Saturday, January 30, 2010

Corn tortillas anyone??

So I woke up and had this terrible craving for a tortilla stuffed with cheese.. I know it's not the healthiest of treats but it's CHEESE com'on who can resist.(of course I'm not asking the lactose intolerant ppl)So I'm craving cheese stuffed tortillas and I had No tortillas.. I had to make them!!! so I put my brain to work and here goes....
1 cup flour
1/2 cup yellow corn meal
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup of milk
Dash of salt

Put milk & eggs in blender and blend well than add the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and pour a small amount into a hot oiled skillet(tilt the pan to make a thin, round tortilla) cook until top is done enough to turn the tortilla easily. Flip and cook till lightly brown.
This recipe yields 8-10 Tortillas.

ALSO ..... If you thicken the mix it will yield less but make a bread like tortilla called enchilada ,Stuff serve and enjoy!!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Duck Juice

My two year old daughter, Ariana, kept asking me for duck juice. I thought she must be confused. What in

 the world could she have been asking for. After I had been asking her over and over, she began to scream

"I want duck juice"!!!!! Finally, I asked her to SHOW me what she was talking about (why in the world did I

take so long to ask). She opened the fridge and pulled out the Donald Duck brand orange juice. Boy was I

relieved that she didn't want some juice of a duck :-)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Oatmeal Mask!!

Okay so you know when your sitting down talking with your friends some homemade remedy or recipe will pop up.
So I have heard a lot of great remedies for a lot of stuff some of which sound entirely too odd to try and others don't seem to bad and you try.

SO here goes a new recipe/remedy.....For your complexion... mix salt,warm water and oatmeal until the oatmeal is softened and thick.
Then apply to your face like a mask.
Keep the mask on for 10-15 min until hard than rinse.
Whoola!!! You can apply every other day and slowly move to 1 time a week

Have fun with your homemade remedies

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My 1st Sourdough!!

OK in response to my Sis (SCH1)I made my sourdough. It was simple easy and ohhhhhh so good.I didn't realize how good it was well till I ate it for breakfast,than for lunch oh yeah did I mention for afternoon snack ,dinner,late night snack and then just snack.
Yeah I kinda got carried away with the bread but it has this flavor that is just so good. Soooooo.... Needless to say I handed some of my sourdough bread off to friends and family(most of which are very critical) and got nothing but great responses.Some even thought it was made in a bread maker(which it wasn't,my kneading hands can tell you.) So now I am getting endless request for me to make more not just sourdough bread but they're giving me recipes for other breads they would like me to make..LOL. It looks like this is a start to a very good career. JK

Oh here's the recipe I used for my Bread
2 cups Starter
3 cups flour
2 tbs softened butter
4 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients BUT flour . then slowly knead in the flour 1/2 cup at a time.Knead in enough flour to make the dough good and flexible and bake on 375 for 35-40 min
Anyways have fun and share those great bread recipes.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Science is Cool!

My 10 year old, Beau,  and I were studying Science yesterday. It's one of his favorite subjects. I'm not really a Science kind of person. The things we do for our kids :-) Anyhoo, the Abeka textbook called for creating a water lens to magnify things. It was so simple and so much fun.  All we did were cut two holes, one on each side of a bucket(just large enough where he could put his hands through), we then covered the the top of the bucket loosely with clear plastic wrap, secured by a rubber band, we then put water on the plastic wrap until it began to sag. We placed a lot of different objects in the bucket through the holes and looked at them through the water. I thought it was really neat and my 10 year old kept trying to see what object he could magnify next.

Also, here's an easier and less expensive way to make a water magnifier

What You Need:

•One 2 by 3 inch piece of cardboard

•One-inch square piece of thin clear plastic

•Pair of scissorsIn third grade, children are starting to use magnifying glasses and microscopes to see how small things can be magnified to appear larger than they really are. Here’s an interesting activity that will enable your child to make his own magnifier out of a drop of water!

What You Need:

•One 2 by 3 inch piece of cardboard

•One-inch square piece of thin clear plastic

•Pair of scissors


•Spoon or medicine dropper



•Spoon or medicine dropper


What You Do:

1.Cut a dime-size hole in the middle of the cardboard.

