Saturday, January 31, 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday!

I can't believe how time flies!  It seems like yesterday day my baby girl was born and now she's 2 years old today!

She is full of life and personality!!! 


Making faces with mommy!
Blowing out her candles!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Anna Claire!!!

We LOVE you baby girl:)



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy 14th Birthday!


Dressed up and ready to go...

Ian loves to create things.  He's been learning to create balloon creations and happens to be really good at it. He did his 1st party a few weeks ago.

Me and my Ian

Enjoying dinner and dessert celebrating our boy last night!


           Happy 14th Birthday
                  (yesterday )
                        Ian!!!
*I thought I posted this yesterday but when I went back to add that picture from last night, I noticed it had failed.  So, I'm reposting.)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

THM Mini Cheesecakes

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Angela’s THM Cheesecake

Here’s the recipe for my friend’s yummy Trim Healthy Mama Cheesecakes that several have requested:

Crust:

1 cup almond flour

½ cup pecan pieces

1 stick butter melted

Pinch of salt

1/8 tsp cinnamon

3 tsp Natural Mate (stevia and erythritol blend)

Dash of nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together and spread in well-greased springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Filling:

2- 8oz packages of cream cheese (1/3 less fat is ok) at room temperature

2 eggs

½ cup Natural Mate (stevia and erythritol blend)

1 tsp lemon juice

¼ tsp glucomannan

2 Tbls whipping cream

For best results, leave your cream cheese out overnight. Handle your batter gently. When you add eggs, only beat them until the yolks disappear.

Beat the cream cheese and the sweetener together until smooth. Add lemon juice, whipping cream and glucomannan. Then, add the eggs one at a time, beating just until the yolks disappear. Pour into prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. Let cool and store in refrigerator.

Topping:

2 cups whipping cream

4 Tbls Natural Mate (stevia and erythritol blend)

1 Tbls Vanilla

Whip cream until stiff peaks begin to form. Add in vanilla and sweetener. NO NOT OVERBEAT!!!

Place whipped cream in icing back and top cooled cheesecake. Also, top with shaved Lily’s chocolate bars.

For mini cheesecakes: Bake in 24 lined muffin cups. Bake for only 15-20 minutes.

For chocolate espresso cheesecake: Omit whipping cream. Double all other ingredients. Mix together ¼ cup whipping cream and 2Tbsp instant espresso. Set aside. Melt 1 cup Lily’s chocolate chips in microwave at half power. Add to the whipping cream mixture and the add to the batter at the end.

Chocolate crust:

6 Tbls almond flour

2 tsp instant espresso

¼ tsp salt

¼ cup butter

3 oz Lily’s chocolate chopped ( or chips)

½ cup Natural Mate (stevia and erythritol blend)

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave on half power. Add egg, vanilla, espresso and sweetener. Stir well and add the almond flour and salt. Spread crust in prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Colonial Christmas Homeschool Day

On Friday, December 12th we attended the Colonial Christmas Homeschool Day at Audubon State Historic Site.  We rotated through different stations discussing colonial times as well as Christmas traditions.

They had 10 different stations for us to rotate through that day.  This was open to all homeschoolers with registration required.  There were 200+ people from BCH represented that day along with other groups.

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Christmas Tradition Station:

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Corn Grinding Station:

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Colonial Country Store Station:

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Colonial Soldier/Soldier Drill Station:

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12th Night Tradition Station:

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Colonial Hunting Station:

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Colonial Cooking Station:

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Colonial Kid Games Station:

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Wassail Station:

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Cajun Christmas Station:

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Afterwards, many of the families stayed to picnic on the grounds.  It turned out to be a beautiful day for picnicking with friends.

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Fun Pics:

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Pics with friends (and Anna Claire):

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Here’s a beautiful picture taken by one of our moms (Suzette) who is a photographer:

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Here’s more pics from Candi: