Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Testing...testing Not sure why there are blank lines going through so much of my text.






Please allow me to introduce our first contestant and the reigning champion


Kelen is a 9 year old attending the 3rd grade. He enjoys playing his Nintendo DS, whittling and being a Cub Scout.


While listening to Alan Jackson we have the following new lyrics.

"Don't Rock the JUICEBOX" as opposed to jukebox. :)

"Where I Come From" the line says a lot of front porch sittin' but Kelen sings "A lot of front porch CHICKEN"

He will never give up his championship title. No sirree.

Friday, March 20, 2009


So I was reading my usual blog roll today when I came across a very interesting post over at about superstitions.

Now, I am not going to write about my own superstitions. I have wayyyy too many to list. But when she asked what superstitions we, her readers, have, I got to thinking...And what I started thinking about was my Grandpa Shook.

Grandpa Shook said you should never ever kill a daddy-long-leg spider because that'll make it rain. At least that is the thought in my head. I don't actually remember Grandpa saying this to me but I KNOW that mom always told me that Grandpa Shook said it. So now I am wondering, DID Grandpa ever actually say this? I pass it on as something he did indeed say.

Every so often my heart gets a little flutter because I hear my kids talking to each other while watching a daddy-long-leg make his way across our home. They don't kill him. EVER. Why?

Because they know that Grandpa Shook said you should never ever kill a daddy-long-leg spider. The wisdom of Grandpa has been passed on in our family and this new generation of Shook's never even met him.

How cool is that?

Friday, March 13, 2009

#1 Fantasy Man

Oh Good Lord!

Look at those eyes

or is it those hands

or those arms


Leather Pants...Be still my lusting beating heart

A vision in white

Is it the scottish accent that makes my heart pound so?

Or maybe the 5 o'clock shadow that doesn't seem out of place like it would on a real man?

Whatever it is.

You can sing softly in my ear any time.

Gerard Butler...fantasy man #1

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gaiam Rug

I was reading some of my daily blogs and I came across a pretty cool contest on Allie's Answers. Gaiam is giving away a beautiful rug to one of her lucky readers. Unfortunately I can't get the picture to post here so head on over to her site to take a look.

The rug is made out of recycled soda bottles. I am all about the recycling (although I would rather there was no plastic to NEED to be recycled) but anywho. The one bad thing about this is that the rug is shipped all the way from Thailand and that is a WHOLE LOTTA fuel for a rug. Wish they were locally made but they are fair trade and it is a start. The fact that the rug can be washed off with a garden hose sounds interesting. I just wonder how it will feel on one's feet. Sticky and plasticky? That would be ok for outside under the patio table or is it ok for in the house? Hmmmm. Take a look at their website and decide for yourself.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Linguine with Tuna and Peas

I don't generally post so many recipes but this one was really good. Even Kelen liked it and had seconds. As he is my picky eater I tend to judge my recipes based upon whether he eats it or not. This came from a cookbook that my Grandma Shook gave me about 10 years ago, "Great Recipes for Good Health." Personally, I always tinker with any recipe and this one was no different. I added salt and some grated cheddar cheese.

2 oz. linguine (I used spaghetti)

1/2 C frozen green peas (organic)

3/4 C skim milk (organic plus 1/2 C kefir)

1 TBSP flour

1 sm. can tuna (wild caught)

1 TBSP grated parmesan (never use that crap in the green fresh it's SO worth it)

1/4 tsp black pepper

Cook the pasta. Here the recipe says omit the salt but I NEVER cook pasta without a large bit of salt added to the water. Meanwhile in a small pan cook the peas in about 1C boiling water. Drain & set them aside. In a large skillet mix kefir, milk & flour. Cook for about 2 mins stirring constantly to get rid of that icky floury taste. Add the noodles, peas, tuna, cheese & pepper. Toss well, heat through completely about 3-4 minutes.

As you can see this recipe only serves about 2 people so I doubled pretty much everything.

Serve & enjoy!