Recap (2015.08.08)

Sunday, August 9th, 2015 at 7:26 pm

In my spirit:

  • Doing lots of crying over the mystery of salvation this week – as I read to Tirzah Mae from The Jesus Storybook Bible, as I listen to Keith Green’s “Prodigal Son Suite”, as I read Titus 3:4-7

In the living room:

  • This week’s busyness has meant I skipped exercise three days in a row! Oh my! But the important thing is to not let the break keep me from continuing on.
  • I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness, that even on the busiest of days, what needs to get done still manages to get done.
  • Friday night, we watched clips from the Republican primary debate – groan. I’m already ready for this election cycle to be over.

In the kitchen:

  • I continue to enjoy making quick breads with my sourdough starter – this week, it’s banana nut bread using last week’s leftover bananas and another version of lemon zucchini bread (this one with blueberries).
  • I made a roasted garlic white bean/chicken chili from Melissa d’Arabian’s Ten Dollar Dinners for dinner on Sunday, modifying it for the crockpot. I think I’ll make a few adjustments in the future, but it was generally a good recipe.
  • Fajitas are a fun meal and can be a pretty healthy option – especially if you choose corn tortillas (whole grain!), make your own seasoning for the meat (skip the salt!), use lots of peppers and onions (I like to use colored peppers in addition to green), and go light on the cheese and sour cream (Salsa, on the other hand? It’s vegetables!) We enjoyed some chicken fajitas and watermelon on Monday.
  • I made this Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion, and Potato Hash for supper after grocery shopping on Thursday – it was easy as promised, but seemed a little bland. We’ll probably try it again but maybe add some garlic and some cayenne pepper or something similar to add some oomph.
  • I love one-pot dinners and this One-pot Spicy Chicken Riggies is one we’ve enjoyed before. I use whole wheat pasta and serve it with veggies on the side. (You can also make it with half and half instead of heavy whipping cream and skip the butter to lighten it up a bit.)

In the nursery:

  • This week is a week for talking – Tirzah Mae’s been jabbering regularly throughout the day (as opposed to just a couple times a day) and thinks that trying to outvolume someone else while matching pitch is Hi.larious. Like, laugh out loud until you fall over hilarious. And then start again. (She might be her mother’s daughter :-P)

In the craft room:

  • We put together a bulletin board for Sunday School. That counts, right?

In the garden:

  • My tomatoes are ripening! We ate the first batch in BLTs for lunch today.
  • I didn’t check the garden for a day, and when I returned, there were enormous slicing-size cucumbers on my trellis (I grow the pickling sort) – yet they were delicious!

On the land:

  • We heard back from the appraiser – and the appraised value of the house once it’s built will be equal to the amount we’re paying to build it! We were a little worried since we’ll be paying extra to build an unfinished space above the house that can be later finished into a 16×35 foot school room.
  • We spent yesterday dismantling a shed so we’ll be ready to break ground as soon as the loan comes through.

Reader Comments (2):

  1. Barbara H. says:

    The nursery activities brought a smile to my face. :-)

    That was probably one of the worst debates I have ever seen, especially due to the types of questions that were asked. I’ll like it better when it gets down to a few and they can have the more traditional answering and rebutting of the same questions instead of different “gotcha” questions individually.

  2. Laughing until you fall over hilarious in a baby is….hilarious. :D

    Your “on the land” news is exciting!!

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