Rocktown Roasters Coffee Review

#sidehustleblend coffee
#sidehustleblend
Rocktown Roasters
Bulletproof coffee
Bulletproof coffee

I find humor in the term “coffee snob” it seems like such an insignificant thing to have a strong opinion about.  I wonder tho, if maybe I have actually tumbled into this strange land of coffee snobbishness.

Let me give you the back story…. A few years ago I discovered how much better fresh ground coffee tasted. Almost immediately I purchased myself a coffee bean grinder and was pretty happy with my “new coffee”.  I also became a fan of the delicious coffee drink called bullletproof coffee, this was a great way to have breakfast in  cup and be nourished for the morning tasks. I was on the journey of ridding my kitchen of plastic so when my drip coffee maker kicked the bucket, I found an amazon deal on a french press…. Oh yes, much better coffee!!! I was pretty sure that I had landed on the perfect combo, fresh ground coffee and a nice glass container to brew it. Then one day I realized that there is such a thing as fresh roasted coffee …Whaaat!!! So I could have coffee made with fresh roasted, fresh ground, french pressed, bullet proof coffee!!! This sounded wonderful, but the price knocked the wishing right out of me!!

I kept hearing such good things about fresh roasted coffee, like less preservatives, and more flavor!! I offered to do a review for Paul from Rocktown Roasters , because if anyone was going to know coffee it would be Paul! He sent me two flavors to try, Side Hustle blend, and Waste Not!! I had heard a lot of good stuff about Side Hustle blend and was anxious to taste it, so it was the first flavor I brewed. Sunday morning is a slower time at our place and so I shared with my husband! We both were very impressed. Really good is how I describe it, I do not know any fancy coffee terms but Real Good is my rating! It was not bitter nor had an aftertaste. Yours truly, even drank a cup black, yes black!! The other thing I decided is that fresh roasted coffee is worth the higher price! I also think I may be gifting some to my close friends, because friends don’t let friends drink bad coffee!!! My friends, get you some Side Hustle blend from Rocktown Roasters!!

Currently I am drinking the  Waste Not brew and am enjoying it as well!! Stop by and I promise not to be snobby, I’ll gladly share a cup with you!!

Dorcas for #thedelightfulcottage

How I Became a healthier Wife & Mother

My Plexus Journey
My Plexus Journey
My Healthy family

I knew something needed to change!!

I had brain fog, headaches, and fatigue, I was also dealing with Endometriosis pain, as well as adhesion pain from 2 C-sections.  Life was not a cheerful place I felt very blue and this was not normal for me.  I had tried the traditional approach for my pain, over the counter pain meds, and a prescription for birth control.  They would give some relief.  During my “time of the month” I had to take oc pain meds( Motrin, Excedrin, Tylenol) the full strength, alternated every 2-3 hrs, and wash them down with caffeine or coffee to get relief.  I was not comfortable with all the side effects of the bc, or the painkillers, but I had to function somehow! The Doctors  only answer was “deal with it the best you can and when you need stronger pain meds we will get a prescription for you, and when you can’t control it then we will schedule a hysterectomy”!! I wasn’t even 30!!  We know we wanted to have at least one more child! So I decided to start figuring this out on my own!! I began researching endometriosis and fatigue, the info was enlightening yet confusing! It appeared to be some sort of deficiency or imbalance, but what exactly caused it, the professionals differed on!!

One thing became clear, I (we) needed a diet change! The American diet is killing us! I started out simple, just cutting out high fructose corn syrup and highly processed wheat products. I also began to limit my sugar intake and pay closer attention to food labels. It is surprising what ingredients are in food! Around this time I also came across a medical journal article talking about Estrogen Dominance and what to do to help re-balance the body.  This was a huge turning point in my research! I now had a list of vitamins and minerals, to supplement my diet with, as well as info on how beauty products like hand cream, deodorant, body wash and shampoo were causing more of an imbalance. So I also changed my toiletries to more natural formulas.

In Feb of 2010 we became pregnant with our youngest son. During this pregnancy I developed a severe case of Diastasis Recti (muscle separation in the abdomen wall).  My recovery and journey back to normal (whatever that is) was very long and painful.  I still was sure I’d need the hysterectomy in the future. We felt that if we couldn’t control the Endo naturally we would need to go the stronger med route( so many health risks).

