Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels


Sometimes I impress myself... I know, I know, I impress you so much of the time that you are surprised that I am really am as awesome as I am.

But today I decided to experiment a little. A few months ago I learned how to make the most basic of bagel, which made me so excited, because I love bagels but I never buy them because I am cheap and pretty much only can buy what I need. Also, whenever I tend to buy them, we never eat them but whenever I make them, it's almost impossible to keep them in the house. So today, I expanded. I tried my hand at cinnamon raisin bagels.

I took my basic bagel recipe, added raisins, cinnamon, some brown sugar and a little extra flour to my mixture before raising the dough. They turned out pretty good for my first shot. I tried one after it cooled from the oven with a little butter and I loved it. I can't wait to try one toasted.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Frozen Grapes

Have you ever had a frozen grape? I read somewhere recently that when grapes are frozen they are awesome... so I thought that I would give it a shot. I had received green seedless grapes this last week in my Bountiful Basket, I divided them up into baggies because this Sidda and MJ to actually eat them. They like it that they can just grab a bag and eat some grapes. I put some of the baggies in the freezer and I just had my first sample and I do have to say that they are AWESOME!

I vote that all of you should partake in some frozen grapes. I don't even like green grapes that much so that tell you something. Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

The First Day of Kindergarten


I just got home from dropping off Sidda at school for her first day of full day Kindergarten. And I have to say I am very proud of myself. I have cried no tears. I am even more proud of Sidda who also did not cry. She stood waiting in line to go to class, looking nervous yet excited. She has been waiting for Kindergarten for so long.

I can't believe that she has grown so much. I don't know how my day is going to be without her. I'm sure that MJ is going to drive me crazy. He has already told me all the plans that he had for us today, which include at least one game of Candy Land, followed by playing with his dinosaurs.

I know that I have MJ here with me, but I already miss Sidda. 2:11 can't come soon enough so I can hear all about her day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm Having a Rough Day

It's been one of those days that nothing is really going according to plan. Things are just off and I just hate off days. I could just crawl right back into bed and sleep until tomorrow, if that helped get today over with.

Sadly, that is not the case. There are kids to watch, chores to do, a devotion to write, meals to cook; it's all just missing my motivation.

Today is the start to a whole new phase for our family, but right now, to me, it's all the same. The changes for me are still about a week away.

I guess it's one of those days that are a one thing at a time kind of deal.... Tomorrow will look better, dinner with good friends is always an excellent motivator. It's just still a whole day away.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Loving the Stay at Home Mom

Being a stay at home mom is in no way a picnic. The hours are long and the work can be very hard. Here are some ideas to show stay at home moms how much you appreciate what they do, because they do a lot (cooking, cleaning, shopping, budgeting, laundry, and playing, teaching, and disciplining kids)

1. Give her a break.
-Watch the kids for a couple of hours so she can have some time to herself. It's not easy for moms to get a moment of peace when at home with the kids.

2. Cook Dinner
-With all the things that moms do through out the day, having someone else take care of dinner can relieve a lot of stress.

3. Do the laundry
-This might be one that is a personal favorite of mine. I hate doing laundry, so I love it when my husband takes it one for me. You can take on whatever chore your stay at mom doesn't enjoy doing. Maybe it's dishes, or vacuuming. Whatever it is, it will be appreciated.

4. Let her talk
-If she has been home with the kids all day, without any adult contact, let her talk about her day. She needs to feel like her thoughts and feelings matter and if you don't let her talk she might feel neglected.

5. Tell her you love her
-This is important. She needs to know that you love and appreciate all the work that she puts in to run a household. It's not an easy job, but it's an important job. Let her know that she does a good job.

These are just a few things. They won't even cost you a dime to do. Just a little time and effort. These things can make a huge difference to the mom in your life.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Secret of NIMH


Do you remember The Secret of NIMH? I have to say that this was truly one of my favorite cartoons growing up. I really couldn't tell you why I was so drawn to a cartoon movie about a mouse, some hyper intelligent rats, a crow and cat. But this movie is magical.

Last night as we were sitting down to try and decide what to watch together as a family we came across this on Netflix and immediately Michael and I were ready to watch. More so than Sidda and MJ were. This was a movie of our childhood and we wanted to share it with our children. And watching it last night, it was as good as I remember.

There are so many movies and TV shows that you remember as a kid only to view them as an adult and see how truly terrible they were. The Secret of NIMH is not one of those movies. I loved watching it again. It was brilliant!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Growing


Tell me, does this girl look like she's older than five? She's killing me with how fast she is growing.

