Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
- The boys are back to school tomorrow.
- Chris and I are going to be completely moved out of the old shop by Tuesday.
- Then the work begins organizing the NEW shop. Oy.
- The craft boutique is this Friday and Saturday. I'm not even close to being ready.
- For some reason, Christmas music isn't pushing me over the edge this year.
- Family decided to just focus on the kids for Christmas. This is a HUGE relief.
- Winter garden is not doing so hot. Only the peas sprouted...and aren't really growing. I think I missed my winter planting window.
- We had frozen corn dogs for dinner. Yep.
- Chickens are averaging two eggs a day even in the cold weather.
That's all I got. More tomorrow...when I'm coherent!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Next is my husband. This is not the environment where he spends most of his time.
But it IS the environment where he is most himself...Yosemite.
My oldest son...Seth.
This photo encompasses many things that are important to him in life...bass, baseball, long-boarding. This photo is "him".
This was another fun photo project...thanks to Carolyn at rosenotes for hosting this challenge! Click here to see who else played along!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
6For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
As we say at my church, "God is good, all the time." And I will praise Him...all the time. I will praise Him in the good times..and in the bad. I will praise Him in times of feasting...and in times of famine. I will praise Him...even when I can't find my voice. I will praise Him, because He is good...and good to me. He has my best interest at heart. His ways are perfect...and when I follow them, follow His will for me, my ways are perfected. Not perfect. This will never be anything I could understand as long as I am here on this earth. But walking with God means that as I go, I am being "perfected". Made in His image. Becoming more and more Christ-like as I walk beside Him...listen to His still small voice...answer to His call. And when I have the opportunity, I WILL declare your name...and I WILL praise You. For you are GOOD, and Your love endures FOREVER.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
They grow on trees, like an apple. Ripen in the fall. And have the texture, in my opinion, of a firm cantaloupe. But maybe with a little extra slipperiness and then a bit of a crunch in the middle. Hard to explain. They're different...that's for sure.
The first thing you do is choose a ripe persimmon. It will be firm to the touch with a bit of give in the flesh. First step is to core the persimmon.
Then cut each half into four pieces.
Once all of your slices are peeled cut the persimmon into bite size chunks and place them in a bowl.
Drizzle them with honey. Then finish off with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
I have to admit, I had never eaten a persimmon until a few years ago. I was helping my Noni at the time a couple of days a week. I'd go over in the morning, usually right around the time Papa was making her breakfast. She had a persimmon tree in her backyard and would eat them fresh, with a squeeze of lime, with her breakfast right around this time of year. She couldn't believe I'd never had one! She insisted that I slice one up, add a little lime (the honey is my own addition) and give it a try. So I did. And I couldn't believe how tasty it was! I was sold instantly.
Mom just brought over a bag full of persimmons from Noni's tree yesterday. Noni would be glad that they're going to be enjoyed. I wish she were here to share one with me. Isn't it funny the things that make us think of loved ones?
Persimmons are different...but that's one of the things I like about them. Not to mention, they are full of healthy goodness. Persimmons contain twice as much fiber as apples and help to keep your heart healthy. Persimmons also contain antioxidants and are good source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron. (There's that iron thing again. Which has been much better since I've been eating oatmeal every morning. Who knew?)
Anyway, if you have a chance to try a persimmon, I would recommend it. They can be made into bread and added to salads, too, so I read. But I like them fresh...and lime-y. And the bonus? They're good and good for you.
Looking ahead, I decided to make a few extras pieces of chicken to use in the next night's dinner. I wrapped them in foil and popped them in the fridge.
Well, yesterday turned out to be a long, busy day. Not anything major or earth-shattering...just busy. Life, kids, business, errands, pets, laundry, the usual. Then, of course, dinner needed to be prepared. The one saving grace was knowing that a big part of it was done for me...grilled chicken. I looked in the fridge to see what else I had to work with...and this is what I came up with...
...and this is how I did it. SO easy.
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Pasta in Bechamel Sauce with Cubed Roasted Chicken
1/2 stick of butter
4 T flour (more or less, see how your roux looks, adjust accordingly)
1 c. half and half (more or less depending on the consistency of your sauce)
dash Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1 box bow tie pasta, cooked and drained (the pic shows elbows...the bow tie box was alrady recycled! But you can use your favorite pasta)
2 grilled chicken breasts, cubed
fresh parsley, chopped (optional) (I used it because it came in my CSA box, otherwise it never would have happened!)
Cook your pasta according to the directions for the least amount of time so it stays a bit al dente. It will cook more in the sauce and you don't want it mushy. Drain your pasta and set aside in the strainer. Using the same pot that cooked the pasta in melt your butter on medium heat. Once it is all melted, add in your flour, whisking to make sure there are no lumps. Add in your half and half, continuing to whisk and making sure to get all of your roux up from the bottom of the pan. Season with nutmeg, salt pepper, lower heat and let thicken. Stir often. Once your sauce is to your desired thickness (I like mine a bit more on the saucy, creamy side) add in your cubed chicken and warm through. Then add in your pasta. Stir well to make sure all pieces are coated nicely with the sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve! I made some sauteed broccoli with garlic and red pepper flakes and served warm french bread on the side. It got rave reviews from everyone...Ian even said it was "fine" and he's not a past kinda guy! This is a great way to use leftovers...without anyone even knowing that they're eating leftovers!