It was in the summer of 2011 and I realized I hadn’t planted or weeded my flower beds, this was highly unusual for me, I am an outdoors person! I was still dealing with Endo pain and pain from the Diastasis Recti! I was discouraged, some months things felt like they were getting better, than the next month they would regress. I knew the answer was out there, I also knew I needed higher quality supplements but wasn’t sure were to find them. It was around this time that I discovered Trim Healthy Mama eating plan and face-book community. THM was a huge answer to prayer, I learned even more about how our bodies and food work together. I was encouraged by other ladies results and this helped me continue to research.

Enter Plexus! I kept hearing about the pink drink and passed it off as a fad! One day I read one of my friend’s personal health story and I knew she wasn’t the type to share something if it wasn’t legit! I chatted with her, and seriously gave the products some of my research time. I was shocked to realize that they were most of the same supplements I was already taking. One of my big issues/headaches with my current supplements was quality control and what to take with what!! Plexus had already done the research for me and had a simple plan.  All their products were dye and GMO free (big deal to me). What I was reading lined up with research I had already done. The focus was on gut health and as I had learned, the gut is the root of all our health!  I decided to try the Triplex for a couple months –Big changes- less headaches, more energy, less endo pain! I then added the multi-vitamin (xfactor) and the omega (megax) . I began to realize I had not reached for the pain meds, the sodas were not as appealing, and I had plenty of energy for my mom sized days!

As each year passes and I look back and see the big leaps forward my health has taken, I can’t help but praise the Maker of the Universe for the timing of his blessings. I am happy to no longer fear the need of a hysterectomy, I have zero endo pain and naps are now a fun luxury instead of a necessity to get through my day!

I look forward to a future of many years of enjoying activities with my boys, a homestead with our own meat and a big garden and orchard! What is your dream my friend?? What if plexus is your answer as well??

I’d love to help you, please contact me if you have any questions. I am on facebook and IG #thedelightfulcottage

Dorcas For the Delightful Cottage !!

The links included are to my plexus website.

The Cropped Modesty Cami~Review and coupon code

A great option for filling the hole left by modern clothing designers!

Ladies I have a neat review for your from Helen’s Head Coverings.

Not only does she make head scarves, she also makes a cropped Modesty Cami! It is designed to fill the gap left by modern clothing designs. I don’t know any lady who couldn’t make good use of one or five of these!! The cropped Modesty Cami is the perfect wardrobe addition!

A great option for filling the hole left by modern clothing designers!
A great option for filling the hole left by modern clothing designers!

I sent her my measurements via facebook messenger, one for the bottom band and one for the height in front, and told her the color I’d like,I choose black in the poly knit! It was that simple!

The package arrived in about 1 week and I was impressed with the quality of the fabric and lace she used!

I put it on and the fit was great, just right! I wore it all day and didn’t have to adjust or re-position!  The material is just slick enough that it doesn’t grab the top layer, this helps create a smooth profile. The arm holes are generous and yet don’t gape! I like also that when I lean forward it doesn’t give anyone an unwanted peep show! It was very hot the day I first wore it and I was so happy not to need to wear a full cami or shell under my blouse! I’m also excited with the idea of wearing it with some of my tee-shirts with lower necks!

I did try it with one of my wide necked tops and the straps showed a bit ( and so did my bra strap), I feel like that a tee that doesn’t normally show your bra straps but is a bit low in the front it would still work great!

Thank You Helen for a quality item to fill a very needed hole!

Now my friends, head over to Helen’s facebook page and order yours today! When you place the order use this code (#thedelightfulcottage15%) to receive 15% off your order!!

Dorcas for #thedelightfulcottage

If you have a product that you would like to send me in exchange for a Honest review feel free to contact me!

I was not paid for this review, I received a product to keep in exchange for my honest opinion!

If you would like to read more about The Delightful Cottage check out this post on keeping boys busy, or this one about our western adventure!

 

Are you in Drought or Irrigation mode??

Broken heart

Are you in Drought or Irrigation mode??

Is your spring dry or bubbling over?

Broken heart
Encouragement for the dry soul!

What is the state of our spirit, our spring of life?  Is it full and are we sharing it?? Or are we all dried up and unhealthy??  The word spring brings to mind endless clear bubbling water! That is the kind of inner climate God wants us to have, springs of living water that we can share with others to replenish them and refresh them and give them life!

