Wednesday, November 27, 2013
One of the things that I find relaxing is baking. (#1194) My sister once nicknamed me "Betty". As in Betty Crocker. I just wish I had someone to wash all my dirty dishes.
Today, I baked 4 loaves of rye bread. Recipe courtesy of my sweet neighbor Deanna. A few days ago, she posted something on facebook about all the things she had accomplished as she prepared for Thanksgiving, including having baked several loaves of rye bread. This resulted in a slug of requests for her recipe. And being the sweet little lady she is, she snail-mailed me a copy of the recipe. (#1195)
As you can see, I had to taste it while it was still warm. Melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Since it's been cold this week, I made my new favorite soup on Monday. Chicken with Wild Rice. I discovered it on Pinterest as a "Panera Bread Copycat" recipe. (#1196) And I have to tell ya . . . (insert singing voice) It's a-MAZ-ing!! I've made it twice this winter so far, and there's never any leftovers. Yep. It's that good. I think I'll pop a loaf of rye bread in the freezer to serve with my newly discovered soup the next time it makes the menu board.
You've got to try this recipe! You'll fall in love. Just sayin'.
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
1/2 c. butter
1 onion, chopped
1 c. chopped carrots
1/2 c. chopped celery
3/4 c. flour
6 c. chicken broth, low sodium
6 oz. pkg. Long Grain & Wild Rice
2 c. leftover cooked chicken
Melt butter, sauté onions, carrots, and celery til tender. Stir in flour. Gradually add stock til mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Prepare rice as directed on box, omitting oil and salt. Add rice and chicken to stock and simmer 10 minutes.
The recipe says that it serves 10. Ummm.....not with my family. Five is more like it.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A friend of ours surprised us with some produce from his (enormous) garden (Blessing #1190), after he heard that our dog helped himself to our garden veggies. Among the treasures he shared were beets. His advice was to pickle them. I waited until he left to wrinkle my nose.
So I proceeded to ask a few of my friends if they had a better idea. What do you do with beets? One said "Ewww! You throw them out!" I knew she wasn't the one to ask. Another friend suggested Beet Chips, which were "okay," but not as crispy as Martha's. I decided that my slicer didn't slice them thin enough.
And several suggested to pickle them. Really? Pickle them? Ewww! But my mom agreed: pickle those babies!
My mom shared my grandma Viola's recipe with me, and so I began the process. It really wasn't that hard. And they look so beautiful in my cute little pint-sized jars. (#1191)
Monday, September 9, 2013
I'll tell you the secret to making them nice and moist. First, you put a cup of raisins in a glass measuring cup with enough water to cover them to the top. Then, you bring them to a boil in the microwave.
Next, you measure out 5 TB of the boiling water from the raisins and mix the hot water with 1 tsp. of baking soda. (It creates a nice little bubbly reaction, so be prepared.) And then add that mixture to the dough. Drain the rest of the water from the raisins, and add the raisins to the dough.
Here's the whole recipe:
Grandma Daisy's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
2/3 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
5 TB raisin juice combined with 1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 c. oatmeal
1 c. raisins (boiled)
Mix in order listed. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Thursday, September 5, 2013
All spring and summer, Chad and I took great care in watering our garden and keeping the weeds away. We nurtured it and fed it, looking forward to the fruits of our labor come late summer. And despite the HOT weather we've been having, it has been looking really good. (#1185) Until a few days ago.
Upon walking into our back yard, I could see our
I didn't want the rest of my cucumbers to disappear, so I found a large wire basket in the garage and tried to position the remaining cucumbers under the basket and into safety. I am so naïve.
I'm sure you already know what happened. But I'll tell you anyway. When I went outside to water the garden the next day, I discovered ALL of my remaining cucumbers were gone. G.O.N.E. Gone. And the vines were pretty much destroyed too. Naughty Beau! I guess, at least he's eating healthy and getting a good dose of Vitamin B. (#1186) I suppose that's a good thing for dogs too.
So far, he's only eaten ALL of my cucumbers, several green peppers, and a couple tomatoes. At least I have a few things left in my garden. (#1187) We've found a solution . . . electric fence.
Monday, August 19, 2013
The question is: What can I do to make a difference?
Our family had a chance to lend a hand towards fighting world hunger over the weekend when Feed My Starving Children came to town. We didn't know quite what to expect - we just knew we wanted to help.
|Janet, Jenica, Jillian rockin' the hair nets Saturday afternoon!|
|"Youth Night" - Friday|
Maddy, Jenica, Ashlyn
The goal for our community was to package 225,000 meals during the 24 hours FMSC was in town. And we did it! (#1180) There was so much support from our community, businesses, and churches that our event was completely funded before the trucks even pulled into town. (#1181) Wow! God is at work!
This video is just one example of how FMSC is making a difference in just 1 of the 70 countries where they provide MannaPack meals.
Did you smile as you watched each of these children share their dream? They are precious in His sight. . . (#1182) Amen?
Maybe we aren't able to physically go on a missions trip to another country, but this is one way we can be part of a missions project without even leaving our town. (#1183) And we're looking forward to helping again next year.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Jenica met her friend Becca, who IS a freshman this year, so they could walk to school together on the first day. I totally dropped the ball and forgot to pull out my camera before we left. Luckily, Becca's mom was on the ball and snapped a few for both of us.
|Becca & Jenica - 1st day of School|
|Jillian's first day of school|
Despite having to endure biology and geometry this year, Jenica was extra-happy this week. She got her school permit (and a car) and no longer has to wait on the rest of us when leaving for school. And thus, I don't have to make so many extra trips to the High School, practice, youth group, etc. (Blessing #1178)
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
There are so many things in life that make me smile. (Blessing #1167). But the best things in life aren't things. The value of family, friends, and faith points us to the realization that what matters most in life is all wrapped up in people and the Lord. (#1168)
Of course, the Lord and all that He is, is at the top of my list. (#1169) And second is the man who stole my heart. (#1170). Yesterday was our 25th wedding anniversary. (#1171) 25 years! I'm sure you're thinking that Chad and I don't look old enough to be married 25 years. Well, maybe just one of us does. Just kidding, just kidding.
Interested in a flashback photo?
I love this! My sister-in-law Alimah made it for us. (#1174) She has been blessed with the gift of creativity. Unfortunately, the only picture I got features Chad blinking. But that doesn't matter, because I get to look into his non-blinking eyes every day. (#1175) Here's to the next 25 years, honey! Cheers!