Monday, November 4, 2013

Something Yummy For Fall

Hi Blog friends.  I know it's been awhile since I've shared a post. Time away has been good for me though.  Free time has allowed me to research some more topics I was interested in, as well as given me a clear perspective for the New Year which is approaching quickly.

Today I'm sharing a fun recipe with you for Fall
I hope you'll enjoy this simple recipe.  I have a sweet tooth, so I always enjoy something warm and sweet in the cooler months of Fall.

Your Ingredients needed are as follows:

1 Can Canned Crescent Rolls
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Clove
1 Apple

For preheat temp consult your canned crescent rolls :)

In a small bowl mix butter, sugar, clove and cinnamon together.  Your butter should be soft, but not melted for best results.
Slice apples in small thin pieces.  When using a medium sized apple, I had about half a bowl of additional apple slices left over.

When oven is preheated open and separate your crescent rolls into sets of 2.   Coat each crescent roll on the inside with your butter mixture, then place several slices of your apple inside and mold your dough into a square pocket around your ingredients.
If you use 2 crescent rolls per pastry this recipe makes 4 pretty squares like pictured above. 
When pastry's are shaped you can use any additional butter mixture to coat the top and sides for a sweet and crispy crust.  Also feel free to garnish the top with an apple slice.
I allowed my pastry's to cook for a good 20 minutes, but cooking times may vary.  If in doubt start with the recommended cooking time as instructed on the crescent roll package, and check them to see if they are at the desired consistency. 

These are super yummy and very easy, If you give them a try please let me know what you think.

                                                                Happy Monday Xoxo

Monday, July 29, 2013

What does your Fitness look like?

Happy Monday blog friends!

 Weight is something I've struggled with since I was a child ,so I wanted to share a little bit today with you all about my journey, and what I've found that works for me.
Most of us have heard, and seen all the preconceived notions of beauty in our world.  What one person thinks is beautiful, another does not. 
As a little girl I was told I was pretty often, so I never had issues with body image until around age 11. 
On a trip to the doctor for a annual check up I was informed that I was overweight for my age and height, and that I would have to lose weight.  Knowing the issues being overweight causes, I'm happy that my doctor was straight forward in his approach.  I remember the changes we made to my diet, no more soda/candy, and mandatory exercise everyday.
I started waking up at 5am every morning for 1-2 hour workouts, and I made more "healthy" choices regarding food.
I can't recall the amount of time it took me to get back to a healthy weight, but I remember being consistent through middle school and high school in my workouts.  My diet in high school was horrible though, lunches of just pretzels or carrots, and skipping meals due to lack of time and poor judgement was the norm.

Looking back now I can see my view was warped.  For me it was always more about looking like the girls in the magazines then it was about being "Healthy".  The truth is that our bodies changes as we age, the truth is that there is a lot of false information regarding the world of health and fitness.  Different things will work for different people. 
One thing I will tell you I have learned..There is no magic pill.  If you want to be "healthy" which means you will improve your strength and endurance, you have to make better choices regarding what you eat, and you have to get up and do some kind of physical exercise.
It's going to take some time to see the results, but I can tell you that if your training the right way, you will start to feel better after the first two weeks.
Are you taking vitamins?  Have you considered incorporating supplements?  Do you have a workout buddy?
All things you may want to consider if you've struggled with weight.

For exercise I am doing HIIT training 3-4 times a week, along with eating 5 times or more a day.  I am doing meal replacement/protein shakes and using a multivitamin, along with supplements.
HIIT training is guaranteed to produce results in 30 days, if done consistently with good eating.  I also encourage you to check out clean eating.  Know what is in your food. Processed ingredients, and chemicals are not good for our bodies.
Do you know that studies have shown that people who suffered from depression after changing their diets and incorporating exercise have been taken off of their meds?  Your body produces "happy" endorphins when you do physical activity. 
Don't deprive yourself of things you love, just reduce the portion size. 
 Drink plenty of water,  If your a caffeine drinker you probably aren't getting enough water. Last but not least, focus on being healthy, rather then looking a certain way.  Don't believe all the hype, do a little research, and be consistent.
If you have questions about anything please don't hesitate to ask.
 I know it's not easy, but it does not get any easier as you age.  So I encourage you to be diligent about making some changes today.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own 1 Corinthians 6:19

What do you need to change about your eating or exercise habits?

Thanks for stopping by! XoXo

Friday, July 19, 2013

Old School Blogging- Crazy Five Edition

 Hi friends.  I hope this post finds you all well.  I have started up my daily fitness routine again, so I've not been around to write much.  Things are going really well now, and I'm getting adjusted to the routine & the time management it involves so I should be around more to share again.
Kristen must have known this was right up my alley, because she tagged me in this link up last week. 
So..Many thanks to Alison @ Writing & Wishing for the link up, and to my sweet friend Kristen @ The Preppy Girl In Pink for giving me a nudge to join in.

