10/15/14

Time for a little sprucing up!

I'm bored! So, it's time for a little sprucing up! BTW, what in the world does that mean? Sprucing? some sorta Christmas thinggy. Dunno. Anyhoo, it's gonna be a mess around here for a few days. So be patient my friends!!


10/10/14

Ridiculously Easy Propagating from the Airplane Plant

 When my chillins were young I couldn't keep anything green alive, I killed everything but apparently now that my kids are young adults I have more time and I am finally developing a green thumb. I super-love plants! So when we headed to the States 2 months ago I asked my sweet Croatian Grandma Marija to watch my house plants while we were  away.


I have plants all through my little sun room/foyer, in my house and if my home was larger I'd have then everywhere. Anyhow, when I got my Chlorophytum comosum (better know as Spider Plant, Airplane Plant or even Hen and Chickens) back I was amazed at how much it had grown and it had little plantlets everywhere. 


At the end of the shoots that come out from the plant there are these little new plants that start, they even have roots. My plant have about 12 of those so i decided to propagate and make my world even greener, 


Propagating with the Spider Plant is super easy. All that's needed is some small containers with a potting mix, water and a little patience. 


You want to set the small containers around the large plant and maneuver then so the small plantlets can put situated over the potting mix in the containers. You may need to use a bent paper clip to hold them in place so that the plantlet can root. The little roots will soon reach down to the soil and root themselves giving you a whole new plant. As soon as the roots are firmly in place you can sever the stem close to the new plant from the original plant. This whole process takes about 2 weeks and presto, plants for your home or to be used as gifts and for free! 


So here they are, my little ones all ready to grow big and strong and put off their own little plantlets and so the cycle begins again. 



The Spider Plant is really very versatile and hearty. They are a super easy beginners plant and most of the time only plat out neglect can kill them. They are also considered one of the top clean air plants. 
The new plants can even be planted outside in beds but not in direct sunlight. 

The Spider Plant is a great beginner plant and it's also very cost efficient since it never stops reproducing.  

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10/8/14

What!?! No more Torani!?!


It's always hard as a missionary to make such dramatic moves every so often and leaving family is heart wrenching, especially since our sons live Stateside. Leaving dear friends is difficult. Leaving the comfort of a country whose primary language is English (or used to be) is totally inconvenient. 
But leaving Torani coffee syrups behind is a whole differnt heartache in itself!!!

Yea, all kidding aside it's hard to do without sometimes! I know it's just flavored artificuil sweetner but it's so convenient and yummilicious! I had my morning routine down pat while we were in the States. 
First, get up at 6 and go run with Johnny
Second, come home, shower
Third, make a cup of Nescafe with heavy cream and Torani French Vanilla Sugar-Free Sweetner
Fourthly, Sit, sip and spend some time with the Lord
Lastly, enjoy my well started and grounded day. Now and only now am I ready for homeschool!

As usualy our luggage coming back home was comletely packed-out and there was no room for extra Torani. I did have a half empty bottle (yes, it's half empty not half full if it's Torani) and I managed to squeeze that in. Anyhoo, a week later and guess what I was out of. Yup, you guessed it, my liquid gold was gone and the heartache began. Then I realized that maybe I could make it. I mean they had to make it too, so it must be possible. Lo and behold, it is possible! So below is what I found works for me and it's fairly easy. 

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This is what I used and it worked out great. It would have been better if I had found a better quality vanilla. Also ytou could use Truvia or any other sweetner in place of the Splenda but I happened to have Splenda on hand. 

Ingredients:
1 C water
1 C Splenda in powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
 *Remember you can always add but you can't take away. You may need to add a smaller amount in the      beginning especially if you're using a better vanilla. 


Directions: 
1.Boil the water and Splenda.
2. Simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
4. Store in fridge. 

I used my last Torani bottle for old time sakes but I'm on the lookout for some cute bottles so I can make different flavors.
Usually in the monring I add two tsp. of the syrup but I found that a little strong some I'm using a spoon and a half.

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I also use Torani type syrup for many low carb recipes including this delish flaxseed muffin recipe. 

