Wednesday, November 23, 2011

These Are A Few of My Favorite "Pins"

I will gladly admit that I surf Pinterest every day...several times a day. 
There's nothing I welcome more than new inspiration :)

So here's a few of my favorite things--
whether it's a recipe I want to whip up,
an outfit I want to put together,
a DIY project I want to tackle,
or a fantastic design idea I can't wait to use--
it's just another thing I will add to my "yes" list.

Favorite recipe: Sweet Potato Fries
I really never tried sweet potatoes until all the research
I've been doing about healthy eating choices.
And I must say, this is a solid winner.
Just like potatoes, you can turn sweet potates into whatever
you want.  I definitely prefer making them into fries.
It's almost a guilty pleasure without the guilt.

I have been trying and trying and trying to find a
great leopard print scarf, but I still don't have one.
I've searching online and in stores, and have seen
leopard print scarves, but not to my liking.
Alas, I will keep trying!

Favorite DIY Project: Silverware Artwork Frame
There are so many, but this one I must tackle.
I love frames and I love the vintage-ness of the design.
I usually don't have good luck with spray paint,
but I always seem to try it and then remember why
I don't use it.  So, I'll have to get creative!


Favorite Kid's Ministry Idea: Shower Curtain Map
I'm always on the lookout for ways to make learning
interesting for my kids at church.  I am passionate about them
learning about God's Stories and want them to have memorable
experiences when they walk through the door.  I have a feeling that
this shower curtain map might come up in the future.  A nice little
map of Jerusalem during Jesus' Triumphal Entry could definitely
bring the story to life. 

Until next time, keep blogging and keep pinning!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The "Sweet" in Sweet Potato

Over the past couple of weeks I've been
researching how to eat more natural foods. 
It's a total mindset change from choosing easy
processed foods to choosing how to prepare healthy,
natural, farm-based foods. 

If you're going down the grocery aisle and
you pick up an item off the shelf and it contains
more than 5 ingredients, and if you are unable to pronounce
some of those ingredients, place that item back on the shelf. 
It will do more harm than good to your body. 

Much of this intentional eating inspiration comes from the
documentary my friend, Melissa Nickel, had some of us girls watch
when we were all together in KC a couple weekends ago.
It's called Forks Over Knives.  More info can be found here.

Anyways, I've been eager to try out new foods and new recipes.
Here's what I made tonight:

First, I decided to make my own granola bars because
when I read the ingredients label on the ones I buy from the store,
I was surprised at how processed it truly was. 
This recipe contains no sugar, no flour, no eggs, and no butter!

Here's the finished product.  It made 12 granola bars.
Good enough for 2 weeks worth of afternoon snacks for me.
And the best thing, they are so good! 

For supper I tried my hand at a new vegetable: sweet potatoes.
I've never been a fan of sweet potatoes, but I've read so many
good things about them, that I figured it was time to give them a try.

So I baked the sweet potatoes, added feta cheese,
cranberries and cilantro on top.  Quite delish. 
And then I sauteed some fresh green beans, onions, and red bell peppers. 
Again, so many great flavors.  We will definitely be eating this again!

Thanks to Pinterest for these recipes!