Weisser Women Show Time

Us Weisser women do like to stay pretty busy and on the go… It may seem like we are always cooking or organizing or exercising or something… But we do enjoy a good show or movie to have some relaxing down time. So this week we are featuring what TV shows we are into these days! Check it out!

Kerry:

Rachel:

  • The 100
  • New Girl
  • This is us
  • Arrow

Jess:

  • Brooklyn99
  • The Flash

Bethany

  • Madame Secretary
  • Designated Survivor

Bekah

What are you watching right nowBethany Signature48?

 

And the Winner is…………???

Does your family make a big deal out of family traditions and the food that accompanies the holidays? My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is how we pass a small basket around the table and share what we are thankful for as we put kernels of corn into the basket. Often we go around the table many times as each person shares  I have learned that any dish I make for a holiday gathering better be a recipe I LOVE to make, because if it is a “hit”, I will be making it year after year. I do love baking and I especially LOVE baking pies. This year I tried a new recipe for pie crust dough and Adapted the same recipe with a modification. I prepared the pie fillings for three different pies and then when the dessert course came on Thanksgiving Day, we shared “which is your favorite pie and which is your favorite crust?” The Cranberry Apple Pie was the winner. Here is the recipe…..

BEST Pie Crust
2 ¼ cups white flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Baking flour and highly recommend it)
1 Tablespoon sugar
½ cup cold butter (you can modify and use ½ cup butter flavored crisco but I prefer butter)
3-4 Tablespoons ice cold water

The secret to this pie crust is handle as little as possible. Mix the flour and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Using a cheese grater, grate the cold butter into the flour. Using a pie dough cutter or two knives or your hand, mix the butter into the flour. Add ice cold water one tablespoon at a time working into the dough with as little pressing and folding as possible. Dough will form a ball and be a tiny bit sticky. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Roll out on a floured board to ¼ inch or thinner and place into your pie pan (a 9 or 10 inch pan works best. Finish the edges if you are doing a crumble topping. If you want to do a lattice crust, double the pie crust recipe and roll out second ball of dough and cut into 1 inch strips to weave over top of pie filling. I opted for the crumble crust.
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Apple Cranberry Pie
6-8 cups peeled and sliced apples (I used a variety of rome, granny smith, pippin)
2 cups fresh cranberries
zest and juice of 1 lemon
¾ cups sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1-2 tablespoon butter

Topping
½ cup butter
3/4 cup flour
1 cup oats
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup butter

Directions
Peel and slice apples. Mix lemon zest and juice into apples. Add cranberries, sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Mix together and pour into unbaked pie crust. Dot with butter and put on lattice crust or topping. If making a lattice crust weave over the top and tuck edges into bottom crust pinching off to make a nice edge. If making a crumble topping mix together all topping ingredients except the butter. Cut butter into the topping until mixed thoroughly. Sprinkle topping on top of apple cranberry mixture. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes and then turn down to 350 degrees and bake for 45 more minutes. If the topping is getting too brown, cover loosely with foil and continue baking until apples are soft. Enjoy with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Best warm. fullsizerender-3

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Although the pie competition was just a small part of the Thanksgiving celebration, it was FUN!!!

I was challenged to consider this…“what if you woke up this morning with only what you were thankful for yesterday?” This phrase will change the way I look at things going forward. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all circumstances.
WOW, I do not know about you but this really made me stop and think.
We really do have so much to be thankful for.”

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Thanksgiving 2016-so Much to be Thankful For!!!!

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I can truly say that this year, I am most thankful for a loving and faithful husband who has loved me and supported me and celebrated me for almost 40 years! Love is a choice, a commitment, an investment in a relationship that teaches me tangible ways to experience God’s “hesed”. Hesed (chesed) is a Hebrew word for God’s lovingkindness. My husband, Rick, has continually demonstrated love in action towards me and our children and grandchildren and I thank God for him every day!!!!!

I am also thankful for good friends that support me in my passions. Our life group helped me plan a “Party with a Purpose” to help inform our neighbors and friends about the opportunity to put our love in action and support the Gogo Grandmothers ministry that I am involved in. It was a night full of fun and good food and many people opening their hearts to the poorest of the poor. I am so grateful for the outpouring of love and support

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I am also thankful for my beautiful daughters who love life and share their passions with me and their families. I love my SILs and my precious 9 grand children and I  am blessed beyond measure to be their to be their Mom and Gammie!

Bethany is “thankful for the blessings of my baby boy, life as a mom and a God who is so faithful”.fullsizerender-9fullsizerender-10

Jess shared, “This year, I’m very thankful for our new home for many reasons, here are some of them: our family loves to be there, we love our neighbors, we are close to my husband’s work, and the kids play and ride bikes around the cul-de-sac.”fullsizerender-12

Bekah shared, “I am thankful for my little family, my daughter that is so full of joy, our latest adventure in residency, and the freedoms we are so blessed with living in this country!”img_0813

Rachel shared that she is “Thankful for Ellie’s school. I love seeing how much she’s grown and her school is just perfect for our family this year!”

