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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review: Start Here

Normally I do book reviews on Friday's, but this must read couldn't wait a day longer.

Full disclosure, I'm a HUGE Nicole Unice fan, so it would actually take a lot for me to not like here writing.  

Start Here is the perfect beginner book for any new believer or seeker.  This book is pocket sized, which makes it the perfect book to carry along with you anywhere.  Each chapter is through is making sure to not only discuss the question at hand, but explain vernacular often used in churches, but foreign to a new believer.  In addition to using other people's personal experiences in discovering a relationship with Christ, the authors speak bluntly about doubts they have personally experienced.  

I found this book to be encouraging, honest and complete in covering subjects often discussed with new believers.  Beginning with a clear discussion on seeking relationship with Jesus instead of religion and finishing with where to go from here, the authors cover the subjects of who is God, what does God want me to know and also take great care to identify obstacles all Christians encounter.  

Whether you are looking for a resource for a friend who has a lot of questions or your jr. high or older child, this book will give you the basics to confidently answer questions.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bzz Report: Silk Almond Milk plus protein and fiber

I have been exclusively drinking almond milk for over a year now and have been thrilled with all the new options out there.  I have been skeptical of this newest Silk Almond Milk plus fiber and protein because I was concerned that they were adding in Soy (a product I try to avoid) to include the protein.  I was very pleasantly surprised to see the protein is pea protein and the Vanilla flavored milk is outstanding in the taste area as well!  I also found the consistency to be creamier then the unsweetened vanilla almond milk I have been drinking.  The best part of this milk is that it automatically adds protein to a smoothie allowing for less protein powder to be needed!  For those of you on Weight Watchers, this only adds one extra point to your day!

Almond Milk plus Protein and Fiber is:

 An Excellent source of vitamin E
• Absolutely no cholesterol or saturated fat
• Free of dairy, lactose, gluten, soy, casein, egg and MSG
• Enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program
• No artificial colors, flavors or funny business

I am a Bzz Agent and in exchange for one free half gallon of Silk Almond Milk I promised to give an honest review of the product.  

CWW: A new book

There is a new Coach's Wife's book that was recently published.

Coach's Wife Survival Guide

It's a super quick read at just 41 pages, but not one page has been wasted.  Author Janis Meredith hits all the important, not talked about subjects and offers great advice from coach's wives around the country in many different sports.  

This would be a great gift for a girlfriend/fiance of a coach!

(full disclosure, I am quoted a few times in the book!)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hearty and Healthy breakfast

This has become one of my favorite on the go breakfasts to keep me going all day.  

Flat Out Light
PB 2
1 tsp chia seeds

wrap and go!

Monday, April 21, 2014

This Week's Menu and Game Plan

We are coming off Easter Break around here and the weather is getting better each day which means we are grilling a whole bunch!  Since we are coming off a week of being on the go I have used up all our freezer meals to date.  This week will not have any prep ahead.

Monday: leftover grilled chicken, asparagus and rice from yesterday's bbq

Tuesday: ground turkey sloppy joes, baked potatoes, broccoli

Wednesday: creamy garlic and pesto pasta with broccoli, homemade bread

Thursday: sausage calzones, mac and cheese, green beans

Friday: burgers and baked fries, green beans

Saturday: grilled chicken cesar salad

Sunday: leftovers

Game Plan:

Tuesaday: make sloppy joes and baked potatoes

Wednesday: make pasta

Thursday: pull dough from freezer for calzones, make pasta

Friday: grill

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break!

It's spring break this week and with Easter coming I'm taking a week off.  See ya next Monday the 21st!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Homemade Tomato Soup

Ohh peeps, this is a keeper of a recipe!  A friend passed it along and I've included the original recipe and the edits she made.  I used her edits and won't go back, there is no reason to add the extra fat!  This time around I used the freeze dried basil, but I am looking forward to the fresh basil this summer!

Tomato Basil Soup
Kathryn Olive

2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
18 fresh basil leaves, minced ( I have also used the freeze dried 2-3tsp)
1 tsp sugar
1 C whipping cream ( I use half and half)
½ C butter ( I use 3 T)

In a large sauce pan, bring the tomatoes and broth to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 mins. Add basil and sugar. Reduce heat to low; stir in cream and butter. Cook until butter is melted and soup is hot.