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🍪 Quest Cookies 🍪

Quest Cookies are my go-to snack on the go. I don’t eat them every day but do keep one in my purse for emergencies.

This is not the best photo but I was so tired and it was 11:45 P.M. when I remembered that I hadn't posted a picture of anything. It was a busy day today.

Khan Academy

It was another busy day and I didn't take a picture of anything. As I was going throughout my day (half of it I wasn't home), there was just nothing.

So with that said, I did take a screenshot of what some of the kiddos will use for the rest of this school year. Many of you are familiar with Khan Academy.

I am going to have my boys use it to supplement their math and Biology and freshen up with Grammar. My two oldest will take Finance and Capital Market as well.

We are still doing The Lord of the Rings Literature Study.

As you all probably may know -we didn't do Lamp + Light Homeschool. I felt that it was just not the right timing for us. I think if my boys would have started it younger it may have worked. Having almost all of them in High School and they are all in different time periods with history and science they are on different studies as well.

So that is where we are at right now. It's been a tough year for us and we are barely hanging on with a thread regarding school. The kiddos are getting a lot of real-life learning but I want them to finish up their subjects as well.

Yay, got Day 18 of my 30 Day Picture/Blog Post Challenge!

☕️ Morning Cup of Coffee ☕️

  ☕️ Love my morning cup of java ☕️  My Brother-in-law bought me this Bell mug - love it!

I have been using my retro coffee/toaster oven. Every morning I make Brent and I a cup of coffee in this little coffee maker. It makes the perfect amount. 

Corelle Secret Garden Thrift Find

                     Day 16 of My 30 Day Picture/Blog Challenge!

Thrift find! I found a 12 piece set of Corelle Secret Garden for $25.00!!! New this set would be around $70.00 (depending on where you purchase them)!

Corelle plates

I was super excited to find some Corelle plates and bowls. They are so pretty too. I have a set of the Winter White and hadn't planned on getting any with a pattern but the price was too good to pass up!

What have you found at the thrift store lately?

Throwback Friday

Day 15 of my Picture/Blog Post Challenge!!!! I'm halfway through blogging and/or sharing at least one picture a day for 30 days.

Wow, found some old photos from 2015, a lot has happened since then. I wonder if the date is correct.

Annette looks so little. Hard to believe she has graduated and matures so much. She is currently working with her dad. She hopes to start college in the fall but we'll see. If she can't go to the local college, I'd love for her to try an online one.

I had planned to blog about my day but now that half the day is gone (it's 4:25 P.M. as I type) I'm a bit tires. 

I did want to share I'm reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HeLa) it's very interesting. I just started it last night. 

Her cells were taken from her while having a biopsy and have become one of the most important tools in medicine - her cells have been bought and sold, they are called the HeLa cells. They have been used to develop vaccines and things like gene mapping. Her family though can barely afford insurance, they have not received anything for Henrietta's cells 

So that's about it for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Made My Second Loaf of Bread!

        Day 14 of my 30 Day Picture/Blog Posting Challenge

It's pretty amazing what some basic ingredients can do. Water, yeast, oil, salt, sugar, and flour mix and knead it right and you have a beautiful loaf of bread. 


I am still pretty excited about my sandwich worthy bread that I made Tuesday! I wrote about it Wednesday and shared some YouTube videos that really helped me out.

I made another loaf yesterday and it came out so yummy. This time I used half organic white flour and half sprouted wheat flour.


Again, I'm still in shock that I -Linda made a decent loaf of bread. This is something that's been on my heart to do for my family for so long. I tried when the kids were little but my bread always came out flat, squished looking, underdone, and with an after taste. 

Look at that texture! If you are reading this and have been discouraged -please read my Homemade Bread post. There are three Youtube videos that I share that helped me. 

Learning about the Windowpane technique, the proof box (I'm going to try making bread without the proofing box to see if it really helps but for now I will continue to use it), and learning how the dough should look, that it's not how much flour but what your dough needs, those techniques REALLY helped.


