Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Mini Muffins

Start the day off right with a power packed breakfast and your day will be more productive and your brain will be able to focus with clarity. These mini muffins make great lunch bag treats and you won’t feel guilty that your kids are having a sweet treat because the fiber and protein offset the small amount of sugar. Make these today and join us as we introduce our Growing Weisser Wellness Wisdom campaign. Check back every day for more details.

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups oats ground into coarse meal

1 1/8 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

 1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups buttermilk ( fat free if possible or use plain Greek yogurt)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 Tablespoon grated lemon rind

2 eggs

2 cups frozen small Maine blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pulse oats in food processor to make coarse meal. Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl. Combine buttermilk or yogurt, oil, rind and eggs in small bowl and whisk until combined. Pour into dry ingredients and stir carefully until just moist. Fold in blueberries. Lightly grease mini muffin tins (makes 3 dozen mini muffins). Bake for 15 minutes until muffins spring back when touched. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired. Cool and remove from pans. Store in airtight container for a week in refrigerator and for a few weeks in freezer. 

 

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ENJOY!

Reorganize Your Morning

When it comes to sleep every minute counts. As a mom, I’ll even take extra seconds. For much of my short mom life I was letting the kids be my alarm. Soaking up as many short minutes and seconds of sleep that I could. The problem with this was I had no time for myself. No way to get my mind right or spend time with God. I would tell myself that I could do those things later in the day–I’d find time. But I never did.

All that changed when I established a morning routine! I have a list of 8 things that I do each morning and try to do before the girls wake up. I don’t always make it through my list, but I notice a huge difference in my day when I do.

Many people have adopted a 5am wake-up schedule. The idea behind it is that we are more productive in the morning. There are less distractions in the morning. We are more likely to get things done first thing in the day. Although I’m not yet ready to join the 5am club, I am waking up 30 minutes to an hour before the girls to start my morning right.

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My Morning Routine:

1. Express Gratitude.

I journal using a gratitude journal that really helps me keep track of things I’m grateful for and has great quotes throughout the book.

2. Morning Devotion

I am reading daily devotions from the website “She Reads Truth.” There is also an app.

3. Workout

I only have about 5 minutes to workout in the morning, but it gets my juices flowing and feels great.

4. Set Intentions

5. Take 5 deep breaths

6. SMILE

7. Forgive yourself for yesterday’s mistakes

8. Get motivated

I start my morning off with an amazing motivational call with some leaders. They share their thoughts and pass on wisdom and always end with a task to get us to focus and love on others. The calls are open to everyone at 6:30am. Dial 712-432-1500. The access code is 231005#. Mute your line and listen in the get a great start to your day!

Another great way to start your day is with a warm drink. I’m a tea drinker, but our family was introduced to an incredible new coffee that is looking to change me to a coffee fan! Not only is it delicious, it is also infused with green tea extract, trace minerals (which work to offset the acidity), and coconut oil. Talk about a satisfying way to boost your brain power in the morning!

I suggest you take some time to reorganize your morning routine and see how much your day and your mindset improves.

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Reorganize My Clutter

I confess I am a stuffer.  I stuff things in closets, I stuff shoes in places they don’t go, I stuff things in places to put away later, I stuff my days with running from one thing to the next, I stuff my time with endless tasks, and I stuff my emotions when I don’t really want to deal with them at the moment. And I have realized, I start stuffing more material things around me when I am emotionally struggling. There’s something going on I don’t like so I don’t talk about it. There’s things in the house I don’t like so I don’t deal with them. There’s chores to do, so I just push them aside.  It’s this endless cycle of appearing to look clean when underneath the surface lies the same big old mess. And I want to be done with it. I want to stop stuffing things in that one room in my house that drives me crazy. I want to stop stuffing my emotions and letting them bottle up until I feel like I am going to explode. I want to stop stuffing my life with busyness so I can barely hang on.

