The Letting Go

This was me, writing my thoughts to God in my journal 2 days ago:

I just want to sit and read a book and that‘s not happening.

Working out is a major chore.  The fun of it isn’t there anymore.

I feel irritated by normal life.  Having to make grocery lists and get shopping done.   Having to take time out of my summer fun things to do to clean house and get stuff done.

There’s this low-level conflict between the kids and I (what feels like) all the time and I just want it to go away.  Summer is about fun … and we’re not having it.

I’m irritated at my eating decisions.  In all this irritation at life, I’m trying to escape and comfort myself with food — bad for me food.

Do you see what’s happening here?  Things are not going the way I want them to and I’m feeling it.  I’ve been irritated at everything and everyone.

My very next journal sentence was this: More


Roasted Chickpeas – Slow Carb Snack

Finding snacks for me is hard.  I like to snack.  I get really hungry anytime from 3pm on.  It’s like I should actually just eat dinner at that time!  For now … here’s a great slow carb snack for you that will tide you over until dinner.

Roasted Chickpeas

1 (12 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt (optional)

Garlic Powder (optional)

Chili Powder (optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).  Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them.  In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with salt, garlic powder and chili powder. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Watch carefully the last few minutes to avoid burning.

**Updated** —  I added the salt, garlic powder and chili powder liberally before baking started.  From minutes 30-40 I checked every 2 minutes to make sure they did not burn and twice again liberally added more salt, garlic powder and chili powder.  The taste of the spices diminishes with cooking. When I pulled them out at the end I added all spices again one more time and they tasted REALLY great!

Downtown, Austin, TX

I LOVE our city!!!!

Last week Michael and I took the kids downtown.  My husband did an amazing job, as always, at taking us out and us having a blast together.  He always does such a great job at thinking of really fun things for us to do together as a family.

I love going in to downtown Austin.  I love Austin.  It’s such a great city.  We were downtown on a busy Friday night and it was still awesome.  We found a free parking space (which isn’t hard to do if you can find an open meter).   We walked the streets, starting up by the Capitol …

Capitol near









And we headed down towards 6th Street.  I’ve always wanted to go inside the Driscoll Hotel downtown and so we did.  It was gorgeous.  We took a potty break there and enjoyed the fancy-ness of the hotel restroom!





We ate at a new restaurant called El Sol y La Luna.  I wish I’d taken a pic here.  It was great food and cute décor.  The service was not great at all, but we weren’t in a hurry and I think our waitress might have been new.  The chips and salsa were great as were the crispy beef tacos and rice.  I LOVED their crispy beef tacos.  The meat was very well-flavored and more authentic tasting than Tex-Mex tasting.  My (ever so slightly picky) daughter loved their cheese enchilada. And my son at every bite of their kids quesadilla.  It was a good overall dinner.  My hubby wasn’t too impressed with their a la carte taco menu.  I think if he’d had the tacos I had then he would have loved it!!!

Esters Follies


Just adjacent to El Sol y La Luna is the Esters Follies building.  Every Austinite needs to go see this show.  It is soooo funny, right in step with Austin and current events.  It’s our own little SNL.  It’s super worth it and so funny.



On the walk back to the car I spotted this …

bulldog floating

I’ve seen this before and think it’s really cute.  The pic doesn’t do it justice.  Austin is fun like this because all round you can find fun things on buildings like this.  Maybe this is actually a logo for a business … who knows!








I also stumbled across this … Firehouse Hostel.  I had no idea we had a hostel in Austin.  Makes total sense.  I’m sure this isn’t the only one!  Have you ever stayed in a hostel?  They are kinda fun.  This one is located in the oldest standing firehouse build in Austin in 1885!





We strolled back down 6th street after dinner.  It was around 7 or 8pm on a Friday night.  6th street was starting to come alive.  The kids loved it.  We held tightly to their hands while fielding questions about our culture and the people around us.  Conversations like this are fun.  You never know where they will turn.  Sometimes things get brought up that I don’t know how to answer.  I want to be the one fielding these questions from my littles.  I want biblical truth to be their foundation and I want to be actively involved in sharing that truth with them.  Here are two of my most special people on the walk back up Brazos Street to the car; the 3rd was holding my hand.