Homemade Bread

        🍞🍞🍞 Day 13!!! of my 30 Day Picture/Blog Posting Challenge 🍞🍞🍞

Yesterday I decided to get back to bread making 🍞 Well, to be honest, I was never a "bread maker", hehe, in the sense that I made bread daily or even weekly but I tried here and there. It has been ten years since I've attempted to make bread. Why you may ask? because my bread always came out dense and short and had a yeasty taste (kinda like an after taste).

It wasn't sandwich quality bread. We'd just butter it because that's all you could do with it (so sad). 

Bread making has been on my mind for a few years -I've always wanted to make bread instead of buying but kept pushing thoughts back because it seemed so hard - but seriously thinking about it as in I actually wanted to attempt to make it again.

Proofing the yeast

I bought some yeast a few months ago so I thought I'd proof it. I mixed a tablespoon of honey with two teaspoons yeast and waited 5 minutes (5-10 minutes is what most recipes say). While that was proofing I put a cup of organic white flour and two teaspoons of salt in a large bowl (sorry I didn't take pics, I wasn't planning on blogging this).

I mixed the salt and flour together. From my understanding, the salt can affect the yeast. Once the proofing was done I added it to the bowl with a tablespoon of avocado oil (you can use olive or whatever oil you have on hand).

I added more flour until my bread no longer stuck to the bowl. I started with a wooden spoon then used my hands. 

Below is a video that was very helpful. She shares how she uses a proof box -your oven can be your proof box if you don't have one (I don't have one). I watched her video now at least four times.

I also did the windowpane test which this young man shares, basically it's when you stretch your dough out thin and you can see light through it with it not tearing.

I then did my first rise in a greased bowl. To know if my first rise was ready to be "punched" down, I used the time tested technique that this gentleman uses (poking the dough and seeing if the holes don't "fill" back up)

My dough was ready for the second rise which was 30 minutes. 

shaped it and put it in my glass bread pan. My oven was not preheated because I used it as a proof box. The nice lady in the first video said if it wasn't a preheated oven to cook it for 40 minutes before checking (if heated then check after 30 minutes). 

I think it rose nicely so I turned on the oven at 350* and baked it for 40 minutes before checking it. I kept the water pan inside like the first video shared.

Second proofing

After 40 minutes I took the bread out of the oven and did the thump test which I had no idea if it sounded hollow or not.

You are supposed to thump the bottom, not the top. I thumped it so many times since I wasn't sure I put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes. (I now know that a second way to check if it's done is to insert a thermometer. If it reaches 190* it's done)

Homemade Bread

Here is what it looked like when done. I used white flour for my first "back-to-bread" making since I believe it's the easiest flour to work with. Next time I will use half white flour and half sprouted wheat flour and work my way to mostly or all sprouted wheat flour from there.
Homemade Bread

Now I know this is not low glycemic but I had to taste it and it was SO good.

From research, I also read that waiting until your bread has cooled to slice it helps keep the shape and all unless you plan to eat the whole loaf while warm. The kids and I wanted to try a warm slice of bread with butter so we waited about five minutes before cutting into it.

There was still a fourth left. We went to the theatre -watched Captain Marvel had some ice cream and Braums (I had mixed nuts), and returned home. I sliced a few more pieces from the loaf and it was fine. 

**Bonus content, hehe. Look at my beautiful kefir. It's so pretty!

Second ferment kefir

Yesterday there was some rain and thunder. I love cold (not freezing) rainy days. I love a good thunderstorm (but not when hubby and Annette have to leave for work)

And that is what I did yesterday! I enjoyed making bread. I plan to make some more -praying my next loaf comes out pretty good too.

Have you baked bread recently? What are some of your tips and techniques?

A Day in My Life

Day 12 of My 30 Day Blog/Picture Post Challenge

My cupboard doesn’t always look like this 😁 but yesterday I organized it. It was getting out of control. I should have taken a before picture. I didn't plan on posting but then I thought, "Hey, 30 Days of Pictures Challenge", so here is my picture for the day (even though it was taken yesterday).

While I was at it I decided to clear the counter off and get it looking nice and clean too!

