Yearly Archives: 2010

Tiff’s “Top 10” Family Favorite “ good for you “ Foods!

I am sharing 10 of our favorite “ go to” snack foods that are either organic, natural or have very little else in them but the basic ingredients……..if you know what I mean.  WAY BETTER than running through McD…….I can’t even say it….ugh!  
Caution:  Most of these things my husband and 16 year old won’t eat.  Over the last year and a half I have slowly changed the way I eat and my daughter was 9 and I slowly changed her over with the things that I could.  I didn’t press to much.  It was me that wanted to change.  SLOWLY…they have come around to try new things.  I shared tidbits beside each food about this:)

product-appleapple  {1}  GoGo Squeez ~ These are one of my daughter go to snacks after playing outside AND they tuck into a lunchbox very nicely!  Husband and son….not going to suck things out of a little packet…not cool.  My daughter LOVES them=)
clif z bar {2}  Clif Z Bars ~ ALL of the kids flavors are GREAT!  LOTS of whole grains and stuff in them to boot!  Pair this with a glass of chocolate soy or skim w/ a little chocolate syrup and you have a balanced snack or even breakfast!

chobani_banner_big {3}  Chobani Greek Yogurt ~ { YES – even the peach:) WE LOVE GREEK YOGURT!!  Can’t get the men to eat it but us girls…..yum yum!  We eat it just as is but one of the yummiest ways is to slice up a banana and mix up the yogurt and dump it on top of banana and stir….enjoy!  Rich and creamy!
silk almond milk {4}  Almond Milk ~ My daughter drinks the chocolate for just a glass of chocolate milk.  We all drink the original in cereal, oatmeal, smoothies etc.  Anything calling for milk.  I used it in mashed potatoes awhile back and the men didn’t even know!!  and I didn’t tell them either.  I sneak it in most things while cooking and no one can tell.  I have also purchased the Diamond brand and it is good too.  I just buy whichever is on sale.
Kashi  { 5 } Kashi Go Lean Crunch ~ OMG!!  This is my saving grace when it comes to the “ gotta have my cereal and milk before bed” urge.  I usually get the Go Lean Crunch – I have tried all of the other and all good.  The Go Lean is dry and not much sweetness but with vanilla almond milk it is truly satisfying.  ( any milk will do… cow, soy and almond =)  I don’t eat them every night now.  At first I ate huge bowls of these every night;)  Now I buy a box every month and indulge for that week:)  Warning:  they are quite crunchy and could possible break a tooth…lol!  Really good with almond milk!
stretch fruit leather { 6 }  Stretch Island REAL Fruit Leathers ~ She likes all of the flavors ~ nice anytime snack.  Great for lunch box!

powdered peanut butter { 7 } PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter ~ This also comes in Chocolate Peanut Butter!!  This is my NEWEST food to muse over.  Way less calories than regular PB.  Now I will share how I have used this.  I HAVEN”T mixed with water to make “ peanut butter “ .  I have added teaspoonfuls to our smoothies.  I also got a recipe from my son’s barber,
I container Dannon Light and Fit in vanilla ~ COSTCO dried cherries ~ walnut bits ~ 1-2 tsp. of PB Powder ( I used the chocolate kind) and mixed it all together.  Talk about dessert now!  High in protein AND it won’t send you over the calorie into an eating binge.  I usually eat it for breakfast.  I have substituted sliced banana and that was wonderful.  You can substitute or omit whatever you like.  Even different yogurt flavors that would be good mixed with peanut butter…..hummmm=)

jif { 8 } Natural Jif Peanut Butter ~ My family came to an agreement with our Peanut
Butter sipnce it is a staple in our household.  I pushed for almond butter or the natural PB with no added sugar and neither of those would be acceptable.  SO ~ this is our compromise and I must say it IS good!  I have it with my apple everyday and the kids eat on sandwiches with Kirkland’s Organic Strawberry Spread,with banana’s or on toast.  My men like to spread PB on Pancakes.  The only thing it has beside peanuts is added sugar…ugh!=)  I will live though.

earth balance { 9}  Earth Balance Organic Spread ~ This is a ALWAYS STAPLE in our refrigerator.  I use it for everything and I don’t think to this day the men know any different.  I guess they don’t read when they are buttering their corn on the cobb??  It is GOOD…worth every penny.  It is 10.00 @ our whole foods store for the big tub ~ but I pay it!!  They do have it in the smaller sizes to try it first though.  The only comment that has been made is when I recently purchased an air popper for our popcorn.  My husband LOVES his popcorn.  He always ate that micro. kind and it stinks the whole house up and is LOADED with words you cannot even pronounce.
~SO~ I bought a small tub of whipped real butter to melt when he had his popcorn and that worked…again compromise;) 
strawberry { 10 }  Last but not leastKirkland Organic Strawberry Spread ~  SO WONDERFUL!  Even my 16 year old the other day said to me, “ Now that’s good jelly mom”  I just smiled.  Did I say COSTCO again??
Well – there they are.  Hope you go out and give them a try.  It is just taking those small steps to change the way we eat.  It is not worth fighting over.  Some things I’ve had to give up on BUT others have become lasting changes.  My prayer is they will begin to think about the choices they are making with each thing they put in their mouths =)
Always Building ~


Are You Living Fully Engaged?

