Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School



We are back to school and the garden is almost harvested and moose hunting is just around the corner. 

Pictures, in order: 
Levi
Tummy tucking ice cream
Emmy, the duck fetcher and me
Emmy, Benjamin and me
Benjamin at work 
Fall means slowing down and knitting again
Me again, I am really working to record my progress along this journey
Random end of the day picture, I am still working on organization and my school workspace

Monday, August 17, 2015

Beginning Anew


Today is the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. The day did not go as planned. I overslept, I did not make sure my phone alarm was set for Monday. I must be more attentive. 

I only made Benjamin do the first day picture because of the delayed start. Sigh, I want to do big first days starts with big hoorays and special meals and pictures but this year I am just happy to begin. 


I had my breakfast while Benjamin worked on his calendar. Pumpkin muffin in a mug. 


Drawing for fun.


Judith is doing an online science this year and Levi is reading American Government. 


Levi had to have his wire and bands reattached after his double root canal this weekend. Makes for an odd first day of school. 


Back home and reading games with Benjamin. 


Working on an orderly school table with what we need easily accessible. I am using the wooden box to hold his water to avoid water on the table, condensation ya know. The Hershey cocoa powder canister is for table trash. Our school trash can met an untimely demise this summer. 


Big sister brought Benjamin a smoothie as he was finishing his reading lesson.


And this is where the pictures stopped, there were attitudes and adjustments and then I made dinner. I was thankful that tonight was my Mom's Night Out evening with my homeschool Mamas!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

What a Week


Much has happened since my last post:
1) I have been canning been beans and eating garden fresh veggies with every meal, I love summer.


2) We had planned a road trip to pick Levi up from his summer job, we ended up leaving a day early and driving right back home the next day because he needed emergency dental work done. 


3) Alaska is beautiful




4) My four kiddos are all back together


5) My husband and I take a weekly Sunday selfie together, no joke, we have become those people and I am glad of it. 


6) School begins here tomorrow. I usually am not ready until September but with a family vacation coming soon we need to get started. 







Monday, August 10, 2015

Fighting the Chickweed

Today was cloudy, cool and windy.  A great day for grilled cheese and tomato soup.



The sun finally showed itself for a while the evening so after dinner I went out to check on the garden and fight weeds. The cabbage is coming long nicely and I finally have zucchini large enough to pick. I brought one in for tomorrow night's dinner. 




Friday, July 31, 2015

A Little Garden Update


The garden is busy maturing and we are enjoying a few added goods to the family table. Peas are everywhere. 

I found a good sized cucumber and lots of baby cukes.

The green beans are ready but have to wait until later in the week for picking. We did eat green beans from the garden Frisay night, so yummy!

We have the hillbilly high tunnel, which is a greenhouse type structure except you plant directly into the ground. We have green beans, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and I started some new lettuce in there last week as an experiment to see how long we can extend the season with our high tunnel. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

What I Ate-Friday, July 17-Friday, July 24


Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. 
Friday I drove down to youth camp to deliver pies for dessert and I got to see my kiddos, especially the one having a seventeenth birthday. 


What did I eat? 
Friday, July17
B- Fat Stripping Frappe book page 240- FP book page 
L- low carb tortilla turkey ranch wrap and celery with peanut butter -S
D- pork loin, salad and chocolate pie, yes, it was on plan - S

Saturday, July 18
B-THM pancakes book page 223 with berry sauce-E
L- Sam's pizza-off plan
D-chicken stir fry with frozen vegetables -S
Volcano mud slide with whipped cream -S

Sunday, July 19
B-THM pancakes and berry sauce and Moose sausage-E
Snack-peanuts and two slices of bacon-S
L-Bacon wrapped cream cheese stuffed chicken, saluted vegetables-S
Snack-popcorn and fat stripping frappe book page 240- E

Monday, July 20
B-three eggs, two slices bacon-S
L-three pieces celery with peanut butter, cheddar cheese-S
Snack-almonds, peanuts and a square of chocolate-S
D-moose with Gucci gravy, cauliflower mash, salad-S

Tuesday, July 21
B-Fat Stripping Frappe(FSF) page 240 book-FP
L-Salad bar at Fred Meyer-S
Snack- almonds and dark chocolate-S
D-Grilled salmon and salad with ranch-S
Strawberries and whipped cream

