Monday, May 23, 2011

16 Weeks

I have finally gotten around to posting the pictures we took almost 3 weeks ago now. Yes, things are a little behind as I am just now getting to post the 16 week maternity shot, even though if you look in the right hand side bar of this blog at the pregnancy ticker you will notice I am fast approaching 19 weeks! Life just gets crazy sometimes, I don't know how all these people with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and whatever else there is keep up with it all, I have a hard enough time keeping up with one blog, texting, and actual people! Not to mention I rely on someone else to edit my photos, who is a very busy, husband, father, hard working editor/producer, and photographer so things get a little delayed and that's ok. But nonetheless we always have pictures it is just a matter of sharing them with you all!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Smoothies, Protein Balls and Crayons

Smoothies are a fan favorite around here so while there has not been much happening blog worthy lately, I thought I would share my recipe for the one I make pretty much on a daily basis for the the kiddos and myself. If there is left over smoothie I just put it in popsicle molds for an instant sweet treat later on, Sophie especially loves it this way!

Smorgishborg Smoothie

For the frozen fruits I just sort of eye up how much I want in there but if you need some sort of measurement I would say it is at least two good sized handfuls of each.

Frozen Mango
Frozen Strawberries
Frozen Blueberries
2-3 Kale leaves (stems removed)
1 whole Banana
1 tsp Alfalfa powder
2 TBSP Liquid Chlorophyll
Orange Juice (enough to make it all liquidy and smoothie like)

Blend until smooth!

Why I use the ingredients I do:
Mango - improves digestion, lowers cholesterol, improves concentration and memory, helps clear pores, rich in iron, helps fight diabetes, high in antioxidents which are known preventors of cancer and heart disease.

Strawberries - high amounts of dietary fiber, antioxidents, anti-inflammatory, loaded with Vitamin C and Manganese and the Potassium, Vitamin K and Magnesium help build strong bones.

Blueberries - highest antioxident capacity of all fruit, neutralizes free radicals which can affect disease and aging, improved urinary tract health, aids in better vision and brain health, high fiber content.

Kale - full of Vitamins A,K, & C, antioxidents and anti-inflammatory properties help fight cancer, high fiber is heart healthy, aids in digestion, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating.

Banana - good source of potassium, minimizes the risk of kidney stones, highest source of naturally available Vitamin B6 which helps your body to make hemoglobin a crucial ingredient in blood.

Alfalfa - contains 8 essential amino acids, rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, a good source of beta carotene. This superfood provides a plethora of other AWESOME health benefits....just Google it and see for yourself!

Liquid Chlorophyll - cancer fighting, high levels of Vitamins A, C, & E making it a strong anti- inflammatory and antioxident, binds to and removes toxic heavy metals (like mercury) from your body, aids our bodies tissue in fighting germs, rapid delivery of magnesium, contains Vitamins K, C, folic acid, iron, calcium and protein which are all essential in building and repairing red blood cells and boosting our immune system.

Another new favorite I tested out recently was a recipe I found for protein balls. It had chocolate in it so I figured all members (myself included) of the Slimick fam would enjoy!

No Bake Protein Balls

3/4 cup Truvia ( I do not use Truvia so I just used my Demerara sugar, but any pure, natural cane sugar will do)
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup coconut oil or butter (I used coconut oil because of it's benefits)
1/2 cup vanilla or chocolate almond milk ( I used unsweetened unflavored)
1/2 cup NATURAL peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups chocolate whey crisps (ok I really have no idea what these are so I went to the health food store and bought a healthy non-high fructose syrup containing brown rice crisp cereal I figured it was close enough, just thought I would include what the recipe actually called for in case anyone actually had whey crisps on hand!)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder, the recipe did not call for this but I added it anyway.

Combine first 4 ingredients in saucepan and bring to rolling boiling for 1-2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and drop by the tablespoon onto wax paper. Let cool and Enjoy. As a side note, I had to put mine in the fridge and store them there to help keep their firm texture.

They came out really good and were a HUGE hit with the kids and Neal. My mom even enjoyed them.

We have a lot of broken unused pitiful looking crayons around here, as I am sure many households with young children do. Not wanting to be wasteful these poor excuses for children's art supplies lay hidden away in our dark art closet, feeling inspired and on top of my game yesterday I enlisted the help of my ever willing husband to help me tear off all the little itty bitty stuck on like glue paper from ALL of our children's broken crayons so that Sophie and I could make recycled muffin crayons today!

Recycled Muffin Crayons

Lots of broken crayons with the paper peeled off
Muffin tins
Cooking spray ( I don't use cooking spray so I opted for a bit of vegetable oil on a paper towel to coat my muffin tins with)

Spray or rub oil into muffin tins, break up crayons into smallish pieces so they fit in the tins. Combine like colors or combine non like colors, make 'em funky and fun!

Bake in a 275 degree oven for 8 minutes. Ours took longer not sure if it was the type of crayons we used or what so just watch yours until they are melty. Take them out of the oven let cool you can put them in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process if you have eager excited children! Color!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Long Overdue Post.....

No, I did not fall into a deep, dark black hole......I've just been pregnant with two little ones running around trying to keep up with life that just seems to be whirling by me at rapid speed! Imagine how crazy it will be with 3 children, ahhhh yes I can hear the sound of crying now, me that is, not the kids........just kidding. It was a rough first couple of weeks with the pregnancy, feeling like well, you know something stuck to the bottom of your shoe for about 13ish weeks and having to care for two little ones was not really my idea of fun, but we roughed it out and came out relatively unharmed! Now the daunting task of just making sure I get a enough rest and have enough pep to get through the day is my challenge, I am a night owl by nature, but I pay for it and hate myself in the morning when I hear a chubby little red head quacking like a duck over the monitor at 6:30am, followed shortly after at 7am by quiet unlatching his older sister's door wondering if in fact Daddy has yet left for work.

We have been busy to say the least, just doing life and living it up. We have indeed added two more chickens to the Slimick Farm, they remain unnamed at the moment, but we are working on it. Once they stopped getting picked on by our other 4 chickens and they get acclimated to their new surroundings we will be sure to share some photos of our newest feathered family members.

Until then enjoy some random photos of our crazy adorable children on an outing we had last month to our local natural history museum, and yes after actually viewing these pictures and seeing how long our son's hair was we cut it soon after. Rest assured Jonah now looks like a little boy who has parents who love him.