ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

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Weekly Update

It is Monday and all 3 of my girls are home from school for President’s Day. I woke up early to get a head start on this blog and my ever-growing inbox, so that I can be available for my girls.

It is a good thing I did! Teen girls are quite independent, but they still need their Momma and keep me plenty busy.

My youngest needs a ride later this afternoon to join her cousin for a couple of fun hours at a local craft studio. My middle girl woke up with a sore throat and asked if I would make her a soothing smoothie. then reminded me that we need to practice driving and pick up a job application today. My oldest just sent me a text that said, “Prom dress shopping?” a request I was not able to say ‘yes’ to yesterday, so I’d really like to say it today!

I am working hard at saying ‘yes’ more than ‘no.’ I know these days are so fleeting and before I know it they will be up and out of the nest, and I will be hoping for my phone to buzz with a shopping request. I wanted to get to the gym, grab a shower, work on a few piles of clutter, and buy some groceries. These are all good things, but they will be pushed aside today to spend time with my girls.

So often, decisions on how we spend our time is choosing between good, better and best. Oftentimes our good is set aside for another’s best. Today, my yes is to my girls, who are home in front of me, wanting to spend time with me. Today, this is the best ‘yes.’

 

Weekly Goals

Meal Plan — grocery list +5 meals

Rescue My Home — dust, sweep, vacuum, mop, bathrooms

Dates — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

Do a Pin — Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

 

Daily To-Do

Spiritual –journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

Move Body–walk, yoga or strength training

Hydrate + Nutrients –water (goal is a gallon a day); leafy greens & berries, vitamins, powdered greens

One Full Load — dishwasher & laundry

Cleaning, Clutter & Computer Zones — {bathroom + extra room}, {bins away}, & {tasks in gmail}

 

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Specific Goals

Continue reading: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality & Anti-Cancer: A New Way Of Life

Finish reading: Take Me With You

Start reading:Katharina & Martin Luther

Focus in on new content for New Nostalgia

All bins loaded and put in storage

Fix vacuum

 

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Recipes I’m Making Week

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Popcorn Chicken

Instant Pot Whole Rotisserie Chicken

Crockpot Bone Broth –every week (made it in Instant Pot this time..post coming soon!)

Instant Pot Yogurt –every week

Spaghetti with Grass Fed Beef

Butter Chicken

Cincinnati Style Chili

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

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Watch my Instagram Stories for a glimpse of the making of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

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RECIPES

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

I’ve been all about super simple recipes, and these 3 ingredient protein pancakes could not be easier! They are my new food crush and are great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack or “brinner” (breakfast for dinner).

These are not fluffy, carb loaded, make-pancakes-for-your-out-of-town company type pancakes. No, these are pancakes you make when you are craving carbs or a sweet but want to eat healthy and stay away from empty calories.

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

3 Ingredient Protein Blender Pancakes

After eating these pancakes, you will not have the typical sugar crash that comes 30 minutes after eating simple carbs. These kill the cravings, are low calorie, and fill you up. I make little dollar size pancakes, eat all 10 of them, and know when I’m done that I just ate 2 protein-filled eggs, a fiber-rich banana, and omega’s from the chia. If you choose to top it off like I do, with smushed berries and cinnamon, you will also have a nice dose of antioxidants! All of this with just minutes of simple prep.

Protein Pancakes Pack A Punch

236 calories, and pack a whipping 12.6 grams of protein and 540 mg of potassium!

Not a bad return for such an easy-to-make recipe. I love making recipes are simple but give a great headway into the daily nutrients our bodies need.

Chia Packs a Punch

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes are a great way to utilize my favorite little seed…CHIA! I’ve bragged about the punch this little seeds pack when talking about another breakfast favorite —No Cook Overnight Breakfast Chia Oat Pudding. How fun to have 2 breakfast options that include chia.

Why eat chia?

  • Packed with omega-3, protein, rare antioxidants, and fiber
  • Excellent source of essential minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, calcium, sodium, and potassium
  • 3 tablespoons contains 6 times more calcium than whole milk, and 30% more antioxidants than blueberries!
  • Full of omegas.

3 Ingredient Chia Seed Protein Pancakes

My favorite brand of chia from amazon (aff. link):

 

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

2 eggs

1 banana

1 or 2 Tablespoons chia seeds

Directions:

Blend above ingredients together. Warm non stick pan to medium heat and add a little coconut oil to the pan. Cook silver dollar size pancakes about 30 seconds on each side. Stack on a plate. Serves 1.

 

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

Fast Berry Compote Topping:

I smash up berries with just a touch of organic real maple syrup to sweeten, and a sprinkle of  cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon juice. This is so delicious and much healthier than dousing the pancakes with syrup. If I am out of fresh berries, I will just thaw some frozen berries while I’m cooking my pancakes — they work just as well and naturally make more syrup.


3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

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*Thanks to The Skinny Confidential for both recipe ideas. Click here to see a video of this recipe.

