Friday, February 27, 2009
-Lent began on Wednesday and to guide my heart and mind during this time I bought Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross by Nancy Guthrie. I've only read a few of the entries thus far, but it is thick spiritual truth that is exactly what I need to be thinking about right now. I highly recommend it!
- I tried a new recipe this week and it was a hit all around. Tilapia with Roasted Corn was a winner- cheap, healthy and SO easy. Dinner was done in less then 20 minutes. Cale is still talking about how good it was!
-Remember my lament about winter's never-ending-ness the other day? Well, my purse from Tippy Thai finally arrived in the mail this week and just begs to be used under sunny spring skies. I love it and can't wait to use it!
-And a favorite picture from this past week to finish things off.
Me and my favorite new guy!
That's all I've got for now. Happy weekend!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I'm ready for warmer breezes reviving our winter-logged house and blue skies that beckon us outside. I am craving long walks on the bike trail and conversations that get picked up right where we left them while we walk. I am ready to get my hands dirty and my feet muddy as we labor to revive our yard and coax plants to grow. I can already hear Haven's squeals of delight as she terrorizes the neighborhood on her trike.
The weather today is a tease; after all, it is still February. But it reminds me of what's to come and that's always a good thing.
Friday, February 20, 2009
In efforts to eat healthier and save some cash we've taken to packing our meals when we hit the road. Tonight's dinner will be consumed while we speed towards Cleveland. I decided to keep it simple and make turkey wraps. Why am I telling you this? Because I have a secret weapon on my turkey wraps; roasted red pepper mayo. And it could not be simpler! I have a mini food processor that I make mine in, but you can use any food processor or even blender to make it. I usually do 2-3 Tbs mayo and half a pepper with a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper and that is enough for 2 sandwiches and leaves us with enough leftovers for another one. It's great on wraps and paninis and just dresses up a plain old turkey sandwich in a delightful way. It's a great fake-out and will impress anyone you serve it to. (I promise! This has happened to me on several occasions!)
Today, I had a plethora of red peppers so I roasted my own following this easy method. And let me just mention that I am loving this new-to-me site. I must also mention that I have a small problem with peppers, hence the plethora of them in my fridge. I did a breakdown of my grocery spending for January last week and would you believe me if I told you I bought 27 peppers last month? Does that seem excessive to anyone besides me?!! In my defense, I took veggie trays to 2 different parties in January, but that only accounts for about 6. That means Cale and I consumed more then 20 peppers last month. Whoa. At least they are good for you!
I've got to go finish packing that car picnic and get the car loaded so we can hit the road as soon as Cale gets home. I've got someone very important to meet tonight!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It's certainly not the Colorado mountains, but there is a small ski resort in western New York not far from where I grew up. Cale was given a gift certificate for Christmas so he could go skiing. We managed to beat the system though and through a Sports Day at my mom's school he managed to get 2 days of skiing in with minimal out of pocket expense. And because we were being so thrifty with Cale's skiing we decided to spend the extra money so Haven could go, too. She was free to ski, but we had to pay to rent her teeny tiny skis (which I think are SO adorable!).
Getting suited up to hit the slopes
Haven loved it! With a little help from a ski instructor, Cale and Haven were able to get the hang of skiing together pretty quickly. The skied next to each other with Cale holding the poles horizontally in front of him with Haven holding on. She would have gone all day if we'd let her, but it was very cold and wet and Cale's back could only hunch over for so long.
Seriously- are these tiny skis not the cutest?!
So now I have a budding new skier on my hands and her father who is already plotting how we can get ourselves to Colorado for some more skiing! (And lodge sitting for me!)
Monday, February 16, 2009
Hopefully I will be back tomorrow when I don't have to wear gloves to type!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Chocolate chip pancakes to start the day per the birthday girl's request
One of her many gifts- a Princess game for her new LeapPad
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I'm not sure where the last three years have gone. Days filled with changing diapers, endless feedings and sleeplessness have given way to dress-up, art projects and reading books. And we've been everywhere in between. The first smile and laugh. (Now she's a comedian and lives to make others smile and laugh.) The joy of learning to walk. (Now she runs everywhere and is always being told to slow down!) The first real foods. (She's a born carnivore and will take meat anything over whatever else you're offering!) The magical first and second and thirtieth words. (Now it's paragraphs with barely a breath in between telling me what we should do, when we should do and how it can get done.)
One thing hasn't changed though; I'm still in awe of my daughter. Three years of watching this amazing little girl grow and develop. She is total joy. Today, I'm especially thankful that she's mine.