2.Set the clear piece of plastic over the hole, and tape it down. Tape it around the edge without covering the hole. Fold each end of the cardboard down 1/4 inch.

3.Dip the tip of the spoon in the water. Hold the spoon directly over the center of the hole, and let one drop of water fall onto the plastic.

4.Set a piece of newspaper with printing, on the table.

5.Tell your child to carefully lift the magnifier and set it down on top of the paper.

6.Your child should then look straight down through the top of the water drop; the printing on the paper will appear magnified!

If the writing on the paper appears blurry you must focus your magnifier. Put the tip of your finger on the cardboard just to one side of the hole. Gently press the cardboard down this will cause the cardboard to bend so that drop will be moved down closer to the newspaper. You should be able to see a sharp image of the print. As an extension activity encourage your child to examine salt, sugar, leaves, etc.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Serene's Sourdough Bread

I'm posting these videos for the second time around for those of you who might not have seen them and also because I know it's time for my sister (Simple Christian  Homemaker II) to make her first loaf from her sourdough starter she's been working on.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

My Devotion Spot

First off, I am very blessed that I've been given by God an amazing mother-in-law. She is the type of woman I desire to be. She is always putting others before herself, she'll do anything for anyone, and will drop what she's doing to pray with or for you in a heart beat. Anyhoo, you guys know that we moved, due to our recent break-in. I was feeling pretty awful and completely overwhelmed. Well, my dear mother-in-law knew just what I needed, other than the obvious prayer. She set me up a nice little devotion area in my living room. She's very much aware that it's hard for me to start my day without spending time with the Lord first. Nothing seems to go right if I haven't had coffee with the Lord. She set up the recliner in a little corner, with a shelved lampstand(it has a shelf to place my bible on) next to it, a beautiful lamp, and some homemade coasters on top of the lampstand( my mom made the cute coasters). It is perfect!!!!! Every morning I get my coffee and go over to my recliner and spend that time with our wonderful God. I had taken a picture for you all to see, but wouldn't you know that I can't find it. Oh well, we can use our imaginations. I highly recommend, if you don't already have one,  a special little place to meet with the Lord.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thank you!!!!

 I would like to give a BIG thank you to you all for your prayers. We've moved and are getting back on track. I've missed you all so very much. If it weren't for family and friends it would have all been so much harder. God has been so gracious throughout it all. I'm so very thankful for His protection, His love, and His grace.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pickle My Celery!

Ok I've done it again and although this may not be a new concept,it's a simple one.

So I made some delicious pot roast the other night in my BRAND NEW CROCK POT(I had too stress it I'm still excited)
Any Whoo..... I had left over celery and I hate to admit it but celery is not my ALL time favorite snack,OH well. So I was thinking well I love sweet pickles (but they are so darn expensive)SOooo Why not! YOU KNOW WHAT I'M THINKING. Man I chopped the left over raw celery up and tossed it down in that pickle juice jar ,that mind you had NO pickles in it just juice ,For some reason it takes a while for me to let go of that jar. Yep a couple days later Yummy...... just like sweet pickles I was soo excited (Yeah I know small things excite me.) But What The heck you gotta have something that excites you.. Try it and if you prefer dill over sweet ,well more power to you! It will probably work the same.

Enjoy Your Pickled Celery!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

In Need Of Prayer

I know everyone goes through trials in their lives , And when the trials come in our lives no matter how big or small ours tend to seem the worst. SO I'm not writing this for sympathy (no one needs that) especially not Christians; For we know ,"All things work for the good , for those who know and love the Lord." But at times one needs a little extra prayer and now is one of those times for Simple Christian Homemaker 1 And Her family.
Lets start they had a great home and when laid out a budget found that it would be more efficient to move to another apartment. Not long after being at the new apartment they opened the door to find a man dead outside (from natural causes.)But how traumatic must that have been. So after taking the time to cool down and pray for the mans family,they figured all would be well. Well.... not so after coming home from a beautiful night with Her husband SCH 1 Went to lay her baby girl down to bed and found the room that she was to lay her baby in had been broken into . The glass shattered. With most of their house rummaged through and missing they dialed 911.
SCH 1 and her family is doing well to cope with all of this however NOW need to find a safer place to move and get approved. I am praying that they get approved for a nice and safe apartment. Also that whoever was so heartless to do such a thing is found and their things be returned 10 fold.

