Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall happenings

I've started teaching zumba again. just 3x a week, but Andy gets to be Mr. Mom for a couple of hours, cloth diapers and all. Here's a picture of a fateful walk, you know the kind. Baby falls asleep before they should, wakes up before they should, wants to eat before they should. Andy decided no more walks after that.


















If you're looking for a great apologetics book, look no further. Get it, read it, and discuss with a friend. What better fall activity than conversation?
Here's a great vegetarian recipe for the crock pot I found in Real Simple that was a crowd pleaser. We served it over barley and Andy, one of the biggest carnivores I know, loved it. Hope you enjoy!
Serves 6 Hands-On Time: 15m Total Time: 7hr 30m
Ingredients
4 large carrots, diagonally sliced into 2-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
1 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained
Directions
1.Combine the carrots, turnips, onion, garlic, tomatoes (with their liquid), broth, salt, cumin, and pepper flakes in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 6 hours, or on high for 3 hours.
2.Add the zucchini and chickpeas and cook 1 hour longer on low

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Embrace it.

Our math sheets were a little crude today.

















We are dumbing down homeschooling as to avoid this.




Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Could it be?

Yup, I think that some creative ideas are starting to bud for my favorite time of year and my favorite people. This year's homemade Christmas is sure to be better than last year's. We're veterans now. Uncle Kurt will not be receiving one size 14 and one size 9 slippers from me this year. He'll be receiving a lump of coal because of his bad attitude, jk. Veterans don't make mistakes like that. No, I think everyone will be very pleased.

















One of my favorite things about this time of year is the baking that goes along with it. Who am I kidding I am always up for a baked good. In yesterday's cooking class we made these and there's one left. They are great in the afternoon with a cup of tea, and a game of uno.



Molasses Cookies

1 cup sugar 2 cups flour
3/4 cup softened butter 2tsp baking soda
1/4 cup molasses 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg 1/2tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger

In a large bowl combine sugar, butter, molasses and egg. Blend well. Stir in remaining ingredients and blend well. Chill dough for easier handling. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Heat oven to 375. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, roll balls in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The wedding of the year.

For us at least. We have been preparing for Andy's brother's wedding for a good 2 years, so you can imagine the anticipation. We also thought of it a lot due to the fact that 4 out of 5 of us had active roles in the ceremony. God is so good! To say I was nervous about this was an understatement. Let me name a few fears and how God provided.
1. Newborn would cry through entire weekend. He didn't. He stayed on schedule and happy.
When the sang the 'Hallelujah Chorus' I took it personally... Amen
2. Feeding a newborn while being in a bridesmaid dress and having lots of places to be. We'll just say it all worked out.
3. Who would take care of the girls during the ceremony? I think they must have thought the statues all over the Catholic Church were watching them. They were great and on their own. Are we tired? Yes, but a good, had a great time with people we love, tired. So enough talk here are the pics in no particular order. Oh I tried to put them in order, but me and technology don't get along so well.










































Sunday, October 4, 2009

Teaser of things to come.

We are in the midst of Andy's brother's wedding mayhem. I am going to be posting way too many pictures, but check out one of the guests. He gave us a surprise performance.

video

That's Andy's sister and brother-in-law displaying sweet moves. More to come.