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What I’m Reading May 29, 2013

Photo from Penny for Them 1

Photo from Penny for Them 1

As many of you know from my post about my kindle, you know I love to read. I really hadn’t read too much in the past few years until I got it. I am seriously in love with it and the ability to read no matter where I am. Along with that, I’m reading a lot of blogs. I’m trying to grow as a mom, wife, and believer and have received a lot of encouragement there. Today I wanted to share with you what I have been reading and what I’ve thought.

“Don’t Make Me Count to Three!” by Ginger Plowman

I am absolutely crazy about this book. It is changing my life and our parenting. It’s gradual and one day at a time, but we’re learning how to be the parents we really feel like we’re suppose to be. It really is a great guide and comes from a humble writer. Ginger is the first to say that she doesn’t have parenting down to an art but it sharing where they are doing well and what not only works, but the Biblical way of parenting.

“Perfectly Paleo- 30 Unique and Delicious Paleo Diet Recipes” by Kelly Smith

This is another great find for us! I haven’t found a recipe in here that I don’t love and I love the nutritional benefits we find from eating paleo on occasion. If you are a paleo diet, interested in it, or just wanting to eat healthy, this is a great cookbook to get. You won’t regret it!

“Organic Food: Eating Organic on a Budget” by Fanny Seto

I really enjoyed this read. We’re working to eat healthy (not always organic) and what we’re found is that eating cheap can be expensive. If you’re not careful, you can end up killing your budget and making your finances a lot more stressful than you need to. We’re been there and done that. We are working hard to eat healthy in a way that we can afford. Sometimes this means we don’t do organic. Sometimes it means the food we’re eating may have GMOs in it. We are striving to NOT do this and avoid it when possible and this book has really helped me figure out where to cut costs.

“Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds” by Cynthia Gabriel

I’m going to be honest and tell you I have not finished this book yet. I’m almost halfway through and have taken it slow since I’m not pregnant yet and don’t expect to be having a baby in the next few months. My goal is to finish it prior to becoming pregnant again. As we continue to plan for a natural birth this time around, I’ve found that educating myself is probably the most important step (other than tons of prayer). JR is completely on board and I’m so grateful for his support. This book so far has really helped me out as I plan for a natural, hospital birth for our number 2, whenever that happens.

I Totally Get Why Angelina Jolie Had Her Breasts Removed from the Humbled Homemaker

ThThis was a favorite for me. I felt this post wasn’t really about what was right or wrong, but more about loving someone like Christ did no matter what decision they make. It was about cutting out judgment that it seemed like so many were doing shortly after this procedure. As a woman with two lines of breast cancer in my family history, I really needed and appreciated this post.

Baby Wearing Series from Stacy Makes Cents

We are a babywearing family. You know the saying- those who baby wear together, stay together. Well, not really the saying, but this series was GREAT! Stacy took time to review several different carriers- from mobys, to slings, to bobas, to ergos, and more! Be sure to check out these posts and guest posts from fellow blogger, Brandy.

On Being a Mother and a Time Traveler from Five Kids Is A Lot of Kids

I stumbled upon Beth several months ago and I’m pretty certain this is my favorite post she’s ever done. I cried. And cried. And cried some more. I get so caught up in what “use to be” and not enough of  “what is”. One day, I’m sure I’ll look back and wish I was in this moment again. When Emma is grown, JR and I are old and grey, and these days are just a memory. Cherish these moments. They are few and far between.

Natural Sources of Folic Acid from Red & Honey

I read this one over a month ago but had to include it. I just started prenatal vitamins a few months ago (I’m NOT prego people, seriously- just getting prepared) and after reading this, I am unsure I will continue them. It’s so important to have a balanced diet and if a balanced diet keeps me healthy and not needing prenatal vitamins, that’s probably the route I should go. I’m glad someone is blogging about these things!

This what I’ve been reading. What have YOU been reading?


Valentine’s Week- Maple Sesame Chicken Review February 4, 2013


This may seem like an odd post for a week of Valentine’s Day specials. It seems to make more sense to put up a recipe for cupcakes or pink pancakes you may think. Not true in the least. Just recently, JR and I have run across a new favorite and it’s what I will be making JR for Valentine’s Day this year. I’m sure I will build up some great brownie points for this one. I wanted to share a review with you today and tell you where you can find this wonderful recipe- Maple Sesame Chicken!


JR and I got a digital copy of Crock On by Stacy Makes Cents and we loved it. What we loved even more was the hard copy we got- thanks Stacy! I love online access and the ability to work so easily from a computer, but I still love hard copies of all my books. Cookbooks are no exception. We decided that we wanted to do our best to cook through this cookbook by doing at least (5) meals a month, if not more. This month we tried six and next month we plan on trying five more. We loved every single one of them until we found the Maple Sesame Chicken. It blew everything else out of the water! Not that everything else wasn’t amazing, this one just broke the mold for us. Oh. My. Gosh. I have even said, more than once, that I thought about smacking JR; it was so good. And you know what? He probably would have been ok with that because it was THAT GOOD.

Maple Sesame Chicken from Crock On

Maple Sesame Chicken from Crock On

As far as a somewhat detailed review, here is what I have to say:

Stacy Makes Cents came up with a home run when she made the Maple Sesame Chicken recipe for Crock On. It has a similar taste to Asian cuisine, which we love. It’s not overpowering but just the right amount. As far as ingredients, they were common ingredients that most people have in their home which made it so much easier to prepare! The only thing we needed to buy was sesame seeds and they were enough to make due for the next two years. The great thing, too, is that Stacy really walks you through everything step by step, including how to toast sesame seeds. She rocks! I would recommend this recipe to anyone along with a bed of brown rice to put it on once it’s ready to eat. One of the best meals we’ve made in a long time and it will definitely be a staple from this point on!

A few quick tips:

*It’s hard to burn sesame seeds. Even if yours get a little darker than light brown, they’ll still taste good. In the same regard, don’t use your plastic measuring spoon to stir these because it WILL melt. RIP measuring spoon.

*Use REAL maple syrup in this recipe. Good, dark, grade B syrup is more expensive but tastes so much better and is better for you, too.


As far as the recipe, I am recommending you buy Crock On from Stacy Makes Cents. It’s easy to do and as low as $5 for each copy. At that cost, you can one for you, your momma, your sister, your neighbor, and more! With 40 recipes, it makes it more than worth it’s price. I have signed up to be an affiliate because I support and believe in this cookbook that much. Use the link above to get your copy today!