Monthly Archives: January 2009

Good morning!

 I have been pretty busy and thought I should post my menu as otherwise i find it hard to stick to if I do not write it down and here it will never get lost. = 0 I got a whole bunch of chicken legs for .59 a pound this past week so my freezer is full of them! They make a nice lunch or dinner and it is cheaper and healthier than hot dogs.
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Wednesday:
Lasagna, carrot sticks
Thursday:
BBQ chicken legs, french fries,  apple muffins
Friday:
Potato soup, rolls, carrot and celery sticks
Saturday:
Borcht, bread
Sunday:
Taco salad, dessert
Monday:
Chicken legs, rice pilaf, salad
Tuesday:
Cream of broccoli/cauliflower soup, bread (The boys have been asking for this)<p>
I baked a large batch of bread again this week. I make part of it into loaves and then a large amount into rolls. Big and puffy ones!! The boys  really like them!  They not only eat them with meals for bread, like their papa, but they eat them for snacks with homemade jelly or peanut butter. It makes it nice to have it all done for the week and last time, the batch lasted without going moldy too! <p>
I found this new to me website that had some really cute clothes on it that were not very expensive! You should check it out!  The website is a little slow, at least on my computer, so you have to be patient.  bellissimamodestyboutique.com<p>
Yesterday I went to visit an old friend and see her new little baby. He was so adorable and round! He is the cutest little thing!  It was funny going up to see her as it feels like going back to my childhood…I spent alot of time at their house!
It was fun to see her and be around someone who knows you and likes you in spite of it!!
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Well, I think I see some blue sky outside in spite of it being cold, it is supposed to warm up in the 30’s today so maybe we will go outside for a bit!

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Orphan Trains

I have always been drawn to books about the Orphan train and right now I am in a online book club discussing a book called "Courting Miss Adelaide by Janet Dean"
It was such a fun short, historical book. Usually I tend not to like the shorter  historicals, but this one was really good. She weaves a story with romance, history, mystery, and real life issues  into this story and leaves you with a really good feeling in the end.
<p> While we have been discussing it, she shared with me a website about the orphan trains, and it was just so interesting to read about the history of them. I did not know that some of the riders of the trains were still alive.  This website was very interesting and had stories recounted there of some of the riders. www.orphantraindepot.com It even has links for things to do to use in school lessons if you wish, and true accounts of riders of the train. There are sad stories and wonderful stories!
<p> I have read alot of different books about the orphan trains and they  were I think so sad, because often the children were not really orphans, but there was not enough work in New York or Boston for all the immigrants and they did not have money to travel west to other towns, so they sent their children to hopefully find  better lives. Sadly, because they were marked then, some people treated them poorly because of the social stigma of being an orphan. Some adoptive parents treated them as slaves rather than members of the family, but yet, as some of the stories share how they rose above this and became strong pillars of society. <p>
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Menu

Well, it is a new week again and we have another week of menus to plan. I have to clean out the fridge today so hopefully we can use lots of stuff from the fridge. I realized I have a whole bunch of cottage cheese so I am going to see if any of it is good and try to use it up. I found a recipe for a cheesecake like pie with cottage cheese and I also have some roll recipes and pancakes. <p>
Wednesday: Vegetable beef soup, homemade rolls
Thursday:   Lasagna, salad
Friday:  Hamburger and french fry casserole, green beans
Saturday:   Cabbage meat dish, mashed potatoes
Sunday:  Taco salad, 
Monday:  Spanish rice skillet dish, vegetable
Tuesday:  Bierocks, mashed potatoes, salad

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I hope things go smooth this week with meals!!!

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Be ye kind to one another…..

I think most of us memorized this verse as young children, probably when we were not being kind to one of our siblings. We had a song even that we sang with the entire verse and reference. But I was stopping to think how we as adults in our society, actually remember and obey this verse. <p>
We are in a world where it is okay to say something not so nice about another person, because it is your right.  It is okay to say aloud that  your neighbor is nasty and mean, because…..well, he is!!!  But I was even thinking about saying comments that just bring another person down,  instead of lifting another person up.  How often do we really consider our words? I am guilty of this many times in the day, speaking before thinking.  Do we shame another persons choices for the way they raise their children,  the way they dress, the church they attend? <p> I know there are differences when it goes against the word of God, but I am not speaking of those, I am speaking of a matter of opinion and just thoughtless words. <p> I saw this verse when I was reading the bible about words…..
Prov. 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up  anger.

