Thursday, June 30, 2011

Little Gifts

I was able to go to Youth Camp last summer and be a chaperone for our girls, but unfortunately I was not able to go this summer because Vera couldn't go.  I was disappointed about not attending, so I put together some little gifts for our youth girls who went.
I made them little zippered pouches and put some other small goodies inside.  I wanted them to know I still cared about them even though I couldn't be there this year!
Do the fabrics look familiar?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Refinement

There's a common saying that goes something like this: You're either in a trial, you just went through a trial, or you're heading into a trial.

We just can't get around it... trials, difficulties, and hardships are a part of life! These things are no fun at all - illness, job loss, unmet expectations, family difficulties, financial troubles, personal struggles, ministry challenges, etc. - but they are what God uses to shape our character into His likeness and provide a witness for Himself to the world.

Yesterday I was reading some verses in 1 Peter that really brought a lot of encouragement to my heart.  I hope they will bless you as well if you are going through a trial right now!

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith--more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire--may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.


Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.


Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice, insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.


Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.


And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.


1 Peter 1:6-7; 2:19-23; 3:9; 3:13-17; 4:12-16; 4:19; 5:10, emphasis added

Monday, June 27, 2011

Vera's Walking!

Vera started walking last Thursday!  Here is a video of her now (4 days after her first steps).
We can't believe how quickly she has taken off!

Last Week at Bible Study...

...we discussed lies women believe about marriage!  We had a great discussion of these lies and the corresponding truths.

If you're new here, some ladies in our community have been going through Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  It has been a challenging and excellent study!

The lie: I have to have a husband to be happy.
The truth: Happiness is not found in (or out of marriage). There is no person who can meet my deepest needs. No one and nothing can make me truly happy apart from God. God has promised to provide everything I need. If He will receive more glory by my being married, then He will provide a husband for me. Those who wait on the Lord always get His best. Those who insist on getting what they want often end up with heartache.

The lie: It is my responsibility to change my mate.
The truth: A godly life and prayer are a wife's two greatest means of influencing her husband's life. It is far more effective for a woman to appeal to the Lord to change her husband than to try to exert pressure on him directly.

The lie: My husband is supposed to serve me.
The truth: If I expect to be served, I will often be disappointed. If I seek to serve others, without expecting anything in return, I will never be disappointed. God made the woman to be a helper to the man. We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving others.

The lie: If I submit to my husband, I'll be miserable!
The truth: Submission places me under the covering and protection of God, who controls the "heart of the king." When I step out from under authority, I become vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. My willingness to place myself under God-ordained authority is the greatest evidence of how big I believe God really is. Reverent submission is a wife's greatest means of influencing a husband who is not walking with God. A wife's response to her husband's authority should demonstrate the way a church is to submit to the authority of the Lord Jesus.

The lie: If my husband is passive, I've got to take the initiative or nothing will get done.
The truth: God created the man to be an initiator and the woman to be a responder. If a woman takes the reins rather than waiting on God to move her husband, her husband is likely to be less motivated to fulfill his God-given responsibility.

The lie: Sometimes divorce is a better option than staying in a bad (unhappy) marriage.
The truth: Marriage is a lifelong covenant that is intended to reflect the covenant-keeping heart of God. As He is faithful to His covenant, so we must be faithful to keep our marriage covenant. There is no marriage God cannot heal. There is no person God cannot change. God uses the rough edges of each partner in a marriage to conform the other to the image of Christ. God's grace is sufficient to enable you to be faithful to your mate and to love and forgive without limit.

Friday, June 24, 2011

1 Minute Berry Ice Cream

This is my new favorite summer treat... and it's healthy!  I love calling it dessert, while still knowing that it is good for me. It is a perfectly refreshing treat on a hot day, and it is so easy to whip up! It would definitely impress company too.  I have to give credit to Jamie Oliver for this awesome recipe.

1 Minute Berry Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
3-4 Tbsp. runny honey
1 1/2 cups mixed frozen berries
fresh blueberries, for garnish

In a blender, combine yogurt and honey (start with 3 Tbsp. and add more later to taste).  Add frozen mixed berries and blend until smooth.  Add more honey if needed.  Place mixture in a bowl in the freezer for 4 hours (no more, no longer for a great consistency).  Scoop into bowls and garnish with fresh blueberries!
Enjoy!
 
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Motherhood Is a Mission Field!

Last week, I read an incredibly encouraging article about motherhood.  It is written by Rachel Jankovic, author of Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches (and boy, is she in the trenches, as she has five children age 5 and under!), which I briefly reviewed here.

