Sunday, March 28, 2010

Changing My Name

When I first started this blog I was very unsure about what to name it. I kept feeling like I needed something catchy and "with it." But, everything that I thought of had already been taken. Since eXfuze is a product that really helps me and was on my mind a lot when I started this blog, I thought that "The eXfuze Life" would work. But, the more I have thought on it, the more it is not me.

So, I have switched this blog to new blog with a very simple, but honest name - "Thoughts from Kathryne." I know, not catchy or maybe as fun, but truly what this blog is. Please pay me a visit and let me know what you think!


Friday, March 26, 2010

A Baking Fail

This blog post is linked up to Friday Fails with Myra at My Blessed Life. If you have any fails to share, feel free to link yours up on her Friday Fails page.

Last week we had some friends over from church for dinner. This couple is fairly new to our church and we had been trying to have them over for awhile, but it just hadn't worked out. It ended up falling into place at the last minute so I was scrambling for what to make for dinner. Thankfully I figured out the dinner portion and I had enough ingredients to do the apple cake from the recipe that I posted the other week.

I had just enough time after work to get dinner together and then put the apple cake in the oven while I got ready. I took a little taset of the batter from the bowl while cleaning up the dishes. While getting ready for them to come, my stomach started feeling a little funny. It was like I'd had some pop because my stomach almost felt fizzy, if that makes sense. But, I hadn't had anything but the little taste of apple cake batter. I started putting two and two together and wondered if there was any baking soda in the recipe.

I had to stop getting ready and check into this. The cake hadn't been in the oven too long and it just had tiny little air bubles on the top - no big deal. But, I looked at the recipe and instead of calling for baking SODA, it had called for baking POWDER. Unfortunately, I distinctly remember putting baking SODA in. Oops. I decided to let it keep baking and see what happened. About fifteen minutes later I took a peek and this is what I found.

Oops. I knew pretty quick that this wasn't going to be presentable. Here is a little better look after I took it out of the oven.

Thankfully, our guests were running about twenty minutes late and I had just enough ingredients to throw another batch together.

Definitely learned my lesson on this one. Has anyone else ever switched baking soda and baking powder? If so, I'd love to hear your story.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 19, 2010

An Electrical Fail

I am branching out and linking up to a blog carnival for the first time ever. This post is linked to Friday Fails with Myra at My Blessed Life. I have had several fails that I could put up, but I'll start with our electrical fail that happened last Friday.

Since moving into our townhome in December, my husband has replaced all of the electrical outlets in our home. All of the outlets were pretty new, but the person who did them installed all two prong outlets. How dumb, huh? We were tired of looking for the one or two three prong plugs in our home in order to plug in something with three prongs. Saul replaced all of the outlets but one in the kitchen within a month of moving in. On Friday evening he decided to tackle the last remaining outlet.

It was a tricky one and it took him some time. He displayed his flexibility by working in positions like this!

After about forty-five minutes he had it all put back together and everything was looking great! I went into the kitchen to admire his work and congratulate him on a job well done. While we were standing there in the kitchen, sparks started flying from the outlet with loud popping sounds!! Just then we lost power in the entire house! Yeah, not good!

We hadn't blown any breakers inside so we went outside to try to figure out which master breaker was ours. Now, nothing is labeled outside on the electrical meters/breakers, so we had no clue which of the four was ours. So, here we were, late at night and in the rain, trying to figure out which breaker to flip and hoping that it would be ours and not our neighbors. Thankfully, people were home in the other three townhomes in our building and they were all using electricity, so we were able to figure out which one was ours. = ) We flipped the breaker and our lights came right back on. Praise the Lord.

When we went back inside, this is what we found.

Praise the Lord that we were home when this all happened and that no fire started! We are very thankful that this fail didn't cause any permanent damage. A wire was pinched and that was what caused the sparks and power outage. Thankfully we were able to get everything back up and running within a day or two.

Thankful for electricity,

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Painting Experiment

Since buying a townhome in December we have been in the process of figuring out paint colors and beginning to decorate. Everything was white (except the bright yellow bathroom and the burnt orange kitchen cabinets!!), so we had a pretty clean slate to work with.

I think we have changed our minds a zillion times, and then some! We would think that we really liked something, but then we would bring it home and put it in natural lighting and would absolutely hate it.

We finally found some colors that we thought we liked and went to work painting our bedroom in January. We choose a nice warm caramel color that we thought would compliment our black furniture and dark red comforter set. We liked it at first, but now that it has been on the walls for about six weeks - we HATE it! Not at all the look that we were going for.

