Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
- If you don't eat meat, you can eat more almond butter.
- Tofu is delicious.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Open and drain the tofu. Cut it in half lengthwise and wrap it in a clean kitchen cloth. Now you will need to press it. I like to put a cutting board on top of it with a cast iron skillet on top of the board. The weight of it presses the water out and gives you a better texture. Leave it weighted for five minutes or more.
Unwrap the tofu and place it on the cutting board. Cut it into 1 inch cubes. Put it in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and toss it around to coat. Spread it out in one layer on the baking sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through cooking time.
Monday, March 29, 2010
If only they could just say it three times, click their heels and arrive safely from
Q: Will my husband see me only as "Curlyjo's mother?"
A: No, but you will understand the security of having him acknowledge the importance of that role.
Q: Will I know how to be a parent?
A: No, but God will, and you are never far from His grace.
Q: Will I mess her up?
A: No, because she isn't far from God's grace either.
Q: Will she love me?
A: Oh, will she.
A: More than you can imagine, but only if you stop loving yourself so much.
Q: How will I know what to do when it is time to wean/potty train/go to school/drive/date/etc.?
A: You won't always know. You will pray, sometimes you will guess. The only guarantee is that you certainly won't know in advance.
Q: Who will she become?
A: God only knows.
Q: Will she have good character, even when I am not there to watch?
A: God only knows.
Q: Will she choose wisely in love, and not be too quick to give her heart away?
A: God only knows.
Happy Birthday, Curlyjo. Thanks for making me a mommy and daily blessing my life.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
If you are looking for a really good read on motherhood and womanhood in modern culture, check out this book:
Friday, March 26, 2010
I have eaten the same breakfast almost every day for six months. I don't know if this is a problem. I am a creature of habit, but this seems weird even to me. So, here it is, the breakfast of this champion:
Thursday, March 25, 2010
That would be an eight pack of Schick razors, originally costing over eight dollars, which I got for $1.28 (with coupon and price match). Power to the people.
Make the pancakes using the recipe linked above. It is the absolute best, and how could it not be when made by a woman known as "Hillbilly Housewife?" To make the syrup, go pick strawberries at a local berry farm, hull them, boil them and freeze them for eight months in a simple syrup made of honey and water. Okay, don't. But that's what I did. You could, I suppose, just boil fresh or frozen berries from the grocery store in simple syrup of honey and water.
Put all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to boiling over medium high heat. Boil until it thickens, stirring often. I can't say how long, as it will depend on whether the berries are fresh or frozen, but probably about 15 minutes..
As it boils, use a potato masher or a fork to break the berries up. Serve over pancakes or as an ice cream topping.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
- Spiritual growth--I learn best if I read the directions. This is also true of my spiritual life, so I often read, in addition to the Bible every day, books that offer help understanding Biblical truths.
- Fiction--This has been a tough area lately, as I am choosy about what I read these days. I don't enjoy fluff or modern romances. I recently joined a small group of ladies who share my desire to read the classics, so we will be selecting a book to read together each month.
- Practical--These books teach a skill or reinforce one I may have already learned. They give me fresh ideas. They may be about homemaking, cooking, math, or just collections of really cool vocabulary words. Feel free to question my sanity.
- Home schooling help--I need encouragement every day in this area of my life, or I am going to put my kids on the bus. Home schooling books are such a wonderful tool to keep me focused on why and how to do this job, and remind me that I am not alone in this endeavor.
My current selections are:
- Mothering Heights by Keitha Smith and Susan Brereton (Practical)
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Fiction)
- Homeschool Co-Ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out by Carol Topp
I also keep a list of books I want to read, and I add to it as I happen upon titles that look interesting. I will post reviews of the books I read as I finish them, as writing about what I read is one of the joys of life that makes me miss college all the time. I will pretend there is an 'A' at stake. :)
How about you? Do you read one book at a time? Several?