Monday, March 4, 2013

Menu Plan March 3-9


We are so blessed to have a busy few weeks of having friends in town. Last night some friends we've had for about 6 years drove into town. After Awanas we were able to sit down to a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs. We have a yummy week planned around here.

Sunday- Special Meatballs and Spaghetti

Monday- Cashew Chicken with rice and stir fry veggies

Tuesday- Grilled Pork Chops, roasted potatoes and carrots and corn on the cob

Wednesday- Drumsticks with wild rice and sauteed green beans

Thursday- Tamale Pie with fruit salad

Friday- Order In

Saturday- Bulgolgi and Rice with veggies

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Menu Plan Monday Feb.25- March 2


I'm a little tired of cold winter weather so this week I thought I would lighten things up a bit and make some nice spring dishes. I'm trying a new dessert this week too because my husband just started eating bananas. I know it sounds weird, but from the time we were dating, he insisted he must be allergic to them because he loves every food under the sun but not bananas. They made him gag, literally. I guess with the influence of our kids, he decided to give them a try now that he's an adult and he's discovered that they are tolerable. Maybe eating them in a dessert will spark a great love for them!

Monday- Slow Cooked Jerk Pork with brown rice and mango/avocado salsa

Tuesday- Spinach Enchiladas with crockpot black beans

Wednesday- Hummus Crusted Chicken with steamed broccoli and spinach orange salad

Thursday- Veggie Frittata with tangy carrot-apple salad and mini muffins

Friday- Beef Pot Roast with roasted potatoes and carrots

Saturday- Bulgolgi and stir fry veggies with brown rice ( From the freezer)

Dessert for the Week- Clean Banana pie

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Menu Plan Monday Feb. 18- 24


We had a yummy week last week. Remember those apple onion pork chops I had on my menu last week? They were delicious! I can't wait to make them again. We also really liked the shrimp and grits meal too. I'll share my recipe later this week. 

Sunday- We had this wild rice soup. I left out the chicken and just had ham in it and it was yummy. I cut down on the cream that I added too. 

Monday- Potato Breakfast Casserole with fruit

Tuesday- Cajun tilapia with squash noodles and salad

Wednesday- Chicken Curry with rice

Thursday- Empanadas with slow cooked beans 

Friday- Stuffed Peppers with fruity spinach salad

Saturday- Order Pizza in with salad

Sunday- Rotisserie chicken with roasted potatoes and carrots, asparagus

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Best Christmas Gifts of 2012

With four little ones, Christmas was a crazy time of gift giving and receiving in our house! Between sweet gifts mailed from aunts and uncles to Christmas morning itself, we added quite a few trinkets and toys to our shelves. To keep the clutter (and greed!) a little under control, my husband and I stuck to our 3 gift rule. Our first Christmas with a little one,  John was deployed, but through the magic of Skype, John and I sat down and decided that as much as we wanted to spoil our little princess, we needed to set a standard that we could maintain regardless the number of children God blessed us with. Three gifts mimicked the gifts given to the Christ-child so that was our number!

With limiting our gifts, I wanted to make sure that we purchased quality items that would last being handed down. It's hard to tell in the excitement of Christmas which toy was going to really spark their imagination longer than the first few minutes. We are very blessed that several toys this year made the best gifts list.

Legos/Duplos- Until this year, we never realized the extent of the Lego culture. Wowzers! You can find all kinds of accessory kits, little people, books, etc. to accompany your basic set. One of our girls received a basic regular Lego set while one of our little boys received a Duplo set. We have had castles built, a flag made and numerous animals created. We've also used them for preschool activities. Sorting colors, making patterns and following directions can all be taught with simple Legos.

Melissa and Doug Doorbell House- Who doesn't love Melissa and Doug products? Our littlest one opened this on Christmas morning but it has been well loved by all the children. We initially just purchased it because our little guy insists on ringing our doorbell each time we enter the house. We thought this might satisfy his need to hear the ring! hehe As it turns out, this has really helped with fine motor skills, number skills, and memory skills. Our oldest is now fascinated with keys and has deemed herself as the official "door unlocker".

Last But not least, We love our dress up clothes!- After a trip to Williamsburg, our kiddos have enjoyed playing pilgrim and Native American. We've encouraged them to act out some of the details that we learned during our visit to several settlements. Our oldest boy always ends up saving the day with his pop gun and coon skin hat each time they play.

