I can’t hold it in any longer. So without further ado….
We are so excited to be expecting another little girl! The Lord has been so very kind to us and we look forward to the exciting days to come. We can’t wait to meet her. But first, we have to come up with a name. ;)
I came up with the recipe when I saw a sweet potato chili recipe on Pinterest. I love my mom’s chili but wanted to change it up a bit. This is a play on the chili I grew up with. I love how hearty it is and it’s even better the next day. Yay for left overs. AND it’s healthy and adaptible. It’s really a win Win WIN.
Can’t wait to dig into the Large pot I have cookin’ on the stove. Yay for clean, healthy, hearty meals that come together quickly.
I wrote this post over a year ago and am just now getting around to posting it. HAHAHA. That is the story of my life. But it seems fitting as we have been going through the importance of worship in church. It’s been so encouraging to be reminded why we are there. And it’s so important for our littles to learn too.
As my husband and I have set out to set the Lord’s Day apart from the rest of the week, we work hard to be prepared for it and enjoy it. Our whole week is around Sunday and we like it that way. I always forget how much my mind and week revolves around Sunday until we have to miss church fellowship for one reason or another (like being sick for the LAST 3 WEEKS!!!).
For as much of Sunday worship takes place in our hearts, there is a whole lot of preparation that goes into just getting us in the doors and ready to worship together as a corporate body. Because of how important Sunday fellowship is, I wanted to share some practical things that have helped me not only get my kids to the physical location but also have helped us teach our kids how to worship the Lord in the service with us, even if that is just sitting still for 5 minutes.
Most of our physical preparation for getting everyone ready starts Saturday. I lay everyone’s outfits out for the next day, while the kids are taking their Saturday night bath. This bath time routine is longer than baths on the other nights of the week. We paint toes in the summer, clip nails, and clean ears. They know even the bath before Sunday is different from the rest of the week. The goal is that at a very young age our kids will know Sunday worship is special and different than the rest of the week.
We also put the kids to bed earlier than usual so they are well rested for the next day. We also prepare the kids for the actual service, by always have fun snacks for them. Gum is also a good weapon to put in the arsenal. We had to do some practice runs at home to teach them not to swallow it, but now it’s a great tool!
I also try to have some new stickers and fun coloring things in our little church backpack to help them keep their little hands busy. I rotate a few cars and plastic animals in there. I try to keep these toys separate from the rest so they are special toys and will hold their attention longer. I’m always on the look out for fun, new, quiet things to add to his backpack. Most of the time for holidays, they get things with Worship service in mind – stocking, Easter basket, birthday, etc.
Now, how do we get them to sit there, quietly, for the whole 1.5 hour service? Practice, practice, practice. We start them right out of the womb. :) They stay in the service as long as possible. Job was a chatty little baby so we had to use the nursery more for him. We would try to keep him until offering. And then we worked our way to the sermon. Then 5 minutes of the sermon. Then 15, 20, 30 minutes of the sermon, until he reached the whole service duration.
I tell you all this to encourage you! It’s a process. It takes time and practice. It doesn’t just happen over night, but it sure pays off. We love having our kids “singing” next to us. Saying “amen” when the prayer is over. And listening to God’s Word being preached. We love them watching us partake in communion, kneeling at confession, and giving of the offering. We love that they are participating with us, even in small ways. We want church to be a place they love. Keep working at it parents. It’s so worth the work.
It’s been a while since I have done “a few of my favorite recipes”, so I thought it was time to link up and share with you a few yummy things I have been cooking in the kitchen. So with my “work buddy” conked out next to me and a pumpkin candle all lit, I think we are ready to rumble.
This is one of my favorite things to eat right now: chipotle chicken soup! It’s got a bit of a kick to it and it’s loaded with flavor! Also, a few other bonuses… it can be made in the crockpot AND it makes for some great left overs. We have served it over noodles, rice, and all by it’s lonesome and we have loved it each time. I love it with some avocados served up on top or even some guacamole. MMM.
Next up, FOOD HACK: whole foods power cookies. These yummy power cookies have become a staple in our house. They are super versatile and I love that you can pack them full of yummy and nutritious foods. They are easy on the run and freeze great. They make a big batch and we freeze half in individual ziplock bags so we can grab them on the go. We eat them for breakfast, as a snack, or even dessert. You can’t go wrong. Yummy.
Have I told you I like Kale? And in almost every form? It’s true. I think it’s super yummy and I love all the nutrients packed into its little leaves. But for those of you who aren’t so fond of it… please don’t give up on it until you AT LEAST try it like this… Quick and Simple Stir-Fried Kale and Bacon. That’s right folks, I’m telling you to eat your veggies enveloped in Bacon. It’s oh so delicious!
Okay, Last up… Paleo Meatball Subs! This is my go-to Meatball recipe. It’s so fresh and yummy every time. I’ve never made the “buns” but I love these meatballs and sauce all by themselves served up with some roasted veggies. They are great over pasta or even in some bread smothered in garlic butter and cheese. However you want to eat them, they are delish.
Avocado Chicken Lime Soup… I make this for our first day of preschool! Aa is for Avocado. It had great flavor and is for sure going on our regular rotation. It was a BIG hit with everyone. There were no left overs in sight.
Also for preschool I made Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts. They were fall in a dessert. Perfect pumpkiny flavor and loaded with spices. I love the almond crust too, but I am a sucker for almond meal. Be sure to give them a try soon. They are sure to not disapoint.
Hope you find a few of these to be helpful and yummy too.
It’s been forever since I have done a recipe. This one was just too simple and yummy and HEALTHY to pass up. I had to share. I am currently over halfway through a (mostly) whole30. I feel so great and am loving lots of new recipes that I have been trying. I am writing another “a few of my favorite recipes” to share a few of those said recipes.
Hope you enjoy this yummy recipe! I just finished eating a bowl of it and am very glad there are leftovers in the fridge for later! :)