Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Weekly Menu

It's Tuesday!  We're overdue for a menu!

I did my shopping Sunday, so it got included in the week.  Just didn't want to freak any of my zero followers out with the change.  :)

Week of Jan 24-29
   Sunday -- Sausage & Pepper Calzones
   Monday -- Pesto Pasta
   Tuesday -- BBQ Pork Sandwiches in the crock pot & sweet potato fries
   Wednesday -- Grilled Chicken with veggie kebobs...peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, onions...
   Thursday -- Leftovers!  Lots of big meals this week.
   Friday -- Southern Sun?  If we stay home, I'll probably just make a pizza.  Yum!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rooty Tubers

This is one of Tim's favorite sides...along with pretty much any version of roasted potatoes that I can come up with.  He usually calls it 'that roasted mix of veggies' or 'the one with the different potatoes,' so it was time to actually come up with a name.  While adding the week's menu on here yesterday I wanted to call them Tuberlicious, but then I figured out that carrots and parsnips are actually roots, not tubers.  Roasted Rooty Tubers were named!

You will need:
2-3 red potatoes
1-2 small sweet potatoes
2-3 carrots
1-2 parsnips
(you can vary the amounts to make as much as you want. 
Just try to keep the proportions similar to each other)

Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
(I make mine...future post...)
Spices of Choice...
(I modify these to match whatever I'm serving them with)
Last night I used:
Crunchy minced garlic (made with the garlic EVOO)
Onion Powder
Salt & Pepper
Parsley... just because it's green and looks nice.

Scrub your roots & tubers

I only used 1 of these sweet potatoes...I put the other two into the oven whole to roast while everything else was cooking so that I could add some effort-free, delicious, healthy food to my lunch today.  :)
I think I also added one more red potato...it just needed a little more.

I peel the parsnips but not the carrots.  I don't know why, but it's what I do.

Chop everything into inch-sized pieces or smaller...just get them into a similar, bite-sized state.

Toss them in a big bowl with the garlic-infused oil.
This stuff is so good!  I've added EVOO and garlic separately to dishes for years, but since discovering how easy and delicious this business is, I've never looked back.  
Next time I make a batch, I'll show you how I do it!

Add your spices, toss again, spread in a single layer on a roasting pan or cookie sheet.
These crunchy garlic bits are a side-product of infusing the garlic into the olive oil.  
SO so so good with oil & vinegar on a plate for dipping crusty bread!

Roast at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes or so.

I let these go a bit long on one side...normally I turn them a little more often so that they brown evenly...nursing babies sometimes make my cooking less visually appealing.  Still taste great though!

Serve 'em up!  I love them with grilled peppery steak alongside tomato & red onion salad.  Tim's family usually serves steak with grilled onions and mushrooms, so we alternate that with the tomatoes for his sake.
(the Heartys are tomato and onion fans!)
Mmm...I wish I had more of that salad to eat today...it's so good!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Weekly Menu

Here's my plan for the good eats this week!

I asked Tim what he wanted, and he requested something with garlic bread and something with those different roasted potatoes (I don't quite know what else to call it, but it's one of our favorite sides).  Can do.

Week of Jan 18-22
Monday:  Steak, tomato and red onion salad,  & Roasted Rooty Tubers (I'll post a recipe later tonight with pictures...it's really good)
Tuesday:  Chicken & Wild Rice soup with crusty rye bread (rainy snow in the forecast...)
Wednesday:  Zesty Chicken on egg noodles (new recipe!)
Thursday:  Spinach & Mozzarella Ravioli, garlic bread on onion buns
Friday:  Either out to Southern Sun (with our giftcard from Dave!) or leftovers, depending on how climbing plans develop

Mmm...I want to eat it all right now.  I shall wait, however, because I picked me up some powdered donettes at the grocery store and they are delish.  I'm glad that steak is for tonight because it sounds really really good right now!

PS--If it seems weird to you that I would have an outdoor grilling meal and a snowy day soup on back to back days, you've never lived in Colorado.  :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Susan vs Lucy

Are you Susan, or are you Lucy?

I just finished watching Prince Caspian.  I loved it.
Tim is gone; I made popcorn and cherry limeade daiquiri(s)*; I sat with my cat on my lap, baby in bed, and watched an interpretation of the second book in one of my favorite ever literary sets.

