July 2012


 

I don’t really like avacados, but mixed with all these other ingredients they aren’t too bad.  With all the health benefits they carry, I needed to find a way to like them.  What better than a great guacamole?  It’s an excellent party food and easy to take along to any get together or just enjoy with your family.

Avacados are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. They are also high in protein, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, B vitamins, vitamin E and vitamin K.  Don’t let those store bought, pre-packaged guacs fool you.  They almost never have anything to do with a real avacado.  Read your labels!

Ingredients:

2 ripe avacados
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt from my local health food store)
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup onion
1 Roma tomato

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a food processor and chop until desired consistency, chop by hand or if using a VitaMix machine, select variable speed #1 and quickly increase speed to #5. Process for 15-20 seconds.

Makes approximately 2 cups

Enjoy by itself, with my Homemade Salsa recipe and tortilla chips or on a whole wheat flour tortilla.

Fresh homemade salsa is the perfect dish. This salsa recipe is one that I’ve created myself.  If you like your salsa hotter you can always add more peppers!

Ingredients:

3 fresh Roma tomatoes
1/4 – 1/2 medium onion
1/2 seeded jalapeno pepper
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice (fresh squeezed is always best)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a food processor and chop until desired consistency.  If using a VitaMix machine, select variable speed #1 and quickly increase speed to #5. Process for 3-5 seconds.

Or if you have a food chopper, you can chop all your ingredients separately and then stir them together in a bowl.

Makes approximately 2 cups

Enjoy with my Homemade Guacamole Recipe on a whole wheat tortilla or with tortilla chips.

A bit of Farmgirl advice: never let a horse step on your foot!

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While I was saddling Pete, Nick stepped backwards and got me good. I yelled. It hurt. I had to excuse myself for a brief moment,but I finished saddling Pete and rode about 30 minutes anyway. As you can imagine, I was kind of glad when dark came.

I was relieved when I took off my boot and there was no blood … it’s a lot easier to handle when there’s no blood. Me and my ice pack became good friends until bedtime.  The upside?  At least he didn’t mar the paint job!

Careful in the barn, My Fellow Farmgirls! Always watch your toes.

Love and Farmgirl Hugs,

Kristy

Does cooking dinner

make you feel like this?

Cooking dinner used to make me want to pull my hair out.  Fumbling around in the kitchen at 5:00 trying to figure out what to make for dinner at 6:00.  Finding that I really don’t have all the ingredients, but throwing something together anyway and making a less than desirable meal.  I finally decided that meal planning wasn’t just another big evil task to take up all my time, but a dear friend that I needed to sit and visit with more often.

Not only has meal planning helped me know exactly what I’m making for each meal, it has also lessened the amount of food that I waste.

Tools of the trade:

1.  Your daily planner – or calendar on the fridge, whichever works best for you
2.  Your grocery list – I find that the magnetic kind is best.  Always on the fridge where I can find it and add staple items to it as we run out.
3.  About 30 minutes – Don’t worry about spending it now, it will save you loads of time in the future, not to mention a few strands of hair.

That’s it!  That’s all you need.  Now let’s begin.

I choose to use about 30 minutes on Sunday evening to sit and plan my weekly meals.  This is because I usually do my grocery shopping on Mondays.  You will want to choose the day that works best for you.

You should begin with writing down all the meals your family likes and keeping this list paper-clipped inside your planner.  This makes meal planning much easier.  As you experiment with more recipes you may add them to this list.  Refer to it when you get planners’ block.

Now, ask yourself the dreaded question (only it’s not so dreaded right now because, remember, it’s the night before), “What are we going to have for dinner?”  Remember to take into account everyone’s schedules.  Are you planning around ball practice or the farm feeding schedule?  You may want to plan a crock pot meal or a healthy sandwich for on the way.  Don’t forget church socials!

Once you have decided what to have, write it on your planner along with any sides or extras.  Now, run through your ingredients list and make sure you have everything you need.  Make a grocery list for the items you will need to buy.  Repeat for each day of the week, planning for breakfast and lunches as well.

When you go to the grocery store, do your best to stick to your list and refrain from buying anything on an impulse. This will keep your cost down and help with eating healthy on a budget.  I’ve found I save a lot of money by meal planning and shopping this way.

I hope this has helped and saved you a few more hairs.  If you have any suggestions for planning dinners and would like to contribute them to this page, please feel free to do so!  There are many women out there, including myself, that can benefit from what you know.

Happy Planning!

Love In Christ and Farmgirl Hugs,

Kristy

My Grandpa sent me this email and I cried!  Even in God’s beautiful creatures there is great love and friendship.  Pay attention … and learn … from a dog …

A dog’s seeing-eye dog….Wow! 

Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a bizarre medical condition required that she have 
Both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Madison , another Great Dane, has been her sight. 
The two are, of course, inseparable.

“People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel.”
The angels we have been waiting for are already here.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Did you know:
the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;
those of the canary in 14 days;
those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;
The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;
Those of the mallard in 35 days;
The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.
(Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)

Thus, the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is
entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes and
plans,  and will be fragrant with His presence.

Only the God-planned life is successful.  Only the life given over
to the care of the Lord is fulfilled.
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I received the above email this week and, again, was very impressed with the power of God and his perfect plan.  If God takes such good care of the world He created, just think of the way He wishes to care for you.  He loves you and wants His perfect plan for you.

A woman’s life can be a whirlwind of laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, dish washing, cooking, errands to be run, kids to taxi here and there, bills to pay and an 8 to 5 on top of all that.  Shew!!!  Where do we find the time?  Amidst this craziness, it’s easy to worry, to fall into the mentality of “What are we going to do?  Is there any hope?”  Please remember, Girls, that God is always there … He never changes (Hebrews 13:8) … He never moves.  It’s our worry that moves us away from Him.  And so He instructs us in Matthew 6:25-34 not to worry.  Why?  Because He wants us to be close to Him and enjoy a fulfilled life in Him.  He wants to clothe us more than the lilies of the field and feed us more than the birds of the air.

Move closer to God by diving into His word each day.  Gain so much encouragement from Him that worry has no place in your lives.  Take each day as it comes and hand it directly over to God.  And in all things, praise Him and give thanks.

Read the passage, share it with the girls, bless and be blessed.

Love In Christ and Farmgirl Hugs,

Kristy

Is there anyone in this world who knows exactly who you are?  I mean really knows you … your very core of who you are.  I would guess not.  Sometimes, I don’t even know who I am myself.  But God knows me.  How wonderful that makes me feel … secure and loved.  He knows my innermost being and loves me!  Nothing can I hide from Him, but He knows my every thought.

In Psalm 139, David describes just how much God knows us.  But if you’ll read 1 Corinthians 13:12 you’ll see the other side of the beautiful coin.

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

Can you imagine what it will be like to stand face to face with God … knowing Him as He knows you?  Knowing the very core of His Being?  I will know fully, even as I am fully known!  Glory to God!  Finally being able to understand who He really is and comprehend His unfathomable love for us.

Everyone will stand before Him … the lost and the saved … and “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess”.  Everyone will know Him as God Almighty, but His own will also know Him as Father.

Something to dwell on.  Something to praise God for.

Love and Farmgirl Hugs,

Kristy

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