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Have a lovely weekend with your family!
Monday, January 18, 2010
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Monday, January 18, 2010
Outside my window... fog and mist - our snow has melted and we are looking at dead grass and dirt - lots of dirt! How do I know that the sunroom floor with be a mess for the next few days? Well, I washed it 3 times over the weekend!
I am hearing ... the grandfather clock ticking away, traffic on the road, a whistling boy, the swish of the washing machine and the click clack of my typing!
I am thinking ... about my friend June and her family! She called last night and we re-connected after months and months! What a blessing!
I am thankful for... friendships that stand the test of time and distance!
I am praying for ... Haiti. My heart has been overwhelmed with grief for the people of Haiti and all that they have suffered. Having briefly ministered to Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic years ago, I know that they have an amazingly strong spirit, and those who know the Lord are tremendously joyful despite impossible circumstances.
I am remembering ... the challenge of the message we heard at church yesterday morning to take the next step in our Christian walk.
I am wearing ... long denim skirt, white turtleneck, blue zippered hoodie and tights - very comfy and warm. My hair is still wet, but I have to tell you that I had it cut and colored last week and to my great joy - the color is not Elvira black this time - it is my own color without the white! I didn't know how fearful I was of another bad color job until I made the appointment, and almost canceled it! I only went back to the same place because they sent me a great coupon!
I am going ... later I plan to take Dreamer to piano and ballet, and hopefully, Storyteller and I will run a few errands, depending on my energy levels.
I am reading ... recipes and romance (currently re-reading Cathy Marie Hake's books) - nothing deep at all! I am hoping to catch up in our Bible reading, but I'm not stressing about it, since it is to be a joy and not a drudgery.
I am hoping ... that this week is better health wise. I had a very hard week with my liver struggles last week and I am hoping that with rest and prayer, this will be a better week.
On my mind ... we have a 'couples only' dinner here on Friday for our inreach/outreach group from church. It is a potluck, but I need to tidy and straighten and figure out what we are doing with our children! I think since we don't have a sitter they will hang out with a video, some games and some special treats in the grammy flat - that should be fun!
Noticing that... somehow the dishes from last night didn't make it to the dishwasher - yuck! Time to tackle the kitchen and get going with the day!
Pondering these words...
1 Corinthians 3:11-14 (King James Version)
11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
From the kitchen... I was hoping to try some new recipes over the weekend, but I didn't get to it! I have a stack of great sounding main course recipes that I want to try, but my energy levels have been pretty low! Maybe this week or next week! The recipes aren't going anywhere, and I am sure my family wouldn't mind if I
I am creating ... order out of the mess of papers on my desk ... again!
Around the house ... beds striped and ready for laundry. The bathrooms need a quick going over and Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary has us rounding up stragglers this morning! We FINALLY got the Christmas tree and bins back in the attic and the Historian is setting up the grow light in the furnace room so that I can be starting more seeds soon!
One of my favorite things ... catching up with a dear, sweet friend! Cuddling with my sweet boy while he tells me a story, playing UNO with my precious silly girl, laughing and praying with my dear husband - all my favorite things!
A few plans for the rest of the week..... a bit of cleaning for every room in prepartion for company Friday, some catching up with Mount Ironmore, school, AWANA, ballet, piano, Homeschool Co-op and rest ... lots of extra rest, I hope!
From my picture journal ...
I do know how crazy it is to be starting seeds in January in Ohio, but I just couldn't help myself! This romaine lettuce sprouting in 2 days ( yes, I'll need to thin it) - and I have chives on the other side of the tray! I've been drooling over seed catalogs and this is the result! Lettuce is a cool weather crop, after all! I was a bit disappointed with these Burpee Seed Starter trays - the pellets don't seem to fill the cells like I'd hoped at all! I guess I'll soon know if it all works out!
Have a great week!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
This is a big deal because while most of his friends and his cousins could sit by the hour putting together those tiny little bits and pieces to make fantastic creations by 5 or 6 years of age, our Storyteller couldn't. Those little pieces frustrated him no end. His fine motor skills were not up to the challenge, and his patience and concentration would falter. His lack of attention to detail did not match well with those Lego instructions either.
