Everything I Am

A Little Room of My Own. A Place for Me to Create.

Maker I am January 15, 2009

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I am really into making things these days.  It all started during Thanksgiving when I really wanted a dress but didn’t want to shell out the money.  So I decided to make my own!  I made two sub par dresses, but they are getting me by.  Then I bought tons of cheap fabric while in Utah so I could create even more!  I am holding off on more sewing creations until next week when my sewing class begins (I’m sick of my sub par sewing so I need help!).  In order to fulfill my need to make stuff I have turned my focus to food.  The diet I was on for like a week made me be a little more creative in my food making processes.  I made this cracker (first picture) in my wonderful dehydrator I got for Christmas.  The cracker is 100 percent carrot juice, almonds, and basil.  The first day I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but since the flavors have mellowed a bit it’s a great snack.  Even better, my twenty month old extremely picky son will eat it (that’s when I know I’ve hit the jackpot!).

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I also dehydrated some green apples and put cinnamon on them.  Costco was selling a bag of these for a ridiculous amount of money, and Carter liked them, so I decided to make my own.  As you can tell I added too much cinnamon (they are caked), but if you close your eyes and think happy thoughts this healthy snack is almost like you’re eating candy!

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My all time, favoritest thing in the world to make right now is ALMOND MILK.  Thanks to the wonderful Kathryn Beiber I have acquired this skill.  We go through milk like candy, and I’m sick of paying so much money for it, so I decided to just make my own.  I would love to be able to buy almond milk, but it’s way too expensive, and if I buy the almonds from Costco, it’s pretty resonable if I make my own.  I thought I would share my knoweldge with you, since it’s so easy and taste absolutly wonderful (I don’t drink milk but I will drink this, and it’s the most wonderful thing to put in blueberry, or any, smoothies).  And the bonus, Carter acutally likes it!

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So here’s how you do it:

1. Soak your almonds overnight in water (if you can do it in purified water, but I’m too cheap).

2. Drain your almonds and wash them off, get rid of the water you soaked the almonds in.

3. Measure your almonds out into a blender and then add double the amount of water (i.e. if you put in one cup of almonds add two cups of water).

4. Add 3-4 Dates, a small amount of cinnamon and vanilla (to taste).

5. BLEND

6. Pick up a small strainer, or do what I do and get a cheap paint thinner to drain your milk.  Drain your milk into a container.

7. That’s it!  You can keep the excess stuff let over after you have strained it to make stuff with as flour (I think, I am going to try this today, I’m pretty excited about it).

So try it out!  See if you love it as much as I do.  All that natural yummy fat is so good for you- Yea for fat!

 

New’s Resolution Junky I am. January 5, 2009

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I love making huge, shoot for the stars, New Year’s resolutions.  This usually equates to them being unattainable, but I make them every year nonetheless.  But this year Tyler (my oh so brilliant hubby) came up with an ingenious plan.  We created a magnet board which makes us accountable for our goals.  We have three individual goals and two family goals we are trying to accomplish.  Each day of the week we put a magnet up if we accomplished that goal.  The magnet board is staring me right in the face in my living room, which means if I don’t do my goal each day I have to look at the empty space and feel totally lame about not doing it.  So here are my individual goals:

1. Eat according to the Body Ecology Diet (this means no flour or sugar…at all).  This is going to kick my booty, but I’m doing it in an attempt to get rid of my exercise induced rash (long story, ask me sometime if you’re interested).  This goal is only for three months, then I will reassess, and check my sanity level.

2. Read seven pages in the Standard Works (aka scriptures) every day.  This means I will read all the Standard Works in the coming year.

3. Do one “out of my way” act of kindness for Tyler every day.

Our family goals are:

1. Family Home Evening every Monday night with a Prayer, Song, Lesson, and Activity.  I know, we should already be doing this, but this is to get us consistent.

2. Dinner together every night.  I want a really good habit of us sitting down, no distractions, and eating dinner together every single day.

I love the hope that goals give me to change and become better.  I’m really pumped about them this year, and I feel that by tracking them every day they just might happen.  Here we go!

 

Veggie Lover I Am December 5, 2008

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This year was my first non turkey eating Thanksgiving. I made three, what I considered to be, yummy side dishes. One was a citrus-glazed carrots (seen below). And I have to admit, I didn’t even miss the bird.

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Frustrated I am November 2, 2008

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A few things that are vexing me today:

1. I got a bad haircut yesterday.  Now it’s at least another month until I can look cute again.  That’s never fun.

2. I just found out my Sunday School lesson I have to teach next week is on chastity.  Teaching chasity to 12-14 year olds in Sunday School, what could be better right, or more awkward?  I remember a lesson given to me on chastity and it invovled oranges (the only other person who was there doesn’t read this blog), what do you get if you mix oranges and chastity: a lesson you’ll never forget!

3. I’m trying to decide whether to move apartments.  It’s a long story as to why, but it’s been the most stressful decision for me. And I just can’t figure out what to do.

