Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Merry Christmas From the Milton's!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! 

Hope you had a fabulous year and may God bless you this upcoming year! 



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Quotables

Aty was feeding Robert blueberries and his feet and hands were kicking and wiggling excitedly as he waited for another one, and she says, "patience buddy, patience!" Wonder where she's heard that before! 😊

We went to visit daddy at work! As we climbed the stairs to his office Bria noticed some paint that was peeling a little on the wall. She said in a concerned tone, "daddy, the wall has a boo, boo...I kiss it!"

Atalisa shortly after my birthday asked, "Mommy, how old are you now?" I told her and she then eagerly exclaimed, Mommy, that means you're close to 100!" Oh my! I guess with each passing birthday I do get closer to 100! 😂😁

Bria out on our back deck says, "Mommy, look what a big spider!" I told her it was a daddy long leg. She said, "No, I think it's a mommy long leg." Silly girl!

As we're waiting in the turn lane coming out of our neighborhood Aty sees a corvette coming the opposite direction. She says, 
"Mommy, that's a cool car!"
Me: "Yep, daddy would agree!" 
Aty (excitedly): "Maybe you can get it for my birthday!" 
😂 She has expensive taste! 😜

Robert LOVES balls! He can spot one before anyone else! When we start getting close to the gym he recognizes where we're at and right away starts saying, "baw, baw!"




Atalisa looking at a book points to a skunk, and says, "he stinks cause he forgot to take a bath!"

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Healthy and Delicious Banana Muffins




I always love when I find a recipe that both tastes great and is good for me! These muffins accomplish both,and are so easy to whip together. They also freeze wonderfully, and can be ready any time you are craving something sweet.

1 1/2 cups no sugar added apple juice (I've also made them with White Grape or Strawberry Kiwi too. Just use whatever you have on hand.)
1 cup mashed banana (about three)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup canola oil
 2 eggs

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup oats
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine wet ingredients and mix well.  Add in dry ingredients and blend until batter is smooth.  Pour into greased muffin tins.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Let sit for a minute or two in pans before turning onto a wire rack to cool.  Enjoy! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Chicken Tamale Pie

This cold weather has me in the mood for warm comfort food! This qualifies as that!

 My husband texted me and told me he was on the way home, and asked what was for dinner. I told him "Chicken Tamale Pie." No response back. Now I knew exactly what he was thinking, "Pie, oh no." Anything in a pie plate for dinner he's usually not a fan of. Just the idea of it. I kinda of guessed what the no response was, and texted him that "I think you'll like it!"

When we were sitting down eating he was telling me how delicious it was, and he laughed and told me that he wasn't too excited when he got my text, but it surpassed its name. Maybe if I call it Cheesy Chicken Mexican Casserole...or something like that it would be better!

























Chicken Tamale Pie

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

Cornbread Recipe (below) or cornbread mix prepared according to package instructions
2 cups cooked and shredded Chicken breast
1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles (10 oz.), drained
3/4 cup frozen corn
2 teaspoons taco seasoning
3/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice)

Cornbread Recipe:

3/4 cup cornmeal
1-1/3 cups milk (I used plain yogurt)
1 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons honey
1 eggs
1/4 cup grapeseed Oil (very beneficial) or whatever oil you have on hand
  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (170 degrees C) In a small bowl, combine cornmeal and yogurt (or milk); let stand for 5 minutes. Grease a 9 inch pie plate.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in the cornmeal mixture, honey, egg, and oil until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

While cornbread is baking mix shredded chicken breast with corn, taco seasoning, and diced tomatoes. Toss together.

When cornbread is done -it will be just barely set and starting to get golden brown. Top with chicken mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Serve.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Gingersnaps

This is the perfect cookie to serve with pumpkin dip, or just enjoy with a big cold glass of milk! Slightly crispy with a chewy center! Oh so yummy. You just can't stop with one...or two!

