Random Weekend Thoughts and Happenings

The Art Of Changing A Lightbulb 
What does it take for my husband to take change a lightbulb?  His pajama pants, a stack of books, balance, and my daughters head.  Oh my.

Featured Again, Yippee!
I was happy to see my recipe for “The Best Recipe I’ve Ever Messed Up Bars” featured here at Frugal LivingNW.  Click through for a great deal she features on my favorite brand of Coconut Oil.  I just finished ordering mine through her link.
Itty-bitty Honey Bear

Is this honey bear the cutest thing you have ever seen?  He is two inches tall and is full of local honey.  I bought him at our local farmers market, thinking he would be perfect in my purse.  I am trying to avoid processed sugar in my tea and coffee, and my little bear is going to help me accomplish that!  The special coffee thermos is from our good, miracle- Porter friends whom I write about here. We get to see them this summer! Can’t wait!!
Perfect Peace
I am experiencing an supernatural peace this weekend as we wait for these results.  It is an amazing thing to experience!  I am very present in each moment, but no fear and what I can only describe as a perfect peace and joy.  Thank you for your prayers.  Here is one of those prayers, left on my Facebook wall–beautiful.  Thank you, Veronica! 
“Throughout the night I kept thinking of you and singing prayers of praise and provision over your life.
I pray this blessing over you – that you, Amy, would have peace beyond your comprehension knowing & trusting that God will not be moved (He will not change His position) in the midst of your battle and because He is your Rock & Fortress – You, Amy, will not be shaken (will not be rattled or tremble with fear, or be brought down)! In The Powerful Name of Jesus – Yes & Amen!!
Love You!!”

My Inlaws Poolhouse
School is officially out! Time for lots of swimming and fun at the pool.  This is a picture of my in-laws pool and pool house.  We are so blessed to be able to show up unannounced whenever, and even reserve it for a party via our Google family pool calender.  I have the BEST family ever.

{thank you, KraftyKash for the photo}

So Proud Of My Fifth-Grader

I now officially have a middle-schooler.  I am so proud of my girl.  At her 5th grade graduation, she received the “Presidents Award For Educational Acheivement”  It is meant to “encourage and reward students who work hard and give their best effort in school, often in the face of special obstacles to their learning.”  This really touched me, because I have been so proud of her this year, that despite having a mom fighting cancer, she continued to do her best!  I love you, my T, and I am so very proud to be your mom!

Orchid Gift
This is a beautiful orchid my bro and sis-in-law delivered for me.  It came with a card full of love and a shopping spree to Trader Joes–my favorite!  I told you I have the best family..
Growing Garden
Even though I have been too busy focusing on health issues to focus on my garden, the 1/2 bed I have planted is happy and growing.  I just love the soil mix recipe from Square Foot Gardening, it grows amazing plants despite neglect.
Farmer’s Markets & Headbands
Our local farmer’s market is one of my most favorite things to do every Saturday morning.  I took my youngest girl on a “date” there yesterday.  We had a blast.  I bought her this darling headband. She picked it because it “would match with everything.” 🙂 I also found the most amazing asparagus that is roasting in the oven as I type.  
Asparagus Fresh From The Farmers Market
Our favorite way of making it lately has been to just cut off the tough ends, cut into 2′ pieces, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with S & P, then roast at 400 degrees until tender.  These rarely make it off the baking pan into a serving  platter before little hands are stealing them and devouring them.  Love it!

I Trust Him
We sang this song at church this morning.  It spoke my heart.  “Jesus, Jesus. How I Trust Him, How I’ve proved Him, O’er and O’er!” Love.

My New Bike!
My amazing husband bought me a new Trek 7000 bike yesterday!!!  Ahhhh!!  I am so excited.  I have wanted a good bike for years now.  I even got a fancy water bottle holder and a basket that slips on and off the handle bars for my groceries and my library books.  I can’t wait to explore all the trails in our area.  What a fun way to get the exercise I know I need!

Drinking Green
I have been drinking a ton of this alkalizing green juice.  It is so good, and fresh.  A garden in a glass. I usually use Dr. Oz’s recipe or a spin off of it. It gives me tons of energy and is very cleansing.  I will post soon on exactly how I make it.

Lovely Latte
I had the best Honey Cinnamon Latte this weekend.  It was from Indigo Bridge.  I loved that instead of sugar filled syrups to flavor my Latte, they used organic cinnamon and locally made honey.  It was divine.

Waffles & Chicken?!?
I was watching a show called “The Best Thing I Ever Ate-Food Combos” on the Food Network 2 nights ago.  They interviewed famous food people for their favorite food combo.  One that intrigued me was Duff’s Chicken and Waffles.  I am a sucker for salty/sweet combos, so to see him grab some of the salty, fried chicken with his fork, then stab a piece of waffle dripping with maple syrup and place it in his mouth, which sent his eyes rolling–well, it made me want to try it. 
 So, when I saw Chicken and Waffles on the menu at the new “Brix And Stone Gastropub” that my husband took me to on our date last night, I couldn’t resist it.  My husband looked was surprised at my food order, it is very out of character for me to order anything fried and syrup laden.  It was good, this one had Strawberry Butter and Whiskey Maple Syrup–mmm, but, I regretted it midway through my meal.  My body was not happy with me.  It has been used to 9 servings of fruits/veggies a day the last 2 weeks, with very little junk (especially FRIED!) food, so I felt yucky most of the night into this morning due to my weekend food choices.  I kinda like that my body is preferring whole, real, foods.  It makes eating them enjoyable, knowing they will make me feel so good! 
Enough about me, What About YOU?
How are you spending your holiday weekend?  What random things are you up to?  

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  • Little Brick Ranch
    June 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Amy – your square foot garden looks AMAZING!! I went back and read the other posts and just ordered the book from Amazon!! I can’t wait for it to get here so I an also heading to the library this morning! Our garden was awesome last year…this year…not so much! I already wanted to try square foot gardening so this has inspired me. Thanks for the inspiration and I hope all is well with you.


  • elaine @ peace for the journey
    May 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

    First, my kids are dying to go swimming. When we moved here last year, we left a plethora of friends’ pools behind. We’ve yet to make friends here with anyone who owns a pool. Secondly, I want a bike so that I can enjoy rides with my daughter. Thirdly, you’re amazing! I can’t get you out of my mind today and have been fervently praying for your peace.

    Love and hugs this night~elaine

  • Handy Man, Crafty Woman
    May 31, 2011 at 3:01 am

    had a lot of family over this weekend. Lots of nice, hot sun! we only turned our heat off less than 2 weeks ago!!

  • Robin
    May 30, 2011 at 4:20 am

    This weekend I am thinking/doing:
    1. about all the vets who gave their life in line of duty.
    2. ordered some pasture-raised chickens and a couple of chicken feet to add to the broth that will eventually be made from said chickens.
    3. I started a new treatment protocol for Lyme disease and a few other virus’ thrown in there to add to the mix.
    4. ordered a couple of books from amazon-one about green smoothies!
    5. thinking about summer activities!
    6. got a new haircut-feeling kinda spiffy

  • Ashley @ Coffee and Apple Juice
    May 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    mmm we drink lots of green smoothies too!!! Praying for you!!

  • kraftykash
    May 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Looks like alot of fun!

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