Monthly Archives: August 2011

Day 71 of 72 : how to cook an easy meal


This feels like AA meeting.  Like some of you I am a Pinterest user.  Not a full blown addict .. yet?;)  but it is fast becoming my virtual cookbook. books to take up space in my already full kitchen…maybe.   Is anyone else as crazy about the recipe’s as I am?  Tara shared some Pinterest kid tested mother approved recipe’s you might want to put on your menu plan.

I am using the crockpot this week because we’re moving!  

Since I’m busy packing throwing stuff in boxes I wanted to share a recipe that is easy.  3 ingredients!  add some rice and green beans and your good to go.

Click here for the recipe and here is a picture of my attempt….

It really was so easyYou could do it in 5 minutes before walking out the door for work. 

The Verdict

The kids did not like the pineapple so they didn’t eat that.  The sauce has a slight kick..could use more in my opinion.  Ample sauce for the rice ( always good:)  This is a relatively cheap easy meal for single moms.  I’m going to attempt to find recipe’s that are healthy, minimally processed and cheap.  NOW THAT is a challenge!    The kids voted it a keeper.  Next time I am going to kick it up a notch. I sprayed the crock pot with non stick spray and it really does clean up easy!

 Six Sister’s Hawaiian BBQ Chicken!

now it’s your turn:

What is one of your families favorite EASY go to meals? 

all my love~tgbg

Click on my Pinterest button to take you to my boards where you can see other followers and their food boards.  Worth perusing a little if your interested in some delightful recipes!



Day 70 of 72 : erupting in anger

if I were able to take the wings of the dawn and cover my head I would.  I’m flailing in the dark.  I erupted in anger last night feeling so out of control and exhausted to the bone, watching my children struggle with things adults should be worrying about, having to have this house all packed and out by the weekend, and no dinner.  It all sent me to grasping for other things and

not God.

This morning with a few hours of sleep under my belt I feel a little refreshed.  One of my sweetest friends Linsey @ LLH has introduced me to Jesus Calling…I am raptured by this little devotional book.  You can buy a copy for yourself here.

It is just what my heart needed at this juncture.  Walking out of Streams in the Desert to Jesus Calling.  This morning after everyone was out the door.  I sat down on the couch, opened Jesus Calling and my Bible and looked up and one of the bar stools was there and I saw the picture He wanted me to see.  Be with me daughter.  I just want to help you. Just be with Me.  And I did.  He was there.  Right there.  So I wept like a big baby.  Talking and listening to Him tenderly comfort me.  He was showing me that I was looking to man to try and meet the fear of the unknown.  Even in the midst of financial crisis and there seems to be no way out and it is all going to crash down around you … this life as you have known it.  We can be courageous but life still happens.  I have to walk through it.


So we talked and talked.  I am seeing Zephaniah 3:17 in a new way this morning.  I’ve always loved the picture of Him singing over me but today He showed me that His love is quiet.  Quiet – now what does that mean?  I’ve not known the tender love of a man.  In a husband or an earthly father.  I’m going to cry typing this but He is showing me what quiet love is.  And wouldn’t you know that it is right in the middle of a storm?  .. ha! 

I will close with this for today for I have much to do..He says to me

Tiffini – this is what we’ve been traveling for all these years.  All of that will be for your good and My glory.  This is what you’ve been waiting for.  What?  You didn’t picture it this way?  He smiles..oh daughter..I love you so.  Now, I would love to take all your worries today so you can do the next thing in peace and joy.  You can take it from me at anytime.  I won’t stop you but for your good I hope you choose to let Me keep it today.  It is to much for you to carry.  He said more that I am digesting.  I hope you know His quiet love today.  I have my Bible opened it the kitchen where I am doing work and will take it with me today.  When I want to take it all back I will read the words of this morning when I encountered God this morning.
How do you experience God’s love?

all my love~tgbg


Day 69 of 72 : Guess what?