Thank you all in advance for your prayers

Friday, January 8, 2010

How to Make Homemade Mayo.

We love mayo at our house. We eat it daily on sandwiches. We use it in potato salad and all sorts of recipes. I never knew how easy it was to make my own. I could save so much money!!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Keep Shaping up!

As was mentioned in a recent post. Simple Christian Homemakers 1 & 2 are dedicated to changing our lives Mentally and physically this year.
So another step that we incorporated was wearing leg weights throughout our day.They are so simple just slip them on and your ready to goooo!
Now I will tell you when I first slipped on my leg weights I was so excited because I Just knew this was a great change to my life. So as I continued wearing my weights its like they became a part of me (I forgot they were there.) But after about a week of wearing them I began feeling tired so tired I didn't even want to crawl out of bed. I started thinking of all the things that I was possibly doing wrong to be feeling so BLAH. LOL needless to say I was doing nothing wrong but everything right (those leg weights were wearing me out.) Believe me that's a good thing, These little babies are actually doing their job. I have noticed my legs are much more toned and while wearing them up and down stairs I get tired quicker(DUH), but before I could go up and down the stairs all day and not feel or see a workout. So grab a pair and join us plus I have to hear some funny stories about leg weights,I have already had a few myself within just 1 week.Just have fun and get busy with this SIMPLE technique..

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pounds going Down!

Simple Christian homemaker 1&2 have decided to meet our New years resolutions of losing weight and we are taking it very seriously . So as part of our plan we have dedicated to website. Which lays out a shopping list and meal plans for everyday. So you can go and sign up for free and receive your meals plans for weeks or a month at a time.. Here is a sample of what they offer.

Here's your weekly Shopping List. It features the healthy items you'll need for Dr. Ian's 30-Day Meal Plan. Remember water and pick items from the Healthy Snacks list. Plus, keep in mind the portion sizes for your meals. Keep working to create a smarter, healthier lifestyle. You can do it!
Items you'll need for days 8-14. Remember water and pick items from the Healthy Snacks list.
Orange juice
Small bagels
Turkey bacon or ham
American cheese
Low-fat milk
Pancake mix and syrup
Low-fat waffles and syrup
Fruit smoothies
Low-fat yogurt (6 oz servings)
Cream cheese
Potato chips or pretzels
Fresh fruit (Bananas, cantaloupe, etc. Berries to mix into yogurt and add to cereal. One serving of fruit should be the size of your fist.)
Vegetables (Celery, carrots, beans, lentils, chickpeas, corn, broccoli, etc. Consider vegetables for sides, snacks and ingredients. Avoid baked beans.)
Salad ingredients (Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.)
Low-fat salad dressing
Brown rice
Wheat, whole grain or multi-grain bread
Tuna, turkey, chicken and ham sandwich meat
Chicken breast (4 or 5 oz servings)
Fish (4 or 5 oz servings)
Lean steak (4 or 5 oz servings)
Veggie burger or turkey burger
Soup (non-creamy)
Pita bread
Sushi (Ingredients for 6 rolls)
Pizza (No hamburger or sausage toppings)
Lasagna (Pasta, cheese, tomato sauce)
My Meal Plan 1 Day

Waffles and juice Meal 1
  • 2 low-fat waffles
  • 1 tbsp syrup
  • 1 cup juice (fresh orange juice preferred)
Fruits and vegetablesMeal 2
  • 1 cup mixed fruit
  • 1 cup raw vegetables (carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc.)
Club SandwichMeal 3
  • Turkey club sandwich
  • 2 slices whole wheat or multigrain bread
  • 1 small bag chips
  • 1 piece fruit
Healthy Snack
Lasagna and vegetablesMeal 4
  • 1 3-inch by 3-inch square of lasagna (no meat)
  • 1 cup vegetables
Healthy Snack
To join visit

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Crock pot , Pot Roast

Well I'm sooo excited ...I didn't have a crock pot and was having to make everything the old fashioned way which takes too long and took away some of my options for meals.

