Mama Chia

Sorry for the delay! We have a winner!!

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Kay Lynn! An e-mail has been sent!

Thanks everyone, for entering!! I hope to do lots more just like this!!

Have a great Friday!


Energy Was Needed

I have been absent.  Again.  But this time, it as for a REALLY good reason! We moved.  Again.  Back to Florida.  {insert crazy eyed emoji} The reasons were many.  It happened very fast.  So fast my head is still spinning.  It actually happened so fast we didn’t have time to find living arrangements and Kevin came without a job.  Kevin has never been unemployed.  I wonder when my mental breakdown will occur? I know it is waiting in the background, for all to get settled and then it will hit me full force.  That is how I react.  I handle everything as well as I can and then when all is said and done, I have a mini-breakdown and then all is back to normal.  I’ve always been that way. One time, my baby brother choked on a piece of food.  It was my mom, me, and my baby brother.  He was eating whatever we were eating at Subway and he got choked.  We did whatever needed to be done and he was fine.  I then went to the sidewalk and lost it.  In public. On a sidewalk.  This was probably 23 or 24 years ago.  I remember it clearly.  Point is, I’m not hoping to, but I won’t be surprised if I lose it.

We are currently living in my mom’s spare bedroom.  It is going surprisingly well.  I’m surprised not because I expected it to not go well, but because I didn’t know what to expect.  I haven’t lived at home in probably 20-ish years? Anyway, over the last 4-5 weeks, a ton of changes have happened that has required the energy of a dozen toddlers.  But we are not a dozen toddlers.  We are just us.  But it still had to be done. 

Fortunately, we were sent, right before all of this craziness began, a bundle of Mama Chia Energy Drinks

I have to be honest.  I was hesitant to taste these.  I am a texture person. I tasted the Pineapple Coconut and it was REALLY good! It is a very mild flavor and the seeds inside are not off-putting at all. I WILL be buying some more of these. 

What makes them so wonderful, you ask? Well, for starters, it is the FIRST beverage that combines the power of chia with the clean energy of guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) resulting in a truly healthful, fulfilling and delicious energy beverage that nourishes your entire body and soul. Made with refreshing organic fruit juices and lightly sweetened with only 14 grams of organic cane sugar, one bottle of Mamma Chia Clean Energy (10 oz.) delivers:

  • More than an entire day’s worth of Omega-3s (2500 mg)
  • 25 percent of one’s daily fiber (6 grams)
  • 4 grams of complete protein
  • 90 mg of natural caffeine (about as much in an 8 oz. cup of coffee)
  • Twice the antioxidants of a cup of green tea
  • Calcium, powerful antioxidants and valuable minerals
  • 120 calories

Now, the wonderful people at Mama Chia have offered to give one of YOU:

  • One week supply of Clean Energy beverages
  • One week supply of Chia Squeezes
  • Mamma Chia Camelbak water bottle

I am very jealous that I can’t win this for myself!

To win, leave a comment telling me one crazy thing that has happened to you in the last 4-5 weeks.  This give away will close next Tuesday at midnight and I will announce the winner Wednesday. 

Disclosure: I was provided product for review.  All opinions are my own.


Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap


I took the plunge this year and took part in this awesome annual program.  I’ve wanted to for several years, but have never had the nerve to “create” a recipe.  You don’t HAVE to create a recipe to take part, however, I’m sure most do.  Well, this year, the urge was too strong.  I began playing with an idea and lo and behold, my very own cookie recipe was born! I submitted my donation and received my swap partners.  I received a dozen cookies from 3 different people (which were out of this world good and I’ll have more info on them later this week) and I sent a dozen cookies to 3 mores participants. I hope they loved mine as much as we loved the ones we received!

Without further ado, may I introduce:

The Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie

pumpkin oatmeal

These are not crunchy like a typical cookie.  They are more chewy and soft and are delicious when warmed or straight from the oven!

The recipe:

Cream together:

3 eggs

1 15 oz can pumpkin

1 stick butter

In a separate bowl mix:

2 C oatmeal

1 C flour

1/2 C sugar

1 T cinnamon

1 t nutmeg

1 t ginger

1 t allspice

1 t salt

1/2 t baking soda

Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.

Spoon dough onto cookie sheet (I use a baking stone), flatten with a fork dipped in water.

Bake 13 minutes at 350*

pumpkin oatmeal 2

Please let me know if you try them how you like them! I am excited to create more in the kitchen!


Family Recipe Swap

I have had a good time this holiday season taking part in building recipes, swapping recipes, cooking and baking!

For the first time, I decided to take part in my friend Susan’s Family Recipe Swap. I got to know Susan this summer when we were roommates for FitBloggin.  She is such a joy so there was no way I was missing the opportunity for this fun! 

I was paired with Stephanie to share my recipe with and I received a recipe from Sheryl.

I gave Stephanie my mama’s pecan pie recipe.  This actually came to us by way of my cousin’s wife, Kari.  Someone in her family has made it for quite a few years.  I’m not sure exactly how old this recipe is.  I can just tell you anytime my family has pecan pie, it is judged by this one.  I haven’t found many at all that can match up.

