Improve your life in 2013…

December 31, 2012

Cover of "The One Year Bible: New Living ...

Cover via Amazon

As we say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013, I can’t think of a better item to advocate than “The One Year Bible,” by Tyndale.

This Bible version is unique because for each day of the year, there is a selection of Scriptures that allows the reader to go through the entire Bible in a year. The selection includes a portion from The Old Testament, The New Testament, a Psalm and a few verses from Proverbs. Because of this format, I am seeing connections between the Old and New Testaments that I never saw before. And I have all of the books of the Bible.

(I admit that I used to treat some books like bad neighborhoods. They were places that I just didn’t go.)

Another benefit is that you will get to have a real soaking in the word of God every day. It enables me to read enough Scripture at one time to help me live a more grounded life. (Well at least most days I am grounded in Him and there would be far more ugly days if I weren’t reading this Bible.) Today’s reading covered the promises in Malachi 3-4, the last chapter of the Revelation, Psalm 150 and practical role model of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31.

I was introduced to this incredible resource in 1999 while attending a Women of Faith Conference. My original version was part of a promotional package from Becky Tirabassi (who is a great speaker/Bible teacher.) You can find a copy in your preferred translation, NIV, NLT, ESB, NKJV, at Family Christian Bookstores, Christianbook.com or most booksellers online or the city where you live. This week is a great time to get started. I am convinced that you will be blessed immensely.

Wishing you a Blessed New Year,

Home-ista Kelly

P.S. To make a habit of reading your Bible, try to connect it with a habit you already have in place. I read my Bible in the morning when I drink my coffee. I had been doing that since I was 5 years old and adding my Bible reading to that habit in 1999 made it stick within days. If you can attach your Bible reading time, to an existing habit, you have a much greater likelihood of successful adoption. Bible & Coffee

P.S.P.S. There is a smart phone app called the Daily Audio Bible. You can download and listen to the Scriptures in the same format. My husband uses it and gives it high praise.

Silk…

September 28, 2012

I love Whole Food Markets. The products are great and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. At the store near my house I met a team member who was helpful and brutally honest, in a good way.

On a trip last year, I was looking around with a puzzled expression as I searched for a popular powered version of coffee creamer. The young woman stocking the shelved asked, if she could help me find something. I told her I was looking for my regular brand of the creamer. She said in a dry, but alarmed voice, “You mean white death.” I said, “I beg your pardon.” She repeated the phrase and went on to explain why my former favorite brand wasn’t the most healthy choice I could be making then pointed me toward a liquid soy coffee creamer. She finished with, “Try it and of you don’t like it, we’ll give you your money back.”

That started my love affair with Silk Coffee Creamer. It is smooth, rich with a hint of sweetness and the calorie count is reasonable.

I admit that it has helped me shave calories off of my beloved morning cups of coffee goodness. Try it. I think you will like it. And now as it has grown in popularity you can buy it at conventional and health focused grocers.

Because it need to be refrigerated it can lower the temperature of your hot cup of Joe. I typically poor a couple of tablespoons into a glass server and microwave for 30 seconds on defrost. This takes the chill off without affecting the composition. And that time of microwaving gives me a moment to do a plank core strengthening exercise. A bonus for my tummy.

I hope you will enjoy the soy…

Home-ista Kelly

Likes! Potato Chips…

July 21, 2012

I almost hate to tell people about these, because the shelves will be empty of bags even more frequently than they are now.

But it is right to share good stuff when you find it.

The Whole Foods Brand 365 Everyday Value Sea Salt Rippled Potato Chips are the bomb. They are light, crispy and flavorful. They have become the favorite of my oldest son, who is a potato chip aficionado. Whenever I have served these to guests, they always say, “What kind of chips are these? They are delicious.”

Of course the chips are not cheap at $2.99 for a 10 oz bag. But they are worth every penny.

And nutritionally, they are not terrible as far as chips go. According to myfitnesspal.com there are 150 calories in a serving of 15 chips.

Calories 150 Sodium 170 mg
Total Fat 9 g  Potassium 290 mg
Saturated 2 g Total Carbs 15 g
Polyunsaturated 3 g Dietary Fiber 1 g
Monounsaturated 5 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 10% Iron 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie/day diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

So if you want a bit of crunch to go with your homemade hamburger or turkey sandwich on wheat, these are an excellent choice.

Wishing you delicious and responsible snacking,
Home-ista Kelly