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Quilting, Black Bean Burgers and more…

Scripture of the Day:

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.KJV

Pray continually. NIV

Keep on praying. NLT

I read a devotional today on praying throughout the day…while driving, before a meeting, while folding laundry, walking into the grocery store, after a meeting…all through the day.  I tried it for an hour and things were busy and I forgot…it is a tough challenge!  I hate to admit it but I failed at keeping my focus on him during my tasks of the day.  I love challenges so I am challenging myself to do this the rest of today and tomorrow and see how it goes.  Won’t you join me?!  I will let you know how it goes!  The prayers don’t have to be specific they can be about anything that comes up.  A few examples: If a worry pops into your head give it up to Him.  If you find yourself stressed and upset about something pray that the solution may be revealed to you.  If you are just happy and having a good day say a prayer of thanks.

Sewing:

I am anxiously awaiting fabric that should be arriving in the mail any day.  I have decided on a cute little ribbon blanket from Moda Bake Shop and a Charm Pack Baby Quilt by Diary of a Quilter.

Am I going to take a quilting class…No, I don’t have the time.  I am going to just dive in and see what happens!  I did find a lot of tutorials online and I love this Beginner Quilting Series from Diary of a Quilter.  Hopefully I can get both done before our little guy decides to arrive…4 weeks away!

Fabric Charm Packs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe:

I made these black bean burgers the other day and the family liked them.  The recipe is pretty simple but takes some prep.  I make the sweet potatoes and quinoa the night before so when I want to make the burgers all the ingredients are ready.  The next time I make them I am going to triple the recipe so I have some to freeze for future meals.  One note on the recipe is: I did increase the time for cooking to 1 hour, 30 minutes each side for crispier burgers.  Cooking them the time in the recipe left them too soggy and they were falling apart so I decided to cook them longer.

Knitting:

I finished the two hats for our little guy over the weekend!  They were pretty easy and I got the double pointed needles out which I have not done in years!  I also pulled up a couple tutorials on how to make a pom pom for the top.

This hat was knitted on straight needles and then I sewed the seam.  The pattern can be found here.  This hat is definitely a newborn hat and will fit our little one right away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This hat was knitted in the round and then I transferred it to double pointed needles to finish the crown.  The pattern can be found here.  I also added a pom pom to the top because the crown was not as neat as I would have liked I used two different tutorials for this because I was confused!  The tutorial for an adult hat pom pom is here and the tutorial for a baby hat pom pom is here.  This hat ended up a little bigger than I wanted so it will be ready for him to wear this winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bikes:

Daddy and Vivian had a fun date this past weekend so I took the little ones out for some fresh air.  They love their new tricycles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amelia decided to push Sylvie instead of ride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvie was not getting off that bike no matter what.  She loves to wear her helmet and push her way along.  Amelia wanted to investigate each rock and the marks on the sidewalk.  I love how different they are!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUN LINKS:

  • Love Gypsy Mama’s posts of lists…List for Mother’s DayList to Encourage New Moms
  • Enjoyed this post on not saying sorry for your child’s behavior…very insightful!
  • I think this ruffle tote is adorable.  She also gives directions on how to sew the ruffles on instead of glue them.  This is going on my “To Make” list…I am going to try the sewing version.

 

Have a wonderful day!

Marisa

 

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Super Easy Vegan Chili

Yummy, easy, and great to eat many ways!  I have made this for quite some time now and it’s a great dish that is so versatile.  A few ways we have used it are: as a main dish for dinner, as a topping on baked potatoes or mixed with quinoa, as a topping on scrambled eggs, and as a topping on salad.

The chili is great for vegans and those that eat meat or turkey because you can make the chili vegan and then cook the meat or turkey separately with some chili powder.  Then add them together when you serve the dish.  We did this for awhile in our home and it worked out great.

Here is the recipe:

Vegan Chili

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 T olive oil or coconut oil

1/3 cup chopped carrots

1/3 cup chopped peppers

1/4 cup chopped onions – I buy frozen chopped onions…no tears and a great cooking shortcut.