Our Storyteller has other wonderful skills, and is a fine young boy. If he never played with Lego, I would not have been too concerned. His strengths lie in other areas. He has a heart for God, and a love of the Word that I have never seen in a child his age. He memorizes with ease, and words are his friends. He is always very sorry when he breaks things, because he has had lots of practice with apologies! His vocabulary is terrific and his forgiveness is quick and complete. He is a genuine boy, a loyal brother and a caring friend.
And now, he 'gets' Lego.
We noticed this summer that things were finally coming together for our boy - he found baseball, and small successes in baseball have lead to confidence for other physical challenges. I think he may even try swimming lessons again, though he failed Pollywogs 3 times and may be the tallest child in his class, I think he is finally ready. Little successes lead to other wonderful things, so this is a joy to my mother's heart!
Now, all of the times I have left those big bins of Lego at the Thrift Stores are coming back to haunt me !!! I left them, knowing he wasn't ready, knowing that other boys and girls would have fun with them, and knowing that one of God's names is 'Provider', and that His timing never fails. I know the verse in Philippians 4 about God supplying all of our needs refers to our spiritual needs, and is not a promise for material wealth, but I have also seen God's ample provision for even the smallest of our needs - and Lego's are no trouble for Him! So, we are on the hunt for Lego, and looking forward to the next time we get to go thrifting!
We are starting the new year with a blessing! Isn't God good to just bless this simple mama's heart with a small step forward right at the start of a fresh beginning?
*** I 'borrowed' the Lego picture - those are not ours - he just has two small sets for now ***
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
My friend Mrs. S, served this wonderful soup to our family on New Years Day - and of course, I asked for the recipe! It's from a great looking book called Crazy Plates: Low-Fat Food So Good, You'll Swear It's Bad for You! by Janet Podleski & Greta Podleski! I've put it on my Amazon 'wish list' and I'll keep an eye out for it second hand too. I made it today and we enjoyed it for supper - my Historian is not a big barley soup fan, but he really likes this recipe!
I think he will like beef barley soup from now on since this delicious recipe has undoubtedly wiped out all past memories of the mysterious blobs of undulating fat that floated about in the college cafeteria soup - 'Barf Barley' was on the menu at least three times a week for two years, and he never once found a scrap of anything remotely resembling beef!
Looking For Mr. Goodbarley Soup
1. Spray a large soup pop with non-stick spray. Add beef and brown on all sides over high heat. Work in two batches if necessary
In cleaning out the fridge yesterday, we found two containers of sour cream - just slightly expired! It had been on a great sale and I was itching to make my Sweet Dilly Dip. I didn't get to it and the sour cream got pushed to the back of the fridge! Solution: coffee cake! I was looking at my new Midwest Living Magazine and they featured a nice looking Jam Crumb Cake. Perfect! I put it in the oven before supper and we enjoyed it as a dessert - in small pieces since it is pretty high in fat. It was moist and delicious, and I was able to use a whole jar of Blueberry Jam that I made last summer. The jam has a very nice flavor but an odd texture since I greatly reduced the sugar. Perhaps too much since we have about 34 jars left ...
Prep: 25 minutes (10 minutes - I have an organized baking center and that is a huge help)
Bake: 40 minutes (it was done in 44 minutes today)
- Crumb Topping (recipe follows)
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup dairy sour cream (mine was reduced fat)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 10-oz. jar strawberry or seedless raspberry spreadable fruit (I used Blueberry)
1. Grease a 9x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Mix together the Crumb Topping; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until well combined. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla and beat until mixture is smooth. Beat in flour mixture just until combined. (Batter will be thick).
3. Spread the batter into prepared pan. Spoon spreadable fruit over batter, spreading evenly. Sprinkle Crumb Topping over all.
4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 9 servings.
5. Crumb Topping: In a bowl, mix 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Stir in 1/2 cup melted butter.
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