Coonskin Cap - Adult

 What are some of your best gifts given or received from Christmas?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Menu Plan Monday Feb.11-17

 We had a great week last week. The county we live in was anticipating bad weather on the day we attend Classical Conversations so it was canceled. The weather actually ended up being nice and sunny so we had a great unexpected day off where we went and ate at Chick-fila and played. We delivered some to my husband at work so by the time dinner rolled around, none of us were hungry. We ended up just eating leftovers leaving me a meal to roll over into this meal. Don't you love when that happens? It's like a bonus meal! 

Here's what on our menu this week...
 Pork Chops with Apples & Thyme Recipe

Monday- Apple and Onion Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and sauteed whole green beans

Tuesday- Bacon Shrimp and grits with sauteed spinach (I'm making my own recipe, I'll let you know how it turns out)

Wednesday- Greek Burgers in pitas with tzatziki sauce and Greek salad

Thursday- Eggplant Parm stacked with ricotta spread in between, squash noodles,  spinach salad (Candle lit of course with chocolate covered strawberries. We're celebrating as a family since we had our romantic date last week to beat the crowds.)

Friday- Loaded Tacos, slow cooked black beans

Saturday- Breakfast for dinner (probably veggie omelets and whole wheat banana muffins)

Sunday- Something in the crockpot. Any suggestions?

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The Role I Play in Adoption

It’s been so encouraging to see believers responding to the cry of the orphan this last decade. My husband and I have felt the James 1:27 call on our lives. We’ve been blessed to adopt four precious children into our family. And let me tell you, they are PRECIOUS!

The stories of our four are all different but all equally sad. Like many others, their lives were laced with abandonment, chaos, and hopelessness. Our children needed rescuing.  In fact, 153 million orphans need rescuing. Adopting is risky, it’s uncomfortable at times, but it’s missional, fulfilling the great commission each morning around the breakfast table. It’s such a beautiful sight to see Lady Gaga lyrics being replaced with Seeds Family Worship songs. It’s incredible what a proper haircut and grooming can do to an already gorgeous child. The transformations our little ones have gone through has left me in awe most of the time. Pride swells in me when I think that I gave a baby a new lease on life and brought hope to such a dark little life. They have a new page in their story being written!

My sinful self seems to forget too often that I’m not the super hero in the story. Though the Maker of heaven and earth chose for me to be a part of this glorious tale, I am not the heroine. No new clothes, no hours of book reading, no extra goodnight kiss can ever be enough to ultimately rescue my child or any orphan.

Just because my kids now know church lingo and have beautiful Sunday clothes, it doesn’t mean that they’re completely rescued. I cannot be my adopted child’s savior; Jesus is. He is the one who sacrificed all to bring them true hope. Though I do nurture my babies and lead them in the way they should go, I am not their redemption. I am simply a means that God is using to write their redemptive story. Jesus is the main character and I am simply a shadow on the page getting a front row seat to see an eternal transformation. 

 What a comfort this reminder can be on days where I am hitting a brick wall and the sanctification doesn't happen as quickly as I'd like.  I'm so thankful that Jesus is the super hero on days when I am much less than a loving and patient mom.

So may I not mistake a clean set of clothes and a home that says the blessing before every meal as their salvation. God’s plan is much bigger than just that for their lives. Feeding, teaching and loving them is just social justice without the gospel applied to their lives. And may I pray without ceasing for the hearts of my children that they would be stirred up to reality that there is One who went to incredible lengths to rescue them. The temporal comforts that we give in our home aren’t their happy ending but a means to set the stage to see God’s handiwork in their lives. He is their fairy tale ending, not me.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Menu Plan Monday Feb. 4- 11

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I have been enjoying my kids so much over the past few months that I've failed to blog about it all. We have many pictures and precious memories of our first year as a family and I hope to one day share it all.
For now, I'm going to share my menu plan for the week. We've had COLD weather here in Washington DC and I think this week will be the same.

Monday- Roasted Veggie Soup with Herb dumplings, salad and rolls

Tuesday- Apple Thyme Pork Chops with roasted potatoes and asparagus

Wednesday- Stir Fry Chicken and veggies with rice

Thursday- Cabbage Rolls with fruit salad

Friday- Homemade Pizza with salad

Saturday-Blackened Chicken with avocado sauce with corn on the cob

Sunday- Brunch for lunch Roasted Red Pepper Quiche with potato crust, spinach and fruit salad, banana muffins

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