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A love for Jesus and healthy living

Easy Homemade chicken nuggets

Figuring out what to feed my kids and myself for lunch has always been a struggle for me. I don’t know why but lunch is just sooo hard. Especially now that I’ve cut out bread and pasta from our diet (the kids do eat bread occasionally but I try to stay away from it as much as possible), it seemed nearly impossible to find foods we could have for lunch. Then I read somewhere on some blog about making chicken nuggets without the breading. So I tried it and let me tell you, it has become our new favorite lunchtime meal. I make it at least once a week, if not more.

These are sooooooo simple to make. Now these do take a little bit longer than making a sandwich or warming up hot dogs in the microwave, but they are worth it. And your kids will gobble them up, I’m sure.

Ingredients:

1 package of Ground chicken (I’ve also had success with ground turkey too)

1 egg

salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well with your hands. Warm up a skillet with a tablespoon or so of bacon fat (you can also use coconut oil, butter, or olive oil, but the bacon fat just tastes soooooo much better). Once the oil is nice and hot, form the chicken into little nugget shaped patties and cook them about 2-3 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the nuggets. The outside should get nice and crispy and look like breading. Serve with Ketchup, some sweet potato fries, and steamed veggies and you’ve got one fantastic lunch for the whole family. Adults like them too. 🙂

Let me know if you try these. 🙂

What are some of your favorite lunchtime meals?? Grain-free or not, I’d love to hear them. 

 

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Finding Rest and Weekly Schedule

Hola! How’s is everybody today. I love and hate Sunday’s at the same time. They’re are a huge family day which is what I love about it but it also means tomorrow is Monday which I’m don’t love so much because Gabe has to go back to work. 😦 Boo hoo!

Today’s message at church was awesome! We talked about entering into God’s rest and what can hinder us from entering His rest; workaholics who are very driven, never tire, but they can burn out like a switch. Then there are the lazy people who seem to be “resting” but life can close in around them and cause stress and worry because they are not doing anything. The angry person can also be hindered from receiving God’s rest because anger causes bitterness and hate. The legalistic person who is always pointing fingers at other people for what they are doing and having a list of rules that people cannot commit cannot enter God’s rest because they are always worried about other people instead of serving them. We have been made free in Christ which allows us freedom to make our own choices, but 1 Corinthians 10:23 says “All things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” We have freedom in Christ to do what we want but we should check to make sure that the things we are doing is helpful and edifying and not steering us away from Him. We should have the desire to walk closer to Him and cutting out those things that keep us from Him. Galatians 5:13-14 says, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty (freedom); only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”‘ Do not use the freedom we have in Christ to do things that will fulfill our flesh and/or do not set a bunch a rules for yourself and for others because it takes away the freedom we do have in Christ. Instead, love one another. Serve one another. Encourage one another through His word. Do not condemn. I believe in doing this, we will receive His rest. By loving others, we are living as Christ lived.

Hope this even made sense. HAHA. Sometimes my thoughts get all jumbled and I have a hard time trying to convey what I want to say. So if you got anything out of that last paragraph, hopefully it is: to find rest you must love Him and love others. Jesus says in Mark 12:30-31 “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 

Now I just wanted to share my weekly schedule as it is Sunday and usually when I write out my schedule for the week on a piece of paper, but I’m gonna be sharing it here instead. So if you don’t care then you can skip it. HAHA.

Monday
830am: 2 or 3 mile run
10am: Grocery Shopping
5pm: CrossFit
Dinner: Pork Avocado Cream Enchiladas (Cannot wait to make this!)

Tuesday
9am: Women’s Bible Study
5pm: CrossFit
Dinner: Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Wednesday
830am: 2-3 mile run
6pm: Church
Dinner: Leftovers

Thursday
5pm: CrossFit
Dinner: Olive, Garlic and Lemon Chicken

Friday
8:30am: 2-3 mile run
6:30pm: Girl’s birthday dinner for Ashley at Cafe Poca Cosa (So excited!)

