Adventures With Ellie

Word{less} Wednesday : So It Begins



As my Husband and littlest one rushed to get to mass this AM I stopped in the mist of trying to keep her from running down the aisle I kept thinking OH my goodness I should have brought the stroller (as the whole church of course was packed), I should have brought cookies...OH my goodness Isy is so loud. All I could think of was OH Lord PLEASE help me with this child but in the mist of my wrestling I heard the first reading and just let a sigh and say OK I'm listening.

"Joel 2:12-13"
12 “Yet even now,” says the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.



OK my Lord I hear you. Don't you love those message you get. I use to say does our God really answer us. YUP indeed he does but question is. Can you hear him with everything around us? That is what I want to focus during this Lent. I want to learn to focus and pay attention. DEEP breathes. PAY attention. Yes life is busy but if we don't stop in the mist of the busy and REALLY give the time needed with the Lord we can't expect to hear anything but screams for cookies, distracted with the long list of To Do's that keep recounting in our heads and other mindless things that happen.
STOP. RIGHT NOW...


Close your eyes. and Listen.  It's HARD. Trust me I know this all to well but in the mist of the noise find your quiet. Especially the next 40 days. Keep trying. You can do it.


Praying for a blessed and Happy Lent Season for you and yours (if you practice) if not still Peace be with you and still take the next 40 days to find some sort of quiet for yourself. Know I'll be right there with you trying to do the same.





5 Kid Friendly Recipes For Lent

Can't believe that Lent starts this week.  For my family that means we do not eat meat on Friday till Easter. This year we are going to add on Wednesdays as well so I thought I'd share a few a recipes I'd like to make for my family and maybe if you needed a meatless recipe you could use one of these recipes as well.

I don't know about you but growing up it usually ended up that during lent I'd eat a grilled cheese for lunch and dinner  on Fridays as my mom made cod fish and I was never a fan or I'd make a tuna sandwich. My 2 out of my 4 kids don't like Tuna so that will leave us with either me making regular pasta with tomato sauce or pizza (which we almost always have on Fridays anyway!)


This year I said since we are adding a day I don't think my kids will be too happy having pasta and pizza for a couple of weeks. Mama did some research and here are a few I can't wait to try out!






Crock Pot Taco Soup :
 In my family we LOVE Taco Night and that's one thing we have on a weekly basis so when I saw this "Vegan "Taco Soup that I could make in a crockpot well I knew I had to add it to my must makes. Can't wait to try this!


Cream of Broccoli Soup: 
My middle kids always request to get the broccoli soup when we head to Panera so when I saw this recipe I knew they would probably be requesting this one LOTS after I make it for sure!


Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower: 

When I saw this I gasped because you see I love Balsamic glazed chicken so when I saw this I was thinking will this actually be tasty? Will my KIDS like it?! but what I have learned about cauliflower  is that they take on any seasoning you put into it and if you look at the ingredinets they are really easy and very flavorful and I can't wait to try this.


Squash Pesto Spaghetti :

Oh my my mouth was watering when I found this recipe! I have become a real fan of making spaghetti squash so this was something I know my family (kids especially will love)


Zucchini-Bell Pepper Pizza : 

Of course I couldn't  do this post without sharing a recipe that had to do with Pizza! What is more fun then getting your kids in the kitchen to help you. This pizza is full of veggies but for me I find when I am making something like this that my kids might make a face if you have them help you they WILL eat it! So this is something that I see will not only make it a fun dinner but a fun family time.



What are some of your go to meatless recipes? I'd love if you would share it with me. Also if you happen to make one of these I'd love to hear how your family enjoyed it!









So What's On Your Menu For Sunday?




Today I thought I'd share a few things that I plan to make this Sunday that will be pretty quick and easy to make.


For starters I will be making  Honey Chicken Inspired Chickens (I'll be switching the legs for wings)

While those are in the Oven I'll be making some preparing other little Hordeves like these turkey Meatballs and as a sweet treat the Chocolate Cups.

Of course to keep it healthy and interesting I like to have a tray of veggies w/some Hummus (we love Trader Joes Tomato & Red Pepper kind)

I don't know but I like a little soup as well or am I just strange? Here is of my favs that I think will be perfect it's my Butternut Squash YUMMM.

I'm thinking that one more treat that will put it over the top for Super Bowl 50 are my famous Rockstar Mama Cookies!

Hopefully these will give you a few ideas as to what to make tomorrow for the game. Honestly I don't watch the game really I just stay for the treats and commercials.

What are your plans for tomorrow?

