All posts by Susie @ Kirby's Kabin Blog

First and foremost, I am a daughter of the King.​ I am also a slightly crazy, square dancing Momma with a houseful of babies (9 to be exact), a little bit of coffee, and a whole lot of Jesus! I thank God for each and everyday He has given me and for the days ahead. I know we are not promised tomorrow and we need to cherish every minute of everyday we have here. We need to hold our loved ones close and make sure they know how much we love them and care for them. I have been through a lot in my time here on earth and I know God is preparing me for a bigger plan. I do not know what His plan is for me and sometimes I don't understand. I know that I must keep my eyes on Him and keep my faith in His promises. I am not perfect and I do not pretend to be. I am sinner saved by grace and I just want to bring honor and glory to His name. I pray that my blog will help to inspire others and that they may find hope and encouragement in knowing they are not alone in their battles. Let us each strive to be a light to others in their darkness. That our light may lead others to Him and cause others to come to know Him. I pray that everyone who reads this may be touched by His loving hand and receive Him so that they may also be heirs to His glorious kingdom.

Do it for you, not for a partner, event or season…

Do it for you, not for a partner, event or season…

3 years ago, Mordechai was in the jungle in Costa Rica at a retreat with 40 entrepreneurs: workshops, healthy food, lots of nature.

It was over 100 degrees with no air conditioning, and all the guys took off their shirts by the pool — that’s NOT something he ever did.

You see, Mordechai was a successful entrepreneur, but still felt ashamed and disappointed because he was 130 pounds overweight. So, taking off his shirt at the pool? Never.

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The reason for the retreat was to determine one’s life purpose. So, Mordechai opened up to a retreat facilitator about his hesitation to remove his shirt. She encouraged him to take his shirt off when no one was at the pool to see how I felt. It wasn’t terrible.

She suggested he do the same during his presentation in front of the rest of the attendees.

“&#$ NO!” he said.

He ended his speech by saying, “My entire life growing up, I wanted to make money and lose weight, and now that I’ve had some success in both areas, I still don’t feel the way I thought I would feel.”

He continued, “What I’ve realized: I don’t love and accept myself.”

Then, he took off his shirt. To an incredible and lengthy standing ovation.
Now, losing weight isn’t as easy as taking your shirt off in front of a crowd — in fact, to lose weight and keep it off, you MUST have the right motivation; do it for you, not for a partner, event or season.

Permanent weight loss comes from doing your “inner” work, addressing the wounds, trauma and emotional triggers that keep you eating in ways that make you fat.

At that retreat, Mordechai had finally reclaimed his body.

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Nights Are The Hardest

Today has been a bad day, a really bad day. I won’t go into detail except to say that my heart is very heavy and sad right now. Sometimes people come into our lives unexpectedly and they make such an impact on us that we can’t imagine life without them. Sometimes we tend to overlook the bad things and choose not to see what we should be seeing because they mean so much to us.

Sometimes these things come back to haunt us. The little things we had been ignoring and choosing not to see. The little things that we just didn’t ask about or the things that just didn’t make sense and weren’t questioned suddenly turn into an erupting volcano. Sometimes there’s a warning that things are about to take a sudden turn but often times it just happens out of the blue.

Then we are left wondering what we could’ve and should’ve done differently. Did we handle the situation correctly or maybe we should have given them just one more chance. While we don’t want them to feel like we’ve given we know that we can’t just keep letting things slide either. We have to stand up for our values and beliefs and instead of clinging to the hopes that someone will change, we may just need to let them go.

We can’t force someone to change, change must come from within. Sometimes we need to distance ourselves from others so that everyone involved can see the problem more clearly. It also helps us to get our thoughts straight. When we can see and think clearly we may see the solution come to light. While others may feel like we have abandoned them when the going got tough, we are really just trying to protect ourselves from getting hurt even more.

The downfall is that we may start to dwell on the problems and our thoughts may run rampant. For me, I can keep myself pretty busy and occupied during the day, if I try. I must find something else to focus on and I have to pray, really pray hard. If I don’t, I find that the problem can become an obsession which is not good for anyone. Luckily I have a few little people who can keep me occupied and busy.

However, once night falls and the kids are in bed I start to settle down. I will take the dog out for her last walk before bed and the stillness of the night gets to me. I put her in her bed and switch off the lights before heading to bed myself. I will get up a couple of times to double check the doors, the lights, and the loft gate. I will listen to my sleeping babes and listen to the sounds of the night on our little pond.

