Saturday, July 31, 2010

31 Days to Build a Better Home

As the summer draws to a close, it seems time to refocus and get things back in order around here. The 31 Days to Build a Better Home challenge at Today's Housewife comes at a great time! Want to join in?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Who Wants to Stay THERE??

Our new(ish) home has 3BR on the main level. The layout lends itself well to having a little one. Yet, it also tends to cause our "guest bedroom" to become the dumping ground for the things I am too busy, er - lazy, to take upstairs. This is what we had after several weeks of neglect ...
I spent several hours sorting, trashing, and putting things where they belong. Thank goodness, we ended up with a much more peaceful space that seems inviting to guests now. I think our friends will be glad to come stay a few days!It is so nice to have another usable space in out home. This room also has my desk and Bible study materials in it. I am so eager to have a dedicated space to dive back into the Word. I am eager for a fresh breath from God and so glad to have a quiet, calm space to seek Him!

This post is linked to: Tackle it Tuesday at 5 Minutes for Mom

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Menu Plan - Week of July 26

We are in the middle of a tremendous heat wave here. As with many parts of the country, our average temperatures are at least 10 degrees above normal. That's simply too hot to grill ... sniffle! You all know how much I love having DH toss meat on the grill and calling dinner "done." We've actually used to slow cooker a few times this week! This coming week holds a few days of intense cleaning and re-organizing for me, as little man will be at the in-laws farm. I have a list longer than my arm of things I'd like to get done. I'll keep you posted!

Weeknight Dinners:
  • Creamy Corn Chowder with homemade French Bread
  • Beef tacos, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. with homemade guacamole and chips
  • DH and I will get sushi one night while little man is out of town
  • Chicken and gravy over saffron rice with green beans
Wishing you a blessed week in your home!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Menu Plan - Week of July 19

There is a bounty of farm-fresh produce in our home right now. Corn, squash, tomatoes, basil, blackberries and blueberries are all filling our counters and 'fridge. We have some chicken and a small amount of ground beef in the freezer also. The plan this week is to stay out of the store - use what we have, enjoy the harvest, and stay out of the heat.

Weeknight Dinners:
  • Leftover chicken from grill night with Creamed Corn
  • Chicken and veggie quesadillas with homemade guacamole
  • Roasted Chicken with potatoes and carrots
  • Salmon patties (similar to crab cakes) with orzo, mozzarella, and tomato salad
Baking, Breakfast, Freezer:
  • Zucchini Brownies
  • Banana muffins - I started with this recipe, used half whole wheat flour, a bit less sugar, and baked it as muffins. Half are on the counter and half in the freezer already.

A Fresh Perspective

I was watching Ratatouille a few days ago with little man for, oh the 400th time and was struck by a scene at the end of the movie. A waiter asks a famous food critic what he'd like for dinner and the food critic responds with "I'd like some perspective." I know I need some! What's important, what's first, what can I let go, who am I afraid to upset by saying "no," why do I think I should be perfect, what is perfect - anyway?!?!? You see the struggle, right? Please tell me you see it - and maybe feel some of it - too!

My perspective should come from remembering God's call on my life. Plain and simple. I stray from this very often and by NO means am I advocating a "follow me" philosophy. Girls, we'd all be going over the same high, dangerous cliff if you followed me. Follow Christ!!

I started a new Bible study last week with an amazing group of women. The scripture inspiration is from 1 John:4. "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1 John 4:10-11) As one of Christ's followers, the most important thing I can do is to LOVE. First God, then loving those around me. It sounds so simple, yet loving requires being vulnerable, being accessible, being sacrificial. Those things are much harder. I am working every day to become more loving. I pray you are too!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Menu Plan - Week of July 5

July 4th ... fun, family, fireworks! It's not often that the holiday falls on a weekend and we get 3 days at home with DH. This year we are blessed to have one more full day to spend with him. How do we spend those days? Well, little man and DH often head out to the local par 3 golf course and play a round or 2.And, of course, we relax with family and friends, eat too much, and usually get a bit pink from the sun. Ahhh ... the joys of summertime!!

Weeknight Dinners:
Have a blessed week in your home!