Friday, April 27, 2012

Mommy Monday: Spring Fruits

In many parts of the country spring is still thawing and you might not yet be enjoying fresh produce.  Here in South Carolina we are blessed with a long growing season and can produce lots of vegetables and fruits throughout the year.  Yearly we plant a large family garden but still rely on local farms for some of the freshest produce around until ours is ready or for those items we don't grow.

It's important to our family to support local farmers however we know that at times throughout the year that might not be possible.  It also might not be within your budget since at times this can be more expensive.  I was amazed to learn that more and more farm stands are not accepting EBT and SNAP cards than ever before.  That is the great thing about America we have choices for our food.  You can purchase food at a grocery store, farmers market, or local farm and know that you are getting a product that is safe and nutritious for your family.

Photo Courtesy of Cotton Hill's Farm Facebook Page
  

We personally love to purchase locally grown strawberries from our two favorite farms Bush-N-Vine &  Cotton Hills Farm.  The strawberries are sweeter and fresher than the ones I can get at the grocery store plus it doesn't hurt that we know the farmers.  The Hall Family (Bush-N-Vine) is actually part of my husband's extended family and the Wilson's (Cotton Hills) are close friends.  I feel privileged to be able to treat our family to such wonderful local fruits.  Both of these farms do their best to ensure they provide my family and yours with the safest most affordable produce!  

Many times I am asked if local food is better for you...well if you are asking is a strawberry grown in South Carolina any healthier for you than one grown in California.....NO...the nutrition value of fruit is basically the same no matter where it is grown.   
Photo Courtesy of Bush-N-Vine's Facebook Page

Now if you ask about the taste..yes there is a difference.  A strawberry purchased at the grocery store must be harvested, packaged, shipped, and purchased prior to going bad.  To accommodate for this most fresh fruits and veggies sold in the grocery store are pick prior to being fully ripe.  If you are purchasing fruits and veggies at a local farmer's market or on-farm the items were probably picked early that morning and are perfectly ripe.  

Now for my first giveaway!

I am giving away a 1 $25 gift certificate to Cotton Hills Farm and a visor from Bush-N-Vine.

To enter please be sure to complete the entries below!!

Until Next Time--

Caci

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thin Me Down Thursday: Week ???

So as some of my readers may remember about a month and a half ago I started this journey to lose weight in a series called Thin Me Down Thursday (original post).  That lasted ohh about 3 full weeks and then I started slacking.  Well I'm back but not because of anything I did.  I am back because of a Challenge I read about on Monday from Courtney on Women Living Well.  A challenge to discipline ourselves so that we, I actually, can grow closer to God.  Disciplining ourselves is a spiritual act of worship.  

So I started off pretty good on Monday but still haven't gotten back into the swing of things.  I still need to work on my calorie intake as it has been kind of high this week and I personally feel like I need 20 minutes daily devoted to an actual workout not just playing with my lil one or cleaning house.  I need to feel the burn that comes with a good, hard workout after which you feel like you are going to die and throw up all at the same time.  

So here is my chart...we'll discuss the progress or lack thereof in a moment


So as you can tell I have actually lost some LBS but my inches are all over the place.  I was pleasantly surprised that I had managed to maintain my downward trend for the most part.  So how did you do this week?  I still have a lot of work I need to do on disciplining myself, not only with my diet and exercise plan, but my blogging, my house cleaning, and in my walk with God.  I can't wait to start the new study over at GMG.  I am hoping this book study can help me become more like that Proverbs 31 women we all admire. 

So until we meet again...

Caci

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wrangler Wednesday: Springtime!

Living in the Southeast it's rare that we get to experience a true spring.  
Typically it goes from cold (50 and below here) to HOT...I don't mean like 75 degrees hot...
I mean like 90 in March HOT and we live with that from about March (with the exception of Easter Frost) until October or November.  That's life in the South (which I love).  

But this year our weather has been kinda wonky and crazy...we seen 30's for highs and high 80's for highs since the first of the year...and tonight they are predicting a low to mid 30's but by Sunday we will be in the mid to upper 80's again

Anyways we have had the chance to enjoy a few days of truly blissful springtime weather...

So enjoy a few of our photos


Young lot of replacement heifers


Freshly plowed garden plot...large enough to feed a small army ...we will definitely be sharing our bounty.  Lil' man is anxious to get plants in the ground as he loves to spend time in the garden which is across the road from our house at Grandma's & PawPaw's.  


Because Wyatt loves spending time with his Great Grandparents we visit often (almost daily) Fishing with PawPaw is one of his favorite things!  They are two of a kind for sure.  


Easter Sunday...Lil' Man was devastated we missed Sunrise Service and the pancake breakfast but he was able to enjoy "Big" church and Children Church services.


Family Hugs...after church we headed to my in-laws for a family lunch 

Ride to the top...Wyatt spends lots of time with his daddy which makes me very happy.  I pray that one day my lil man will grow up to be the same type of man his daddy is...



New baby chicks...20 of them...please pray for me as I don't care for chickens, but William & Wyatt seem to like them, especially Wyatt....he collects eggs daily at my in-laws and is now the proud owner of 10 Rhode Island Red pullets (which means a young female chick)...he's a little saddened that the chicks are producing eggs yet but after we explained they had to grow up he was good.  Our other 10 chicks are Cornish straights (which means until they grow up some we don't know if they are boys or girls)...these 10 will be used for meat.  

Reflecting on these pictures each week allows me the chance to remember and record memories for our family.  I cherish these memories and can't wait to make more.


Until Next time....

Caci

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mommy Monday: A Challenge

So I follow a good many other bloggers and unlike a lot of people I prefer that new entries come to my inbox.  That way I know if I have read them and can mark the ones I want to re-read or visit again.  A couple of weeks ago I started following a new blog... Women Living Well.  The blogger is Courtney, she is on Facebook and YouTube as well.

Her blog is a ministry.  Sharing her thoughts, her devotions and her beliefs on God with those who follow.  She is such an inspiration and has some wonderfully motivating post.  This morning as I scan through my email I saw she had a new post and couldn't wait to settle down with my cup of coffee and read it.  Today's blog was a challenge...a 5 week challenge!  Some of you may remember about 6 weeks ago I started my own personal challenge and well after week 4 kinda fell off the grid with it.  Courtney has had similar experiences plus has discovered we can better serve our families if we are disciplined about our own actions.  

So I am taking up her challenge...I invite all of you to hop over to her blog and join up as well.




Week 1 Challenge:
Name 1 healthy habit that you would like to work on establishing in your life over the next 5 weeks.  


My week one is to re-start my Thin Me Down Thursday Routine...that means exercising and tracking my food.  Watch out for Thursday's post to see how I do!  

Until Next time....

Caci