There are also these ones….
Prov. 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Prov. 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they down to the innermost parts of the belly.
<p> It is amazing how long something as simple as a few words can stay with us and wound us over and over again.
Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but  that which is good to the use of edifying,  that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
I know many times I have been wounded by others thoughtless words, in my head I know they meant nothing by it, or there have been times when I know that it was to purposely wound. Either way, I am reminded to be kind to one another, forgiven one another, whether it was on purpose or on accident. It helps me as I hope that when (not if!!) I  do the same thing and say thoughtless words that wound another, that I will be forgiven as well and they will see to overlook it. But I pray also this verse
Psalm 141:3 Set a watch. O Lord, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips. <p>
I think often as times get troubling and we can rise against one another, isolating and picking apart one another with words, or we can band together, praying together, seeking the Lord together. There may be big differences between us.  Some of us may dress different, some of us may  find ourselves in different situations with familial status,  some of us may have made some huge mistakes, but  eating and devouring one another is not a good way to overcome those, instead of that kindness, compassion and love that covers a multitude of sins is a great way to begin and pray with me that God would set a watch over our mouths is a great way to start.

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Quiet Saturday…

I really needed one too! <p> This morning we went  briefly to JC Penny to take a look at some of their sales and T. got a pair of new slippers and another shirt. The shirts were only $1.18 so we have gotten several of them!  I spent the rest of my birthday gift cards at Bath and Body works as well and think  I am set for lotion for another year!  I love their lotion!  They did not have any of one of my favorites, so I have had to try some new ones, but who knows, maybe I will find another favorite! <p> I got a box of books in the mail from the my gift certificate from my aunt as well last week, and some others in the mail that  I bought or won on blogs and  it has been fun to try to find a spare minute to curl up with a book.  I read a couple of really good books this last while, but one I read was called A Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner.  It was amazingly good, well, I really enjoyed it. It was about a  wealthy college student who  gets a job transcribing an old diary from  the time of the Salem Witch trials and it was so well written, I was just in the story the whole time…..it made me want to read more about that time period. Susan is an amazing author though! <p>
This afternoon we baked brownies and muffins. I made these really tasty apple applesauce muffins with a crumb topping on top. I figured the boys could have them for breakfast. They not only had apples in them, but the applesauce as well.  It is a good way to use up apples! I messed up my menu one day this week as I forgot to soak the beans, so today we had spaghetti  and ate today’s meal yesterday!  The boys were pretty happy though with  most of the meals this week and I have been getting hugs  because "Mom, this is the best meal ever!!"<p>
I have been having some fun doing some online searches for some books that I want to buy eventually. I have been concerned with that law they are passing Feb. 10th, so   have been worried some of the books I want to collect may not be available later.  One book that I read a long time ago, I was researching and found out the author actually wrote alot of the books in  German it looks like first.  The two I want to get is The Ark and A time for love  by Margot Isbert.  Some others are by Betty Cavanna, like  A touch of Magic & Ruffles and Drums, then  Kirsti and Julie by Helen Markley Miller, and That Jones Girl…by Elisabeth Friermood.   I would also like to find all the rest of the Gene Stratton Porter books I do not have. I have to fill that nice bookshelf in my bedroom, my mom bought me, don’t I? I am already working on it!!!<p>

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Menu

Wednesday: Chicken, potato soup with bread (I made a big pot last night and we ended up eating leftovers from the  night before so this is for tonight. I will make fresh bread though)
Thursday: Stir Fry and rice (Probably beef, broccoli and carrots)
Friday: Crockpot Salsa-chicken-and-black-bean-soup
(i am going to try this recipe and see how i like it, how many of you think I can actually stick to the recipe?)
Saturday: Potato pancakes, applesauce, sausage
Sunday: Beef tacos (meat and peppers), with toppings on corn tortillas, spanish rice (i am going to put the meat in the crockpot and the rice in the oven before church….my husband is home so it is safe.)
Monday:  Enchiladas, rice, salad
Tuesday: Beef stew, biscuits

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Hands of a Child sale

Have you ever tried lapbooking? It always looks so fun, I want to try it! Anyhow, I may finally get my chance as Hands of a child is having a big sale….read below!  Plus, if you have any questions, the owners are really nice and easy to work with!