So, we are on the hunt for the perfect color for our bedroom again.

Meanwhile, we bought WAY too much of the accent wall color of paint for our living room (looong story about this!). So, we decided to experiment the other night and try mixing some nettle (from the living room) and white to see if we could come up with something that we liked.

Here's my sweet man mixing the paint.

And here are the three colors while we were still mixing. I forgot to take one of the final product.

I'll post pictures once we finally decide to paint our room so that you can see how it turns out. I'll be sure to include a before and after.

Do you have any bad paint stories to share?


Friday, March 12, 2010

Exercise Update

I am trying to keep myself somewhat accountable on exercising and weight loss. Nothing too big to report this week. We only exercised two times last week. I was excited because I was starting to feel a difference, but after not exercising very much last week, I am feeling just as flabby as before.

We have had a busy week this week, which has made it hard to exercise. But, we were able to exercise on Wednesday right after work. It felt good to get at it again, but I could definitely tell that I wasn't where I was last week in my endurance.

We went over to my parent's house earlier this week for dinner. Over dinner they were sharing with us that their employer is doing a health and wellness program where employees get points for doing different things (i.e. taking so many steps a day, drinking so much water, exercising for so long, etc.). They have only been doing it a few weeks and we can already tell that they are slimming down (NOT like my parents need to, they are already thin). My mom was sharing that if the employees are not at the "healthy weight" for their height and bone type, then they have to lose 2% of their body weight by the next weigh in.

Ugh. I was very discouraged to hear how far above the "healthy weight" I am. I was at the top of the healthy weight range when we got married and my goal was to get close to that. I'll be honest, right now that seems like a big feat. I guess I'll just have to take one step at a time - literally!

Happy exercising!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Crustless Apple Pie

The other night we had men's prayer meeting at our house. We usually have a small snack after prayer meeting and I felt like I had absolutely nothing in the house - no brownie mix, no chocolate chips, no anything! I had gone into the office instead of working from home that day, so I didn't have a lot of time to work on something.

On my forty-five minute drive home, which is exactly the reason I now work at home, I brainstormed, trying to think of something to make. I finally remembered that I had a few apples, but I definitely didn't have time to make a pie crust. That is when I came up with the idea for a crustless apple pie. I turned to my trusty search engine and found a recipe.

The final product was more like an apple cake, but it sure was delicious - and fairly healthy too! The following is my tweaked recipe.

Crustless Apple Pie - Prep time - 10 minutes; Cook time - 45 minutes
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/4 c. white sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3 chopped apples (with skin on)
1 c. nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all of the ingredients except the apples and nuts. The batter will be stiff and even crumbly. Add the apples and nuts to the batter. The juice from the apples should make the batter easier to mix. Pour batter into a greased pie plate (it fits perfectly in a 9"). Bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Here is a picture of the batter. I forgot to snap a picture before we ate it. Maybe next time!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Trials, Joys, and a "Being Real" test

Right after I posted the blog on being real, I had a chance to really see if I was going to be real or not. I had written the "Being real" blog on Saturday and set it to run on Sunday morning.

Sunday was just a rough morning. We stayed up WAY too late on Saturday night and I woke up on Sunday morning exhausted. Then I got all worked up about something that wasn't really a big deal, but with being so tired, I ended up getting really upset about it. Honestly, I was ready to crawl back into bed, but I knew I couldn't and shouldn't do that.

Shortly after getting to church, the question came, "So, how are you Kathryne?" I had a choice to be real or fake. Thankfully, I had the guts to be honest and tell this lady that it had been a rough morning. I think the lady who asked me was shocked at my answer because she is so used to hearing "Good, great, etc." But, it gave me an opportunity to say that I want to be real, that I am not going to be dishonest about how I am really doing. We didn't talk at all about what was bothering me, but it led into a good conversation on just being real and transparent.

I am so glad that I went to church, even though I was emotional at church too. Pastor had a great sermon on trials. We have been doing a series from Ephesians and he had his message all planned out, but decided to change it late on Saturday night because he just felt like so many people in our small congregation could use a lesson on going through trials successfully. I am so glad he did, because it really challenged me. Here is a little synopsis:

1. Trials are to be responded to with joy. How?
a. Trials put God in an "obligated" position (Abraham)
b. Trials strengthen your faith in God (Abraham)
c. Trials are a pathway to promotion (Joseph, Jesus/Spurgeon)
d. Trials are a tremendous teacher (Peter)
e. On the other side of the trial is tremendous joy (Job)

2. Trials are seasonal.

3. Trials grieve the human spirit.

4. Trials are diverse.

5. Trials test the genuineness of our faith.

6. Trials are refining us for eternity
a. They make us more persistent (developing a "no quit" attitude)
b. They make us more perfect (Christ-like)
c. They make us more prayerful
d. They make us more stable

7. Trials are rewarded in eternity.

Here in the "G Home," we have had our share of small trials recently. For a few weeks straight it seemed like anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. To be honest, I will admit that I did not respond well to many of these trials. I was so convicted by the message because I had NOT been responding with joy to the different trials/temptations AT ALL. My sinful nature was really coming through.

