World’s First Valentine

Valentine’s Day… a day to show those you love how much you love them. But in all honesty I think every day should be Valentine’s Day.

No I don’t mean get me cards and candy. Don’t make me breakfast in bed or a gourmet dinner, although that would be nice. I mean the part about showing those you care about how much you love them.

So when did Valentine’s Day first begin?

As an official holiday? I’m not certain. But I do know that the very FIRST Valentine’s Day happened a very long time ago.

God sent the first valentine’s gift. And it’s a gift, not just for Jewish, or Christians, but for every person. It’s a gift for you and for me. And it’s available to you every day, not just on a holiday.

The World’s First Valentine

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

It doesn’t matter what you’ve said or what you’ve done, God loves you. Don’t wait until your life is ‘perfect’; it won’t happen. God wants you to come to Him as you are.

Time is short and Jesus is coming again soon.
Are you ready?

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Tropical Paradise in a Glass

Today I made a new flavored syrup to use with our SodaStream.

I let my kids try it and they said, “It’s like a tropical paradise in our mouths!” (They are 7 and 9 years old).
I tried it and couldn’t claim the same. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it. It was because I had brushed my teeth about 20 minutes before and still have the minty essence on my taste buds. So I will give my formal opinion on it later. So for now, here’s the recipe:

Tropical Paradise Flavored Syrup

3/4 cup Pineapple Juice
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp (actually about 3/4 full) imitation Coconut Extract

Bring to boil while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool Completely.

Again, I used 3 Tbsp of syrup with 6 to 8 ounces of carbonated water.

ENJOY!
Reminder: ONLY carbonate water with the SodaStream.

Making Your Own Pop (Soda)

More often then not I drink water, but I’ve been getting tired of the bland taste all the time, and happened to mention it to my husband awhile ago.

Two weeks ago, while he was shopping, he spied a SodaStream Soda maker on sale and bought it. It came with 6 trial sized flavored syrups, three of which we did not try. (We don’t drink Diet, Energy drinks, or Grapefruit). The other three were gone in one day (Root Beer, Orange, & Lemon-Lime).

I had been trying to think of what I could make to use in the SodaStream until we could purchase a few of the syrup flavors. I had searched online for different ideas: infused water, homemade syrups and thought that I could probably come up with something else using simple syrup.

Well… last night, I did just that.

I made a simple syrup, and while it was cooling I added a few tasty extracts and came up with a refreshing low calorie idea:

Strawberry-Lemon Mint Syrup

Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar

Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool completely.

Additives:
1 tsp. ReaLemon lemon juice
1/4 tsp. Imitation Strawberry extract
1/8 tsp. Pure Peppermint extract

I added them in while the syrup was still warm. Cooled it almost completely before storing it in a plastic squeeze bottle with a cap.

I’m glad I didn’t double the simple syrup recipe as the 1:1 ratio filled the squeeze bottle and had enough left over to make a cup of pop.

I shared the first cup with my kids; they thought it was pretty good. I think it was too.
It’s sweet, and the strawberry and mint come through. I personally can’t taste the lemon very much, so I might increase it next time around.

I used about 2-3 Tbsp of the syrup per cup of water, about 5 servings–and ONLY 77 calories per serving.

 

If you have a SodaStream, please remember: you’re only suppose to carbonate the water.

ENJOY!

I Totally Forgot About That


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A few weeks ago I signed up for Blogging 201. I got caught up in some of my other interests and completely forgot about it. (Ugh!) I haven’t checked my email so I even missed the reminder. I know I’m only a few days behind, but I don’t feel like playing catch up, not right now anyway. I suppose I could always forgo the days I missed and continue through until the end and then go back through it.

Nope!

That’s not like me. I made a commitment I’m going to stick with it and go back and catch up. I probably won’t catch up on all of it tonight, but I’ll catch up before weeks end.

Edit:

Well it appears that I’m not that far behind after all. Some of the assignments seem to revolve around planning and not much about writing. So I’m safe.

Blogging 201: Set Three Goals

Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals you want to achieve.
1) Try to create a blogging schedule.
This could be difficult with my current schedule as a homeschool mom, but I can at least try it.

2) Plan out and finally write the BIG Post.
I have been debating whether or not to write or even how to write about one of the most difficult times in my life. I feel that it could help others who are going through or have gone through what I experienced.

3) Continue improving my writing by doing so more often even if it’s short and sweet.