Five Things I Have a Passion For
1.Jesus- Knowing him better each day, having his word in my heart, and trying to live up to the purpose for which he placed me here to fu-fill.
2. Music- Singing or writing, I will have a song or 100 in my head every day.
3. Being Creative-  Whether it's music or a craft of my own design, I start to get a little itchy if I'm not making something new to share with my hands.
4. Humanity-  I'm not always a fan of being in a crowd, but I do cringe when I see the things that are going on in our world. Especially the things happening involving our young people. I'm the person who prays for people I've never met, believing that with Christ there are no limitations.
5. Books- I am constantly on a hunt for a new story to read.  You'll find a lot of devotionals as well as young adult fiction in my reading stack.  I get my love of books from my Papa.

Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die
1. Travel-  I've never been anywhere overseas, and I would love to go to so many places.
2. Write & publish a book, or song.
3. See more lives transformed- More miracles for anyone & everyone who needs them.
4. Have an underground House-  This should really be mandatory in the state of Oklahoma :)
5.Sing with someone I admire, even if nobody else hears it but us.

Five Things I Say A Lot
1. Thank you Jesus!  I know where my help comes from :)
2. E.T. Phone home..this is what I say when I'm not sure the person I'm speaking with is here or in la-la land.
3. What a whackadoodle-  This is my made up word for crazy people.
4. So I found this thing on Pinterest the other day- Yep I like that website
5. I love you- This is something I say all day everyday.  It's important that people know..and I never get tired of hearing it back :)

Five Books And/ Or Magazines I Have Read Lately

1. Jesus Calling- A devotional I read daily. A gift from my mother that I am really enjoying.
2. Insurgent- I've read it more then once in preparation for Allegiant the third book in the series which is releasing October, 22nd of this year.
3. Clockwork Princess-  Cassandra is one of my favorite writers, she can tell a story like nobodies business.
4. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron- A newer author of young adult fiction. There will be a sequel to this story in the fall of this year that I'm looking forward to.
5.  The Selection by Kiera Cass-  This was another dystopian type novel, but it had more of a fairy tale type feeling.  The sequel to it released in April, but I've not yet read it.

Five Favorite Movies (Maybe You’ve Seen Them Five Times?) 

1. The Star Wars Trilogy- the originals..I can watch them over and over.
2. Napoleon Dynamite- so funny..probably because I've known people like this in real life.
3. Despicable Me
4.Seventeen Again
5. I am Number Four-  I hope they make a sequel to this one.

Five Places I Would Love To Travel
1. Australia
2. Sweden
3. England
4. The Bahama's
5. Brazil- To see the beaches & the rainforest's

Five Bloggers I Invite to do this Meme
1. Ange @ Hairspray & High Heels
2. Hayley @ Hayley's World

3. Maribel @ Stroller Adventures

4. April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

5. Kathy @ Sparkles & a Stove

What's your favorite movie or book?
The link up is still open, so join in on the fun. Meet some new bloggers, and get to know the ones you adore even more.  Thanks Kristen & Alison!  Take care my friends xo!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The 4th & Freedom

Hello Blog Friends.  I hope July is starting off nicely for you. 
Many of you are probably gearing up for July 4th.  I've seen many posts about food, and activities for the holiday.  Today I even saw patriotic themed make up ideas on Pinterest.
 While I do appreciate the theme of the holiday, it feels a little bittersweet to me this year. 

Ronald Reagan said  "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."

 Our constitutional rights are so precious friends.  They are the basis for everything our ancestors fought for when they traveled here.

So in spite of the fire-works, lake time, and cook outs.  Please remember what our ancestors fought for.
Treasure your freedom, and remember that it cannot be taken away from us, unless we allow it to be.

     Surprisingly, this is not fireworks, it is a photo of neon lights taken while riding in the car.

                                        Have a safe & fun holiday friends.  God Bless!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

Hello friends.  I hope this post finds you all well.  My past few weeks have been filled with sunshine, allergies, workouts, chores, and lack of creative motivation. 
Summer has made it's official debut, which has made it really hard for me to stay indoors.  But with high pollen levels, and chores to be done I've found myself stuck inside.

