1/30/2014

Snow Day

It is very unusual for Eastern North Carolina to get snow. The last time we had a big snow was December 2010. That time we had over 7". I was pregnant with my almost 3 year old at the time. We got some snow last year (2013), but it wasn't very much. My almost 3 year old has been praying for it to snow for her birthday. Her birthday is March 2, so it would be unusual to have snow that late in the year. We ended up with a dusting on January 22, and when she saw it, she asked, "Is it my birthday?"

After the dusting, I told her that there was more snow in the forecast for this week. She told me she was going to pray for 10 inches of snow. On Tuesday, January 28, we waited all day. It began sleeting around 2 in the afternoon. It sleeted all evening and I was getting worried that we would not get any snow. That it would just be sleet/ice. We went to bed that evening with it still sleeting.

Wednesday morning we woke up and there it was ~ snow! There was about 3-4 inches of snow. Not the 10 inches my daughter prayed for, but she was still so excited to have some snow.



















We bundled up and headed out the door to play. it was a really powdery snow, so not that great for building a snow man. They made some snow angels and we headed back inside to get warmed up.  Later that afternoon, we bundled back up and they had plowed the road in front of our house. There was some great snowball snow in the plowed up stuff, so we had a small snowball fight.























We also got some clean snow and made two batches of snow cream. I use a big bowl of snow, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and 2-3 tsp of vanilla. I added about a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the 2nd batch and it tasted just like a fudgesicle.























More pictures of our fun:




1/25/2014

Unstoppable ~ Review and Giveaway


































ABOUT UNSTOPPABLE
Inspired by the death of Cameron’s close friend who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”
Going back to the beginning—literally—Kirk investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities. UNSTOPPABLE will prompt audiences to consider the role that pain and suffering has in our lives, as they affirm their personal views on faith, and encourage conversation starters about God, suffering, and hope.
In theaters for only two weeknights (Sept 24th and Oct 3th, 2013), UNSTOPPABLE: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron sold a staggering 260,000 tickets and reached a theatrical gross of over $3.2 million dollars. In just two nights this independent project sent a loud message – audiences want thought-provoking and meaningful entertainment.
Kirk Cameron is best known for his memorable role as “Mike Seaver,” a cultural icon of the 80's, with his mullet hairstyle, cool glasses, and wisecracking comebacks. More recently he enjoyed much success with the No. 1 grossing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his recent documentary, Monumental. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, were on-screen sweethearts during their Growing Pains years and are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat (www.CampFirefly.com). Together, Kirk and Chelsea live in California with their six children.

MY REVIEW
This DVD is approximately one hour long and rated for ages 12 and up. The question this movie answers is why does God allow bad things to happen to good people. I had never actually sat down and contemplated the answer to this question before. Kirk explains it so well. He uses the Bible and goes back to Creation and uses many examples from the Bible to answer this question. This movie really got me to look at the Bible in a different way than I have been. I really enjoyed watching this move and give it 5 stars!

Unstoppable will be available on January 28. To learn more about Unstoppable:
Visit the official website: http://unstoppablethemovie.com

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1/22/2014

1/18/2014

Favorite Cake Recipe

About 5 years ago, a friend shared a recipe for a cake that was dairy and egg free. I decided to give it a try and it has become one of our favorite cake recipes.












The name of this cake is called Crazy Cake. It is so moist and just so delicious. My kids always ask me to make this cake for their birthdays.

Ingredients:
3 C flour
2 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp vinegar
2 C cold water
6 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 C oil

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together with hand mixer. Pour into greased cake pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

1/10/2014

Daniel Fast Easy Recipes

I started The Daniel Fast on January 5. I bought a couple of books from Amazon and also googled some recipes. After I decided what I wanted to make for the week, I went shopping so I was prepared.

Here are a couple of recipes that were quick and easy to make for myself. I am the only one in my household doing the fast at this time. Side note~ I wish I knew how to take better food pictures. The pictures may not be great, but these dishes were delicious. 

The first one is ziti and tomatoes. 




















Ingredients:
Whole grain ziti
Canned diced tomatoes (make sure no sugar is added)
Fresh spinach
Garlic powder to taste
Italian seasoning to taste

Directions: 
Boil ziti until done. While ziti are cooking, use separate sauce pan to heat diced tomatoes with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Once heated add a handful of fresh spinach and cook until it is just wilted. Add cooked ziti and mix together. 


The next one is stir fry and noodles. 



















Ingredients: 
Whole grain angel hair
Frozen stir fry veggies
Soy sauce to taste
Sesame seed oil - just a couple of drops 
Peanuts (optional)

Directions: 
Boil noodles. Cook frozen veggies, either on stove or in microwave. When both are finished mix together with soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Plate and add peanuts. 

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