Monthly Archives: July 2014

Breakfast Egg Bake Muffins

ABM_1406648017I am not an egg person… Funny, I know that we have 25 chickens, so we have a TON of eggs and I don’t like the taste of eggs.

I have found an easy solution to the “Same-Old” scrambled Eggs

 

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Makes 12 muffins

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (or almond milk)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of grated or chopped veggies – see below
  • Muffin pan (or I picked up a brownie pan from Pampered Chef – they are square)

This morning, we mixed in zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms and onions.  You could also stir in peppers, ham, cooked sausage, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, kale, chard, or even grated potatoes.

Stir all ingredients together. Grease your pan and fill each pan about 3/4 of the way full.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until eggs are baked through. Let cool for a few minutes and serve.

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Gluten Free Lemon Zucchini Bread

IMG_20150908_140829489Ingredients

  • 1 TB Tapioca Starch or Corn Starchglutenfreelemonzucchinibread
  • 1 TB Xanthan Gum
  • 1 cup Brown or White Rice Flour
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • Juice of one lemon (zest first)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grated zucchini

Directions

  1. Mix flours, starch, xanthan gum, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Then add oil and sugar until well blended. Add lemon juice, buttermilk, lemon zest to this mixture and blend all together.
  3. Fold in zucchini until it is mixed well.
  4. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture and blend all together until well combined.
  5. Pour batter into greased 9×5 loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 375 for 60 minutes or until bread is cooked through.

Essential Oil Tuesday – Lavender Shortbread Cookies

lavendercookiesEssential Oil Tuesday – Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I only use oils from Young Living because I know that they are 100% pure and a grade above all other oils that I have tried and tested. It is the only one that I will trust with my family.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room-temperature
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour (We substituted a gluten-free flour blend for ours) – plus extra for rolling.
  • Lavender Essential Oil (about 3 drops) – optional

Directions: 

  1. In your blender or food processor, pulse blend together the sugar and the dried lavender flowers until flowers are smaller and the mixture is more fine.
  2. In a mixer, combine the flour and the sugar mixture.
  3. Add butter and 3 drops of PURE essential oil. (You may add a few drops of red and blue food colors if you want to make them purple… we don’t use dyes so this wasn’t an option for us.)
  4. Mix until well blended.
  5. Roll dough out to about .25 in thick and cut with a cookie cutter.
  6. Place on cookie sheet and bake.
  7. Remove to cooling rack.

Bake at 325 for 15 minutes – Makes about 2 dozen cookies depending on the size of your cutter

 

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Essential Oil Tuesday – Oatmeal Bath Bags

Are you ready for this super FUN and EASY gift for someone? The kids and I make and use these all of the time. We are always looking for ideas to make using essential oils and for fun gifts for family and friends.

Oatmeal Bath Tea bags

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup dried milk (Or omit if you don’t have any… although it makes a better soak with the milk.
  • 5 drops of your favorite essential oils (I like using lavender in these because I make them for right before bed for a relaxing soak) I pick up all of my oils from Young Living (www.youngliving.com/krismazy)
  • 4in x 4in heat sealing tea bags (or knee-high stockings if you are making them for yourself!)
  • Curling Iron or Hair Straightener to seal the tea bags

Elwyn( I always double this recipe and then make enough to share with others. Store the pre-made tea bags in a zipper plastic bag to keep the oils fresh in the oats.)

Directions: In a metal bowl stir together the dried milk and oats until they are combined well.

Add your 5 drops of oils and continue to blend in.

Fill your tea bags about 2/3 full and heat seal the end.

If you are using knee-highs, make sure to tie the end tightly.

These are a one-time use on these goodies.

Watch Elwyn’s video on her making these (Hey, if a 10 year old diva can, so can us big people!!)

 

 

I am sad that summer is coming to an end!

Yes, I know that it is only July 19. (It is actually my beautiful mommy’s 60th birthday) But, I tend to see that Summer is ALMOST DONE! (I say that only because kids in Arizona go back to school at the beginning of AUGUST!  As most of you know, I do homeschool some of my kids, but I also have several in public school as well.

Shelby is going back to Chino High as a Junior! Griffen is off to the local middle school as a 7th grader. Both Breckin and Berlyn are entering 3rd grade at a local Elem. School. I do have Elwyn at home as a 6th grader and both Trystan and Rowan at home as 1st graders. After a lot of prayer and consideration, we decided to enroll them into an online school this year. Trystan still needs that little extra and I want them to get back into a routine this year.

What are some of the activities that you have been doing this summer?

Our summer bucket list projects is getting longer and longer!!