I hear the animals calling out for their mates and I feel so lonely. All I can think about is how lonely I am. Really I was lonely before this as we had stopped communicating a while back. I don’t know what caused it for sure but I did try to fix it. Could I have done more? Did I try too hard? Who knows what I could’ve done.

My mind replays the good times and then it replays the bad times, both of which bring tears to my eyes. I lay here and wonder what the future holds. I am comforted because I know that God has a plan and a purpose for everything. I also know that He can bring some of the greatest blessings out of our hardest trials. This helps to calm me and bring me peace about the situation but it is still hard to accept that this person is gone, maybe forever.

Love can be such a crazy fickle thing but it can also be one of the greatest feelings in the whole world. I am reminded that my God loves me more than anyone here on earth can and that He is looking out for me. I know that He will provide me with all that I need and I can find rest in His arms when I am ready to let go and give my problems over to Him.

Why not join me? If you have something that is bothering you and keeping you up then please join me in asking God to take care of it and leave it in His hands.

Right now, Heavenly Father I pray that You will touch anyone reading this and help them with whatever their situation is, that You will bring them the healing they need for whatever they are going through, that You will give them the strength and courage to face tomorrow because it is a new day, a day full of blessings unknown. Please Lord take our worries and cares and deal with them as You see fit. In Jesus name, Amen.

Weekend Wrap Up: April 20, 2019

Hey there! It’s been a bit of a crazy week here. Last weekend I had a crazy reaction to some gun cleaner… crazy like I thought I was going to need an ER visit but thankfully a double dose of Zyrtec did the trick. However, after that, I was pretty much useless for a couple of days as I really truly felt like a walking zombie mom. This was truly not something I had expected or planned for so it kind of threw a wrench in my carefully laid out plans.

I had so many things planned that I wanted to get done before Easter and almost none of them have happened. The ones I did manage to get accomplished, like weeding the flower bed and picking up the yard, have been messed up and really don’t look like anything had been done. Instead of getting stressed like I sometimes too I’ve really just tried to go with the flow this week.

After resting Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday morning I did manage to muster up a bit of energy as we had an appointment to go to. We went to visit a place that does a lot of activities for the community. We may be doing some square dancing there next month and we needed to give it a quick look over so we knew what to expect. It was so cool and the kids really enjoyed the huge swing set that they had there.

Then we had our usual Monday dance but I was not able to go to that because my back had been bothering me and I was having some old issues flare up. My feet and hands were just so numb and tingling that it made getting around a bit difficult. I pretty much sat in the recliner most of the day. I was so glad that I had been able to do as meal prep as I did on Saturday morning. For dinner, we had some Red & White Pasta with some diced grilled chicken added into it. The kids loved it even more than the normal version.

Tuesday afternoon I did manage to get dressed and head to a dance where Mr. Awesome was filling in. I was glad that we went because it was so much fun to see all the young dancers. My kiddos also had a lot of fun watching them and it motivated them a bit more to want to take lessons soon. My lack of activity really showed through as I could myself getting winded after a tip. For dinner that night I had made a Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet which was super easy to throw together with the browned hamburger from the freezer.

I don’t even remember what we did on Wednesday. Hmmm… what did we do on Wednesday? I know we had Tortellini Soup and some Quick Garlic Bread that Mr. Jacob had helped me prep for the freezer last week but I don’t think anyone did a whole lot of anything. That combination was so good together! I might have caught up on some email but I couldn’t sit at the computer for very long so getting any work done was almost a lost cause.

I didn’t even get to the washing until Thursday because I couldn’t lift anything and walking out to the wash shed seemed like an impossibility if I had to carry a load of laundry with me. Although the kids were kind of enjoying the lazy zombie mom, I was ready to get something done around here. I mean Easter was fast approaching and we had a small dinner planned but I hadn’t been able to do much of anything.

I finally decided that something seriously had to get done around here so I just had the girls bring me some laundry baskets and I sorted the clothes in the house and carried the baskets out one at a time with was a lot less strenuous. Once I finished up my laundry the kids did a load and we were back on track. Feeling a bit ambitious, I decided to make a Chicken Cordon Casserole which was more labor intensive than I had remembered (or maybe I’m just getting lazy with all the meal prep) but it was so good!

