What is all the hype about Kefir?

Water Kefir? (Traditionally pronounced ke-feer, but often spoken as kee-fer in the West.) What language are you speaking? It is said the word Kefir comes from the Turkish word Keif describing a state of feeling good. This is a GREAT healthy drink that is overflowing with beneficial bacteria, comparable to a probiotic! It is SO easy to prepare and tastes great. If you let it ferment for long enough it gets a natural carbonation and my boys call it their “soda”! I’m tickled that they get so excited to have their “soda” as a treat and have no idea what everyone else thinks is soda! I have also made Kombucha with which kefir is often compared. I don’t prefer it as much as the kefir and I feel like the kefir is much easier to prepare and flavor as well. (I will post more on Kombucha later.) Continue reading “What is all the hype about Kefir?”

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter: A Novel

[amazon_link id=”B000OCXFWY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel[/amazon_link] By, Kim Edwards

Another great book!  And this time it’s a novel.  I can’t remember where this book was recommended, but part of what drew me to it was the fact that one of the leading characters was a nurse who assumed care of an unwanted baby.  Being a nurse myself, anything medical does draw my attention; especially in a novel! Continue reading “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter: A Novel”

Make your own Organic Coconut Milk for less!

$2 for a can of organic coconut milk at wegmans; $1.50 and 10 minutes time to make it at home!  I’m all about saving anywhere I can!  Plus I know the only ingredients are coconut and water.  I can be in control of what is added to it!  I know there aren’t any extra ingredients or any preservatives, BPA due to packaging or anything else! Continue reading “Make your own Organic Coconut Milk for less!”

Easter Sunday

This is short and sweet and yet the truth of life!  My husband shared this YouTube video with me and I no choice but to share it with you! Amazing truth and the reason for the celebration of Easter Sunday!

Hope you had a great day and great food and more importantly that you have a great appreciation for the free gift of live eternal; life available in Christ.

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Make your own Playdough!

This morning the boys wanted to play with playdough, but they quickly became bored with what they had! I decided to make them some new colors and they LOVED it! I also love it because I know what ingredients are in it and I know Koa is going to try and eat some of it! Don’t all kids do that? Or is it just mine! Continue reading “Make your own Playdough!”

Coconut Bread

We love bread!  And we miss bread!  Because Brian isn’t supposed to be having grains I’ve been trying to remove it from most of what we eat on a daily basis.  I didn’t realize how much grain, starches, and sugars we eat until I started removing it.  We didn’t regularly have desserts, I don’t buy sugary cereals or snacks, never buy cookies, so it should be easy right?  Nope… try again! Continue reading “Coconut Bread”

A MUST see – Virginia Bluebells

If you live in northern Virginia, you have to go see the bluebells at Bull Run Regional Park.  They are absolutely beautiful and SO breath taking.  Now is about the peak time to see them.  My mom and I went today with the kidos and we had a great time.  The ground is carpeted with them and the fragrance in the air is clean, fresh and so sweet!  When you think there can’t be more, you round the bend of the trail and there are more than you could ever imagine, stretching as far as you can see! Continue reading “A MUST see – Virginia Bluebells”

A Sweet and Bitter Providence


[amazon_link id=”1433514370″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God[/amazon_link]

This was a great read.  Especially if you feel like you’ve got the rotten deal in life at this point in time.  The book is well written and an easy read!  Piper goes step by step through the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi talking about how it seems like they have been dealt a very bitter providence, but how God in His amazing grace turns it all around into a very sweet redemption. Continue reading “A Sweet and Bitter Providence”

Indonesian Beef Curry with Coconut Rice

Brian has been asking for this recipe for the last week or two and I finally got around to making it.  It really turned out well even though he isn’t really supposed to have much rice.  He did eat a small serving of the rice and had a lot more of the meat… just so that he could get his rice fix! Continue reading “Indonesian Beef Curry with Coconut Rice”

Family cloth

Some may think it gross, but it actually works very well for our family! So what is it you say!?!?! An alternative to toilet paper! I use it exclusively, but the rest of the family, sparingly. However, I’m the only female (except for baby Aisling who is only 8 weeks so she only uses the cloth wipes!), so I obviously I would be the greatest offender! Continue reading “Family cloth”