Monday, November 04, 2013

My No Sugar Hot Chocolate

I keep getting requests to put my “no-sugar” hot chocolate on my blog so people can “Pin” it on Pinterest. Smile About a month and a half ago, I found out I was Insulin Resistant…this began a search to find things to eat that didn’t contain sugar.

I am a CHOCOLATE fanatic…I couldn’t imagine the rest of my life without chocolate so with much trial, error and tweeking…I bring you my “No sugar” Hot Chocolate…just in time for the cooler months.

 

10oz boiling water

1tbs coconut oil

1 scoop protein powder (I use Sweet Cream Visalaus Shape)

1tbs unsweetened cocoa

dash of salt

1/2 tsp honey (or truvia/stevia to taste)

1/2 tsp cardamom (optional)

 

I assemble all but the first 2 into my Magic Bullet or Vitamix then I boil my water in my hot-shot and drain it out over my coconut oil. I pour it over the other assembled ingredients and blend it all together. YUM

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Friday, June 28, 2013

A Mission Trip to Costa Rica

What a whirl-wind of a year this has been so far...my very dear friend Noma passed away in January. My dad passed away in April, my husband had a major surgery in May, my cousin committed suicide in June and we just got home from a mission trip to Costa Rica, Central America. WOW - what a crazy start to our year!

I haven't blogged in FOREVER...mainly because I was so busy with taking care of my dad before he died. My son is scheduled to get married in August so that will keep me busy for the remainder of the summer I bet. :)

We were blessed to have many supporters send us to Costa Rica. God knew what He was doing by putting us on that trip...He revealed several things to us that, with His help, we will work on.

It was a great mix of fun and ministry opportunities. The ministry we went to help was completing a house for a pastor whose current house is not built very well and gets bats in it...yikes!


We fed the homeless with 45lbs of rice and 115 hot dogs...nothing was left when we were done.


The last ministry outreach thing we did was have a Children's Ministry in a very poor area. These kids were SO cute! It was fun sharing the love of Jesus with them!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Some Pinterest Interest...lol

So I was on Pinterest when it very first rolled out on the WWW...I couldn't for the life of me figure out what all the fuss would be about it so I chucked it aside and didn't really give it another thought...until recently that is.

My son's girlfriend was over one night and we were chatting and she was talking "all things Pinterest"...I told her that I just "didn't" get it...what's the deal/big deal with it!?!

She logged in and took me into her account and I got to "See" for myself what the fuss was about...that night I made an account and pinned over a couple hundred pins...it was fun!

So if you're like me and trying to figure out...what's the deal with Pinterest let me try to explain it a bit and then tell you some Pinterest things that I'm happy I've found.

Here's the basis behind it in my own opinion: You start a pinterest account and during that process the system automatically has you choose pictures for things that you like...I assume this is for the system to get an idea of what interests you, then you can begin pinning and make "Boards" (online file folders for the pins that you'll be doing) Some of my "Boards" are beaches, cleaning, kitchens, etc...you get the idea.
On every picture that you like you can "repin" when you repin you then place that picture in one of your online "boards" aka online file folders. You can also just "like" the picture but I rarely ever do that. :)

Most pins you can click on the picture and then it will automatically take you to the online information for whatever that is...like the Best Grilled Cheese sandwich...once you click on the picture it will most likely take you to the recipe for making that, doing that, how to paint that, etc. The worst pins are the ones that are either a) pinned to the wrong place (a dead link or takes you to something completely different than what you are looking for) or b) just stops at a picture and no more information...I HATE those pins!!!

Some of my favorite most rewarding repins have been some of the cleaning ones - using mayo on kitchen table white water rings...this worked UNBELIEVABLY!!! Using a pillow case for cleaning your ceiling fan blades, soaking cotton balls in bleach then putting them over shower mold spots overnight and the next morning they are gone...Love, LOve, LOVE this and these ideas!!!

You can also follow people and then pin things your friends find, it's fun and semi addicting!!! LOL

Happy Pinning!!!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

A Whole Lot of Nothing...lol

I don't really feel like I have much to say these days. I mean of course I'm talking and things are all good here but it seems I've not had much in the sense of blog posts for bloggyland. :)

We're gearing up for another year of school and I'm trying to get more organized than I have been in years past.

We're thanking God for some things that only HE can orchestrate that have taken place in our lives and in our family over the last few months.