Saturday
8:30am: 3 mile run around Reid park (We did this on Saturday while Gabe pushed the jogger and running 3 miles was a breeze! I could have ran all day. YEAH!)
3:30pm-7:30pm: Worship for weekend services
Dinner: Anything we can bring to church to eat

Sunday
7:30am-noon Worship for weekend services
4pm: Family Bible Study

Gonna be a fun week of cooking and exercise! I’m excited to try two new recipes this week. Maybe they’ll become staples in our house. I have a list of about 7 recipes that I have tried and loved. It’s a pretty small list but I’m pretty picky and so to have 7 really awesome recipes that I’m not ashamed to make for other people is pretty fabulous. Hoping to add more to the list though. 🙂

Well, more recipes are coming this week including my favorite marinade for chicken. So stay tuned! 🙂

Oh, I have to leave you with this video of my daughter, Evy, crying at the end of Fox and the Hound (or Fox in the House as she likes to call it). She is hilarious. So dramatic. HAHA.

Almond Flour Pancakes

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Isn’t this verse so awesome?? A friend commented with this verse on my blog and I just thought it was really appropriate for explaining why we are to live healthy lives. We do not own our bodies. They belong to the Lord. We need to honor the Lord by taking care of our bodies. Just thought I’d share. 🙂

Okay, so now I want to talk about pancakes. Who doesn’t love pancakes?!?!? I’m a little obsessed with them. But then I cut out grains and sugar and it seemed as though eating pancakes was out of the question. Then I learned all about almond flour and coconut flour and how it is a non-grain flour that can be used to make cookies, cakes, donuts, but most importantly, it can be used to make PANCAKES!!! Score!

I was on a mission to find the best grain-free pancake recipe. I tried various recipes. Some that used almond flour, some that used coconut flour, some that had a mixture of both and I came to the conclusion that almond flour makes the best pancakes. The coconut flour is so dense that it needs a lot of liquid so it makes the pancakes really spongy and I didn’t feel like it had the pancake texture I was looking for. I do love using coconut flour when making cakes and donuts cause the cakes turn out super moist from all the liquid used plus coconut flour is a lot cheaper than almond flour. I recently bought a 5lb bag for $8. SCORE!

After  finding my preferred choice of flour for the pancakes, I then went on to make a few different almond flour pancake recipes. I found a lot of them to contain way to many ingredients. I just wanted a simple recipe with ingredients I knew I’d have on hand at all times. Well, my sister had me over to her house one day and she told me about these almond flour pancakes she had made, so she warmed some leftovers up for me and I tasted and loved them! She showed me the recipe and it was soooo simple! It was just the recipe I had been looking for. I went on to try a few other recipes before deciding this was gonna be our go-to pancake recipe. She got the recipe from here, but I’ll post the recipe on here as well with my choice of oil and sweetener. This morning I picked up some McDonald’s coffee, made the pancakes with some pumpkin pie spice (suggested by my sister), topped them off with peanut butter and a little honey and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast. Yummy.

Ingredients:

1 cup of almond flour

2 eggs

1/4 cup of almond milk, or water (regular milk would work too)

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, or light tasting olive oil

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

1 tablespoon of honey

dash or two or pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Directions:

Mix together and cook like you would cook regular pancakes.

Hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do!! :))

Turkey Burger Recipe

Oh my gosh! This candy needs to get out of my house! I cannot stop eating all the chocolate candy. I love me some chocolate. 🙂

Yesterdays run went fairly well. Ran about 2 1/2 miles and was pretty much dying at the end but I think I’m slowly progressing. There is gonna be a 5k girls only obstacle course coming to Tucson on March 17th and I cannot wait for it! It’s the day after my birthday so it’ll sort of be like my birthday present. I’m hoping this running thing will help me to get through the obstacle course. It looks pretty tough. But I’m so excited! :))

Last night was the Harvest Festival at my church and it was a blast. That is where all the candy came from though. Evy dressed up at Pocahontas and got loads of attention. She even went to sleep in her outfit last night and wanted to wear it this morning so getting it off her was a pretty huge ordeal. Haha. At the festival, we ate bun-less hot dogs and hamburgers, we got to ride the choo-choo train, then Evy got her face painted with Hello Kitty and she went down a few pretty tall jumping castle slides all by herself. She wasn’t even scared. I was pretty impressed with her. She’s is such a big girl now and it makes me sad. I wish my kids could stay this age forever. They are at the perfect age. We’re just having so much fun together. And then we got loads of candy. I may just have Gabe take it to school with him to give away to his students.

