First Thanksgiving.

This post is a bit overdue, but nonetheless I am thankful McKinley got to experience her first Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holiday.  Nothing is more satisfying to my taste buds than a plate of mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, stuffing, cranberry salad, and turkey smothered in gravy.  Certainly not the healthiest meal of the year.

We spend our Thanksgiving venturing out to Newark, Ohio, or “The Farm” where my husband’s father lives.  At Great Grandma’s house we gather for prayer and break bread.  A time to catch up with all the cousins and aunts and uncles.  This year everyone got to meet miss McKinley and for some it was the very first time.  Here are some great pictures from the day:

Another BIG tradition for our family on Thanksgiving is the DETROIT LIONS football game.  Our favorite…favorite…team.  Yes, I’m being serious.

McKinley had a wonderful holiday!  She did seem quite quizzical over her mashed potatoes, but that did not stop her from opening wide!  🙂

This Sunday, the Lions are playing the Colts.  Get your game face on! Go Lions!!! 

~The chance for growth is infinite~ Georgia

Coconut Chicken Curry

This is a fabulous recipe filled with Fall time colors!! As we head into the cooler months, now is when we crave those warm stews and soups! You may even want to consider cooking this meal in bulk for the week! This Coconut Chicken Curry recipe is best served with brown rice or quinoa. You could also just eat as a soup/or stew. If you rather make a soup- add 1/2 can more of coconut milk and cook 10 minutes longer.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken for 4 or 6 (Cut into chunks)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tsp of Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp of Curry powder
  • 1 can of light Coconut Milk
  • 4 tbsp Almond or cashew butter
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • fresh grated ginger or 1 tsp of ginger powder
  • VEGGIES (any kind works!) (3 yukon gold potatoes, 3 carrots stalks, 1/3 bag of green beans, 1.5 cups of cauliflower- Chop everything up into small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup of water

Directions:

1) Gather all of your ingredients/most of your ingredients.

2) Chop all vegetables and set aside. Then cut chicken into bite size pieces, and throw in a skillet with a bit of olive oil.

3) Heat another pot with olive oil, add mustard seeds and cumin.

4) When seeds start to pop then quickly add red flakes & curry, then the coconut milk & water. (Have it ready!!!)

5) Next add in the almond or cashew butter. Use a whisk to help mix it in.

6) Grate in fresh ginger, or throw in powdered ginger.

7) Now throw in your veggies, and let it cook for 25-30 minutes.

8) Then throw in your cooked chicken, and let cook for another 5 minutes.

9) Serve over Rice or Quinoa. 🙂

~The change for growth is infinite~ Georgia

Heathy Chocolate Pie

We all need something sweet from time to time. And, It’s comforting to know that we can make healthier sweet options to get us through the holiday season approaching us full speed. If you are someone who has to bake for family functions, this is going to be a classic “crowd pleaser recipe.”

* You will need a food processor to make this recipe*

Ingredients:

  • 1) 3 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2) 1 small avocado
  • 3) 1 cup almond or cashew butter
  • 4) 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 5) 10 pitted dates
  • 6) 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 7) Handfull of strawberries
  • 8) 3 tbsp pf olive oil
  • 9) 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter

Directions:

1) First we make the crust of the pie. Add the pecans into processor and pulse, then add dates, cinnamon, and olive oil.

2) Form the crust into a 9 inch pie plate.

3) Next: Filling. Add avocado, almond or cashew butter, and blend until smooth/creamy.

4) Add in cocoa powder. Blend.

5) Add 1/2 cup melted earth balance butter. Blend.

6) Fill into pie crust. Put into refrigerator and let chill for 3-4 hours.

7) Once ready to serve, slice up some strawberries, to top off the pie.

This recipe has been tweaked a bit from Nourishing Meals Cook Book

~The change for growth is infinite~ Georgia

COSI Adventure

Columbus’s Center of Science and Industry, known as COSI to Buckeye fans, added a Little KidSpace. It’s a playground for imaginations, designed by early childhood experts.  Infants through kindergarteners can climb, slide, pretend, build, and splash in paradise.

Of course we had to take McKinley.  Our COSI adventure, or as I call it, “Controlling Our Social Inchworm” adventure began by meeting another couple.  Another young family with a new baby.  It was prime opportunity to meet other parents our age and McKinley wanted to meet their little 6-month-old girl.  Prime opportunity turned into a 10 minute control McKinley from grasping the hair of the other infant.  I explained that McKinley lived with three dogs (not that it mattered).  The mother of the 6-month-old looked at her husband and said, “I think it’s getting pretty late we should go.”   We waved goodbye, “Nice to meet you, say Bye-Bye McKinley.”

We then took her to the water area where she had the time of her life splashing away.

After splashing we walked around to the other exhibits, before calling it a day.  Remember the couple who had to leave?  We ran into them again.  I had an Oh we are those parents moment.  🙂

COSI is now offering early childhood workshops on Thursdays & Sundays!  Click here for more information about COSI if you live in the Columbus area, or are planning a vacation to visit!

How to: Maintain Motivation

Staying motivated can be tricky. There are however, simple methods to improve daily motivation. One method, and experts agree, is making your bed daily. Making your bed can drastically improve not only your motivation but also, your mental health. Imagine that. Really? A three minute task can increase motivation and lower stress? You should be saying, “sign me up.”

We’ve all been there–dragging ourselves out of bed on a dreary Monday morning. The last thing we want to do is make our bed. It seems silly right? To make our bed only to unmake it to sleep. It can seem pointless, but it’s not.

When you make your bed you are kick starting your mind and giving yourself momentum for the day. That is, when you wake up and make your bed, you’ve already accomplished something within the first five minutes of the day. So, it sets the standard for the rest of the day.

I’ve worked with clients in the past on this task and it drastically improved their motivation & stress levels.

See for yourself how a simple task, like making your bed can have a huge impact. Try it for seven days!

~The chance for growth is infinite~ Georgia