KIM'S FLAXMEAL CINNAMON MUFFINS
3 eggs
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup sugar free syrup, such as Da Vinci or Torani 
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup flax meal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cinnamon (the amount is correct)
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a fork. With a fork or spoon, beat in the oil, syrup, water and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients, then stir into the egg mixture. Let stand 5 minutes. Spoon into 12 well-greased muffin cups without paper liners. Bake at 350ยบ 12-15 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and seem set to the touch. Remove from the tin at once to cooling rack. Store in the refrigerator.
Makes 12 muffins
Can be frozen
Per Serving: 130 Calories; 12g Fat; 3g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 1g Net Carb
This recipe is taken directly from Linda's Low Carb Menus and Recipes where she has a treasure trove of lowcarb recipes.

Well there it is, homemade Torani sugar-free syrup.

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10/2/14

Found, one blog!

Do you have any idea how long it's been since I last posted on my blog? It has been so long that I actually had to go back and look at my last post. It's been 5 full months since I even visited my blog much last posted. I'm sure many of you thought I abandoned my beloved Home Away From Home but I didn't. Okay, so maybe it could be considered short-term abandonment but I'm back!!! I've come back to stake my claim to what is rightly mine and begin a new relationship with my blog and earn back some of the lost months.

I figured I'd begin by updating you on our last two months. The first part of summer we had a family emergency come up in the states that started a short three month furlough. We didn't want to go but we knew it was God's will and so we went.

Since we are now in a new phase of missionary life with two of our three kids living in the states and our daughter getting ready to go next May we don't take long furloughs anymore. Our plan is to take a month long furlough every couple of years. Our daughter will graduate in May and start Bible College in September and then after that we won't have to return to the states until our middle son graduates college in 2016.

Anyhow we headed to the States and began to take care of some urgent family business. There were quite a few perks to our trip. First of all we got to see our boys. We miss them so much and cherish all the moments we get to spend with them. Our oldest son lives near our home church and our second son Josh is away, about 4 hours from his brother, at Bible college.

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Hannah has really missed her brother while he's been away this last year and she was overjoyed to get to spend time with him.

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We also loved that we just happened to be in the States when Josh turned 19. It was very special to get to spend his birthday with him. We also got to attend services at his church, Longview Baptist Temple.

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Another blessing during our trip was getting to be with our oldest son as he signed the lease on his first apartment. I know it seems small but it's a big deal! I can't believe he was 7 when we arrived on the field. 

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It was awesome to have our sons with us in two meetings. They traveled so long with us and it was pretty cool to have them sit in to hear their dad preach. 

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Joshua got to visit Lakeland Baptist in Ft. Worth with us and Cody came to hear his dad preach at Countryside Baptist in Mansfield. 

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We also had some fun too. We went to see a preseason Cowboy game for the first time. It was a nice experience and we loved getting to spend the family time but we realize that big stadium games aren't for us. 


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One special blessing for me was getting to see my best friend, Amanda Rasbeary, pastor's wife in Texas get to speak at the Sweet Dreams Ladies meeting she organizes annually. I am amazed how God is using her in Texas and how He has grown her into a lovely and talented lady. 

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The last big deal we had before coming home was taking Hannah to open her very first bank account. I know that a lot of kids do this before 17 but we're a little constrained since we don't live Stateside. 

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She wasn't too wild about me taking her photo as she signed the papers but I loved it. I have that photo forever and the memory also. 

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Our youngest is turning into a lovely young lady who loves the Lord and others.

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Our short little trip was quite an adventure since we decided to buy a trailer and live in it for two months. It was like brand new and was fully contained. It served it's purpose well and is a memory added to our life as missionaries. It's a memory cause we sold it! We decided that camper life isn't for us and it was better to sell it and get rid of the debt.

Anyhow, we're home and I'm looking forward to starting my blog back. I honestly love my blog and enjoy blogging. I take time every once in a while to go back to the beginning and look through all the old posts and I'm amazed at our life and how our children have grown. So, I'm back! I sure hope I still have a few readers out there. I'm so sorry for abandoning my blog and you guys and I hope you can forgive me and we can pick up where we left off. 
 
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