I also made a phone call that I hadn’t expected to make and cleared the air between a family member. There had been an incident last year that had really hurt me and I had chosen to distance myself and my family from the situation. Now things seem to have calmed down a bit and we are taking things slowly to see how they go. Christmas and Easter a couple of times in the year when most of do seem to have softer hearts and people seem to be able to forgive easier. It wasn’t that I wasn’t able to forgive, I just didn’t want to forget what had happened. All that did was to keep the hurt going.

So Friday we had a visit from this same family member and everyone got caught up on the past few months. The kids really enjoyed the visit and probably overwhelmed then with Minecraft facts but it was a good visit for the most part.

Midway through the visit, we had some terrible storms come through and we were under a tornado watch. We also lost power for a good while. The scariest part came when the winds were howling around our little cabin and all of a sudden there was a loud bang. The back door flew open and the wind was blowing pond water all over the bedroom. Things were swirling around and flying off the walls… it was crazy! I kept pushing the door shut only to have to fly open again. Then while I was dealing with that the front door burst open and the kids rushed to shut it.

The worst part of the storm passed quickly and we were able to keep the doors closed without assistance. My bedroom still has a ton of peacock feathers scattered here and there but things are almost back to normal in the house. There is a ton of stuff to get cleaned up in the yard. The picnic table had been thrown across the yard but seems to be okay. A neighbor had a big tree come down but we only had a bunch of branches. Whew, I know we had someone watching over us and I am so thankful for that.

After all that excitement, I was ready for an easy meal. We had some Sweet and Sour Meatballs, boxed mac n cheese, and some Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes. Mr. Awesome, however, wasn’t feeling like having meatballs and had brought home a couple of steaks to cook. (Click here for my recipe.)

This morning has been super busy as I’ve been making up for lost time earlier in the week. I have in fact been so productive that I’ve amazed myself. Before 9:00 am I had already picked up my vegetable order from Southwestern Produce Company and my grocery order from Walmart! I was so happy that the frozen veggies are back as our freezer supplies were getting low and as always our Walmart grocery pickup went smoothly. Chad was super helpful and got my order out to me quickly and loaded it up all up like a pro!

I even managed to sneak into the store alone, as Mr. Awesome was keeping an eye on the kiddos, and grab a few things for the Easter basket. Yes, the Easter Basket, only one basket for everyone to share and it’s not going to be chocked full of candies but it does have a lot of fun things like bubbles, slinkies, and even some Hatchimals that they can play with together. I did grab a couple of packages of candy for them to share but I know that other family will be bringing candy so I don’t want to deal with meltdowns after the overdose on sugar-laden treats. Trust me, we’ve been there several times this week and I’m not wanting to go there again anytime soon.

Honestly, my kids don’t really miss the sugary treats and such because this is what we’ve pretty much always done. Their favorite part of Easter is the Empty Tomb Rolls and the story that I tell them along with it. They do like to help make the Chocolate Covered Eggs to give to family and friends too but most of all they remember the time we spend with family and the conversations we have about Jesus which, to me, are the most important things.

This week I’ve seen, once again, that even though things haven’t gone as planned and/or my plans have not happened because of one thing or another, that God has a plan and His plan is always so much more than what I could have ever imagined. I just want you to remember this too because I know how much we can stress sometimes when we really want things to perfectly and they just don’t. Remember that your kids are watching and looking up to you. They are learning so many valuable lessons from you and everyone that they are around.

That’s all I have for now as I have a few more things left to get put away. Plus we have some chocolate eggs to make and I’m praying that my ham thaws out in time for tomorrow’s dinner as I forgot to get it out of the freezer earlier in the week. That’s how life goes though so I won’t let it get me discouraged because I know it’ll all work out in the end.

Happy Easter from our family to yours!

Have a blessed weekend!

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Sizzlin’ Skillet Steak

I know sometimes there are recipes or foods that just kind of stay away from because of one reason or another. Well, steak was one of those for me as they always turned out tough when I cooked them.

Then there might come along a certain someone, aka Mr. Awesome, who really likes his steak. I tried to convince him that I was incapable of cooking steak but he refused to give up on me. He has made some really great steaks on the grill but I really don’t grill that much anymore either so I wasn’t interested in trying that method.

