Monday, December 29, 2008

Weekly Menu

L~Turkey Sammies



B~Peach Crisp
L~Top Ramen


L~Turkey sammies

B~Bread and Fruit
D~Home Group

Soup's on!

It's a great day for soup. My all time favorite soup is Olive Gardens' Minestrone. My friend found a recipe that is a close second.

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup by Todd Wilbur


* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 cup minced white onion (about 1 small onion)
* 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
* 1/2 cup frozen cut italian green beans
* 1/4 cup minced celery (about 1/2 stalk)
* 4 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
* 4 cups vegetable broth (Swanson is good *note: Do not use chicken broth!*)
* 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained
* 2 (15 ounce) cans small white beans or great northern beans, drained
* 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
* 1/2 cup carrot, julienned or shredded
* 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
* 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
* 3 cups hot water
* 4 cups fresh baby spinach
* 1/2 cup small shell pasta


1.Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
2.Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
3.Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.
4.Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
5.Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
6. Makes about eight 1 1/2 cup servings.

This is the last day my in-laws are here and it has decided to snow,and I'm sure the kids are going to request a redneck sled ride.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, unto the City of David which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David)
to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, who was great with child.
And so it was that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!"
And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
And all those who heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His name was called JESUS, who was so named by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
And when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
(as it is written in the law of the Lord: "Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord"),
Luke 2:4-23

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Love it!

I have always had a frugal mind, but not always acting on it. I found this great blog about living simply. Gardening, preserving, making do or do without(as my friend Tara says). It's a great read and very inspirational. If you are looking toward living simply go check it out! My ultimate goal would be debt free, but my husband isn't quite there yet. I think I'll try her soft approach*U*.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's Cold Out There!!

Here in Eastern WA we are having a cold snap. The nights are negative temps and the days are in the low teens, except for today. We've been keeping the kids indoors for the most part. They did get out before it got really cold and got to sled and build snow forts. We have snow in the forcast for at least a week, I hope both sets of parents don't freeze when they come to visit!

Rob and the kids building a snow fort.

cheesy smiles! .

The poor animals are having to endure this cold snap, we've added blankets, warm molasses water and a heat lamp. I hope they make it!

Friday, December 5, 2008

My mini me

All I need now is 2 more kiddos at my side...

Here are my girls mini's



Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy December

"I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December."
- Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing

Weekly menu
Monday~Roast Beef and potatoes
Tuesday~Chicken and Rice
Thursday~Steak (if our beef shows up)
Saturday~Tortilla soup