Friday, August 27, 2010

cuteness in a chair

warning: 
 the pictures you are about to view will bring about fits of "awww".
you might even be forced into saying such things like "could he be anymore cute?" or "i've never seen a baby as cute as him."
remember, you have been warned!

trying out some bananas

trying out a teething cookie...very messy

look at those big beautiful eyes!  and yes, a bath followed this snack!

i saved the best for last...prepare yourself for the adorableness...


yes, he is that cute!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

chicken tortilla soup

my little one is sick right now, so i need to make quick, easy dinners for my hubs and i to eat when he gets off work...this is one of my favorite soups to make because it's super easy to make, and you can play with the ingredients based on what you might have, and it's really good!  we aren't soup people, but this is one that i make often.


ingredients

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
olive oil to coat pan
cumin, oregano, salt, pepper (this is to your taste)
2 cans (14½ oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 can (15 oz) reduced sodium black beans, drained & rinsed
1 green giant package of white shoepeg corn (the little boxes in the freezer section)
1 can (14½ oz) no salt added diced tomatoes
1 can (4 oz) diced green chilis
1 zucchini cut into half-moons (or smaller)
½ tsp each ground cumin and dried oregano
tortilla chips (again, amount is to your liking)

directions
1.  coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil and heat pan.  cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper to your liking.  place in pan and cook until done (this shouldn't take very long because the chicken pieces are small).
2.  cook corn according to package directions in the microwave.

3. meanwhile, add broth to pot at medium heat.  stir in beans, corn, tomatoes, green chilis, zucchini, cumin and oregano.  (i was told by a professional chef that you should never let your soup boil, so i don't)
4. cook until the zucchini is tender. 


5. add chicken to the pot.
6. remove from heat.
7. serve with tortilla chips...(if you add your tortilla chips to your soup, you should crunch them up and let them soften in the soup for about a minute.)
8.  enjoy!!

this soup has about 6 servings...depending on your serving size...


this was the first time i had added zucchini, and i loved it.  sometimes it's hard to get the hubs to eat any veggies other than a salad, so i like to throw em' in as a surprise...

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

i am by no means a vegetarian...one of my favorite foods is a big, juicy cheeseburger...but, my best friend's little one is allergic to eggs...and i love baking...not necessarily for myself and the hubs...i just love to bake and give it away...so, i went searching for an egg-less chocolate cupcake recipe, and what i found was bliss...i thought since it didn't have eggs, it wouldn't be "normal"...if that makes since...but, it was "normal" and great!  i really liked this cupcake, and will definitely keep the recipe for my cookbook! i also think it's great because sometimes i only have one egg left..or maybe i think, "i want eggs for breakfast tomorrow and don't feel like going to the store."  these are my new solution!
(fyi...the recipe says it makes 16...however, i was only able to get 14 out of it)

Mom's Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 16

ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vinegar


mix all ingredients together until moist and well blended.
put in cupcake cups and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F.
cool completely before frosting.






 
i used whipped topping (dream whip...the box kind you add vanilla and milk to and beat it in your mixer) for my frosting...which made me think they were healthier, so i ate more than one!
hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

jude's dedication

this past sunday at church, august 15, 2010, we dedicated jude to the LORD.  it was a sweet time for our family!  jude's dedication means a lot to us.  it says we are committed to teaching him about Christ, and that we are committed in seeking Christ as parents to raise jude in a Christ-centered home.  it's also a great reminder that this wonderfully-created little boy is not ours;  he belongs to the LORD, and the LORD has entrusted him in our care.  what a great privilege it is to be a parent! 
the day was also special to us because our best friend's dedicated their beautiful baby girl, sage!  here are pictures from sunday...


my sweet family

our bffs

Friday, August 13, 2010

glazed lemon cookies

i've had this recipe in my recipe notebook for almost 2 years now (it's from the december 08 issue of realsimple) and decided to try them out...i'm so glad i did! 
these cookies are delish...they are light and lemony...the perfect summer treat!



ingredients

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners' sugar
lemon juice from 1 lemon

directions

With an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add the egg yolks, vanilla, and salt and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour, mixing until just incorporated.

Divide the dough in half and shape into 1 1/4-inch-diameter logs. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350° F. Slice the logs into 3/8-inch-thick pieces and space them 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until lightly golden, 15 to 19 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until it forms a thick but pourable glaze.  Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let set, about 15 minutes.
makes 48 cookies.  store covered at room temperature.
enjoy!



