later and choose a movie to watch.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Movie Review

Daniel and I love watching movies together and I just wanted to recommend a great movie to you all called Dangerous Calling. This movie was directed by Josh and Jeremiah Daws, friends from my Childhood Church, Floyd Springs Baptist.

I gave Daniel this movie as part of his Christmas and we watched it together Christmas Day. It was so much better than I expected! I usually get frustrated watching low budget independent films because the acting is often poor but that was not the case in Dangerous Calling! The acting in this movie was very impressive. The entire film was very professionally done. It is a story about a young pastor and his wife taking on a new Church. Having just been fired from their previous church for standing up for what was right, they were ready to settle down for the long haul without the drama and contention that pastors sometimes face. But, nothing could prepare them for what they would face at First Baptist as they struggled to keep their values and avoid confrontation. This is a suspense filled thriller that will keep you guessing about the outcome while at the same time presenting a powerful message. Although this movie goes to the extreme, it does a great job depicting the spiritual warfare that really does go on in churches across the country. This movie would not be appropriate for my 3 and 4 year old boys to watch but I don't see how any teenager or adult could watch it and not enjoy it! I don't want to give the movie away, but one of my favorite parts is a scene involving a snake in the house! Daniel could tell you that I almost squeezed his arm off during that part. It was also fun for me to see so many places and people in the film that I recognized from my childhood. This would be an awesome film to watch and discuss in your church small group. It has a very deep message that everyone needs to hear! Although this movie has a different style than Facing the Giants and Fireproof, you will definitely enjoy Dangerous Calling just as much! I appreciated how instead of focusing solely on light suface issues like so many christian films do, it really dug deep into the spiritual warfare that Pastors/Christians so often face. The movie lasts about an hour and half and if your interested in seeing it you can read more about it and purchase it here at and you can also watch the trailer here at


Earlier today I stopped Isaac in the kitchen to give him a big hug. I just had to post what he said!

Mommy: I can't believe I have such a big son now!

Isaac: I know, I can't believe I have such a BIG Mommy!

Wouldn't you know there is nothing my son could say that would change how I feel about him:-)