Taking advantage of that I was able to do some more research on cell phones.  After much debating I decided an IPhone 4S 32gb would be the best fit.  We made a trip to my local service provider last week, only to find out that none of their locations have the 32gb model in stock.  I began searching online from EBay, Amazon to best buy, only to find that Best buy is also currently not carrying them here, and that the people who have them on-line are selling at prices far above what I'm willing to spend.  I've been checking Craig's List everyday as well as EBay, but not having much luck.  What shocked me the most was that the local Apple store is also out of stock.  The sales person at Best Buy told me that they have ceased making them because Apple will be releasing the 5S soon. 
Technology is great, but my faith in buying the latest greatest is just Nada.  One thing you may know is that quality control is a thing of the past for most technology giants.  They have placed the job of trouble-shooting in the hands of the consumer.  Which to me is not practical, and also very annoying.
 Feel free to share any technology triumphs and fails in the comments. 
A good consumer is an educated one.

I'm also sad to share that Mister T (my car) has become incredibly unreliable, so I've started the saving, and shopping process for another vehicle as well.
Car shopping makes me very anxious.  Buying from an individual is much easier for me then having any kind of dealings with a dealership.
I do not haggle, I am very aware of the current market value on what I am shopping for, and I will not tolerate a sales person who lies.
So Let's just say this process is not my favorite :)  But I try to find humor in it, despite how little I like it.

This week I've started brainstorming on swim suit designs.  I'm seeing Lot's of ladies looking for one pieces this year, so I am curious to see if I am up to the challenge of possibly modifying some two pieces to fit the more modest.
I also completed a set of slider bracelets:  Outside light
                                                                       Inside Light
 These will be available for $16- which includes shipping.

Have you completed any fun projects this week?  I know it's the start of Summer for many, so I'd love to hear what everyone has been up to.  

                        Thanks so much for coming by and take care till our next visit Xoxo

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday with Me

             You are cordially invited to my Monday:

What to wear: Whatever you feel comfortable in.  I will most likely be in workout gear or lounge clothes.

What we'll  do:  Probably lot's of chats about weather and world events while I tend to some laundry.  I'll show you any projects I'm working on or have completed this week.  Then we'll probably head outside to see the horses, have a small tour, and enjoy the sunshine.

                                    A Necklace I made:
                  Kota & I. Be prepared for horsey kisses.

What we'll eat:  Lot's of snack foods, probably some water and tea.  I'd rather have lot's of time for chatting then be in the kitchen.  If you want something more filling maybe we can find a dish to cook together.  It's more fun that way :)

What may surprise you:  How quiet I can be when I'm working on something, or when I get lost in thought.  I tend to disappear in my own world a few times everyday. If you want my attention simply say my name and I'll return to the present. The amount I giggle..I'm a joyful person so I find humor in pretty much everything. Most people start to giggle when they hear me if you like to laugh then you've found a friend in me.

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde
Before you Go: I'll probably offer you food & drinks to take home, as well as a big hug goodbye.  I'll tell you to be safe on your drive home and to call or write soon.  I'll probably text you in a bit too, just to make sure you've made it home safely.

                                                          I'm Glad you Came! xoxo

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Battle is Not Mine

"and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me." Psalm 50:15

"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise."
James 5:13

"For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock." Psalm 27:5

I've had to take a few days to really step back from everything.  The bad weather, and tornadoes seemed to just keep coming and I felt so many emotions.  From Anger, to fear, to sadness.  I've been learning to praise him in the storm, to rejoice in times of trouble.  It's not always easy for me, in fact I find myself  having this same set of emotions almost  every time something really bad happens.  Maybe it's harder this time, because it's a similar circumstance ?

Whatever the reason what strikes me as somewhat comical about it all, is that just a week before the devastation our pastor did a sermon about how being a Christian is not about being "comfortable".  There is this big misconception that when you take up the cross to follow Jesus, that life will be "trouble free".  That's not the case.   "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" 2 Timothy 3:12 
There are other verses too that talk about hardships, and I know that all of us have gone through things that were not easy.
In my own life I could not have overcome the struggles I faced on my own. 

I'm just glad that I do have someone to call on
 That I can ask him for peace
 That my hope in him reassures me that things can and will get better.

Many places are facing devastating weather, flooding, and fires.  My dear friend Erin @SweetnessItself wrote from a great perspective about the fires in California, that have been too close for comfort to her family.  If you'd like to read her post, and offer words of encouragement and prayer, I know it would be greatly appreciated.   Prayer changes things. 

We are fortunate to not have flooding where I live. The rain has made everything grow, and bloom .  My flowers are starting to bud too, so expect some photo's of those very soon.  If the weather cooperates this week I'll have some new photo's up of projects I've completed. 
I hope your Monday has been great, and I thank so many of you who have offered kind words and prayers. 
If your facing hardships and need prayer please be sure to leave a comment.  I would be happy to pray for you .
Take care until our next chat XoXo