Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Eat Food Photos, “Drip” the joys of water!

Drip sq
     Drip, Drip, Drip!  That word brings to mind one thing and one thing only, and that is water!  Now I know everyone has read a ton about the benefits of water, so I don’t want to parrot the words of others, but I do want to say that the importance of water can not be stressed enough!

     I have really been trying to eat healthier and to take better care of myself, and part of that journey is upping my water intake.  To get my 8-10 or more glasses of water a day sometimes I need to add some flavors to the mix to make it more enjoyable.  Because of this I have started doing infused waters.  I love infused waters!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A moment to recognize the heroes amongst us…

Live Greatly

     The past two weeks I have been thinking about the heroic people who walk amongst us.  During the past two weeks four amazing people I know have returned back to their Heavenly Father after fighting long term battles with cancer and terminal illnesses. 

     These four warriors have been heroes of mine on so many occasions. They have taught me about moving forward with grace and courage in spite of crippling fears and illnesses.  They have taught me about living with grace and optimism, to enjoy the journey of life.  They always taught me about living with joy and enthusiasm, also they taught me about living my life in a manner that my life counted and was a life that benefited others.

     As a legacy to these four heroes of mine I want to live my life with joy and grace and courage in the face of adversity and disappointments.  I also want to serve and strengthen others and help to lift them.  I am so grateful for these wonderful examples, they are true blessing to me, and have helped me to be a better person.

     I wish I had let them know more often the impact that they had in my life, and how heroic I found them.  I encourage you dear reader to let those heroes who walk amongst us to know of their greatness and the impact that they are for good.  I hope that when all is said and done people can say I was someone who tried my hardest to be continually good.

Foodie Photo a Day in August… my lunch!


     Do you ever have those days that are just non stop action and on the go?  Today was one of those days so my lunch that I am supposed to be sharing was certainly not fancy, but it satisfied.  It’s a little unclear what it is in the picture, but today for lunch I had vanilla flavored Greek yogurt.  I finally jumped on the Greek yogurt kick, and I love it!  I had coupons as well so I got these babies for a really great deal.    

     I have been eating the vanilla yogurt simply because I love that flavor, and because I have tons of produce right now, and it blends so well with my produce.  Its delicious, relatively low in sugar, high in protein and definitely satisfies.

     I am always looking for good lunch ideas, what have you been using for your go to lunches?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Shh! Don’t tell my Sunday Secret! Photo a Day in August!

Secret Sunday Nap

     I will admit that I have a few guilty indulgences, and one indulgence that I have been starting to have every week is my secret Sunday nap.  Today’s photo prompt was secret Sunday, it was a no brainer what was my secret Sunday disclosure, my naps.

    As I have mentioned, I do go to church every Sunday.  After church however, I love to come home, turn off my cell phone and sprawl on the couch with my trusty dog and have a nap.  Believe me, Sunday naps are completely underrated, I love them.  Sundays have always been a chance for me to recharge mentally and spiritually.  Now I am trying to recharge physically on Sundays too. 

     What sorts of Sunday secrets do you have?  Any traditions that I am missing out on?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Photo a Day in August…Flat Ginger Ale & the joys of stomach bugs!

Ginger B&W

     The past few days I have had a bit of a stomach bug, nothing major of course, just a bit of a nuisance to say the least.  Today’s photo prompt is “flat”.  Everyone seems to think that flat ginger ale or soda is the magic cure all for a stomach bug.  It may work for some, but for me that has never worked.  It would be oh so nice if it did, but sadly that hasn’t been the case.

     What does work for me is my own special ginger drink,  In a sauce pan I boil 2 cups water, a thumb size piece of ginger that has been minced, 2 tbsp honey and the juice of one lemon.  Boil it until the honey is completely dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool completely for 10 minutes.  Now you have a completely “flat” ginger drink that solves any stomach problems that I have.

    I am always curious about home remedies that others may have.  What do you do when you are sick, what works for you?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lets Try Foodie Photo a Day Again!

August Foodie Photo a Day

     August is here!  And that means that is almost my Birthday!  I know that all of you are as excited as I am!  I like to celebrate my birthday all month, so I have a few plans for the blog for my birthday!

     I am going to to the Foodie photo a day for the month, because I want to share more of my life and world with you, also I want to try the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook cook along again, since last year was a bit of a disaster when I tried, sadly it just never happened last year.

     Since it is my birthday month with the photos I share, I want to share a part of me with you with the photos Open ScripturesI share I want you to see the things that I hold near and dear to me.  Today’s prompt was “Black and White”.  This was something that was super easy for me to know what I wanted to share.  As I have mentioned, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Every day I read my scriptures, pouring over the black and white pages, gaining direction and purpose for my life, and a strength to continue forward when things are rough.  It is a blessing in my life to have the scriptures and to be able to read them every day.  These are books that have changed my life and have allowed me to get to know my Savior, and the Plan that My Heavenly Father has for me, and how I can return to Him and live with my family forever, which is the greatest of all blessings.

     When I think of black and white I always think of the way I was raised.  My parents taught me absolutes, in other words to not sacrifice my standards or make rationalizations for poor choices.  Now I am far from perfect, and I have made loads of mistakes.  However, it is a blessing to have the scriptures and the lessons of my parents as a compass in my life.  I try my best every day to live up to the lessons that I have learned, as I have said so many times before, I am definitely a work in progress.