So what do I do? Reorganize, take a little time each day, clean one thing at a time, and stop stuffing. Deal with things when they come up. Put thing away in the moment rather than put them in another spot to put away later. Confront issues and emotions when you have them. And follow a new set of rules. Create systems of stuff that work, not systems that need to be fixed later. But that is all just a plan.  I think part of this is a little deeper. It is my state of being. My physical surroundings start to emulate my emotional state. So I need to be vulnerable. I need to talk about my fears. I need to be real with my insecurities. I need to be okay with being me, with the mess and the clutter. But I also give myself the grace to not be perfect. To be okay to be a mess. To be okay letting people see the mess. So I am emotional, so I am a little messy, so I may not keep the perfect house, so I may have some issues… So what? People don’t care. And most importantly, my Savior accepts me just as I am. Actually, he wants me a little messy and incapable, because then I realize how big my need is for Him. So the answer? Be me. Love who God made me to be. Let people love me. And let things be sharpened and smoothed out a little bit at a time.

Along with this stuffing trend, I have a list of books about a mile long that I want to read. But I wanted to point this one out because this author/speaker can get me to a place that not many other books can. Brene’ Brown is an incredible speaker, an incredible storyteller, an incredible writer, and an incredible researcher. She encourages people to rise strong. To realize our worthiness and not get stuck. To be true to who we are and okay with who we are. And Rise Strong to fight all those things that are trying to get in the way. Her new book Rising Strong‘s mottos is here:


Amazon’s view of her book: “Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

I encourage you to check out her video here. Rising Strong Trailer

And buy here book from the link below! Rising Strong

So back to my stuffing.. It isn’t going to get figured out all at once. But what I do know is I can fight it a little bit every day and when I fall, get back up and Rise Strong. I need to be okay with my story. Not make up new ones. It is time to Rise Strong and live. And I think it’s time for me to pick up this book. Are you with me?

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Apricot Bran Honey Muffins

Need a breakfast idea that is packed with healthy ingredients, incredibly delicious and a great way to send your kids off with a nutritious start that first day of school? I reorganized a few of my favorite ingredients into this recipe and I know you will love these muffins.

Ingredients
1 ½ cups chopped dried apricots, about 7 oz (I used sulfur free organic)
2 Tablespoons butter (can use dairy free margarine)
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup apricot nectar
2 Tablespoons honey
¾ cup oat bran
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (8 oz) carton plain greek yogurt (can use soy or coconut yogurt to keep it dairy free)
1 egg
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly grease a 12 count muffin tin.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan and place on high heat until it comes to a boil. Turn down to low and let simmer for 3 minutes until apricots are plump and mixture is thick. Allow to cool.
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Mix flour, oat bran, salt and soda in a medium bowl.
Wisk brown sugar, yogurt, vanilla, egg and egg white together in a small bowl and add to flour mixture in medium bowl.
Stir together until just moistened.
Fold in apricot mixture and quickly spoon into greased muffin tin.
Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Watch carefully so tops do not brown too much.
Makes 12 muffins.
Serve warm or room temperature.
Store in straight container.
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Apricot Bran Honey Muffins
 
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A nutritious and delicious start to any day. Try them for your first day of school send off or pop them in your lunch bag for a wonderful snack during the day.
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Recipe type: Muffins
Cuisine: Healthy food for on-the-go families with kids
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups chopped dried apricots, about 7 oz (I used sulfur free organic)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (can use dairy free margarine)
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup apricot nectar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup oat bran
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (8 oz) carton plain greek yogurt (can use soy or coconut yogurt to keep it dairy free)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 12 count muffin tin.
  3. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan and place on high heat until it comes to a boil. Turn down to low and let simmer for 3 minutes until apricots are plump and mixture is thick. Allow to cool.
  4. Mix flour, oat bran, salt and soda in a medium bowl.
  5. Wisk brown sugar, yogurt, vanilla, egg and egg white together in a small bowl and add to flour mixture in medium bowl.
  6. Stir together until just moistened.
  7. Fold in apricot mixture and quickly spoon into greased muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Watch carefully so tops do not brown too much.
  9. Makes 12 muffins.
  10. Serve warm or room temperature.
  11. Store in straight container.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 Calories: 150 Carbohydrates: 49 gm Sodium: 350 mg Fiber: 4 gm Protein: 7 gm

 

Reorganize your WHY!

