Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Delectable Blueberry Muffins with Almond Flour

These muffins are the best little buddies for my cup of veggies at breakfast! I make a batch and freeze most of them so that every once in a while I can enjoy the almost guiltless pleasure they bring! I pop them in the microwave (when frozen) for about 30-40 seconds, and they're tip-top-tasty!

I left out the honey once, by accident, and even then they were pretty good. 
This time I cut back to 1/3 cup honey instead of 1/2, as called for, and they were wonderful!

3 eggs
1 cup almond butter
1 cup almond flour
1/3 to 1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
pinch of cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together.
Place in muffin tin and bake 15-20 minutes.
(Makes 12 medium size muffins)


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Family Update

Goodbye hugs as LaRae leaves to go back to Oxford

Life moves on... and with so little blogging, where do I start?!

In recent months I've had a terrible time consolidating my thoughts to write... Maybe the writing wheels will commence turning. A few friends (ones I mostly interact with online) have asked "What's up with you all?" and "When are you going to blog again?".

I have an all-new diet plan and am taking a couple of supplements to improve my liver count, red and white blood cell counts, and my thyroid numbers. Since I began my new way of eating, I've seen the liver count come to normal and am hoping to see everything else continuing to improve on my next blood draw. My goal is to avoid taking medicine if at all possible. I have to spend a lot more time in the kitchen these days in order to make it all happen - lots of peeling, chopping, and preparing vegetables and finding ways to make food as tasty as possible with very little sugar, very little starch and gluten, very little inflammatory foods of any kind. It has been quite an adjustment, but I'm starting to get used to it and am feeling energetic and healthy. I've lost 20 lbs in the process, so that's a bit motivating! I'm spending a lot of time arranging music these days, especially for strings. I'm planning to offer some product for sale at some point but right now am just trying to keep up with what our string orchestra at church needs!

A cleaning day in early July at our church camp

Curt is staying super busy with the Estate Planning Center. Thankfully, he enjoys his work (most of the time) and has a good support team and associate lawyer. We are grateful for outstanding employees. Curt runs at least 5 miles 5 mornings a week (8-10 miles once a week) and is so glad to have Sam, his associate, as a running partner. Curt and I both want to be good stewards of every aspect of our lives including our health. We're deeply grateful for what we have!

LaRae broke her toe at camp and is trying to get around Oxford now as best she can.
Would appreciate prayers for her to heal quickly.
She has to do so much walking or biking even when using the bus system.
Rachelle is home, done with college! She's writing yet another play, wrote one in the early summer months for camp and is now working on a Christmas drama. She's so busy writing, she hasn't had time to update her website or get last summer's dramas ready for the printer. But as soon as she gets the Christmas drama completed, she will be back to marketing and building Kittywham. I'm excited for her to be signed up for two home school conventions next year (where she'll have a Kittywham booth), one in Cincinnati and one in St. Louis. Will keep you posted!

LaRae finished her Masters Degree in June (we're looking forward to attending her graduation at the end of September!) and she's back in Oxford to begin her Doctorate. Her term doesn't begin until early October, but due to her work schedule, she had to be back sooner. We only had her home for a little less than a month. We savored every moment.

It was a long, difficult decision for LaRae to stay at Oxford for her Doctorate. She was selected to be a Jefferson Fellow at the University of VA with all expenses paid and a generous stipend when she finished at Hillsdale. But she asked for a deferral while she pursued the MPhil at Oxford, and they kindly granted it. In the meantime, the three professors at UVA with whom she felt she could work ALL retired! She has a wonderful working relationship with her adviser at Oxford, and so, she decided to pursue work opportunities, turning down the full ride at UVA and staying on to do a DPhil at University College, Oxford. She should be able to finish within a couple of years or so.

She has two fantastic jobs.

Sometimes, one wonders at how things work out...

She is the new Jr. Dean for the SCIO program at Wycliffe College and therefore now lives in the Vines, overseeing 40 American Christian College students who go to Oxford for a semester in their Jr. or Sr. years. The Vines is a beautiful, stately, Victorian home not too far outside the city center of Oxford. She arrived today, and her friend, Ashley sent me pictures. (She's so blessed with her dear friend, Ashley, a fellow Hillsdalean. Hugs to you, Ashley!!!)

Her second job is a teaching assistant in the Classics department at Magdalen College School.
The link above is a video that shows you a bit about it. It's an elite academy for boys 7-18 and girls 16-18. Many end up going on to Oxford or Cambridge. The actual website for the school is here. MCS is between the Vines and Oxford, a perfect location for LaRae.

See what I mean? Wondering... with a grateful heart.

Curt and I are so thankful that our girls have joined us in being committed to do the will of God to the best of our understanding. And really, that's all that truly matters.

Ever rejoicing in His goodness,

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rachelle's College Graduation: 2017

Rachelle graduated from Hillsdale College! What a joyous occasion it was. LaRae was able to fly home for a week even though she was in the middle of her final MPhil term at Oxford. Numerous friends and family drove the 6 and 1/2 hours up to Michigan to share in our joy.

Emily, Rachelle's dear friend and roommate for 4 years. What a blessing she has been!
And she's getting married on our anniversary in August!
Rachelle will be in her wedding.
We can hardly wait!
So happy for Emily and Caleb!

And another dear Emily. LaRae and Rachelle both taught her violin during their years at Hillsdale.
Another lifetime friend, I'm certain! We all love her and wish we lived closer.

Such precious friends... most of them from home.

My folks were able to make the trip.
And Dad actually behaved pretty well. ;)

I can't believe I didn't get a good shot with Keith and Rachel, but I hope to add a few more pics as soon as I get photos from one of the young ladies who took some for me.

Hillsdale served our family well, and we are grateful. We learned to love and appreciate numerous faculty and administrators, and both girls made lifetime friends who share many of the same values and love for truth, beauty, and "the good."

Thank you, Hillsdale College, for all the good you have brought into our lives!