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Spinach and Berry Smoothie Recipe

I make this in my Vitamix. I usually drink at least once a week.

1 tsp. ground oatmeal
1 tsp. flax seed
2 heaping tsp. Vegan protein powder
3-4 tsp. flavored yogurt. Right now I’m using strawberry yogurt. It’s Greek.
2 handfuls of baby spinach

Fresh berries if you can find them!

I have used frozen berries in the past. I buy the bags at Target, they are less expensive than the grocery store and last twice as long.

Fill it up with OJ and make it a smoothie!

I’ll drink this when I feel a little run down and it helps me out. I also drink this before a run or when I get home from the gym.

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KonMari and Dave Ramsey

This year I have to just clean out one cabinet in the kitchen, one shelf in the basement storage area and go through our board games and card games. I just cleaned out my sewing area. I have two sewing machines for sale. I condensed my sewing items so much that I actually have some more storage boxes that are empty. I loaded up my truck the other day and brought a lot of photo frames and other items to donate. We have two Blu-Ray players for sale and 2 Apple TV’s also! Once I go through our cabinet, I’m sure there will be other things for donation or for sale.

Since we’re at the end of the road with KonMari, we decided to start on the Total Money Makeover with Dave Ramsey for 2017.

2017 is a NO spend year. Unless it’s absolutely necessary for work or groceries/household items, it will not be purchased. We went through our budget and we couldn’t account for quite a bit of money going out of our bank account.

Hubby has a business wardrobe that needs some things replenished throughout the year. I literally am set for clothes. Even after giving away items, I still have enough to last all year without buying anything.

Cash is our friend. We’re at the beginning of the stages, BS1 is underway though!

We have a car being paid off in a couple of months and hopefully we’ll have a tax refund to get BS1 complete!

Our goal for this year isn’t that difficult. Since I’m the one that usually goes shopping for the house and food, I just have to stick to the list and stay away from buying things that aren’t necessary. Amazon and Target seem to be the easy places to stay away from. We do have subscribe and save through Amazon, which is something that I recently edited to only necessary items per month. We are letting our BJ’s club membership expire and I’ll look at Costco later this month. I feel that BJ’s is limited with certain things. I’ll see if Costco meets our needs for bulk items. But honestly we use Amazon for most bulk things each month. It just seemed like a of time, gas and money to get to BJ’s each month. My usual amount spent could be directed to something else, like a bill or savings.

I’ll check in next month with an update!

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Hummus Recipe

My daughter creates this amazing hummus in my Vitamix. So good anytime and so easy! You know exactly what’s in it too! Get some amazing crackers or pita chips and enjoy!

1 can chickpeas, drained
2 medium cloves garlic
Dash of paprika
2 tbsp of lemon juice
3 tbsp of tahini (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil. Add more if you need to loosen up the humus.
Pinch of salt.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe

I just made this today, but, instead of using my crock pot, I used my Instant Pot. I would strongly suggest you use a pinch of pepper vs. the 1/2 tsp. It was spicy! I changed the ingredients to what we eat and what we had in the house. I didn’t use the green beans, nor any parsley. I also recommend not using an entire onion unless it’s a small yellow onion. I used about 1/4 of the yellow onion I had, it was a large one.

This is what it looked like in my Instant Pot before I shut the lid:

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Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, cut into ½-circles
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups frozen green beans
¾ cup pearl barley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
¾ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper
1 (14 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley

All vegetarian ingredients and I believe this is vegan as well.

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients, except for the parsley, in a large (6-quart) slow cooker.
Cook on LOW until the barley is tender, about 8 hours.

Instant Pot – Click the soup button. It’s about 15-20 minutes to get up to pressure, then 30 minutes until it’s done.

Stir in the parsley. Serve.

This makes 11 cups. I filled two large canning jars almost to the top and I had 3 adults eat as well. There’s some leftover for one or two people for lunch tomorrow.

This is what it looked like after it was finished cooking:img_5523

Yum! Put a piece of bread in the bottom of the bowl before you pour the soup and it makes it even more yummier.

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Another daith piercing update!

I have had my second piercing almost a week and my right ear piercing for just over a month now.

One of my major triggers for migraines has always been the heat. I could never go outside in the middle of the summer for any length of time. I would be okay for about 15 minutes, then, I would start getting a headache and it would turn into a migraine.

Well, that’s changed! I went to a garden dinner on Friday night. I was outside continually for over 2 hours. I did go inside briefly to get water or more food, but, I was definitely outside for more than a 15 minute stretch.

I came home and then I realized that I didn’t have any sort of headache. Not even a slight one.

Wow, this is a life changer for me. I have always wanted to go on a missions trip, but I couldn’t because of headaches and migraines from the heat.

I also ate garlic on Saturday with  no issues, not even a slight headache.

I’ve been working out on my elliptical over the past week or so, it’s been a while since I’ve used it here at home. I have had no issues with headaches at all. So this will change how I distance run and exercise greatly!

So amazing!!

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