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Butternut Squash and Garbanzo Bean Stew


Butternut Squash and Garbanzo bean Stew

This is a good change from your basic stew. I like the cinnamon with the squash, it is a good combination.

You will need.

  • 1 large onion Chopped
  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans
  • 2 cubed zucchini
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste and 1 can water
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ Teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • This serves about 6.
  1. If you are using dried beans than you need to soak and cook your beans first. Read my post how to save money while you sleep to see how I prepare mine.
  2. Chop and or cube the onion, butternut squash, zucchini and garlic.IMG_20151013_130613
  3. Place all ingredients into you slow cooker cook on high for three to four hours or on low for 6 to eight hours. You may need to add some water as it cooks. It may also take more or less time to cook depending on the size you cubed your squash and zucchini.IMG_20151013_131830
  4. IMG_20151013_132841I think you will like this recipe the cinnamon and butternut squash is a good combination. Hope you give this  a try.IMG_20151013_205345


Nutritional facts

Calories                                       197

  • Total fat g                         2.9g
  • Saturated g                       0.3g
  • Polyunsaturated g             0.8g
  • Monounsaturated g          1.4g
  • Trans g                              0g
  • Cholesterol mg                 o mg
  • Sodium mg                        509.3 mg
  • Potassium mg                   1,185.7 mg
  • Total Carbs g                     35.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber g                  9.2 g
  • Sugars g                            8.2 g
  • Protein g                           8.4 g
  • Vitamin A                          167.2%
  • Vitamin C                          68.4%
  • Calcium                             11.9%
  • Iron                                    23%And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.Genesis 1:29You can find more Meatless recipes here

Do you have lots of race bibs? Here is an easy to do keepsake book to hold your bibs and stats.

If you’re like us the race bibs start to pile up, you don’t know what to do with them. Throwing them away isn’t an option, you want to keep them. Here is my husband’s idea; I think it was pretty awesome if you ask me.IMG_20150902_104111

You will need a scrapbook, paper, tape or glue, pens, race bibs and pictures if you want, and a printer optional.IMG_20150902_104158

You need to design the page you want with a computer or you can make each page different using your creativity have fun with it you will like the end project. My husband made the page we use on word and we just print out several at a time. This makes it easy as we are very busy all the time. Here is a pdf if you want to use the page my husband made for ours.

Race Bib Journal

Than all you do is fill out the page and slide it into your scrapbook page protector.IMG_20150902_104238

Now you need to but your bib on the page opposite, you can put a picture with the bib, If you have several bibs to put in for the same run, as we often do, you can make a page after all the bibs are in for that run. we have some that I wouldn’t print because I look really bad. I need to work on getting better pictures after my runs.IMG_20150902_104312

This will give you all your runs at a flip of a page, so if you want to know what time you did that run last year before you run this year, all you have to do is open this book and you’ll know what time you have to beat .IMG_20150902_104332

Well I really think you’ll love this and it doesn’t take that much time. This would be a good Christmas gift for a runner on your list and I’m sure they’ll love it.IMG_20150902_104158

You could also get a sketchbook, the kind with a good strong binder and tape or glue in you bibs and pictures, and write the information you want to remember years from now.IMG_20150902_104714

Habakkuk 2:2

And the Lord answered me: ” Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

DIY hands free water bottle holders great for the kids

Have you been on a hike with your family and before you know it you are carrying several water bottles. Well here is an easy and affordable project to help you with this problem. I used to make something similar to this for my kids years ago out of socks and ribbon, but these are so much better and easer to make. You will love how simple and handy they are.IMG_20150810_125633

All you need is some ribbon I let the kids pick what they wanted. You will also need some O-Rings, I used # 17. They fit nice and snug on the ring under the screw top lid. You may also want clips if they want the bottle to hook to their pant or backpack loops.

After you pick your ribbons and O-Rings, all you need to do is cut a peace of the ribbon to fit over your child’s shoulder so it will be the size you want.IMG_20150810_130101

Now you put it on the O-ring and sew it on be careful not to sew through the O-ring. Make sure you sew this good don’t forget to backstitch. Do this for both ends of the ribbon. Cut the strings and push it down over the rim of the water bottle and enjoy going for a walk or the zoo without having to carry all those water bottles.

