Creative Ways with Whole Grains

Okay, so by now you most likely have read one of my past posts on Craftsy. I have to say, as I continue to take their classes and share them with you, I am more and more impressed.  I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information and I am learning so much along the way!

Click here to see the class I took with Craftsy and take it yourself for FREE! {Scroll down to read about my experience with this class}

Creative Ways With Whole Grains

I have to be honest and say that I have been intimidated by some of these whole grains for quite a while. For example, I would see all of these amazing dishes with Quinoa and I just wasn’t sure how to put a dish like that together. I also was concerned that it didn’t taste as good as it looked. Just recently after taking Creative Ways with Whole Grains, I have ventured out into making some more “creative dishes” and I have been pleasantly surprised. They are delicious!! And even better than that….they are soooooo easy!! This class is guided by Cooking Light executive chef Anna Bullett and has such a wonderful emphasis on healthy cooking full of flavor! She teaches how to cook some delicious meals like Wheat berry and Goat Cheese Salad, Wild Rice Stuffing, Breakfast Quinoa (Soooo yummy!), and Risotto with Mushrooms.  Anna also includes tips on some of the trickiest aspects of cooking whole grains like ratio, preparing and storage. She shares some make-ahead meals that you can keep for grabbing a quick healthy lunch as well. You do not want to miss this class!!

Craftsy’s Creative Ways with Whole Grains helped me to feel so more confident in my ability to make these different dishes. I am so thankful that it forced me to step out of my comfort zone of cooking a bit. One of my favorite aspects of the Craftsy classes that is so well demonstrated in this class is the thorough presentation. Anna covers it all so you won’t be second-guessing yourself.

Creative Ways With Whole Grains

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

If you are ready to check out Craftsy —->> You can take the Creative Ways with Whole Grains for FREE by clicking here!

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

Messy Beautiful Love {giveaway}

Today my friend Darlene Schacht from Time Warp Wife is joining us. I absolutely love Darlene. She is such a genuine and true friend, seeking the Lord in all she does. I am thrilled she is sharing here today and giving away her brand new book, Messy Beautiful Love. In Messy Beautiful Love you will be captivated by her story and in awe of God’s grace and restoration in her marriage. ~Ruth Schwenk

Darlene writes:

“This earthly life is a battle,’ said Ma. ‘If it isn’t one thing to contend with, it’s another. It always has been so, and it always will be. The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and more thankful for your pleasures.” –Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Town on the Prairie p. 89-90

I think that a big part of the reason that so many people like myself have not only fallen in love with the Little House stories, but in particular the character of Caroline Ingalls was because of her gentleness and contentment. She’s an example to many. As a pioneer woman in the 1800s she struggled alongside her husband to make ends meet, and raise their five children. Not only did this woman make do with the little they had, she did it so gracefully.

Time and again they battled against the elements of nature, never knowing how their next crop would turn out, and when they did face trouble, she looked past it to thank God for their blessings.

Contentment requires us to trade personal and immediate gratification for a heightened sense of appreciation. That kind of faith can be difficult, but those who choose to “let go and let God,” possess a gem of great worth.

Are you a Caroline Ingalls, or a Negative Nellie? Do you tend to have more days than not when things get under your skin and you find yourself saying, “Why me?” We all know how it is; it seems like the minute that everything is going along great, it all starts falling apart.

Are you are Caroline Ingalls or a Negative Nellie?

And then there are other times when, like Job, you seem to have one trouble after another, and start to wonder if things will ever let up.

So how do we fix it? How can we make our world a better place so that we’ll be happy within it?

The answer is that we can’t and we shouldn’t expect to.

There will be days where you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and wish you could crawl back in. There will be people who disappoint you so badly that all you’re left with are the shattered pieces of your heart. There will be pain, there will be loss, and there will be tears. But God in His wisdom is good.

Joy comes from within, not without.

God is treating us as dear children, and like a true Father He disciplines us for our good. It’s never pleasant at the time, but with each trial we grow more disciplined. And we learn. The more that we take our focus off of the things of this world, we turn our hearts and our minds toward God.

When we run from our problems we don’t learn to solve them. But when we patiently trust God with our heart He leads us safely through to the other side. Not necessarily comfortably, but safely nonetheless.

I haven’t arrived yet. But then again none of us have. Marriage is a life-long journey that leads us to grow every step of the way. I’m still walking in faith, but my  focus is set on the Lord.

