Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bible memory

Today's blog is about what challenges I am doing this month. I will only go into detail about one here and do the others next week.

Right now I am in the middle of 3 different challenges. Two are clutter/spring cleaning related which I will go into detail about next week. 

I am doing a 30 day Bible memorization challenge for the month of March. It has been so awesome to meditate on God's Word daily and as I memorize the verses, I have found myself learning more about them during my review of them.

The Bible instructs us to meditate on God and His Word, and to keep His Word with us. To keep His Word and lay it up with us in our hearts so that we may not be led astray by false doctrine or distracted by the things of this world. Over and over, we are told to have our minds and hearts renewed and transformed by the Spirit of God, who brings all the things to our remembrance that we have been taught in His Word.

Deuteronomy 6:6
Proverbs 7:1
So many verses to list!

What better way to draw nearer to God, then to think on His Word all day long? We cannot and will not always have our Bible in hand while we are doing our chores, or driving down the road, or in persecution, but we can always have God's Word with us in our minds and hearts by memorizing it!

I have two different programs that I have found extremely useful in memorization. The first one is which also has an app. I like this app because I can add verses to different collections and have them categorized however I want. Also, it is handy for keeping track of how long it's been since I have reviewed a verse, since it is important for retaining them to go back every once in awhile and review even after having successfully rmemorized a verse.

The other program that I have found very fun lately is the memory engine and verse pack at I love the way I can memorize a verse in a very short amount of time using the verse pack page at this site. Also, there have been so many awesome classes and tips and Bible studies and readings on this site that I highly recommend you check it out. Not everything is free on this site, however, but the classes on memorizing the Bible I have taken here, were totally worth the money!

What verses have blessed your life recently? Be sure to comment below and let me know! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Some more recipes!!!

So, the rest of the recipes we used that week were in the Forks Over Knives cookbook. The recipes below are our adaptations. We actually made 4 recipes, but I'm going to list just 2 because one is a simple vegetable soup p. 94 that was only ok, and the other is a shepherds pie p. 261 that is very long and the kids thought it was good, but not spectacular. I will list the pages in the cookbook so you can go see the originals, when you get the chance!

 Banana Granola Parfait p. 46

1 package silken tofu
2 bananas
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup aprox of molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

granola, homemade
fruit salad, we used frozen mixed berries

blend "yogurt" mixture until smooth. Layer "yogurt", granola, and fruit in bowls or cups. Enjoy! The second time we made the "yogurt" I didn't have silken tofu and I used maple syrup instead of molasses. Still yummy! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

"Cheesy" Potato Soup

4 onions
8 cloves of garlic
12 cups of water
8 potatoes
1 batch of no-cheese sauce (p. 29)
Salt to taste

Cook veges until tender then blend until smooth. Add cheese sauce and cook for 5 min.

This was very cheesy even with only 1 batch of the sauce for 3-4 times the recipe of soup. The kids liked it, so I think we will probably make it again.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


So, I promised some recipes, so here they are!

Last week we made some recipes from a couple of cookbooks we have at home. We adapted them a little bit to our tastes and what we had on hand. They were so yummy!

The first cookbook was Mouthwatering Vegan. We made 3  recipes from there.

Greek "Chicken" & Lemon Soup p.48 if you want to see the original. This is the way we made it.

Lemony "chicken" soup
4 onions
4 carrots
4 stalks celery
4 cloves garlic
12 cups of water
4 tbs vege bouilion
4 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp turmeric
4 cups almond milk
1 can coconut milk
juice of 4 lemons
1 cup precooked leftover jasmine rice

saute veges then add water and seasonings. while thats heating, blend milks and lemon juice until smooth. Add milk/juice mix and rice to pot. Heat to a boil.

Scrambled Tofu p. 4 is the original.

Our version is below.
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
ginger grated to about 2 tsp
about 15-20 mushrooms(we love mushrooms!)
2 packages silken tofu
Braggs Liquid Aminos, 4 tbsp
4 tsp fresh oregano
1 tsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp. turmeric
4 tbsp. tahini

Saute Veges until cooked then crumble in tofu and add seasoning.

Spanish Style Omelette p. 6 (picture is in the previous post)

Our omelette

4 zucchini, diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion
a bunch of mushrooms, 10 or so
4 potatoes, cooked and diced small
1 package of firm silken tofu
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garlic powder
salt to taste
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 1/2 cups almond milk
3 tsp tahini
1/4 cup flour
1 recipe of vegan mozerella about 1 1/2 cups grated (we used the recipe in the book)

cook veges until soft. mix tofu through flour into a batter. Will be thick. Cook like a thin pancake on skillet for 1 minute. Add some cheese, and cook 3-4 minutes, working gently under edges to keep it from sticking. Spread veges on top of cheese and cook for 3-4 minutes. Gently fold in half and slide carefully off of pan onto plate. Repeat with the rest to make several more.

Recipes! And other things.

So this last week, we did a bit of everything. I just wanted to share a couple of things we worked on. The last couple of weeks, the kids each picked a recipe to make. This one was Josh's choice and he ended up helping but I was the one who cooked the actual dishes. I will share the recipes shortly.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Year!

Hey, y'all! It's a new year, and it's been awhile since I've posted a blog. In fact, I think is been over a year. Maybe more! ..............

Just had to go back and see how long it was since I blogged last. It's been almost a year and a half. Christina was just a couple weeks old. Now she is almost a year and a half!