  • We picked up a tie-dye shirt set along with 2 5-packs of kids tee-shirts (you know the ones in the boys undies section.) What a FUN project for the kids! (The whole project was less than $30 and we made 9 shirts!!)
  • We have gone camping.
  • We have planted a garden.
  • We have been to the library for their library program every week.
  • We have painted the picnic table in the back yard(It is now an AWESOME Pea Green!)
  • We watched a movie outside on the back patio and roasted s’mores.
  • We finished out solar oven cookbook.
  • Grif and El learned how to BBQ.
  • Shelby got her driver’s permit.
  • We sat outside on our back patio and watched the bats catching bug and caught toads the size of hamburgers as they were hopping around our feet.
  • Bought and restored a high-school locker for our front hall to organize kids.
  • Redecorated the little girls room (in a French Parisian theme – using mostly yard sale items) and cleaned out Shelby’s room – got her organized for the new school year!
  • Went to the movies 4 times so far this summer as a family.
  • Slip’n’slided and launched water balloons in a war (kids against big people)
  • We made snowmen out of marshmallows.
  • Danced in the monsoon rain.
  • Made about a hundred different bath items using essential oils.

We have so many other things to share with you!!! And more things that we plan on doing.

tie-dye
tie-dye
Library Program, too.
Library Program, too.
Library Program
Library Program
TOMATOES!!!
TOMATOES!!!
Painting the Table
Painting the Table
Outside fire pit
Outside fire pit
Camp Out
Camp Out
Outside movie time
Outside movie time

Happy 2-year anniversary GOTCHA DAY!

 



HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!!!


WE.ARE.A.FAMILY!
  
2 years ago today, my little boys moved into my home through Arizona Foster care. At the time, we did know the path that we were going to end up.  And had no idea that these were going to be our children at the time.

They were blue from top to bottom from bruises and lash marks, had broken noses and cracked other bones. They were severely under weight and have both put on OVER 20 POUNDS in the last 2 years. They are both now right where their weights need to be!!

I feel that I need to continue telling others our story of our little boys and of Larry and I. It is not an easy job to be a foster family or as a family who decided to adopt older children who are in foster care (when I say older, I mean any child in the system over 2 because they start to have memories of their past at that point). We have our ups and downs. Thank GOD that the ups out-number the downs 10-fold.

Breckin and Trystan were 6 and 4 years old. They came from a transient family who was just passing through this area again (settling for only a few months at any location.)  They arrived at 11pm on July 10, 2012. They got here and inhaled an entire bag of “GoldFish” crackers and 1/2 of a gallon of milk.

I will not sugar coat how difficult a journey it has been for them because that wouldn’t be fair to them or to anyone reading who is interested in foster care and adoption through foster care. Each child is so different with their biofamilies and backgrounds. I don’t wish what my boys went through to be brought down on my worse enemy. We work on behavioral issues EVERY DAY! And although sometimes Larry and I don’t see it getting any easier with them, I know the progress that we made so far. I remember several of my friends bringing clothes over to my home to help us get ready for them and the tears in their eyes after seeing how bruised they were.

Both boys were feral. They were dirty and showering was a new concept. Simple things like forks and napkins were like talking Greek to them. There was no concept of living in a home or owning anything. It is almost as if I need the general person to see them as little “Tarzan” children. They arrived in nothing but a pair of sweatpants each and were filthy from top to bottom. As a matter of fact, we didn’t know that Trystan was blond until the 3 rinse on his hair!

The anniversary of our adoption was in May. And our journey continues. Their bio-dad was on the run last year for over 6 months last year and was finally caught and sentenced this last March.

We now have a relationship with their bio-mom who was not in the picture when all of this was going on. We email at least twice a month with videos and photos and scripture to help her on her journey in Christ as she heals like they need to. We praise God that she is on a different path!

We are thankful to try a non-medicated approach to their behaviors. Breckin’s nightmare have finally stopped after 20 months and with the help of essential oils. The side-effects of the meds on Breckin were not worth taking the medication to begin with.

We do still have to lock the refrigerator and the the pantry because food tends to disappear if I don’t. We still have to turn an alarm on their door at night to prevent sneaking out. And OOOHHH the adventures that we have had with potting in their room, or tearing up toys, clothes or even their curtains. Breckin still at times doesn’t understand what a family is for and will hit himself as if his brain hurts and Trystan who will be homeschooled this year due to his food allergies (unfortunately from being a meth baby), he still tries to eat gluten any chance he gets.  But those issues are immensely small compared to the progress that we have seen.

Learning how to bathe on their own, and eat with a fork. Saying please and thank you, progressing in school and enjoying children’s church and learn about Christ. Trystan is READING!!!  We have finally started to eat slower so we don’t inhale foods quite as bad. The favorite times that I do have is when I hear the name MOMMY from one of them and the I LOVE YOUs that I do get and the cuddles and hugs. Some progress this summer: Each of them have had their tennis shoes last more that 4 weeks… we are going on 14 weeks!!! YEAH! They LOVE their family and each other. Breckin LOVES Shelby and always wants to do things with her.

