Thursday, August 14, 2014

MENU: 8/14/14 - 8/20/14

We tried a couple new recipes that are worth sharing.

* ginger lime dressing - I used this on a random salad that I won't make again, but the dressing was tasty.

* blackberry peach cobbler - Some neighbors gave us fresh peaches and we have blackberries in our yard, so I looked up recipes that called for both things and ended up making this delicious dessert one night.

BREAKFASTS
* doughnuts (we have these at church, though we always have some dry roasted almondsfruit, and/or cottage cheese at home or on the road first)
* oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, peanut butter, maple almond butter, raisins, dried cranberries, fruit, huh-koe-pee milk, and/or energy mix as optional toppings/yogurt, fruit, & spinach smoothies x3
* egg, potato (I often bake an oven rack's worth once a week and pop them in the fridge for breakfasts,other times I dice them right before cooking), & spinach or kale scramble x2
* coconut almond muffins/yogurt, fruit, and spinach smoothies

DINNERS
* leftovers
* tacos (seasoned meat, crockpot beans from the freezer, and some other toppings served in a tortilla, bowl, or over a pile of greens) 
* cheese tortellini with sausage and spinach (crockpot)/peas & corn
* garlic quinoa with parmesan/roasted squash
* tuna couscous salad (I'll use quinoa instead of couscous)
lentils & rice/roasted cabbage with lemon
* pizza, Dad's treat

SNACKS & DESSERTS
* produce 
* nuts - pistachios & dry roasted almonds
* popcorn (kernels from the Winco bulk department & a West Bend Stir Crazy to pop them in)
* Tam's granola (crockpot)
kale chips
Nantucket cranberry pie (skipped this last week because of the spontaneous blackberry peach cobbler)
* cupcakes


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8/14/14 - THANKFUL THURSDAY

I'm thankful for a friendly mail carrier that gives a little honk when she drives away from our house if Naomi doesn't run out to get the mail delivered right into her hand.

What's something that you're thankful for?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

8/13/14 - WORTH REPEATING


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Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting.

~ Dr. Germaine Greer (I'm pretty sure he made up the word "unorgastic", but that's fine.)


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Which brought me to to this realization: mothers (and the world in general) would be so much better off if we could just, for one stinking minute, step off of the soapboxes of our own conviction and realize that the women around us who have chosen differently aren't idiots, they've just come to different conclusions after looking under the same rocks.

~ Heather Schwarzen in Let's Just Assume ... at To Sow a Seed


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The reason these people do not want to see a fat body in a bikini is because traditionally, that garment is something a woman earns by proving herself attractive enough to exist. 

~ Jenny Trout in I Wore a Bikini and Nothing Happened at Huffington Post


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There are a lot of things that we pass on to our kids, good and bad. Most days I don't get it right. But on that night I know I got the end right. And I hope on that night my kids will remember how we just enjoyed ourselves and forgot about all the rest.

If your day didn't go as planned I hope that you can find a way to lick the bowl. 


~ Mandy in Did You Lick the Bowl Today? at The Craziness That is the Eby Family


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Sadly, I've noticed many Christians not blooming. It might not be apparent from the outside: they seem successful and doing well, but emotionally or spiritually they are not blooming. Instead, they are pining.

Pining for a different place.

Pining for a different situations.

Pining for a different ... whatever.



I don't want to fight the Lord's plan. I don't want to be self-focused, missing the beauty of God's plan for me. I don't want my heart to be elsewhere, but with God's heart.

That means I need to focus on His will. 

And that my heart needs to rejoice in it, not pine for a different one.

~ Mindy Brouse in Bloom Where You're Planted, Don't Just Live at Grateful for Grace

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Monday, August 11, 2014

NAOMI'S BIRTHDAY - 2014

Seven years ago I stood on my front steps and watched a friend take Silas and Devon to their family's house for the night. It was Tim's birthday, but we weren't getting some romantic time away from kids. Instead I was feeling the contractions I'd been having for several hours kick up a few notches and feeling grateful for another friend who was going to take Silas to a wedding he was in that evening, one that Tim and I were clearly not going to be able to attend. A few hours later I finished the easiest and fastest labor I've ever had, delivered the first female little W, and created our family's second double birthday. I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to give Tim a better birthday gift.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

MAN BITES DOG & FAMILY EATS DESSERT

My dad and Debra gave me a new card game for my birthday and somehow we've managed to go six weeks or so without playing it. We finally had a night with everyone home, so we busted it out and had a great time. It's called Man Bites Dog and the point of the game is to come up with headlines that earn more points than your opponents' headlines. Here's what our table looks like when we play.