Gingersnap Cookies

1 cup salted butter
2 cups Sucanat (which is whole cane sugar or 1 cup brown sugar/ 1 cup white sugar)
3 eggs
1/2 cup Almonds, ground
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
teaspoon allspice (optional)
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In mixer add butter and sucanat beat on high speed till light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time making sure each is well mixed before adding the next. Add almond and vanilla.


Place flour, spices and baking soda into a large bowl; mix. Then slowly add to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.

Scoop a heaping 1 inch size amount of cookie dough into ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until edges are just turning brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!

You just can't resist 'em!





Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mexican Stuffed Shells


I saw this recipe on pinterest, and knew I had to try it! These shells were amazing! You won't be disappointed if you try them!!




Mexican Stuffed Shells

 Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 package taco seasoning (or even better use this Taco Seasoning found here!)
4 oz. cream cheese (I used the lite cream cheese)
14-16 jumbo pasta shells
1.5 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce (This is a smooth, tomato based sauce found in the Mexican section) or I used this recipe
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup monterey jack cheese
3 green onions
Sour cream
Lettuce
Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350°.
In a frying pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions.  Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely.

While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board/baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.

Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish.  Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Cover shells with taco sauce.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes, with the foil removed.  Top with any condiments you’d like (green onions, black olives, etc.)

Serve with sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, or whatever else you'd like to put on it! Enjoy!! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sugar Free Grape Jelly

I have been searching for a recipe for sugar-free jam/jelly. I had bought some that was made from juice concentrate, and it was amazing! I searched the internet high and low for a recipe, but found nothing.

Quite by chance, while experimenting in the kitchen I found an easy delicious recipe! I am super excited and can't wait to try other flavors!

Sugar-free Grape Jelly

1 12 oz. can of 100% Grape juice concentrate (make sure it's not frozen. I had mine in the refrigerator for a day before I made it)
2 cups water, heated till boiling
1 envelope unflavored gelatine

In a medium size bowl, sprinkle gelatine over cold juice. Let stand 1 minute. Add hot water and stir until gelatine in completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Pour into desired jar and refrigerate till set (think mine took about 5 hours).

And Enjoy...so far we've enjoyed it on peanut butter sandwiches, and biscuits!








Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sleeping beauties!

I love watching my babies sleep! Something about it just melts my heart , and I feel an even deeper love and affection for them!



When they so sweetly sleep it's hard to imagine that they could be little sinners.


I love stroking their soft hair, and praying for them.


So blessed to be Mommy to these precious kiddos!! 



Monday, June 15, 2015

No Regrets


As I'm lying in bed thinking...my mind wanders...Thinking of the time when my children will be all grown up. It's sad. It's happy. It will be here before I know it. I don't like thinking about it. I wish I could keep them little forever! But I know growing up is good.







As a mother I want to have no regrets looking back later. I want to be more patient. Take time to really look in their eyes and listen. Read that story to them that they want me to read for the 1,000th time. Be patient. Be consistent. Make memories. Be patient! Yes, I have need of patience! 


I want to enjoy each and every moment God gives me and make the most of it!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Robert 7 Months Old!



So in LOVE our little SMILEY boy! He always has a happy face to share! 
and Loves:
Clapping his hands
Chewing on his fingers, but still no teeth yet!
Sitting up with his feet kicking away
Rolling all over the place and is on the verge of complete mobility
When his sisters make him laugh
and is starting to pull up on things ALREADY! Yikes!


 

His favorite Foods are:
Avocados
Squash pancakes
and really anything we let him eat! HE is all BOY when it comes to his appetite!

Favorite things to Play with:
BALLS and TOOLS :)






 He is well loved and gets more attention than he probably would like to have at times!



Monday, May 18, 2015

Strawberry Pickin'


Saturday was a perfect day for some strawberry pickin' fun! Besides for the amazing sweet delicious berries you get at a strawberry farm the memories you can make are awesome too! The girls had so much fun! 
Bria was especially excited! It was like an Easter egg hunt to her!  She kept saying, "I pound one (all her f's she pronounces as p :) ), I pound another one!!" 
          Seeking for some yummy berries!
                 Loving gobbling up the juicy berries!! She definitely did more eating than picking ;)


  So thankful for the family God has given us! I'm so very BLESSED!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Easy Homemade Yogurt

LOVE yogurt, but it can be rather expensive if you buy the good stuff all the time!