My dear husband once saw the same on a plane when he hadn't paid for headphones, and therefore thought it was obnoxious because he couldn't take his eyes off of the silent film forced in front of his eyes.  I haven't seen it in the two years since it has come out because I like to watch movies with him and don't often watch them by myself.  
This was my chance.

You could argue over a lot of things about the movie as a whole...debate how closely it kept to the book's story, opine whether or not battle scenes were realistic, discuss the role of mainstream media in the Christian 'agenda'...but really, it was fun, told an exciting story, and (I think) closely followed the trajectory of Lewis' original intent in writing the series.
Positive review from me.

What captured me for the entire 2.5 hours had nothing to do with cinematography, writing, or agendas.  I was caught up in the roles that the four Pevensie kids play over the course of the books.  CS Lewis was a very wise and well-spoken author; the children's personalities (both strengths and weaknesses) are not accidental.  They embody the functions filled by individuals throughout the Church...where one is weak, the other is strong.  Where one doubts, the other has faith.  Where one leads, others follow.  Where one fights, another heals.  The picture of the Body of Christ moving in this world given to us by Paul in 1 Corinthians couldn't be better exemplified than by this family.

More so, I was stuck on the two characters of Susan and Lucy.
Their relationship has always kind of felt sticky inside of me as I've read, but for some reason the whole picture came into focus for me as I watched tonight.
(Whether it was due to the daiquiris or to my current station as a housey mom you are free to decide on your own).

I'm a little sister.  I'm a middle child.  I'm even the younger of two middle children.  I was a quiet kid who liked reading and playing in the woods.  It is really easy for me to sit unnoticed in the role of a Lucy (read: young, unheeded, loopy?, sidelined) in my families, both biological and social.

But in my prouder moments, I fight to be seen as a Susan!  I want people to think of me as being in the front of the charge, scheming with the Head of the Army as to how we are going to bring our side the victory, brave enough to take on anything, responsible enough to sit with a bow and take people out from far away.  (way better than being up front with all of the swords... )

She is just so much cooler.  I sit here watching the movie (which I realize is not real life), fuming (in real life) with jealousy over how unfair it is that Santa brought her a cool bow and arrow set when all I got is this lame knife and bottle of fixer upper juice.

In my secret inside place, I wish I could be the big, upfront fighter who gets to tell all of the little sisters how they can get in line.
In my honest moments, I realize that I am forever a little sister who has been given a kind, compassionate heart and the tools necessary to work towards healing with injured people coming back from the front lines.

The plot point in this movie that brought me to tears wasn't the big victory or the restoration or the presh kiss at the end.  It was the moment when the whole fighty-cool crowd came back from their exciting/tragic/hopeful/defeating attack at the castle...to Lucy...sitting by herself in a cave.

I realized...This is how I feel.  Like the world around me has been called to this crazy upfront purpose and they're all over the place telling stories of the excitement/tragedy/hope/defeat, and I am sitting by myself in a cave waiting for my turn to help someone out.

I really, truly think that I have been put on this earth to love my husband and baby girl and to serve them as they are grown into God's purpose for them.  That's all good stuff.
I really, truly think I am here to encourage and walk alongside women as they navigate the battles and victories of adolescence into adulthood...often working to heal wounds from those battles.  That's good stuff.
I have tried to act like I was called into fighter roles for the faith (whatever that even means), but it was not good stuff.  I felt like a faker and knew that what I was doing was not loving.  Bad stuff.

I love that Lucy is the one that gets Aslan well enough to know where to go looking for him.  I love that she is comfortable enough with who he is to roll him over with a hug when she sees him.  I love that she knows where the real power is, and that she calls him into the battle instead of picking up her wussy knife and trying to fight by herself.  I love that Aslan wins.  That's awesome, and my heart is full at the thought.

I don't want to wait in a cave.  I want to seek out the Lord's purpose for me in this world while still maintaining an understanding of the unique gifts he has given to me, not pretending that I am made for something that seems cooler at the time.

But I'm still feeling narrow-minded and short-visioned tonight.
I'm frustrated with the wussy knife.
I wish I had a bow and arrow.
It's so much cooler.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Boring No More

I finally did something with the big blank boring beige wall in Ellery's nursery! 

