Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spinach Quinoa Salad

Spinach Quinoa Salad by my dear friend Monica


Fresh spinach or mixed greens (spinach ,kale, chard)
cheese of your choice—feta, blue cheese, whatever you want
dried fruit—cherries, cranberries, whatever you want
toasted nuts—pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.
cooked quinoa—1 cup uncooked yields 2 cups cook.


Lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
1 large clove garlic
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
oil (1-3 ratio to lemon juice)
Shake to combine

Put all salad ingredients in bowl and add however much cooked quinoa you want.  Add dressing and then toss everything.  

A favorite combo for a large party: a large bag of mixed greens, feta cheese, dried cherries, candied pecans, approx.. 2 cups quinoa, and a cup of dressing.  

Friday, June 22, 2018

TRYING TO RAISE good kids when I'm soooo old...

Since we got our first foster baby 6 years ago, I stopped really blogging. It's one thing to ignore my own children to blog, but I just couldn't do it with someone else's baby. (totally kidding, I used to blog when I nursed my babies or they were sleeping) We adopted our Ray on Jan 7th, 2018. PRAISE GOD FINALLY, since we got him when he was 12 weeks old and he is almost 7. 
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On August 7, 2016 we got another baby. He was just 6 days old. We still have the little firecracker and I just turned 50. Wow, what a difference raising a toddler when you are a grandma. Lord help me! 
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This being the case and summer here, I was intrigued by a podcast I started listening to. I have been in podcast heaven...its the only way I can convince myself to workout at the gym or clean. It has been a lifesaver. 

When I listened to Why you were folding podcastI heard about The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That Really Works! I especially appreciate Catherine spending extra time with her show notes. Don't forget to look at them! I have really utilized them, especially since its hard to take notes on a treadmill or with weights in your hands!

I am trying to get my kids to heaven one good behavior at a time. Things always get crazy with the change of schedules. So we are trying the advice from the book and my added stars for good and extra work! 

▪ Checks 1-3 are warnings
▪ Check 4: Lose dessert
▪ Check 5: Lose screens
▪ Check 6: Go to bed 1 hour early



I will let you know how it turns out. Please pray for my kids and those in my care that they will be the saints God has created them to be. I pray that their sins will find them out and they won't fall into any bad behaviors.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Mexican Chicken and Black Bean Soup

I found this original recipe on Marathon Mom blog that seems to no longer exist. I changed it up a bit. 

Mexican Chicken and Black Bean Soup
  • 3 or 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( I usually do a family pack)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans corn, drained
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes and chiles (like Rotel)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • Taco seasoning mix
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  1. Place all ingredients except for cream cheese into slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until chicken is cooked.
  3. Remove chicken from slow cooker, then turn slow cooker setting to high.
  4. Add cream cheese to slow cooker and stir.
  5. Shred chicken, then return to pot and stir well.
We serve with tortilla chips, cornbread, soft tacos, or rice. 


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Teenager Girl Blog...

My 14 year old started a blog. It actually is pretty good! It is called The Least of These.

Check it out and share it.

Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+

Monday, April 9, 2018

Overnight Oats...my favorite peanut butter!!!

1.                  ¼ CUPS OATS
2.                  1/3 CUPS MILK\
3.                  ¼ CUP GREEK YOGURT
4.                  1 ½ TEASPOON CHIA SEEDS
5.                  1 TALBESPOON PEANUT BUTTER
6.                  1 TEASPOON HONEY
   I put all ingredients in an a used up peanut butter jar or whatever I have. Then shake up and leave in refrigerator overnight. Then mix and eat in the morning. Mine usually last a week refrigerated. 
Please send me your favorite overnight oat recipes. 

Thy will be done!!! +JMJ+

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Budgeting advice for Christmas from past blog post

Practical Financial Tips
When it comes to spending money, I think to myself…
take a deep breath… S.A.M.!
SS is for:
A.   Simplify- needs vs wants, declutter & donate
Pope Francis reminds us to have an attitude of the heart when it comes to living simply.
1.  Declutter-keep what you love, would I buy this again?
2.  Donate-find a local easy place for quick drop off
B.    Self-Control-learning to sacrifice
C.    Sales- learn to be thrifty, garage sales, discounts, consignments, and looking for bargains
Food: Aldi, quick sale, meal planning around what you have and what is on sale, freezer, simple meals, and not wasting
AA is for:
A. ASK: Ask God for wisdom and help when making decisions about spending.  Ask others, before I buy something I usually ask my network if they have one…” pushy broad”. Pope Francis reminds us to “Help one another, this is what Jesus teaches us.”
Mt. 7-8 Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.
B.  Be assertive
Lk 18: 1-8 Persistent widow
A) I tell my friends, I am giving them the opportunity to get graces by serving and helping others.
B) Build and support through community, church, family, friends, town. Ex. Freecycle & FB, etc…
C.   Be appreciative and thankful to others and God
A) Thank you notes
B) Calling and letting them know how much you appreciate them

M: M is for
A.  Make a Plan
B.  Motivate yourself and others
C.  Minimize stuff and activities

D. Make do with what you already have

There is so much you can do to budget and learn to save money but I find the simplest ways are the best. Each person and family is in a different state in life and all have to do what is God’s plan for them. Don’t get overwhelmed and keep praying for wisdom and clarity in all you do.  

Friday, September 1, 2017

Daily Schedules:

Making daily schedules for all my kids so I can remember where my college kids are and what my little guys have that day.
Thy Will Be Done!!!