 

RECIPES

3 Healthy Smoothies That Taste Like Dessert

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There is nothing like a thick, rich smoothie that is healthy but tastes like dessert. These 3 smoothies are my go-to smoothies when I want a sweet, creamy treat that is filling and nutritious. The Coffee Cashew Smoothie combines chocolate and coffee, the Velvet Elvis smoothie combines banana and peanut butter, and the Chocolate Covered Cashew Smoothie is well…self-explanatory & delicious! Enjoy!

3 HEALTHY SMOOTHIES

 Coffee Cashew Smoothie

This coffee cashew smoothie is a creamy and decadant snack.  I love coffee and chocolate together, and the soaked cashews give this smoothie an amazing creamy texture.  It is  dessert-like, but so filling, and packs a great protein punch with 5 grams!

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Coffee Cashew Smoothie

1/4 cup cashews (soaked for awhile in milk to soften if you don’t have a high-speed blender)
1/2 banana, peeled (frozen optional)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1/2 cup ice
1/4 cup cooled coffee
1 cup milk of your choice (I use almond)
1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional, or sweetener of choice)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I added a bit of almond butter & cocoa nibs on top for pretty.

 {5 grams of protein}
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The Velvet Elvis Smoothie

One of my favorite smoothies comes from a local place called NuVibe Juice and Java.  They have an delicious smoothie called The Velvet Elvis smoothie.  It is unique, filling, creamy & tastes like a decadent peanut butter banana smoothie treat. It has Grape Nuts cereal in it which makes it extra filling. I replicated the smoothie and it is just as delicious as Nu Vibe’s!

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The Velvet Elvis Smoothie
{makes 2-15 oz smoothies}

1/4 cup peanut butter
1 banana
1/2 cup Post Grape Nuts Cereal
1 cup oats
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or milk of your choice)
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup ice

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Use a high speed blender for best results.  If you don’t have a high speed blender, let the oats and Grape Nuts Cereal sit in the milk for a few minutes to soften.  Blend until smooth.  Add more milk if needed.  Consistency is right when a vortex forms in the blender and contents move freely.

{10 grams protein}

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Creamy Chocolate Covered Cashew Smoothie

This Creamy Chocolate Covered Cashew Smoothie tastes decadent and you would never guess how nutritious it is. It has protein from the cashew butter and nuts, fiber from oats and banana, potassium, and antioxidants from the cocoa and honey.

 

Creamy Chocolate Covered Cashew Smoothie

{makes 2 – 15 oz smoothies}

1/4 cup cashew butter (or almond butter or peanut butter)
1 banana
1 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup cashews
1 cup oats
1 1/2  cup milk (your choice – I love almond or cashew)
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup ice

Optional: cocoa nibs

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Use a high-speed blender for best results.  If you don’t have a high-speed blender, let the oats and cashews sit in the milk for a few minutes to soften.  Blend until smooth.  Add more milk  if needed.  Consistency is right when a vortex forms in the blender and contents move freely.


Adding nuts or nut butters in smoothies are a great way to add protein naturally, without resorting to protein powders, and will fill you up!

Have you used nuts in smoothies? What is you favorite way to make dessert healthy?

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Anti-Procrastination Tuesday

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Weekly Update

I am up to my elbows in all things crafty! IF: Gathering (a women’s conference) is this week and I am doing the decorations on a small budget, so that means getting crafty. It is amazing how one can find inexpensive things (like coffee filters, straws, Popsicle stickshula hoops, wine bottles, tiles, & paper grocery sacks) and make beauty out of them! All of the linked ideas have come from Pinterest or YouTube. What did we do before Pinterest?

I have had to let things go around the house as I am so focused on IF right now, so next week will be catch up week! We have a bigger space to decorate this year and room for more women, so decorating feels bigger this year. I love every minute of it, and I’m trying to let go of wanting my home to be in order at the same time.

It is so easy to think one can add a project or commitment and still expect other aspects of life to keep running smoothly, but oftentimes that is not reality. It is ideal in a balanced life, but life has a way of keeping us off-balance at times, even when trying to embrace slow living. Sometimes living fully means letting go of slow, and in those moments I work extra hard in keeping my mind slow & steady, focusing in on what matters, even if life is crazy busy for a period of time.

Want to know more about IF: Gathering? I wrote a post about it here. Gatherings are happening all over the US and Internationally, so if you are interested make sure to check and see if there is one by you!

 

Weekly Goals

Meal Plan — grocery list +5 meals

Rescue My Home — dust, sweep, vacuum, mop, bathrooms

Dates — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

Do a PinPaper Flowers — Making these for IF: Gathering decor!

