Thursday, November 20, 2014

My running story

Well my running story started back on April of this year. I had always envied runners and thought that they must be extreme athletes to be able to run and enjoy it, because why would anyone run if they weren't being chased, I mean really? I just thought they were super crazy type A personalities and since I wasn't I'd never be a runner.

Back in April, right after my 41st birthday Johnny and I began the Atkins diet. After finding out that I had a sensitivity to gluten I cut it out completely and figured it was a great time to start a diet since I was quite over weight. I've always had a weight problem but I had never been able to beat it.
Anyhow I've secretly dreamed of being a runner. Like I said, I didn't even imagine that I ever could run but here I am, I'm a runner.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Perfect Family? - Guest Post

I recently read a great blog post about the Perfect Family or the lack thereof. We put so much pressure on ourselves to make sure that our children turn out like they should and when they don't in falls heavy on our shoulders. Anyhow, Lou Ann Keiser from In the Way wrote a great post on this subject. She graciously allowed me to re-post it here on Home Away From Home. Please go by and check out her blog, In the Way, she has a treasure trove of helpful information for ladies.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Low Carb Taco Soup

I love this time of year. I love crisp days, warm fires and yummo soups! I love the cozy feeling of cuddling on the couch with a blanket and my Baby Love. Last April I completely cut out gluten and started a low carb high fat way of eating. I've lost 50 lbs and cured many of the ailments I was experiencing. Anyhoo, this low carb taco soup is a serious contender for the "Yummiest Soup of the Season or Ever!" award. 
What's great about it is that the family will never know it's low carb cause it just plain delish! My family eats it with corn tortilla chips and they love it!


1 lb of ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of chili powder
8 ounces of cream cheese
2 10 ounce cans of Rotel tomatoes (I only added 1 can of tomatoes to try to cut back on the carbs)
1 can of beef broth
3/4 – 1 cup of heavy cream (I added only 1/2 C and it was still creamy)

1. Brown your meat and drain fat
2. Add in garlic and onion and cook till onions are translucent
3. Add in spices and mix well.
4. With the back of a wooden spoon mix or smush in the cream cheese until incorporated. 
5. Add, tomatoes, broth and heavy cream and simmer for 5 minutes. 
6. Enjoy with some chips (if your not low carb) and family!

*The soup may seem a bit thin but it's thickens after a few minutes. 

Makes 8 cups or 6-8 servings
Freezing not recommended

Per 1/6 Recipe: 361 Calories; 29g Fat; 18g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 6g Net Carbs
Per 1/8 Recipe: 271 Calories; 22g Fat; 13g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs

For more great low carb recipes check out Linda's Low Carb Menus and Recipes


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Missionary "Dom" Tour Part 2

Okay so part 2 of my "Dom" ("home" in Croatian in case you didn't see part 1) tour is my bedroom. When we moved into the house we had to do some changing up to do to make it us. This is what the bedroom looked like when we arrived. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday Review Monday *belated*

Okay so I'm a day late with my Sunday Review Monday but better late than never. We had a great church service Sunday. It was our annual Harvest Sunday and we had a wonderful time in God's house. We had several visitors and had one man walk the isle for salvation. 

Our little church was packed and makes us realize that it may be time to dig up some more room in our building. Maybe even knocking out a wall or something. 

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Free Thanksgiving Printables

I love seasons! I love decorating for Christmas and Thanksgiving, not so much the rest but I love the holiday seasons. I discovered that it's really easy to dress up the house and make it feel festive simply by printing beautiful themed art and putting it in already existing frames around the house. Hey with the internet and printers it's super easy to spruce up our homes for the holidays. The great thing about doing this is that when the holiday is over you can simply take out the festive art and put your everyday image back. I even leave the images in the frames behind the everyday image so it's easy to change for the holidays. Anyhoo, here's a list of some great Thanksgiving art offered by some very talented bloggers available around the blogsphere.

1. Mallory over at Classy Clutter has some lovely printables available. Very easy on the eyes!

2. Janet has some great subway art over at Today's Fabulous Finds

3. Erin has a really nice Thanksgiving chalkboard print available at  a Bird and a Bean

4. Jenn also has a chalkboard printable available over at Ruffled Sunshine.

5. And yet some more chalkboard art and Kelli has some great ones over at Nest of Posies. 

6. Look at the nice subway art that Kristin has to offer. Pretty!

7. Look at Amy's lovely Thanksgiving art over at Positively Splendid.

8. Katie over at Sweet Rose Studio has some really nice poetry prints for Thanksgiving. 

9. Laura Beth has some really nice different printables to match really any decor. 

10. I love what I found over at Stay at Home Artist, Kacey is very talented.  

11. look at the pretty printable from Bitty Birdie

Anyhoo, hope you find a printable you like, I know I did!.


Friday, November 07, 2014

Dave's the Man!!

When we arrived in Croatia in May of 2000 with our three little munchkins in tow we were a little in debt. Not a lot but we did have some debt from plane tickets, luggage and just stuff that goes along with moving 5700 miles away. We managed to pay off all our debt within the first year or so on the field and stayed that way until we bought a house here. The home was modest and only cost us 44k which is nothing considering it was 3 stories, had a very small vinyard, more than 30 fruit trees and a huge garage with added on work rooms. It was a great house and it would be fully paid off in 5 years according to our plans.

Then in 2003-4 the bottom fell out of the American Dollar and we lost more than 45% of our monthly support. We went from being able to buy almost 9 Croatian Kunas to buying 4,8 Kunas for one American Dollar. We tried to wait it out but eventually we realized that regardless of what the dollar was "going" to do we were gonna have to sell our house. As much as I loved that house the Lord gave the peace we needed to do what needed to be done. Soon the house belonged to our national co-worker and his sweet family of 6. We were back renting.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Rolled Hem Tutorial

About two years ago my favorite sewing machine mysteriously died. I reluctantly stuck it in a case and put it out in the garage. Well two days ago my wonderful amazing awesome husband fix my machine!! Yes you heard right, after two years we had a real life resurrection. Johnny took my machine apart and replaced a few blown components and WALLAH! it works!!

So with my fav. machine working again I've been sewing like a mad glad woman. I'm working on a new clown costume for Hannah and I happened to see the roll foot and realized I didn't have a clue how to use it and more than likely if i didn't know how to use it maybe you didn't either.

Here we go!
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Okay so the rolled hem foot is pretty simple regardless how it looks. Go ahead and change the foot on the machine and we're ready

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I read somewhere that it's a good idea to put the needle down in the folded fabric but then I realized that if your sewing, say a skirt then when you make a full circle and make it back to the starting point then you have a problem with a hem that has already been stitched wrong. 

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I manually turned the fabric under for the hem  and now you need to pull the fabric up into the little cone shaped area and as the feed dogs pull the fabric the cone will automatically shape the hem and keep it lined up as it sews. 

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The foot actually does it all, all you have to do is look cute and give it gas!

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It is really super easy to use the roll hem foot and actually once the fabric is in place it's very easy to feed it and the machine does the rest. 

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Look at that! Super easy and it looks non-homemade! :0)
Hope this is helpful, I know it's changed my life!!

BTW, I'm linking up with Sew Can Do's Craftastic Monday. 

Reposted from August 2013