Recently my husband was preparing for his pt test for work so he was really watching what he ate. I was doing the best I could to prep all of his meals and calculate his macros for him. I was getting tired of the same old recipes so I picked up a clean eating cook book from Barnes & Noble.
One of the first recipes we tried from this book was the Lemon Garlic Chicken. My husband was literally picking the bones clean. I’ve made it several other times and added in more seasonings to accommodate my husband’s over seasoning tastes.
These are all of the seasonings that I use for what I know call my husband’s favorite chicken.
1 whole chicken (about 4-5 lbs.)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon pepper
2 tsp herbes de Provence
1 tbsp adobo seasoning
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 c lemon juice
2 garlic heads, peeled and tops removed
2 lemons, halved
Preheat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, combine salt, lemon pepper, herbes de Provence, adobo seasoning, and garlic powder. Loosen the skin from the chicken. Rub the seasoning mixture under and on top of the skin.
Place the chicken breast side up on a roasting pan and pour lemon juice over the top. Arrange the lemon halves and garlic around the chicken in the pan.
Roast the chicken for about 90 minutes, basting the chicken half way through. Remove the chicken from the pan and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.
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A few days ago I shared that my husband and I are currently taking the Financial Peace University classes at our church. Part of Dave Ramsey’s system is to start using cash for as much as you can, at least during the beginning. At first I saw it only has a major inconvenience. However, I will say that it really does make sense and it really does work. People tend to have more of an emotional connection to cash and it makes it harder to part with. It hurts! Our first time eating out using cash was a new experience for sure. After the kids and my husband figured out what they wanted, I was calculating how much I could spend for my meal and still have money to cover taxes and tip. But that wasn’t the only thing that hurt. The food was mediocre at best and the service was even worse. It REALLY hurt to hand over our hard earned cash for that. It left an impression for sure.
Now the FPU class includes a Dave Ramsey cash envelope system, but I tend to be quite girly at times. I’ve found that I use things more often when they’re girly and pretty. I got the inspiration for this system from Mom Needs a Clone over on YouTube. I followed her instructions on how to make these really nice cash envelopes and it couldn’t have been easier. You can watch her video on that here. She also sells these envelopes in her Etsy shop for those who don’t have the time or desire to make their own. I already had most of the material on hand so I decided to make my own.
I took a dry erase marker and wrote the amount for each envelope on the back. You can use permanent marker if you like; it will wipe off with a cleaner. I chose a dry erase marker for now because I’m still working on some of the amounts.
Here’s a quick look at several of the envelopes I have. My husband thinks that I have too many options, but that’s just the type of person I am. Some people only do envelopes for the big items like groceries and eating out. I’m a type A person that likes to be overly organized. It’s one of my strengths, and weaknesses. I have all of my envelopes in my binder for now, but some will be moved to our safe later. These sinking funds will start adding up and I don’t want to carry around all of that cash. Here’s a list of my many envelopes:
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I don’t have an envelope for our blow money (or allowance) or our tithing. We keep our blow money in our wallets and I shared a few days ago that I keep our tithes in my spiritual binder.
Have you done the cash envelope system for your family? If so, what are some of your tips and tricks that helped you stay on track and on budget??
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These last few years as I’ve been growing deeper in my faith I’ve been looking for tools and resources that will help me along my journey. I heard about the idea of a spiritual binder from YouTube. I modeled my personal binder after the one that Christine Pearson showed on her channel. You can see that video here. I’ve been making small changes here and there as I use it to make it work better for me. I placed some simple yet pretty scrapbook paper in the front, spine, and back of the binder to spruce it up a bit.
I like using this Avery Protect & Store Mini 3 Ring binder. I keep prayer cards, tithing cards, and my family picture in the plastic pouch. The night before church I’ll fill out my cards and check. That way I have it all ready for church the next morning. I also like having my family picture in there because it’s a constant reminder of everything I have to be thankful for.
Here’s a glance at my first set of tabs: Bible Study, Verses, Gratitude, Prayer, and Sermon. The Bible Study and Sermon are where I jot down notes of what stood out or spoke to me. As I find a scripture verse that resonates with me, I write it with my favorite verses. I don’t use the gratitude and prayer as much as I would like to. I started off writing in there daily, but now it’s mostly weekly.
And here’s my second set of tabs: Worship, Sites, Inspire, Read/Listen, and Tithing. My worship tab is kind of a work in process. It’s for lyrics and poems that may resonate with you, but I’ve been using it as more of a resource page. I have power tools, positive projects, study tips, etc. For the sites, I write down any websites that I hear about during sermons or bible studies that I may want to look up later. Next I write down all of my favorite inspirational quotes and then any books I want to read. And lastly I keep track of all of my tithes and check numbers.
In the back of my binder I just keep some of my daily affirmations and verses I’ve been working on memorizing.
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My husband and I have been taking classes since the beginning of April for the Financial Peace University. For those not familiar with FPU it is a 9 week course designed by Dave Ramsey. Dave built a million dollar business in his early 20s and then lost it all. Since then he has built another million dollar company teaching people how to not follow in his earlier footsteps. He takes you step by step on how to get rid of your debt and build your wealth, all without any get rich quick schemes. I have read his Total Money Makeover book before and was familiar with his 7 Baby Steps before signing up for the class.
However, I was skeptical to take the class at first. I was curious to see if it would teach me anything new about his process that his book didn’t already cover. I can say that it definitely does. But more importantly, it was good to get my husband in the class and participating. The group discussions are extremely beneficial since they help show you how everyone has tackled their financial situations differently. The class is Scripture based, but I really would recommend it for anyone and everyone. If you’re not religious, there’s still a lot of useful take aways. Since taking this class, my husband and I are feeling optimistic and peaceful about our financial futures. It’s amazing to be able to pay for any emergencies that pop up and recently we paid cash in full for my husband’s car. It’s an amazing feeling!!
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Who doesn’t love a good Bath and Body Works haul?! I’ve recently discovered that all of my candles and Scentsy waxes are pretty much all Fall scents. So I have been slowly picking up a few Spring scents here and there. Here’s a list of some of the things I picked up at Bath and Body Works and currently loving!
Blue Ocean Waves
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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my to do lists. I’m pretty sure I have a list for everything in my life, and my bucket lists are no different. I have one giant overall Life Bucket List for all the things I want to accomplish in my lifetime. And I have seasonal bucket lists for things that I want to do with the family, or primarily my children. I love following Lisa Marie over at Paper and Glam and how she really incorporates seasonal living into her life. So one of the small things that I do is come up with seasonal bucket lists. And I know I’m running out of time to get these all done, so I better get to it! Happy Spring!!
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One of my goals this year has been to read more. I have four different book cases overflowing with books and I haven’t read half of them. It’s quite pitiful. And that’s not including all of the books that I have downloaded on my Kindle. So I have been challenging myself to read one paper book and one Kindle book a month, as well as a new Bible study every quarter. So one of the last books I finished was one of my Kindle books: Second Time Around by Joann Durgin.
This book follows a newlywed as he tries to win over his bride again after she has a terrible accident that leaves her with amnesia. It was definitely different than most books I read, but I did enjoy it. There were a few parts that I thought were kind of silly. However, I did enjoy the moments when the main character has conversations with his mentor. It allowed me to reflect on aspects of my life from a different viewpoint. Which in my opinion is always a great part of any good book. Overall I would give it a 4 out of 5 and would recommend it to some of my Christian friends.
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