fruity pebbles ice cream cones

  • Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 12 ice cream cones
  • Colored sprinkles

Directions

  • In a microwave or large saucepan, melt the marshmallows and butter. Remove from the heat and stir in cereal.
  • Using greased hands, shape the mixture into 12 balls; pack each ball into an ice cream cone. Dip the tops in colored sprinkles. Yield: 12 servings.

Ice Cream Cone Treats Recipe

Taking things for granted

**Warning…this post may seem to jump from topic to topic, but all pieces are connected**

This is the first fall in a long time that isn’t giving me a feeling of dread.  Usually I get a little weary with the approach of the frigid temps, no matter how beautiful the snow may be.  The older I get, the more I dread the cold.  This year I am embracing fall and hope to embrace the winter as well…cold and all.  It could be because, though the summer flew by, we did a lot as a family.  We accomplished a lot, enjoyed a lot and gave thanks for a lot of things that went the right way.  Was it perfect?  Well, we have the ups and downs everyone else has…watching friends and loved ones go through various levels of struggle, and experiencing our own life stresses.  However, in the grand scheme of the world and what we truly deserve (which is nothing good) we were extraordinarily blessed this summer and I plan to appreciate each moment that is flying by at a very quick pace.  My kids are growing at the speed of light, and the family gatherings and friend outings are amazing, but are gone in an instant.  I know this is why I am obsessed with the camera.  I want to hold on to life’s treasures.  I am determined to look toward the future without wishing today away and not forgetting the precious memories from the past.

There are so many things we take for granted each day.  In our daily conversation if we make any mention of a mother, father, brother, sister, spouse or child, we have made mention of an amazing gift.  And in the extreme situations where they may not seem like a gift, or truly may not be, hopefully the relationship can be healed in one way or another and both parties can become closer to their Lord and Savior.  If we make mention of a home, bed, food, etc, we have been given so much more than so many others, and more than we deserve.

While talking about the gifts we have been given…let’s just go right into keeping those gifts safe and protected.  Let’s take a moment and think of their future.  Let’s stop and think what the future may hold for them if we don’t vote the right way in November…

I will be the first to admit that there is not a perfect candidate…we are all human and each human has faults.  However, there is one candidate that is more concerned with our children and their future.  In a society that is all about me, in a society that is all about what can you give me for free, in a society of entitlement, let’s just imagine the future.  I want a world for my children where they do not need to carry the burden of the country’s debt that is worsening by the second.  I want a world where my children can stand up for the country in which they live without having to apologize for it.  I want a world where my children can stand up for their faith without having to apologize for it.  I want a world where my children care more about others than themselves.  I want a world where my children will help those in need, but that those people may also want to help themselves.  I want a world where there is accountability for actions.  I want a world where people think before they act.  I want a world where people think period.  I want a world where people may not think it okay for their daughters and sons to sleep with anyone at anytime just because it would make them happy for a couple minutes, days or weeks.  I want a world where all children, born or unborn, are sacred.  I want a world with leaders that think more about their people than themselves.  I want I want I want…words I usually correct my children for saying.  I am continuously telling them to be happy with what that have and thank God for it.  I am happy with being free, I am happy to be a Christian and I do thank God for the blessings in my life…I pray that my children may be able to have a stable future in this country.  Please, this election, vote for a change…a real change…a change that will better the lives of our children, a change that will give them hope for the future.  Even if there are things you don’t like about Romney, he is concerned about the American people.  He may not give you everything you want for free.  He may not make you feel good when you mess up.  But he wants a stable country for the future.  He wants the country to be a better place for all of us.  Vote, vote, vote and  vote for values.

Okay, so jumping way back up to the top and appreciating life, I wanted to add this song by Nichole Nordeman…appreciate today, thank God for today, and have a blessed day!

Every Season by Nichole Nordeman

Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice You
In children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer

And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice You when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
You are autumn

And everything in time and under heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
Shivers underneath
And still I notice you
When branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter

And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring

Weekly Update

Let me first say that I find it ironic that I like my body better now than I did when I weighed quite a bit less.  Strange, but I suppose I like seeing the little bit of muscle I have now that was not around before.  I do admit to  still getting bummed when certain clothes don’t fit the same anymore, though.

Also, Brittany Tacy, the  one whose plan I am “trying” to follow has somehow achieved strength and slimness…that is my goal…to be strong without being bulky.  I am loving that she and other body builders post their workouts for free.  I enjoy quite a few workouts that I spend money on or have borrowed, but I honestly get my best workout from her and it is free…free!  Love it.  🙂

Alright, on to the update:

No big changes…frustrated a bit, but I did have some sugar binges so I should be happy that I didn’t go up.

STATS UPDATE:

Body fat percentage: 15% – 23% pending on method.  However, here is where I see results…more are closer to 15% than 23%

BMI: 20.3 – 20.8 pending on scale

Tape measurements: same as last measure

More: gradually adding more weight to my workouts

GOALS:

Body fat percentage: all near 15 % or less

BMI: 19.1-19.5

Tape measurements: wouldn’t mind a smaller hip measurement.

 

Back again next week.  🙂

 

 

Grocery shopping and camping

The difference in going shopping without children vs with children…

Without children: Shopping takes 1/3 of the time…really.  This is good for everyone…there is more time allotted for playing, there is no risk of losing a child in the battle of the cart, the kids don’t have to hear Mommy tell them how blessed we are to be able to go to a store…you really should be thankful to have to be here with me in this stunning environment ;), and the children don’t have to hear me remind them how fortunate they are that I plan my trips around snack time so something occupies them for a percentage of the time we are there.  The best part of shopping without children is that I, who am far from being underage, have been asked twice recently if I am over 18 (1 for a student discount and 1 for my whey protein?).

With children: I have company :), I have a live band, I have songs and smiles…far more smiles than without them, and most of the time I get compliments on their behavior (they really do a good job most of the time).

 

The difference in going camping without children vs with children…

Without children: More time to take in the sights, better sleep, adult conversation, longer hikes, etc.  No matter how much you love your children, it is nice to have time with your spouse with no interruptions.

With children: More interesting sights, warmer sleep (tents get cold), excitement on their achievements (this year they tried rock climbing), Family Time!  🙂  Sure it is messier and busier, but it is super fun!