To Have or Not to Have a Resolution

On the last day of 2012, I woke up thinking about all that happened in this busy year. We celebrated 2 years of marriage, a first birthday, a new baby, a niece getting to meet Jesus, a new church, and a whole lot more. Another important thing that happened in 2012; I read a book that opened my eyes to my real level of intelligence. A friend let me borrow a book called “The Core” by Leigh Bortins that I couldn’t put down. Even if you aren’t homeschooling or planning to homeschool, you need to read this book. It made me realize that even though I was a straight A student and graduated with honors, I didn’t learn much of anything. Like I said, even if you don’t homeschool this book helps you to know what you need to focus on when your children are at home. Well, now that I’m done over-promoting my new favorite book, let me get to my main reason for this post: my resolution for 2013. I don’t usually make resolutions because I think they set you up for disappointment, but after reading the book I decided this is my year for a goal. Drum roll please…my resolution is to read AT LEAST 2 books a month that are educational and challenging. My normal reading is 2 books a YEAR (if that)! Yeh…straight A honor student. My first book for January is the biography of Martin Luther. Wish me luck! So…do you make resolutions? What is yours for the coming year?

Blessed,
    Emily

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First trip to the library

Jon Mark and Jacob both had their first visit to the library today! We went to see santa (also a first for both of them) at the Warrior library. Jon Mark was not impressed. We didn’t expect him to be. Santa is  the epitome of all things he is terrified of. We had cookies and apple cider. Jon Mark made a christmas tree magnet and we checked out 2 books! I love having fun for free!

Spicy Chili and Honey Cornbread

I made my very first “from scratch” cornbread tonight so I was very nervous it would end up like my “from scratch” cakes do…bad. I was very surprised! Amazing! If regular cornbread and sweet bread had a perfect baby. I decided to not go with natural, healthy ingredients. We had an off night in our 80/20 eating; but the all purpose flour can be substituted however your eating habits see fit. It went well with the spicy chili I make. I had to share.

Honey Cornbread

1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup honey
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, honey, eggs, and butter until honey is fully incorporated.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and thoroughly mix the two together. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.

The chili is just a basic recipe. 1 can diced tomatoes. 1 can hot rotel. 2 cans chili beans. 1 pound  80/20 ground beef. 1 pack chili seasoning. Simmer in crockpot 1 hour.

Yum!

Blessed,
Emily