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance for from it flow the Springs of Life!!

I have so many friends facing hard times right now whether it be, issues with finances, or housing, loss of a child, infertility, church issues, health or even just simple unhappiness do to a lack of focus! I even find myself in some of those categories! It is a daily struggle to have gladness and to choose joy!  It would be so easy to just let my heart dry up, but I find if I take the time to search there is refreshment to be had!

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad!

Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is crushed!.

Prov 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 14:30 A tranquil (healing) heart gives life to flesh, but envy makes bones rot!

If our spirit is crushed, when our heart is grieving, times we are sad or feel unloved or unworthy to receive the good, than we truly need a heart refocus and a life-giving spring refilling! We need to submerse ourselves in the Spring of Christ word.  Maybe we are so crushed and dried up that we need friends who care.  Christian friends, with deep well springs, who can drench us with hope and healing! Sometimes that spring water comes in the form of a gift of a smile, or an encouraging card, or maybe it is some gentle loving correction.  There are times we need to pull into a rest stop on the journey of life and listen to wise counsel and reproof! When we are the receiver of the reproof, we must decide if it is given in a life-giving spirit, and if so we must accept and act on it, to receive intelligence to move us forward in our journey!!  Another form of spring water ( I had not thought of) is someone else’s good news! It does our hearts good to hear good news and to rejoice with others. The teaching of the wise is also a source of spring water to our drought cracked souls, we need to listen and apply the wisdom that is given to us!

Proverbs 15:29 – 33 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. The fear of the lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 19:8 Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.

Proverbs 14:27a The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:26a In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,

Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes;  fear the Lord, turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

We can share our good news, give an encouraging word, or maybe we are asked to give life-giving reproof, do so with the fear and joy of the Lord. I know we are all called to be a friend, a person who has a cold drink for the fellow journeyman.  We can all be peace planners, blessing givers, spring cleaners, well diggers, heart healers and soul doctors. It doesn’t take silver or gold or a degree in counseling

Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 25:20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off (shares) a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda!

Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

Proverbs 11:25 Whoever brings blessings will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered!

Caring for someone else out of the full spring we are given by God is truly refreshing and life changing!  If we refuse to share the life-,giving spring water, than we are soon doomed to a broken down shack in the middle of the stinky swamp of self-pity or the desert of lifelessness!! Let’s spread the Spring water around my friends!!

Dorcas For #thedelightfulcottage

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Boys Can be Boys, But not Quietly!!

As a mom of all boys, I am always thinking about either feeding them, or keeping them busy! I am a fan of things that keep them occupied but do not take batteries or make noise! I love to see my boys busy with their imaginations and creating something to play with. If you have children tho, you know that even quiet toys make noise when paired with an active imagination.

Tinkertoy Fun

We discovered this toy set, Tinkertoy/K’nex or Kid K’nex and they work with the Duplo legos.  I also discovered with a little searching that you can get bigger sets for a bit better price, they are called K’nex Education.

My very favorite thing about this set/sets is they are very sturdy and can actually be played with, no need to set the creations on a shelf!! They are great for building eye & hand coordination, and encourage skill building and trouble shooting.

See Reese and his latest “big Rig” creation here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9K10u_J8rc 

Happy Creating!!

Dorcas For #thedelightfulcottage

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Triple F Salad – Fast Frozen Fruit

If you know me in real life, you know that I don’t consider myself a foodie! You also know, if you know me in real life, I do like healthy food. I am also a fan of quick and easy!! I know those three things are not really compatible!! Although once in a while I stumble across a new way to do something that does actually fit all three,

Like my creation of 3F Salad!! Fast Frozen Fruit Salad is a big hit at our house and we almost always have some handy in the freezer.

See a Quick Demo here!! 3F Salad

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Ingredient list

Water, 3 cans of fruit cocktail, 1 can of crushed pineapple, 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 2-4 bananas.

 

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Laundry is Good Exercise (and so is counting blessings)!