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What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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How Motherhood Brought Out the Best of Me

I’ll be honest, sometimes as a mom I think about what I gave up and what I lost when I became a mom. A career, time for myself, passions I could faithfully pursue, control, sleep…the list goes on and on.

But if I really stop to think about my life now, I realize that I didn’t lose anything when I became a mom, I GAINED everything! Someone to love and care for. Someone who needed me. Someone that relied on me for everything. That isn’t a burden. It is a blessing.

When I look even deeper at the woman (not mom, just woman) I’ve become the last 5 years, I see that motherhood brought out the best of me. I’ve learned selfLESSness over selfishness. Priorities over (my) planning. Stopping instead of going. Connecting instead of staying in my comfort zone.

I’ve learned so much of myself as a mom and these are lessons I never want to stop learning. I’m so grateful for all the changes in my life and I know that even in the hard times (and there are lots of those) that I am growing more into the person God designed me to be.

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What is the best thing you have learned about yourself since you became a mom?

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Weisser Women Staying Fit! (What are we doing right now?)

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We love exercise, being outside, activity, using our bodies. I think its just in our DNA, a part of who we are. Growing up playing all sorts of sports gets a certain energy, motivation, and ability in your body that you just get used to moving.  Not a day goes by that I don’t enjoy at least getting outside and going for a walk, if not pushing my body to a more extreme workout or activity. So what do we do? All sorts of stuff, but here is what we are doing right now:

Kerry:

  • Hiking: 1-2 hours 5 or 6 days a week
  • Zumba: One time a week
  • Yoga: 3 hours a week
  • Occasional gym workout  2-3 times a week for an hour, stair master, elliptical or treadmill and weights.

Rachel

  • Fit4Mom classes: (And did you guys know she is a Fit4Mom instructor? )Go Rach!
  • workouts from Fit Group on Facebook. It’s a free Facebook group for fitness and nutrition.
  • Push-up challenge- 100 per day.
  • 2 diastasis programs – Breaking Muscle and “No More Mummy Tummy.”
  • Yoga every morning from Sarah Beth Yoga.

Jess

  • Running: I love to run (as long as my time allows )
  • Fitness Blender (You Tube Videos)

Bethany

  • Bikini Body guide by Kayla Istines- 3 times a week
  • Running: 3-5 times a week (Prepregnancy it was usually 5 miles, during pregnancy usually around 3 miles, now I am lucky if I can get in 2 miles with the stroller and nap schedule)
  • Workouts found on Pinterest or social media
  • No More Mummy Tummy Core workout (when I remember)

Bekah

  • Stroller class- 4 times a week incorporated cardio, body weight exercises, resistance bands, core and more
  • Piyo- combination of Pilates and yoga, 6 times a week , 2 months of a variety of about 7 workouts – exercises include push ups, yoga, squats and much more
  • Pretty trails for walks and runs!

What are you doing to stay active and fit?

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Weisser Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

Have you ever had the mashed potatoes from Cheesecake Factory?? They use Red potatoes, leaving the skin on (the healthiest part of a potato) and they aren’t creamy, but thick and sometimes a little chunky (but in a good way)! I’m usually not a huge fan of mashed potatoes but ever since having them at Cheesecake Factory, things have changed! And, now I’m sharing with you a recipe that gets pretty close to Cheesecake status but much, much healthier and maybe even more delicious! 🙂

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Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

Here’s What You Need:

5 Pounds Potatoes – RED or GOLD (Cubed) I used Red this year and they were delicious!

2 1/4 Cups Chicken Broth

1/4 Cup Butter

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1 1/2 tsp Pepper

2/3-3/4 Cup Carnation Milk

Large Crock Pot

Here’s What You Do:

1. Wash the potatoes and cube. DO NOT PEEL. Toss into the crock pot.

2. Combine all other ingredients into crock pot EXCEPT for the Carnation Milk. Stir every 30 min to an hour.

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3. Cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours. It only took me about 3 1/2 hours so it may depend on your crock pot. Once you stir and the potatoes begin mashing just from stirring, move on to
 Step 4.

4. Do not drain. MASH. Add the carnation milk and continue to mash and stir. 5. Adjust seasonings (I added a little more salt) and add more milk if too thick. (3/4 cup of the carnation milk was perfect) Keep on LOW or Keep Warm until ready to serve.

