Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Milk-less Muffins - life of a Milk Allergy Mom:)

When your sick little girl wakes up and wants to eat...you make her her favorite milk-less muffins.

We use a milk-less muffin base (that we LOVE) and add whatever we feel like that day...today it was M&Ms, not enough to bother Olivia allergy, but enough to add a little flavor to our breakfast muffins :)

Anyone who has a child that is allergic to milk (or has any other food allergy), knows that finding recipes that your child can eat and LOVE can be hard...I have been searching for new recipes to try and after trying several, we found that this, for us, was the best.
 
We use the recipe that follows (I found this recipe months ago and can not find the original recipe to link back to, but this one, is basically the same!)

Milk-less Muffin Base

2 cups of flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
2 eggs

Directions 

Preheat oven to 375, use paper muffin cups or grease pan.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl, form a well in center.

Mix oil water and eggs together and then pour into the well.

Stir just until flour is moistened.

Add you favorite ingredient

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and enjoy :)

This muffin base is very quick to mix up and our whole family loves it.

I didn't take pictures of making it but here is  picture of the finished product. this is the 1st time we have use M&M's, but Olivia loved them! I would recommend using more then one package of M&M's though...that way they can be spread throughout the muffins :)





Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lessons from Lucy


I am sure everyone has either seen, or at least heard of  "I Love Lucy."

I had watched them as a child growing up and when my husband and I were looking for a good family show to watch with our daughter, we decided to watch them together.

"Lucy" was a BIG hit with our daughter, and we quickly watch all the episodes in the season we had bought and were soon looking to buy more.

Its a safe bet to say that we really do LOVE "I LOVE LUCY!"

Its a funny,clean, family show....one that I don't have to worry about my daughter (or us) seeing or hearing something that is inappropriate.

That being said...I have to say that when I look at Lucy, she makes me want to be a better wife...and not one like her!!

Man, can LUCY ever whine!!

After a show where it seemed like all Lucy did was whine, and cry until she got her way, I got to thinking..."is that what my hubby sees when I don't get my way and I pout!"

Am I trying to change the outcome of things, and people that I have no control over, by muttering, pouting, whining, and carrying on like Lucy does.

I asked my hubby if I acted like Lucy....and my wise hubby said "no" :)

I'm not talking about the  throwing my head back and wailing...I am an adult, so that's not likely to happen (although, so was she), what I'm talking about is the complaining and grumbling.


When I want to go grab something fast for dinner, and my hubby looks at me and says "I'm really tired,can you go get it?"....I have grumbled and complained about having to get dressed, and I have stomped around until my tired hubby comes in, jacket in hand and asks me, where  I want him to go.

I may not be wailing like she does...But I am acting the same way.

I want my husband to look at me and be glad he is home, I don't want him to look at me and think "oh great, there she goes again."

I want him to know how much I appreciate everything he does do for our family..I don't want him wondering if the only reason I am being nice, is because I have gotten MY way.

I put a lot of time and effort into keeping the house clean, teaching my daughter, running a daycare, and oil business, if my hubby came in and the 1st thing he did was
start whining about all he had gone through at work, and didn't say how nice (its never spotless, but we try to keep it straight) the house looked, I think I would feel taken for granted.

I never want my hubby to feel that way.

I want him to know that his feelings matter, that he is a top priority in my life, that I value his opinion and that I LOVE him for all the sacrifices he has made for me to stay home.

I want to be a wife that my husband wants to come home to, and I cant be that wife if I am acting like Lucy!

Like with everything else, this is a work in progress for me. It goes hand in hand with me trying to be an intentional homemaker and wife :)

Watching I Love Lucy, has helped me take a closer look at myself and how acting like her (even if its just a little bit) can make the man I fell in love with, feel taken for granted.

So here is to loving Lucy, but not acting like her  :)

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Adventure in baking :)

 Not many people know, but our daughter has a milk allergy....that we just discovered recently.

This may not be a problem for people who don't care for milk, cheese, ice cream, and other milk products....but for my daughter, whose 1st word was "cheese",  and who loves all things cheese, it was a HUGE problem! 

It's been quite the adventure finding foods that are milk free that she actually likes!

Today she made homemade granola bars and they are a HUGE hit and so simple to make.

I found this great recipe on   A Few Short Cuts and we WILL be making them again.

Check out the pictures in our baking adventure below.


3 Cups of oats
1 cup of Peanut butter, 1/2 cup of honey heated on the stove on low
Lots of help from little miss
Finished product :)



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Becoming an Intentional Homemaker




The definition of homemaker is as follows:

1. The establishment or management of a home; duties of a home

2.of or relating to the management of a home.

I however, do not like that definition…homemaking, to me means so much more.

Homemaking is not something to go in to lightly…homemaking needs to be intentional.

I do not ”just” manage my home…I love my home…and everything in it.

Everything I do is done out of LOVE.

Everything involved with being a homemaker stems from my desire to be a mom, a helpmate for my husband. I clean with the intention of making our home peaceful, I bake because I love giving my family food that I have made out of love. We home-school because we feel that It is our job to teach our daughter, not only about God, but about the world that she will soon be stepping into.

Everyone is given a purpose, mine is to be a homemaker, and to do so with love.

There have been many times that I have thought if only I had a “real” job, then I would be helping my family more.

And there is a “little” truth in that statement, I could get a job outside the home and bring a bigger income in, but not nearly enough for me to hang up my apron and walk out the door each day.