We can’t change the world around us completely, but we can change the way we relate to it so that while we’re riding the waves, we keep an even keel. All too often we have that reversed. We spend all of our energy focused on changing our surroundings so that we’ll feel better, happier, content, and relaxed–when the reality is that true long-lasting joy comes from within.

This article is an excerpt from Messy: Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht. Used with permission from Nelson Books © 2014.

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

Today I am soooo thrilled to introduce you to Darlene’s brand new book, Messy Beautiful Love!!

We are giving away two copies along with two beautiful journals!! You can enter to win in the rafflecopter below!

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Family Photography: Candid Moments & Storytelling

Okay, so by now you most likely have read one of my past posts on Craftsy. I have to say, as I continue to take their classes and share them with you, I am more and more impressed.  I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information and I am learning so much along the way!

Family Photography

As moms we are constantly trying to capture the moment with photos. Whether it is a soccer game, ballet recital or family birthday party, we are scrambling for our camera to catch a quick shot of the memories we are making. I see more and more moms (including myself) with these big “fancy” cameras. If you are anything like me, we know very little about how to actually use it for all it’s worth! In this class, Family Photography instructor Kirk Tuck, literally takes you step by step through the basics of your camera and what each camera setting means. He then shows how to use your camera settings for different types of landscapes and events. This class is really such a great tool for anyone wanting to start right from the fundamentals of working with your camera to learning how to capture a story with your photos. It even includes an entire section dedicated to the editing of your photos and putting your final story together. Kirk is so easy to understand and follow along with.

My favorite overall aspect of this class is just how thorough it is in covering all of the basics of shooting successfully. Craftsy’s, Family Photography Class is really a fantastic class!

How to take candid family photos

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today Crafty is offering a deep discount on this class for The Better Mom community!! You can get 50% off on the class through 9/16/2014 (the discount expires at midnight MT on 9/17/2014), which means the discount is only valid through 9/16. The total class price will be $29.99 during this limited time.

If you are ready to check out Craftsy —->> claim your discount for the Family Photography class by clicking here.

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

Slowing the Rhythm of My Rush

slowtherushThis post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. 

I would venture to say that 99.9% of our community here is rushing.

We are rushing to get our child ready for school while desperately trying to figure out what said child did with the soccer cleats that are needed for practice tonight. Meanwhile, we scramble for any sort of edible item that we can call “breakfast” for ourself while trying to figure out how we can make our toddler’s diaper last just one more hour until we can get to the grocery store to buy more. All this, and probably more, while listening to the ding ding ding of the notifications on our phone from texts, calls and Facebook.

In all of our rushing, I fear we are missing out big time. Missing out on the moments God intends for us to delight in and learn from.

What has rushing stolen from you?

For me, rushing has caused me to miss some of those quiet and alone times when God is speaking to me. I have had to make an intentional effort to focus my time and mind daily on the Lord, to keep in step with the Spirit. Unrush me Lord. Unrush me.

For me, rushing has made me miss some of the moments as a mom that God has wanted me to revel in with my children. I have had to make an intentional effort to unrush my mind and unrush my daily life so that I can focus on four precious little faces that God has planted right in front of me. Unrush me Lord. Unrush me.

We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge. ~Lysa Terkeurst

As I read that quote I lose my breath. I lose my breath because this busy mama knows that the only way for the best of who I am to pour out to my family and in my ministry here is to sloooow down. Make time for the moments that unrush my life. Not only do I need to unrush for the sake of God using the best of me in the places and people He has called me to now, but if I am not careful I can rush my way right out of hearing from God and following His lead.

In The Best Yes Lysa writes,

I asked the God of the universe to intersect my life with His revelation, then got up from my prayers and forgot to look. Forgot to seek Him. Forgot to keep my heart in tune with His voice and His invitation. 

All because of the chaotic rush of my day.

When all life feels like an urgent rush from one demand to another, we become forgetful. We forget simple things like where we put our car keys or that one crucial ingredient for dinner when we run into the grocery store. But even more disturbing, we forget God.

What has rushing stolen from you?

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If you want to learn how to rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your Best Yes today, this book is for you. You will find yourself highlighting every page, nodding your head and audibly saying, uh-huh! “The Best Yes” is that good. You can grab a copy by clicking <HERE>!

I am thrilled to be giving away 5 copies today to our Better Mom community!

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