Today I’m doing laundry, and counting my blessings! Both activities are giving me a workout, one physical and one mental! I am learning to wash my laundry like a pioneer women, a modern pioneer women who has running hot water! 🙂

I am here at my camper and laundry is piled up, it is calling my name and the boys are asking if its OK to wear their good jeans ( answer NO!) My #1 problem is in order to use the washers and dryers here at the campground you must be in possession of 10-12$ in quarters per week. Issue #2 My vehicle is not running correctly and my hubby is to busy to spend a day working on it,  ( issue 2b is we are in Texas and don’t know any reputable mechanics). I need the SUV to go get cash, to get the quarters. #3  I’d rather have the 50.00$ in my grocery budget.

Laundry Modern Pioneer Style

I was working on the first load in the tub this morning and feeling very grouchy. I was running fresh warm water for rinsing and gave myself a little talking-to! My attitude is my choice and I’m going to choose gratitude! I am grateful to have a back that doesn’t hurt now, a tub to wash in, warm water to use, and a nice awning to dry stuff from!

Laundry Day

I started listing my blessings while I worked.

#1 It cost less this way, the propane we already have is much more economical to heat the water, and water is included in our site rent we already pay!

#2 I don’t have to drag everything all the way over to the washroom, and then walk back and forth while waiting and changing loads.

#3 My tub is going to be so clean.

#4 The bathroom floor will get a good mopping

#5 I have wifi to use while I wait on items to dry. I haven’t had Wifi for 2 weeks.

#6 My feet and hands are getting quite a mani/pedi.

#7 This is a good prep for me if we ever decide to live on an “off the Grid” homestead someday.

#8 The humidity is so low that the clothing is all drying rather quickly.

#9 I am in possession of several sanity saving devices to help me! ( See this post)

#10 Maybe i’ll save enough to get me one of these cool clotheslines, (aff link) It looks very camper friendly!

It is amazing what choosing gratitude does for your perspective!

Dorcas For #thedelightfulcottage

If you’d like to see some of our adventure pictures check out this post

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Same old, same old story!

We live in a camper and work on a harvest crew!! Sounds so cool and adventurous.

Harvest 2017 Camper train

Well I’m here to inform you it is the same old, same old story!!

There is still dishes, laundry, parenting, school work, parenting, cleaning, parenting, grocery shopping, laundry, entertaining children, … you get the picture! And you get to do all of it in a space the size of a storage unit.

Walk through it with me here

The new part of the old story is, when you live in a tiny house on wheels, there is less of the cleaning and more family togetherness and skill learning.

Family togetherness is all fun and games till you realize not everyone fits on the couch! But it has been good to learn to respect others personal space and privacy even in the small ways.

Three boys on the couch.
Close Neighbors
School under the awning

There are also lots of opportunities for teaching new skills like how to wash dishes in a small space, or take a bath without getting water on the floor, correct procedure for stabilizing the camper, helping check laundry (running over to the laundry room), and to never leaving an empty ice tray!

Dishes With a smile.
Filling Ice trays

New skills for mom also include, drying laundry on the awning edge to save money, cooking in my instant-pot, learning to dump the black tank (sewer), Cooking portable meals, and navigating small towns (thank goodness GPS knows where the P.O. is). My least favorite new skill is refrigerator Tetras.

All in all I’d say that the new part, of the old story, is mostly positive and is allowing for new growth in many areas of our family.

Dorcas For the Heatwole Clan

#thedelightfulcottage #wheatharvest17 #harvest2017

The Delightful Cottage

 

 

 

Texas is Different

Well we are in Texas folks!! We are learning to embrace the differences and to be grateful for the new experiences.

Big Tex

There are many differences like  Higher speed limits, More space, Straighter roads, Dryer climate, Laid back natives, and Unique wildlife, Oh and lots of trucks … trucks of all sizes and styles!!

I have lots of pictures to share, So I’ll let them do the talking.

Checking out Dad’s truck.
Dad headed out to the first Farm.
Wild FLowers
Laundry room Guard
High & Dry
Unique Wildlife
Canyon Scrub brush
Copper breaks state park
River through the canyon at sunset
Wind farms
Cacti Flowers
Texas Longhorn steers This Guy was 22 yrs old.
Texas Longhorn Steer

 

Wheat Harvest in Progress
Supper in the field
A rainy day view from my Front door.

Thanks for Visiting and enjoying a glimpse into our lives.

Dorcas for The Delightful Cottage.

If you would like to read more about our adventure, you may find this post interesting.