After a little trial and error and a few burnt steaks, I’ve finally come up with an almost foolproof method that works for me. Now I do use my cast iron skillet for this so I don’t know how well this will work if you use something other than cast iron. These usually turn our about medium rare so you may need to adjust the cooking times for your preferred level of doneness too.

If you cook the veggies before you cook your steak you get a whole new level of taste. This method usually results in a nice crust too. This is really so good that I’ve even impressed myself with this.

Sizzlin’ Skillet Steak

Ingredients:

  • 2-6 T. butter
  • 1 steak (we usually use ribeyes that at about 1 inch thick)
  • Garlic salt (we like Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley and it looks really pretty too)
  • pepper
  • sliced onions, mushrooms, green peppers for toppings (optional)

Directions:

Season both sides of your steak with garlic salt and pepper.

Heat your cast iron skillet on medium-high heat.

Add 2-3 Tablespoons of butter and let melt.

Once melted, you can saute the vegetables until tender, if you choose. **

Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.

**If not using vegetables go directly to the next step but don’t add more butter to the pan.

Add another 2-3 Tablespoons of butter and let melt but don’t let it burn.

When the butter is melted and hot carefully place your steak in the pan.

Don’t touch it or move, just let it be for about 3-5 minutes.

Now carefully flip the steak.

Don’t touch it or move, just let it be for about 3-5 minutes.

Remove it from the heat and let it rest for another 3-5 minutes.

Serve with a simple salad, some baked potatoes, garlic bread, and top with sauteed veggies.

Enjoy!

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Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes

I  know you can pop a potato in the microwave for a quick bite to eat but when you have as many people in your house as we do, everyone seems to want a potato at the same time. The microwave can’t cook them fast enough and the oven seems like it takes forever.

In comes our superhero of the kitchen, our Power Cooker XL, which can whip up some baked potatoes in a hurry. You can cook up a few extra to have on hand for a quick meal or snack during the week or you can also wrap the extras in foil and freeze them for later.

Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6-10 potatoes of similar size
  • 1 c. water
Toppings (optional)
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • ranch
  • bacon bits
  • chives
  • salt and pepper
  • shredded cheese

Directions:

Scrub your potatoes well and poke them all over with a fork.

Place the steamer rack in your power cooker and place the potatoes on the rack.

Add the water.

Set the manual cook time to 12 minutes for small potatoes and up to 20 minutes for larger potatoes.

Place the lid on making sure that the pressure release is closed.

When the cooker is finished let it sit until the pressure releases on it’s on.

Top your potatoes with whatever you like.

For Crispier skin:

(takes a little bit longer but so worth it)

Rub the cooked potatoes with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Quick & Easy Garlic Bread or Garlic Cheesy Bread

This recipe is just too easy and with just a few ingredients and minimal work you can impress your family and friends while taking an ordinary meal to an extraordinary meal. Really this is so good that a couple of guests said it was ‘the bomb’ the last time we had it and it is so easy a kindergartner can do it (with a little help when it comes to the oven).

The other great thing about this is that you can fix up a couple loaves at a time and store them in the freezer for easy additions to meals.

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread or Garlic Cheesy Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 storebought French or Italian bread loaf (whatever kind you like, seasonings and/or seeds are ok too)
  • 1 stick melted butter or some spreadable butter
  • Garlic salt (we like Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley and it looks really pretty too)
  • shredded cheese, optional (whatever kind your little heart desires)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Split the bread in half horizontally or slice into thick slices.

Place on an ungreased baking pan.

Spread top sides with butter. I don’t put a lot on but you can choose how much you want.

Sprinkle with garlic salt.

Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

Bake 10-20 minutes or until slightly crispy. **

Enjoy.

**If you want to freeze these for later then wrap them in foil before baking and place back into the plastic wrapper to store in the freezer. I usually write the baking instructions on the plastic so anyone can pull it out of the freezer and pop it into the oven.

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Celebrate Earth Day With Grove!

Happy Saturday! You guys know how much I love shopping with Grove and all the fantastic products I get from there, so I wanted to let you all know that with Earth Day just days away Grove is featuring a free gift bundle ($30 value) for New Customers!

This eco-friendly and sustainable bundle features innovative Grove products that your family is sure to love such as the Grove concentrated solutions. These solutions feature a reusable glass spray bottle that will allow your audience to do their part in reducing the amount of plastic that enters the ecosystem. I love the glass bottles and concentrates!