Now, onto the recipe I was given to recreate.  I pray I did it justice.  You can find the full recipe here. I was worried about the crust.  It looked just like flour to me when we stuck it into the oven.  Wouldn’t you know, these people who make these recipes know what they are doing? Amazing, huh?

maple nut pie bars 4 I did solicit the help of my baby boy to cut the butter in for me.  He did that while I made the filling.  I made way more out of this in my head than was necessary. When I “reviewed” the recipe, I looked at the ingredients and pictures.  And panicked.  It looked way intense.  Turns out the hardest part was not eating the nuts as I mixed the filling.  Super simple and super delish!

maple nut pie bars 3 This is the filling.  Beware you will want to drink this.  Don’t.  It contains raw eggs.  We did taste it so if we die soon, you will know why.  It was worth it.

maple nut pie bars 2 This is right before it went into the oven for the final time.  Because I baked this in a stone, I opted to not use foil on the bottom.  I was able to get the bars out fine with my mini spatula. 

maple nut pie bars 1 Insane delicious!

I feel this is a recipe that will be made time and again for my family.  It is not nearly a rich or “maple-y” as I thought it would be.  It is sweet, don’t get me wrong, but in the very best have-it-with-a-cup-or-milk-or-coffee kind of way. 

Go.  Now.  Add this to your holiday menu! You will NOT be sorry!

Please go visit Doree or Susan and see what everyone else is cooking up!


One Week


It has been one week since we dropped Ian off for basic training.  This has been the most emotional week of my life.  I have a cannon ball that will randomly appear in the pit of my stomach.  My eyeballs POP open, wide awake, at very strange times, with no chance of returning to sleep. I was hoping yesterday to have a definitive answer, but the thing is, Ian has hurt his knee.  I knew his first week was going to be awful going in, however, this has added insane stress to it, for him and us.  It is feeling better, but he has been told after it has healed, they will determine if it is “fit for duty” and at that point, they will decide if he will fall in with a later company or if he will come home.  I can’t imagine what he is going through.  These kids amaze me! They have a couple of them in there that have been injured for weeks and they refuse to give up.  The strength of their mama’s amaze me. It is unbelievably hard to know your child is hurt, body and spirit, and you can do absolutely nothing about it. 


I feel like I’m on a roller coaster.  One second I’m fine and the next, I’m either physically sick or crying.  My ultimate goal? For my child to be happy. That’s all I want.  And to wave a wand and take away his pain.


I have started knitting nightly.  It keeps my mind busy. I do fine as long as I don’t think. Work during the day takes care of those hours. I don’t like thinking because I tend to be paranoid anyway, this just quadruples those tendencies.


I’ve asked this before, but if you pray, pray for my baby and all of them in basic training, as well as the mama’s.  I never could have imagined how hard this time is for all involved!




This is interesting.  It is a program where bloggers commit to most once per day for a month.  I’ve known about it always, but I sunk to deep into my own head to even remember so… here I am. A day late.  But better late than never, right?

I have a lot in my mind.  I am beyond worried about my child.  It is all I can think of unless I keep my mind totally busy.  Right now, the only thing keeping my mind that busy is work.  The only time in my life I’ve ever wished for overtime! This has been the hardest week of my life.  There are things that are up in the air.  I pray I have answers tomorrow, but there are no guarantees. I apologize for being vague, but I don’t know what can or can not be said at this point.  Hopefully, when I blog tomorrow, I’ll be able to say more.  Because I am blogging tomorrow.  Because NaBloPoMo!

Food and fitness for this week:

I am doing a plank per day challenge so that will happen.  Not sure beyond that what will happen. I haven’t made a plan.  At all.  I know “Failing to plan is planning to fail” but… that’s all I have to say about that.

Food: we are having: Chicken and rice, tofurkey dogs wrapped in crescent rolls, meatball subs and sweet potato fries, beans and rice.  Today, we had dinner with Kevin’s dad.  He made a ham, mac n cheese, sweet potato casserole and green beans.  It was good!

I am nervous for the tofurkey dogs.  I’ve never had them before.  If they don’t taste good, EGGS!

Have you had tofurkey dogs? Did you like them? What is your favorite hot dog? I LOVE applegate but my store was out.


A Food Journal I Love

I have been an on again/off again food journaler (word doesn’t believe this is a word?)  for probably 20 years or more.  My problem is, I am a planner.  There has never been a food journal that met all of my needs so I would grow bored with it quite easily.

I am an avid meal planner, grocery lister and food prepper (not as avid as the first two but MUST get better at this one!).  That meant I had to have my grocery list and meal planning in my day planner and my food journal separate.  They are also normally huge so you either take notes and journal when you return home, praying you don’t forget anything, journal before you leave or wrench your shoulder carrying all things you need with you.  Neither of those sound appealing, correct?

Well, a couple of weeks ago, a fellow blogger asked if anyone would be interested in looking at a journal she has created.  Of course in my quest to find the perfect journal, I was all over it! JACKPOT!

This thing is perfect.  First, let me tell you a little about Sara:

Sara Evanchick is a busy mom that finally decided to take charge of her health! Using real food and exercise, she has lost over 100 pounds and overcome several serious health problems.  Now she works to inspire and motivate others on their quest for a healthy life.

Who better to create the perfect journal than someone who has LIVED what we are right now and absolutely knows what is needed for success, right?

In her journal, she has a space for a grocery list (SEPARATED by department!!), meal prep to-do, meal plan, fitness prep separated by strength and cardio, water intake, food and a fitness log as well as a space for notes regarding upcoming challenges and victories. 

It is also the perfect SIZE.  It is 4 weeks and can easily fit inside my day planner as it is only 6×9 inches. 

Sarah's Jounal Cover Isn’t this cover fantastic?  It is spiral bound and beautiful!!

Sara has graciously offered anyone a 20% discount on this journal.  All you have to do is order it here and use code SPLOVE.  Remember, you are supporting a small business with this purchase! This is available November 1 so order today!

Let me know if you order this and if you love it as much as I do!!