I love her blue walls with white accents,
(thanks to my very detail-oriented man!)
but I have been stumped on what to do with this
big ol' uninterrupted wall.

I saw this idea on the purl bee to use fun fabrics and embroidery hoops in a sort of color collage across the wall.  Great way to bring some color into the space without painting or just hanging more shelves!

Here's the tutorial I followed...and here are some pictures of my progress along the way!

First pick a bunch of fun fabrics and find lots of different sizes of embroidery hoops.  

Cut the fabric squares a bit bigger than your hoop...I didn't leave enough room on a few (after adjusting the hoop around to frame what I wanted to see of the design), but they turned out fine.

Put the square into the hoop, then line up what you want to see in the end.  

I changed my mind after I cut this one, so the fabric is really close the edge. 

Ellery loves to help.

The tutorial said to glue first, but I thought it was easier to start with cutting.
Trim around in a circle, but leave enough room to glue down.

Use a hot glue gun along the inside edge, pressing the remaining fabric down until it's all hidden.

Flip, hang, and enjoy!

I laid them out on the floor in front of the wall first just to get an idea of how much space they all needed.  In another life I would have been a lot more detailed with the spacing and layout, but I wanted to get this finished...and I think they look nice all randomly hung!

The whole thing ended up being a bit higher on the wall than I had planned,  but I didn't want them to be within grabbing distance from the changing pad.

The beige wall is boring no more!  I love it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Weekly Menu Time!

This is something I do just about every Monday...I find that planning a week ahead saves money and time once I get to the grocery store.  One of the sweet women whose blogs I follow (she's so crafty!) started posting her own menus along with recipes, which I find to be really helpful when I'm looking for ideas.
Hmm...maybe if her posts help me, then these could help one of you!

I start by thinking through the week to figure out
how many dinners we'll be eating at home,
which nights need to be quick,
what leftovers we already have that I want to use up, and
what the weather is going to be like.
(Soup for snow days, grilling for hot ones...)

It's not hard, and it makes weeknights way easier.

I'll try to post these on Mondays as I make decisions!  I know we're starting out late already, but whatev.  Here it is!

Week of Jan 11-15
Mon: Chicken Curry with Wild Rice (new recipe!)
Tues: Balsamic Pasta with leftover stuffed chicken from the weekend
Weds: Chicken Pizza Packets (new recipe!)
Thurs: Finish Chicken Curry from Mon (I'll change it up a bit)
Fri: Tim heads to Alta for a long weekend, so Momma's ordering out!
(sushi and martinis for me!)

Normally I would make sure that at least one more meal would last us for leftovers on the weekend, but Tim is headed to Alta, UT to ski from Friday to Monday.  We're on our own, so I don't need to plan ahead too much!  I won't eat out too many times, I promise.  :)

Saturday Mornings

I couldn't resist getting the camera out during Saturday morning breakfast this week...
the lighting, the colors, a precious Boo making faces at her dad...
it ended up being a bit of an impromptu photo shoot! 

She was actually in kind of a grumpy mood,
(even avocados weren't enough to stop the fussing)
but faces from Dad are always a sure-fire solution.

I love those blue eyes and strawberry hair!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Okay, I finally got sick of trying to tell stories to all of you, my adoring fans, through facebook. Add this blog to the list of Things I Really Should Have Done Before Now...the digital world has totally missed my sweet Ellery's first 7.75 months when all this time I could have been bloggaliciously documenting every moment.

The wait is over! I have finally stopped procrastinating, gotten over trying to be clever with my URL, and started trying to post enough things to make this an interesting place for my first visitors. I would really like to create an online record of my foray into the world of Stay-At-Home-Momming...I know that nothing I'm doing here is overly original, but it's a look into our lives, so there's that.

If you're interested in keeping up on Ellery pictures and stories, I promise there will be plenty. If you like reading, I hope to write up some solid reviews of the latest literature I've soaked in. If you're the crafty type, I want to motivate myself to actually finish a few projects by talking about them to someone. If you cook or eat, I plan to post delish recipes as I try them and to publish my weekly meal plans in case anyone needs ideas. Mmm...and if you enjoy single malt, then you should come over and we'll pour a wee dram.

Here's to having an online journal for the world to see! Let's hope that I write more here than in any actual journal I've ever owned!