20 Minute Cheesy Cracker Goodness 

I wanted to put up a recipe for cheese crackers for kids. Every kid loves fishy crackers and it has been so discouraging that even the organic brands have MSG in them, so I thought I would try something new and make them myself.

 

Let me tell you now, this is easy and fast. Unbelievably so and I am excited about making them from now on.     

                                                                         

 

What you need:

1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar (you can go half mild if this is too sharp for your kids taste buds)

1/4 whole wheat flour

1/2 cup white flour

4 tablespoons butter (I used 5 tablespoons of Brummel and Brown which is half the fat)

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

Food processor or a pastry blender

 

Add all the ingredients into your food processor or a bowl and pulse or use your pastry blender unil mix is crumbly.

 

 

Form it into a ball and lightly flour your surface and roll it out to about 1/8" thick with a rolling pin (mine ended up being too thick this time round). Use a cookie cutter and make fun shapes or use a pizza cutter and cut into squares and place on an un-greased baking sheet. I poked holes for looks. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

 

 

The result is a hearty cracker that any munchkin will enjoy. You can play around and make these your own depending on what your kids enjoy. These crackers store for about a week if kept in a jar or container. The best part of this baking experiment was that they actually turned out, no MSG and my little boo loved every bite. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:08:00 AM

"An Angel Trapped in Marble" - Michelangelo  


 

Why are we doing all of this? Why do we care about our body? Isn't there more to life than just our flesh?                                                   

 

Last night I went to an amazing Chris Tomlin concert with my husband and friends. It was so great to step away and not think about the details of my life. This week I have tried to gain perspective on what my true focuses are. Fitness and this site to encourage women is obviously important to me, but I really felt the need to put more time and energy into my faith, husband and children.

In doing so, I was able to look objectively at my approach to this site and remember the true motivation when creating it. It is not just about getting the physical body we all want, but about becoming the person trapped within.

How does fitness become a deeper meaning in our life? Not just about our flesh, but about becoming  the woman that we were created to be? As Michelangelo once stated about his sculpture, "An Angel trapped in marble."

How  can it be used to conquer obstacles? I truly believe the physical act of disciplined exercise teaches us how far we can go in other areas. Once you complete something a light bulb comes on and you know the next time hardship comes your way that you are stronger than before.

Fitness can tie into all aspects of your life. That is why this former sedentary person in her youth is so excited by it. I know it will not complete me and there is more to life than just my body, but I also know how far I can go in all things and that I was created to not live scared or limited. 

I hope the same for you whether you are struggling in this area or you are a marathon running, working out machine. This is for everybody.

 

How has the act of exercise showed you your true strength?

Have you ever been able to accomplish something because you have had success with exercise?

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:48:00 PM

No Shame or Guilt, Just A Little Needed Fun 

I was talking to a friend about saying the word "Should". "I should have done this and I should have done that". She commented, "When you say it, you become a judge of yourself when that is not your place." I thought that was really insightful. You mean it is none of my business to beat myself up? I like that.                                                                                    

 

We all at some time or another end up beating ourselves up with our thoughts because we didn't work out this week or over indulged and the temptation is to give up. The truth is that we are farther ahead now than before. My approach to fitness is this: You start small. You build up strength and courage. There is no guilt. If you fall get back up and try again. My favorite is HAVE FUN.

 

Why should fitness be this dreaded boogie man? Why should any of us feel worse about ourselves than before we started?

 

I hope this site and Facebook page is not only a site to discuss our success, but our humble trials. We are wives, mothers, workers, cooks, house keepers, answer finders, key finders, shoe finders...busy, often over worked, awesome women. Yes, we will have a bad week or a bad season but we must press on and not take our failures too seriously. We don't have to be perfect.

 

Mr. Rogers put it very well, "It's important to give up - maybe daily - the old longing to be perfect.... Of course, I think we want it so strongly because we reason that if we are perfect, if we do a perfect job, we will be perfectly lovable... What a heavy burden. Thank God we don't have to earn every bit of love that comes our way."

 

Are you needing to hush that inner judge and have more grace for yourself?

Do you need to have a little fun with fitness?

Saturday, April 9, 2011 3:49:00 PM
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