28 oz can tomatoes – You can use petite diced or puree I have made it with both.

2 cans 15 oz beans – I usually mix it up with kidney and black beans.  The Chili Beans can in the picture above is just a mix of pinto, kidney and black beans there is no sauce on them.

1 jar of your favorite salsa

1 mild chili seasoning packet – I am on the search of a recipe for my own so I don’t have to use one with preservatives.

1 to 1.5 cups of water

1 to 1.5 cups frozen spinach

Directions

In a large pot saute the carrots, peppers and onions in the oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After about 5 minutes add the tomatoes, beans, salsa, water and seasoning packet.  Bring to a boil, lower heat, add the spinach and simmer for about 25 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the spicy goodness!

Marisa

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Busy Bags Finale

The Busy Bag Exchange turned out great…so many bags for the kids filled with creative little projects.  Vivian is enjoying them a lot.  Sylvie and Amelia not so much yet.  Sylvie tosses everything around and really is not that interested.  Amelia focuses on one thing and does it over and over which is great for her development plus it is fun to watch.  After writing the post about what bags I made, I took out all the busy bags and we sat on the floor and used them again.  It was fun to watch the girls minds working as they were figuring things out.

Pictures of what we got at the exchange are below with a brief description.

Clothes Pin Number Match

Each clothes pin matches with a number on the disc.  This focuses on counting and fine motor skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number Flip Book

This book is great for number recognition.  We have also used it in other math activities we have done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Matching

Match the color of the egg to the shell.  Great for teaching colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Puzzle

A fun puzzle for kids.  The back have corresponding numbers to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shape Sorter

The twins love this one.  They like putting the little objects in the container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes Line

Great for fine motor skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patterns

Each sheet is a new pattern.  All the pieces are included plus more to make your own pattern on the blank sheets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pipe Cleaner Fun

For younger kids- put a pipe cleaner in each hole.  For older kids- put the pipe cleaner in the hole that matches in color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amelia LOVED this one!  She was concentrating so hard to get them in the container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvie moved on to the guitar…she does love music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shape Matching

Match the shapes by clipping the clothes pin to the corresponding stick.  Great for fine motor skills and shape recognition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Spy…

The bottle has rice in it and the items shown in the picture.  Find the items by moving the bottle around.  Vivian enjoys this one.   I am thinking about making a few more bottle for her.  It is relatively easy to make and she enjoys the challenge of searching for the objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Matching

Match the color to the object.  This is good for color recognition and learning the spelled word for each color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seems pretty easy to make.  Take a deck of cards and cut them in half for simple puzzles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Sorter

Put each object on the left into the corresponding color slot in the blue ice cube tray.  Great for sorting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many great ideas…we enjoyed our first busy bag exchange!

Have a great one!

Marisa

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Do Over

Well today has been a day…I want a do-over, I want to go back to the moment before I got out of bed and start over, I want to make the wrongs right and take back moments.  Ever have one of those days?  Really there is no reason for it…the sun is out the skies are blue, but something has a hold on me.  Once the twins were down for a nap and Vivian was in her room doing some “quiet time” (I will explain our version of that on another day), I came downstairs to clean up and “get a bunch of stuff done”.  I went in my room to drop a load of things and saw my bag sitting there.  That is what I should be doing…sitting down, taking a moment to spend with Him.  The question, what are my priorities? ran across my mind.  If the house is clean and the toys picked up and all looks good but if I’m weary, not calm, rested and renewed inside what does it matter?!  So, I did it.  I sat down pulled out my bible which I have not touched in three days, read some scripture and wrote out things for my thankful list.

#542 Realizing how I am not being the mother my kids deserve today.

#543 Seeing the joy in Vivian’s eyes when she is happy.

#544 Being renewed by His word today.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Quiet time ended Vivian came downstairs to cuddle and then we made 2 batches of muffins and had a snack together.  I guess you can’t have do-overs but you can start again.