Tonight is CrossFit again and then my grandma made us her famous Mealoaf and gravy, so that’s what for dinner tonight. 🙂 I have not cooked once this week (the spaghetti sauce was leftovers from the week before), so I really need to get back to it. I do want to share my quick Turkey Burger recipe that I was planning on making this week but never got around to doing. It is really simple but have been told by a handful of people that it is the best burger they’ve ever had. There is just one secret to making the best burgers in the world and I’m gonna share it with you. 🙂 I don’t have exact measurements for this either but I usually just taste a bit of raw turkey to make sure it is to my liking. Hope you’re not all freaked out right now…

Ingredients:

1.25lbs of ground turkey (I know that’s an odd number but that is usually the amount that comes in a package)

1/2 onion, diced

1 egg

Salt, Pepper and Garlic powder to taste

8 slices of pork bacon

Optional ingredients:

Cabbage or lettuce (I prefer the taste of cabbage)

Tomatoes

Homemade Mayo

Carmelized onions

Directions:

Combine the ground turkey, egg, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder and mix it well together. In a large pan, cook the bacon slices until crispy. Once the bacon in done, leave the bacon fat in the pan, form the ground turkey into 4 patties and cook the burgers in the bacon fat over medium heat(yes, this is the secret to amazing burgers). If you want cheese, I suggest pepper jack, put the cheese on during the last minute of cooking just so it melts nicely. Once the burgers are done, take a leaf of cabbage, spread some homemade mayo on it, add the burger, top with a tomato and caramelized onions and two slices of bacon and wrap the cabbage around the burger (if you can) and enjoy.

Disclaimer: Some people may not be comfortable with using bacon fat and I am sure olive oil would work as well but would probably taste different. I try to eat an all natural whole foods diet excluding all processed foods and believe bacon to be a natural source of protein and fat that our bodies need. I am aware that not everyone eats bacon because of it’s high fat content (which is why is taste sooooo good) so make substitutions if you need to. 🙂

Hope you guys try this burger recipe because it is really really really really good and sooooo easy to make. 🙂

Brittany

Children Are a Gift

It is so wonderful when you turn the TV off and watch your kids imagination soar! I’ve been realizing lately how often the TV is on in our house and it is pretty much an all day thing. Even when we weren’t really watching it, it was just on in the back round for no good reason. I think it made things easy because I could get stuff done around the house while they sat and watched a whole Sesame Street or if I’m being totally honest I was happy to get a good hour of computer time checking Facebook and reading blogs.  For the last couple weeks I decided to keep it off for the most part of the day and it has been such a blessing. I have been loving to watch as my kids read their books, play the piano, play with their baby dolls and cars, sing, dance. I cannot get enough of it! I think today was exceptionally cute and I thought I would just encourage you moms to turn off the TV. We did watch Sleeping Beauty before nap time today so I don’t think all TV is bad but it should be limited. “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3

Yesterday was a fun filled day. In the morning we went to the Women’s Bible Study and it was awesome. A wonderful time of refreshment. One of the questions we discussed really challenged me; Is there something you have been holding on to that the Holy Spirit is urging you to give? I think for me it is my time. Where I am spending my time, how I am spending my time. Yes, I am a busy mom and it would seem to people from the outside that I am doing what I am suppose to be doing and there isn’t much more I could do, but I think I need to be more about Jesus in everything I am doing. My kids are my disciples right now and I want to share more of Jesus with them. I need to be studying His word during their nap times rather than catching up on the TV shows that I’ve missed. I need to be praying more and seeking Him. I need to be serving my friends and family, seeing if there is anything I can bring them, anything I can offer them. I want to reflect Christ and the first place to start is replacing what I spend my time on and focus on Jesus. Oh, I just love being encouraged through the women in our study group. 🙂 Thank you sister for being an awesome group leader. 🙂

After study, my sister took the kids while I headed to Pima to take my college assessments. After talking to someone they informed me I only needed to take the Math assessment which I was so excited about! So I studied real quick then took the test. I was really expecting a more grueling test but it wasn’t too bad. But I do think it is rigged because it only rook me 15 minutes to take the test, I was pretty confident on all 10 questions they gave me (seriously, only 10 questions to determine how smart I am in math? Ridiculous!), and apparently after getting the results, I have to take intermediate and college algebra over again. Ridiculous! But whatever. I love Math so I’m just gonna add the class on to my workload that I’ve already been preparing for and hope that it’ll be like nothing and maybe a class I’ll enjoy. 🙂 I’m kinda excited to be starting school in January.