The Growing Weisser women are taking this week off to spend some important time reorganizing our priorities. We are attending a leadership development conference and have an abundance of new concepts and information to digest so we can share much of it with you.image

The keynote speaker was passionate about her faith in Jesus and she encouraged us in business development techniques that we will pass on to you in the near future. She ended her talk by handing out tiny bags of mustard seeds with a bible verse from Matthew 17:20 ” If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” She encouraged us to believe in ourselves and to set goals, dream big and to never give up on our why!

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Do you know WHY you do the things you do in your life? Maybe you need to take some time to reorganize your WHY!

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Reorganize Your Menu

Back to School time is a busy time, but also a great time to reorganize your routine when it comes to meal planning. And if you have picky toddlers, like me, it might be time to work on introducing new foods to their limited diets!

Tonight I made my own BBQ chicken salad and ranch dressing for my girls from scratch. They can be picky about vegetables, so I was hoping that the homemade ranch would get healthy yogurt back in their diet and help them be more open to eating raw veggies.

The BBQ chicken salad just sounded good (it was 100 degrees here in Southern California today) and it tasted even better!

Homemade Ranch Dressing

1/2 cup Full-fat or 2% Greek Yogurt

1/4 tsp dried dill weed

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp parsley

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp celery seed

Mix all ingredients together. Add more spices as needed to taste.

The girls dug right in to the ranch, so this is a mid-dinner messy picture!

The girls dug right in to the ranch, so this is a mid-dinner messy picture!

BBQ Chicken Salad

One bag lettuce mix

1/2 cucumber, sliced and cut into half circles

1/2 red onion, diced

6 small colorful sweet peppers, diced

3 carrots, diced

2-4 chicken breasts, shredded and mixed with BBQ sauce

Balsamic Vinegar

Optional toppings: Black beans, corn, tortilla chips, cheese

Instructions: Place lettuce in a large bowl. Chop and dice vegetables to desired sizes. Prepare Chicken. Combine all ingredients and mix. Place in individual serving bowls. Top with balsamic vinegar and additional toppings as desired. Enjoy!

image1We enjoyed our salads with french fries and sweet potato fries and the girls paired their veggies and ranch with grilled cheese.

I am a “follow the recipe” type of cook, so it felt great to make up some recipes that sounded good in my head and have them turn out to be just as delicious as I’d imagined!

What’s new on your menu?

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Reorganize yourself

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How often do you sit down and really think about the question “Who am I?” Or do you just run from thing to thing busying yourself with all these different hats that often have the ability to form your identity.  But if you take a moment to think deeper, Who are you? It isn’t always comfortable is it? Does it make you feel content, restless, anxious, satisfied? Is it hard to come up with an answer? If you take the time to think about this, does it change anything?

I have been struggling with this.  Who am I? Right now, all I feel like I am is a mess. I feel like I can’t keep up. I feel restless. I feel bored. I feel too busy.  But I know deep down that isn’t who it is. But why is it taking over? I know I am a child of God, I know I am valuable to God, I know I have purpose in God.  But I give in to this world that screams insecurity, success, comparison, all those things that get in the way of my true identity.  And its overwhelming. Rather than being overwhelmed by the power of Christ in me and my identity in him, I am overwhelmed by the inadequacies I feel and the things I am not doing.  I am distracted by too many things. I am filling time rather than filling my soul. But God created me as me. Unique, in Him, with purpose. And I want to be able to live in that. So I need to take some time to think, “Who am I”? “How did God make me me?” I want to be free in me. I want to be free to run recklessly, passionate about life. And be living in the part of something greater than myself. There is a purpose in the little things. God finds purpose in the little things. And I get to be a part of it.

