Christian Door

Do you have a six paneled front door? We do. We also have six paneled doors on our three bedrooms. I’m pretty sure they are the original doors that were built with the house back in the 70’s. 

Did you know this style of door is called a Christian door? Why?

In colonial England, the six paneled door had stiles and rails that suggested a cross at the top half and an open Bible at the bottom. They were also called Cross and Bible doors. 

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These kind of doors have been around since the 1700’s. They became popular again in the past 10 years.

Six panel doors were not created to represent a cross or a Bible. The cross panels were there to make the door stronger. People have added the Christian door story later on. Early American used to hang these doors with the cross symbol to ward off witches. That was just superstition. 

Either way you look at it. You will now always think of the cross when you see a six paneled door. Your welcome. 

Kale, Apple and Carrot Slaw

There is just something about Apples in Autumn. I know most people like Pumpkin Spice, but not me. It’s fun to look at all the pumpkin spice flavored foods that come out during the Fall season but I’m not temped to buy any of it. 

I’m going to share with you a recipe that is not only good but it’s healthy and a great way to eat your greens and carrots. It is a struggle for me to eat veggies but if there is a veggie dish already made in the fridge, I will dip out a bowl of it with my meals. This recipe is a good one to make ahead and will stay fresh and crispy for a few days. It also includes Apples that give it just enough sweetness and crunch. 

Kale, Apple and Carrot Slaw.
1 head- chopped Kale.
1 apple- cored and small diced.
Handful- shredded carrots
Handful- raisins
Handful- chopped pecans (optional)

2 Tablespoons- plain Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons- mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon- brown sugar
1 Tablespoon- apple cider vinegar

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients.
Pour in the dressing and toss.
Cover and chill until meal time or over night.

Kale is healthy greens full of vitamins A,K,B6,E and C and antioxidants. It also contains calcium, copper and potassium. Together, these vitamins can help your skin look younger. It brightens your skin appearance and dark spots. Boy, I need a lot of this stuff but sadly it can also cause bloating and gas. Also, if your on blood thinners, don’t eat Kale without talking to your doctor because Vitamin K can interfere with that medicine. 

Now for the big question….
Are you more of an apple person or pumpkin spice person when it comes to those Fall favorites. 

Original recipe can be found HERE.

I Over Did It

I woke up Saturday morning with a pep in my step. I was feeling good and full of energy. I jumped out of bed and went straight to the laundry room and started a load of clothes. Then I went to the kitchen, took my vitamins and poured a cup of coffee. My husband was already up and finished his breakfast. He had to go to work. I would be spending another Saturday alone. 

My husband left for work and I ate my breakfast. After breakfast I put on walking shoes and clothes, threw on a hat, stuffed in my earphones and headed out for a walk. I have never walked in my neighborhood alone before. I usually wait til after supper and me and my husband will walk 2 or 3 miles each day. But I had a ball of energy and it was a beautiful cool morning. 

I did not venture out too far. I stayed within sight of my house. We do not live in the best area. Our neighborhood is great but the part of town we are in is not so good. There were several neighbors out working in their yards so I felt safe. 

I ended up running/ walking 3 miles in 48 minutes. I made it a personal 5k. My fastest 5k is just a little over 30 minutes but that was 2 years and 20 pounds ago. I could have done it quicker but I stopped twice to pet a neighbors dog and sometimes a neighbor would stop and ask me why I was out alone or where was other half.  It felt easy and was rather nice listening to my music and going at my own pace. I did not even break a sweat. 

But I paid for it. I have been laying around and taking it slow because I have been hurting in my upper back. I have a compressed c6 disk and I have to be careful not to let it get inflamed. Though I walk everyday, that burst of energy and a brisk 3 miles, made me hurt. Tylenol has been my candy. Let’s add that my allergies are at a high too. I have been tired and sore. I think I over did it. 

I would like to beat my 5k goal. Maybe I can if I just do a little at a time. Evidently our walks in the afternoon are leisure. I need to take it easy for now on. I forgot I’m not in my 20s anymore. 52 hurts. 

Air Fryer S’mores Oatmeal

For the past two weeks, I have been doing a smoothie for breakfast. I’m getting tired of it. I like to eat my food, not drink it but I am always looking for healthy meal options. I have also been taking my lunches to work instead of coming home for lunch and pigging out. I have to limit my meals. Portion control is what I have to do if I want to lose weight. It’s not as much about what you eat but how much you eat. 

This morning I wanted to make a solid breakfast for a change. I started making an egg but ended up burning it. I guess I was out of sync. I used to always make an egg. I consider myself an omelet pro and I love my eggs over easy too. We grew up calling it “an egg with a moon on it” Only momma knew what we meant. 

So, since my egg didn’t turn out well, I resorted to a recipe I found for S'mores Oatmeal. I’m not a big fan of s’mores but this was a winner. It was like eating a dessert instead of breakfast. This is still considered “healthy”, It’s easy and can be made in your air fryer within 7 minutes. 

1/3 Cup Quick Oats
1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Almond Milk
1/2 Sheet crushed Graham Cracker
Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Mini Marshmallows

Mix together, oats, protein powder, baking powder and Almond milk.
Pour into a Ramekin.
Stir in a few of the chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Top with crushed graham crackers, and the rest of the chocolate chips and marshmallows. 
Cook in air fryer at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. 
SPECIAL NOTE: Mash your marshmallows down a little so they do not fly around in the air fryer. 

After I ate breakfast, I went outside and ran/walked 3 miles. So I guess I can say this breakfast wasn’t heavy. But the 20lbs I have put on this year sure was. 

Original recipe was found at jhydefit on Instagram.
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