Wednesday, February 20, 2013

missionary spotlight at gloriously ruined.

I was so very honored when Wynne Elder from Gloriously Ruined asked Joel and I to be this week's...
Head over to her blog today, read the post AND get know this incredible woman of God.  I've been so inspired and encouraged by her and her husband.  They have been so faithful to what God has called them to and I promise you want to know more about her...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

multiplied meals: whole roasted chicken

This is my most common multiplied meal.  I probably make a variation of it every other week.  A whole chicken is the most affordable meat to purchase and you get way more for what you're spending.  I can get two sometimes three meals from a $7 natural whole chicken.

Round 1: Whole Roasted Chicken (served with pine nut couscous and green beans)
I love The Pioneer Woman's Herb Roasted Whole Chicken recipe.  I vary it depending on the herbs I have and what I will be making with the leftovers.  This week I used a fresh thyme and rosemary rub.  I have found that when cooked at 400 degrees as the recipe recommends the oil gets too hot and smokes, so I usually use 375 degrees and cook the chicken a little longer.  The juice coming from the chicken when cut should be clear when it's fully cooked.

Round 2: Chicken Noodle Soup (served with fresh bread)
With a cold going around our family I chose a simply chicken noodle soup for round 2.  Spiced with fresh thyme this soup brought out the flavor of the roasted chicken.  Yum yum!  If you prefer to go by a recipe I recommend this one here.  Instead of adding the bouillon I would suggest salt and pepper to avoid unnecessary MSG.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

homemade is better...bread

I received a bread maker a year ago Christmas with the grand plan of making my own bread from now on - both saving money and making a healthier option.  Well ever since I've been searching for a good wheat bread recipe.  Most that I've tried ended up dense and flavorless.

About a month ago a friend recommended the Bread Beckers website.  There are different whole food recipes including this Zojiriushi Bread Recipe that I've fallen in love with.  The bread is light, digested easily and tastes absolutely wonderful.  

I purchased red wheat berries in bulk from Sprouts [our local health food store] and have figured the 50 lb. bag will make about 25 loaves at $1.25 a piece.  Not bad for a healthy and fresh bread option.  And there's nothing better than the smell of fresh bread filling your house!  It takes me about 5 minutes to get everything in the bread maker and then 2 1/2 hours later voila.

I grind the wheat berries in my VitaMix, 2 cups at a time - 4 cups berries yields about 4 1/2 cups milled flour

I set my own course using the recommendations on Bread Beckers

Enjoy! And thank you Bread Beckers!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

mama style.

I've loved looking at the mama style link up with Casey Leigh and her crew.  Fun to find inspiration and ideas of how to feel put together in this not so put together season of life.  I'm too late to be a part of the actual link up, whoops, but thought I would still share my two cents.

mint blouse // H&M, mustard skinnies // Target (similar here) & I also love these, flats // Gap, earrings // Urban Outfitters

Three things every mama should have:
1. A chiffon button-down blouse // comfy, cute and easy for mama type activities (enough said).
2. Fun color or printed skinnies // they add flavor to any outfit and are perfect for the upcoming Spring season.
3. A banana clip, yes you heard me right // Pinterest has become my new best friend when it comes to cute ways to put my hair out of the reach of my sons sticky little fingers.  This banana clip braid is my current favorite.  I promise its super easy and looks great!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

multiplied meals: balsamic roast beef

I don't know about you but to get two meals out of one is a glorious thing.  On Sunday evenings I do my meal planning for the week and I do my best to include a "multiplied meal."  These save time AND money!

Check back every couple of weeks and I'll be posting one of my multiplied meals.  This week's recipes are a Balsamic Roast & Balsamic Roast Beef French Dip Sandwiches, both recipes and pictures from Add a Pinch are below.  Not only did this meat serve as the main for two meals, but it was also cooked in the crockpot...extra brownie points.  The meat was super tender and had a great taste, it has the husband approval in this house.  Bon appetit!

Round 1: Balsamic Roast Beef (served with roasted root vegetables seasoned with balsamic and rosemary)

Round 2: Balsamic Roast Beef French Dip Sandwiches (served with steak fries using potatoes from round 1 & a salad)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

this not that: another wunderful option.

Truth be told I swoon over Lululemon Wunder Under Leggings.  Unfortunately, my pocketbook doesn't quite align with my taste...

...happy for me, Old Navy's Compression Leggings are a comparable fit BUT at a much better price.  For a mere $26.94 these beauties will do for me!

Monday, January 21, 2013

eight months.

Time definitely moves faster when you start having kids.
I can't hardly believe that my little man turned eight months on Friday.
What a JOY it has been.

Top 5 with Gunnar this month:
1. He's been trying to "sing" along with me and makes funny noises when I sing to him.
2. Seeing him walk around the living room with his walker [we think it looks like he's pushing a shopping cart because he stops to touch, taste and hit things].
3. Watching him belly laugh with his dad.
4. He started squealing, ok screaming, with delight.
5. He started sleeping through the night.  I am a new woman.