Wednesday, July 22
B-Blueberry oatmeal-E
L-Carl's Jr. low carb burger-S
D-Grilled chicken and salad-S
Chocolate chocolate chip cookie in a mug-S, we add a tablespoon of cocoa to the recipe

Thursday, July 23 
B-Fat Stripping Frappe(FSF)book page 240- FP (can you tell I love these??? I use dark chocolate cocoa powder in these)
L-Bagel, yogurt, orange, grapes and cherries-E
D-Dreamfields pasta, red sauce, ground moose and Parmesan-S

Friday, July 24
L-FSF-FP
D-Pizza Casserole book page 327 and green beans(from the garden!!!)-S

Oh, and today I made it to forty-eight pounds lost, two pounds away from fifty pounds and two-thirds of my way to my goal!!!







Friday, July 17, 2015

My Life with Trim Healthy Mama--What I Ate This Week

I can no longer avoid regular blogging about my life with THM. I introduce to you the "what I ate this week" series. I am not promising a certain day of the week until I find my groove. I also know myself enough to know that I cannot do a  menu of what I will eat but since I do keep a food journal I can post what I have eaten here.

*disclaimer: I have been home with only a six year old this week so cooking has been minimal. Probably not the best week to start sharing my food journal on the blog 
Also, it has been swimming lessons the week, thus the abundant fat stripping frappes for breakfast


Here goes:

S= satisfying, higher fat and lower carb
E=energizing, higher carb lower fat
FP= fuel pull, protein source that is neither high carb or high fat

Sunday, July 12
B- sausage, low fat moose sausage, and Dannon Triple Zero yougury-E
L- turkey, mashed loaded cauliflower, sautéed squash--S
Snack- popcorn and a Fat Stripping Frappe from the book --E

No journal recorded for Monday 

Tuesday, July 14
L- Silver Hills squirrelly bread one slice, toasted with 1 tsp. peanut butter, triple zero yogurt, 1/2 banana, mandarin orange and grapes--E
D- leftover turkey with sautéed veggies--S

Wednesday, July 15
B-Fat Stripping Frappe-FP
L-toast with PB, yogurt, Apple, grapes, mandarin orange- E
D-white turkey chili from the Coers Family  Blog- E

Thursday, July 16
B-Fat Stripping Frappe-FP
L-toast w/ PB, 1/2 Apple, grapes, mandarin orange--E
D-grilled chicken thighs, salad from the garden!!! and ranch dressing--S
86% dark chocolate






Monday, July 13, 2015

Always Remember


Take a picture with your children when heading out on a road trip


Get a picture going over the bridge at the Tanana River and where the Trans-Alaska pipeline also crosses the same river, even  when you have lived in Alaska for twenty-two years


Take pictures of the beautiful Alaska scenery, every trip

Stop and take a picture of the girls in front of the Rainbow Mountans


Take more pictures of the Rainbow Mountains


When stopped at road construction is a great time to eat a lunch consisting of a low carb tortilla wrap with lettuce out of the garden

Picking up the oldest son when the river is high and his employer shuts down the fishing charter for a few days is a great way to spend the day


Having all the Blessings at home is a really good thing 


My heart is full











Thursday, July 9, 2015

All is right in my world...

...when all my children are under the roof for a few days. We picked up Levi from his summer job, which has shut down for a few days right before Levi goes to camp. Bam!! We get to spend time with him!!! 

I shall sleep well tonight.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrating Early

Elisabeth will turn fifteen this week, sigh, seems like it was yesterday that she was born. 
We celebrated early at home with Dad because our the girls, Benjamin and I are cooking for a crew that will be at camp for a few days. 
Happy birthday my sweet girl! 

Benjamin decorated for Elisabeth and she helped him make party hats. 

This picture is blurry but I am still posting because I would not have posted a perfectly clear photo of myself taken from this same angle last year. And I even had a bad hair. I am thrilled with the changes happening to my body as a result of eating the Trim Healthy Mama way. And, no, I did not partake of the chocolate eclair dessert that Elisabeth requested for her birthday dessert. Judith made a yummy white cake with whipped cream for us.