Easter baking

So yesterday we went to Joy Story 2 c/o Gateway Church held at Transcona Country Club, (we were visiting my in-law’s church), and it was a very lively service. The boys had fun watching Woody and Buzz Lightyear learn about what Christ did on the cross, and how they didn’t need to rescue Him, as He came to rescue us all from eternal damnation. And the sermon was very powerful as usual, as they preach the Gospel there every time and not just occasionally.

Afterwards, we all went home for a short bit, then it was time to go to our extended family gathering for Easter. Unfortunately, some people were ill so they couldn’t make it, but it was still nice to see everyone and meet some new faces too. The night prior, my youngest and I got to work making some colourful Crispy Rice Easter eggs. I let him choose the colours so he chose blue and red (pink) which turned out quite nicely. Here’s some photos of our baking time:

My Little Helper

My Little Helper :)

Putting the crispy rice into moldsTaking the Crispy rice out of the moldsClosing the easter egg moldsClosup of Easter eggsClose up of eggs

Eggs in baskets

Eggs in baskets

As you can see, my youngest son and I enjoyed making our little crea-egg-tions lol! It was lots of fun and they turned out so cute too! :)

After we made those, and it was time for the boys to go to bed, I decided to supplement the desserts with a batch of my delicious cranberry muffins. I believe I got the recipe off of Allrecipes.com a long time ago (it was called blueberry muffins to die for). I just make them with cranberries instead and I love the tartness of the cranberries mixed with the sweetness of the sugar. :) So here’s some photos of that fun:

Mixing up my muffins

Mixing up muffins

muffin batterclose up of muffinsfinished muffins

Everyone enjoyed the desserts, as did I as after having gone 4 weeks without real sugar and sweets, it’s been rough. And aren’t weekends that much better with a bit of sweetness? ;)

Till next post,

Roxy

Easter Weekend

Happy Easter everyone!

I was in a crafty mood so I suggested that the boys make some crafts for Easter, but before we did all this, I made sure to read them “The Easter Story”, which tells about Jesus’s time just before his death on the cross, and all the steps up to Easter Sunday. There is so much joy in sharing the Gospel with them and feeling their own wonderment at Jesus’s love for them. And hearing them sing God songs when I wake up in the morning, and they are playing makes me feel so happy. It really is music to my ears.

Well, this Easter, our boys decided to do different things – my youngest decided to colour a picture from Sunday school and to make a sign using stickers and writing, “Happy Easter”.

He is Risen

My older son decided to use an egg carton and some Kinder Surprise eggs to make little egg people of our family and one of his friends. They turned out so cute!

Easter egg peopleI love crafts! And in case you’re wondering, yes, I’m like a big kid! So I get just as much enjoyment doing this stuff as they do. I have another idea of something to make for Easter, we’ll see if I get around to doing them, but in the mean time I have some baking to do!

Today we went to Good Friday service at our church, Riverwood Church, and it was very special to sit there with our oldest child and really reflect on the meaning behind today. There are so many significances to what happened in Jesus’s life, and throughout Easter, but we are just scratching the surface of what really happened. We do know that what Christ did for us on that cross was no easy matter. Even though he was God and man combined, he chose to take the ultimate wrath from His Father God, all for our sakes, that we might not have to be disciplined for our sins. And boy am I thankful He did. Try to think of how you react when someone treats you badly or doesn’t listen to you – does it make you want to bless them or be mean? I know that I have trying times, and it’s those times when I choose to obey God and show love instead of anger, that I know He smiles down upon me. It’s all too easy to react in anger, but to show grace as He has shown us… wow. Only through His Holy Spirit am I able to walk in His Ways. There are just so many things my heart is feeling today, but His Love is at the top of the list. Even though times are tough, and I don’t know what lies ahead, I can rest in the knowledge that my Father in Heaven is watching out for us, and I need not worry. When doubt creeps in, as it has these past couple of weeks, I must remember that He is here. Blessed are we, who believe in the Lord Jesus!

