Cocoa Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

Acai bowls are Dave’s new love language. I swear I could accidentally set his most prized possession on fire but if I made an acai bowl, he would forgive me in a heartbeat.

The local Sambazon Cafe makes the yummiest peanut butter bowl but at $10 a pop, I decided, surely, I could make these suckers at home. Sure enough, it’s easy-peasy to do and SO YUM.

These are very much a SoCal thing so I’m not sure how widely available the frozen acai packs are, but take a look in the freezer section of your grocery store (with the frozen fruit) because these are worth it. I found Sambazon frozen acai packs at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Costco.

Cocoa Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

2 frozen acai superfruit packs (sweetened or unsweetened ones, totally depending on your preference for sweetness)

1/2 frozen banana (I slice bananas and freeze them to have on hand at all times)

1/4 cup milk of your choice

2 tsp. cocoa powder

2 Tbsp. peanut butter

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Immediately spoon into two bowls and top with granola, strawberries, bananas, peanut butter, etc.

Eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner or all three!

By |September 29th, 2015|Lana's Journal|2 Comments

Happy Friday!


A couple of laughs from the girls…

Me: Hope, Dad will be at school tomorrow for lunch duty.

Hope: Yay!!!!!!

Lauren: How come you never volunteered for lunch duty when I was in elementary?

Me: We had a lot going on but don’t worry, I signed up for Middle school lunch duty for next Tuesday!

Lauren: WHAT?!?! No mom, please!!!!!!!

Guess I missed the ideal age for lunch duty. 😉


Hope: Mom, can I buy a Barbie movie on the iPad?

Me: Not right now. You need to wait until Dad gets home and then you can ask him.

A little while later…

Hope: Mom, I asked Siri if I could buy a movie on the iPad.

Me: What did she say?

Hope: She said, “This is about you not me!”

By |September 18th, 2015|Lana's Journal|0 Comments

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday, y’all! I am sooooo glad it’s the weekend. Lauren is auditioning for Bridge to Terabithia tomorrow so please pray for her! She has practiced so hard. Nerves be gone!

A few days ago I took headshot pictures of Lauren for her audition. Hope ran outside, saw what we were doing and asked for pictures as well.

Hope had a great start in school. Everything is wonderful: her teacher, her friends, the bus, hot lunch, uniforms, the puzzles, the tinker toys, the playground, chapel…it’s all a great big adventure! It’s so much fun to hear Hope’s daily school stories.

I volunteered for lunch duty (at the girls’ school parents help out at lunchtime, giving the teachers a break) and it was Hope’s turn to pray before the kids started eating. “Thank you for God. Thank you for Jesus dying on the cross. Amen.”

Here’s a picture of Lauren from her first day of kindergarten, six years ago.

I’m sure glad I blogged way back then because I don’t remember much of anything! I suppose a lot has happened between then and now…

By |August 28th, 2015|Lana's Journal|1 Comment

Carmen, Five Years in Heaven

“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.”
~C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Five years ago today Carmen left this world and got in…to Heaven. As sad a day as that was and always will be for us, what a glorious day it was for Carmen!

We miss you kiddo. Can’t wait to see you again!

July 20, 2006 ~ August 15, 2010

By |August 15th, 2015|Lana's Journal|3 Comments

Little Miss Kindergartener

Hope had a GREAT first couple of days of kindergarten. She was very excited to be on the same campus as Lauren and to wear a uniform. She can’t wait until next week when she gets to ride the bus and she can’t wait to learn to read.

Hope likes everything about school and especially the Tinker Toys in Mrs. Kim’s classroom.

Yesterday I walked her into the classroom to take first-day-of-school pictures and to make sure she was all settled before I left. Today I couldn’t find a parking spot so I just drove through the drop off line. That was the weirdest thing…dropping my baby off, watching her walk to the playground and then just driving off. I know she’s fully capable and confident but gosh!

Reminds me of Lauren’s first day of kindergarten in Maryland. She rode the bus that first day next to her best little friend, Maya. I asked the other moms at the bus stop if I should follow in my car to make sure she found her class OK. The seasoned moms laughed and said not to worry, teachers would be standing right there to lead the way. They were right. 🙂

By |August 14th, 2015|Lana's Journal|0 Comments