Please don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being a working mom. I worked until the day my daughter was born, and was unable to go back to work as planned, due to her being a preemie. I often look back on that time, and think how even then, God had is hand in me being a homemaker. I will forever be grateful to the parents who have let me watch their children in my home, because without them I wouldn’t be able to be a stay at home mom.

I have tried many times to “get a job” and each time the door was firmly closed. I was constantly looking for a way to bring a contribution to my family.

It took me a while to understand that I was already helping my family by being at home. I took care of the meals, the lessons and all the housework.

When I started looking at my homemaking as how I could bless my family, my outlook changed. I realized that while I was trying to bless them, I was actually the one being blessed.

I was blessed to be able to stay at home and home-school my daughter.

I was blessed to with a husband who works hard to provide for us.

I was blessed with a home to clean, and a family to pick up after.

I was blessed, because I was loved.

I love the season we are in right now! I have been trying to be a blessing to my family by being an intentional homemaker. 

By LOVING each way I can bless them, even if it is making milk-less muffins for my daughter, folding countless loads of laundry, picking up toys and clothes that have been forgotten, taking the time for EXTRA tuck ins at night, and reading books over and over again because they are my daughters favorite.

Sometimes being an intentional homemaker also means I have to look past the mess and realize that for this season, I will NOT have perfectly spotless home, I have to step over the toys and take a deep breath, instead of grumbling that they are “still” on the floor, I need to give my hubby a few minutes of downtime after a long day of work, before asking him to do something or telling him about my day, even though I am ready to talk a mile a minute the moment he walks in :) 

I am still a work in progress…and sometimes I fail.

But each new morning brings His grace, and I wake with the determination that I can and will be a blessing to my home, my family and my friends. 











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Monday, February 8, 2016

#myoilylife

Lets talk about Essential OILS, and my apparent love for them! 

I have affectionately been labeled " The Crazy Oil Lady" by my 10-year-old, and everyone who knows me knows that if you have a problem, one of the things you will most likely hear me say is "I have an oil for that." 

Why Oils, you say? 

I say Why NOT! 

Yes, they sound crazy.....Yes, people look at me a little weird when I pull out a roller bottle filled with oils and rub it on my neck while standing in line at Walmart....and yes, I may smell a "little oily" every now and then! 

But when I look at all the benefits my family and I get from using oils....its so totally worth it :)

My story starts just like most other oil users..I needed something specific...something that would help me RIGHT THEN!!! I couldn't wait any longer. I was DESPERATE!

I have liver disease, which means that even though I would have liked to have taken modern medicine (back before oils), I was unable to. My liver couldn't process the medications. So I was left in pain and unable to find relief.

Living in constant pain, can affect not only your physical health, but it will also affect your mental health. I became so frustrated at myself, that I couldn't even keep my house straight that I began to take my frustrations out on everyone around me. I was in so much pain, that all I could think about was my pain and what I could do to make it stop. Therapy and shots didn't work and I had no other options available to me.

I needed something that I could use, but that wouldn't have a side effect, or make my liver worse(this was key) 

And then there were OILS....and my life changed foever :) 
 
Much to my surprise (not going to lie, I was REALLY surprised) the Oils worked, and I and my family, have NEVER looked back.

The pain I was in began to go away with each passing day, and while these wonderful oils didn't HEAL me, they did allow me to manage my pain and return to my normal activities. 

How wonderful it was to pick up my purse without pain! To wash dishes without needing to stop because of the pain (who would have ever thought that I would be excited to wash the dishes). 

We now use oils in our every day life...It's true when we say that we "have an oil for that."

One of the things I LOVE the most about oils, is how versatile they are. How awesome is it that the oil that helps me for the occasional headache, can also be used to help me when my daughter has tummy issues. I love when I can use something for more then just one issue :) 


 I love sharing and telling others about our experience with oils and how they have blessed our friends and family.  If you would like to learn more about our story, how we use oils daily, and how much they have blessed our family, please feel free to contact me here, browse through our amazing oils, or check out my Link !








Friday, February 5, 2016

Between the Blinks

I have been sick for the last few days, so blogging has taken a bit of a backseat..

I wrote this awhile back, but was reminded again about how fast things change, and how quickly my daughter is growing up. it can be overwhelming when I look and instead of my baby crawling around the house, I see my little girl turning into a beautiful young lady...one I am so proud of.

Every now and then I need to be reminded to "live" between the blinks, and to make each one of them count.


Between the Blinks 



I blinked…that is all I did, nothing special...just a blink.

And 10 years were gone.

My baby who was so small and helpless is now a beautiful little girl, so curious about the world around her.

Wanting to try everything (except food) new! She wants to explore, to help others, to be something great!

And all I want her to do, is sit on my lap and let me hold her for just one minute longer, to whisper I love you and hear her sweet voice say it back to me.




I want to re-watch every moment of her life…to be able to see her learn to walk, hear her 1st words again, to just be able to recapture her early years!

While I know that what I want is unattainable, I am realizing that it will happen again all too soon.


 I will blink and she will be graduating high school, learning to drive, finding love, getting married, and having her own family.

It’s all just a Blink away!

 I can’t change it, no matter how hard I try.

What I can change is what I do between the blinks! I can make memories that will last a life time. 

 Memories that she will share with her children just like I share with her about my mom and dad. 


Memories filled with laughter and love. Memories filled with family dinners and game nights. 

Memories of spending time at our church as a family! Memories that remind her that no matter where she is, she is always loved.

That’s all I can do, it is my greatest responsibility, my calling, because I am a MOM :) 





















 


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