Friday, April 03, 2015

Stuffed Portobello mushroom-whole30 day 11

Everyday since starting Whole30 I've been posting a picture or 2 on Facebook and Instagram.  I started posting the pics to keep myself accountable and so my other friends that are on it or have finished it can help me out. Yesterday, I received a lot of comments asking for the recipe for my stuffed mushrooms but I had just made it up as I went so no recipe.  I decided this would be a good place for me to post my recipe so I can remember it for next time.  I'm kind of forgetful sometimes.  My kids say it's old age but what do they know?  Oh, BTW my kids are both teenagers now Kylan's 13 and Kenzie's 14, I can't believe my babies are young teens now.

I started off with a large portobello mushroom that was just a little smaller than a salad plate. Next, I pulled off the stem and chopped it up. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and then put your mushroom on a pan (make sure it has edges or some of the liquid will drop on your oven bottom and start smoking).   Just a heads up people, no need to make a mess like I did!  I baked them for about 10 minutes stem side down while I was working on the next step.

Next, I got my cauliflower rice out and fried it up with some garlic. I wilted some spinach and also chopped up a yellow squash and threw it in the pan.  Now, I needed some protein and couldn't decide what to add so I grabbed some leftover salmon and diced it up and added it to the mixture. I pulled the mushroom caps our and turned them over.  I just filled each mushroom cap with the mixture and popped them back in the oven for about 15 minutes.  They were to die for!

I saw someone used portobello's in place of hamburger buns.  Has anyone done this?  Sounds good to me!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Whole30 day 2

I made it through yesterday with no slip ups of any kind, yeah for me.  As I was perusing The Clothes Make the Girl's blog (once again) I found this savory recipe for cauliflower rice.  I'd never heard of such a thing until I started this Whole30 lifestyle.  Notice I only have that little tiny chopper so I had to make it in really tiny batches, but 1 large cauliflower head did make a lot.  I put it in a Lock and Lock container or as it's known in my family a Lincoln Log...long story and you have to know my crazy-fun sister in law Connie.  Enough about that here's the Oven Roasted Cauliflower Rice link so you can get started on it.  I really think this is a staple with the Whole30 and you must have it in your fridge at all times. BTW you don't have to roast it in the oven you can fry it up in a pan. Hmmmm that reminds me of a song about bacon.  Speaking of bacon, it's hard to find with no sugar in it!  I'm on a search for no sugar bacon and you know I'll find it eventually.

For dinner I baked a sweet potato and ate it with nothing on it. Shocking I know!  Where's the butter, brown sugar and marshmallows?  Nope, nada, just a creamy, melt in your mouth sweet potato that needed nothing on it and I savored every bite. I need to work on filling my plate with veggies but hey it's only day 2 I'm still working on it.  You also see the cauliflower rice, chicken, avocado and tomatoes. Day 2 is done!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It Starts With Food-My Whole30 adventure

Over the past couple of years I've tried to get healthier by eating better, working out, taking my supplements and I even started using essential oils.  I just started this new adventure of "eating clean".  I know this probably isn't new to some of you but whoa, it's a huge step for me!  I didn't even know where to start because lets face it I love sugar, dairy, grains and legumes.  With Whole30 you cut those from your diet for at least 30 days.  I watched friends posting on Facebook and speaking a new language like Paelo, cauliflower rice, coconut flour, no nitrites (not new to me), spirilizer and veggetti. What do all of these things mean and how can I get them?  Do I need them?

I decided to share my adventure with you because I'm such a newbie and it's a whole new world.  Maybe I'll helps someone.  I've found some AMAZING websites and I draw a lot of inspiration from them and also printed out a notebook full of their recipes.  My 2 faves so far are

Nom Nom Paleo

 and The Clothes Make the Girl 

she even has some amazing Paleo cookbooks

I started by reading the book It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, You should buy it and read it or you can head over to their website they have downloads, videos, recipes, a blog and a whole support community.
 Front Cover EatWhole30-Instagram

I never ever would have dreamed that I would want to try this type of "diet" but it has been so easy for me!  I love it and will probably transition to Paelo which is very similar to Whole30 but not quite as strict.  Whole30 resets your metabolism and your taste buds, totally amazing!

Ok so today is DAY 1 of whole30 and this what I had for breakfast a spinach, onion and tomato fritatta and it was delicious! I found this recipe at Whole Life Eating more great recipes on his blog.

I hope you'll follow and encourage me on my Whole30 journey!

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

4 moves in 2 years

Closing Day!

I can't believe it's been over a year since I've blogged.  Oh my goodness where has the time gone?  If you were following us you probably knew we sold our house and moved 4 times in less than 2 years.  Here's a re-cap

1. Moved in with my in-laws for 5 months

2. Then we were house sitters for our friends the Rowdens.

The Rowdens went to Uganda to adopt their lil' guy and were gone for 2 months. It was a huge blessing to house sit for them while they were out of the country.

3. Next, we moved into my brother in laws house and took care of it while he was going through all of his cancer treatments. I'm thankful to say that he's in remission and doing pretty good!

4. While living at his house we found a house in Tulsa that was partially built, we were able to pick out all of the colors and make some minor changes to the floor plan.

