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January 24, 2013

Today is a gift ...

You will never have this day with your children again.

Today is a gift.

Breathe and notice.

Study their little faces and feet.

Relish the charms of the present.

Enjoy today, mama, it will be gone before you know it.

- Jan Hatmaker









I found this on Pinterest and just had to share.  Something to remember on those tough days.

January 18, 2013

Peach Smoothie


We are in the midst of winter here, so to bring some summer into the house we enjoy making (and drinking!) smoothies.  Here's my recipe for a peach smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 cups sliced peaches, frozen
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup yoghurt (plain or peach)
1 tsp honey
1/2 to 1 cup of water, to desired thickness
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Put in blender and pulse until smooth.  Add more water, if too thick.  Add ice cubes, more yoghurt or half a banana if too thin.

January 07, 2013

10 Ways to Drink More Water

credit: freedigitalphotos.net

We all know we are supposed to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day, but sometimes that can be a challenge for busy moms. 

Here are some tips to help.

1.  Eat water rich foods.  Below is a list of fruits and vegetables to try (with their approximate water content).

Cucumber – 96%
Lettuce – 95%
Celery – 95%
Tomato – 94%
Spinach – 92%
Broccoli – 91%
Carrots – 87%
Watermelon – 92%
Strawberries – 92%
Grapefruit – 91%
Cantaloupe – 90%
Peach – 88%
Raspberries – 87%
Apple – 84%

2.  When you have juice, fill the glass half full of juice and top the rest up with water.

3.  Substitute hot water with a drop of honey for tea or coffee.

4.  Freeze pieces of lemon or orange and use them in place of ice cubes.  This is refreshing and also helps you to get in a serving of fruit.

5.  Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning while you are waiting for the kettle to boil for your tea or coffee. 

6.  Drink sparkling water if you are trying to avoid pop and miss the bubbles.

7.  Keep a water bottle with you at all times so you can sip from it throughout the day.  One way to track your progress is to put eight rubber bands around your bottle.  Every time you finish a bottle, remove one of the rubber bands. 

8.  Drink a glass when you feel hungry, tired or have a headache.  Sometimes, you are dehydrated and may not realize it.  

9.  Remind yourself.  Set an alarm (phone / watch / computer) to beep every hour as a reminder to drink a glass of water.  This works well when you are working on the computer.  Taking a walk to the kitchen stretches your muscles and allows you to take a break from looking at the computer screen.

10.  Keep a water journal.  Tracking your water intake will motivate you to drink more.  It will soon become second nature. 


January 04, 2013

Comfort Food: Crockpot Applesauce


Crock Pot Applesauce

10 apples peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 cup water
1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar, if needed (depending on sweetness of apples used)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Put all ingredients into the crockpot and mix together.  Cook on low for 3 - 4 hours.  Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.  If you like chunky applesauce, leave as is or lightly mash with a potato masher.  For smooth applesauce, blend with an immersion blender or blender/food processor.  

Apples to use:  Macintosh, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady.
I used a mixture of Pink Lady and Granny Smith in the applesauce in the photo above.

Variations:  Use apple cider or apple juice instead of water.  Add lemon or orange peels (remember to remove before blending).  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Add 1/4 cup brown sugar for a sweeter applesauce.  

To store:  Store applesauce in an air-tight container in the fridge for a few weeks (if it lasts that long!) or in the freezer.  

January 01, 2013

New Year's Day


We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce