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Abby Chou  Wife to @joeyshoe. Homeschooling/birthing/cooking mama to half a dozen hapas. Loving Colorado. Thankful for my Savior's grace. ✨@diamondoilermamas


It's 42 degrees outside and I'm dreaming about dinner already. We're having one of our all-time faves, Chinese beef & carrot stew served with rice noodles. (I learned how to cook this dish years ago in the @gracelaced kitchen.) πŸ’› Here's how I make it: .
2 lbs chuck roast, cubed // 1/3 c. soy sauce // 1/3 c. dark soy sauce // 3 T. fish sauce (or to taste) // 7-8 c. beef broth // 2 thumbs fresh ginger, cut into thick slices // 5 cinnamon sticks // 8 whole star anise // 1/2 tsp. ground cloves // salt & pepper to taste // 2 lbs carrots, cut in 1" pieces // 2 T. brown sugar // 1 lb. dry rice noodles
Brown beef in an oiled pot over medium heat. Add the rest of the ingredients except carrots, sugar, and noodles. Simmer, covered, over medium-low heat for 1.5 hours. Add carrots and simmer another hour, covered. Toward the end of the cooking time, prepare the rice noodles according to package. Stir sugar into the stew and serve over the hot noodles. Garnish with cilantro and savor the amazingness! 🍲 #choueats #asianhomecooking

This is #pennymeimei's depiction of our family. (Big sis wrote in the names according to the little artist's direction.) It makes me smile! Also, she's our one and only lefty (so far.) πŸ’› #kidart #3yearsold

Two things: 1️⃣I'm thinking I might have to "accidentally" misplace Calla's boots because she's looking way too old. 😭 2️⃣Something I love about living in a cooler climate is that I have ample opportunities to dress my babies in warm fuzzy things. 😍 #hapaherdgrows #fallincolorado

We celebrated our littlest guy with his grandparents a week early (since they'll be out of town on his birthday.) He LOVED every minute of it. The sparkly candles, the singing, the extra attention, the gifts, the carrot cake, everything! I have no idea what it feels like to be the youngest of six and constantly surrounded by adoring fans, but I'm guessing it feels pretty good. Chapman James is one happy baby. πŸ’™ #almostONE #wheredidmybabygo #chapmanjames #hapaherd

Isn't this the cutest thing ever? If you're feeling inspired, try jazzing up your diffuser with wall decals from the dollar store (like this one) or you can use stickers, vinyl decals, decoupage, whatever! Make a pretty statement while misting tiny particles of goodness into the air. ✨
Through midnight tonight (the 22nd) THIS Dewdrop diffuser is 10% off (as well as the Rainstone and Aria diffusers) PLUS you'll get two freebie oils, Peppermint and Tangerine! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ #amazingdeal #essentialoils #whatsinyourdiffuser

{Press play} Part 2! πŸ’š #lovethesekids #featherstick #oldmanbeard #foldingsaw

{Press play} Yesterday my hubs took our whole herd out into the sticks to do some hiking and work on survival skills. I love these kids and I love @joeyshoe. πŸ’› #learnsomethingnew #reallifehomeschool

If you joined me for the Back to School Wellness class, be sure to check out this post! πŸ‘†πŸΌ{Also, the LIVE class will be available in my stories for 24 hours, so feel free to check it out if you weren't able to attend!}
Homemade elderberry syrup is a fantastic and affordable immune booster. Here's how I do it: Simmer the berries, water, and herbs/roots together for about 30 minutes. Strain out the solids, allow the mixture to cool slightly, then stir in the honey and essential oils (I use Lemon and Thieves.) Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
For your Young Living starter kit and membership, simply click the link in my profile! It's an easy process where you choose the diffuser you want with your kit, then you can add NingXia Red to your order if desired. I'm happy to help with any questions you have! πŸ’›
Thanks again for joining me!

One of my older kids asked me the other day, "Why does Penny always get everything she wants?" Um. Well. Would you just look at her? How am I supposed to say "no" to this face? πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ’š {For the record, she does NOT get everything she wants. But her siblings tell a different story.} πŸ˜‰ #puppydogeyes #sweetestlittlesmile #littlemountainprincess #pennymeimei

Grabbing a coffee and going outside is a surefire way to make any day better. Grateful for blue skies, lots of sunshine, happy kids, and good locally roasted coffee. β˜•οΈβ˜€οΈπŸ€— What's your go-to for changing the direction of a rough day? πŸ’› #solarpoweredmama #coffeeandsunshine #mountainlife

I put all six of us (baby not included) in timeout halfway through our morning. I don't know if it's the change in seasons or what, but the energy in this house has been wacky the last few days. We sat at the dining table and silently (under threat of isolated timeout) drank our golden turmeric milk (mine in a new-to-me Seltmann Weiden teacup.) This parenting thing is exhausting in such a good way. πŸ’› #prettyteacupsmakemehappy #teatimewiththechous
{Update: here's how I make the golden milk...
1 1/2 c. coconut milk // 1 1/2 c. almond milk // 1 tsp. ground turmeric // 1/4 tsp. ginger // 1 cinnamon stick // 1 drop clove EO // pinch each of sea salt & black pepper // 2 T. maple syrup or other natural sweetener.
Combine all ingredients except maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until just starting to boil, then remove from heat and stir in maple syrup. Optional: use a handheld frother to create a fluffy, pretty froth! Serve hot. Yields 3-4 servings.}

One of these years I will love Mondays. I'm not there yet. 😏 We're just starting school at noon, half of my kids are wearing the same clothes as yesterday, my house is a disaster, we're combining tea time and lunch and calling it "efficiency" (but I actually just desperately need to go grocery shopping), Mount Laundry has reached epic proportions, and my hair has air-dried into a frizzy mess because no time to blow dry. πŸ’πŸΌ It's all good, though. This is my life right now and I'm praying for grace to keep a smile on my face! Because seriously, who wants their kids to remember a stressed-out, mean-faced mama? Not me! πŸ™…πŸΌ #lotsofprayer #deepbreaths #andoils #reallifehomeschool #teatimewiththechous

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