Monday, March 29, 2010

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup and now Agave

Most of us already know the dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup and that it is in almost everything that people normally buy. They have now done new research to show how bad it really is for our bodies. Here is a a really cool video talking about the new research.

http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?category=News&clipid=1444422465

Now here is the shocking part to me. I was reading an article about how bad Agave is for us. It says that agave has the highest fructose content than any commerical sweetener ranging from 70-97 % depending on the brand. This is so much higher than HFCS which is about 55%.
Fructose increases insulin resistance, liver damage and a lot of other problems. So when you watch the video about HFCS keep in mind that agave is suppose to be much much worse. Check out for all the info on this site.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/30/beware-of-the-agave-nectar-health-food-fraud.aspx

Favorite Whole Wheat Bread Recipes


Right now I have two favorite whole wheat bread recipes so I thought I would share. One is for the bread maker and one is done in the mixer.

This first one I converted it to be made in the bread maker. This one is a little more sweet than the second one and also has white flour in it (or you can use hard white wheat that I get at the cannery)


1 1/2 cups warm water
4 1/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp and 1 1/2 tsp butter
1 3/4 cup white flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Throw in your bread maker on dough cycle. I ALWAYS bake my bread in the oven. It turns out so much better than being cooked in the bread maker. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. You can brush with melted butter if you like.

This one is 100% whole wheat and by far Kirk's favorite bread ever. Well except for my rolls but that is different right. Now if you are baking with your own fresh ground wheat you have probably noticed by now it sometimes is a little harder to get the bread to rise and be as fluffy at white bread. I really think this recipe gets it really close to the fluffiness of white bread without sacrificing the nutritional value of whole wheat bread. This one is done in the mixer or by hand.

3.5 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1/4 cup honey
put in the mixer and let the yeast proof.

Then add
3.5 cups wheat flour
2 tsp salt
2 heaping tbsp olive oil
mix it up and let sit one minute.

Then add
3.5 cups more wheat flour
mix on high for 7 minutes with a dough hook
let rest 15 minutes

put dough on flour surface and divide in half. Then place dough in bread pans.
Let rise until it rises above the rim of the pan.
Bake 350 for 35 minutes.

Super easy and crazy good. Enjoy!!

Book Review


This week at the library we found a fantastic book called What to Expect When a New Baby Comes Home. It was the same author that wrote What to Expect When You Are Expecting. This book covered everything from when you first bring your baby home, soft spots, umbilical cords, nursing, really they covered so much. When I was reading it to the girls I had them bring out their baby doll and we practiced holding, burping and they sure loved it. Of course we have talked about the baby coming a lot but having a book with pictures and using their baby doll really seemed to help.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This weeks projects

I love the nesting time!!
Here are some more things I have made for little Capri.
Another "Bling binky" this one has a C on it.














I have never been able to find the right diaper bag so this time I decided to buy a purse kind of bag and make it work as a diaper bag. So I made a couple zipper pouches to organize everything.












A matching changing pad















Oh and you can not live without one of these. This is a wet bag that is great to throw wet or soiled clothes and cloth diapers in this bag when you are away from home.







Be careful who you marry!

When Kirk and I were dating I thought what a wonderful gift to have that much energy. I think it runs in his family. His sister Kim does circles around me. Kirk is a VERY hard worker and as long as you bring him food and water he can work from sun up to sun down and he will not even be tired.

I know this is a great gift to have as an adult but let me tell you I have two little girls that have taken after their father. These girls are busy!! I can spend my whole day cleaning up after then and still feel like I got nothing done.

I remember Kirk's mom telling me about how Kirk would always take things apart just to see how they worked. Not that they always got put back together right but he was always learning.

We never have to hire people to fix a problem in our house because if Kirk does not know how he will find out and do a great job.

Well with Myla, Sariah and lets face it Capri will be the same way I just know it. They are at the learning stage. Lets take everything apart and see what happens. They both would rather play with anything that is not a toy because it is so much more entertaining.

Really I would love to have a clean house but I was not blessed with the Wilkins energy and my kids were.
Here is a typical day in our house with Sariah. The kind of mess changes but really it is all the same. A HUGE mess!
This is not the flour mess, Sariah got out powder sugar this time.




Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oh my..... we have eggs

The sun is shining and the chickens are LOVING it. I think all 15 are laying now and let me just tell you that is a lot of money in feed and a lot of beautiful fresh eggs. We call them Easter eggs since the colors range from light tan, all shades of brown, pink, some speckled and even blue/green. No need to dye Easter eggs at our house! We counted just over 7 dozen and guess what they will lay again tomorrow. We are planning on selling some of the eggs to help with the feed cost but Kirk keeps looking in our fridge and saying ummm I think you need to do something about this. I love every idea of living off the land and we have also enjoyed them as pets!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Little to much tech


Ummm so Kirk and I have found ourselves in this same position on a few times. Kirk working on homework (he is in grad school) and well I am either blogging, planning more crafts or looking at provident living stuff (I know boring). At least we are next to each other right? What a tech world we live in. Do you think we need to work on that????