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This Thanksgiving…Serving Gogo Grandmothers & Helping the Poorest of the Poor

THIS THANKSGIVING…find a way to give back!!! Being thankful is a very important aspect of life. When we acknowledge all the good things that bring JOY into our lives, we open up our emotional and spiritual barriers that regulate our ability to bless others. When gratitude, love, peace and contentment fill our lives we open the floodgates and can overflow with JOY to the people around us. As some of you know from a few things I have shared …I am involved in a ministry in Malawi, Africa that serve the poorest of the poor. The group is called SAFE/Gogo Grandmothers. (SAFE stands for Sub-Saharan African Family Enrichment and Gogo Grandmothers is a subset of that broader ministry). This is a registered NGO, approved 501(c)3 non- profit organization that reaches out to African grandmothers raising the orphans of AIDS in the sub-Saharan country of Malawi. There are over one million orphans in Malawi, which is now the POOREST country in all of Africa. There is also a famine occurring in this area which puts these orphans at even greater risk. GOGO Grandmothers are reaching out to an entire generation of lost children providing the grandmothers with basic needs like seeds, fertilizer, mosquito nets, blankets, preschool and feeding programs.

This Thanksgiving season, I would like to challenge each of our followers to find a way to take action and show gratitude for all the ways you have been blessed. Spend some time with your family and pick an organization or ministry where you can go and volunteer for a day. Help out a neighbor or visit an assisted living facility and drop off treats or just go talk to the residents. It is amazing how a little bit of love can bring so much JOY into a lonely or needy person’s life. Make a meal for someone who is sick. Open your home to a friend who has no plans for Thanksgiving day. Offer to babysit for a tired and overly busy mom so she can go to the grocery store by herself. Help your kids find odd jobs around the house and pay them for their work so they can donate their hard earned money to children less fortunate. Be creative and have fun!!!

I would love your prayers and your encouragement as my small group from church helps me put on a night of information gathering and an opportunity to share my passion and vision about Gogo Grandmothers. There will be beautiful African cultural and artistic things to buy (great Christmas gifts) and ways to get involved with prayer and donations. We are asking for your help in this worthy endeavor. If you feel lead to contribute to this group that would be wonderful but if not please come and hear their story, we would simply love to have your prayers for this organization and give you an understanding of the work that still needs to be done in Malawi. The event is Thursday, November 17th at 7 pm in Blackhawk at Debi Wallace’s home. It has been so wonderful to have a group of friends come along side me and share my vision and passion.
Please take a look at this flyer and feel free to share it with anyone who you think might be interested. Thanks for letting me share. And remember NO EXPECTATIONS or OBLIGATIONS to attend-just sharing my love for being the hands and feet of Jesus.

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For those of you who can not attend the event but you would like to learn more about the ministry, you can watch this 4 minute youtube video called

Love in Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5c_lndP6Y4

There is also a 14 minute video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLBqzy_tZa8

There are many ways to get involved in our Love in Action Campaign:

  1. Pray for the gogo grandmothers and their grandchildren.
  2. Donate to the Joseph Project to raise funds to purchase Maize to help the gogos during this season of famine.
  3. Purchase some items as Christmas gifts for the Gogos and their grandchildren and a gift card will be sent to your recipient.
  4. Sponsor a gogo and her grandchildren monthly.
  5. Go to http://www.gogograndmothers.com for all the information you need to get involved or email Kerry Weisser weisserwomen@growingweisser.com
  6. Thanks for taking time to put your Love in Actiion.

Some sweet words from our group leader…”Our group has never done anything like this in the past but our desire is to serve Jesus Christ as a Cornerstone Lifegroup and one of Our Lord’s principal directives is to go serve “the least and the lost, the widows and orphans” so that’s what we are doing! We believe our faith also calls us to take risks we might otherwise avoid and so even though we are uncomfortable doing a ‘fundraiser’, we decided to go out on a limb and give it a try!”

This Thanksgiving season, let’s be brave…”She who is BRAVE is FREE!” SHARE THE JOY!

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Take the POSITIVE Promise

Have you noticed that negativity is everywhere right now? It’s all over social media and the news, so many people complaining and angry. With the post-election emotions I fear things will only get worse. This makes my heart so sad and I don’t want to be a part of it – not on social media, not with my family, not with my friends.

Starting today, I’m taking a POSITIVE PROMISE vow and I want you to join me! With this promise it is my hope that we can all become a bit more positive and healthy with our thoughts and actions.

The promise:

I am completely worth it. I believe in God’s plans for my life. I believe in learning from the past, but I won’t let it define me. I vow to keep POSITIVE for the next 30 days. This means I will not complain, blame, or justify anything. I am going to do something few dare to do. I am going to look for the blessings in life. I am going to find the positive in situations rather than acknowledge the negative. This is a habit I want to build for me and for others.

It starts with one person. One promise.

Are you in?

