Saturday, December 3, 2011

How we do it here in the country!

We had our annual Christmas Parade today in town and my son was actually marching this year.  He plays bass clarinet and is actually quite talented, per his teacher.  I knew this already since I am a former Music Teacher (taught for six years) but since I am Mama I figured I am biased.  He is actually so good that he is one of a handful of 7th graders that are performing with the 8th graders Monday Night for a complete concert, so I am quite blessed. 

Unfortunately they combined two middle schools to march together during the parade, so I wasn't able to get a picture of him marching (he was on the opposite side of the street), but I wanted to share how we parade in the country!

Max my bass clarinet player, also fronting as an Elf!

Santa Suzannah and his Reindeer Gracie!


Master Mika Jhett, my other Elf

Local Fire Truck


Sheriff's "car"

Friday, December 2, 2011

Get your Chocolate Fix with Superfood Snacks!

Superfood Snacks

Recently I was blessed to receive a package in the mail from SuperfoodSnacks.com-A company that sells raw superfood truffles.  The truffles are made from ancient raw superfoods from around the world and because they are made with cocoa, they honestly taste more like  something naughty than something healthy!

The products are packaged completely in sustainable packaging that is 100% biodegradable so you can feel good about the food you are eating and feeding your children AND feel good about how earth friendly the packaging is!

I personally love that each individual truffle contains all the antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that our body needs to keep us energized and healthy!


I was blessed to receive two bags of these fabulous Superfood truffles-Brazilian Chocolate Ecstasy and Chocolate Cherry Qi.

Each bag came with 6 truffles.  They were dusted in cocoa, loaded with things such as nuts and seeds and were oh so Amazing!


The Chocolate Cherry Qi had a distinctive Cherry flavor to it along with pumpkin seeds and the end product is something really tasty to eat.

The Brazilian Chocolate Ecstasy has a coconut undertone to it, although I am unsure if there is actually coconut in it.  It does have Chia seeds, Brazil Nuts, raw Cocoa, and Mango.  I can honestly say this truffle was so decadent I seriously considered hiding them from the children, but I didn't.  And you can see for yourself in the picture are the tasty bits of goodness that are inside the truffle!


The proof of how truly good these Superfood Snacks are is in this picture.  (yes that is part of my tooth paste stockpile in the background that I got that day and had yet to make room in the closet for!)  Nothing says yummy like Mika's face after eating several!



Where can I buy them?  The truffles can be purchased HERE in both individual bag size and by the case

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way by Superfood Snacks for this review, but I did receive products to try for the review.  All opinions are honest and my own!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A few of my favorite things plus one more

WHY I AM OLD

I discovered yesterday while riding in the car with Max, my almost 13 year old that I am old.  Honestly , I have never even thought of myself as old before, but I guess there is truly a season for everything!  We were jamming to some great tunes when Will Smith's Welcome to Miami came on.  In true old school form, I cranked the music up good and loud and started singing at the top of my lungs.  The conversation that followed went like this:

Max- Mom, Who IS that??
Me-Will Smith
Max-Will WHO?
Me-You don't know Will Smith????
Max-Never heard of him
Me-YES you have, you know, The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire
Max-Huh?  What is that
Me-You know that girl that sings the annoying song I flip my hair back and forth?
Max-yeah NO one likes that song
Me-Her Dad
Max-Man, he must be old

So, I came home and got out my Strivectin and added an extra slather or three to lick my wounds!

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

I thought since Oprah is off the air and we are all saddened that we can't live vicariously through others as we watch them win THOUSANDS of dollars worth of goodies from Oprah that I would share a few of my favorite things for Wordless Wednesday.  Disclaimer-they are inexpensive and you will have to buy your own :)

So my thighs don't feel left out at Christmas time!


Nothing says comfort like a nice cup of cocoa with melting mellows on it!


Ensures a Truly Merry Christmas even when the Family arrives


This is my plan b for when the Family arrives!  Okay so it is plan A.  I just open it AFTER the other is all gone

Pretty sure I won't mind telling Santa what I want for Christmas this year!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Eggmundo

About two months ago we started raising our own organic free range chickens and it has been a wonderful experience.  I would recommend anyone who has a yard raise their own chickens.  The benefits are just amazing. 

First of all, my eggs are so much better than store eggs.  I know you think I am imagining it, but it is so true.  The yolks are such a deeper richer color and the taste is so different I noticed immediately.  Second of all, my eggs are fresh.

A farmer has 45 days from the time the hen lays the eggs to get it to the warehouse of the market.  The warehouse has another 45 days to get the eggs on the shelf and usually the buy by date is 30-45 days after they hit the shelf.  Now, I am not saying the eggs aren't still good, they are.  In fact, Mother Earth News did a study and they placed eggs in a covered container (plastic with a lid like Rubbermaid) and 7 months later the eggs still passed the float test.  However, eggs that are fresh from today or this past week taste just so much better.

Now for the deep reasoning.  My chickens don't get any hormones in their food or injected in their bodies.  This is such an important thing to me. Hormones added to meat are causing major issues- I will let you do your own research since it would make my post so long, but let's just say, you really should evaluate the meat you are putting in your body if you haven't already.   I buy feed at the local farm and garden store that is made by and used by the Amish.  There is literally nothing added to this mix except what they need in their bodies for nourishment. 

And, my chickens are happy chickens.  They run around my big yard clucking, pecking the earth, and getting all the extra nutrients they need from the grass, dirt and pebbles.  They are so happy that with 7 layers I typically get 5-6 eggs a day even now in the winter time when laying typically dies off.  Most of my girls lay small to medium eggs because they are 5 months old and just laying.  However, I have one girl who lays 3 eggs a week.  When you see the picture you will know why she doesn't lay more. 
She lays super jumbo eggs.  I actually put it in a juice up and it filled it up 3/4 of the way!  The small is is from my other layers and the typical size we have.  Think about getting your own chickens.  If you live in the city, obviously you can't get the rooster, but you can use a simple dog house with a door on it for a place to sleep and crates with hay for a nesting box.  I am telling you, it is really rewarding and I can't imagine not having my own chickens!