Friday, October 31, 2008
Jack also received a Halloween surprise in the mail from Grandma! He got a very cool car toy that shoots cars down ramps, some candy, a pumpkin cup and some cookies to decorate. He loved it all and the car toy is one of his favorite toys now. Thank you, grandma!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Anyway - here is some video of Jack laughing at this video.
And here is another one of our favorites. :)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
We've recently cut waaaaaay back on our "eating out" budget and that is a big deal for us. We enjoy eating out and sometimes eating at home just isn't as fun. But we know that we need to be good stewards of our finances...and spending $20 on mediocre food (when we could have the same meal...much healthier and tastier at home for a fraction of the cost) just isn't accomplishing that goal. I spent quite a bit of time coming up with yummy menus that we would enjoy eating...but that were also low-cost. Sometimes this feels like a horrible chore to me. I would much rather just buy what I want from the store without having to think about cost or the budget. I grumble and complain about having to watch what I spend and what store I have to spend it at. Way.Too.Often.
Back to my moment of awe - as I was unloading bags and bags of groceries, I was brought to tears by God's goodness. His grace and mercy. I've been doing a Bible study at church on the life of David and we've been talking about having a "Who am I?" moment with God. A moment when you stop and ask God, "Who am I? That you have blessed me and my family so much?" (2 Samuel 7:18) Last week we were asked to recollect a time when we've had one of those moments...and I couldn't think of anything...which made me sad...and upset that I haven't stopped enough to recognize what God has done for me. So, on Monday, God gave me one of those moments. It's such a small thing - groceries. Something we almost always take for granted. But as I watched my pantry, refrigerator and freezer get filled up I asked, "Who am I?" While there are families all over the world - in my community and across the globe - not able to provide food for their family's next meal, God has graciously given us the resources to have more food than we'll ever need. He is good!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I am trying something new this time. I came up with 2 weeks worth of dinners and I am just going to pick each day from the list. That way there isn't a meal assigned to a specific day - it just seems that it wasn't working too well that way. So, here you go!
*Crockpot Brown Sugar Chicken
*Stroganoff (with tofu instead of ground meat) with Green Beans
*Nasty Nachos (with lentils instead of ground meat)
*Red Beans & Rice
*Tuna Casserole with Garlic Bread and a veggie
*Meatloaf (with real meat!) with Crash Hot Potatoes
*Tacos (with lentils) with seasoned tater tots (like Taco John's!)
*Crockpot Chicken Soup
*Oven-baked Corn Dogs with slaw (Rachael Ray recipe from 365: No Repeats)
*Banana Pancakes with Bacon & Eggs (We had this last night, but without eggs...we were out!)
*Buffalo Chicken Wings with Fried Pickles (copycat Hooter's meal!)
*Tater Tot Casserole with Green Beans
*Veggie Burgers with Potato Wedges
Since we've been cutting out a lot of meat lately, I've been forcing myself to eat beans. It's tough! I've never liked beans (probably because of an incident in my childhood when I stuck a kidney bean up my nose...that's all we'll say about that), but they are a great replacement for meat and they're so healthy. Red beans and rice will really be a stretch for me. But it doesn't get much healthier (or more frugal!) than that.
Check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for more menus.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Monday - Chicken Pot Pie (but, with this instead of chicken....shhhhhhh)
Tuesday - Butternut Squash Soup with garlic bread
Wednesday - French Toast with eggs and fruit
Thursday - Lentil Haystacks with green beans
Friday - Homemade Pizza (Canadian bacon & pineapple) and breadsticks
Saturday - Pasta Salad of some sort
Sunday - Eat out? Please?
Don't forget to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for many many many more menus!
I am never buying pita bread from the store again! It is so easy to make it at home - and much more delicious, too!
(adapted from The Fresh Loaf)
3 cups bread flour (I'm sure all-purpose flour would work fine, too)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 packet yeast
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mix the yeast in with the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the oil and 1 1/4 cup water and mix ingredients in mixer (with dough hook). All of the ingredients should form a ball. If some of the flour will not stick to the ball, add more water. Allow mixer to knead dough for about 10 minutes. (Or you can knead by hand for same amount of time on lightly floured surface.)
When you are done kneading the dough, place it in a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and set aside to rise until it has doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.
When it has doubled in size, punch the dough and divide it into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, cover the balls with a damp kitchen towel, and let them rest for 20 minutes.
After the dough has relaxed for 20 minutes, spread a light coating of flour on a work surface and place one of the balls of dough there. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough and use a rolling pin or your hands to stretch and flatten the dough. You should be able to roll it out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. If the dough does not stretch sufficiently you can cover it with the damp towel and let it rest 5 to 10 minutes before trying again.
**As you can see from the pictures, not all of my pitas puffed up like they were "supposed to." But, they still turned out awesome. They were just more like flat-bread than the pita bread that we're used to buying at the store.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008