31 Days of frugal clean eating with The Pampered Chef

ok. I have been challenged to blog for the 31 days in October in a single topic! Now this is a huge movement and I am supposed to create a ‘button’ that I link all these posts too, but ummm, I am a tad bit ‘technologically challenged’, so if anyone wants to help this sister out feel free!

Here is my topic ’31 Days of frugal clean eating with The Pampered Chef’

Here is the background….Jacob, our 8 yr old son, was recently diagnosed with dozens (yes, dozens) of food allergies from gluten to rice to dairy to eggs to tree nuts and peanuts and, just to keep us in our toes, parsley and basil and coconut to name a few!

We are eating quinoa and millet. Ok, that is a lie I have yet to try millet!

I also own my own business through The Pampered Chef, so all this seemed to tie in quite nicely!

What I am going to try to do is post at least one think I make each day and what PC tools I use that make my life easier by doing so! I’ll also tell you what ingredients I am using and about how much they cost. We been doing this for a couple months already and the first myth I can dispel is that ‘Clean eating’ costs more!

Also, I will just say that we probably aren’t technically ‘clean eaters’, but that is the closest thing I can think to define how we eat. So try to be a lover not a hater about the title!

PC best official

Here are some links that you may enjoy!
Angela’s Pampered Chef FB page

Angela’s Pampered Chef Website

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Ancient Grains

Due to the dozens of food and airborne allergies that Jacob has I am learning to cook/bake with the ancient grains of  millet and quinoa.

I am also learning about goats milk, duck eggs and various other random foods 🙂 Not to mention I am diving headlong into supplements and alternative medicine and essential oils.

All also add that Pampered Chef has been a God send – adding a touch of fun to the kitchen that I seem to be spending more time in!


The good news is that Jacob is growing like a weed and feeling awesome. There are few GI issues, no throwing up. He loves waking up every day to bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and the occasional duck egg thrown in there! 🙂

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The day we learned about allergies

There is a long back story to this post BUT today is the day our lives changed forever. Today began our journey as a family where one of our members was diagnosed with dozens (yes, you read that right … dozens) of food & airborne allergies. You know what though, I am not scared or nervous or worried. God’s got this. My child, our child, is His child and He has a wonderful plan for his life!

So Today, August 21, 2014 our little family has 2 kids

Abigail 10 years old and has epilepsy

Jacob 8 years has more allergies than you care to think about. Some so severe the require an epi pen and some so not so severe.

…and so we being a new phase of life and we’d love for you to join us.

 ‘God does not give you the children you want. He gives your children the parents they need.’ Maggie Manser 2006

Abigail and Jacob, I am honored to be your mum x


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6 years

IMG_0965We arrived in the USA nearly 6 years ago. 6 years. It many ways it seems like yesterday, but in others it seems a life time ago.

I finally feel like I know where to grocery shop, my yard (garden) finally looks like I know what I am doing (somewhat!), I know where the post office is and the dry cleaners we need about once a year. When we drive around 465 coming back from road trips it feels like we are arriving home.

In so many ways I am the same person that stepped off that airplane 6 years ago. Still ‘the crazy one’, still the one who’s hair changes every month (isn’t that right Jerry and John – they commented I should make a calendar ‘The 12 months of Angela’s hair”). I still love God, Graham, my children, my family, my dogs and any other pet that finds it’s way here. Gardening and reading still feed my soul.

…and yet these last 6 years have knocked a few more rough edges off. They taught me to depend on my God more. The trials and tribulations, the joys and the triumphs have brought our little family closer. I love that!

Sometimes, when we move overseas we think that it is going to be this most awesome great adventure with nothing but mountain top experiences. I have to level with you though, that’s just not going to be the case. Ask anyone who has ever done this and they will tell you that, while there are mountain high experiences, we walk through the valleys too. Being plunged into a culture that is not your own can lead to feeling of isolation, depression, confusion, fear and like you never fit in; but never forget that the One who called you to ‘go’ is with you every single step of the way.