This picture was from last night’s CrossFit class. 🙂 I basically just put my hair in a side pony tail. Everyone else looked great. HAHA. But the WOD was awesome. There were 2 groups. An alive group and a zombie group. The Zombie group started 3 minutes after the alive group and the goal was for a Zombie to finish the WOD before at least one alive person. If an alive person got beat by a Zombie they had to do 25 burpees at the end of the workout. If the a Zombie didn’t beat an alive person they had to do 25 burpess at the end. I was a Zombie and passed up 3 people! Whoop whoop! So no burpees for me. It was awesome cause I really pushed myself. Fun fun.

The plan for last nights dinner was to make Turkey Burgers but instead we went to the newly opened Freddy’s for a double Steakburger without a bun. Wow, that place is good. 🙂 The burgers were fabulous. Probably one of the best I’ve had. We then went back to the gym for the bicycle drawing to see if we were gonna win the bike. But no dice. I was soo hoping to get it for Gabe since he now rides his bike to work and back every day but it didn’t happen. Oh well. Next time.

Tonight we’re going to church where there is a Fall Festival going on. I’m probably gonna put Evy in her Jasmine outfit. 🙂 She looks so beautiful in it. Hopefully I’ll get pictures.

Grandma’s Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Whew! Yesterday wore me out!! I started the day with a run and finished my day with CrossFit. Our goal for yesterday’s run was 3 miles, but around mile 2 I had to call it quits because I was exhausted. I’m starting this running thing from scratch so 2 miles for me is still good, but I guess I was just a little too ambitious. After yesterday’s run though, it wore me out for the rest of the day. I winded up taking like a 15 minute nap yesterday and when I woke up I totally thought there was no way I was gonna make it to CrossFit that night. I was soooo worn out! But Gabe came home and talked me into going to the gym just to tan and maybe sit on the massage beds and lift a few weights with him. But once I got to the gym, I felt a little more energized and decided to take the CrossFit class.

The workout for last night included a cash-in that was a 10 minute EMOM (every minute on the minute) of 3 thrusters. Then the WOD (workout of the day) included 5 rounds of 10 wall balls and 15 ring rows. I completed this workout in 10:45. Yes, I am slow. And our cash-out was 5 rounds of resistance sprints. Okay, this workout didn’t look very hard when I saw it on the board but man! It kicked my butt! Those ring rows are tough business and thrusters are just ridiculous. So yeah, I was beat at the end of night. But I slept like a baby! :))

Afterwards, we came home to homemade spaghetti sauce and served over spaghetti squash. I made the sauce from my grandma’s recipe. But of course it doesn’t quite taste like my grandma’s sauce but it was still pretty good anyway. I wanted to share the recipe with you but I do not have exact measurements. You should have seen the paper she wrote the recipe down on. It is pretty much incomprehensible. HAHA. And there are no measurements. It’s a little of this and a little of that. So, I’ll share the basic steps and you guys can play around with it to your taste buds. It is a really good sauce and super duper easy and feeds LOTS of people!! My grandma had 9 children so she made everything in bulk. 🙂

Ingredients:

1 large 28oz can of crushed tomatoes

1 large 28oz can of tomato puree

1 15oz can of tomato sauce

1 12oz can of tomato paste

2lbs of ground meat (I’ve used beef, pork and turkey. They are all good)

1/2 onion, diced

Salt

Pepper

Oregano

Parsley

Garlic powder

Crushed red pepper

Sugar

Fresh Basil (optional)

Directions:

Saute the onions in a little olive oil in a large pot over medium heat Once they become translucent add the ground meet and brown it. Then add all the canned tomatoes. Next add all the spices. Now, my grandma adds a serious amount of sugar and garlic powder. I’m talking like 5 tablespoons of sugar and at least 3 tablespoons of garlic. I never get the sauce just like hers and I still think I’m not adding enough sugar and garlic. But my suggestion is to add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time til it tastes good to you. There is gonna be a lot of sauce so don’t skimp on the spices. I always under-spice at first but this sauce needs lots of spices. And DO NOT skip the sugar! It is a must!

