Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. Psalm 7:17
I have copies of hymns stashed around our home.
By the changing table.
By our bathroom sinks.
In the kitchen.
You get the idea, right?
I sing lots of hymns throughout the day.
This afternoon I was almost brought to tears when Luke started to sing with me.
During dinner tonight I told Faris he wouldn’t believe what happened today.
So right there at the table I started singing.
Luke started singing.
Faris grabbed the camera.
Luke asked for more singing.
And you get to take a peek.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
We had Sunday Easter Lunch at my parent’s house.
I have the leftovers to prove it
but not the pictures.
I think we were so hungry from our mornings at church that a photo was not even a faint idea.
I did snag this little video of Uncle J-D and Luke.
Luke found two eggs.
My favorite part—
when Luke and another little girl put their eggs in each others baskets.
My second favorite part—
when an older kid (old for Luke’s egg hunt age group that is) went around and put eggs in kid’s baskets that had less than he did.
A Pre-Egg Hunt Show
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A bottle for salad dressing making
because I want to start making all my own salad dressing.
Butterfly, snail, and ladybug pancake molds because Saturday mornings are officially “Saturday Morning Pancakes” at our house.
And on a whim I snatched up an Easter Egg Decorating Kit.
Which seemed like a fabulous idea until just about now.
I’m staring down the barrel of a busy week and decorating eggs for a kid who won’t actually care until next year doesn’t seem worth the clean-up.
So maybe I’ll just tuck this gem away until next year.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Translation: Rice with Beef and Cauliflower.
My mother-in-law makes this dish and I l o v e it
so I gave it a whirl tonight.
I rocked Makloubet Zajer and impressed myself with my flair for international cooking (beyond quesadillas and spaghetti!).
Small child and husband loved it.
As requested here is the recipe for Tajen.
(Meatballs & Vegetables in Tahineh Sauce)
For the Kafta (meatballs)
1 lb ground beef
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small bunch of parsley, about half a cup chopped
1 ¼ tsp salt or according to taste
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp allspice
A dash of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg
3 tbs vegetable oil
For the Tajen
1 medium onion
For the sauce
¾ cup tahineh
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ cups water
Preheat over to 425.
Combine the meat, crushed garlic, chopped parsley, spices and oil and mix well. Shape into round or oblong patties and set aside.
Soak the tomatoes in boiling water for a few minutes to make them easier to peel. Wash, peel and cut the vegetables, including the tomatoes, into coarse cubes. Slice the onion into thin slivers and add to the vegetables. Season with the salt and spices and transfer to a large oven-proof pan. Add the kafta (meatballs) at regular intervals. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven for one hour.
Meanwhile, prepare the tahineh sauce by mixing the tahineh with the lemon juice and water until you get a smooth runny sauce. Cook in a saucepan over low heat on the stove for a few minutes while stirring constantly. Let it simmer for three to four minutes then add to the cooked meat and vegetables mixing it thoroughly with the juices. Bake another 15 minutes in the oven uncovered and serve very hot.
You may server it with a simple green salad or with rice.
Cook’s Notes: I didn’t peel the tomatoes or the potatoes. I peeled the eggplant and zucchini leaving peel stripes. Regarding the sauce, we like it saucy around here so I added more of the tahineh and water. You want the sauce to be thin but with body. If the sauce becomes thick during baking or when reheating, just add water.
Friday, April 3, 2009
I confess that I flinched when I came to that line.
Until I filled in the blank with: President & CEO of my Household.
Reviewing my form, the perplexed woman behind the counter asked me what my occupation was.
With all seriousness and in full command, I replied “I am President & CEO of my Household.”
Told me I had made her day.
And then gave me a knowing look and proudly declared that she was too!
I’m not sure if that was before or after she told everyone in her office because they all asked me about it.
Do you think I could get some fancy official letterhead?
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Benefits to living inthemiddleofnowhere:
1. Yesterday I went to replace my lost driver’s license. I was in and out of the DMV in f i v e minutes. I handed over my passport, confirmed my address, watched adoringly as Luke charmed the DMV staff, coughed up $20, took a new picture, and was promptly handed my new license and a wish for a good day.
2. Our heat went out last week and we have been running on emergency heat. When the nice man came to diagnose our problem he arrived at the tippy top of the three hour window and when he came today to fix the problem with the part from Texas he arrived at the tippy top of the three hour window again.
Maybe living inthemiddleofnowhere is actually living in a parallel universe where service counts for something.
But don’t get the wrong idea. I haven’t gone soft on my uber love for urban dwelling. If Batman told me we were moving back to the city I’d pump my fist in the air and tell him it I can have us packed in two days flat.
P.S. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. These are real life events.
P.P.S. I’m preparing my menu arsenal to be ready for the summer fruit and produce themiddleofnowhere lovingly supplies. I was unprepared for the goodness last year but not this year!