Hope you like it! We did...so much so Chris and I are eating it for lunch today!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
* * * * * * * * * * * *The family is gone again today...day two of the baseball tourney. They left at 6:30am...and I've been sipping coffee and reading blogs since. Well, after I got a load of laundry going, that is. My plans for the day are...do laundry, make art, take pictures, cook a good dinner. I don't know what yet. But whatever it is...it's going to be good. And it's going to include kale, new potatoes and onions...all from the CSA. It's been such a busy week we haven't eaten much but some apples and the mandarins. The timer just buzzed...oatmeal must be ready. It's a special blend my Aunt Lisa shared with me...and it is SO good. She read on my blog that I was craving iron and she showed up at my work with a Mason jar full of her special oatmeal. Thanks Aunt Lisa! Time for breakfast!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I'm reading blogs and sipping coffee.
Must shower soon.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
2 My slanderers pursue me all day long;
3 When I am afraid,
11 in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
This morning was a 5-minute morning. I woke up late. But God has no time limits...thank goodness.
I am continuing to focus on trusting God. And I am realizing that this is going to be an ongoing thing...a daily thing..and even a moment by moment thing. Circumstances arise. And I react. I admit sadly, turning to God is not always my first reaction. My first reaction, on many occasions, is "freak out" or "get angry" or "shrivel". I'm learning to turn to God sooner and sooner as time goes by. But...some situations just seem to take over. And I lose it.
But then I read something like Psalm 56. And I get to the bottom...and I read verse 13...
For you have delivered me from death
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I immediately ran for my camera. Isn't that what everyone does when the CSA arrives?
As you can see, the box was full of fresh, local, organic goodness. Inside was kale (now's my chance to have a crack at this!)...red onions...mandarins...apples (that look beautiful)...new potatoes...a head of romaine...a bouquet of parsley...and a beautiful butternut squash. So exciting.
Originally I thought I was going to receive some leeks, also. And I even made plans to USE said leeks on Friday. I was going to take them to my aunt's house so she could show me how to make potato leek soup. But...now...I'm thinking I'm buying some leeks. Darn.
I am so pleased with everything I received. I love butternut squash and use Ina Garten's recipe for Pumpkin Squash soup...it is so yummy. And easy. Mmmm...I can't wait to make it! The new potatoes will be roasted with red onion and fresh parsley...maybe a bit of rosemary. The apple and mandarins will be eaten raw...perfect. Romaine...Caesar salad, of course. And the kale...well, I'm not quite sure. I think this new addition to my diet will require a visit to recipezaar.com. I'm having a feeling I may be the only one liking the greens...but we'll see.
I'll let you know what I come up! And if you have any recipes you'd like to share please do! I am always open to a new recipe!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Congratulations!! You won the Grace for the Moment Daily Bible by Max Lucado!
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Thank you to all who commented. I enjoyed reading your stories of either growing up in church...or not. Personally, I did not. My mom did take my little brother and I for a time to a Lutheran church when I was little. I still have a couple of the crafts we made in Sunday School tucked away in my little red bible with my name engraved on the front. I think I have a little "Jesus loves me" pin around here somewhere, too.
The great thing is...whether we grew up in church or came to know Him later in life...bottom line is we KNOW Him. And better yet...HE knows us! And had a plan for us all along...God is so good.
Enjoy your new bible Beegirl! I think you're gonna love it! (It'll ship Monday.)
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ps...sorry for the delay in posting this. We had no internet at the office today...so everything I planned to do there didn't get done! And the winner was chosen using a very technical program: eight people entered to win, I ran outside where my husband was talking to our neighbor about guitars and said, "Hey! Pick a number between 1 and 8!" They both blurted out, "Seven!". Done!
Commenter #7 it is...Beegirl!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
6 And you will be called priests of the LORD,
10 I delight greatly in the LORD;
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
But...there is such a thing as fall and winter gardening, come to find out. Who knew? I decided to give it a try.
I cleaned up the garden yesterday.
This...is a cold frame.
Chris built it for me when we first moved into our house...12 years ago. I had grand ideas of what this little house would be...and a big part of that was going to be a nicely landscaped backyard, to include a beautiful vegetable garden.
Well, life happened. And continued to happen. And before we knew it...12 years had passed and still no backyard landscape. I did try a garden here and there...feeble attempts every other year or so. But nothing that really ever took off. And I never used the cold frame either..notice it still has no lid.
Well, that's gonna change. Chris has some Plexiglas at the shop that might fit the top of the cold frame. It should be easy enough to frame the "glass" in and hinge it to the top of the cold frame. And voila! One more tool to use in the garden!
And I have the perfect spot for it...right where the compost heap is now.
Right in front of the ladder...that was home to the birdhouse gourd vine just a few months ago...is the compost pile. See the stringy bean plants and a pile of dryer lint? I'm going to move that further back and then put the cold frame right there. It's the perfect spot...or at least the spot that makes the most sense in my small garden. It gets sunlight and a bit of shade...so I'm thinking it will be ideal. We'll see...I've never used a cold frame before...so it will be something new to learn for the coming season.
I thought I was too late for a winter garden...and I may be for some of these things. But if nothing else, it's breaking the ice for me. If I do it now...and try just a little something here and there...it gives me more experience and more confidence for next year. Which I'm already planning by the way. Gardening. It's contagious!