 

Daily To-Do

Spiritual –journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

Move Body–walk, yoga or strength training

Hydrate + Nutrients –leafy greens & berries, vitamins, water, powdered greens

One Full Load — dishwasher & laundry

Cleaning, Clutter & Computer Zones — {living room}, {IF:Decor}, & {tasks in gmail}

 

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Specific Goals

Continue reading: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Finish reading: Take Me With You

Start reading:Katharina & Martin Luther

Finish making all  IF: Local Gathering decor

Decorate for IF:Local

 

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Recipes I’m Making Week

“Best Recipe I Ever Messed Up” Bars

Spinach Salad topped with Chicken Strips

Instant Pot Whole Rotisserie Chicken

Beef Tacos

Crockpot Bone Broth –every week (made it in Instant Pot this time..post coming soon!)

Instant Pot Yogurt –every week

Spaghetti with Grass Fed Beef

Green Smoothie For Kids (and adults)

 

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Watch my Instagram Stories for a glimpse of the making of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

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Decorating DIY/Crafts FUN/DIY HOME Homemade Gifts

DIY Himmeli | IF: Gathering Decorations

DIY HIMMELI

A DIY Himmeli made from straws is one of my favorite DIY project so far. I made them last year to decorate tables for our local IF: Gathering, and find myself re-imagining how they can be used again for this year’s IF: Gathering.

I have loved using them in my home all throughout the year to add geometric shape and shimmer to my home decor. I even used them as our main Christmas tree decoration this year–it was beautiful!

DIY Himmeli Christmas Tree Decoration

What is a himmeli?

The himmeli is a traditional Finnish holiday decoration made out of straw, and it remains popular today.

They can be simple or complicated, depending on your preference. Traditional himmeli’s are breathtakingly beautiful! I kept mine simple, made from plastic straws, wire and gold spray paint. I made about 25 of them last February. Although it took some time to create them, it was a simple process and I have benefited from their beauty all year!

DIY Himmeli Straw Decoration

DIY Himmeli

The above  DIY himmeli video is what I watched to make mine. I used 22 gauge wire instead of string. I tried both and wire was so much easier to work with!

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I used regular plastic bendy straws and Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint  to give them a metal-like finish. I made all different sizes. This year I am going to spray the himmeli with Copper Metallic spray paint, as some have chipped over the year and copper will go better with the branding of this year’s IF: Gathering.

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The branding this year for IF: Gathering 2017 is so beautiful with lots of fun geometric shapes and great colors as the picture above shows. The rest of the photos on this post are from the decorations I did last year, and I am thankful that much of it can be reused this year with just a bit of tweaking as it fits so well.

IF Gathering Decorations

IF Gathering Decorations DIY Himmali

 

What is the IF: Gathering?

The mission of IF is to gather, equip, and unleash women to live out their purpose. We will gather around tables, food and conversation and will be equipped through teachings and panels discussions. We will be unleashed by being given an opportunity to support ministries and encouraged to step out in our own lives.

“At IF:Gathering 2017, we’ll look at one of the most influential generations that have ever lived — the early church. The way God moved through them was simple and pure. We believe they are the model we need right now. Our dream is that we would experience the power of God as He does big things through simple acts of faith.” —IF: Gathering

 

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What is IF: Local?

IF: Local is where women gather in homes, neighborhoods, churches or event centers. We gather together and over the weekend watch a 2-day livestream.of the main IF: Gathering in Austin, Texas. The simulcast provides great structure, but also flexibility so that we can gather around tables of food, enjoy conversation and meeting together. There are thousands of other IF:Locals from across the U.S. and internationally. This blows me away! Check to see if there is one by you, and if you live near Lincoln, Nebraska, come to ours!

The tables we sit at are an example of what I get to decorate each year.  I love creating beauty and atmosphere for women to come as they are and enjoy the gathering. It is a gift to be involved with it each year.

IF Gathering Decorations DIY Himmali

Our local fee is ONLY $10 if you sign up online. Don’t know anyone going? You will find wonderful women friends gathered around tables with a spot open for you, and I will be there so seek me out!  Have ‘littles’ at home and can’t give up an entire weekend?  Then just come gather on Friday, or just Saturday.  Come as you are, when you can.


IF:Lincoln Event Information:

This schedule is subject to small changes. All times are Central Standard.

Join us at City Impact for IF: Lincoln! We are super excited to have this opportunity again and will be providing more opportunities to interact around the table and hear from local Lincoln ladies.

Friday 5 PM- 9:30 PM. IF goes live at 6, so come with plenty of time to sign in, grab dinner, and meet a new friend.

Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Join us for breakfast and a day full of IF! Lunch is on your own- perhaps with your table mates.

The local fee is $10 to cover our local costs.

Contact the host if you have any questions. Email Lynnette Hendrickson at nette6132@yahoo.com

Register Here –>

https://register.ifgathering.com/event/iflincoln

Let Us Know You Are Coming at our Facebook Event Page –>

https://www.facebook.com/events/1124761690935730/

Join us on Facebook–>

https://www.facebook.com/iflincoln

Follow  on Instagram —>

https://www.instagram.com/iflincoln/

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Don’t live in the Lincoln Area? Don’t despair, for there are gatherings happening all over the world.  Click here to learn how to find one happening around your area!

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