I had some apologies to make that afternoon. I know that God uses trials to refine us, but I was really letting them frustrate me instead of refine me. I am so thankful for the Lord's forgiveness. He is so good.

And, because I haven't been very good at posting pictures like I wanted to be, I thought I would include one of my sweet husband and I that we took on a Saturday afternoon.


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Being Real

One of the things that I desire to accomplish by having this blog is to be more real. I have found that it is so easy to go through life acting one way when really I am someone else on the inside. It is so easy to answer the question, "How are you?" with an ultra-fake, "Just fine."

I think a lot of people can relate to this. While I do not want to dump everything that may be on my mind to anyone who asks, I have found that I do need to let people know that I am weak, vulnerable, and make mistakes. There is nothing wrong with that. If I hide what/who I am because of what someone may think of me, then I am desiring to please men instead of God, which is a sin. I must be willing to be open and real with what is going on.

My husband and I are working with a new church plant in the Chicago area. It is SO refreshing to be around this small group of believers - because they are so real. The Lord has blessed us so far with the ability to share the struggles that we are going through and really be open with each other. At times I still struggle with this, but I can see some headway being made.

Isn't it neat when we do share our struggles and someone else is benefited by the fact that "someone else is going through the exact same thing"? It can be such a source of encouragement and help. I have seen that sometimes this is the exact reason that God gives us a struggle - so that we can comfort someone else.

So, as I write this blog, I desire to share my heart with you, the reader, who ever you may be. It is one way that I can be open and real. I hope that you will join me in this journey.

Have a wonderful Sunday in the Lord's house! I'm sure I will.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Weight Gain

Does anyone else out there struggle with gaining weight? This is never something that I really battled until getting married. Then, OH MY!!! My hubby and I both gained "just a few" pounds very quickly. It is horrendous!!

So, for a few excuses:

I think part of it is because I was used to eating with a family of boys. Yes, I am one of six children and there were only two girls. My mom would make a certain amount of food that was plenty to feed everyone. But, I had to eat quickly if I wanted to get seconds or the boys would eat it all. Sounds vicious, but that is really how it was (in a tame way). It really was a blessing though because I just ate what I needed and didn't eat anything extra.

But, now that I am married and there are just two of us, and because my husband is a great cook, and because we both love to be in the kitchen, and because I now work at home and barely move around, and, and, and. . . I know, all excuses for why I've gained weight.

It started back on the honeymoon eating all of those yummy meals. Then when we got home, we loved cooking dinner together and would end up with feasts on the table (we seriously had to make our table bigger because all of the food that we prepared wouldn't fit on the table!). I was also a much faster eater than my husband, so I would finish my plate when he had barely started, so I would take another helping, and another. . .

So, now, after being married for about 18 months, we have decided that this has to stop. We will NOT be gaining any more weight. We will NOT be making feasts and desserts anymore. We WILL be exercising on a regular basis and we WILL be eating healthy.

Check back with me in a week and see how it is going. You'll have to help keep us accountable.

A Meeting in Chicago

On Tuesday night we went to an eXfuze meeting in Chicago. Sandy Burgess, one of the top marketers for eXfuze came all the way from California to Chicago just for the meeting.

Saul and I learned a lot from the meeting. It is also neat to hear other people's testimonies about how eXfuze has impacted their lives. Sandy is a type 2 diabetic. Her main testimony is that she had neurapothy in her foot. She couldn't even put a sheet on her foot without it burning up. Doctors had given her no hope of it getting better. However, a friend of hers was taking eXfuze and recommended it to her. She took it and within a week, the swelling in her foot started going down. Six months after being on the product she is wearing flip flops and her feet don't bother her. Her blood sugar levels have also started leveling out as well. It is always exciting to hear other people's testimonies about how eXfuze has helped in their lives.