4. Carter went to nursury for the first time today.  I realized it’s going to be a very traumatic day when I send that child to kindergarten (for me, not for him), I’m a little more attached than I previously realized.

Alright, and after all that whining I have to list some of the good that’s happening in my life:

1. My family is always the #1 good.  They rock.

2. My jobs have slowed down and I’m really enjoying being able to work.  That stress is gone.

3. I’m taking this awesome vegetarian class and I feel like I’ve learned so much valuable information to help me become a better chief.

4. Halloween was so much fun with an 18 month old.  It reminds me of the fun I had on holidays, and allows me to relive it all with Carter.

5. Carter is emerging from his whining/teething phase.  We are finally having fun again during the day.

Alright, my blessings outweigh my vexations, I’m good.

 

Grateful mother I am October 29, 2008

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A friend sent this to me today.  I loved it.  I’m not a crier, but I bawled my way through this clip.  I have been whining a lot lately about how Carter is not sleeping enough, Carter is grumpy because he’s teething, on and on.  This clip was beautiful in that it reminded me how grateful I was to have him.  I cried for this baby,  I cried for this family, but mostly I cried for the blessing it is to have a healthy, beautiful son that I get to hold, love, and watch grow every day of my life.  I’m grateful.  I’m grateful for what I have.  I’m grateful for Carter.

 

Prop 8 supporter I am October 14, 2008

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Tyler and I have been asked to help with spreading the word about Proposition Eight on the internet.  I’ll be completely honest here, when we were first asked to to survey people door-to-door I was terrified.  My greatest fear was realized when a lesbian woman yelled, swore, and told us OUR marriage would never last, all while holding my child in my arms on her doorstep.  It was a horrible experience, but at the same time it quickly taught me how emotional this issue would be.  Although we are working on spreading information on the internet now, and are not face to face with people, the insults can be just as harsh.  I have read so many comments from people that are continually calling me a bigot, intolerant, and hateful for the view point I represent.  Quite frankly, I’m sick of it.  Tyler and I had a conversation yesterday about this and he said, “They aren’t even using the word bigot correctly.”  Just for your information dictionary.com defines a bigot as:  “A person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.”  In all the articles I have read, every single one of them, no one is blasting gay individuals.  They are simply trying to defend what they view as the correct definition of marriage.  This proposition is about marriage, and what it’s definition should be.  I can now say, after all my reading on the subject, that in order for our society to thrive the definition of marriage must remain as that between a man and a women.  The main reason I feel this way is because the rights I will lose if this proposition does not pass.  According to what has happened in other states, some of the following rights I desire to have, or desire others to have, will be lost:

1. Our children will be taught in school that same-sex marriage is the same as traditional marriage. Following Massachusetts ’ legalization of same-sex marriage, a federal district judge in Boston ruled last year that schools can teach homosexuality as early as kindergarten without parents’ consent or choice to opt out (http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/getopn.pl?OPINION=07-1528.01A).

2. Religious adoption agencies will be challenged by government agencies to give up their long-held right to place children only in homes with both a mother and a father. Following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts , Catholic Charities recently stopped its services altogether in that state rather than be compelled by the courts to go against its religious beliefs. Think of the effect this will have on the unadopted children who would have found a family if Catholic Charities were still providing services there.

3. Physicians will be required to perform elective procedures in situations that go against their religious beliefs. On August 18, 2008 the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of a San Diego lesbian woman who sued her doctor for refusing to perform an artificial insemination. It is detrimental (to society and even to the patient) to force healthcare providers to choose between their conscience and their profession.

4. Ministers who teach that marriage is between a man and a woman may be sued for hate speech and risk government fines. Alphonse de Valk, a Catholic Priest in Canada, is currently being investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (http://www.catholicexchange.com/2008/06/04/112780/), and Stephen Boisson, an evangelical pastor, was fined $5,000 (http://www.catholicexchange.com/2008/06/09/112825/) for expressing their religious views in a country where same-sex marriage has been legalized.

I do not want these rights lost for me, or other indiviudals, and that is why I will be voting YES to Proposition Eight in Novemeber.  If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine, but please don’t call me intolerant or a bigot, because I’m not, I’m simply standing up for a definition of marriage that I believe to be true, and trying to protect rights that are important to me.

For more information on this subject please visit:

http://www.preservingmarriage.org

http://www.protectmarriage.com

 

Toddler mother I am October 1, 2008

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I am officially a mother of a toddler, since my no longer baby is finally “toddling,” aka walking.  Therefore I can officially promote toddler education books.  I just finished reading this:

http://www.karencheng.com.au/category/parenting-kids/page/2/

So if you see me saying, “Carter mad, mad, mad” like a caveman anytime soon, I’m not going crazy I’m just helping my child turn into a secure, loving, and emotionally sound indiviudal.  I would recommend the book, especially to mothers like me who typically get the “deer in the headlight” look when my child breaks down and has a tantrum in public.  Deer no more, caveman I be.