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!

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Still feeling thankful

 

I hope you all had a very lovely Thanksgiving! It’s really one of my favorite days of the year for this reason: I don’t do anything but eat. I don’t even cook. My mother in law LOVES to cook thanksgiving dinner and she never lets me help clean up. I really do think the Lord blesses me with a little piece of heaven every year on that day!

Every year I really plan on blogging or youtubing during the holidays but I find that it’s really hard with family and friends and…well…resting. However I have been meditation on what I’ve been thankful for this year all month.

I’m thankful for the health of my children. If any of you have followed me since the beginning of my blog you saw that really long blog I wrote on the horrifying experience we had with my daughter concerning her allergies and eczema which landed her in the hospital. I feel like I’ve lived most of my children’s early years in the hospital from either asthma, allergic reactions to foods, or eczema. But the second half of this year has been hospital free! PRAISE GOD!

I’m thankful for my husband who is so supportive of me. I’m thankful for our relationship and the fact that we were able to celebrate nine years together this month!

I’m thankful for my parents who pray constantly for me. Who encourage me and are always on my side. My parents are inspiring to me. I am also blessed to have a wonderful mother in law who I consider a friend and mentor. She is also an inspiration to me. I am surrounded by saints who have walked with the Lord for many years and their lives challenge me. When I look at them I truly will say “Baby, when you in Jesus, age ain’t nothin’ but a number!!!”. The missionaries in my church just returned from another trip to Africa and they are over 70 years old married for 50 years and still going strong!

I’m thankful for my friends who have been through thick and thin and..ahem “thicker” with me. I know I can call on them anytime and they will be there. I’m thankful for my new friends I’ve met this year through blogging and youtube. So yes…I’m thankful for the internet!

There is so much more to say. But I will end it here. I’m thankful for God in my life. I’m thankful that Jesus made Himself small and came to this fallen world to save us. He did not see fit to leave us to die in a sinful state but because of His unconditional love came and suffered and died and gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. I continue to marvel at this fact. And now I’m grateful that the season is upon us where we can reflect upon this great gift to us.

Have a GREAT DAY!!! (I mean it.)

 

Meditation Fail

Do you ever get frustrated when you try to take some quiet time for yourself? I had a conversation with my father about taking time to be still and reflect on any aspect of God. Just myself and God. Not necessarily bible study or prayer per se…just quietly reflecting. I made a video about what I thought this attempt could look like for a mom. I was joking around here. I really do think this is an important skill to ¬†cultivate. Enjoy!

 

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