So God must have heard my prayers because for Christmas I received a crock pot from my mother without even having to ask for it.

So for my first meal I decided to make a pot roast so with the help from my sister and my taste buds I made a simple pot roast.(this was a small meal for just 2 so you may need to double the recipe)
2lbs pot roast
1/2 pack onion powder
1 quartered onion
4 quartered celery
2cups of quartered carrots
1tsp salt/1tsp pepper or substitute season salt

Preheat your crock pot to high heat
Season roast on both sides with salt and pepper
Brown your pot roast on both sides
take a place your veggies in the crock
place browned pot roast on veggies
sprinkle onion powder all over top
then sprinkle beef broth on top
then just sit it out for 5 hours or if you have higher patience you can cook on low heat for 10 hours which allows the meat to be more tender.

Enjoy there's more to come
Also please send some of your crock pot recipes

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Blessings

I like to keep a "prayer book". It's just a book of the names of people and their prayer requests, so when I pray I'll remember exactly what my friends or family needed prayer for. I also write down my own prayer requests. Anyhoo, sometimes I can get overwhelmed with an issue that I'm going through at the time and it helps if I count my blessings. Today I am going to make a book just to write down some ways God has blessed me. Here are a couple to start.....

1). My family was blessed with a beautiful dresser set. A friend I met at church no longer had need for her beautiful, new looking dresser set and offered it to us, FREE OF CHARGE! It was such a blessing to us because we REALLY needed dressers and good ones are a bit pricey, so it was a need that we had and God used our friend to meet that need.

2). I spoke to my cousin, whom I hadn't heard from in over 17 years. I moved from Alabama to Colorado when I was 12 years old and completely lost contact with my cousin, whom I had a VERY, VERY, close relationship with. Well....through my sister we were able to get in touch on New Years!!! God is so good!

God has blessed me in so many ways and it feels so good to look back and see what our Awesome God has done in my life and the life of my family.

God Bless

Friday, January 1, 2010

Daily Chat

Welcome 2010!!!!! Yay, it's here!!!! There's something special about straring a new year. It feels like a new start in other areas of life too. I welcome those New Years Resolutions! How did everyone bring in the new year? I can never stay up that late, so I slept in tghe new year. I guess that means I'll have a well-rested year:-) We did stay up a little bit later playing Monopoly and eating chocolate cake. You can't welcome a new year without cake:-) I was just trying to get my cake in before the diet begins. Let's get to the good stuff, here's my resolutions for the new year:

1). Go to church on Wed. nights (for most people this is not a biggie, but I'm usually in bed before the service is over, but I know it's so important and helpful)

2). Lose 20lbs. (I'll do this by doing The South Beach diet and working out 5 hours a week. Also, I bought some ankle weights to wear during the day while doing chores)

3). Increase our offering at church

4). Save for a family vacation (about $50 a month. It's a fun but pretty inexpensive one)

5). Watch my words with my husband. Only say what I mean.

6). Speak more kindly with my children when I'm tired and frustrated.

7). Tell my family everday that I love them, even if they're being quite unlovable:-)

Well, those are my resolutions.  This morning I woke up and was so thankful to God for this brand new day, this brand new year, this brand new start. It was time to test out that "diet resolution", we're off to a good start. I made vegetable quiche cups for breakfast. They were super yummy so you know I can't hold back from sharing.

                                              Vegetable Quiche Cups

1 10oz. pkg of frozen spinach
6 eggs
3/4 c. cheese
1/4 c. diced green bell peppers
1/4 c. diced onions

Microwave spinach to thaw out. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray. Combine eggs, cheese, peppers, onions, and spinach. Mix well. Divide evenly among the muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.

Good luck to you all with your resloutions this year and I hope your year is filled with many blessing and time well spent with the Saviour.


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