The sticker she is wearing says "I am an official Kindergartner." She met one of the teachers yesterday so they could assess her skills before class starts. It's now less than two weeks away and Sidda will be in school all day long and it will just be MJ and me all ourselves. What will I do without her?

What's for Dinner?- Chicken Enchiladas


Last night for dinner we had GIANT chicken enchiladas. I used the 12 inch tortillas that I received from Bountiful Baskets.

Inside the enchilada is chicken, onions, red bell peppers, taco seasoning, chili powder, ground coriander, basil, refried beans, cilantro and cheese. I don't know the measurements.... I just tossed it in as I felt it needed. Then before baking, it was covered in enchilada sauce and cheese.

I do have to say, it turned out so good. But they're huge, so eating one was the most you can eat in a sitting, maybe not even that. But I do know that Michael took some leftovers for lunch today!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

1 Kings

Wow! What an intense book of the Bible! There is so much time covered and so much information given that there were times that I felt like my brain turned to mush. This is one of those books that you have to take slow.

It starts off with David close to death and his son Adonijah set himself up as king. This is not the way it was suppose to be. You see, God had decided long before that Solomon would be king. So, David in his old age had to dethrone Adonijah and make Solomon king.

Solomon began with a heart for the Lord, and because of this God offered Solomon to ask for whatever her desired, and Solomon wanted wisdom (he sounds pretty wise to begin with to ask for wisdom.) The most famous story regarding Solomon using his wisdom and judgement was during an argument between to prostitutes over a baby. They both had bore a child each, but one of them died during the night causing them to fight over the one remaining child. Solomon said to cut the child in half with one girl saying she would rather the baby be cut in two so neither of them could have him and the other insisted that the child be given to the other to save his life. The compassionate mother received her child back.

Solomon was wise in all areas. He built the temple to the Lord that David had started. He also got along with surrounding kingdoms by marrying into the families of the rulers there. Solomon, I guess, was just as skanky as his father in this regard. Also, marrying into these families caused him to turn away from God and allow rituals and sacrifices to idols.

But moving on from Solomon because there is so much more to cover and it's already starting to get a little long...

There is a lot that happens. Israel is divided into two nations, Judah and Israel. But let's skip way ahead to Ahab and Jezebel. 1 Kings 16:29-31 says
"In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat,, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him."

In other words, he was bad news, and his wife was even worse. But you know, God is awesome and sent Elijah. Elijah was sent by God to tell the Israelites to turn from their evil ways, stop worshiping Baal and return to worshiping the Lord. My favorite story about Elijah happens on Mount Carmel. Elijah tells Ahab to provide his prophets of Baal (in which he sent 400) and they will have a contest, if you will. They will each provide an offering to their god and whoever answers by fire is the one true God. So Elijah let the prophets of Baal go first. They danced, the shouted, they praised, but nothing happened.

"At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surly he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened."" -1 Kings 18:27

I had to add it in. They were getting absolutely no response. Elijah mocked them. They cut themselves. They bled to get their gods attention, but he did not answer.

Then it was Elijah's turn. He prepared is offering, soaked the alter in water and then prayed to God. God sent fire and burned up the offering and dried up the alter of all the water, proving whose god was God.

Now, back to Ahab. He wanted help from the King of Judah to attack Ramoth Gilead. Now, Jehoshaphat (the king of Judah) asked for prophets to be called forward and asked if they should go to war. Many prophets came and said that they should. Jehoshaphat asked if there was one more to be asked.

"The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." -1 Kings 22:8

This made me laugh out loud to read. And it was true. He did not prophesy anything good for Ahab. Instead, he sent Ahab into battle which ended his life.

To me, while reading 1 Kings, it shows how weak Ahab was as a person. In most of the things that he did Jezebel was behind the scenes telling him what to do. Leading the way, really, but we will see her death in 2 Kings, so stay tuned.

Slacking Yet Again

Wow! I have just been failing lately. At least this time I have some good excuses. I was out of town for a week and then all 4 of us were sick over the last week.

I really want to get back into the swing of writing everyday. At least Monday though Friday. My weekends have been crazy busy and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon. I miss writing my blog though. I miss sharing my thoughts with those that read and occasionally comment back on the things I talk about.

So here is to a fresh start! Let's hope that I make it back here tomorrow!