9.16.2014

take care of momma...

Today's post is a call to take care of mothers. It is tough being a mother and I am just a mother of one. I can't imagine what it would be like to have 2 or 4 or maybe even 6 children hanging off of my legs asking me to feed them, bathe them or clean up their messes. 

Motherhood is a selfless "occupation." It requires constantly giving and constantly putting children before self but it is rewarding with their smiles, their sweet noises and I am looking forward to the affection back. 
But at times it is rough, it is tough and it is draining. People have said as long as the baby is healthy, which is very important, very important. But I think we need to start saying as long as baby AND mom are healthy. 
So this is my call to all of you to any of your mom friends, whether you are a mom yourself, a married gal without kids or a single girl, take time to take care of your mom friends. Buy her a pedicure. Take her out for a cup of coffee. Offer to watch her children for 30 minutes or more (!) so she can take a shower, or drink a pumpkin spice latte, or to even just sit for a few minutes on the couch and allow her thoughts to catch up with her. 

Not near any of your mom friends? Write her a letter or note of encouragement. Tell her she is doing a great job, tell her you are thinking about her and how much you love her. Let her know that she is still who she is before she became a mom. Tell her she is beautiful. 

This is my call while mom is taking care of the children to tell her her family and friends are taking care of her.

p.s. Have I told how much I love bath time with Caleb?

9.15.2014

what's normal?

Today I want to ask you all a favor. Please check out my friend, Sarah's blog, What's Normal Anyways? Her perspective on life is unique and a breathe of fresh air because in actuality, what is normal anyways? 

Happy Monday all!

9.11.2014

Autumn Apple Cake

I'm continuing with the fall trend from yesterday. Today's recipe is apple inspired, and perfect to make after you go apple picking, which by the way is one of my favorite childhood memories and activity that I introduced Sean to and have made it a yearly tradition. This year I can't wait to bring Caleb with us!

To make the cake, you need 3 cups of cubed apples (you can keep the skins on), 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toast them for extra flavor), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 cups granulated sugar, 1 1/4 cups canola oil, 3 eggs.
For the frosting, you need 2 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 cup powdered sugar.
This recipe calls for a bundt pan, which I don't have so I divided up the batter into two 9X9 pans. 

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. In a metal bowl, combine the apples, walnuts, cinnamon and vanilla extract. 



In your mixing bowl combine the eggs, oil and sugar. 


Then add in the dry ingredients and mix. Fold in the apple/walnut mixture then pour the batter into baking pan.
If using a Bundt pan, bake the cake for 1 1/2 hours or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My cake in the square pan took about 30 minutes. 
Allow the cake to cool in the pan, about 1 hour, before removing it from the pan. 

In a small bowl, making the frosting, stir together the milk, honey and powdered sugar until smooth. 
Drizzle the frosting over the cake then cut and serve!

recipe found here

9.10.2014

day dreaming about sweaters...

I am pining and pinning (a very bad combination!) for cooler weater and cooler weather to come soon and stay, stay a while! But alas that won't happen and I can pretty much assume the weather will still be in the high 90s through the end of September.
Just a few sweaters I am wishing I could be wearing shortly but most likely I will be waiting until November sigh...


Where are you buying your sweater for this fall?

9.09.2014

crockpot barbacoa

Crockpots are what I call a working wife's best friend and whether it is work outside the home or work at the home by raising your children.
Yesterday was a perfect day for some crockpot barbacoa too, it was raining at times, over cast and just a good day to not really worry about dinner until about 30 minutes before it was time to eat. 
A staple meal in our household is burrito bowls, basically everything in a burrito just without the burrito. I'm sure you have seen them or ordered them at Chipotle, or Qdoba or Cafe Rio. 
Basically it is rice then meat then beans then corn then cheese then sour cream and of course topped off with guacamole. You gotta have the guacamole!

I had some leftover chipotle peppers in adobe sauce which means searching on Pinterest for that recipe to use up this ingredients and this crockpot barbacoa recipe did not disappoint. When Sean came home for lunch yesterday, he said he wanted some already because it was making the house smell so yummy. Too bad he still had about 6 hours to wait to eat it!

This recipe is super easy to make, blend some ingredients together, put the meat in the crock pot, pour the blended ingredients over the meat, add a few more ingredients, turn on the crock pot and let it sit for several hours on low and slow. Then shred the meat to serve for dinner. How easy is that!
For this recipe, you need 1/2 small can of chipotle peppers with the adobe sauce, 1/2 small yellow onion, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup tomato paste, 4 garlic cloves, 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons cumin, 2 teaspoons sea salt, 1 teaspoon oregano, 3/4 cup beef or chicken stock, 3 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon whole sloves.

In a blender or food processor, combine the chipotle peppers, onion, lime juice, tomato paste, garlic, vinegar, cumin, salt and oregano. Blend the ingredients together until smooth.






 Put the meat in the crock pot then pour the blended ingredients over the meat. Add the stock, bay leaves and whole cloves. Allow the meat to cook on low for 7 hours, then shred, then return to the crock pot to cook for 1 to 2 more hours.

That is it and you will have leftovers so enjoy that as tacos, fajitas or maybe as an actual burrito!
However you eat it, make sure you have plenty guacamole to top it, did I mention that yet?

recipe found here and modified slightly

9.08.2014

sometimes...

Sometimes you feel down for a reason you can't place your finger on. 
Sometimes you need a bit of a break.
Sometimes just through a conversation, things seem brighter and better. 

That has been me lately, just kind of a in a funk no particular reason and can't place my finger on why. 
But things are better and thought there was no better thing to write about than feeling grateful.

I am feeling grateful for a relaxing Sunday, which started out with a morning run followed by a great church service. The afternoon was spent relaxing so Sean that meant football and me getting groceries for the week, baby and husband free. p.s. does anyone else's grocery bill sky rocket when your husband tags along? I appreciate the help when he comes but when the total is rung out, I look at him and say ouch as more than necessary just got withdrawn from our bank account.

I am feeling grateful to a wonderful God who is always FOR me who each Sunday I get to learn more about during the sermon. He is always available for me and never gets tired of hearing from whether I tell him about the good, the bad or just a thank you.

I'm grateful for this new day that allows me the opportunity to make new memories with Sean and Caleb.

p.s. a decision has been made in case in reference to last week's post, thank you all for your input and advice

What are you feeling grateful for today? If you have a grateful heart post you should link up with Emily on her blog, Ember Grey!

Grateful Heart Linkup w/ Ember Grey

9.02.2014

decisions, decisions, decisions

Sometimes when big decisions have to be made, can it consume your thoughts? So much in fact that maybe it inhibits your ability to think about blog posts? I have been feeling that way for a bit now and coupled with the fact that I am tired too. That is something else that big decisions will rob you of, your sleep. 
That is where the Henning family is at right now, some big decisions have to be made. Decisions we don't like making. Decisions that will hurt. We might have been putting this decision off and they probably should have been made sooner.

When you have some big decisions to be made, how do you make them? Do you write a list of pros and cons? Do you think about future scenarios of if we did this then this might happen but we can't have that happen? Flip a coin? Heads you go one way, and tail you go with the other decision? Pray?