Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Healthier "No Bake Cookies" AKA "Preacher Cookies"


I grew up eating these cookies. Almost every winter evening that we spent at MawMaw and PawPaw Willis's farm. MawMaw would ask us grandaughters if we wanted to make one of these 3 kinds of cookies... "Preacher cookies", "Southern Tea Cakes" or "Cornflake Cookies". Even though my sweet grandparents lived way out in the country in Northwest GA, MawMaw always made sure she had the ingredients to make these 3 kinds of cookies. I don't ever remember a time that she was out of any ingredient that we needed! I had been trying to think of a way to make these healthier so that I could make them for my family to enjoy occasionally and I think I have found a way! We thought they were just as delicious if not more so! My family loved them! I will include my grandmothers original recipe below and then my adapted one at the bottom.

ORGINIAL RECIPE
2 c. sugar
3 c. quick oats
1/8 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2. c. peanut butter
1/2 c. margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. pet milk

HEALTHIER RECIPE
1 c. sucanat or honey granules
3 c. quick oats
1/8 tsp. sea salt
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 c. natural peanut butter
1/2 c. pastured organic butter
1/2. tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. raw organic milk

*Bring butter, cocoa and sucanat to a rolling boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the rest of ingredients, adding oats last. Spoon onto wax paper to dry. Enjoy! Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beautiful Day at the Land and Progress Update!

Isaac, Grace and Mercy in our basement

Daniel worked hard all day to dig out and place rebar  where we need  to
pour extra concrete for our load bearing walls. 


Basement plumbing went in this week! this is the
plumbing that had to be done before we could pour
the slab for the basement. Lord willing, The slab
will be poured Tuesday! 

Isaac sitting on the future basement toilet:-)


So excited about building our home! 

James and Mercy enjoying the backhoe:-).

view from back of house at the progress that took place this week.
Gravel and Plumbing! 

This is one excited mama! 

We are looking forward to David King being able to backfill
our foundation.



My friend Erin came out to the land with her 3 sweet young kids today. It totally made my day! We walked the land and shared about the joys and difficulties we face in staying home all day, homeschooling and parenting young children. As much as we love our jobs, it is overwhelming, makes us cry out to Jesus, and wonder how we'll make it till our husbands get off work for the day, yet at the same time... we are living our biggest dreams and it is so rewarding. Funny huh? What would we do without friendship? I love you Erin and thank God for you!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall Pics and Pies!

I don't know what it is about Fall that puts me in the mood to make pies but the mood has hit again this year and my family is loving it. I made these pies a little healthier than the original recipes, not that it justifies making pies but hey! It is Fall After all...

Apple Pie

Pumpkin, We like it warm with plenty of whipped cream
and cinnamon. These were demolished quickly!

James delighted to be eating
one of his favorite dinners, Beef stew thickened and
 served over mashed potatoes. 

Isaac eating one of his favorites, guacamole!

Grace worked diligently over
a 2 month period to earn this little
cinderella doll. It was so fun to finally
be able to take her to walmart
to buy it:-).

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Color Me Rad

 I got to run in the " Color me rad Blacksburg" 5K race on the Virginia Tech campus with a couple of dear friends this morning. It was SO much fun!  Our team name was the "Hip Fit Mamas". Perfect name for a group of homeschool mamas:-). The weather was perfect and we had a blast!

Before the race










All done! Alison, Lindsey and Lindsay





Thanks for the awesome time girls! 

We went to church for a little while after the
race and then on to lunch. So much fun:-)
So thankful that our friend Laura joined
us to take these awesome photos! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Foundation is Done!

We had phenomenal progress take place on our house this week. If only we can keep this up! It is amazing how much was accomplished in just 1 week. Praise the Lord!

Daniel and the boys put more rebar in the basement walls. 

Grace showing off the basement fireplace. We hope to put a woodstove
here eventually. 

James can't wait to move onto our land. He thoroughly
enjoys it!

The boys helping Daddy

It sure is nice having 2 sons who are quickly getting older and helpful! 


We had our foundation painted with therma seal to help prevent
any water problems. I chose white to go with our white farmhouse
theme. 

Isaac peeking over the basement wall

Mercy insisted on doing the same:-). 

I know we are going to love looking back one day at how big
the kids were when we built the house! 

And here is the finished foundation! So exciting! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Night Lights


We went to the Auburn High school Football game on tonight to see James be recognized on the field with his team at halftime. It was so much fun! The kids all really enjoyed it. Isaac enjoyed loudly rooting for the team and James enjoyed observing closely and learning. The girls really enjoyed the cheerleaders and the free mini footballs:-). 

James was so pleased to be awarded the hard hat for
most valuable player from his coach after his last
game. He wore it proudly to the high school
game:-). 

James and his team running off the field. 

Susie enjoying herself:-) Such a ham! 

Cheering on the Auburn Eagles. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Our block is being laid! We will soon have a basement!

We poured footers on Monday and were able to get our block layers to start on Tuesday! We are totally stoked about seeing our basement take shape! 







Monday, October 14, 2013

We have Poured Footers!

 We now have footers poured! Huge Thanks to Pops Rich and Mitch Semones for helping make this happen. We appreciate your help! I wish I took pictures earlier while they were helping but I did get plenty later in the evening. Enjoy!
My Hubby is working so hard to build us this house!








I brought homemade beef stew, mashed potatoes and
oatmeal cookies for dinner the evening our footers
were poured and we enjoyed the new progress! 

Daniel and our surveyor, Carl Corelle. 

The kids all took turns writing their names in in the concrete that will
be in our barn.  The barn was a great use for the leftover concrete we had! 

We are making some awesome memories with our kids through
building this house. It's stressful but so fun at the same time!

I am trying to get lots of pictures so we never forget these special
times building our house!