Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cheesy Cauliflower Cakes

I have never really liked Cauliflower all that much until I started adding yummy things to it!  Cauliflower Bread Stick, Riced Cauliflower, the list goes on.  There is a lot of yummy stuff you can make with it!  These Cheesy Cauliflower Cakes are a family favorite and are super easy to make!

All you do it boil the cauliflower until soft, throw in blender to mash them, and add them to your other ingredients and BAM yummy, delicious, healthy and easy dinner or lunch for your family!


Cauliflower Cakes
{Printable Version Here}


Ingredients
16 oz of Cauliflower (fresh of frozen)
2-3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
¼ Cup Diced Green Onions
½-1 cup Bread Crumbs
½ t Cayenne Pepper
¼ t Salt
Olive Oil or Cooking Spray
Sour Cream (optional)


Instructions
Boil Cauliflower florets for 10 mins until tender.
Drain and Mash the cauliflower in a blender while it is warm.
Stir in Cheese, Eggs, Green Onions, Bread Crumbs, Cayenne & Salt.
Use a griddle with cooking spray or pan with olive oil on medium.  
Form patties (add more cheese or bread crumbs if mixture isn’t thick enough)
Cook until golden brown on both sides. 
Add sour cream or ketchup as a side dip.


I hope you like these as much as I do.  Let me know what you think when you try them!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

“Make Every Day Meaningful" by Randal Wright Book Review



I am so excited to tell you about this new book called "Make Every Day Meaningful" by  Randal Wrightpublished by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media.
About the book:
Sometimes day-to-day life feels monotonous and hardly journal-worthy. But Randal Wright demonstrates how you can use experiences from your life to make better decisions, feel increased gratitude, recognize your strengths and weaknesses, more easily prepare talks and lessons, create a personal history for your posterity, and find more joy in daily life. Make the world around you—every minute of every day—your classroom.

AMAZON | GOODREADS

My Thoughts:
This book came at a timely moment in my life!   Each page taught me the importance of make each day that I live a meaningful day.  Life is never going to be perfect.  It's hard, it's stressful and we have a lot to learn.  Growing up my mom and aunt always would talk about how everyday is like we are in a classroom, and that we can learn from everything that goes on in our life. We can apply the gospel to all of our experiences.  This book is just about that.  Making each day of our lives meaningful, despite what we go through.  One thing that I took away from this book is that I need to document my daily life.  That not just only I can learn, but my posterity will appreciate the stories I have to tell about making it through each day.  I love reading stories from my ancestors about their life. Especially when it is about something hard they got through.  The other day I was talking to my son about writing in his journal.  He had had a hard day and I encouraged him to write it down.  He refuse.  He said he didn't want his kids to think that he had hard days.  I then reminded him of stories we had read about our ancestors, and that it is good for our posterity to read about our hard days as well as our easy days!

This book was a life changer for me. It gave me tools to help me remember and record things, it has helped me see the importance of writing things down not only for me, but for my family!  
About the author: 

Randal Wright has been fascinated by the study of families for many years. Seeking ways to raise righteous children led to his receiving a B.S. and M.S. with emphasis in the family area and then a Ph.D. in Family Studies from Brigham Young University. He worked for many years as an Institute director for the Church Education System and taught at BYU in the religion department. He has written several books in the past on family topics including Families in Danger: Protecting Your Family in an X-rated World, Building Better Homes and Families and The Case for Chastity: Helping Youth Stay Morally Clean. He has spoken across the United States, Canada and England and has been a frequent speaker at BYU Campus Education Week and the Especially for Youth program for many years. Randal and his wife Wendy live in Austin, Texas and are the parents of five children and sixteen grandchildren.

I receive a review copy of this book.  However all opinions expressed are 100% mine!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Baby Bump Giveaway

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Great New Way to Register for Gifts


I just heard about this awesome new website for registering.  You know, like you register when you are getting married or going to have a baby.  You go to the store that you think will hopefully have the things you want, you get that silly gun thing and go and shoot all the thing you think you need.  It's kind of a pain.  When I got married I registered at a store, but knew that half the people wouldn't go buy from that store   I wanted to register at two other store, but thought it would look silly on the invite to have 3 stores that I registered at.  So if you are getting married, having a baby, or just have a wish list, you have to look into MYREGISTRY.com You can register for ANYTHING you want through this site.  It is awesome, and is going to save those busy brides or exhausted pregnant mama's so much time!
MyRegistry.com is the leading universal gift registry, providing hundreds of thousands of users with the ability to create one centralized online registry for any gift giving occasion In addition to giving customers the ability to register for items from any online or brick and mortar retailer. 