We have become a family. They are my children. On most occasions, I refer to Trystan and Rowan as my twins (because they are only 3 weeks apart in age) and they are now a true brother and sister. Breckin is starting to play with others regularily and can sit through a whole board game now!!!

WE.ARE.A.FAMILY! I will never give up on them and I hope that they know this! I LOVE YOU BOTH!

I am so thankful that I GOTCHA in my family!

Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid . . .  for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Deuteronomy 31:6

 

Happy 2-year anniversary GOTCHA DAY!

IMG_20140317_162008253HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!!!

WE.ARE.A.FAMILY!  2 years ago today, my little boys moved into my home through Arizona Foster care. At the time, we did know the path that we were going to end up.  And had no idea that these were going to be our children at the time.

They were blue from top to bottom from bruises and lash marks, had broken noses and cracked other bones. They were severely under weight and have both put on OVER 20 POUNDS in the last 2 years. They are both now right where their weights need to be!!

I feel that I need to continue telling others our story of our little boys and of Larry and I. It is not an easy job to be a foster family or as a family who decided to adopt older children who are in foster care (when I say older, I mean any child in the system over 2 because they start to have memories of their past at that point). We have our ups and downs. Thank GOD that the ups out-number the downs 10-fold.

Breckin and Trystan were 6 and 4 years old. They came from a transient family who was just passing through this area again (settling for only a few months at any location.)  They arrived at 11pm on July 10, 2012. They got here and inhaled an entire bag of “GoldFish” crackers and 1/2 of a gallon of milk.

I will not sugar coat how difficult a journey it has been for them because that wouldn’t be fair to them or to anyone reading who is interested in foster care and adoption through foster care. Each child is so different with their biofamilies and backgrounds. I don’t wish what my boys went through to be brought down on my worse enemy. We work on behavioral issues EVERY DAY! And although sometimes Larry and I don’t see it getting any easier with them, I know the progress that we made so far. I remember several of my friends bringing clothes over to my home to help us get ready for them and the tears in their eyes after seeing how bruised they were.

Both boys were feral. They were dirty and showering was a new concept. Simple things like forks and napkins were like talking Greek to them. There was no concept of living in a home or owning anything. It is almost as if I need the general person to see them as little “Tarzan” children. They arrived in nothing but a pair of sweatpants each and were filthy from top to bottom. As a matter of fact, we didn’t know that Trystan was blond until the 3 rinse on his hair!

The anniversary of our adoption was in May. And our journey continues. Their bio-dad was on the run last year for over 6 months last year and was finally caught and sentenced this last March.

We now have a relationship with their bio-mom who was not in the picture when all of this was going on. We email at least twice a month with videos and photos and scripture to help her on her journey in Christ as she heals like they need to. We praise God that she is on a different path!

We are thankful to try a non-medicated approach to their behaviors. Breckin’s nightmare have finally stopped after 20 months and with the help of essential oils. The side-effects of the meds on Breckin were not worth taking the medication to begin with.

We do still have to lock the refrigerator and the the pantry because food tends to disappear if I don’t. We still have to turn an alarm on their door at night to prevent sneaking out. And OOOHHH the adventures that we have had with potting in their room, or tearing up toys, clothes or even their curtains. Breckin still at times doesn’t understand what a family is for and will hit himself as if his brain hurts and Trystan who will be homeschooled this year due to his food allergies (unfortunately from being a meth baby), he still tries to eat gluten any chance he gets.  But those issues are immensely small compared to the progress that we have seen.

Learning how to bathe on their own, and eat with a fork. Saying please and thank you, progressing in school and enjoying children’s church and learn about Christ. Trystan is READING!!!  We have finally started to eat slower so we don’t inhale foods quite as bad. The favorite times that I do have is when I hear the name MOMMY from one of them and the I LOVE YOUs that I do get and the cuddles and hugs. Some progress this summer: Each of them have had their tennis shoes last more that 4 weeks… we are going on 14 weeks!!! YEAH! They LOVE their family and each other. Breckin LOVES Shelby and always wants to do things with her.

We have become a family. They are my children. On most occasions, I refer to Trystan and Rowan as my twins (because they are only 3 weeks apart in age) and they are now a true brother and sister. Breckin is starting to play with others regularily and can sit through a whole board game now!!!

WE.ARE.A.FAMILY! I will never give up on them and I hope that they know this! I LOVE YOU BOTH!

I am so thankful that I GOTCHA in my family!

Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid . . .  for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Deuteronomy 31:6

 

Here is a link to my 1 year anniversary Gotcha Day Post.