Here's one part of the article that I loved (emphasis mine):
If you are a Christian woman who loves the Lord, the gospel is important to you. It is easy to become discouraged, thinking that the work you are doing does not matter much. If you were really doing something for Christ you would be out there, somewhere else, doing it. Even if you have a great perspective on your role in the kingdom, it is easy to lose sight of it in the mismatched socks, in the morning sickness, in the dirty dishes. It is easy to confuse intrigue with value, and begin viewing yourself as the least valuable part of the Church.
At the very heart of the gospel is sacrifice, and there is perhaps no occupation in the world so intrinsically sacrificial as motherhood. Motherhood is a wonderful opportunity to live the gospel. Jim Elliot famously said, “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Motherhood provides you with an opportunity to lay down the things that you cannot keep on behalf of the people that you cannot lose. They are eternal souls, they are your children, they are your mission field.
There are a number of ways in which mothers need to study their own roles, and begin to see them, not as boring and inconsequential, but as home, the headwaters of missions.
Isn't that profound?  I just love the whole article, so definitely take the time to read it all here!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I {heart} Green Toys!

 Today on She {hearts} It, I am reviewing and giving away a toy from Green Toys!  Check it out.

Navy & White Striped Skirt

I'm really getting back into sewing these days!  This past weekend I made a navy & white striped skirt using an adapted tutorial found here. (There were some problems with the measurements in the tutorial, so I had to make a few changes. I think she has updated her instructions and they are now correct.)

I got about four yards of this fabric from Ikea for $1.99 (from the As Is section), and I used less than a yard, so it was very affordable to make (I just had to buy some $.99 elastic)!

It looks super cute with a t-shirt and flip-flops, but I also recently dressed it up a little more for church! It will be really fun to wear this summer.
I put cute yellow pockets in it, which I love!  They are like a little secret only I know about (well, now everyone who reads my blog knows too, but I'm okay with that).

Let me know if you make one too!
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I Feed My Baby Salsa

It's true!  I actually feed my ten-month-old baby mild salsa.

And she likes it!

I remember reading somewhere about how if you give your babies salsa to eat it helps them be better eaters later on.  I guess because it is spicy and so packed with flavor it helps them learn to like other new foods? 

In other countries, babies eat the foods their parents eat, and there are many countries whose cuisine is MUCH spicier than ours!

Other "strange" things I feed Vera:
-zucchini strips
-cottage cheese
-plain yogurt (no sugar added!)
-hummus (seasoned with adobo seasoning!)
-white bean dip
-black beans
-roasted peppers
-guacamole
-salmon

Here's what her typical daily menu looks like.
(I don't measure out her foods - these are just approximations.)

Breakfast:  1-2 Tbsp. cottage cheese, plain yogurt, or Greek yogurt; 2 Tbsp. blueberries (halved); 2 Tbsp. other fruit (strawberries, watermelon, mango, and bananas are popular); sometimes a scrambled egg yolk; a small handful of Cheerios

Lunch:  1 Tbsp. hummus; 1 Tbsp. natural cheese; 2 Tbsp. veggies (zucchini strips, potato "fries," sweet/regular potatoes, cooked mixed veggies, etc.); 1/2 hard boiled egg yolk; 1/4 piece of whole wheat bread; 1-2 Tbsp. fruit

Dinner:  any of the things I listed above for lunch; some of whatever we are eating (potatoes, pasta, vegetables, fish, bread, etc.); 1 Tbsp. fruit/yogurt for "dessert"

Do you feed your baby anything unusual?

Ham, Spinach, & Tomato Frittata

Here's a quick and easy recipe for you to try!  It works great for any meal, though it is "technically" a breakfast food.  It is delicious served alongside fresh pineapple!

This recipe is cooked in a cast iron skillet. If you don't have one, you should definitely invest in one today!  They are much healthier to cook with, since no nasty Teflon is leaching into your food.  Source  Plus, as an added benefit of cooking in a cast iron skillet, your food absorbs some of the iron while cooking, which can help you get more (needed) iron in your diet!  Source 

Ham, Spinach, & Tomato Frittata

1 Tbsp. olive oil
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup half & half
salt & pepper to taste
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced and sauted in butter (optional)
1/2 cup oven roasted tomatoes (see recipe below), or you can use fresh tomatoes
1 cup cubed (fully cooked) ham (we used leftover ham)
1 cup fresh spinach (loosely packed) and coarsely chopped
1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese!)
a dash of paprika


Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet (medium heat).  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk, half & half, salt, and pepper.  Pour egg mixture into hot cast iron skillet.  Add (no need to stir in) mushrooms, tomatoes, ham, spinach, and cheese.  Sprinkle top with a dash of paprika.  Immediately place skillet in hot oven and cook frittata for 15-20 minutes, or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.  Cut into 6 wedges and serve immediately.
There are many other ingredients that taste wonderful in frittatas!  Here are a few other ideas:

-sausage
-bacon
-roasted red peppers
-fresh bell peppers
-zucchini/summer squash
-cubed cooked potatoes
-onions
-artichoke hearts
-asparagus
-shredded carrots
-jalepeno peppers

How to Make Oven Roasted Tomatoes (delicious in MANY recipes!)
Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Cut fresh tomatoes into wedges and place in a single layer on pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss some fresh minced garlic on them too. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until tender and your whole house smells amazing. :)

Enjoy!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Gift Idea: Grilling Spice Blends

Edit: Welcome, Pinterest visitors!  This would make a great holiday gift for any of the men (or women who love to grill) in your life!  Enjoy!
 
For Father's Day this year, I made grilling spice blends for both of our dads.  This was an easy and fun gift to make, and I had all the materials/ingredients on hand!

Grill seasonings make great gifts for anyone you know who likes to cook and/or grill.  It would be a great hostess gift for a summer BBQ, or you could even make these for Christmas gifts (the men in our lives love to grill year-round!).

I found recipes for three spice blends I wanted to make, then I mixed them up, put them in baby food jars (which I painted the tops of with chalkboard paint), and labeled them with fun new names.  I made these blends: Kickin' Chicken, Ragin' Cajun, and Cuckoo for Cocoa (recipes below). I packaged them all in a little paper bag tied up with baker's twine (and of course, a card made with my letterpress).

We hope our dads enjoy grilling with these spice blends!

Here are the recipes:

Kickin' Chicken (a spicy rub for chicken)
2 Tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container.
Brush chicken pieces with olive oil.  Season liberally with rub.  Rub in gently.  Cook over a hot grill.

Ragin' Cajun (for fish, chicken, ribs, chicken, & pork chops)
3 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. onion powder
2 Tbsp. ground dried thyme
2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. dried oregano
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container.
Rub liberally into meat. Let stand 10 minutes. Grill as desired.

Cuckoo for Cocoa (for chicken, steaks, chops, ribs, & roasts)
2 Tbsp. sea salt
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Tbsp. white sugar
1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container.
Rub 2-3 teaspoons into each serving of meat.  Let stand at least 10 minutes before grilling.

Enjoy!
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Splishin' & a Splashin'!

Over the weekend, we went over to Travis & Andrea's and Vera got to play on Owen's splash pad!  She really had a blast.
 
 
she was really close to taking her first steps!
 Here's a video in which she gets squirted in the face :)

And here's one of her and Owen playing together!  Check out Owen's dance moves!

I'm glad Vera is enjoying the water now! It makes for so much fun in the summertime!

Pictures and videos by Andrea.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Vera's Ten Months Old!


sorry... next to the chair was the best we could get today!
Vera turned 10 months old today! We are loving the adorable little girl that she is becoming. Every day she seems less "baby" and more "toddler"!

Some milestones:
-eats three solid food meals a day (and a couple snacks)
-breastfeeds about five times a day
-sleeps 9pm-ish to 8:30am-ish
-takes a morning nap and an afternoon nap
-loves to greet people with waves (and sometimes says "hi" to Mommy or Daddy)
-chatters, squeals, jabbers, and babbles
-can stand on her own for several seconds
-"walks" around objects (like the coffee table) while holding on with one hand
-still only has two teeth
-loves "the eensy weensy spider"
-really is enjoying books (we signed her up for the summer reading program at the library!)
-has learned to pet the kitty gently (and is delighted when the kitty approaches her!)
-likes "talking" (listening) on the phone
-claps and bounces along when Mommy sings to her
-LOVES taking baths!! (remember, she used to hate them!)
-loves any chance to be in water (pool, etc.)
-enjoys stroller rides, swinging, and spending time outside
-prefers Mommy and Daddy to anyone else :)
-is getting very attached to her pink crocheted blanket
-weighs about 17.5 lbs.


Here is what her daily routine looks like:
-rise at 8:30 or 9:00
-nurse
-eat breakfast
-story time
-morning nap 10:00 or 10:30
-nurse
-eat lunch
-outdoors time (swinging, etc.)
-afternoon nap 2:00 or 2:30
-nurse
-"help" Mommy in the kitchen making dinner and/or playtime with Daddy
-eat dinner
-often a bath is necessary
-sometimes we go on a walk as a family
-play time
-more stories
-nurse at 9:00
-in bed by 9:30

We are thankful for how she is growing, learning, and developing! We feel so blessed to be her parents.

