Sunday, April 26, 2015

Songs on Sunday ~ Prayer of Thanks and Day One ~ 4/26/15

 
I would like to thank each and every one of you that prayed for my gallbladder surgery on Monday!  I now have a prayer of thanks, because everything went very well.  I was in and out of surgery in 45 minutes and home within 4 hours of my arrival time.  It went so fast!  I was amazed. 
 
From what I can tell, I'm healing well.  I'm no longer taking ANY pain medication and just have a little bit of soreness when I get out of bed.  I go back for my follow-up appointment on Wednesday to find out when I can go back to work.  Again, thanks so much for the prayers.
 
Now, on to Songs on Sunday.  This song speaks to me on so many levels.  Are you ready to start Day One of the rest of your life?
 
   
 
Well, I wish I had a short term memory
Wish the only thing my eyes could see
Was the future burning bright right in front of me
But I can't stop looking back

Yeah, I wish I was a perfect picture of
Somebody who's never not good enough
I try to measure up but I mess it up
And I wish I wasn't like that

I wish I wasn't wishing anymore
Wish I could remember that nobody's keeping score
I'm tired of throwing pennies in a well
I gotta do something
Here goes nothin'

It's day one of the rest of my life
It's day one of the best of my life
I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

Well, every single day Your grace reminds me
That my best days are not behind me
Wherever my yesterday may find me
Well, I don't have to stay there

See my hourglass is upside down
My someday soon is here and now
The clock is tickin'
And I'm so sick and tired of missing out

It's day one
And here comes the sun

Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy's new
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, I will fix my eyes on You
Every morning, every morning
Every morning, mercy's new
Every morning, every morning
Sun's coming up, the beginning has begun

Starting over, I'm starting over
Starting over, I'm starting over, starting now
I'm starting over
Starting over, I'm starting over
Starting over
Starting over, starting now
I'm starting over

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend Round-up ~ 4/25/15

 
 
Sunday
 
Sunday, I asked for prayers for my upcoming Gallbladder surger and featured the song "More of You" by Colten Dixon.  Listen to it HERE.
 
Monday
 
Monday, I shared the progress I've made on my "Stained Glass Granny" Afghan.
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2015/04/make-it-monday-stained-glass-granny.html
 
 
Tuesday
 
Tuesday, featured our time spent together with the girls learning to make pizza.
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2015/04/family-time-pizza-making-42115.html
 
 
Wednesday
 
Wednesday, was an Earth Day Hodgepodge and a Weigh-In Wednesday.
 
Thursday
 
Thursday, was FINALLY a new recipe here on Colletta's Kitchen Sink.  I made the yummy
Peanut Butter Coffee Cake.  You should give it a try!
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2015/04/in-kitchen-peanut-butter-coffee-cake.html
 
 
Friday
 
Friday, I talked about some of the things that made me smile this week.
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2015/04/tea-time-42415.html
 

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Tea Time ~ 4/24/15



Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~The big thing that happened for me this week was having my gallbladder removed.  I know it isn't really something to "smile" about but I am extremely grateful that all went well.  I had an amazing surgeon who even prayed for me, himself and his team before the surgery!

~I received these beautiful Get Well flowers from my coworkers!  They are an amazing group :)


~Saturday was a beautiful day!  We spent lots of time outside swinging, walking, riding bikes and picking the few flowers that are blooming.


~Doug mowed the grass and Lilah was hilarious with her rolling around on the ground :)  It must have felt REALLY good!


~My brother took us to a Altoona Curve baseball game!  It was so much fun but more on that at a later date :)


~I finally got my baking grove back on!  lol  I made Peanut Butter Coffee Cake.  You can find the recipe HERE.



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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In the Kitchen ~ Peanut Butter Coffee Cake ~ 4/23/15


This recipe came from a cookbook called "America's Favorites:  Bake Sale".  I was looking for something to bake, had all the ingredients on hand, so win win!  Not to mention yummy!



Peanut Butter Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3/4 cup creamy Peanut Butter, divided
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup Crisco or all-vegetable shortening
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk
Powdered sugar icing (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F.

Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 cup peanut butter and melted butter until crumbly, set aside.
 
 

Cream remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter and shortening.  Slowly beat in remain 1 cup brown sugar.  Add eggs, 1 at a time until fluffy.

Combine remaining 2 cups flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; mix well.  Add flour mixture alternatively with milk to creamed mixture, beating after each addition.


Spread batter in greased 13X9X2 inch baking pan.  Top with reserved crumbly mixture.


Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool completely.


Drizzle with icing, if desired.



This coffee cake was really good.  I think if I make it again, I will double the crumb mixture topping.  It was what really made the cake. 

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Weigh-In Wednesday ~ 4/22/15





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Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.

Colossians 3:23

I haven't done a Weigh-In Wednesday post in a long, long time.  I've still been striving/struggling along with my weight.  I joined Planet Fitness over the winter and was going pretty frequently until about February.

Ah... February.  When my bought with doctor's visits and scans and tests all began.

I was getting sick to the stomach a lot and actually vomiting more than was normal.  My mom finally talked me into going to the doctor and they started looking at my gallbladder.  First was an ultrasound to check for gallstones.  None found.

Next was a HIDA Scan to check my gallbladder function.  It was only functioning at 42%.  I was referred to a surgeon to talk about having the gallbladder removed.  It took a few weeks to get the appointment.

In the meantime, I wasn't going to the gym and I was stress eating (when I wasn't sick).I have been walking outside when able but the stress eating really threw me back.

So...here I am.  Recuperating from my surgery that I had on Monday morning and thinking about my plan to get healthy once given the green light.