In addition, you can shop the wide variety of Grove sustainable products from reusable straws and plastic bags to eco-friendly hand soap, dish soap, and laundry detergentWe’ve just switched to the Grove Collaborative – Ultra-Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent in the Citrus & Woods scent as it comes in refill packages for less waste!

Please see below for the full details of the Earth Day bundle contents:

Grove Earth Day Bundle Contents: 
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✦ Grove Glass Spray Bottle
✦ Grove Cleaning Caddy
✦ Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges

So what are you waiting for?  Shop with Grove for all of your cleaning and laundry supplies while doing your part to help our planet!

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It’s all about the eggs!

This time of year eggs are selling like hotcakes with all the egg hunts happening all around. Not to mention a lot of get-togethers and I’ve had many requests about egg recipes so here is a list of our favorite egg recipes:

The Easiest Boiled Eggs Ever!

Pickled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Here’s a couple more that use boiled eggs:

Potato Salad

Bread, Breakfast, Brown, Business, Cappuccino, Chicken

Super Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Super Simple Egg Salad

Okay, these aren’t really eggs nor do they use eggs, but it’s Easter and I had to include them.

Chocolate Covered Eggs

 

Super Simple Egg Salad

This is such an easy thing to make and so delicious… I just boiled some eggs so I think I might just whip up some really quick and have a sandwich as it is way past lunchtime! I like to eat mine on toast but maybe I’m just weird but it is good just as it is too.

Super Simple Egg Salad

Ingredients:

  • Boiled eggs
  • 1/4 c. mayo
  • 2-3 t. mustard (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste (use celery salt for a twist)
  • you could also add some chopped onion, green onion, celery or anything else that you desire

Directions:

Chop the boiled eggs by hand or with my personal favorite gadget, a pastry blender.

Gently stir in the remaining ingredients, just until blended.

Enjoy as is or on a sandwich.


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Empty Tomb Rolls

via Empty Tomb Rolls

I may have forgotten to get the ingredients for the Chocolate Covered Eggs but I did remember everything for the Empty Tomb Rolls as my kiddos have been dying to make these again. They are so easy and make such a great way to teach your kids about the real reason for Easter.

Chocolate Covered Eggs

Oh yes! It’s that time of year… I can’t wait to make some of these yummy eggs… I seriously need to make a grocery trip ASAP as it had completely slipped my mind that I wanted to make these!

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This is one of those recipes that I could’ve swore was posted at one time but I can’t find it anywhere. With the Easter holiday quickly approaching I have been asked a couple of times for the recipe and just now took the time to look for it… hence the reason for this post.

You can cover these with white chocolate or any chocolate that you prefer, if you like. I can remember my Mom using the ‘leftover’ chocolate scrapings that my dad would bring home from the Hershey factory when we lived in PA. That was so good! We have also used the candy coating that you can find in the baking aisle but mostly we use chocolate chips now.

While the most popular shape for these candies is the egg shape you can also shape them and decorate them in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors…

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Celebrate Earth Month With Green Kid Crafts!

We all know that April 22nd is Earth Day and just in case it has slipped up on you I have some great ideas for celebrating Earth Day in this post HERE. Why celebrate just one day when Green Kids Crafts is having an Earth Month Special?

With the summer vacation coming up on us fast many of us will be going crazy trying to keep the kids out of our hair! Trust me, I know! These kits will help to keep your kids busy and give them a healthy alternative to all of that screen time. Pssst… grandparents… these would make awesome gifts for birthdays, special events, or just because.

CELEBRATE EARTH MONTH WITH GREEN KID CRAFTS!

Get your green on this Earth Month and get 3 FREE STEAM boxes (a $60 value!) on any Green Kid Crafts subscription! Act fast to lock in savings on a longer-term subscription and get Discovery Boxes year-round for less than $15.00 / month. Use offer code PLANET12 at checkout to get $60 off any 12-month subscription. Go here to start shopping! Green Kid Crafts’ award-winning Discovery Boxes pack a lot of fun and learning into affordable and convenient packages. Each box contains up to 6 STEAM science and craft kits, extension activities, and a free STEAM magazine. Junior boxes are designed for ages 2-4 and Discovery boxes are great for ages 5-10+. Offer excludes sibling add-on options. Go here to start shopping!

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