Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Awkward Selfie

Selfies are awkward, no?!

I suppose it's more awkward for my generation than others….

…after all, my 40+ crowd didn't grow up with phones with cameras…

…or phones at all, for that matter!

Still, regardless of whether or not the technology would have existed when I was a teen,

I doubt that I would have been an avid selfie-taker.




For me, there's something so self-absorbing about constantly photographing oneself.

I mean…

…can you imagine the Disciples taking selfies…

…or Martha and Mary….fighting over who got to take a selfie with Jesus?




It's so ridiculous when you think of it in terms of Christ!

I much prefer to take pictures of others…

…my husband, children, parents…

…even being in a picture or two with them.

Because for me, the camera is always about capturing myself in relation to others…

…being in relationship with others

not constantly with myself.

And so this Lent, I plan to really work on my relationships with others…

….writing more love notes…

…making more phone calls…

…playing more board games…sharing more read-alouds…cooking more meals together.

And of course, spending more time with Christ.




Wishing you a fun Fat Tuesday and a blessed start to Lent,




Transformation Update…

Twenty-five Pounds Lost!
(25 lbs)




Monday, March 3, 2014

Welcome, March! (And a Recipe to Share)

Can you believe it's March?

I know…I can't either!  

Especially when it looks like this out my window…

…Hurry up Spring!!!





So, on my "snow day"off, I made myself a cup of hot tea and curled up with my new favorite magazine, MaryJanes Farm.  The perfect mix of articles about organic foods…sewing/quilting/crafting…using essential oils…and general farmhouse-style living.  You can check out their regional farm girl bloggers (city farm girls, suburban farm girls, beach-y farm girls, etc.) or connect with them via Facebook.




And what better way to enjoy a cup of tea…than with a sweet treat?!

Mary Catherine has been dying to learn how to cook…bake…create meals, so we started with a simple cookie bar recipe from my Eagle Brand cookbook.

Magic Cookie Bars

Bake Time:  25 Minutes

1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated milk)
2 Cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 Cup chopped nuts

1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for glass dish).  In a 13 x 9-inch baking pan, melt butter in oven.

2.  Sprinkle crumbs over butter; pour Eagle Brand evenly over crumbs.  Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly.

3.  Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool.  Chill, if desired.  Cut into bars.  Store loosely covered at room temperature.  

Makes 2 to 3 dozen bars

Enjoy!

I'm off to Jazzercize to burn off these calories…but more importantly keep my blood sugar in check!

I hope you're staying warm where you are...