P.S. In the first picture, Vera is wearing the dress I made her!

Happy Father's Day!

Today I would like to wish my father a happy Father's Day!
"Pops" and Vera

Tad would also like to say "Happy Father's Day" to his dad.

And, of course, Vera and I are thankful to her father, Tad!
Have a great day celebrating with the fathers in your life!

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Chore

I hate to admit this, but lately, blogging has become somewhat of "another chore" for me to do.  I really love to blog, but lately I have felt like it is on my "have to do" list instead of my "get to do" list.  I don't want to feel this way about it, so I'm taking a little break (probably a week or so).

I need a little time to get caught up on posting.  I'll be back soon, hopefully with some great new content, wonderful pictures, and tasty recipes!  I'll still be reading blogs and pinning on Pinterest, so you'll still see me around. 

I won't be gone too long!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lies Women Believe About Priorities

This past Tuesday night at Bible Study, we looked at three lies women believe about priorities.

The lie: I don't have time to do everything I'm supposed to do.
The truth: There is time in every day to do everything that God wants me to do.

DeMoss says (p. 120, Lies Women Believe):
Frustration is the by-product of attempting to fulfill responsibilities God does not intend for us to carry.  Freedom, joy, and fruitfulness come from seeking to determine God's priorities for each season of life, and then setting out to fulfill those priorities, in the power of His Spirit, realizing that He has provided the necessary time and ability to do everything that He has called us to do.
The lie: I can make it without consistent time in the Word and prayer.
The truth: It is impossible for me to be the woman God wants me to be apart from spending consistent time cultivating a relationship with Him in the Word and prayer.

DeMoss says (p. 124, Lies Women Believe):
The truth is, apart from "abiding in Him"--living in constant, conscious union with and dependence on Him--I cannot do anything of spiritual or eternal value. Oh, I can create a lot of activity, I can make a lot of decisions, but I will end up having nothing of real value to show for my life.
The lie: A career outside the home is more valuable and fulfilling than being a wife and mother.
The truth: In the will of God, there is no higher, holier calling than to be a wife and mother. God uniquely designed the woman to be a bearer and nurturer of life. There is no greater measure of a woman's worth or success than the extent to which she serves as the heart of her home. God's plan is that a woman's primary attention and efforts should be devoted to ministering to the needs of her husband and children.

DeMoss quotes Dorothy Patterson (p. 129, Lies Women Believe):
It is true that many "perfect jobs" may come and go during the childrearing years, but only one will absolutely never come along again--the job of rearing your own children and allowing them the increasingly rare opportunity to grow up at home.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Gathered Clutch

This gathered clutch tutorial has been floating blogs and Pinterest a lot lately (and everyone and their mother added it to their "to make" pinboards), and I have been wanting to make one as well.  Today I finally made a clutch with this tutorial!
the front

the back

The tutorial is very clear and the pictures are very helpful, but I would suggest it for intermediate seamstresses (know basic things like how to use your zipper foot, etc.) because some steps can get a little tricky.  But it is very fun and relatively quick to make! 
inside, it is lined and there are two card pockets

I'm pleased with how it turned out and can't wait to make another (have plenty of fabric... just need more zippers)!
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Herbs

Let's face it: I'm a terrible gardener!  I wish I could grow an amazing garden each summer, but I'm just waiting for "the right year" haha. 
I at least wanted to be able to have fresh herbs this year, so I grabbed some basil, oregano, and cilantro (my three favorites).  They are on our back porch where they get plenty of sunlight (they need 8 hours of sunlight a day, which they just wouldn't get in my kitchen).  I occasionally remember to water them, and we've already enjoyed harvesting some of each of them for various culinary purposes!

 
Do you grow herbs?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Artistic Renditions on Etsy: ON SALE


My etsy store is ON SALE!  All of my summer bracelets are at least 25% off right now.

Single bracelets are just $5 each, but when you buy three, they are only $3.50 each!!  You can mix and match between all three color choices: turquoise blue, hot pink, and beeswax yellow.
These bracelets are perfect for summer and add a great pop of color to any outfit.

Shop now!

Contentment

Andrea just emailed me this devo this morning, and I wanted to share it on here as well!  Contentment is something I think we all struggle with at times (or maybe it's just me!), and this is a timely reminder where we should find our contentment, security, and worth.  Enjoy!

The Secret of Contentment
Micca Monda Campbell
“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11b (NIV)
Have you ever noticed how over-extending yourself tends to bring unwanted pressure into your life?