I watched a Youtube video this week about Jennie Allen’s book Restless. (which is an incredible book by the way). The video spoke to me so much. I really encourage you to check it out. Restless Bible Study Video. (Which is a preview of the whole Bible study which you should check out) Watch, listen, think, pray. And fix your eyes on Jesus. She talks about so many good things in the video. But I want you to take the time to think through these questions…

  • What if the things you love to do actually collided with god’s will for your life?
  • What if the difficult things were actually the places God wanted to birth your greatest passions?
  • What if everything that felt mundane and boring and the people that felt random suddenly felt intentional, and did the most important work in the world?
  • What if God got bigger than our fear?

Take some time. Think through these questions. And write down not just who are you… Who you are in Christ? Think about that. And believe in yourself.

And check out Jennie’s book: Restless: Because You Were Made for More

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5 Ways to Reorganize Your Life for a New School Year

The new school year is upon us and is coming fast – or for some…has already started!! For those of you who still have some time, here are 5 ways to get reorganized after a busy summer to be ready for the new school year! And, if you have already started, get on these tips before your new schedule gets too busy and hectic!

1. Buy a Planner!

A planner will really help you stay organized with appointments, lunch dates, kids sports practices, church events, etc.

My favorite places to get planners are Target, The Container Store, and Barnes & Noble. Each of these stores has all different types and sizes to find exactly what you need. Amazon is also a great place to look for different styles of planners!

I would also recommend getting your kids their own planners. I used a planner from a young age for school and it helped me immensely stay organized and on top of all my school tasks and homework. I definitely would not have been as successful at school without a planner! I always liked having a larger size planner for school to have plenty of room to write down all my assignments and upcoming tests. This one is fun, too, because you can personalize the front with a name, pictures and other stickers! (Laminate with contact paper once finished)


2. Go through clothes that don’t fit OR sell or donate clothes that are tired/won’t wear anymore to make room for some new school year clothes shopping!

It was always fun to get a new first day of school outfit or a few new staples for a new year of school. Having a special day to go shopping can be a great incentive to clear some space in your kids closet! And, depending on how much your child has grown throughout the summer, there may be more that doesn’t fit than you realize.

Do this early so that everyone can start the new year with a clean room and closet that aren’t overflowing with clothes that don’t fit or won’t be worn throughout the year.

3. Re-check school supply lists – Do any last minute shopping ASAP to avoid crowds!

It is important to start the year showing that you are on top of things. Having everything on the school supply list will help everyone feel more prepared and will help you avoid doing late night Target runs for the supplies that were forgotten.

This was always one of my favorite items to check off the list!

4. Organize your school supplies at home – Anything old, dried out, multiple sets or not full sets donate or throw away!

Now that we girls are all out of school, I know my mom looks back and wishes that we had done this each year so that she wasn’t stuck now with bins of broken crayons and boxes of not-full pen packs.

Or, do a fun, creative craft with old supplies.

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Most years you end up buying new supplies of items that you have at home that begin to stock pile year after year. Taking the time to go through your supplies gives you the opportunity to donate nice items to those in need and clear more space to organize what you have at home before the start of a new year.

5. Schedule Weekly Family Time

Scheduled family time is so important – especially throughout the school year. Each member of the family has so many different commitments that it can be difficult to get everyone together. But, make the time important and stick to it! It will be worth it! Whether it is a Sunday night dinner and game night or a weekly outing or something different each week, make the effort because those times and conversations and memories will make more of an impact than you know!

What tips would you add to the list to get organized for a new school year?

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Reorganize your Heart and DO SOMETHING!

Have you ever had an experience where something moves your heart into action? When you hear of a pressing need and you just can not stop thinking about it and you feel compelled to DO SOMETHING? Are you willing to allow that pressing need to motivate you enough to REORGANIZE your life so you can DO SOMETHING? Read on and you will understand what I mean and why I am reorganizing my life to follow my heart and DO SOMETHING!

There are 15 million orphans across sub-Saharan Africa and their 20-40 year old parents have died of HIV/AIDS. This year the numbers are expected to increase to 21 million or more due to the drought and severe food shortage. One million of these orphans live in Malawi, Africa, where some very special “Gogos” (grandmothers) are caring for these orphans in the rural villages.  Many of these “Gogos” are caring for 2 or 3 children or more. They each have a small plot of ground to cultivate and grow enough to eat if the maize crop is good. This year, the lack of rain and poor harvest mean there will be hunger and starvation in the months ahead.

