Friday, March 30, 2012

Eat a rainbow? You betcha.

Ever heard the saying "eat a rainbow everyday"? ....and we aren't talking Lucky Charms.

Well, here at the Phipps' house we take it literally. Just check out that blender (not to mention adorable girl beside it....we'll get to her in a minute).

That blender holds every color of the rainbow. Red apples and cherries, orange carrot juice and of course oranges, yellow mango and banana, green spinach (don't yak just yet), blue blueberries and violet blackberries. Not to mention a slew of other things like flax oil, almond milk, wonderful H2O, hemp nuts, chia seeds and MORE!

Now I am sure you are thinking - holy smokes, does she spend a million hours making this? The simple answer is, nope. I have two containers I pull out of the freezer - one has blueberries in it and the other has a slew of all that mixed fruit, peelings, uneaten leftover fresh fruit, and even my "nutrition cubes". Nutrition cubes are what I call my homemade "ice" cubes. When carrot juice or green protein juice goes on sale, I bulk up and freeze them in ice cube containers along with my hemp nuts or seeds. Once frozen, just pop them out and woa-la, instant and easy to just throw in!

So it goes something like this:
One fresh banana (or a thawed one that was frozen because it almost went bad...yep, we waste nothing!)
Throw in those nutrition cubes, 2 or 3...or 4 (I promise you won't taste the carrot juice!)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen fruit from the mixed up container
Squirt of flax oil
Toss in a handful of spinach or my new favorite, Kale (seriously, you won't taste it!!!)
1 cup of warm water
and for the kids 1 cup of Almond milk to make it taste like ice cream

Now, let's ask the experts about that wonderful taste of rainbow.....
SUCCESS! "Give me more, Mom!"
Love it. Love that BOTH my girls ask for these on a daily basis. They love them. I love them. Also love that this recipe is a heck of a lot cheaper than those sugar coated Lucky Charms if you utilize sales and your eating healthy expensive? I sure don't think so...

...especially when you get a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

With record setting temperatures last week, the first few days of spring (and last few days of winter) were AMAZING. And no matter how many indoor tasks still are left unfinished, there is no way this ridiculously perfect weather kept us in!

So welcome Spring - we've been missing you!
We have had trips to the park and outdoor play dates with friends...

...first tulips and sidewalk chalk...
..."adventure" walks on trails...
And it isn't officially Spring until you have that first fire to roast a marshmallow on, followed by of course, the ceremonial burning of the Christmas tree that has been nesting in the backyard since December.I can't imagine a better way to bring in the Spring, than with friends and neighbors. Special thanks to neighbors Greg and Karen for sharing their fire pit with us and creating one heck of a blaze. Nothing more enjoyable than a cool evening, fire, s'mores, good company, and a couple muddy girls to bring home.
Bring it on

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Was in the attic, putting some things away. Girls were quietly playing dollhouse together.
Or so I thought.
Turned around and there were a pair of big blue eyes framed with two blond ponytails looking at me. Proud as punch to be at the top of the ladder, poking her head up.

Giving this momma a heart attack. Daily.

Still cheering for the Hoosiers.

Geared up for last Friday's game, these two cheerleaders were sporting their cream and crimson with much spunk!
...and we all know what Hope is thinking in this last picture...
"How am I going to climb this one?!"

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bedtime prayer.

After giving thanks and asking Jesus to help us tomorrow, Emma's bedtime prayer tonight went, "...and we love you all the way to Marsh and back!"

Mars or Marsh (our local grocery store)....really whats the difference?

Love you Emma Lillie Phipps!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Melting my heart.

Nothing can melt my heart more than a little girl sporting ponytails for the first time. Add the grin, blue eyes, and bows and you got the whole package baby!

....and oh ya, add bib overalls and those crooked curly tails get even more stinkin' cute!
Can. not. stop. taking. pictures!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Vacuums and Vegetable Stock

Music is so "zen-like" for me. Recently I have been fixated on the song "Come Home" by Luminate - one verse in particular; You can try to fix your broken empire
And put bricks on a cracked foundation
But you'd be building castles on the sand

I find that so true when it comes to our (my) health. The desire to loose weight, avoid diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, avoid high blood pressure or cholesterol, and to have complete hormone balance is tough. Many times it seems a pill or a drug is what most people rely on. But God has taken me on a journey that was truly eye-opening. Instead of modern medicine (which PROVES to have worse side effects), it was the prevention that was more important. Just be healthy. Healthy. And being healthy means to quit putting bricks on that cracked foundation.

OK ready? Ready. ...or so I thought.

I was quick to realize this is hard when one is completely surrounded by non supporters. Falling back and taking shortcuts seem ok for the moment, but end up piling up. BUT thankfully God pulls out his reminder card that He is still in charge. I got an email from a dear dear friend whom I haven't seen in years. She writes, I miss you, lets get together Sunday.

And we did. It was wonderful. The most uplifting fresh breath of air I have had in such a long time. We talked and talked. Kids, family, old times, exercising, eating healthy. I love her encouraging voice in building that foundation that isn't cracked.

So since last Sunday, we have been keeping in touch via e-mail with encouraging words. My favorite was her e-mail sharing with me how to make organic vegetable stock. I had no idea it was SO easy and SO cheap! Her instructions went a little like this:

Enhanse the flavor with some cut up onion and celery...
Save your yummy vegetable ends from the week - mine were overabundant! From carrot peelings, sweet potato peelings, beet ends, pepper ends, cilantro ends, cauliflower stumps, broccoli ends, asparagus ends and more. I can't believe I use to throw this out as trash!!! Just see for yourself the beautiful colors...
After simmering my FREE trash in a pot loaded with FREE water, I got (drum roll please)...
Check out all that stock (or as some call broth)! I can't wait to use it in some wonder soup recipes. And the best - no salt, no preservatives, and no ingredients that I can't pronounce or recognize. Perfect foundation. Thank you Melanie for sharing!!!

What a great friend. What a wonderful friendship. I can't help but copy and paste the whole e-mail that she sent me with this recipe on it;
Dump your yummy vegetable ends (include herbs stalks if you have some) in a big pot, cover with water, boil/simmer for 30 min or so. Onions and celery enhance the flavor nicely. Strain, tupperware, freeze! That's all I do.
Have fun with that crazy kitchen! :)
I remember a conversation we had many years ago about the excitement of buying a vacuum cleaner! We're really branching out!

You're right Melanie, we are branching out! And I still love my Dyson! :)