We got the house!  ( picture me doing a little dance here) we got the hooussee…we got the hhhooussee…woot woot..fist pump..fist pump.  I have all of this house story written in my journal!  Three houses we were turned down on…THREE!  Each time grace ( God’s grace :) pulled me back up and put me on my feet telling me to WAIT..I’m fighting for you.  BE STILL…and I did.

believing that He had the right place and I pleaded with Him that I didn’t want to go anywhere He wasn’t going with us.  Grace & I got to circle another prayer answered in our journals!  Fervent prayer works.  Wait till you hear the story of this house!  It is a God Story!

We move in next Thursday.  Sept 1.  Stay tuned ….oh…do you have any God stories as of late?  hoping you have lots of time to just “be” with your family this weekend.  To love on them and eat them up:)






Day 68 of 72 : do you have an after school routine?

I was working at the computer ( c’mon ya’ll – you know this moment right;) “will you sit outside with me” was the question she asked me night before last.

She’s 12 after all!.  Honestly – I didn’t want to right then.  I wanted to bury myself back in my work.   My heart wouldn’t let me though.  It tugged.  There isn’t much time left.  I should know that by now with 3 grown ones right?  The years are like a breath and their gone.  So I closed the computer and said ” sure” and her eye’s smiled the same as her mouth and we went outside.  ” do you want to ride bikes?”  Before  I could analyze ( one of my weakness ) I was on the blue bike…she on white and off we went like after school girlfriends.  Up hills and ( thank God for downhills ) the wind blowing our hair and her saying…” doesn’t this feel good mom?” did feel good.  The good down in the soul kinda good!  Then we finished off our bike ride with 20 lunges down the driveway….( and can I feel that today)

do you have to make yourself stop working to play?  I am looking for inspiring ways to engage the kids after school.  Even the big ones want to spend time with us…I believe it is every bit as important don’t you?  We cannot let the busyness of our times steal away our time with them right?:)

Where do you tuck in those ” just being” after school moments with your kids?

Do you have special dates with them?  a night? maybe special foods?  places you go?
Tell me..Tell me…

I would love to hear and learn and maybe steal some ideas from you…ha!






Day 67 of 72 : I had a baby in a cattle trough


Yep – you read that right.  I did.  My aunt is a nurse midwife.  I gave birth to my third child with my mom, grandma, my best friend, my sister and brother in law and the two girls upstairs while I blew bubbles in the water.  I remember that.  On all fours .. breathing through the contractions and hearing bubbles.  The things you do.  I was young and easily swayed with my aunt’s all natural approach to birth.    The first two births we in a hospital but no drugs!  Do any of you remember those days?  The days of all natural childbirth?  Oh my goodness!  What was I thinking!  I did it though.  Twice.  The girls were a year apart.  I breastfed Nikki you can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding.  So not true.  Three months later there was a red line on the test kit!

{This is what the tank looked like only ours was new and clean..not something that had been on the farm}

Three years later we I thought a home birth…why not?  Let’s just go all the way and have a water birth.  And I did!   Reece was born under water!   We kept the cattle trough in the garage covered in plastic until I went into labor.  I think it was ” the trough” that all the birthing families shared.  Kinda gross huh?  It wasn’t though.  It was sanitized and kept sterile until needed.  I do have pictures of all of this.  Not the really graphic ones but I do have proof that this crazy woman gave birth in water.

I really forget about all of that stuff.  The birthing stuff.  It has been so many years.  I don’t know why I thought of it the other day other than I might share something with all of you that you didn’t know about me.

A quick after thought:  Dakota, my fourth child, I had natural as well and it was an old fashioned hospital experience { yuck!}...stirrups, drapes and the whole bit.  Way different than my first three.  But Grace, that girl has been the easiest baby from day one and you know what?  I had an epidural, a four hour labor and it was a breeze!!

Moral of the story:  Take the drugs…get an epidural!…haha!

Now it is your turn.  Make me laugh.  I need a good laugh:)  
Would you share something with me that I don’t know about you?
Or do you have a birth story to tell?..:)


Keeping it light and fun while the chaos continues….Linking up with Jen and the SDG girls!