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SAFE (Sub-Saharan African Family Enrichment, a registered NGO and approved 501©3 non-profit organization) facilitates partnerships between poor gogos and groups in the U.S. called Gogo Grandmothers. The Gogo Grandmother groups raise funds to provide the grandmothers with seeds, fertilizers, mosquito nets, blankets, preschool for younger orphans and school fees and supplies for older orphans. The Gogo Grandmother groups gather to pray for the Gogos regularly. The Gogos in Africa are given spiritual encouragement, nutrition training and education in child development and hygiene. This is a fantastic heart-to-heart relationship that brings joy to Gogos in Africa and is an opportunity for LOVE in ACTION here in the U.S.

This is an excerpt from the monthly newsletter called “Kernels” that is emailed out to all who are interested. “The Gogos and children in Malawi remind me of succulents. They are both beautiful and drought resistant! They are able to survive with very little, and — like the rocks in a succulent garden — a gogo’s life is full of hard things, yet she perseveres!

 Even succulents, however, need some water and nourishment or they become vulnerable to disease and die. The same is true for the gogos and children. This year, the lack of rain and poor harvest means there will be hunger and starvation in the months ahead unless food is brought in and made available to the poor. 

Jesus tells us not to worry about our life and what we will eat, but we are supposed to be concerned about what others eat, or IF they eat!”…”One of my favorite things about succulents is that they are so easy to share with a friend. 

One of my favorite things about the gogos is that they are easy to share with a friend, too! You just share a little piece of their story and — like a succulent – that story will begin to grow in someone’s mind and heart, too. Perhaps giving this gogo story to a friend will be what God uses to help feed many gogos and children this year.

 With a little care and love, every garden can be beautiful –even a gogo or succulent garden!”

Let’s share this story about the gogos in Malawi, Africa with our friends. Let’s raise awareness of this terrible famine that will effect many of the orphans and their gogos. Let’s get involved and make a difference. Go to www.gogograndmothers.com and sponsor a gogo or send money to help with the famine relief effort, we are calling it the “Joseph Project”. Take some time to search your heart, reorganize your priorities and GIVE to help those who are less fortunate than you. For $30 a month you can sponsor a gogo and the orphans she cares for, feeds and nurtures. You can also sign up for the “Kernels” monthly newsletter to be kept informed and encouraged. And please PRAY for the gogos and the Gogo Grandmothers ministry as we move forward to demonstrate love in action by raising funds to help supply extra food in this time of need.

How will you reorganize your life and follow your heart to show love as action?

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Reorganize Your Spending

After a few months of going way over budget or wondering where all our money went at the end of the month–my husband and I decided to reorganize our budget.

For the next month we plan to input all our spending each week so we can keep track of where our money is going and if our spending is matching our projected expenses. We hope that this will keep us on track and motivated to only spend the money we have allotted. We also committed to not eating out in the month of August to save money.

I reorganized my system for spending “fun” money for activities with the girls and with my friends so that I can track where my money is going and the amount of money I have to spend.

I started by coming up with a budget: Giving, Saving, and Spending. I organized the spending into categories: Kid activities, clothes, dance class for the girls, parking money for Disneyland, and fun money for Mom’s Nights. I plan to put the projected money I will need for each category into envelopes so that I’m only spending cash, and only spending money I have. I then put the money I will need for events coming up in my wallet and I labeled it so that I only spend it for the event it is designated for!

A picture of my money allotted for some upcoming fun events and clothes for the girls.

A picture of my money allotted for some upcoming fun events and clothes for the girls.

I know that I need to be a better steward of the money I am given and I also need to see money for the blessing it is. I am confident that reorganizing my budget and spending habits will have a positive outcome for me, for my relationship with my husband, and with our family.

Do your spending habits need to be reorganized? How do you plan to make changes in your saving and spending habits?

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