Since moving to this smaller house I downsized our "stuff" a lot. We do have a storage unit that is holding some furniture, my husband's tools, photos, and "stuff'" but I did get rid of over 100 boxes of stuff as well. I actually thought it was time to get rid of my many books, I never ever thought I'd say that but yup! Gave, sold, or took to Half Price Books (at least 40 boxes).

I got donated my bulky dishes and now use mostly Corelle. I love how little room they take up.

I use a little bottle rack to dry my reusable "ziplock" bags, like Stashers or as you can see here my electric tea kettle.

I got my Kefir going! Please excuse the "dirty" countertops, they are always looking like that. I clean them but they are just stained. The countertops are older than I am.

Later in the day Annette picked up Brent and I. We were off to buy some stuff for our little store. On the way, we stopped at McDonald's to pick up some coffee.

I love McDonald's coffee and never had an issue with an ugly coffee cup before. My goodness, look at that thing. If we weren't well on our way and running late I would have asked for another. Crazy, it looks like they picked it up off the ground. I'm sure it was the last one in the cup holder most likely.

After about three hours of shopping for merchandise, we were hungry. It was dinner time so we went to Which Wich. I love this sandwich shop because it's pretty good, not super food healthy but when on the go it fits the bill.

I believe the Spinach Wrap has 49 carbs. It was probably a little over though because I had tomatoes.

I was trying to find a place to eat that was good for us and not too expensive so Which Wich it was. I love that you can order a lettuce wrap. That's what I normally get but this time I ordered the Spinach Wrap. You can also get any sub as a salad ~win-win for a low glycemic eater! Wahoo!

By the time I got home, Lance had made himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Lupe was still at work, Josh, Caleb, and Ethan are house sitting.

So that's what a day in my life looks like or sort of looks like. I actually left a lot out. 

The question of the day: have you ever been to Which Wich?
(I am still trying to figure out if my comment box works. If you all will be so kind and leave a comment. If you can't can you let me know on Facebook? I'd much appreciate it, thanks!)

Cowboy & Lions Beanie Hats

🏈 Day 11 of my 30 Day Blog and Picture Post Challenge 🏈

I am not really a football fan 🏈 but had to tease my dad who is a Viking fan. I was in California and it was actually cold when I was there in January of this year (2019). So I pulled out my beanie or whatever you call these.

Mine happened to be the Cowboys one, my sister MaryEllen happened to have her team's the Lions. She's a big Lions fan. When we were little my dad picked teams for all of us and my sister is the only one who stuck with the team that was chosen for her. I don't even remember what team my dad chose for me.

I don't really like my Cowboys hat I must admit. I wear it though because it does keep my head and ears warm. The first time I wore it (in Texas) I was shocked by how warm it kept me. 

My black scarf is over 10 years old. It has a hole but is still very useable but I've been wanting a new one for a while - I recently purchased me a new beanie that comes with a mask and neck scarf! 

In Texas, the coldest days have most likely passed but at least I'll be prepared for next year. It's cute and cost $17.99 so not too bad.

Caleb's 17th Birthday

Day 7 of the 30 Days of Picture and Blogging Challenge

It's been a while since I've shared a birthday photo of the kids. Here is Caleb turning 17 years old. This was taken in 2017. Crazy that my third child is now 18 years old!!!!

Ethan, Josh, Caleb, Annette, Lance, and Brent -all teens, can you believe it?!?! Six teens in the house. 

I believe I made an organic cake for him that year. I found a cake mix with the least amount of ingredients and that was organic. I would have made a sugar free, low glycemic cake but it was HIS birthday not mine, haha.

One of his gifts, I can't remember who gave him the nice blanket.

Caleb wanted an anti theft backpack. He's our techy guy.

We also celebrated Lupe's birthday that day as well. September is the month of birthdays in our family. I really don't approve of hubby eating Ding Dongs but that doesn't stop people from gifting him is favorite processed dessert. Look at that smile -love it. 

Here is a link to the backpack that we gave to Caleb. He REALLY liked it.