Exodus 14:14
14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Matthew 28:20
20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”




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Spring Break – the rest of the story

Well, the reason I didn’t blog much the rest of the week is that the weather got better EVERY day! We went exploring further and further every day and we drove from the northern tip of the OBX almost to the Southern tip!

It was wonderful! We saw 3 out of the 4 lighthouses, the wild horses, the deserted beaches and we ate more fried seafood than I care to think about! If you are ever in the area you have to check out Frog Island Seafood Restaurant!

It is on our ‘we’d love to go back list’ especially the quieter northern end! Here are some pictures of our adventures!

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Spring Break 2014 Day 3 & 4

Well, the first full day at the house, Sunday April 6 it was blowing a gale and ‘freezing’ cold, so we hunkered down, read, watched movies and ate a great steak and shrimp meal!

Monday’s weather was warmer BUT it threw down buckets! hahaha So we played the game of LIFE and went to eat local BBQ!

It did warm up by the evening and stop raining, so we went and sat on the pier and warmed up the hot tub. It wasn’t warm, but Abigail and Jacob thought they should get in anyway 😉

This is the view from the patio window and even of the weather is terrible I love that!! I would love to come back to this house when the children are a touch older and the the weather a bit better, so we could swim off that pier!


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Spring Break Day 2 – April 5, 2012

Today we woke and had a slow start as we waited for the day to warm up a touch. We then drove onto the Blue Ridge Mountains and hiked to the top of Humpback Ridge. It was a mile straight up. No lie.

It stretched us all in different ways. (ok, maybe not Graham! The kids and I were tested though!)

We arrived here in Barco to our little house and quickly settled in before walking the few 100 yards to the best ‘fast seafood’ restaurant I have ever been too!


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Spring Break 2014

Friday 4 April 2014

We road tripped through 3 4 States in around 9 hours. Abigail and Jacob were awesome! The older they get the more fun traveling becomes.

So Indiana, Ohio, West Virgina and, finally, stopped in Virginia!

Ohio is much like Indiana, but the second we crossed ‘the river’ into West Virginia the landscape changed to hills and country living!

Our hotel is at the base of the Blue Ridge Parkway and we hope to take a small hike before hitting the road and heading the North Carolina!

Looking forward to filling this in this vacation:


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Fall Break 2013

i was getting ready to blog about Spring Break 2014 and realized I never blogged about Fall break 2013!!

Fall Break 2013
We headed to SouthEast Tennessee and the Cherokee National Forest! It was a great 4 day break! We stayed in an old ‘Gold Miners Cabin’ on a little creek! Actually, it was a really modern great house, but the plot I am sure had at one time been owned by a gold miner 🙂

IMG_3026  This was the amazing view from the balcony where I had coffee every morning! It was cool and crisp, but so peaceful!

We also explored caves and a the ‘Lost Sea’. We hiked (and scared each other to death!)





IMG_3034There was also an amazing hot tub on the great deck! It was so fun to be ‘sitting in the hot tub drinking diet pepsi’!!!






Oh the fun. Oh the joys we had! We also ate at TWO Dinners, Drive-Inns and Dives the the Food Network and Guy Fieri had been to

Parkette and Wallace Station

After the yummy, yummy food we are at these two places we (Abigail, Jacob and me!) have now tasked Graham to find these kinds of places on all road trips!

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Becca and Mr Rogers

mr-rogers-vcr_5Oh man. A dear friend moved half way around the world in the Fall of last year.

She wrote this and I cried: ‘I grew up on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which may or may not explain my propensity to wear cardigans, but more importantly I remember one specific question he used to ask. In every episode Mister Roger threw on that sweater and asked a very important question, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” As a small child watching television, that question had very little significance to me, but now as an adult living in another country it is of the utmost importance. For many, this question could even be of eternal significance.’

‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’

We take friendships/neighbors so much for granted. Never do. I have so many good friends that live overseas (or am I the one that lives overseas? Whatever.) that my heart is constantly torn in two. I love my friends here, but there are days I’d give anything to have a cuppa dear friends that are so far away.

‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’ reach out today to someone who may be lost or hurting or needs a neighbor!


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