Going forward...at the end of this month our Spanish/English translator from our mission trip in Colombia, South America will be here to stay 10 or so days with us before she gets married to our dear friend Zach. They have asked me to be their matron of honor and I'm super excited!!! (not because I'm their matron of honor...lol, but because they are both adorable, have an awesome love for the Lord and have committed to not even kiss until their wedding day...SOOO cool!!!)

That's about it for now. I'll try to get back into the bloggy box of thinking.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

This Evil World - or Is it???

It doesn't take but a few minutes of watching the news to quickly realize that America is heading into some tough times. There seems to be alot of evil going on. I rejoice in the fact that we are not "of this world"...we're living for the King of Kings and awaiting His return. I went to the book of Habakkuk today and found comfort in knowing that God is still in control of the world despite the apparent triumph of evil. Habakkuk saw a dying world back there in 612 BC...a world that troubled him at that time and though I like to think in my mind that it has be worse now than it was then...maybe it wasn't? I mean they had whoremongering and homosexuality going on back then too...isn't that crazy to think about? Remember Sodom & Gomorrah? It may "seem" as though the wicked triumph but eventually they will be judged, and righteousness will prevail. Judgment may not come quickly, but it WILL come. God is the creator of this world and He is at work in the world and if you are saved by the grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ and living for Him, He is at work in your life.


When Habakkuk was troubled he brought his concerns directly to God. That should encourage us when we struggle to move from doubt to faith going directly to God with our troubles. We don't have to be afraid to ask questions of God. The problem is NOT with God and His ways, but with our limited understanding of Him. His answers may not be what we expect but God sustains us by revealing himself to us. Trusting Him leads to quite hope not bitter resignation.


God doesn't overlook sin, one day He will rule the whole earth with perfect justice and judgment.


God is the creator, He is all-powerful. He has a plan, and He will carry it out. He will punish sin. He is our strength and our place of safety. (Psalm 91) We can have confidence that He will love us and guard our relationship with Him forever.


Our hope comes from God...





Sunday, June 24, 2012

God's Chisel

I've seen this before but it still speaks volumns to me. God loves you TOO much to leave you the way that you are...God doesn't make junk...you ARE an original masterpiece!!!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Hudson Heritage


My Aunt, Anna Eileen (Hudson) Baxter, was the 3rd born Hudson girl of my dad's siblings. Out of the 5 Hudson kids, there were 3 girls, 2 boys born and 2 boys that went to heaven during or shortly after birth. My grandma, Ethel Bell (Austin) Hudson, died when I was 18 months old and my grandpa, Charles Martin Hudson, died when I was 5. I never knew any of the rest of my grandfather's family. We tried to do family reunions on the Hudson side every couple of years. My Aunt Ann passed away on Wednesday night and was the first of the Charles Martin Hudson kids to die.


Our family roots come from England and our heritage can be traced as far back as the 1500's. The famous explorer Henry Hudson would be one of my great uncles, his brother William is one of my great grandfather's and their dad Henry is also one of my great grandfather's.


(Image from Google Images)

Our Hudson heritage has dwindled down to 1 Hudson boy to carry on the name, my nephew Dustin.

Should he not have a boy...our Hudson name will not be passed on. From before Henry Hudson to now...we will have to wait, pray and see.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

It seems the latest "craze" has made it here to my house. Most everyone I know is beginning to make their own laundry detergent, anti-static dryer sheet alternatives and dishwashing detergent.

I have spent the last couple of weeks making and trying various recipes of these so I thought I'd share with you my opinion on them.

I'll start with the easiest first:

Anti-Static Dryer Sheet Alternative (other than the failed aluminum foil ball...lol:):
2 sponges cut in half
1 bottle of cheap Ocean Mist type of hair conditioner
Pour conditioner into a tub that has a lid and place sponges in it. When you throw your clothes into the dryer you throw in a conditioner soaked sponge.

I honestly really liked this and loved the smell. It seemed to work just fine as far as an antistatic too. I didn't like the conditioner being all over my hands when I threw the sponge into the dryer. I'm not sure about the cost - I forgot to start keeping track to see how many conditioner dipped sponges that we would get out of it before we started using it. I got the conditioner from the Dollar Tree so if it's a bottle a month...that wouldn't be too bad but if it's more often...I think my Bounce dryer sheets from Sams Club is just as reasonable.

