Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Jax Loves Jerky!

This piece of beef jerky made Jax happy for about a half hour. He sucked all the meat out of it and left the skin. Just like a jerky-banana. :o)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fishing partners

Levis fishing partner, Blake. They had a good day out on the ice. :o)

Nice Fish

Steven took Levi ice fishing today and they had a great time! Levi was very excited to share his catches with us. Thank you Uncle Steven! I'm still not sure if he's tan or windburnt. He told me as I was putting vaseline on his face, "Mom! You suck at this job!" LOL!!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Take up the cross, and follow me.
Mark 10:21

You have not the making of your own cross, although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making; neither are you permitted to choose your own cross, although self-will would fain be lord and master; but your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love, and you are cheerfully to accept it; you are to take up the cross as your chosen badge and burden, and not to stand cavilling at it. This night Jesus bids you submit your shoulder to his easy yoke. Do not kick at it in petulance, or trample on it in vain-glory, or fall under it in despair, or run away from it in fear, but take it up like a true follower of Jesus. Jesus was a cross-bearer; he leads the way in the path of sorrow. Surely you could not desire a better guide! And if he carried a cross, what nobler burden would you desire? The Via Crucis is the way of safety; fear not to tread its thorny paths.

Beloved, the cross is not made of feathers, or lined with velvet, it is heavy and galling to disobedient shoulders; but it is not an iron cross, though your fears have painted it with iron colours, it is a wooden cross, and a man can carry it, for the Man of sorrows tried the load. Take up your cross, and by the power of the Spirit of God you will soon be so in love with it, that like Moses, you would not exchange the reproach of Christ for all the treasures of Egypt. Remember that Jesus carried it, and it will smell sweetly; remember that it will soon be followed by the crown, and the thought of the coming weight of glory will greatly lighten the present heaviness of trouble. The Lord help you to bow your spirit in submission to the divine will ere you fall asleep this night, that waking with to-morrow's sun, you may go forth to the day's cross with the holy and submissive spirit which becomes a follower of the Crucified.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Jace with Jax

Jace was teasing Jax with his sucker. Poor baby!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Carnitas Sandwich

Serves 4-6

3 lb. Pork Bone-In Shoulder Roast
2 c. Trader Joe's Organic Beef Broth
1 tsp. Colgin All Natural Hickory Liquid Smoke
1 Bay Leaf

Oven Method
In a casserole dish goes the broth (reduce to 1c.), liquid smoke and bay leaf. Trim roast of visible fat and set in dish. Cover and bake at 275°F for 8 hours.

Pork is done at an internal temp of 190-200° and fork tender. Place cooked pork on large cutting board and let rest for 30 minutes. If pork is cooked properly, you should be able to shred with just your bare hands, can't do this when it too hot. Reserve 1/2 c. liquid.

While meat is cooking, mix up Seasoning:
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
To the shredded meat add your seasoning and liquid and mix well.

Revolution Rolls

3 Large Eggs
3 Tbsp. 4% Cottage Cheese
1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar
Separate the eggs into two bowls, one with the whites (be careful there is no yolk or shells) and one with yolk. With an electric mixer, beat the whites on high, until frothy. Continue beating and slowly sprinkle in the cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Beat the yolks with the cottage cheese for about 30 seconds. Gently, carefully, with a light hand, fold the yolks into the whites. It does not have to be "mixed" but incorporated. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then make six mounds. Bake at 300 for 1 hour. Cool on wire rack.

Id try these tho....

Sweet Corn Cakes
1/4 c. Vanilla Whey Protein
2 Tbsp. Arrowhead Mills Yellow Cornmeal
2 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
2 Eggs
1c. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original
1 tsp. Baking Powder

Whisk together dry and wet ingredients separately and then combine. Let sit for 5 minutes. Over medium heat make pancakes in non-stick skillet. Using a scant 1/4 c. for each pancake, recipe makes a dozen. Approximately 1.5 net carbs per cake.

Stack like pancakes or use like a soft taco shell

I was surprised that my revolution rolls turned out so well! They are soft and pillowy and taste like a popover!

All this taken from.....
Thank you Vanessa!!!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Atop the Mountain

So beautiful up here. Unbelievable.

Lutzen Trip

2.This was a view of the lake on my walk.

3.This was our ski up condo-coooool!

4.This was the indoor outdoor pool which was very fun!
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5.A top of this hill you could see an amazing view of the lake. You ride a gondola to the top. Scary!

We took a trip to Lutzen for some skiing this past weekend-what a gorgeous place it is! Gods handiwork was everywhere! Thank you for your prayers! No one was hurt or lost (kind of). I did not ski but was just as sore as the skiers as I took advantage of walking in the hilly country. Lake Superior is a sight to behold and a camera alone does not do it justice. It is simply beautiful. I never knew Minnesota held such beauty! It was beautiful weather and we were thankful to be able to go. Oh, and thanks to mom, Jax stayed behind! :o)

Jace at Lake Superior

Jace was willing to let me take pictures of him so I had to give him his own post. :o)

Lake Superior Hiking


Thursday, February 02, 2012

Press on

Don’t rest on past reading. Read your Bible more and more every year. Read it whether you feel like reading it or not. And pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase.
Three reasons this is not legalism:
You are confessing your lack of desire as sin, and pleading as a helpless child for the desire you long to have. Legalists don’t cry like that. They strut.
You are reading out of desperation for the effects of this heavenly medicine. Bible-reading is not a cure for a bad conscience; it’s chemo for your cancer. Legalists feel better because the box is checked. Saints feel better when their blindness lifts, and they see Jesus in the word. Let’s get real. We are desperately sick with worldliness, and only the Holy Spirit, by the word of God, can cure this terminal disease.
It is not legalism because only justified people can see the preciousness and power of the Word of God. Legalists trudge with their Bibles on the path toward justification. Saints sit down in the shade of the cross and plead for the blood-bought pleasures.
So lets give heed to Mr. Ryle and never grow weary of the slow, steady, growth that comes from the daily, disciplined, increasing, love affair with reading the Bible.
Do not think you are getting no good from the Bible, merely because you do not see that good day by day. The greatest effects are by no means those which make the most noise, and are most easily observed. The greatest effects are often silent, quiet, and hard to detect at the time they are being produced.
Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth, and of the air upon the human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls, and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible-reading.