Keeping things simple

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Ephesians 4:22-24 says,

“Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

I have recently realized that I am too hard on myself. I have high expectations as a mom, home maker, wife, and just overall. It hit me a few days ago that I need to chill out!

When I shared my ‘epiphany’ with Chris his words were AMEN! I’m sure he’s said these things many times to me but it never sank in.

I’ve decided to do a few things differently to give myself a break:
– Be thankful! I often get bogged down with what I need to buy, budgeting, or what we may need at that time rather than take the time to inventory all that we are blessed with.
– make supper simpler. I don’t need to make a gourmet meal every night. My family is happy just to have food on their plates – well not Natalee, she’s in a new phase of hating anything and everything mommy does.
– sift through my clothing and only keep what I love most and wear often. I don’t need any more decisions in my day than necessary.
– take the time to look at all the things I’ve accomplished in the day rather than focusing on things still to be done.

I have done these things over the past week and what a difference! It’s amazing how fast negative inner-talk can bog you down! This “putting off the old self” stuff is hard work! It takes time. It takes making mistakes and learning from it. I’m thankful to have a God who forgives my selfishness and encourages my progress. I also have a pretty great husband who supports me.

Here’s to continuing in imperfect progress. Cheers!

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Why We Eat Local

TUESDAY is my FAVOURITE day of the week! We support a local farmer through their Veggie and Meat Box program (also called a CSA – Community Supported Agriculture). We get a veggie box weekly for $25 and a meat box for $50 (we order our meat box twice a month to fit our families needs). It is a GREAT value for locally grown/raised food! I still use the local Farmers Market grocery store to fill in the blanks but I base my meal plans around the meat and veggies we get in these boxes.

I have been learning more and more about the importance of eating local. Did you know that your body runs more efficiently when you eat the food that grows naturally in your climate? We live in different climates and those climates produce the foods that our bodies need to sustain itself (hello, heavy stew, with potatoes, in the cold PEI winters).

I have found that eating this kind of food fills our tummies better AND helps save in our food budget. This is why we support local! The foods that are closest to you are more dense in nutrients because they didn’t travel across the country/continent – the veggies in our box were picked a few days before we receive it. Also, in one month we pay around $200 (4 veggie & 2 meat boxes) to enjoy this delicious, real food! That’s about 1/3 of my grocery budget and it feeds us well!

Our $25 veggie box this week: zucchini, lettuce, kale, sugar snap peas, green beans, 2 cucumbers, beets, carrots, cabbage, broccoli and 1 dozen eggs

Not only is it nutritionally good for us but it is also good for the local economy. Your farmers work HARD! You should get to know them, try their food, and then thank them for it! It is also good to know your farmers so you can learn where your food comes from and what is in it. Knowing what you are eating is half the battle to eating healthier!

Our $50 meat box this week: natural bacon, 2 packages of sausage, 2 packages of pork chops, 12 hamburger patties, and half a chicken cut up. All from naturally raised & healthy animals!

Side Note: One of my personal convictions as of late is that we, especially as Christians, do not encourage one another enough. God calls us to encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13)

Our kids devouring the sugar snap peas

If you are interested in getting involved with this veggie/meat box program check out our farmers here! If you don’t live in Summerside PEI you should check out your own local farmers. A good way to start is head to your towns Farmer’s Market.

How do you support local?

It’s been a while…

…we have not been great at the updates. Maybe it’s because nothing super exciting has happened. For this blog post I will update you as to what has been going on in the Keezer home. I’m sure you all were worried 😉

Here are 10 random things to update you:

1. We have been busy! Two kids + two jobs + household duties + guests + commitments = one busy household. I love it all and I am trying to learn balance, being intentional and some other words/character qualities (could I be more vague?).

2. Chris has signed up for his gun safety course. The hope is that he’ll be certified and packin’ by next moose season so we can fill our freezer. You can’t get any more local and organic than hunting your own moose.

3. We are experimenting with wheat/gluten in our diet again. We know it may not be the best but gluten free wasn’t working the way we had hoped. We were also starting with GAPS but…long story short…it didn’t work out. We are at a place where we are trying to balance nutrition and our budget. At the end of the day food is a means by which we nourish our bodies and we will do the best with what we are given.

4. Our two kids are such a joy! After my miscarriage I have been more thankful for the kids I currently have. I have also realized that having two is a LOT of work! For those that are curious, we don’t have plans for another baby any time soon. We are enjoying where we are right now.

5. We love Summerside! The grass is green and the beach is just down the street. I can tell we will be spending a lot of time outside (and I generally don’t outdoors).

6. Chris & I been going through Dave Ramesey’s Financial Peace course. LOVE IT!

7. Oliver is almost 18 months (on the 29th) and is talking up a storm! the way he says “I do!” makes me laugh. He also loves to read and be outside – he will try to escape if we aren’t watching.

8. Natalee will be four next month. WOW! She is the same as she was last year in a lot of ways. Kid’s don’t change a lot once they get older. She is my challenging child but also a great joy!

9. Chris loves working at Summerside Baptist with Pastor Don and all the other volunteers. He is also an amazing preacher (other say this, not just me)

10. I’ve been continuing with my business with Stella & Dot. It has been GREAT to say the least. I’ve also got one lovely lady on my team. To learn more you can check out http://www.stelladot.com/beckiekeezer OR email me beckiekeezer@me.com. I love to talk about it!

Creamy Tomato Soup

I thought I would share one of our favourite lunches. We ate this on Wednesday for lunch, alongside of some grilled cheese sandwiches (with my gluten free bread). YUM!

My wonderful mother-in-law gave me a recipe book as a wedding present. In it was all of Chris’ favourite recipes as a kid. Every once-in-a-while I try a new recipe. I have had this soup before but never made it myself. SO easy! And….here it is:

Creamy Tomato Soup

3 Tbs butter or oil
1/4 cup onion, chopped

Blend in:
3 Tbs flour (I used 2Tbs of rice flour because it can be quite thick)
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
dash of garlic powder, basil, oregano, thyme

Gradually stir in:
1/4 cup Ketchup (I didn’t have any ketchup so I used tomato sauce and added 2 tsp sugar and 1 tsp apple cider vinegar)
1 can (19 oz) diced tomatoes

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Take off of heat and add
2 cups milk (I used cream).
Heat almost to boiling and serve.

Enjoy!