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Trying to think of what to write…..

For some reason, it has been hard and i have opened this page up several times and not know what to write.
<p>  This morning we had a MOPS meeting on Scrapbooking and had 18 ladies who came to MOPS! the room was full and we had to increase the size of our circle!  It was fun though…..there was alot of different ages and one of the women announced her pregnancy.  She  found it humorous as she was told she was infertile  and now  has  twins ages 2.5 and a baby 1 year old and is now expecting!  There are  all sorts of women there,  and you are sure to hear stories of tired moms, toddler antics, spills, pickiness and anything else having to do with children. <p>

i volunteered to take dinner to another MOPS mom tonight and was so tired, it was hard.  i changed my meal plan last minute as i needed to use up some other things and made a chicken and stuffing casserole, salad, biscuits and apple cake.  I also sent a jar of homemade jam. i just hope she enjoyed it!  This is her third child, so she is a busy mom! i got to see the little guy and that is always fun!  The apple cake is supposed to be   healthy as it has some whole wheat flour and very little fat in it, yet it is really good and full of apples and applesauce.
I used this recipe, but I did not use the egg product, but used 2 eggs for the 1/4 c. egg product.  
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i am trying to get some organizing done this week, I think I want to start upstairs as that will go fast and do the harder rooms downstairs next.   Over the holidays, I kind of got behind so things  are making and multiplying little messes everywhere! Anyhow, with piano lessons, chess club, babysitting, science lessons, school, plus my doula  and TEACH stuff, i am busy! You think, i would be so busy I would  be too busy to get discouraged, but it has not been the case…sigh

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Menu

Wednesday: Pasta with alfredo sauce and chicken, steamed broccoli
Thursday: Homemade pizza and salad (I made this yummy pizza with spinach, mushrooms, garlic,  and green peppers for F. and I. The boys had pineapple and ham with green peppers. their sauce had spinach ground up in it) Chocolate cake (We made a Wacky cake, but we did not have enough cocoa, so we added chocolate chips. it turned out good!)
Friday: Gone for funeral-  I made leftovers on purpose for those at home
Saturday:  Roast chicken,  Baked winter squash,  baked potatoes
Sunday: Chicken and rice casserole, Spinach salad with avocado,
Monday: King Ranch Chicken casserole, salad
Tuesday: Roasted chicken vegetable soup, bread

<p> My sister was making king Ranch chicken casserole,  (which i had no idea was a real place and that there were so many varieties to it!) and we were talking about how  when we used to first make it and we had to make the tortillas first, stew the chicken, de-bone it, manage to  get cheese or make the cheese….just to make dinner!  Those are the meals that build character! <p>
We had a hard week here.  On Wed. morning   I woke up  to find  out that a good friend of ours had passed away.  It was really hard  as  it seems he took his own life.  You start to question everything about your relationship. Was there more you could have done?  The sad feeling that overwhelmed me has been incredible to handle.  I was very close to his step-daughter growing up and his wife as well (I always had friends that were my mom’s age, all my life!).  Tomorrow we are going over to the funeral and I just pray that I know what to say or not to say. Sometimes I am really good at sticking my foot in my mouth!
Let’s just hope this is not one of those times.
 I am not sure if I will be taking any pictures as  the mom is holdeman mennonite and they do not take pictures, but maybe I will take some of our melting snow now……it got uncommonly warm here and over in WA, they have  some horrible issues with it, there are places flooding, so  I hope it gets colder again! But i want the roads to be good tomorrow, so wait until after that. F. has  had some bad roads to deal with  on his bus route and that has not been fun either….<p>
if any of you ever wonder why there is a uncapitalized letter here and there, my shift key does not always work, so if I miss it……that is why!

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