It's super easy to register, and is totally free!  You go to the website, login though email, Facebook or Google +, and install their widget on your browser bar!  It's reminds me of Pinterest with the button on your browser bookmark bar.  If you are on a website and you see something you love instead of "pinning it" you click your "Add To My Registry" button on your browser and it goes straight into your registry.  How awesome is that?

Check out these incredible features that make MyRegistry.com the number one bridal registry destination: 


  • Add gifts from any store on the Internet
After placing the “Add to MyRegistry” button on your  browser’s bookmarks bar, you can add gifts from any website—even international sites! Any item from any website will appear on one universal wish list.
  • Sync the store registries you already have
  • Register for Cash gifts 
Many couples already have at least one (if not two) of everything they need to set up house; more towels, sheets, pots and pans would be pointless. MyRegistry.com gives members the option to register for cash to go towards your honeymoon, house renovations or even to help pay for the wedding. Name and customize your special cash fund on MyRegistry.com and it will be listed on your registry alongside the rest of your gifts.
  • Discover great gifts & ideas on their inspiration boards
  • Find items for your registry, & favors for your event
  • Easily announce & share your registry
  • Add gifts on-the-go from your smartphone
  • Add gifts from stores that don't have a website 
Couples can choose one-of-a-kind items from places like galleries or antique stores by adding a photo, description and notes on where to purchase the item. There are no boundaries as to what items you can place on your registry. Your friends will love seeing what unique things you’ve chosen!
  • Call or chat with them online, for personalized service
  • They're even great for Non Profits! 
You can be philanthropic with MyRegistry.com! Couples can give back by listing their favorite charities on their registry and asking for donations towards a cause. Your friends and family can help you further the mission of organizations and nonprofits that are near and dear to your heart.

This video explains it very well if you still don't get it!



This was a collaboration with MyRegistry.com, all opinions are 100% my own!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fun Free Learning Apps For Kids Through Kids Academy


I just got an iPad, and I am pretty excited about it!  I am ONLY putting learning games on it, and using it this year for The Family School.  It's been fu figuring out things on it and finding good educational apps for school.  I thought I would share with you these Kids Academy apps!  They are great for my 3 year old even up to my 6 year old!  It's a perfect way to supplement my homeschool with fun games to help them review their letter sounds, how to write them, and how to make them into words!  I recommend this game for anyone with Preschool and Kindergartners.  These games are actually educational and not a game that says it is educational that is not. You know what I mean, those games that the kids learn nothing, it's not one of those! Which I very much appreciate! One of the things I love a lot about these games is that if they don't do it right she kindly says "Okay, one more time" or "Let's try that again!'  They don't' just let them get away with doing it wrong!









Check out these great apps, I know you are going to like them!

What is your favorite learning app?

{I was compensated for this review, but only review things that I love.  All opinions are 100% mine!}

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Why Are You Great?

This post brought to you by Post Great Grains Cereal. All opinions are 100% mine.


Answer that question right now in your head!  What makes you great?  As much as if feels weird saying "I am great"  you need to know you are!  We are all great!  God made us that way!  If we are trying our best to live a good life and love others, then we are great!  As weird as it feels I am going to tell you why I think I am great!Here I go!  What makes me great....
  • I am a hard worker!
  • I love being a mom and I am good at it (most of the time)!
  • I'm a good wife.
  • I have awesome kids who I love so much!
  • I endure through the trials I have been given well.
  • I take care of my body!
  • I listen to others.
  • I love to serve others.
  • I have a fun personality
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A little about the great folks at Post Great Grains who made this awesome video and conducted the survey….
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  •  Less processed ingredients like whole grain flakes from actual wheat berries, as well as real fruit and nuts, come together in this tasty and nutritious morning favorite. 
  • Rather than grinding our wheat into flour and then stamping it into uniform flakes, Great Grains carefully cracks or steams the whole wheat berry, which helps to lock in full flavor and nutrients. 
  • All of the varieties of Great Grains have at least 30g of whole grains per serving and are a heart healthy way to start the day.

OK that's enough about me!   How about you?  What makes you great!  Get a piece of paper out right now and right 10 things that make you great!  I think it is so important to remember how great we each are.  Many of us spend too much time worrying about what others might think is wrong with us.  We stress we aren't perfect in areas that others might be better at.  Who cares!  We shouldn't.  We are all our own "great" person!  Just be you!  Every day when you look in the mirror, say one reason you are great!  Do it!  I dare you.  You will feel better about yourself!Great Grains surveyed 1,000 women Nationally to ask “what makes you great.” 



I thought that was pretty cool, that we as women are seeing ourselves as greatNot only is Post Great Grains Cereal helping women see how great they are, Great Grains is the cereal that shows the ingredients you put inside can help you feel and look great on the outsideSo what makes you great?  Leave a comment about why you think you are great!