MD & K Walking

Thai Chicken Wraps

Pioneer Woman has some of the most amazing recipes, and this is one of them.  I made this for the family for lunch after church Sunday and we all gave it a thumbs up.  Don’t be afraid when you see the length of the recipe-it has shortcuts and it is not hard to prepare.

Here are the tweaks I made to her recipe: More

The Lord Is My Portion

I feel a little busy sometimes.  Sometimes things are in a good flow and rhythm and we’re rockin’ right along; but not always.  I don’t do as well when I feel like stuff is busy.  I have in my head what needs to get done (and sometimes feel like it’s never done) and it makes it hard for me to sit down and relax.  I feel like relaxing is only to be done when everything else is already done.  But that’s not true.  God can allow me to relax and feel at peace even when everything isn’t done.  He is my portion all the time; Here is some truth: More

The Best Cupcake Ever

I’ve been talking a lot about food lately, haven’t I?  If you know me personally, you’d give a resounding ‘YES!’.  If you read this blog regularly, you’d do the same.  Thank you for enduring these food talks with me.  I’ve been talking about it a lot, because it’s been on my mind a lot.  The New Year came, after a few months of over indulgence, and the hubby and I decided to pull back on our eating.  My waist had been expanding.  It was a good thing, and still is.  Speaking of expanding … I’ve been craving these …

cupcakes 2


These are my favorite cupcakes EVER.  They come from a little shop up the road from me called Lick it, Bite it, or Both.  For the past few years I’ve requested these for my birthday treat.  I know I could get some amazing Austin Criticism here, but for me, they far surpass Hey, Cupcake and Cupprimo. They are simple.  You don’t have to over indulge a cupcake with a million ingredients and toppings for it to be the best cupcake ever.  LIBIOB does this amazingly.  They are FAAAARRRR more moist than any other cupcake I’ve had anywhere here in Austin.

I love food.  I love these cupcakes.  And I love that I get to eat them in less than 1 month on my birthday.  yay!

Where do you find your most favorite cupcakes ever?

Ah-Ha moment #3

I’ve been reading Made to Crave.  Have you heard of it? It’s a devotional that was recommended to me by a friend through my YouVersion Bible app.  (YouVersion is a great, free bible app.  Just download it, create a profile, search ‘food’ and start the Made to Crave reading plan.  This plan is adapted from the book written by Lysa TerKeurst wrote.) It’s a 21-day reading challenge and it is really great.

This devotional has given me my Ah-ha Moment #3 … (you can read about moments 1&2 here).


Zucchini & Squash Chips

Recently, I told you guys about how I was doing the Slow Carb Challenge.  It’s still really great.  I’m on week 5 of my 6 week challenge.  I’ve also recently spoke of how important snacks were to me and how I need to make time to prepare for my snacks.  It’s of vital importance to my health and weight.  Today, I wanted to share another snack with you guys! More

Santa Rita 120 Cab


Here you go, folks.  A reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon.

This is one of those small bottles of wine that World Market has for sale all over their store.  Be careful.  These things are dangerous!  You can pick up one or two or ten of these in no time!  My hubby got it in his Christmas stocking from my mom!  Fun, hu?!

Cabernet Sauvignon is a widely known red wine variety.  It is apparently grown in almost every wine-producing country of the world.  I’ve read about it here and there, mostly through Wine Spectator Magazine and Wine for Dummies.  I think these vines are pretty easy to grow, in that they are pretty hearty.

I’ve always felt Cab’s to be really full-bodied and sometimes, frankly, just too much.  I like them best with a really great steak.  But lately, thanks to this cute little bottle of Santa Rita 120 Cab, I’ve just enjoyed it  for no other reason than to enjoy it.  This wine was very smooth, yet rich and dense.  It didn’t have too much going on in the tastes, but enough to peak my interest in wanting more.  That seems to be just the right amount of ‘going on’ for me when I’m wanting to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine.

You should visit the Cab Wiki Page and check out the grapes.  Don’t they look just delicious?!

Do you drink wine?  What kinds of wine do you like?

Cinnamon Spice Pecans & Ah-ha Moments # 1 & 2

In a recent post, I told you guys about how I was doing the Slow Carb Challenge.  I still love it.  I’m still feeling great.  I’m still hungry a lot of the time! I’ve had a few ah-ha moments since doing this and I’m going to share two of them with you today.

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