Friday, August 28, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
We had a great weekend helping with and attending a wedding of a dear childhood friend!! It was gorgeous. She was lovely. The weather was amazing! Praise God!
On to this week now...I have two or three things on my calendar each day this week. Bleh. And I have a few other things such as grocery shopping and filling out my employee information at school that need to be squeezed in. Oh, this year to work at the college I have to be fingerprinted. Ha. That should be fun. I have never done that before.
In the midst of errands and craziness this morning we stopped to visit our favorite construction site. I never want to be too busy to enjoy the little things in life. God has given me such an amazing life and I want to live it to the fullest.
I have been thinking a lot about a challenge that was given by one of our missionaries. He said, "God gives great energy to those who work for his kingdom." So far, I have to agree with that. My kids have been sick off and on for the last month or so (aka not sleeping well at night) and yet I have not felt exhausted in the midst of all these ESL preparations. I should be. I am not sure where I am going with that and I don't have time to hash it out right now. I guess what I would say would be, don't be afraid to take risks for God's kingdom. If you feel called to do something he will provide. He is more than enough.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
I just finished making 200 cookies for a sweet friend's wedding this weekend. That would have been super quick, but they each required 5 almonds placed in a circle. 1000 almonds later... One thousand almonds... I am exhausted, but so happy to have been able to contribute to the wedding. :)
I said, "why is the bowl sad?" And then looked and he had somehow managed to crack my giant green plastic bowl which I use to make granola and caramel corn. I guess I'll be looking for something new to mix large portions. I could use my 10 quart pot. It has been a good run plastic bowls. There are 2 of 5 left. I gave away two of the smaller ones because I never used them. I kept the largest two and the smallest one. They are good baby toys most of the time...
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
My umbrella stroller ripped all the way down one side seam. Warren almost fell out.
I am a list person.
These are two of my four sheets that I have going for ESL. And I just realized something I thought was being done isn't being done, so I will most likely be adding a fifth sheet.
But the good news is, all of this needs to be done before the first night of class in mid-September. Once class starts my life will be less busy.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Risotto is my new favorite food. I have been on a risotto kick for a few weeks now. I really like brown rice risotto, but today I used arborio to make it quicker.
Friday, August 14, 2015
I had a flat on the way back from trying to return my peaches. Thankfully, my parents were on the way to the gym (near my house) and stopped to help me.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Monday afternoon, after the gym and the grocery store and the construction, Warren started a fever (of a scary 103 degrees). Thankfully, he was relatively happy. Jared had a haircut and a meeting at church. So, we didn't see him all day.
Today, Warren woke up congested, but not burning up! Hooray. Unfortunately, I woke up congested. Oh well, that comes with having kids.
Did I mention that he pulls up to standing in his crib now? When he does it at night while Martin is awake, Martin yells, "mom! Baby standing up!"
Tuesday, we helped stuff 120 backpacks for a school nearby. Those are my cheat sheets for what goes in each backpack. Why is each grade just slightly different? I am do thankful for the people that came out to help stuff backpacks. They worked really hard and were so cheerful. We finished in under an hour! It was great.
Wednesday the boys had well check ups (even though one of them wasn't well). It went extremely smoothly! I didn't know what to expect. Last time we had to wait over an hour and it ended with Martin collapsing in a fit of tears when the doctor would ask him to do anything. He kept begging, "please, go home!!"
Things I am thankful for:
1. That my kids are relatively healthy.
2. That our doctor visit went way more smoothly than last time.
3. That So many people showed up to help stuff backpacks.
4. For my new ATK cookbook, which you should buy. I made amazing risotto, orange chicken, and salmon out of it last week.
5. That the weather has been cooler. Come on Fall!
6. That peach season is so long.
7. For tea
8. For Psalm 69 that was just what I needed last night. I am looking forward to hearing it preached Sunday night.
9. For a washing machine and dryer
10. For a dishwasher
11. For odd numbers. I have always liked them better than even numbers.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Friday, August 07, 2015
I tried two new recipes last night from my new cookbook, chicken molè and chocolate cookies. They were both delicious and quick! The chocolate cookies were fudgy with little pockets of melted chocolate that burst in your mouth as you ate them.
I am trying one or two more out tonight for dinner (maple orange glazed chicken and broccoli & red pepper stir fry).
You should probably buy a copy while it is still on sale. :) It doesn't explain any of the science behind the recipes. So, if you are looking for a cookbook that makes you a better cook I suggest subscribing to their magazine (the lack of ads is so refreshing) or purchasing their The New Best Recipe. Warning: it is all in black and white with few pictures of anything. This one is more user friendly and has a lot of colored photos throughout. I think they are both worthy additions to your cookbook collection, but especially this one because it is on sale.
I love America's Test Kitchen because they do everything excellently. I respect that. The first few pages summarize their favorite kitchen equipment. So far I only own the chef knife, but as my kitchen items break I hope to replace them (I am looking at you blender, measuring cups, whisk, and cookie sheets). I wish I had had that list when I registered.
Have you tried any new recipes lately? What inspires you to try something new?
Thursday, August 06, 2015
One I don't like and one I LOVE!!
Ugh. Everytime I find a Martha Stewart living in my mailbox I have a sense of hope that there might possibly, maybe, hopefully be something, anything, useful in it. There NEVER is!! I am so glad I signed up for a free subscription because I would be mad if I had paid for it.
I did the calculations this time of how many ads are in the magazine, as you can see scrawled on one of the full page ads that I ripped out. Out of 66 pages there are 13 full page ads (ads on both sides of the page) and 26 half page (ads on one side, pictures or story on the other side). That is 39 percent ofthe magazine.
The second item I LOVE! It came in the mail yesterday. I ordered it a week ago when it was on sale at the America's Test Kitchen store for ONLY $10. This cookbook has 750 recipes that take 45 minutes or fewer to make! I am so excited about many of them. This will greatly help on those evenings when I am busy all day and just want to let my family eat oatmeal for dinner. :) I will let you know how some of them goes as I try them.
If they are still on sale I suggest buying a copy. They are normally $35.99.
My favorite blogger posted a recipe from the cookbook and a link to the sale last week. I tried the recipe. You should too. It is so easy. We had the leftovers in burritos the next day. It was delicious.
When the weather is hot and muggy around here, I dream of Camden or the mountains somewhere. It has been in the 90s for the last two weeks. I am ready for some cooler days.
Do you check the weather in any other cities? I check Camden and DC (because I went to college there).
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Guess where I was at 6am on a Saturday? We were going to wake up at 4:30am to leave by 5, but Warren had other plans and woke up at 3:51am. Oh, well! It was a lovely morning. We met my sister and Michelle to watch 14 balloons. Martin has been asking every since to go see some more balloons. Maybe is a few years, buddy. I can only get up so early so often.