The directions are a little vague but you can get the basic idea and make it your own. 🙂

Well, I am off to CrossFit again tonight. We are suppose to dress up and if we don’t, we’re not allowed to take the class. I think I’m gonna go as an 80’s workout chick. HAHA. Just gonna put my hair in a side pony tail and wear scrunchy socks. HAHA. Easy enough.

Welp, c-ya later.

Weekly Schedule

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

We have a pretty busy schedule. I like it that way. It keeps us moving doing things we love. I am a very scheduled person though. I have to have routine otherwise I become overwhelmed and my world falls apart. I tend to get stressed over the littlest things; like loosing one of the kids sippy cups. I loose a sippy cup and the day cannot go on. I fret over it. The thought of it missing is always in the back of my mind. When we’re home I frantically search through toy boxes, behind couches, in laundry baskets. It is actually pretty ridiculous the more I think about it. But in my mind, without that sippy cup, my whole schedule is messed up. My kids thrive on a schedule and if they can’t have their milk at the same time each day with their favorite sippy cup, their world falls apart too. I guess my obsessive behavior has transferred to my kids. Yikes. But they love knowing what is coming next. Once Elmo’s world is over, its nap time. After bath time, we read our Bibles and go to bed. They’re only 1 and 2 but they know and can expect what is coming and it makes them feel secure. I guess it helps me to feel secure as well. Unlike my husband who hates schedules. He hates making plans in advance. He just wants to see how he feels that day to decide what he wants to do. That freaks me out!

So Sunday night comes and I have to plan my week out which includes our schedule along with meal plans. I have to write it down and get it out of my head and neatly organize it on a piece of paper. So, I thought I would just share my weekly schedule here instead. 🙂

Plan for this week
Monday
830am 3 mile run with Faith
10am Grocery shop
1-4pm Bookkeeping while mom watches kids
5pm CrossFit
Dinner: Leftover spaghetti sauce over spaghetti squash

Tuesday
9am Women’s Bible Study
12pm Take college assessments at Pima
5pm CrossFit
8pm Bike drawing at gym (must be present to win)
Dinner: Turkey Burgers

Wednesday
830am 3 mile run with Faith
6pm Church and Fall Festival
Dinner: Eat at festival

Thursday
5pm CrossFit
Dinner: Albondigas Soup

Friday
830am 3 mile run with Faith
Dinner: Out to eat, or Gabe cook

So the beginning of my week looks a little crazy especially the grocery shopping with 2 kids part. That is the worst. They’re so horrible in the grocery store! But it’s gotta be done. I’ve also got to study for my assessment test coming up on Tuesday. Because I haven’t been to school in 4 years, they’re making me take all the math, writing and reading assessments over again. Yuck. I’ve been studying math these last few weeks so I won’t have to take any classes over that I’ve already taken, but I’m not so sure it’ll happen. 😦 We shall soon see.

So…I’m terrible at ending things. I never know how to end papers for a writing assignment, or end a conversation. It always becomes awkward. So, I guess that is all folks. Until next time…

So cheesy. 🙂

Hello world!

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Hola! Welcome to my blog! I’m not really sure what I am doing as I am definitely not a writer but I thought I would give this a try. I am a wife and mom to two of the greatest kids ever. They were born 11 months apart, so life is crazy! I recently lost 25lbs by instilling healthier eating habits and exercising (CrossFit and running). As I’ve been eating healthier I’ve really started to like cooking. If you ask anyone that knows me, you will find out that not even 6 months ago I despised cooking. The majority of our meals were takeout or fast food. So, me, cooking, is a pretty big deal. I will be going back to school in January to pursue a degree in Nutritional Sciences to become a Registered Dietitian, so life is just gonna get just a bit crazier, but I’m excited for where the Lord is taking me. I love Jesus and want everything I do to please and glorify Him. That is me in a nutshell.

My plan for this blog is to share my progress through school, to share recipes, to share Jesus, to share my life. I am not a very good writer and have a hard time expressing myself in words but I want to try. I don’t expect anyone to read this but if you do, say hi. 🙂