And here's an example of one the headlines Tim came up with.


We had popped a cobbler in the oven earlier in the evening and it finished baking while we were playing. I spontaneously tried a new recipe, blackberry peach cobbler, with some peaches the neighbors gave us and blackberries from our yard.


Looks good, doesn't it?! By the time Devon won, I mean by the time we finished the game the cobbler was at the perfect temperature for scarfing. So we scarfed.


It was delicious! Summer is winding down, but we've rarely all been home at the same time, so it was nice for Tim to have a Saturday off, the kids not to have any plans, and to just have a mellow evening at home with a fun game and good food.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

NOT RUNNING & BITING ... OR RUNNING AND NOT BITING

Let's talk about running first.

So, remember that day when I announced that Devon and I had done C25K behind everyone's backs? And I said we were going to keep running? Well, someone sent us money to buy Devon new running shoes, which was a huge blessing, and we ran another 3-4 times. Then we quit.

I had a little bit of leg pain during our runs when we first started the program and by the time we quit it was incredibly painful all day long. I just needed a break. Plus, Devon was at camp for a few days, Tim usually doesn't get home from work until after dark (he'd stay home with the kids), and Silas was gone as a camper and counselor for almost two weeks (he watches the sibs if Tim's not home). Between my leg pain, Devon's brief absence, and a lack of childcare, we didn't go running for three weeks. Three weeks! 

We started up again tonight and we've obviously lost some endurance, but we'll be back in the swing of things soon. We were running three miles when we quit and we only walked 1/5 of a mile out of tonight's three mile route. Not too shabby for rookie runners who just took a few weeks off!

One of the running gurus I know invited me to train for a holiday half and offered to comp me a ticket, so I told her about my leg pain. I'm guessing it's an arch support issue and after hearing a description of what my symptoms are she made some shoe recommendations. I'm going to get a new pair this weekend, but I didn't want to wait any longer to get back to running, which is why we went tonight. I don't know if I'll do the half or not, simply because of the time involved for training, but we'll see. It would be good to have a new goal, I suppose. 

Anyway, all that to say, we ran, we quit, we're running again. Whether or not I do the half, the goal for Devon and I is to simply increase our speed on our three mile runs. And because he's my son and loves ice cream, I'll reward him with Cold Stone, thanks to gift cards, when he can run a ten minute mile.

And now let's talk about biting.

This is what Naomi's nails have looked like for the last several years.


She bites them so low! 

One day I saw a post a friend made on the Facebook page of another friend. It was a picture of her daughter's nails, nails that were growing out for the first time in years. She told me about a polish they were using, Hoof Stop the Bite, and offered some to us. Oh my! It tastes horrible!! We've applied one coat every day or two and Naomi hasn't bitten her nails in eight days.  

Here's what her nails looked like today.


Her nails aren't long, but they're longer and she actually has whites!!! My friend had told Naomi that when she had visible whites, that she would take Naomi out for a manicure. Naomi didn't even know what a manicure was at that point, but now she does. She's going on Sunday and is absolutely giddy! I'm so thankful that Naomi's nail-biting days are over and even more thankful for people who go out of their way to help the little Ws and celebrate accomplishments with them.


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

MENU: 8/7/14 - 8/13/14

I don't have any new recipes this time around, so we'll get straight to the menu.

BREAKFASTS
* doughnuts (we have these at church, though we always have some dry roasted almondsfruit, and/or cottage cheese at home or on the road first)
* oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, peanut butter, maple almond butter, raisins, dried cranberries, fruit, huh-koe-pee milk, and/or energy mix as optional toppings/yogurt, fruit, & spinach smoothies x3
* egg, potato (I often bake an oven rack's worth once a week and pop them in the fridge for breakfasts,other times I dice them right before cooking), & spinach or kale scramble x2
* toasted coconut & pineapple granola as cold cereal or over yogurt

DINNERS
* leftovers
* tacos (seasoned meat, crockpot beans from the freezer, and some other toppings served in a tortilla, bowl, or over a pile of greens) 
* teriyaki chicken (crockpot)/sauteed squash/rice
* rice, kale, & eggs/roasted beets
* Cheetos/sausage balls with homemade Bisquick/grapes (Naomi's birthday dinner)
* steak salad/sourdough toast
lentils & rice/sauteed squash

SNACKS & DESSERTS
* produce 
* nuts - pistachios & dry roasted almonds
* popcorn (kernels from the Winco bulk department & a West Bend Stir Crazy to pop them in)
* Nantucket cranberry pie 
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