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6 inches of ribbon
blue cricket designs




Thursday, August 12, 2010

points on parenting

as i said on monday, i went to a parenting conference at my church this past weekend called "getting to the heart of parenting" with speaker paul david tripp.  i said i would share the pearls of wisdom...so, here are a few of the nuggets on godly parenting from my notes...

the family is designed by God to be the primary learning community.  our main job as parents is to give our kids a foundational, radical view of who they are...if all we are doing is controlling behavior, they will have nothing when they leave home.  there needs to be a heart change in order for behavior to change. 

the family is a theological community...we need to teach our kids about God...we need to show them the "awe" of God to bring about obedience...the heart should be the target of our parenting because actions come from what's inside the heart..."for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" matthew 12:34b
lasting change always travels through the pathway of the heart.

he used an example of an apple tree that was producing bad, inedible fruit because the roots are rotten.  he wanted to "fix" the tree, so he went out with a nail gun and apples and nailed the apples on the tree.  from far away, it looks like the tree produced good fruit.  but, next year, the same tree will produce bad, inedible apples because the roots are still bad...the core issue was never fixed.


as parents, we tend to use "apple-nailing" to fix the behavior, but these attempts don't prompt a heart change...these apple-nailing attempts are things like...threat, manipulation, and guilt.


here are 5 heart revealing questions to ask your child instead of using apple-nailing...that can turn situational solutions into moments of ministry...
1.  what was going on?
2.  what were you thinking & feeling as it was happening?
3.  what did you do in response?
4.  why did you do it and what were you seeking to accomplish?
5.  what was the result?

question 2 looks at their heart (what seeds were there)...question 4 looks at their motives (seeds in their heart)...question 5 looks at what was harvested...

remember...change is a process, not an event!

what's the purpose of discipline?
to rescue and restore
it shouldn't be an expression of anger, irritation, impatience, etc...children need firm, loving authority and active discipline.  parents need to realize that we don't have autonomy or self-sufficient authority...we have ambassador authority...we are God's ambassadors, and our authority should be a beautiful picture of God's authority.

the key to all of these things is to start with our own hearts...if we don't deal with our heart issues, 4 things happen...
1.  we tend to turn moments of ministry into moments of anger
2.  we personalize what isn't personal (when our kids disobey, we think its only because they want to disobey us)
3.  we become adversarial in our response to our kids
4.  we will settle for quick situational solutions that don't get at the heart of the matter.

these are only a few of my notes...it was 5 whole hours of information!  there are cds and dvds of his conference available on his ministry's website:  www.paultrippministries.org.
i hope this all made sense!  if you have any questions about something i wrote...leave a comment with a way for me to get in touch!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

eight months

 i can't believe it's already august, and jude is now eight months!  yes, that's right, eight months!  it's flying by so fast.  he's army crawling all over the place...he's trying so hard to sit up on his own, but hasn't quite made it yet...he says mama and i'm pretty sure he says ma for more when he's eating, but it's debatable...he has two teeth, with more on their way very soon...he loves playing "where's jude or where's mama"...he loves to laugh, and we love to laugh with him...he's such a happy babywe are so blessed by jude, and can't believe the lord blessed us with him! 

here's my little chunky monkey...
(yes, that's drool dripping off his chin...it's been like a faucet lately!)


Monday, August 9, 2010

misc on a monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

{one}
jude now has two teeth, only they aren't both on the bottom.  he has one up top that's peeping through.  it's a little strange because it's a lateral incisor (the one next to the front tooth)...i didn't think he'd get that one before the other bottom front tooth and top front teeth!  his gums are really swollen, so i think he's getting all of his teeth at once!

{two}
this past friday and saturday my church held a parenting conference:  getting to the heart of parenting with speaker paul david tripp.  it was amazing and insightful!  you can watch a clip of the conference here.  there were so many good points!  i will have to share the nuggets of wisdom later this week!

{three}
i'm not a fashionista by any means...i'm a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl...i don't normally like what's "in"...but lately, i've been eyeing these...
aviators!
i'm searching for a pair that would look ok on my face...

{four}
i'm loving books by priddy books.  jude is loving them too!  he gets super excited when he sees this one.  it has bright colors, so it's super stimulating to his little developing brain!  i think these books are great!  they have a really great selection of educational books for your little love.  what books do you like for your little one?


he also really loves this one: