Monday, February 23, 2009
M-dinner at my parents' house
T-garlic ginger chicken with rice
W-stew and rolls
Su-venison roast with potatoes and carrots
M-meatloaf and rice
T-venison steaks and mashed potatoes
W-white bean minestrone soup (crock pot)
Th-pasta with a new sauce recipe TBD
more menu plan monday
Sunday, February 22, 2009
He sees Grandpa and Daddy carrying firewood and has decided that he wants to be like them. He loves moving around little logs, making stacks and handing them to us. He has started proclaiming himself to be "BIG!"
He also loves carrying around shoes. Especially our boots. Today he brought me quite a pile of them. When we went on our trip, I found a small wodden nut from his toy tool set in one of my boots, and Ben found a foam letter "A" from a puzzle in his!
We are having so much fun watching him grow and change and communicate with us on a deeper level.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I do have mixed feelings. I am going to miss keeping up with friends on a daily basis through facebook and the bloggy world, but I know I will be able to spend more time focusing on my guys, my housework, and my projects. And that is good.
I'm not really saying "good-by", just saying that it might be a while until you hear from me again.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Oh here's something rather humorous. A few weeks ago, I decided I was going to cook up the rest of my garbanzo beans and make hummus. Well, after searching through my cupboards and storage area unsuccessfully for that good sized bag of garbanzos I knew I had, I remembered that I had already cooked them up and hummused them months ago. So now I have to come up with a creative use for my excess of kidney beans. After all, we can only eat so much chili. Any ideas?
M-Probably taquitos dipped in beans with hot sauce. It's going to be a full day. I have my OB intake appointment in the morning, and I'm going to try to go grocery shopping in the afternoon.
T-ham and egg sandwiches on bagels
W-Grilled chicken, pasta, white sauce, and asparagus (it's on sale this week!)
Th-A crock pot soup TBD
F-out of town on a romantic getaway with my amazing husband!
I need to make a whole bunch of over-ripe bananas into a giant batch of banana muffins this week. I'll freeze some for later and use some right away.
Su-sandwiches or a quick pasta of some sort
M-meat loaf and rice
T-lamb roast and roasted potato salad (gotta remember to stock up on spicy brown mustard)
W-chili and honey oat pan rolls
Th-chicken lettuce wrap (I'm going to try adding some rice noodles to the meat/veggie combination to add some carbs)
F-Venison steaks and scalloped potatoes
Su-probably to dinner with friends. If not, something quick and easy.
More Menu Plan Monday
Saturday, February 7, 2009
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar (you can use a little less if you want)
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips (Normal chocolate chips work too, but the mini ones are better)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all four ingredients together until they are well combined. Place on cookie sheets in rounded tablespoons. Bake for 10 minutes or until barely golden on the bottom. They are good hot, and better cold (once again, my opinion here.)
Isn't that so easy?
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
What God says:
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. " (Colossians 3:15)
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6)
This has been a hard week. A really hard week. While I have had times of enjoyment, of sharing giggling jokes with my husband, of laughing at and delighting in Little Man's accomplishments, I have had had other times of downness that have been very dark. And some of the down times were reasonable, I think. But now it is time for me to move on, rejoicing in what God has given me as I overflow with thanksgiving.
This chapter was a particular encouragement to me this week. I have been challenged again to look at the world through thankful eyes. I looked up the Bible verses that have the word "thanksgiving" in them. Many of the times it is used, it is used in the context of an offering of thanksgiving. While we don't live under the same Old Testament sacrificial system, I think this is instructive. Living a life of thankfulness often takes time, effort, and sometimes even sacrifice. Giving thanks is an act of worship.
A favorite quotation from this chapter:
"Joy begins with thankfulness. Quite often our attitudes hang in the balance; by making a conscious choice, we can tip our souls into dark moods of complaining, or into thankfulness and praise."
Practical goals for this week:
~Remember things that I'm thankful for in my husband each day (BTW, he's making that very easy right now!)
~When I find myself feeling down and moody, remember to look at the things for which I am thankful and not dwell on the irksome side of life.
~Keep an attitude of worship (prayer, encouragement to others, music, thanksgiving, serving others, all can be worship to God). As one of my friends says: "Worship is a lifestyle."
Sunday, February 1, 2009
1/2 cup butter (no substitutes)
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
1/3 cup butter softened
2 cups confectionery sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring (optional)
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
In a heavy saucepan heat butter, cocoa, and sugar over low until sugar is dissolved, stirring often. Remove from heat, stir a small amount of the hot mixture into egg. Return all to pan. cook and stir until mixture coats a metal spoon and reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat, stir in cracker crumbs, coconut and walnuts. Press into buttered 9x9 pan. Set aside.
For filling, beat butter, confectionery sugar, milk and extract until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired. Spread evenly over bottom layer, set aside.
For topping, melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat until blended smooth, stirring often. (I used my microwave.) Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes (I didn't wait nearly that long since my sister-in-law said she has had problems with it seizing up), spread over filling. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Cut into bars, store in fridge. Enjoy.
stock the fire,
try to get the errands done.
Got the winter blues.
sick of the cold,
those long, dark nights.
Got the winter blues.
ready for spring,
warmth, and planting time.
Got the winter blues.
wait wait wait.