Angel Biscuits

Nom-Rating: **** (4/5)

It’s hard to believe that Easter has come and gone and we’re full speed ahead to summer! Of course, we’ve been in summer mode for weeks down here in Houston. Summer basically started back in February:/

I hope your Easter was as wonderful as ours! It really is a beautiful time of year! There is so much happiness found in the hope and joy that comes from living this life with Jesus! 

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Recent Reads 4: February’s Books

I mentioned in my last Recent Reads post that I have a goal of reading two books each month. I got a little behind in January and only read one book (The Road to Little Dribbling), but made up for it by reading three in February. Here they are!

Recent Reads

ARC OF JUSTICE

I started out February with Arc of Justice which was for a book club that I joined this year. We have only met once and it went pretty well, so I’m excited to see how our group evolves as the year progresses! 

This book is pretty heavy. It was definitely written by a researcher who felt like it was necessary to include EVERYTHING that was found during research for the book. Sometimes the added information was interesting, but sometimes it just slogged the plot down.

This book is set (mostly) in the 1920s and explores the progression of residential segregation. I’m going to be honest with you, history is definitely one of those subjects that I kind of just sailed through in school. And by sailed I mean I didn’t really pay attention, did all the work as fast as I could, and mainly spent lots of time staring at the clock. History CLASS isn’t really my thing, but just history in and of itself is pretty interesting. I learned a ton about racism and the journey that our country took out of slavery and into Jim Crow and it was honestly very educational. And long. This book took awhile to get through.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this one as I wasn’t very familiar with racism and residential segregation in the 20s. However, it’s not really one that I would recommend as just a good book for anyone. I feel like you might need to have an interest in history to enjoy this one. 

PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC

Parenting with Love and Logic is one that I knew I would enjoy. I always used Love and Logic principles in my classroom as a middle and upper school science teacher and rarely ever had disciple problems. The techniques are a bit different for parents, but I really feel like they will work well for Mr. Torres and I as Ellis gets older! 

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in trying out some different parenting techniques!

LOST IN MY OWN BACKYARD

And lastly, Lost in my own Backyard is a book that I’ve had in my bookshelf for who knows how long and I’ve just never taken the time to read it. It’s a small book about some of the features and hikes in Yellowstone National Park. I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s writing style…it seemed a bit pretentious, but I’m a sucker for travel writing and especially travel writing about camping and backpacking:) 

Tim Cahill takes his readers through some of Yellowstone’s lesser known areas in hopes of encouraging all of us to get out and explore our own backyards…aka our national parks. After finishing this little book, I was ready to plan our trip to Yellowstone! 

Overall, I would recommend this one and I’ll most likely be checking out some other titles by this author:)

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Matcha Muffins

I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with a new-to-me ingredient lately…

Matcha powder!!

But, as with every new/special ingredient, I’m always a little bit hesitant to use it. I don’t want to waste it! Or use it on a recipe that I don’t love! Or use it up too quickly and not appreciate it! You’d think I had the last known container of matcha powder in the world:D
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Five for Friday: The Garden

Hello and happy Friday!!

This year’s garden is up and running and is actually looking decent due to the fact that Ellis and I are always looking for things to do outside and have, therefore, been on top of the watering! It also didn’t hurt that I bought a soil test kit and actually paid attention to what kind of fertilizer the soil needed before planting everything:D

Here’s a look at what’s growing so far.

1 Of course, my very favorite vegetables to grow…tomatoes! I have four different types of tomatoes planted and the cherry tomato plant already has two baby tomatoes!

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Recent Reads 3

One of my new year’s goals for 2017 is to read two books each month. Definitely achievable, but I probably average about one book a month, so it’s been good for me to stretch it a bit.

I actually only read one book in January (new year’s fail?), but made up for it by reading three books in February:D 

The road to Little Dribbling

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

And just like that, we’ve been a family of three for nine months. Phew!

Having Ellis in our lives has brought us so much joy.

It’s definitely something different than just happiness, because it’s not all smiles and giggles all the time. It’s deeper and more complicated. I think that’s how joy is most of the time.

I actually started writing this post at the six month mark, but never got around to finishing it:P Soooo after three months of not blogging, here it is! Ellis’ birth story<3

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Evening: We planned to go out to eat for dinner after stopping by a going-away party for some friends. I was feeling a bit more pressure than usual in my lower abdomen, but felt pretty good overall. We ended up staying at the party a little later than we intended and didn’t leave until 7:00 pm. By then it was raining and once we got on the highway, I felt like I needed to be home asap. I didn’t even care about getting dinner. I was feeling really antsy and just wanted to get off the roads. 

Mr. Torres knew that something was up when I was completely uninterested in dinner and made the call to get all of our birth-day stuff ready to go before we went to bed…just in case! Continue reading

Rainbow Baked Sweet Potatoes

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

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There’s a sweet potato under there! I promise!

This recipe has been making frequent appearances on our weekly menu lately. It’s just one of those meals that uses ingredients that we almost always have on hand, comes together easily, and is super delicious! 

I know that I’m technically missing a few colors of the rainbow, but you could definitely add some chopped purple cabbage and an orange bell pepper to round it out:)

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

Verdict: The only negative about this recipe is all the chopping of veggies that has to be done. However, that works okay for us right now because I’m able to pre-chop everything during one of Ellis’ naps and then the only prep I have to do right before dinner is heat up the chicken (it’s usually pre-cooked in the freezer). I cook the sweet potatoes in the crockpot during the day, so I don’t even have to turn the oven on! 

Rainbow Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, baked
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cheese (basically any kind), shredded
  • 1/4 cup purple cabbage, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ranch yogurt sauce (1/2 cup Greek yogurt + 1/2 Tbs ranch dressing mix)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut sweet potato length-wise and place on plate.
  2. Add toppings to taste.
  3. Top with salt and pepper and ranch yogurt sauce.
  4. Enjoy!
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