May you all have a wonderful Easter weekend, and I pray that God will reveal Himself to you in a very powerful way. God Bless you!

Love,

Roxy

21 Days of Clean – check!

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Hello again,

So here we are, the end of week 3 of my cleanse (on the Clean Detox program), and boy was that tough, but it was worth it! I’ll say it again, “It was WORTH it!” And not in the shallow, ‘Let’s lose some weight by eating less’ kind of way. No, even though I lost about 5 pounds, which is nice, I will say, it was a good lesson in self-discipline, and it taught me a lot about healthy eating. Yes, I already knew a lot about what to eat in general, but I wasn’t very educated on what was actually good for you due to added chemicals/genetic engineering. Yes, organic foods are what you stick to on this diet, (insert groan here), and no, it’s not cheap, but it sure made a difference in the way I feel healthwise.

Today was actually my first day trying out wheat after 3 weeks off, as the 4th week after your cleanse, you’re supposed to slowly reintroduce other foods to see if you have any adverse reactions, and hence, find out if you’re allergic to them. For me, I already knew at least two foods I have a slight allergy to, but they also happen to be 2 foods I love, and I knew about this for a long time now. Those two foods are tomatoes and bananas, but I’m okay with having them from time to time as they are healthy and yummy, (hopefully my allergy always stays minor).

Anyhoo, just wanted to share that even though this diet cleanse is not easy, (at least for me it wasn’t, especially the 2nd and 3rd weeks), I think everyone should try it at least once to cleanse their bodies, and if you’re so adventurous, try to do it once a year. It not only helps detoxify your body, but it also helps clear your head (you actually feel less cloudy in the brain after doing this), plus you feel lighter inside, since there’s no more junk messing you up inside, and you may even lose a few pounds. Anyhoo, I just gotta say, I REALLY missed my bread! ;p I had one piece of toast with almond butter today and it was like eating a chocolate bar for me (almost as good anyways). Though now, I can’t wait until I have some chocolate (the sweet kind)! Yup, there’s nothing like being able to have your favourite foods… Speaking of food, I wanted to share with all of you some of the meals/desserts I tried on this diet to give you an idea of what you may want (or not want) to eat.

Pho soupPho Soup with thin-sliced lamb (I don’t normally eat lamb, but I got a bit carnal on this diet, and was desperate for some meat to have with this)

healthy cookiesHealthy cookies made with coconut oil (not the tastiest, and super dry/crumbly)

smoothySmoothy with berries, avocado, nectarine, apple, vegan protein, ground almond, grated ginger and coconut water (tasty)green soupGreen soup – I can’t even remember what this one had in it, definitely some spinach puree, but it was tasty yet super thin

So there you have it – the best and the worst of our diet (well I conveniently forgot to add a picture of the healthy brownies I made). They tasted very chocolatey as there’s cocoa and unsweetened chocolate in them, plus almond butter, but not much sweetness, so I was very disappointed. Apparently the stevia did not do much for flavour, though I didn’t add a lot to it either. In my efforts to bake some healthy desserts, I didn’t do too well, at least with the recipes I tried so far from the Clean detox support website. I have to admit that I really miss my regular baking and look forward to making some tasty cookies for Easter dinner on Sunday. It also makes me thankful that I have food to eat, as there are sooo many people in the world who do not get to choose what they eat on a daily basis as there is only 1 or 2 kinds of food available. So in all these things I say thanks to God for providing meals for my family.

And thanks to you all for continuing to come back again and again to see what’s new with me and my family. I adore you all for taking time out of your day to show your support, and quite frankly, I’m very shocked at the great amount of readers that have joined me so far. I hope that this continues as it further adds to fuel my desire to blog more each week. It’s also a great way to share new ideas and reviews. So thanks again!

Yours Truly,

Roxy