• cooking,  food,  inner world,  mom blogs

    things to do while waiting for a baby

    No such luck having baby fick #2 arrive on his due date like Reuben!  Yesterday was my due date & no sign of the little guy yet.  For the past two weeks there have been days where I have been in false labor, even going to the hospital once to be sent home, which was a major bummer.  So here is how I’ve been passing my time. Baking: Blueberry-raspberry pound cake for the 4th of July.  It was like fruity fireworks in a cake! I didn’t take a picture of mine but you get the idea of what it looked like from this other one. It was great to enjoy…

  • baking,  cooking,  inner world,  Uncategorized,  work,  working moms

    under the gun is much more fun

    You’d think that with all the free time I have during my sabbatical, I’d be getting a lot done that I normally don’t. wrong. In some ways this is good- the point of a sabbatical is to rest or engage the mind in other things like getting a degree. Now that my time is mostly spent in writing and reflection on how I’m going to integrate what I’ve learned during this past year I find I have a much more difficult time structuring my schedule. A few years ago I took the meyer-briggs type 2 test which provides an even more detailed breakdown of a personality type- as in, just exactly…

  • cooking,  Uncategorized

    spring soup!

    With the weather being a little brisk with the promise of warming up, I thought I’d post a recipe for some soup I’ve enjoyed recently for you to try if you’re feeling soup-y and have some time to spare on a rainy day. I blogged awhile ago about The Soup Peddler’s Guide to Slow and Difficult Soups. It was a fun book to read & had a couple recipes that sounded good. I only ended up trying the minestrone recipe but I am very glad that I did! I have never enjoyed minestrone- the kinds I’ve had have always consisted of mushy noodles and bland mushy veggies. However this minestrone…

  • cooking,  food

    the healthy snack attack

    Stereotypically men crave more salty snacks and women crave sweet snacks. Which serves to confirm my theory that I think more like a dude when it comes to eating habits (not to mention other areas of life).  Since trying to fight the february flab I’ve tried to be more conscious about eating fruits and veggies and adding strength training to doing yoga & walking. I am always amazed at how quickly the body begins to transform when you add lifting weights into the routine!  Happily, the muffin stuffin’ has decreased from code red to code orange in just two weeks of being more aware of what I was eating &…

  • books,  cooking,  food,  grad school

    january good reads

    During my sabbatical I’ve been in uber-nerd mode reading like crazy. I am on a study sabbatical, so it’s what I am supposed to do & I’ve really been enjoying it. If you’re looking for something good to read during these long winter months here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed: Books for class: Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson While most biographers take a fairly negative view on this woman who paved the way for modern evangelism, Epstein treats her well without glossing over the negative areas in her life and ministry. It was fascinating and inspiring to read about this prominent female evangelist! It was…

  • cooking,  food

    an ode to oats

    Ever since I began to follow Carrots n’ Cake and the author Tina’s obsession love of oatmeal, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon.  Especially living in cold Michigan, a bowl of steamy oats in the morning is such a nice way to wake up. Though my mom has always been a good cook, the oatmeal she made for my brother and sister and I was atrocious, the worst you could think of; bland, grey, lumpy. Even with large amounts of brown sugar I could barely spoon a mouthful. Then I married my husband Dave who cooks oatmeal to just the right consistency. And then I read Tina’s blog about all the…

  • cooking

    bundle up to party down!

    Santa Clause, his little elf, a snow-storm, burning breadcrumbs and lots of good cheer were enjoyed this past Thursday at our “bundle up to party down” dinner.  Here’s the highlight reel to enjoy! The squash turned out well, save for catching on fire under the broiler 🙂 whoops! Thankfully Dave was able to just scrape off the burned crumbs to save our dinner. I hadn’t thought about it when I planned it, but the salad of spinach, goat cheese and cranberries was festive and beautiful! Though I enjoy cooking, I enjoy setting a beautiful table and arranging flowers even more. We also did some “prom shots” in homage of the…

  • baking,  cooking,  food

    festivities!

    Tomorrow night Dave and I are hosting a formal dinner for our care group from church and have a very yummy menu planned! I posted a few weeks ago about this & did a flashback of the dress options I have for tomorrow night. Which one did I choose? You’ll just have to check out my post after the party to find out! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone all dolled up in their evening-wear finest! Here is the yummy (and healthy) menu for tomorrow night: baby spinach salad with craisins and goat cheese warm crescent rolls stuffed acorn squash with white beans, chard and chicken chocolate gingerbread assorted appetizers and…

  • church,  cooking,  food,  marriage

    how to embarrass your husband

    For anyone who knows my husband Dave, you know that it not easy to embarrass him. Crazy story about Dave? He’ll tell you five more about himself. An embarrassing photo? Well, we have those all categorized in photo albums. An awkward situation? Dave can create those with finesse and style to the mortification of anyone in the room. When I told him what I was writing about tonight, he rolled his eyes and started laughing with embarrassment. So what did I do? I got up in front of 400 people this morning at church and professed my love for him. For the past three weeks, our church has been doing…

  • cooking,  food,  Uncategorized

    dinner insurance

    Ever since my mother-in-law encouraged me to think of November-February as the “cozy months” it’s helped me to think about all the things I enjoy about winter. After our CSA ended I was lamenting the end of fresh lettuce, herbs and all the other weekly goodies we recieved. However, after freezing everything we gleaned recently I am excited about ways to work in 5 fruits/veggies a day through SOUP! Check out our haul. We pretty much froze all of this stuff to throw into soups later this winter. Tonight I made one of my favorite healthy/cheap/quick soups that I saw on The Biggest Loser a year ago- Tiny Turkey Meatball…

  • cooking,  food,  justice,  Uncategorized

    gleaning

    This past Saturday, Dave and I scored a trunk-full of free vegetables from the farm we subscribed to! Though our subscription is finished for the year, we took part in an ancient practice called “gleaning” basically harvesting the leftovers from the fields. As we traipsed through the thick black soil scouting for cabbage, swiss chard and carrots we enjoyed the beautiful sunny day with reuben & his buddy ashy. As I filled my giant blue plastic Ikea shopping bag with leaves of deep green curly kale, and waxy purple cabbage I thought about the rules given to the Israelites in Leviticus to provide for the poor in their culture. Leviticus…

  • cooking,  food,  inner world,  nature,  Uncategorized

    last day(s) of strive for five!

    So, for those of you who took my challenge to “Strive for Five” fruits and vegetables over the month of September, how did it go? I know we still technically have the rest of today & tomorrow, but I’m guessing you’re going to go the distance and eat a few extra carrots 🙂 (you go mr. banana grabber man- get down with your tomato devouring self lady-friend!) This has actually been my best month yet- I think knowing that I’d photograph my sticker calendar at the end of the month to post on my blog was good motivation!  Each month I try to beat my record- my best record was…