I think getting back to the gym is key.  I feel so much better when I get a good work-out in and it motivates me to eat healthier also.

Do you have any suggestions that I should add to my plan?

This week's stats:

Miles:  3
Total Miles:  3

lbs lost:  0
Total lost:  17

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hodgepodge ~ 5/22/15


Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. Have you ever had to wear a uniform? If yes, tell us more. Did you love it or hate it?
When I volunteered at our local Christian Academy we had to wear a uniform.  It was a School polo with a khaki skirt.  I didn't mind wearing it but it did make getting the laundry done more significant.

 2. April 22nd is Earth Day. What is one thing you do personally to be a good steward of planet Earth?
I try to teach my girls not to litter and and take care and love animals.
3. Brown rice, quinoa, or couscous...your healthy grain of choice? How often are one of the three on your menu at home?  Given a choice between white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and fried rice which would you go for? 
 
I can't say I've ever had any of the three listed.  My choice would be white rice.
 
4. In your opinion, who has the best job ever?
I think this is a relative question.  If you love your job, then you have the best job ever!
 
5. What's a situation in your life currently requiring patience? 
 
Healing from my gallbladder surger.
6.  Do you live your life around days of the week? Explain.
For the  most part, I do.  We have our schedule and that keeps us busy but sane.
7. In a nod to the A to Z challenge happening around town this month, what 'R word' best describes your April? 

 
Recuperating.
 
8. Insert your own random thought here.

As I mentioned, I had my gallbladder removed bright and early Monday morning.  The surgery went well and I'm off the heavy drugs.  I'm just using Ibuprofen at this point.  So far, so good :)  I go back to see the surgeon in a week to find out when I will return to work.  Until then, it will be blogging, crocheting and baking something yummy for dinner at my brother's tonight.

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Family Time ~ Pizza Making ~ 4/21/15


 
Friday nights at our house is Pizza Night.  We try to mix up the kinds of pizza.  Sometimes we order in, sometimes we have frozen and other times we have good old Chef Boyardee. 
 

I decided that it is high time that the girls need start learning to cook.  Laken loves to help me bake and Kaylee makes an awesome meatloaf but other than that microwavable meals is their limit.


I was there guiding them, but tried to let them figure out the basics on their own.  First, read the directions!  (after washing hands and pulling back hair..)


Laken decided to take the dough mix into her own hands.  Luckily I stopped her before we had a blown up mess everywhere.


Kaylee wasn't extremely thrilled with the step by step picture taking.  She wanted to know why I needed so many pictures.  For my blog, course!


Time to mix the dough.


Sometimes you just have to get your hands in there.


I love my Pampered Chef roller.  The girls fought a bit over who got to roll out the dough.  They love the roller too!


At this point, Laken realized that she forgot to put on her Hello Kitty apron.  She was afraid she would get sauce on her shirt so we had to take a brief intermission to don Miss Kitty.


Again, a little squabble over who got to sprinkle the cheese.  Each was afraid that the other got to do more.  sigh....


Luckily, there was just enough pepperoni left for the pizza.  Someone, namely Douglas, thought it was solely for his eating pleasure and not for something in particular that I wanted to make.


I love this picture.  They are both smiling and acting like they get along!  They were very proud of their accomplishment.


Oops!  Don't forget to clean up.


And.....the finished pizza.

 
It was delicious!  And even more so because I knew the effort that was put into making it by my girls :)

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Make it Monday ~ Stained Glass Granny ~ 4/20/15

 
 
 
 I have four crochet projects in the works right now.  The one I'm currently focusing one I'm calling "Stained Glass Granny".  I just love working with granny squares.  It is so fun to finish each one and have small accomplishments along the way.
 

I'm starting with a basic solid granny square.  I'm then outlining it with a row of black.


I'm using a total of 8 different colors.  So far, I have 22 squares completed. 



The finished afghan will be 5 blocks by 7 blocks.  I'll then add a border in black and the colors used in the squares.

 
I've seen much more elaborate stained glass squares, but I think I'm going to like the finished product.  I hope to get a good bit done this week as I'm recuperating from gallbladder surgery and have to take it easy.

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Songs on Sunday ~ Prayer Request and "More of You" ~ 4/19/15

 
First, I would like to ask for prayers.  I go tomorrow for surgery to remove my gallbladder.  I'm a little bit anxious about, even though I don't know why.  Anyway, please keep me in your prayers!  My surgery is scheduled to start at 7:30 am but I have to be there at 6:00am.  Thank so much!  I really appreciate each and every one of you!
 
While I don't quite "get" this video, I think the song itself is amazing.  Tell me, what do you think of the video?
 
 
           
 
"More Of You"
I made my castle tall
I built up every wall
This is my kingdom and it needs to fall
I want you and no one else
Empty me of myself
Until the only thing that's left is

More of You
Less of me
Make me who I'm meant to be
You're all I want all I need
You're everything
Take it all I surrender
Be my king
God I choose
More of You and Less of me
I need more of you
More of you

This life I hold so close
Oh, God I let it go
I refuse to gain the world and lose my soul
So take it all I abandon everything I am
You can have it
The only thing I need is

More of You
Less of me
Make me who I'm meant to be
You're all I want all I need
You're everything
Take it all I surrender
Be my king
God I choose
More of You and Less of me
I need more of you
More of you

All to You
I surrender
All to You my blessed savior
I surrender all

All to You
I surrender
All to You my blessed savior
I surrender all

More of You
Less of me
Make me who I'm meant to be
You're all I want all I need
You're everything
Take it all I surrender
Be my king
God I choose
More of You and Less of me
I need more of you
More of you

All to You
I surrender
All to You my blessed savior

More of you
I need more of you

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