Monday, March 31, 2014

Getting Some Sun

So, you know how I warned that these little chicks were going to get all ugly in their teenage phase? Well, I'm not seeing it. At 3 weeks, they're half feathered, loosing their down, a bit awkward, but still so cute. Yes? Have I lost my mind? Am I seeing them through my Mama lens?
Today it was warm, sunny and completely gorgeous so, I let them hangout under an upside down laundry basket for awhile. They love time out of the brooder, to peck around and get a taste of the big outside world.
Chickens are funny. They like to stick together so, if one walks somewhere, they all follow. If one flaps her wings and tries to fly, a moment later, they're all giving it a try. They love getting out in the grass and having a change of scenery, but even out there, they like to stick together.

I sat with them in the grass for awhile and they stayed pretty close to me. These ones aren't the most tame. Woodbark wins that prize, but they still stay close and don't mind a good visit in the sun.
Angela

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekend

Scenes from the weekend:

A trail walk with my mom and the kids.
A dinner out with girlfriends to celebrate my sister's birthday.
A puzzle from the thrift store, done on a rainy Saturday afternoon with my boy.









Saturday night, a group of us went out to celebrate my sister's Birthday. Best sister, best friend right there. I know you might think that you have the best sister in the world, but I'm pretty sure that this girl takes the cake. She is like my right arm...and leg. She is everything to me!
There is no better friend than a sister, and there is no better sister than you.
I admit that I've stopped by the thrift store twice in the last week. It's a bit addicting to never know exactly what treasures you'll find in there. Saturday, I found this United States puzzle for only 50 cents and of course, couldn't pass it up! Also, I found a few gorgeous vintage milk glass vases and those are now happily sitting on my counter, full of daffodils.

Saturday afternoon, we sat together at the table and had the best time doing this puzzle. He's going through a puzzle phase and I just love it. We worked together on this one and this time with him blessed me so much. When we do little things like this together, it feels like right there in that moment, I'm doing exactly what I should be. Simple things like this are where it's at.


Angela

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Faves

This recipe.
Homemade Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Cups. These are healthy, easy and sugar-free. Thanks to my sweet friend Margy for sharing this recipe with me.

This Schedule.
30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge. This week, I started going through one small area of our house at a time to organize and get rid of stuff. I don't know about you, but I feel like we live in a culture with such excess and when you have 3 little kids who are constantly growing and changing sizes, I feel like I need to be going through their drawers and toys every few months. Yesterday I went through our tupperware cupboard and today I sorted shoes. Just a little bit each day makes such a difference and I love this 30 Day Cleaning Plan.
This printable. 
Isn't this so true? Love it. 
This moment. 
Hobby Lobby by myself. It was my first time to ever set foot in a Hobby Lobby and it was heavenly. Next time I'm taking friends with me so, I won't be talking to myself as I walk up and down each isle. Everything was just too cute and I could hardly contain myself. Oh---and the music they play in there is wonderful. It was like the best shopping experience, plus church, all in one. Loved it.
This selfie with this baby.
She turns one this week and I'm still pinching myself that I get to be her Mama.
Angela

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This Moment

Photos - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Joining in with Soule Mama, as I share a few moments from the week.

 
Eliza....shake it while you bake it. Drop it like it's hot. 
Baby has moves.




Angela

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hey there, Woodbark

Today my sister and I switched kids for the afternoon and it was great. We've reached this spot where it's actually easier to have a friend (or cousin) over, than not. The boys played so well together and when I went out to clean the brooder, they left their manliness at the door and giggled on the grass with the chicks. 

Two things have happened with the chicks this week. For starters, what I knew was coming is starting to happen---they're getting a little less cute. They're starting to lose their baby feathers and they're entering that awkward phase. It's okay though- we still love them. 

The second thing is that they want to fly. Above, is one of the Buff Orpington chicks. I left the cover off the brooder for just a minute while I was cleaning it and she flew right up and perched on the ledge. I keep on telling them that they still have a few weeks in there, but they're not listening. 
Woodbark, the Black Australorp is the sweetest chick. She better be a she and not a he, because she's becoming my favorite. When she's out with us, she just wants to sit on my hand and hang out. So far, she wins the prize for best personality.
Prizes are extra Chicken Crack, and yes, I just said Chicken Crack. It's a treat that we bought off Amazon and the chicks love it.
So, when you see little spots all over the boy's pants, don't worry, those are just chick treats. Not, you know, chicken poop.
Woodbark honestly makes me want to bring her inside, which is crazy since I can't even handle the messes that my own children make. 
 Just tonight I wondered if she'd sit with me while we watch Duck Dynasty.
Think my husband would notice if I was snuggled up on the couch with a chicken? Think chickens like Duck Dynasty?
 Well, I'm just joking so you don't have to answer that.
I hope you've had a good day. We had our second t-ball practice tonight and I discovered that I'm the Mom who claps even when the kids are basically just running across the field. I just can't help it. I might need to tone it down and wipe that goofy grin off my face. Seeing them out there having fun makes me want to burst. 
Angela

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Back in January, I changed my eating habits quite a bit and I can't even tell you how great I feel when I eat a higher protein/veggie loaded/lower carbohydrate diet. It's not just a quick fad diet for me to loose extra baby pounds (although it works for that, too), it's a lifestyle. When I eat this way, I have way more energy, I'm in a better mood, my brain feels less foggy and my body just feels more comfortable in general. I've noticed that when I'm eating this way, I eat way more produce and the foods that I eat are actually good fuel for my body. 

First though, let me say that I'm not perfect. At all.  If we're out, I'll eat "normal" food. Just today at Bible Study, I was snacking on pineapple and chocolate covered coffee beans and remember last Sunday, when I blogged about ice cream? Yes, I let myself have those things, so don't think that I've said good bye to those things forever. Normal days are filled with protein, veggies, and lots of healthy fats. Did you know that our bodies actually need fat, to burn fat? It's crazy, but it's true.
Tonight we had Coconut Flour pancakes and we loved them. If you've ever baked with coconut flour, you'll know that it's very different than working with regular flour. When you use coconut flour, you use a very small amount and then use lots of eggs with it. These gorgeous brown eggs were given to us by our neighbor. Goodness, I'm excited for the day when our chicks lay eggs like this. I think they're beautiful.
And this kitchen visitor? Well, I'm crazy about her, too.
Anyway- back to the pancakes. 
This recipe is simple. All you do is throw all the ingredients into a blender, combine them well and then cook them on a griddle like you would any other pancakes.
The pancakes look just like well....pancakes. They have a very light coconut flavor, but they're more dense than regular pancakes. With all the protein that they pack, they're definitely more filling than regular pancakes.
They're golden and pretty just like regular pancakes, but way better for you. 
The husband even likes them and he's more skeptical when it comes to this type of thing.

Coconut Flour Pancakes
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons stevia
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well. 
On a greased and pre-heated griddle, cook until bottom is golden brown and top is set around the edges. 
Flip carefully and continue to cook until second side is golden brown. Remove from pan and keep warm on plate or baking sheet in oven, while repeating with remaining batter. 
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