wife to Jake, mommy to my 3 crazy munchkins, Lily (7), Jonah (5.5) and Kate (4). Taking this crazy blessed life one day at a time.

8.07.2012

Progress



Why is it so hard to do what is right? In our heads we know what is right, how to live a healthy life, how to be a good parent, spouse, friend, relative. Then why is it so hard to actually live it out? 

Why is it so easy to dish out advice on other people's problems, but when you are stuck in something hard, it's hard to even find our way out? 

It has been frustrating me lately that I know what it takes to be a great mom, and yet every day has it's struggles and every day I fall short.

Every day I work on being a better mom to my munchkins. My biggest struggle is my patience. I have been working so hard at controlling myself and doing all I can to stay patient throughout the day. I have to because      I can see how it directly affects the kids and their behavior.  

I have been reading "Raising Your Spirited Child" by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, and it has already been eye opening for me. I have been reading it to see if it can give me some advice with Lily, as she is a spirited child for sure. I am already learning a lot and I can see how similar Lily and I are. I think that I am spirited, but a definite introvert. Lily is a spirited extrovert. Lily and I have similar struggles, which can make it really hard when trying to work through something. But this book is teaching me about my spirited daughter, and actually about myself as well. 

Looking back at my childhood, I can see how similar I was to Lily, being a very spirited little girl, and I remember how my parents reacted and dealt with me. This book is really showing me positive and encouraging ways to work with Lily's spirited personality and is teaching me to view it as a strength, not a weakness. If Lily is encouraged and if we channel her spirited personality the right way, Lily will move mountains. She will go on to do incredible things in her life. God has big plans for that girl. 

The things I am learning in this book are not only benefiting me and Lily, but Jonah, Kate and Jake too. Slowly our house is becoming a healthy Godly home. Slowly, I am taking control of my weaknesses and learning how to handle them in a healthy way. I still have work ahead of me, and it will take time. But I can already see such a positive difference. I can't wait to see what the second half of the book has to teach me!
These guys deserve the absolute best!

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8.03.2012

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Our garden has been producing zucchini like crazy the past month or so, which has been amazing. But the kids were getting a little sick of it, so I went in search of some new and exciting ways to use our fresh zucchini.

Thanks to Pinterest (of course!), I found this great recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake, which sounded right up my alley (really anything chocolate is right up my alley...).

Although not the best day for baking (it is hot and humid today), I went to work anyway and came away with 2 delicious loaves of this bread/cake.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cakes
Adapted from Food Network
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 packed cups grated zucchini (don’t peel it)
1 cup chocolate chips
-Preheat oven at 350 F. Spray two 9×5 inch pans with nonstick spray.

-Grate zucchini.

Fresh zucchini from our garden!

First time using my new food processor (where have those been all my life?!) to grate the zucchini and it was perfect!
-In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

-In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add the oil and vanilla.


 -Add to the dry ingredients along with the zucchini and chocolate chips. Stir just until combined, and divide between the loaf pans.

The picture kind of looks like pasta sauce, but I promise it looks like chocolate!)
-Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the tops are cracked and springy to the touch. Makes 2 cakes.

Mine only took about 45 minutes to bake, so be sure to keep an eye on them!





The kids LOVED it!


And there is your recipe for delicious zucchini cake!

Enjoy!
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