Healthy Picnic food

We finally took our traditionally trip out to the lake! This year we went to northern Indiana. Would you believe you can find white sandy beaches in the midwest? I didn’t realize that I could have driven only 1.5 hours away from my alma mater (Purdue University) and relaxed on the beach. Embarrassingly obvious I know but not being from Indiana I was at a disadvantage with certain things. Nonetheless, we have discovered several beaches around Michigan and Indiana that are quite lovely.

Did I mention our vacation lasted only 8 hours? Since we are on a tight (super tight creating a muffin top) budget we decided that a one day trek would be easy on  our wallets but satisfying to the kiddos. We were right. It was relaxing but we were all ready to go home by the time the life guards got off duty that evening.

The only stressful part was what to bring for snacks? My kids and hubby have restricted diets so it was challenging. This is what I came up with:

I finally had a chance to try this idea from Pinterest. Let me tell you IT REALLY WORKS! That spinach was crisp and cold.

This chicken took a little finagling. I didn’t want to use mayonnaise because we had a 2 hour trip and more importantly my kids have egg allergies. Most of the picnic chicken recipes I found were for fried chicken but I wanted something healthier. So I came up with this:

cut up chicken from Costco rotisserie chicken

ever so slightly brown it in some olive oil and 2 tsp of curry powder

take the chicken out of the pot and in a bowl…

add a cup of grapes sliced in half

Slice and dice a small apple

mix together and voila! After a few hours in the cooler everything melded nicely together and no worries of rotten mayonnaise.

(by the way we had PLENTY of ice in the cooler. It was still cold at the beach)

Other snacks included water, Annie’s individually packaged snack crackers, grapes, apples, tortilla chips

Hope you have a blessed one!

Your Words Have Power!


Our words can literally create or destroy!  What you say is likely what you will get.  We’ve all heard that our words have the power of life and death, but do we really live like they do?  Over a decade ago, I took the time to make a list of positive confessions and I decided to start speaking them over myself every day.  It truly has changed my life for the better!  As I began making these positive confessions over my life from the Word of God, I can honestly say that they have come to pass in my life.  I wanted to share them with you today.  I hope you make these confessions a part of your every day routine and see what God begins to do in you… you really do get what you say!


My Confession

1)    I walk in divine health (3 John 2)Image

2)    I live under an open heaven (Malachi 3:10)

3)    I have no lack for any good thing (Judges 18:10)

4)    I am prosperous and God delights in my prosperity (Psalm 35:27)

5)    I expect favor with God and with man (Luke 2:52)

6)    I live in abundance (Ephesians 3:20)

7)    I am blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2)

8)    I am a lender and not a borrower (Duet. 28:12)

9)    My God shall supply all of my need according to His riches & glory in Christ    (Phil. 4:19)

10) I walk in the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22)

11) I hear from God (Acts 22:14)

12) My steps are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23)

13) God is my strength, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)

14) I walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

15) I enjoy my work and make the most of my time (Ephesians 5:16)

16) I am a person of excellence and integrity (Psalm 25:21

17) I have supernatural wisdom and discernment (James 1:5)

18) I walk in revelation knowledge (Ephesians 1:17

19) I am a person who forgives easily and loves all people (Colossians 3:13)

20) The gifts of the Spirit operate in my life (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)

21) I am the head and not the tail in life (Duet. 28:13)

22) I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)

23) I live every day in abundant Joy (Isaiah 35:10)

24) I am strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10)

25) I am Bold for Christ (Acts 4:29)

26) I am a Soul Winner (Mark 16:15)

27) I will fulfill my calling and destiny that God has for me and I expect God’s Best (Jeremiah 29:11)

28) I use my gifts and talents to glorify God (1 Peter 2:12)

29) I am faithful and steadfast in the Lord (Psalm 51:10)

30) I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)

31) I have a teachable spirit (Proverbs 9:9)

32) I am strong in character and ready for anything (James 1:2-4)

33) I receive what I ask for, I find what I’m looking for, and the doors are open in my life (Matt. 7:7-8)

I declare these things in the name of Jesus!


Episode 2: The Last 20 “my mental epiphany”

I always knew that losing weight was a mental challenge as well but I thought it was all about fighting to stay consistent or stay away from foods that aren’t healthy. But I was doing some journaling and began to realize that there were some deeper roadblocks going on with me. I share them in Episode 2 of “The Last 20”.

What a week!

Last week I spent a few days in the hospital with my second child because of her asthma. It started out as a little cold and turned into something scary. We went in to the hospital on Wednesday morning at 1:30am and didn’t get home until Thursday afternoon. I thought she would get a breathing treatment of albuterol and then be sent home like before. But I began to suspect it was worse when the doctor who was very sweet, looked back one last time before she left the room with a furrowed brow. After that we were moved to a room by the nurses station in the ER for for continuous treatments of albuterol, steroids and heart monitoring to determine if she needed to go to the ICU. I was worried but for some reason I wasn’t anxious. I know that the Holy Spirit was with us, keeping me calm. I am grateful for Riley Children’s Hospital being right here close to us. I don’t take my kids anywhere else for their numerous medical needs. However, each update concerning my daughter’s condition was a surprise. They determined she did not need to go the ICU but had to stay for two more days for observation and more treatments. WHAT? By the next day exhaustion wasn’t the right word to describe me…probably delirious would be better. She slowly got better and I could tell that she was enjoying all of the attention. The rooms were brand new and we were able to enjoy movies on the flat screen and even attempted the Wii! I took a class on asthma and learned a lot. I have lived my whole life with this disease and never learned the basics of how it’s treated. Now we have an asthma plan for the next time it’s triggered as well as preventative steps to take.

I feel a little guilty that I miss being in the hospital where nurses kept coming in to ask me if I wanted anything to drink or eat. They wanted to know if they could get me a coffee or a soda or a DVD. They administered Selah’s medications and escorted us every where in the hospital for tests. Not to mention room service! It was nice but it’s nice to be home as well.

I hope you all had a wonderful mother’s day!