Sometimes I think we busy ourselves in order to gain more, find acceptance among peers, land a better position, and gain riches of all kinds. Perhaps we live under the illusion that having such riches is what makes a person complete, content, and deliriously happy. Yet, when we discover that’s not the case, we’re left feeling empty and discontent.

Contentment and security are not found in career titles or in the kind of car we own. The logo on our car only tells others what kind of car we drive — not who we are. True satisfaction, in its purest form, is found in the wealth of who God is and the riches He graciously lavishes upon us.

Recently God’s been showing me that when I constantly want more than He has given me, it reflects a heart that is discontent. It’s like I’m telling God, “I’m not satisfied with what You have provided for me. I want more.”

In wanting more, I place undo pressure on myself in an attempt to get what God hasn’t provided. Naturally, anxiety is the result when I focus on things other than God and His will for my life.

The pressure to have more and do more can lead us down paths we never intended. In our attempt to fill the vacuum of our empty souls, we discover that external luxury is only a cheap substitution for spiritual wholeness. As our key verse points out, Paul knew the secret of finding contentment. “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”

Take note that Paul wrote these words in a high stress situation as he sat in jail awaiting a verdict for a crime he didn’t commit. I don’t know if I could find contentment if I were in his sandals. I would probably strum my wooden cage with a rock singing pitifully, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen. Nobody knows my sorrow.”

Finding contentment doesn’t mean we have to like our current situation, but it may require an appreciation for it. Let me explain.

Paul learned that the fruit of contentment is developed when we are thankful for what God has provided whether we like it or not. That’s because peace isn’t the absence of pressure. It’s the presence of God and our attitude toward His provision in the midst of our stress. By expressing gratitude, Paul experienced richness of being, not having.

You may be in a hard place right now and you’re longing for freedom. Maybe you’re in a job that feels like a dead end; perhaps you have two of them! It may be that you live in a space too small for your family and you hate it. You’re not where you planned or hoped to be and you certainly don’t like it.

The truth is, we don’t have to like where we are or what we have, but if we will choose to thank God for His provisions regardless of our feelings toward them, we’ll experience the same contentment Paul encountered.

Being thankful doesn’t mean that God will eventually remove us from our situation. He may; He may not. Rather, being appreciative sets us free from the desire to have and lets us rest in the riches of contentment. And when we reach a place of contentment, we don’t need earthly riches galore.
God becomes our greatest treasure. In Him, we have everything we need.
Dear Lord, I’m grateful for what You’ve provided for me. Fill me with Your peace so that I may be truly content in Your blessings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Freezer Cooking Day (June): The Results

Today I spent the day freezer cooking! I am really thankful for all that I got accomplished today during times when Vera was napping or otherwise occupied. I feel pretty worn out, but satisfied with the work I was able to do. Here's what I made:
sorry for the terrible picture - I didn't finish cooking until the sun was waaaay down

-Spaghetti Sauce (4 containers - should be 4 meals + leftovers)
-Italian Hamburger Patties (2 - 1 meal)
-Adobo Hamburger Patties (2 - 1 meal)
-Whole-Wheat Hamburger Buns (8 rolls)
-Sweet BBQ Sauce for Salmon (1 meal)
-Cilantro & Black Bean Taco Meat (2 meals)
-Stir Fry Veggie/Sauce Kits (2 dinners + 2 lunches)
-Chimichuri Cilantro Sauce (4 servings to use with chicken)
-Mushroom Beef Stroganof (1 meal + leftovers?)
-Chimichangas (2-3 meals)
-Pizza Dough and Pizza Sauce (2 meals)
-Bacon/Egg Breakfast Cups (6 breakfasts for Tad)
-not pictured: Whole-Wheat Waffles (16+ waffles: 4 breakfasts for the three of us)
 

I guess that's a total of 18 dinners/lunches and 10 breakfasts... 28 meals (or parts of meals) in all!

I'm too tired tonight to post any recipes, but if there are any specific ones you want, let me know and I'll try to oblige this weekend!

Have you done any freezer cooking lately?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Beachy

We took a little family trip to the beach today!  It only takes about 2 hours to get there, so we were able to have a leisurely day at the beach.  It was so relaxing!
she was giggling while the waves splashed around her!
 
Vera LOVED the water and didn't seem to be afraid of the waves at all.  She sat on the shore eating sand (not too much, haha) and discovering seashells while the waves lapped against her little toes. 
 

We thought she looked adorable in her sweet little suit and hat!
If you're curious why I wasn't concerned with Vera eating a little sand, you can read this post. :)
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