Monday, March 15, 2010

Love N Hate

I love n hate being pregnant. 1.) Pregnancy always strengthens my relationship with the Lord because one it humbles to me to 100% count on Him to get me through. Through the first 18weeks of throwing up 15 times a day and feeling like I am going to die. Not being able to take care of my family or kids. Then the last few months.... I think some of the struggle I have in the last two months is that I am only 5' 2". There is not much room for the baby to grow and my hips really have a hard time.
2.) The miracle of child birth and life is the most amazing thing anyone can ever go through. So I think it is worth every second of pain.

As most of you know with Sariah my pelvic born cracked. Last week Capri dropped and I think that cased it to crack again. Let me tell you having a baby rest on a cracked bone 24 hrs a day is not easy.

This morning Sariah thought she would help me out and throw like five cups of flour all over the kitchen floor and then to make the right kind of "cookie dough" she added some water. I don't know if I should scream, cry or laugh. So instead of cleaning my floor I am sitting here blogging about it hoping it will magically disappear.

OK fine, I will go clean it up before it get into my carpet. I think before little Capri is born I am going to have house cleaners come in again. Kirk did it for me during the first trimester and it was fabulous!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Myla update

Kirk wanted me to post an update on Myla for our friends and family that keep asking.

So here is a quick update.

Myla started Cytoxin (chemo) last Saturday. It took a lot longer than we thought for her to start since we could not get her into remission. Most of this week she has been acting soooo crazy almost like she is on speed. She has been doing laps around the house and bouncing off the walls. Not at all what we expected. I talked to a friend that her husband and mom both went on chemo and they both had crazy energy at first also. From what I understand is that it takes a few weeks to build up in their system before they get the real side effects of the drug.

So currently Myla is still on high dose steroids and Cytoxin. Each week I will lower her dose of steroids but they will keep her on a low dose while she is on Cytoxin. They plan to have her on the drugs for three months and then take her off and see if she will stay in remission.

If she does not stay in remission then we have some choices to make. There are three different drugs for us to try next. The first one is really high dose of steroids by IV three days a week. There is a lot of long term side effects from steroids and long term damage. The other two are drugs that will have to taken until she magically grows of this (so for many years). Both are known to case kidney damage and other long term problems. What a great choice. What would you chose?

So for now we are praying that these meds will work and that she can stay in remission for at least six months.

On another note because Myla has been taking meds for the past nine months it has caused a lot of teeth damage. For kids her age they give meds in liquid form FULL of sugar so the kids will take it. No one ever told me about how it could effect her teeth. Well now she has a mouth full of cavities. Nice! Because there was so many we had to go to a pediatric dental specialist. Now on Monday she has to go and get all her cavities fixed but to do so they have to put her out. Everything should be fine and the anesthesiologist is aware of her medical concerns and all the drugs she is on. I'm still a little nervous about them putting her out and praying that it will not cause her to relapse from all the stress it will put her little body under.

With all things considered we are doing really well. Myla is a strong little girl and never really complains. We are grateful for such wonderful family and friends that are so supportive to us.

Sorry I guess it did not turn out so quick....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My true love!!!!

My true love in life is to craft of any kind. I have been spending so much time taking care of everyone else that I forgot to take care of me. So the past few days I have been sewing and make all kinds of stuff for the new baby. It feels so good to get back to sewing.
This is how bad I have been. Kirk gave me a new sewing machine for Christmas and this is the first time I have been able to really try it out and let me tell you I am sooooo in love!!!

New baby sling, this is reversible and I just love the fabric.


Ok nothing special but I love how cute these turn out and I have made many for other people and have never made one for me.

Soft baby shoes for new little Capri







Knock-off Robeez - Real leather baby shoes with a little thicker soles than Robeez. Also less than $10 each. Love that.







All girls need a little bling!! I saw these at a baby boutique for like $40 for a binky. Then I thought I could do this for pennies.








I still have a list of other things I want to make. Do you think I'm nesting yet? For some reason I always have this need to get everything ready many weeks before our babies come but it is the only way I can sleep. I still have 6 weeks left but as soon as I get the baby stuff ready then I move onto the house. I'm hoping I can get everything done by then. Coming home after having a baby to a CLEAN house feels so great.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Spring is coming

So the house is quite for the moment. The girls are off listening to a book on tape and are playing so nice together in their room. So rather than cleaning the house, doing laundry or dishes I am planning my summer garden. I can't help it. I LOVE gardening. I love going outside and picking fresh fruits and veggies for my family and making some yummy healthy meal. Last year our chickens ate just about everything in our garden so this year they have a very nice chicken run and coop. They love eating all our scraps but this year they will not eat all my blueberries, raspberries, and veggies.

Last year I found this great company called the Seed Savers Exchange. They sell Heirloom seeds that have been passed down from generation to generation. Each year you can gather your seeds from your own garden and replant them year after year. Their seeds give produce far different than what you will ever taste in the stores or even store bought seeds would. The tastes are amazing and the selection I can not believe. At the store when you purchase seeds you get a choose from say five tomatoes, well in this catalog their are like 60 to choose from.


I can not wait to get my garden going. I have six weeks to get the ground ready, sprinkler system set up and hopefully start my seeds inside. So after our Capri is born I they should be ready to plant.
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