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Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekly Menu: November 1-7

Monday: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Baked Fries and Spinach Salad

Tuesday: Beef and Broccoli with Brown Rice and Fruit

Wednesday: Chicken Alfredo, Garlic French Bread and Spinach Salad (didn't get to this last week)

Thursday: Pizza, Applesauce and Spinach Salad

Friday: Puerto Rican Chicken and Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Saturday: Ginger Soy Turkey Roast, Mashed Potatoes and Spinach Salad

Sunday: Mexican White Chili and Whole Grain Cornbread

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

Judah after his bath tonight; kind of an intense look, but SUPER cute :)


So I think it's time for Mary to come inside for the winter for a few reasons.
1- Kyle saw a mouse last night; yuck!
2- I think I'm feeding all of the neighborhood cats currently by feeding her outside.
3- I don't want her to freeze to death.

Does anyone in the GR area know of a place to get discounted vet services/vaccines??? The Humane Society has discounted their low income vaccines due to lack of funding :(

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A New Favorite Recipe: Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream and additional minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the cumin, salt, chili powder and pepper. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker; stir in the beans, tomatoes, corn, enchilada sauce, onions and cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until heated through.
  • In a small bowl, combine muffin mix and eggs; spoon over meat mixture. Cover and cook 1 hour longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream and additional cilantro if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
I discovered this recipe in the latest Taste of Home magazine and it is great! We all loved it and it was super easy to prepare. It's the kind of recipe that you can change up to fit your tastes. I omitted the diced tomatoes because Kyle doesn't like tomato chunks. I've also made it with chicken instead of hamburger and it was yummy that way too :) Enjoy!

These photos warm my heart...

Evie came up to me when I was feeding Judah and said, "Evie hold Judah!"
Sibs :)

Judah was a very good sport considering most of the formula went down his neck rather than into his tummy.

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

This is the recipe for one of our favorite salad dressings. Spinach has been very reasonably priced lately and we have been having lots of salads with our meals. One of our favorite combinations are spinach, crumbled bleu cheese, craisins and toasted walnuts with this dressing. But really you can just throw together whatever you have laying around :)

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing:
- 1/3 c. white sugar
- 2/3 c. whole milk plain yogurt*
- 1 T. poppy seeds
- 3 T. red wine vinegar

* The original recipe called for 1/3 cup of mayo and 1/4 cup of milk. We like it better with the yogurt; plus it makes it a tad healthier :) Either way is tasty though!

Weekly Menu: October 25 - October 31

Monday: Thai Peanut Pork (leftovers from freezer) over Rice, Corn, Applesauce

Tuesday: Wet Burritos, Chips and Spinach Salad

Wednesday: Turkey Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza, Applesauce, Spinach Salad

Thursday: Apple Harvest Chicken Salad and Dinner Rolls

Friday: Chicken Alfredo, Garlic French Bread and Spinach Salad

Saturday: Dinner at Michael & Rachel's

Sunday: Pizza Soup and Spinach Salad

Monday, October 18, 2010

Is the Pill Abortive?

Is the pill abortive? If we believe that life begins at conception, then Randy Alcorn says yes. This is something that Christians need to seriously consider. Unfortunately, many young couples see the pill as a valid form of birth control, all the while ignoring the fact they may be destroying a human being created in the image of God. I'm not sure this is a closed case--the medical community seems split. Needless to say, the medical community's inability to decisively determine how the pill works ought to caution Christians against using it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Weekly Menu: October 18 - October 24

Monday: Pizza and Salad

Tuesday: Beef and Black Bean Tacos, Skillet Corn and Salad

Wednesday: Asian Chicken Salad Wraps, Baked French Fries and Applesauce

Thursday: Chicken Chimichangas, Refried beans and Salad

Friday: Slow Cooker Tamale Pie and Salad

Saturday: Caramel Apple Pork Chops, Butternut Squash and Dinner Rolls

Sunday: Corn Chowder with Chilies, Homemade Bread

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 12, 2010

I pinned her down and told her to show me her happy face :)
Then I stood up and found this little girl hanging on my leg saying, "more more Mommy!!"

Friday, October 8, 2010

Weekly Menu: October 11-October 17

Monday: 3 Bean Soup and Crusty Bread

Tuesday: Mexican Flatbread Pizzas and Salad

Wednesday: Blue Cheese Burgers, Homemade Fries and Salad

Thursday: Creamy Swiss Chicken, Rice and Steamed Broccoli

Friday: Calzones and Salad

Saturday: Bean and Cheese Enchiladas, Salad, Chips

Sunday: Acorn Squash Soup, Crusty Bread and Apple Slices

Judah's 6 Month Photos

What a cute little man!
Grandpa & Grandma Borg, this is the pose I got for you in an 8x10.
There will also be wallets of this pose for other family members :)
Grandpa & Grandma Aase this is the pose for your 5x7
I love him!

Wallets of this one...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

October 7, 2010

Now that he can sit unassisted, Judah LOVES to spend time in the pack n play.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 6, 2010

I took Judah downstairs with me while on was on the treadmill and he fell asleep in his walker. What a little cutie :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 5, 2010

Getting ready to head out on our weekly walk to the library. It's only about a mile from our house; Evie really enjoys picking out new books to read each week :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Weekly Menu: October 4 - October 10

Monday: Spicy Peach-Glazed Pork Chops, Brown Rice and Skillet Corn

Tuesday: Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza, Salad

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, Baked French Fries, Salad

Thursday: White Chicken Spaghetti Pie, Garlic Bread, Salad

Friday: Loaded Pinto Beans, Chips and Salad

Saturday: Acorn Squash Soup, Crusty Bread, and Salad

Sunday: In Metamora