So I turned to pinterest to see if I could find a good copycat recipe to one of my favorite yogurts -Stonyfield Farms French Vanilla. I found one here and here, and after reading both decided to give my hand a try at it! It actually was really EASY! I was pleasantly surprised! The thing that took me the longest was reading through the recipe to make sure I didn't mess up on any of the steps!

Homemade Vanilla Yogurt
Prep time
Total time
Yogurt is fun to make, and requires no extra machine for culturing. A cooler works well for incubation.
Author: 
Serves: 1 gallon
Ingredients:
  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 1½ c sugar, divided (I used fructose)
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp pectin powder
  • ½ c cold water
  • ¼ c fresh Dannon (I used Stonyfield) yogurt, plain or vanilla (no jam)
Instructions:
  1. Heat milk in a heavy pot, to 190° F.
  2. Cool to 130° F (110-130° is OK)
  3. While milk is cooling, measure up sugar (reserving 2 Tbsp for later) and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. Mix together the remaining sugar, and pectin power in a small pot; whisk in cold water and mix well until dissolved. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, set aside the yogurt culture needed.
  6. When milk has reached 130° F, add sugar and vanilla, and stir for 2 minutes until dissolved.
  7. Bring the pot of pectin mixture to a full rolling boil. Keep boiling for 1 minute.
  8. In a thin stream, pour the pectin mixture into the milk, stirring well while pouring.
  9. Add yogurt. Keep stirring well for 2 more minutes.
  10. Pour into clean jars through a strainer.
  11. Place jars in a cooler, then pour very warm water into cooler (130°F) until it reaches the lids of the jars.
  12. Close the lid of the cooler, and keep the temperature at 110-130° for 6-8 hours, or until your preferred tartness has been reached.
  13. Place jars in refrigerator to cool down.


Start by pouring a gallon of whole milk into a big pot. Heat to 190° F. I didn't have a candy thermometer, but from reading the recipe it was to the point where the milk started steaming, but definitely not boiling. Then you let the milk cool to 130°, while preparing the other steps.


While you wait, measure sugar (reserving 2 Tbsp) and vanilla.


Then whisk together the remaining 2 Tbsp of sugar along with 1 Tbsp pectin powder in a tiny pot.


Without heating it yet, add 1/2 c cold water, whisking well until completely dissolved. Set aside for now; we'll heat it up later.


Next, measure 4 Tbsp (1/4 c) yogurt from the store which will be our starter. Your own yogurt can be used next time, but she says, "reading comments from people who have done this several times, it seems as if the effect only lasts a few times. Then they start having problems with their yogurt setting properly, until they use store bought yogurt again. So far I’ve only used starter from the store, I’ve never tried homemade yogurt as a starter."

I used Stonyfield's French Vanilla yogurt. It has to be a yogurt that contains live and active cultures.

Note: More starter is not better when it comes to culturing. Stick to the amounts given; if you add more, it can cause problems with the culturing process.

While still waiting for the milk to cool down gather your jars, a two cup glass measuring cup (to transfer the milk from the pot into the jars), and a strainer.

Make sure your jars are properly cleaned to avoid trouble with strange bacteria growth during the fermentation process. If they have been through the dishwasher they should be good.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Quotables

Atalisa was talking with me about everyone in our family's hair. She said, "I have straight hair, and Bria has curly hair, and mommy has curly hair." I then said, "and daddy has straight hair." She quickly interjected, "no, daddy has poky hair."

I was doing a exercise dvd. The instructor said, "come on ladies, keep it up!" Aty said, "we're not ladies we're mommy's children!"


