I pulled up one of my favorite posts from A Holy Experience…read and enjoy…words for a weary momma!

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Marisa

 

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Nesting & Busy Bags!

Whether it’s an old wives’ tale or it is truth I have a serious case of NESTING!  We are five weeks away from meeting our little guy and I am getting everything in order from closets to bedrooms to the garage and our vehicles.  I feel like it has been weeks since I have posted a blog and I miss it terribly.  The nesting, the lost camera, and a serious cold for mommy has lead to time away.  I feel like I am on the mend, the camera has been found and I needed to make a post!

The busy bag exchange was fun my oldest is 4 and she loves the many bags she can pull out and do.  The younger two are 22 months and just want to toss everything around but maybe soon they will be interested.  I will post pics of the bags we got in the next post…the bags we got really are neat!

For the 20 bags I made I purchased all the craft supplies at JoAnn Fabrics and then bought a laminator from Amazon.com.  The one I got can be found here.  It was relatively inexpensive and does the job great!

COLOR WHEELS

I found the idea for the color wheels here.  I printed the color wheel from the link provided in the blog but I made my own directions since I did only the color wheel and not the counting wheel.

I painted the clothes pins for each bag and let them dry.  Then I printed out the color wheel and laminated and cut that out.  Each bag included directions, the color wheel and six colored clothes pins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE YOUR OWN CUPCAKES

I found the idea for the cupcakes here.  The template to cut out all the pieces can be found when you click on the blog link.  I cut out the felt pieces, printed the directions and put the bags together.  This is a fun bag, but I have to warn you it is a lot of cutting.  Each bag had the directions, 4 cupcakes forms, 4 liners, 4 frostings  and 10 each of the hearts, marshmallows and chocolate kisses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been reading a lot lately on this neat blog app on my phone called: FeeddlerRSS and have a lot of links I want to share.  I will include some in this post and some in the next post.

  • A recipe we are going to try for a snack or breakfast option found at The Vegan Mom.  We are going to try ours with a gluten-free flour and see how they come out.
  • A wonderful post by Lysa TerKeurst about our daughters teaching us about friendship.  Loved the wisdom in this post.
  • A new blog I found that I enjoy reading…she’s so honest and is filled with a lot of great ideas!  Plus this post I linked to is about mommy stuff and a book recommendation!  The Gypsy Mama.
  • I want to make these for the girls rooms.  Rain Gutter Bookshelves.  I found another version of this but I did not save the link…if I find it I will forward it on the pictures are really great.

Enjoy!

Marisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter and Personal Paradise

Happy Monday! Hope your week is getting off to a blessed start. It is Holy Week and a great week to ponder The Story of the Cross. We are planning on picking the book up from the library tonight so we can talk about what Easter is besides egg hunts, jelly beans, and chocolate bunnies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Amazon.com

 

CREATING A PERSONAL PARADISE

I read this over the weekend and wanted to share… The excerpt is from Dr. Christiane Northrup’s blog. The article specifically can be linked to here.

“I have pretty much quelled my excess sugar cravings over the years by focusing on LOTS of activities that bring sweetness into my life in other ways besides eating sugar. This includes dancing tango in close embrace, listening to good music, de-cluttering my house, doing work I love, and taking long baths while reading good novels or looking out the window at the river. I have created a personal paradise for myself. This process has taken a lifetime…”

What a great way to change a not so healthy habit. Adding more sweetness to life…I like the sound of that!

 

KIDS ACTIVITY

We are going to try out first lapbook this week. The theme is “Going to the Grocery Store”. I found the info at Homeschool Share. The lessons revolve around three books that you read during the week and then you follow-up with activities that include an array of topics. This theme combines color sorting, finding shapes, beginning math and an introduction to money. Vivian is excited…I will post how it goes!

 

BABY HAT

I decided our little guy needs a baby hat so I am going to attempt to knit it…hopefully I can get it done before he arrives!

Here is the link at Fun Knits Free Patterns of the hat I am going to make!

 

Have a great week!

Marisa

 

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