IMG_20150810_130333IMG_20150810_130425IMG_20150810_130608IMG_20150810_130536With the one on the clip all you do is sew one end to the ribbon you pick and the other side to your clip. And you’re ready to go. I hope you enjoy this handy little project.IMG_20150810_131231

Matthew 10:42

“And whosoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly. I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”


pretty bowl covers

IMG_20150709_153927I love these bowl covers they are so much easier to use than plastic wrap. They can be washed and dryed, you could make them with  You can get fabric to match your dishes or kitchen. After I made these I thought it may be nice to have a different fabric for each bowl so it’s easier to find the right cover in your drawer. But it would be harder to get them all to coordinate well together. You can make a tag to sew on the inside to mark them if you want. I may start to do that.

I bought a half yard of fabric. You could buy a piece of fabric that is about six inches bigger than your biggest bowl. Or you can just buy a whole yard and make more than one for each bowl. You can also make them for serving platers as well. But it depends on how many you wat to make.

First you need to wash and dry your fabric. You may also need to iron it.

Now you need to cut your fabric about two inches larger than the top of your bowl. I taped a pencil on to a spool of thread and traced the bowl; it worked well enough for me. Mine ended up bigger than two inches but that’s ok it gives more room to play with.IMG_20150709_133828IMG_20150709_133940

Next you need to cut out the circle you just traced.IMG_20150709_134117

Then you should iron over a small amount of the fabric over.IMG_20150709_135034

Now do the same again and then sew it.IMG_20150709_135559IMG_20150709_135210

Now you need to take your elastic and wrap it around the top of your bowl, and cut it about two inches smaller than it takes to circle the bowl. So it will fit snug.

Then you need to sew the elastic to the fabric circle you have, you should put it on your bowl to make sure you will sew it in the right place. Stretch the elastic as you sew it on try and not stretch it to much as it will be too tight or just look off it may end up being straight in some places and to puckered in others. Make sure you back stich so it will be strong.IMG_20150709_140022

Now cut the strings and put on your bowl. That’s all not hard; it only takes a few minutes each bowl. IMG_20150709_142853IMG_20150709_153927

Psalms 5:12

For you bless the righteous , O LORD ; you cover him with favor as a shield.

DIY hands free dog leash

I wanted to try a hands free dog leash, but didn’t want to break the bank. This is what I came up with and it only cost me about two dollars to make.

I got some belts from Goodwill which were half off; I already had the elastic and thread. Then I bought four inches of fleece at Walmart for under forty  cents.IMG_20150706_113116

First cut the rings off one of the belts or you can buy some if you want. But you will want ones that are flat on one side.

Now you thread it onto the belt you will use, I used one with a nice clip for quick on and off. Make sure that you have the round side facing out. That is what you will use to hook the leash to. IMG_20150706_113511

Once that is done you need to cut two pieces from the other belt you cut the rings off. Pin them on where you want the rings to be on the belt.  You may want to put it on to see where they will be, then pin in place. I wanted mine to be able to slide some and I wanted them to be on my side, and I also wanted two just in case I wanted to go out with more than one dog. You can only put one on and you don’t need to have them slide; I just thought it would be helpful.IMG_20150706_113601

Sew them on both sides so the rig stays where you want it, use a Small zigzag stich don’t forget to back stich , I made two rows of stiches so it would be strong.IMG_20150706_113642IMG_20150706_114435

I also wanted to have some cushion so it wouldn’t dig into my side. Cut about eight inches of the fleece, fold it over from the top about half way down, now fold the rest up to the top from the bottom. Pin and sew down the middle.IMG_20150706_114745IMG_20150706_114806IMG_20150706_114819IMG_20150706_114848

Now you need to put the elastic on it, on both ends and one around the middle, so you can put it on the belt. You don’t want to sew it to the belt because you will need to be able to remove them to wash. If you sweat like me you will have to wash them all the time. Make sure you measure it to see if it will fit before you sew them on. You want them to be firm in place so they don’t move around on you. Don’t forget to stretch the elastic when you sew the last side.IMG_20150706_115346IMG_20150706_115417IMG_20150706_115903

Now thread them into place.IMG_20150706_115944

You can use it with the leashes you already have. You can buy hooks and attach them to the handle of your leash. For quick on and off, I feel it needs to be easy. You never know what may happen. We are talking about dogs; you just never know when a squirrel will come close enough that Fido will go nuts.IMG_20150714_085130IMG_20150706_120716

Now go and enjoy a run or walk with your four legged buddy’s, and have your hands free to wipe the sweat from your forehead or to drink your coffee and push a stroller. Hope this will be helpful to you, and the squirrels stay at a safe distance.

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.