Before Robert was born the girls were so eager to meet him! They would always ask when he would come out. I told them when God was finished making him he would come out. Shortly after he was born Aty asked me, "God is done with Robert so he came out?" I said, "yes." She thought for a moment then asked, "will he have to go back in your tummy when it's time for him to get teeth?" I said, "no," and explained how the rest of his growing and developing would be outside of my tummy, thankfully!

Aty brought me a plate of play food. I started to pretend to eat it. She stopped me and said,  "mommy, you need to eat over your plate." 


























Bria hearing Robert crying when he woke up said, "Robby, I coming, Robby, I coming!" As she ran quickly to him! So sweet to see how she loves her brother!


























We usually will travel at night as it is much easier with the kids. After traveling all night when we were coming back from visiting family during the holidays Atalisa woke up and saw the sun rising. She exclaimed, "Mommy, Jesus turned the lights on so we can play now!"

These precious girls sure do crack us up!





Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Few Of My Favorite Things!

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I LOVE it!! I never intended to sell makeup but after hosting a FB party for my friend and seeing how much money she was making from home, I tried it out. Younique provides me the opportunity to sell Naturally based, chemical-free makeup all from home and engage with amazing women around the world....and I get paid DAILY!!!! I couldn't resist!! Order yours here!!


They have a love it guarantee so you have nothing to lose! It's as good as they say! You'll LOVE it too!
 The difference is amazing!!

Oh Wait...

Saw this and made me laugh! So true!

Sometimes it seems like all I hear is: "Mommy!" "She took that (whatever it may be...right now it's the mini princess people) from me!" "Mommy, can you help me." "Mommy, I need to go potty!" "Mommy..."

And...

Sometimes it seems like all I say is: "you need to wait (except not in the case of using the bathroom...in that case it's, hurry, hurry) 😊!" "Don't touch that." "Share with your sister." "Be sweet!" 

Sound familiar to any of you mommys {especially with little ones}?! 

Today in particular was one of those days! The girls were both having meltdowns and it wasn't even 10 AM! We weren't even close to naptime yet!

 I started singing, "This is the day, this is the day, we will REJOICE and be GLAD in it!" It was AMAZING their frowns turned upside down and they started singing and dancing around! I was thinking a couple things...1. Why haven't I done this sooner, and 2. When we praise God with singing it causes us to be THANKFUL and not complain!

My husband told me when one of them came whinning to me about something. "I don't know how you do it all day! If I had to stay home all day long I don't know what I'd do!" Well, truth is we all have moments as mommies where our patience is thin and we feel like we can't do it, or we just want to take a week off from being mom...oh wait, that's not possible is it!?

Thankfully when we've reached the end of our patience and are tempted to get frustrated, irritated, or overwhelmed we can come to God asking Him to give us patience, wisdom, and strength to keep going and raise godly kids for His glory!

Children need lots of nurturing, lots of love, lots of guidance! They need us to be constantly pouring into them! Molding their little hearts to do what's right and learn about God and grow to love Him! It's a BIG responsibility, but so worth it when the good fruits of our labor come in! So keep up the good work!! We're in this together!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Christmas Highlights

We had such a wonderful holiday season! I love being able to visit family and spend time together!!  Our travels took us over about 2500 miles! But it was definitely worth all the driving to see our dear family!!

The girls and Robert did such a good job traveling! Thanks mostly to the fact that we travel at night which makes it SOOO much easier! My hubby is amazing when it comes to driving...he'll turn on an audiobook or music and go! I usually only end up driving a couple hours for the last leg in the morning!


































We Celebrated Christmas a little early with Stephen's family because of traveling! Such fun times with everyone! Blessed to have married into such an awesome family!


































This was Robert and Titus' first Christmas!! So fun to have new little babies around! 


 When we got to my family's we sang Christmas carols which is a tradition started by my grandparents! We also sing some of their German favorites! Special memories!



































Fun times together!





























































The last day we got some snow and were able to go for a sleigh ride, and the girls got to build a snowman!!

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