Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Thankful Heart

With it being Thanksgiving, I thought I would do a post of some of the things I am thankful for...
I am thankful for a wonderful husband who loves and cares for me, who applauds my successes, complements me, supports me when needed, is a good father, honors his priesthood, works hard to support us, I am thankful he can do what he loves and own his own business.
I am thankful for Stir Fry who has been a very sensitive kid from the beginning, he looks out for others, is outgoing, and friendly, he makes friends easier, influences other for the good, and is a great helper.
I am thankful for Baluga who is my little girl and I am glad she is mine, she always makes us laugh, she is loving, strong willed, loves to be with me, a good helper, is content with just observing and learning, and she makes me happy.
I am thankful for Speedy who loves his brother and sister and loves to play with them, enjoys food, being with us, getting into things, sitting on my lap, reading books, and being with everbody.
I am thankful for parents who have always loved and supported me, who have taught me about my Heavenly Father and Jesus and their love for me, who have taught me by example, and always call and check up on me.
I am thankful for my oldest brother who I became good friends with in high school, who has a wonderful family, and loves to learn.
I am thankful for my little brother who I have gotten to know better with him being down here going to school and living with us for a while, I glad we can live near each other now and he has a great family that we get a long with.
I am thankful for my baby brother who has become my good friend with him living with us for several month, for giving me a wonderful birthday present and helping me become more healthy, for calling me up just to talk and that we will get to see him.
I am grateful that my family has a relationship with our Father in Heaven and are great examples to me.
I am thankful for friends who help keep me sane and are a great support to me and my family.
I am thankful for a house that we love and is ours and is where my family will grow.
I am thankful for the wonderful area in which we live and for great neighbors and a good ward.
Most of all I am thankful for my Father in Heaven, my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for a living Prophet, for the knowledge I have that we can receive personal revelation for our own life, for priesthood blessings, and scriptures, and for the opportunity I have to be with my family together forever through the sealing powers found in the temple.
Of course there are many other things I am thankful, but no one wants to read that long. So what are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My current love

Do you ever go through phases of loving to eat certain things. Well I do. My phase at the moment granola.
I've been going to this hard core cardio kickboxing class at the gym (btw thanks Blake!), and my teacher has been talking about getting enough fiber and this high fiber granola she eats daily as a snack. So I finally got her recipe and made it, it's pretty good, different but good, one that I would rather snack on. I've also made a recipe I make now in then that doesn't have oil and a little more healthy for you and more like traditional granola, one that I like to eat in the morning with milk. So with my love of granola I thought I would share with you my recipes.

High Fiber Granola
2 - 3 c. 6 Grain
1 c. 9 Grain
1 c. Amaranth
2 Tbs. Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
1 can Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 c. Grape Nuts
1 c. Pecans
1 - 1 1/2 c. Pecans/Almonds
1/2 - 1 c. Crainsins
1 c. Coconut
Mix together put on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8 to 16 minutes, depending on how dry you like it. (if you live in UT you can buy the grains and Amaranth at Good Earth really cheap, if not find a health food store, and the fat free sweetened condense milk you can find at Walmart)

Low Fat Granola
1 c. Brown Sugar
1 c. Water
4 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Salt
7 c. Rolled Oats
3 - 4 c. other (coconut, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, ect.)
Put brown sugar and water in a pot and put on stove over medium heat to melt sugar, but don't boil. Add vanila and salt to the sugar water. Pour over the oats and 3 - 4 c. of other ingredients. Mix well. Put on 2 cookie sheets and bake at 275 for 1 hour stirring a couple times during baking, or put on 1 cookie sheet and bake 90 minutes stirring every 30 minutes.

I hope you enjoy!