Sandy is also very knowledgeable about eXfuze. She has been down to the center where they produce the product and has seen the whole process of how they get the extracts, soak it in the grape juice, and bottle it. She also knows more about all of the ingredients in eXfuze and many of the medical benefits. One of the things that gets me pumped up about eXfuze is that it has seven different super fruits in it, so it doesn't just target one symptom. It isn't just for people with one type of problem - it helps a multitude of things. It has helped me with my headaches, it has helped Saul with his sleep and mental focus, it has helped my mom with her arthritis, it has helped my sister-in-law with her foot pain. I could go on and on about the people that it has helped. I haven't talked with one person who has taken it who it hasn't helped.

Sandy gave us lots of great ideas for sharing eXfuze with people. She calls it liquid gold, and in many ways, I feel that it is. I know that I couldn't be more thankful for what it has done in my life.

Anyone else take eXfuze or another liquid supplement (Noni, Goji, MonaVie, etc. . .)? If so, I'd love to hear about it!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

This is Hard!

I've only had this blog one week and I'm already doing poorly at updating it. So far, I haven't taken more pictures and I haven't been good at making time to write. Obviously, this whole blog thing is going to take a little getting used to.

We have had a really busy week, and weekend, which made it much more difficult to write on here. I don't think anyone (other than you, my dear husband) reads this blog anyway, so I guess it doesn't make too much difference right now. Maybe one of these days I will be privileged enough to have people go back and read my archives. = )

We were able to go up to Wisconsin and see my brother Kirk and his wife Kelly along with my sister Carolyn this weekend. It was so great to see where they all live and just hang out. Wish it could have been longer, though. We were only able to see them on Friday night because we stopped at their place on our way up to a wedding. It was a fun weekend of seeing old friends. Fun, but completely exhausting. We were pretty wiped out after getting back.

We are now playing catch up and spent tonight trying to get caught up on things and a little more organized. Laundry, cleaning, and my bed are waiting, so I will sign off for now. Goodnight, my faithful reader (aka, my loving, endearing husband!).


Monday, February 1, 2010

Why "The eXfuze Life"?

So, why would I name this blog, "The eXfuze Life"?

1. Because I had no clue what else to name it.

2. Because the product eXfuze has greatly impacted my life.

3. Because I had no clue what else to name it.

So, what is eXfuze? It is the first multi-botanical liquid supplement on the market. Basically, it is extracts from seven major super fruits fuzed together into one liquid supplement. The extracts from these super fruits are very potent and work powerfully in your body. My life has been completely changed as a result of taking this supplement. I couldn't be more thankful for it. Let me give you a little history.

I have had a constant headache for over ten years now. It just started one day and never went away. I've tried just about everything you can think of - from Mayo Clinic to natural therapies. You name it - I've tried it! No medicines seemed to make it better and no physician could figure out what was causing it. Eventually I just gave up on finding a cure and focused on dealing with life with a constant headache. Most of the time it was manageable, but some days I was stuck in bed.

Last November my husband brought home a bottle of eXfuze that his boss had given him. To be completely honest, I looked and him and shook my head. He knew I had tried everything and was honestly not interested in taking one more nasty-tasting product!! I promptly told him so and told him I wasn't interested in trying it. However, he insisted that it really didn't taste bad (he had tried it at the office) and that I should at least try some. I started taking it and was pleasantly surprised by how good it tasted, but was completely pessimistic about what it would do for me.

Within a week I noticed HUGE difference! I was sleeping better, my appetite was more controlled, and I hadn't had a bad headache. I still wasn't a complete believer, but figured it was worth continuing to take.

Here I am four months later - still taking the product - and still being amazed at how great I am feeling. My headache has improved dramatically!! Before, certain foods would always make my head hurt terribly (think migraine and in bed). However, since I started taking eXfuze, I can pretty much eat whatever I want and it doesn't bother me the least bit.

Yes, I am shamelessly plugging a product I believe in. It has made such a difference for me that I want everyone to know about it. I also want to praise my God for bringing this product into my path. I couldn't be more thankful for the difference that it is making in my life and in the lives of many people that I love!

I'll be posting more about eXfuze from time to time, but if you are interested in learning more about it, you can visit my website at

My First Post

Ok. Breath in, breath out. Can you tell that I am just a "little" nervous about starting a blog? I feel like this is so huge, even though it probably isn't that big of a deal. I think there is always a little bit of fear in "exposing" yourself and just being completely real and down to earth. However, I am up for the challenge.

I am excited about blogging because I think it will be a great way to document life in the "G" home, get to know other people, push me to take and download more pictures, and also share about the eXfuze product that has so dramatically impacted my life.

So, here is to the start of "The eXfuze Life." It will be great to be able to look back and see where God has taken me!