Word{less} Wednesday : That one time Confetti REALLY was a Good Idea


So what happens when a mom is a the Dollar Store and just happens to pass by a bag of confetti. YUP "light bulb" moment and a mini photo shoot is screaming to be done. 

This is another one of my famous HEY kids give me just 10 minutes shoot!  It actually took longer for me to set up then what it took for me to take the pics and hmm yeah cleaning up. I still am finding little bits of confetti BUT it was worth it.

So I say a little confetti it IS a Good idea.


Forks are Our Friends.

I'd love to share a little something as to what a Fork means to me.
This may seem silly at first glace but once you read I bet you'll find out you
have a little crush too.

Ode to The Fork.

Savor. You tell me. Slow Down or I'll have to give you Pinch.
Savor. Slow Down. Whoever thought of this concept. 
I have so much to do and so little time to sit here and eat.
Savor. Slow Down. No matter how meaningless you might think this meal might be.
Slow Down and notice whom are you enjoying it with. Are you standing? Then Sit. Make sure the meal you share is with someone or more then a someone makes it that much better. 

Any stories to tell then let me help you not only Savor your meal but the words that you share.

Eating with a fork has it's purposes I have learned. To me it does take more time to eat when you eat and guess what I actually am enjoying it and am remembering to not only cook for my family so that they may enjoy but it's taught me that this is a time that should be for myself or anyone that cooks a meal. It's our time to Savor and remember what we eat when and whom we were with.

So next time you have a meal why not grab a fork and remember my little ditty and ode to the Fork who asks for you to Savor your next meal.


So now of course my question to you is. Do you use a spoon or fork?

Weekly Journal : Life Around Here

It's that time again for my weekly post. Today it's up a bit later then usual as it ended up being a delayed morning for the kids so trying to get into the swing of my day. OK here is this week's edition:

Thanking God : After this blizzard we had (27 1/2 inches) I was very nervous as my husband was out there in for his job. So I was nervous till he got home. I am thankful to our Lord for getting my Hubby back to us safely and the next day he had off. Today he's back at it but at least it should be easier and he'll be home at a good hour instead of late in the evening.

Praying : This one is basically the same I've been praying for a while now and if you read this and would like to send your prayers my way I'd be thankful. Praying for enlightenment and direction. Our Lord knows best. Jesus I trust you.

Listening : My Isy bean LOVES to sing and so that's what I am listening to and her talking to her toys. I love to hear her imagination at work. Thank you Lord for my little firecracker.

Bible Journaling : I'm doing good and actually doing more listening. I actually have learned that for me listening to the Word I am able to retain it much better so I am doing now and making sure I make time for it.

Around the House : BOOM.. YUP that's just what my house looks like now. Right now I want to get up and clean and clean and clean but it's so discourging at times because it's like I clean up and 2 hours later it looks as if I didn't do anything.. SIGH on our blackboard I wrote .."Clean All Things With Love" which I need to focus on especially today where I am NOT feeling no love with all the mess that's been left behind for me.


Healthy Frontier : Today I have REALLY started to focus on it again. I have also decided to start cutting my Diet Coke I drink maybe 2-3 a day. YUP it gets that nuts around here. I am going try to have it only once a week. (TRY) key word. I've cut it out before during lent but right now I've been drinking Diet Coke out of control. I also feel like my time doing WW is about to be done. I DISLIKE so much what has happened and I dislike feeling like I'm on a "Diet" now way more then I ever had. I never felt like I was restricted.


Captured:

Ahh Snow Blizzard : Jonas of COURSE I had to capture my kids in it! Let's recap shall we :

Oldest :Happy cause he made some pocket change
Youngest Son : Wanted to nap in it
Oldest Little Girl : Happy to go out and Play
Baby Girl : Wasn't having it and wanted to go back inside

OH I Love my Kids!


Something New : Kind of excited that I found a new site that actually will help me in my studying the word of the Lord.  There are movies, programs and so much more! It does cost $10 a month to join but I think what could I use $10 a month that will not do anything for me as this will WELL I think it's a bargin! I really am happy I heard about it on the podcast that I really love. These are a group of Catholic moms who are SUPER funny and I love what they share each week. You can check out their podcast at : The Visitation Project 
The other site that I am talking about is called FORMED and you can go to their site at http://formed.org I highly recommend it. It will be the best $10 you spent. (well in my opinion)

Word{less} Wednesday : Super Girl



She's been trying to learn how to jump now for a couple of weeks and it's been so sweet watching her try and not give up. Her siblings have been helping her and I love that they cheer and teach her all the time and she FINALLY has it down!

I love seeing her discover and achieve new things. She is so awesome! We are so blessed. YAY for Preemie Power Baby!