Ellie's new favorite thing. Her tooth finally popped through and she loves feeling it!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
I really do care...
About what you all think about me...
I hesitated writing this post, because, I am not really sure who all reads this blog and it is kind of scary to put yourself out there. But, in an effort to be genuine and trying not to spend life hiding behind the fear of transparency, I'll press on...
I hate to say it, but I kind of prided myself on the idea that I didn't care. That I wasn't afraid to go against the grain, do my own thing, go against the flow. You get me? But, I realize that there is still a big part of me, even though I am in my mid-twenties (wayyyy past all that high school peer pressure, try to be cool stuff) a wife and a mom, that still worries about an image and wants people to think of me in a certain way.
I know it doesn't matter. Or at least it shouldn't matter. But, I let it. I know my identity is in the Lord and His view of me is what does matter. Yet, I am still a sinful person living in a fallen world struggling with the same old things day after day. Will I ever not really care?? Probably not.
But, for now, I'll be me (as much as I can be since I am still trying to figure out who that really is) and you be you.
Thanks for letting me get that out there. It's a bit easier to work through things when you actually stop and think about what needs working through. You feel me?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Love Christmas PJ's
Decorating her tree
Ellie loves to wear and make bracelets out of everything.
Ellie getting her first tree. I should add that it is the biggest tree ever. My idea of getting the tree is finding the biggest one in our price range color. That I did. I think it must have been tagged wrong... It takes up half the living room and drinks at least 3 cups of water a day.
Getting Christmas cards is another favorite thing! This is where they hang out!
Burlap is another favorite thing. I am obsessed with it. Want to make curtains, pillows, bed skirts out of it.
Ellie has really gotten into books. I almost teared up the other day. We were all sitting on the floor and Ellie went over, picked up this book, and flipped through every page super fast like it was no big deal. I know, I know... but she is getting so big.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
For such a happy, active, make me laugh, healthy little girl!
"More" Ellie has been learning to sign a little. This was her response after Kelly gave her her first (massive) bight of mashed potatoes.
Thankful for "firsts" (Kelly and Drew's first Thanksgiving as a family and Ellie's first ever) and for a new "brother"!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday- Spaghetti (this is one of Eric's favorites)I got this sauce recipe out of this book by Noel Piper (I just got the book and can't wait to read it right in time for the holidays.) This makes enough to freeze 2 portions.
3 lb. ground meat (We use turkey)
1 tbs. oregano, basil and garlic powder (or some fresh garlic minced)
3 tbs. dried parsley
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 large onion
1 tsp. pepper, salt to taste
2-3 bay leaves
10 drops hot sauce (doesn't make it spicy, just good!)
Brown meat and drain. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better. Remove bay leave before serving.
Tuesday- Eric's first game, I mean win :) So, no dinner.
Wednesday- Vegetable Beef Soup- This is really yummy, has tons of veggies, makes a ton, and is pretty cheap. It makes enough for dinner plus 3 freezer portions. We eat it with cornbread. Make sure you use a BIG pot
2 lb. stew beef, cubed
5 (28 oz) cans beef broth- I use beef bouillon cubes bc I think it's cheaper (6 cubes and 17 cups water)
2 (15 0z) cans of corn
28oz diced tomato w/ juice
2 cups green beans- I use fresh, frozen would work
10 oz. frozen Lima beans
2 yellow onions, chopped
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 bay leaves (take out at end)
1 T Worcestershire sauce
10 drops Tabasco
salt and pepper
2 potatoes, diced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
any other veggie you might have and want to throw in! Brown beef in skillet in EVOO. Add everything except potatoes, mushrooms, and peas. You will need a BIG pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours, until beef is tender. Add rest of ingredients. This makes plenty to freeze. I put it in freezer bags after it cools a bit.
Thursday- game night
Friday- Pounded chicken (take chicken breast, pound them flat, coat in flour, eggs, then bread crumbs (w/ whatever seasoning you like) and cook in a frying pan with EVOO and a little butter, Squash and zucchini, and sweet potato fries
Saturday- Welcome home Drew and Kelly from the honeymoon!!! Chili- Eric and Drew's favorite thing.I made this recipe up to please my husband, who hates tomato chunks...
1 lb. Ground turkey
1 bag Frozen corn
2 cups Black beans (i use the dry kind, cook them before adding to chili)
about 3 med. cans tomato sauce
a pinch of sugar
Yes, that is all. Brown the meat and cook all together. You would not believe how much Drew and Eric love it. It is good with corn bread or chips, cheese, and sour cream. Eric, well he likes to eat it over pasta...
Off to take Ellie on a walk- the weather could not be better!!!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Also, I've found some our favorite recipes off of other's blogs, so hopefully y'all will find some new ideas and things to try. To some of you, these posts will be rather dull, but hopefully you foodies will like them! So this week:
Sunday: Celebration Dinner- Eric's home! (He was in Chicago a couple of days for a wedding)
Italian Pot roast and Tortellini and veggies: This is so good and really good for a special dinner or anytime. Put mushrooms and diced onions in a crock pot. Sprinkle a chuck roast with pepper and cook in hot oil in a large skillet 2-3 minutes on each side. Put roast on top of mushrooms and onions in crock pot. Sprinkle w/ one envelope of onion soup mix. Pour one can of beef broth and one small (8 oz) can of tomato sauce over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours (I did high for about an hour and low for about 3 because I didn't have 8 hours) Take out roast and keep warm. Into the juice, stir in 3 tbsp. tomato pasts, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning. In a small bowl, mix2 tbsp. cornstarch w/ 2 tbsp. water then add to pot. Cover and cook for 40 min. on high. This makes a delicious sauce! Mix roast back in. I then cooked some tortellini. I sauteed some onions and frozen peas and mixed it with the tortellini. I topped it with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. yum!
Monday: White chili. I have never made this, but Pioneer Woman never lets me down! I'm serving it w/ corn bread.
Tuesday: Sweet friend is having me over for dinner! Night off!
Wednesday: Eat at church
Thursday: Salsa Verde chicken burritos! This is one of our favorites I stole of one of my friends blog! Put chicken pieces in a crock pot with cooked onions and garlic. Cover with salsa verde and cook on low all day. Cut up chicken and I make burritos with whole wheat tortillas, black beans, cheese, and rice. I also serve it with this salsa. Eric loves this!
Friday: BBQ chicken with roasted veggies. I dice up butternut squash, sweet potato, and broccoli and put EVOO on top, season, and roast in the oven.
Saturday: SS party- I'm going to make the pumpkin cookies I wrote about below!
For lunch: Tomato Basil Soup
Saute one onion and 2-4 garlic cloves in butter. Heat 4 cups milk, but don’t boil. Combine 1 tbsp. tomato pasts, 3 14oz. cans of diced tomato's, ¼ cup flour, salt and pepper in a food processor. Add to the milk and simmer for 15 minutes. Add fresh basil.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
There were tons of giant sunflowers everywhere. So pretty.
So we had a good time. Ellie got to go to the petting zoo and loved the mini horse, we rode a covered wagon out to the patch, picked out some pumpkins, and lugged them home. Good day! And speaking of pumpkins, I will leave you all with an amazing (if I do say so myself...) pumpkin recipe (I figure that I steal so many recipes off of other blogs, that it is time I start giving back a little :)