Front of our house with stone going on this was the day we signed the paperwork to say we wanted it.

Some friends helped us write scriptures on the cement floor throughout the whole house. We prayed over the house and our family and  we feel so relaxed and at ease here.

We love our big kitchen and have enjoyed hosting lots of friends and family.  We're so thankful for our new home!

Here it is all built and with our cars in the driveway

We moved in on May 2nd, 2014 almost 2 years after selling our house.  WHEW that was quite a ride!  God knew what He was doing throughout everything, it was like a puzzle trying to figure out what would happen next.  I'm happy we had that journey because we learned a lot but I'm equally happy that it's finally over.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Asia: It's People and History (Giveaway and review)

About the Book:
Our family just happens to know quite a bit about Asian countries and cultures because both of my children are Asian.  They were adopted from South Korea so we attend the Asian festival in Tulsa every year.  We also have many friends from several different Asian countries.  Although we know a lot it was still fun to learn more.  We had fun exploring Vietnam but Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, and Iran are all countries that are included in this unit study.

Each country study starts off with a story and then some discussion questions. Next, is the Let's Talk about...(whatever country you are studying).  This goes over the history of the country, what life is like for Christians, and then a fun activity like a puzzle or mapping.

Each unit is pretty short but packed with a lot of information.  Since my children are in 6th and 8th grades we went to the library and found several books that went along with each unit so we could extend the study.


About the author:
The author is Bonnie Rose Husdon, she writes for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® and as a curriculum creator and editorial assistant. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her children’s series at Exploring with Jake (, look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window (

What is the 10/40 window?

The 10/40 Window is a geographical area of the world roughly between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The significance of this area is that it is home to over 4.5 billion people, over 8,000 different people groups, and some of the largest groups of unreached people in the entire world. More than 80% of the world’s poorest people live in the 10/40 window. It is an area that many people are taking intentional steps to pray for and reach out to the people who live there. You can read an excellent description of the significance of the 10/40 Window on (HYPERLINK to this page, please:

Format: e-book
Age Range: 8-12
Price: $6.95
You can buy this book on Amazon at the below link or here Smashwords

To learn more click on any of the following links:

Twitter: @WriteBonnieRose
 I get to giveaway 2 PDF copies of the bookTo enter, simply leave a comment as to which country you’d like to see included in Volume 2 of Asia:  Its People and Its History.

I plan on using a random number generator to choose the winner. The giveaway closes on midnight on 3/7/14


The Schoolhouse Store is offering my readers 25% off through 3/15/14 PROMO CODE: 02asia14!
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Monday, February 03, 2014

Unstoppable-a movie review and giveaway

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Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?  If you've ever cried out to God asking this question or quietly wondered why? This would be a great movie for you to watch, it's bold and will help you gird up the very foundation of your faith.
It starts out very sad so if you have young children or children that are very sensitive you might not want them to watch it with you.  Makenzie (my 13 year old) watched with me and really liked it, but I know Kylan (my 12 year old) would have been so upset that he wouldn't have been able to finish it.  The movie starts off talking about the death of a child and WHY did this happen? Kirk Cameron visually documents his journey to find out "Why bad things happen to good people."

Here's a trailer if you haven't had the opportunity to see it yet.

About the DVD:

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

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 ( Together, Kirk and
 Chelsea live in California with their six children.

Kirk Cameron said:

"It's easy to get excited about your faith when things are going well in your life. But when your whole world comes crashing down on you, the questions start: 'Where is God when I need him most? Why do bad things happen to good people?' UNSTOPPABLE is a journey, based on a true story, that has become the most personal and transparent project I have ever made regarding my faith. Together, in hundreds of theaters across America, we will discover with our eyes wide open, that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt."

About Provident Films: 

Provident Films, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, produces, markets, and distributes faith-based films. The company is part of Nashville-based Provident Music Group, which has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades.  Films from the company have included Courageous, October Baby, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. More info is available at
To find out more click on any of the links below

To purchase your own copy of Unstoppable click here.



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Monday, January 20, 2014

A new start for a new year!

My friend Keri has been talking to me for several months about this new product that she has been taking and selling.  After doing my research on it I decided that I would try it and see if it's something that might help me with my health.  At first I thought I would just use the weight loss product called Plexus Slim but the more I learn about the other products it makes me want to invest in them too.
So, here's my new website in case you're interested in looking around
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I'll start off with the Plexus Slim or the Pink Drink as most of us like to call it. I'm a typical mom and usually put my kids ahead of me, I do everything I can for them. This year I decided to make myself a priority and take care of my health so I'm around for them for many, many years.  It all started with Plexus Slim.  This is what it looks like.

It's a long skinny pack that you add to a water bottle and shake, shake, shake until it's mixed well.  It tastes like pomegranate and cherry.  It's sweetened with Stevia and has a pleasant taste that I enjoy.  Right off I noticed that my energy level went up and that I seemed happier!  Both of those are great so I kept taking it and after a couple of weeks lost 7 lbs and 17 inches.  The 17 inches is all over my body including my neck, calves, waist, etc. so it was a lot of body parts.

Here's a great video about Plexus Slim!

Next time I'll talk about the Accelerator+
Thanks for reading,