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Take the positive promise. Share this post with the hashtag #POSITIVEpromise

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What are we reading right now?

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Us Weisser women love to read. We tend to all not have a ton of time to pick up books, so when we do, we want to make it count. We only have so much time. So we wanted to share what is currently on our nightstand and what we are filling our little bit of down time with.

Kerry:

  • Currently reading: “Bad Girls of the Bible”- Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Last book finished:
    “The Treasure Principle”- Randy Alcorn
    “Becoming a Vessel God Can Use” -Donna Pattie

Rachel

  • Currently reading: “Present over Perfect”- Shauna Niequist & “The Cuckoo’s Calling”-J.K. Rowling
  • Last book finished: “The Selection Series”- Kiera Cas

Jess

  • Currently reading: “Voice in the Wind”- Francine Rivers

Bethany

  • Currently reading: “Power of Praying Wife”- Stormie Omartian & “Women of the Word”- Jen Wilkin
  • Last book finished: “Selections Series”- Kiera Cass

Bekah

  • Currently reading: Pressing Pause 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus
  • Last book finished: “Hope Unfolding”- Becky Thompson

WHAT ARE YOU READING? Share with us. 

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Baked Falafels with Spirulina Green Sauce

Our family LOVES Mediterranean food. I love falafels, but have been looking for a baked falafel recipe for a long time. I finally found one that looked good and revised it with more herbs and spices and additional protein supplied by adding quinoa to the falafel mixture. We had falafels tonight with hot pita bread, homemade hummus, tabouleh and lots of fresh vegetables. I did not have spiraling powder so I substituted my green food powder that I put into my smoothies each morning. The resulting sauce was spectacular. Delicious!!

Ingredients
¼ cup quinoa
1 ½ cups fresh parsley
½ cup fresh cilantro
2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 large garlic cloves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon salt
1 (15 oz) can unsalted garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tablespoons minced yellow onion

Spirulina Sauce
¼ cup tahini
2 lemons juiced to yield 6 Tablespoons
¾ teaspoons spirulina powder (I used my green vegetable powder that I add to my smoothies)
3 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup fresh parsley
½ cup fresh cilantro
¼ cup water

Red cabbage
Pita bread
Hummus
Tabouleh

In a small saucepan, cook quinoa in ½ cup water. Bring to a boil, turn to simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Let cool. in a food processor place cooked quinoa, parsley, flax seed, oil, garlic, cumin, turmeric and salt. Process until mixed slightly.fullsizerender-2 Add garbanzo beans and onion and pulse to grind coarsely. Do not blend. Leave a bit of texture in the mix. Drop the mixture by rounded tablespoons onto parchment or foil that you spray with nonstick spray. Fresh balls down a bit into 16 small patties.fullsizerender-3 Place under preheated broiler (rack on the second-to-top notch) and broil 9-10 minutes. Flip each patty over with spatula and broil another 4-5 minutes. Watch carefully. fullsizerender-5While falafels cook, you can prepare sauce. In food processor puree tahini, lemon juice, spirulina or green powder, parsley, cilantro, salt, garlic and water. Blend until smooth.
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Baked Falafels with Spirulina Green Sauce
 
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This is a fantastic baked falafel recipe. The green sauce is fantastic! Filled with fresh herbs and spices.
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Recipe type: vegetarian
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups fresh parsley
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15 oz) can unsalted garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons minced yellow onion
  • Spirulina Sauce
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 lemons juiced to yield 6 Tablespoons
  • ¾ teaspoons spirulina powder (I used my green vegetable powder that I add to my smoothies)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup water
  • Red cabbage
  • Pita bread
  • Hummus
  • Tabouleh
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, cook quinoa in ½ cup water. Bring to a boil, turn to simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Let cool.
  2. In a food processor place cooked quinoa, parsley, flax seed, oil, garlic, cumin, turmeric and salt. Process until mixed slightly.
  3. Add garbanzo beans and onion and pulse to grind coarsely.
  4. Do not blend. Leave a bit of texture in the mix.
  5. Drop the mixture by rounded tablespoons onto parchment or foil that you spray with nonstick spray. Fresh balls down a bit into 16 small patties.
  6. Place under preheated broiler (rack on the second-to-top notch) and broil 9-10 minutes.
  7. Flip each patty over with spatula and broil another 4-5 minutes. Watch carefully.
  8. While falafels cook, you can prepare sauce.
  9. In food processor puree tahini, lemon juice, spirulina or green powder, parsley, cilantro, salt, garlic and water.
  10. Blend until smooth.
  11. Serve with red cabbage, warm pita bread, hummus, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.
  12. Drizzle green sauce over falafels or into your falafel pita sandwich.

Have you tried making a falafel recipe that you love? Feel free to share it in the comments.
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