So, a lot has happened since then.
We moved last April to Phoenix after Victor got a job down in Tempe driving a truck. He gets to be home every week so he usually gets Sabbath and sometimes part of Friday off. We live in an apartment though we are hoping to get a house in the country or something soon. We like where we live, it has a pool and it's heated! So we go swimming as much as possible. Even in the winter!

I'm still homeschooling and trying to get more organized and streamlined in everything I do with the kids and around the house. Still trying to lose the baby weight. Finally got down a few pounds, though I might have to try a little harder. (Need a lot more work on my laziness habit.)

Started in as an Usborne Books and More consultant after we moved and love the products. It's been a rough year in the business aspect with a bunch of changes do to huge growth in the company, but hoping it smooths out a bit for awhile.

Jeffrey just turned 10 this month, actually his birthday is tomorrow the 22nd. Sarah turned 4 in July and Christina 1. The other 2 boys turned 11, so they are now 11 1/2.

I'm hoping to expand my blog a little bit to be a bit more organized and cover more than just my ramblings! We shall see how that works out.

Went to visit my brother and his wife, my sister came down with her family too! So we had lots of fun visiting with them and my parents. That was at Christmas time.

Anyway, I can't think of anymore off hand, but here are a few pictures of what we've been up to this year!

Camping in August in Utah.

Swimming all summer and into the winter, too! 
Learning new things! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summer Happenings

So, alot has happened this summer. In June the twins turned 10, and in July the girls had their birthdays. One turned 3 and two days before that her sister was born. My mom came and stayed for a couple of weeks, which is always nice. We went swimming and tried to keep cool, which actually wasn't too hard, since this summer has been alot wetter and cooler than previous ones.

Baby Christina was born here at home, like her big sister, who has had to adjust to not being the baby anymore. In fact, she sat and watched baby be born, and likes to hold her and tries to be a big helper. She still has her moments, not surprisingly.

We've been working in our garden, doing better than last year, I think, taking into consideration that this year I was pregnant most of the summer and very hot. We got quite a few tomatoes, peppers, and will have some winter squash and potatoes by end of season.

A couple of weeks ago, Victor's dad and step-mom came and visited us for a couple of days while they were on vacation. The kids had great fun doing stuff with them, and we all enjoyed their visit. I didn't get any pictures of their visit, but they did and sent us a few.

The last few weeks, we have been eating and eating and canning, and freezing lots and lots of lovely peaches that a wonderful friend from church has growing at their house. They were having trouble keeping up with all the fruit, so invited us to take some. We went out and picked a bunch after they had already given us several boxes. So by the time we are through, by my estimate we will have eaten or processed about 250-300 lbs of peaches. We only weighed one box and that one was almost 60 lbs, and then we had several other smaller boxes, and a bunch in bags that probably could have filled the big box up at least 2-3 more times. So it was alot.

Anyway, thats what we have been up to lately. We started school as well, and have slowly been picking up speed with that, adding stuff in and figuring out what works. Victor went off to Moab to work for a few weeks, so we have had some attitude adjustments to make this week, but hopefully that will improve some in the coming weeks.

Here are some pictures of our summer for you to enjoy!

John working on writing.

Josh and Jeffrey working on their workbooks.

At the pond

More at the pond

water guns at the pond

Swimming, pulling out duckweed

Fun in the duckweed

Jeffrey swimming

Baby Christina and Sarah looking on

Sarah watching the baby
Our squash plants

Tomato and pepper plants

Spending time with Grandpa metal detecting

Grandma and Grandpa

              Canning peaches

Christina 1 month old.
Sarah 4 weeks old, 3 years ago
     These two could be twins.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Vacation Pictures

Last month we went to Texas for a couple of weeks for the wedding of some dear friend's. They had invited my siblings and I to do the music for it, so we got to spend time together with my family. It was a lot of fun and the kids enjoyed playing with their cousin and her baby sister who we met for the first time. Here are some pictures of the beautiful weather and the family.

The whole family eating lunch one day. My brother Jon was taking the picture.
Mom and sister Tiff and I fixing a meal.
All the kids helping grandpa haul brush to the burn pile with the pickup.

All of the kids loved to sit on the couch and watch uncle Jon and grandpa play games.
All of the kids had to take a try at being a tortoise with grandma's tortoise shell.
The kids all got to take a ride on the horses, so they were waiting and watching from the fence while aunt Tiff and grandma got them saddled.

Even cousin Emily took a ride.

Sarah riding the 'hosee'.
Even grandpa and Uncle Jon got to ride.
We practiced for the wedding.
Baby Amber practiced too!

Sabbath we all went to church. . . 
And took an afternoon walk around the lake.

Sunday was the wedding. All the cousins together waiting for the wedding. Except for baby who was with her mommy.

The girls all together before the wedding.
My brother and I.

My sister and my mom.
After the wedding with sparklers to see the bride and groom off.
Trying to get pictures in the bluebonnets, while staying clear of the fire ants.
Finally, all the cousins in the bluebonnets, Amber and Sarah are upset.

After pictures, we went swimming in the lake. Nice and cool, just cold enough to not stay in too long. The kids played in the playground most of the time, while mom, my brother Jon, my sister Tiff and I swam and played in the lake.

After swimming, waiting to go to lunch.
After lunch we found a nice patch of bluebonnets and stopped to take pictures.
This time, all babies cooperated. And we got some nice ones.