Laundry Detergent (powder):
1c Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2c Borax
1 bar grated Fels Naptha
Mix together and use 1-3 tablespoons in load of wash. Mix together and store in air tight container.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this...the Fels Naptha smells AWESOME!!! I have ALWAYS only used Tide with Bleach and I think our clothes have always looked pretty good but now using this I notice our clothes are even BRIGHTER than they have been in the past. I have NO negatives on this...I think it's fun and theraputic grating the Fels Naptha.

Dishwashing Detergent (powder):
1 cup Borax
1 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup table salt
2 pkgs lemon cool-aid mix
Mix all and store in airtight container. Use same amount as store bought brand. Shake before each use.

I didn't care too much for this...I felt that all of our glasses came out cloudy and several of the dishes had film on them each time. I may try an alternative recipe in the future but I got some of our old detergent on sale/free with a rewards card so I'll be using that again for now.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

How Much is TOO Much???

I've been struggling lately...really it's been a struggle within myself.
I've been asking myself, "How much is "too" much"???

I can honestly say the last 2 years we have been feeling the pull of the world towards worldly "stuff" (iphone's, flat screen tv's, etc) and the pull towards putting our treasure towards godly "stuff"...investing in lives, souls, hunger, helping those in need, etc. (BTW, I do have an iphone that a friend blessed me with...thank you friend!:)(We still do not have a flat screen tv and I'm not judging you if you have these things...we'd really love one...we just haven't gotten it yet:)

So that has brought me to a question that I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one dealing with...last night I saw this post from Shannan @FlowerPatchFarmGirl Obviously...she has been wondering "How Much is Too Much" too.

The pairing down/weeding out the useless spending seems to have all started for us 12 years ago when my then 9 month old daughter was calling the babysitter momma cause she was with her more hours of the day than she was with me. We prayed concerning that and my husband felt that I should quit my $20/hour Procurement Manager job and stay home. I thought it would be fun at first but for the social butterfly in me...it wasn't. I kicked and bucked against that for a few years before I settled down to acutally liking/preferring being home. It was a huge change for us loosing my income...no more 'extras' or shopping sprees for me. Time to tighten the purse strings.

At around that same time...we were living in the house of our dreams with amenities of an acre of land with a built in pool, jacuzzi, clubhouse, trampoline, swing set, 2400 sq ft of living space with a two car garage...I LOVED that place!!! After 4 years of living there we felt the Lord calling us to give up that dream house, downsize and get debt free. We had always been debt free except for our house and home equity loan...my husband is a bit older than me and we knew we needed to get on the ball with getting our finances under control. We wanted our mortgage (which the root meaning is "death-grip") paid off and we also wanted to be able to "give" more away.

So we sold our dream home for $45K more than we paid for it in 2004 (thank you Jesus) and purchased a new villa for about $20k less than our dream home had cost us. We worked at paying it off and got rid of our mortgage (death-grip)& home equity loan about 3 years ago (thank you, thank you Jesus!!!). One would think when you pay off your house, you would be able to take that money you were spending on the mortgage and be able to save it every month and have a nice nest egg. Yeah...I would think we would be able to too but we increased our giving and then we encountered a major surgery each year for the last 3 years that had us max out our family medical deductible every year...ugh.

We have started couponing, shopping at Goodwill and garage sales(mostly for fun), will only buy things that are on clearance/on sale and try to buy used things in good condition. As I am reading lately about people moving into "tiny houses", I'm back to the question of "How much is TOO much?" Is a full pantry, 2 decent vehicles and a paid off comfortable home too much? After we pay taxes, tithes, our givings and alimony to my husbands first wife...we live off of below the listed median household income...I don't think that's too much but compared to many around the world...maybe it is? I sure wish God would just tell me plain out because everything we buy and consider buying is weighed against this in my mind. As I go through my list of 'wants' most of my friends say - Oh, it's ok, God wants you to be blessed...while so many are hurting and starving around the world...does He really? I know He wants to provide all my needs but how much wanting is too much?

Is wanting to go on vacations instead of mission trips too much?

We here in America live such extravagant lives compared to most all other countries and I've been on enough mission trips to see the poverty. I'm still struggling and feeling the pull of the bigger, the better, the next big thing...but when does it end? WHEN is enough, enough??? Would God call us to give it "all" away? To give up a life of comfort to live where He wants us to live and do what He wants us to do?

I would love to hear your point of view on this...please share with me your thoughts.

How much is too much???