Have you ever had a times in your life where you didn’t feel as if you belonged? or fit it?  Maybe you’ve never felt like you belonged anywhere
Welcome to My House of Belonging ..a place of acceptance and familiarity.  Come often and visit each room for there is much activity going on…Here are just a few ” rooms ” I am passionate about:
Decorating my home with NO MONEY…lol!
Building Family
Tiny Things { all the way to world peace =}
Deep Things that stir your Soul
Thrift Store Redo’s
Health & Fitness
to name of few=)
I am excited to begin this journey…Why? Well –
1) for myself.  That is the whole point right:)?
2) with others.  My number one goal is to find some soul sisters to come alongside me.
Together maybe we can connect the dots between creating the rooms in our hearts that will in turn ~ reflect outwardly in the rooms of our houses.  
AND Last but NOT LEAST….
As we meander {
To follow a winding and turning course
} our way through this journey
We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. called life I have “colored outside the lines along the way….My Heart House aka ” room” ~ is where I go to visit those places and patch, mend or just tear out and rebuild.  Many of those places are painful but in retrospect..necessary.. and have and will ~  bring much glory and have caused me to look to the One who created me knowing my whole life beforehand…and lavishly LOVED ME.  Maybe in some way- you too – can identify with me and be encouraged…or encourage me:)

Earl Nightingale

~SO ~
Please feel welcome and make yourself @ home here in my heart. The home is filled with incense of fresh baked banana bread layered with hazelnut coffee and a touch of cinnamon so take a deep breath ~ You were meant to be here.


Ugh!!  My nail is broke,fingers burned, haven’t showered or brushed my teeth BUT…..
I was thinking on Fridays I would talk about preparing for my first 10K but after stressing about flowers, felt and hot glue, getting my pouting 11 year old off to school. OH and BTW– “MY” 3 mo old lab puppy named “Charli”…(she’s a girl) ATE A LIVE Cicada this morning.  I couldn’t get her to spit it out so I dry heaved my way around the house while the helpless things made this “awful” sound while inside her mouth and then ….. it was quiet.  That is one of the few times in my life I have been TRULY GROSSED OUT!!
RIP little insect:(
AAAhhhh– back to 11 year old “ Why are you pouting”? “ I’m not pouting” “ Yes you are”…..With a “ don’t you know this already lady?? to which she replied “there was no one there to help me get ready!!”  My eyes rolled ( my head) OK maybe they literally rolled (sometimes I too revert back to being 11).. I know real mature but there are moments… and kept brushing her hair trying to get it into two flipped out ponytails for the headband I had just sprinted through making…burning my bare thumbnail that the acrylic is missing off of!!
The extremes you go to when raising children….
One minute you can just kiss them till their head pops off and next….you could kick them to the curb {just kidding} but seriously I have felt that way….often many times a day.
I have been spending this first FULL week of school trying to put together a BOOTHFUL of up cycled, recycled and handcrafted things for our city fair daze…. Here is a few pics of the stuff I have been working on.
Well, off to shower:)
P.S. ~  Tonight is Dakota’s first Varsity Game…and he is going to start and I am STOKED!! 
P.S.S.~ I will start NEXT week on my 10K journey….. 
The only thing I am “BELONGING” TO TODAY IS succumbing to the need to put “ to many “ things on my plate. 

Little Sparrow


Resilient and swift with winged endurance,
Undaunted by raging storms,
Remarkable agile, vigorous and strong.
Yet fragile if snared and too tightly grasped,
For then, crushed and broken lies
His body, his spirit, and his song.



{Lets Do This}
Welcome to my little place in the blogosphere, Welcome to my HEART!
    I feel anxious and kinda let down??  Why?  (the truth most likely is fear that I will never be good enough at this) I guess because I have been reading all of your disgustingly creative blogs (just kidding).  They all seem to have a focus..purpose..It is enough to make a girl quit before she even starts…lol!
but after all there is no one JUST like me…