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Monday, August 11, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie {With a Sugar Free Option}


I like pie….a lot!  In fact if someone put a whole pie in front of me I would want to eat it...ALL! OK I never have eaten a whole pie...in one day.  But I could eat a very large slice or two and be a happy women!  I'm not even kidding you. It is my biggest weakness.  It used to be ice cream, but lately ice cream makes me feel like junk 10 minutes after eating it, but pie, it just makes me happy.  This last month I was on a no sugar kick, but really needed some pie, so I made this pie Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, Agave and Stevia!  It was Amazing!  If you don't care about the sugar you can use sugar also!  But hey, why not make it sugar free when it tastes just as good!

The crust was really easy to make, just make sure you have cold butter and cold water and it will turn out beautiful!

My kids had never had Rhubarb.  Ha, it's a funny thing to see their face when you tell them to bite into it! Ha!  Sour Face!!
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a Sugar Free Option
{Printable Version Here}


Crust
  • 2-2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour or 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of cubed cold butter
  • 1/3 cup Ice water {or more}
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Stevia {optional}
Mix together Salt and Flour  and stevia (if you use it) then add cold cubed butter.
Mix together with a pastry mixer or 2 knives and mix until crumbly.
Stir with fork while drizzling ice water over flour mix until you can see that the dough is starting to hold together.
If you see any dry spots add water 1 T at a time.
Divide dough in half and press into round discs.
On a generously floured surface, roll out 1 pastry disc to a 1/4-inch of thickness.
Wrap 1 disc around a rolling pin or fold it in forths and unroll over a 9-inch pie plate.
Trim the edges of the dough.
Roll out the remaining pastry for top to 1/4-inch thickness; transfer to the back of a baking sheet.
Refrigerate pastry top and pie shell for one hour.

Filling
  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb, 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups of quartered Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of Agave Nectar 
  • 1 Package of Stevia
  • {Or you can do a cup of sugar}
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 
Mix together in bowl and pour into pie crust.
Moisten edge of pie shell; cover with pastry top. Seal and flute edge.
Whisk egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water; brush over pastry. Sprinkle with raw sugar or agave.
Cut four slits in the top of the pie for steam.
Place pie on a flat cookie sheet lined in foul or put a foiled lined baking sheet on bottom rack to catch the drips.
Preheat the oven to 425 Degree's Fahrenheit.
Place pie in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Reduce the heat to 350°F and bake until golden and filling is bubbly, 55 to 70 minutes {If you are afraid your crust will burn place foil around the edges.

Serve with Homemade Whipped Topping and Enjoy!


What's your favorite kind of pie?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Beejuvenate Skin Balm Review and Giveaway


Life has been BUSY, but I just have to share with you this awesome product called Beejuvenate!  I received a free sample to try and my skin is loving it! 



Beejuvenate All Natural Beeswax Lip & Skin Balm was created by brothers, Mark and Grant Ellingson.  These brother not only are beekeepers and produce great Utah honey, they have developed a unique skin care product that works amazing.  

This wonderful skin balm from beeswax come from their 130 hives. They add 11 premium organic oils and butters to the beeswax.  This gives an incredible balm that helps heal and hydrate skin.  Their beeswax is also unique in that they don't refine or super filter it.  It still contains the propolis that is common in beehives.  Bees use propolis to disinfect, clean and seal the hive.  The beeswax also forms a protective coating on the skin once the oils and butters absorb into the skin keeping those oils and butters inside where they can heal and hydrate the skin.


Beejuvenate is all natural.  If you can't pronounce it they don't put it in the balm.  They also don't put alcohol in their balm.  Alcohol dries out the skin.  For this reason it is important to use just a little and allow the oils and butters to absorb into the skin.  It absorbs very nicely.  This balm is not sticky and absorbs quickly into the skin once you have rubbed it in nicely.  It feels great on your hands, feet, and I have even used it for my face!



Check out their web site at beejuvenate.com, and read more about this great company!


I got to try the Vanilla Creme!  It smells delicious and works great!


Here are all of their flavors…
  • Citrus Blast (Essential oil as fragrance)
  • Sweet Pea
  • Lavender (Essential oil as fragrance)
  • Rosemary Mint (Essential oil as fragrance)
  • Natural (No fragrance - except that of beeswax)
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Vanilla Creme 
  • Sleepy Hollow (cinnamon, clove, ginger)

Read this article about how this balm can not only soothe your dry skin but it can help heal injuries, cold sores, and other pesky skin problems.  If you or a family member suffer form Eczema or any dry skin problems this is a great Testimonial about how it helped her babies Eczema…. 




They have  LIP BALM, and 2 and 8 oz body balms.  They also sell their honey on their site!


Beejuvenate has offered to giveaway a 2 oz jar of skin balm to one of my readers!  Yeah!  We love awesome giveaways don't we!?!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Saints and Soldiers: The Void

If you haven't seen the movie Saints and Soldiers it is definitely a must see! I remember watching it a few years ago and being amazed at the dramatic, intense and heroic WWII film.  I just recently saw Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed which tells the action-packed story of three World War II U.S. Army paratroopers, fighting desperately to fulfill their mission against seemingly insurmountable odds.  I have learned a lot this month is my studying about WWII.  Growing up I never realized both sides and how so many didn't want to fight but were forced to fight for the Germans.  That they were good people, forced by their country to fight.  It is amazing to me how God works through people to fulfill his plan on this earth.
Right now you can get the 2 box DVD set of Saints and Soldiers and Airborne Creed here at Deseret Book for only $9.99


Get excited though to see this new movie many are talking about called The Void! Coming up on August 15th, Saints and Soldiers: The Void will be coming to theaters near you {in Utah} Sorry for those that don't live in Utah, but you will have the opportunity to purchase this movie when it come out! Check out here to see if it is playing at a theater near you.


    I get to go see the show on the 5th, so I'll let you know what I think of it!  Here is a little about the movie and a short trailer.

Movie Plot:Germany, May 1945, the twilight of WWII. On a final mission deep in the Harz mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans, including three infamous Panzer tanks, preparing to ambush allied supply trucks.
Before the war, Sergeant Jesse Owens, was a product of segregation and racial discrimination. Forced by law to ride in the back of the bus and disenfranchised from the political process. As the Germans bear down on the Americans, Owens fights the Axis powers for a freedom he and his fellow African American soldiers have never felt.
With a deadly game of cat and mouse quickly unfolding, Owens and his predominantly white tank crew find themselves out-gunned and out-manned by the German Panzer tanks. Several in Owens’ crew are reluctant to put their faith in a black tank driver despite their dire circumstances. With tension and fear beginning to manifest Owens knows they must put aside their differences to stop the enemy from their deadly plan. Knowing that a victory over the Nazis means a victory for racial justice, Owens and his men find a way to work together to save hundreds of lives in a desperate battle against the greatest odds they have ever faced.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wicked - The Broadway Musical - I Finally Saw It!

It was about 8 years ago that I totally got into the Broadway Musical Wicked, and I hadn't even seen it.  I heard the music and totally fell in love with it.   I would drive around in my car with my cute little 2 year old girl and we would sing "Popular" and "For Good" like we were part of the show!  She would actually tell me to "STOP SINGING MOMMY" so that she could only hear herself sing!  I loved it.  

In 2006 My family (my siblings and parents) all went to Chicago that summer for my brothers college graduation and got to see it out there. My husband and I wore poor, starving college students and weren't able to go.  Since then I haven't ever been able to figure out a way to see it.  When they started their touring show and came to Salt Lake I thought of going, but it was really expensive and I had nursing babies and such.  My dad was the percussionist for the show, but couldn't get deals for anyone, not even his wife!  

So I waited years! To make a long story short a few months ago my sister told me that her husband got her tickets for her birthday.  I joked and said I wanted to go so bad, she said they had an extra ticket for $75 that I could buy from her, and it was the same weekend that we would be up visiting family for the summer!!  I jumped right on it!!  

And as you can see by my face on my drive over to my sisters I was SO excited!

I went with my sister, her husband and her daughter.  They actually surprised my niece on the drive up thinking that she and I were just going to try to get in the lottery, but expecting to just shop all night because they didn't get in last year.  She was SO excited!! She and I fought over who wanted to see it more!  I won, although she thinks she has wanted to see it longer than I have!  :)


Aren't they cute?  Thanks for taking me on your date night you guys!


Anyway, about the show, it was A.Maz.Ing.  Even though we sat way high up in the back of the balcony, it was still amazing. One day I want to see it up close but those tickets cost and arm, two legs, and a kidney. So that will have to wait until I am a rich women!

I only knew the music, but not the story line. Over that last 8 years I had thought about goggling the whole storyline, but decided I wanted to be surprised.  Well, surprised I was!  It was totally not what I expected.  I went thinking it would be so different, and I LOVED it even more.  So I will not tell you the story line for that reason alone!

After the show we got to go backstage (which you can't take any picture of) to see the set, costumes, stage and pit.  It was amazing.  It takes 14, I I remember correctly, semi trucks to haul this show around.  

I was really excited to go this year because it will probably be the last time it is in Salt Lake (so I have heard) and my dads last time playing in it!  He just played his 100th show last week, and plays for another 3 weeks!  This dad of mine is so talented.  He plays 56 percussion instruments during the show.  I can't even play one! So if you go and you hear anything cool in the music, think if my father, because he just made that sound for ya!
If you get a chance to see the show, take it.  It is fantastic!

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