Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Some Yummy Recipes

I am not a very good cook, but in my desire to become a better cook... and therefore a better wifey... I've been trying some new recipes. Here are a few of my absolute favorites.

Chicken Gravy and Drop Biscuits

I made this for dinner tonight, with organic veggies and chicken broth. Hubby loves it and calls it an inside out chicken pot pie. Perfect for cold days!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

This is to die for :) Just like Great Harvest Bread, but not 7 dollars a loaf! *eek*

Italian Cheesy Bread

Perfect side dish, and I use the bread recipe for our homemade pizza too.

And I love making homemade bagels... chocolate chip is the best! I haven't made them in a while though- very time consuming :)

If anyone has any good recipes that are semi-easy for a beginner like me, I'd love it if you would share them!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Menu Plan... Tuesday?

Well, better late than never :) We are happily recovering from the sinus yuckies, and little Miss Evangeline is the only one who seems to still have the sniffles. I can't wait for my baby to be all better! Here's my plan for the week...

Monday... Spinach Quiche with fruit
Tuesday... leftover Quiche with cinnamon rolls
Wednesday... Chicken and Drop Biscuits
Thursday... Same :)
Friday... BBQ chicken, Best Biscuits, Broccoli
Saturday... Homemade pizza and salad (We would normally do this on friday night, but we are having some friends over who have lots of littles, and I thought this would be a fun dinner to do with them!)
Sunday... leftovers from Friday!

And here is a picture of Miss Evie in her new high chair. So far this is used mostly for play time :) Though tonight she did begrudgingly swallow a bite or two of organic pears. That's the first time I've really seen her reeeeally swallow baby food, even though she made the funniest face while she did. Too cute.

We just got our window seat recovered... you can kind of see it in the background. I love the new colors!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

So sick!

So sick that I used one of these guys. I'd heard alot about them, and if I were any less sick I probably never would have tried one. If I weren't such a weeny about taking any medication, I would probably never have used one. But so far, so good... it was a weird sensation to be sure, but I've been able to breathe for the last 30 minutes through my nose. Which is 30 minutes longer than I've been able to breathe for my nose for the last week.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Favorite Books for Evie

I think it is so important to be mindful about what books we read to our babies. You are what you read, after all... so here are my current favorites for book time. These all have beautiful illustrations with modestly dressed young girls and great messages- which is sometimes hard to find even in "Christian" books.

This book is SO sweet and really encourages little girls as mothers and home-keepers. Very touching and vintage, and just lovely. It follows a little girl throughout the day as she takes care of her home and "babies" when "daddy" goes off to work.

A wonderful story of purity before marriage. It would be impossible to say how great this book is!

This book has little rhymes about character traits of God's little girl. It loosely follows Proverbs 31, and is almost everything that you could want in a book for your daughter. I have to admit, sometimes even these children's books are convicting to me- they are very busy little girls :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Yummy Spinach Soup

I promised some friends I would post my favorite soup recipe... here it is! This is very yummy, very hearty, and you can make it as frugal or as fancy as you like by making everything organic. It's got a few of the "dirty dozen" (spinach and potatoes) in it- but I honestly only regularly use organic chicken broth and organic butter. Organic potatoes and spinach are harder to come by- I think I'd have to go to a special store for that, and well... that's just probably not going to happen anytime soon. I may stock up on some organic spinach next time I'm at Whole Foods though, since that's frozen and can keep for a Long Time. I make this with either bread bowls (I make the dough in the breadmaker then make round bowls in the oven) or drop biscuits. Hope you enjoy- someone shared it on a sewing board I'm part of a few years back, and it is SO delicious!

2 medium/large potatoes peeled and sliced paper thin
2 carrots peeled and sliced pretty thin (I usually do 3 med/large carrots)
1 box frozen chopped spinach
46 oz chicken broth
chopped green onions (I use two bunches, but this is really to taste)
1 large can evaporated milk
1/4 cup rice (I use a bit more to make it stew like)
3 TBSP butter
the original recipe calls for salt, but I've never felt the need for it.

Saute the green onions in the butter until they are tender. Add all the chicken broth, bring to a boil. Add the evaporated milk, stir to blend (honestly you can do this at anytime... since I have forgotten at some points to add this until the end) Add the potatoes, carrots, and rice. Boil 15 minutes. I do this at a pretty low boil, nothing rolling or crazy. Add the frozen spinach (just unwrap it and put the frozen block in. Continue to leave on the original heat for another 15 minutes. Serve in your bread bowls or with biscuits :) It makes alot- serves 7 approximately. Whenever momma or I make it we usually share... because no one wants *that* many leftovers. Someday I hope to have enough babies to eat it all in one night, Lord willing :-D
You can cut up everything the night before while your baby sleeps... your potatoes will be a funny color the next day, but they'll taste just fine!
Also, Hubby likes his sprinkled with crispy chopped turkey bacon, leftover fresh green onion and some cheese.

Ebay Link

As requested, here's the links to the Ebay Auction!

Thanks for the sweet comments about the kitchen decor. I'll miss the cherries too. Some small part of me will always thrill when I see anything red and aqua :)

Kitchen Redecorating!

Here's a little glimpse at the new kitchen colors! These are the new plates. Yellow trim with blue grey butterflies... I think they are just right.

A little decorative honey pot... and my poor ivy that has survived so much abuse and neglect it deserves a medal.

Here's the calendar that inspired it all! My momma got me this for Christmas, and when I put it on the wall, I just knew that I needed to change the kitchen colors. This made the wall color and the cabinets really flow... as opposed to the red and aqua, which I think detracted from the colors.

I found this plate hanger at Hobby Lobby for half off.

I got this tin print when I was about 15 I think! It was in my room growing up, and my momma had found it a while back in the house. I put it up in the laundry room since it didn't really go anywhere, but now it matches perfectly. Evie loves to look at the colors and hear me describe all the different kind of butterflies.

I got these when I visited my brother in South Carolina when I was pregnant. My momma had read about Mrs. Bush decorating the White House with this artist's work, and we went to go check it out. We both got some- they were very inexpensive and so pretty! But I didn't have a place for them until now.

This is such a fun project, and I think "hunting" for a good deal and getting different little pieces at different times is so much more fun than just going in a buying a set of something. And an added plus... Hubby likes this theme SO much better :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year... New Blog!

I'm so excited about starting a new blog. My old blog was mainly about crafting, and I want to continue that, but I don't have much time for it anymore, which is a great thing! Being a wife and mommy takes up most of my time, and I am so thankful for that. I kind of gave up blogging since I wasn't crafting at all- my poor sewing machine hasn't made it out of the closet since Miss Evangeline went 10 days over her due date and pretty much all I could do was sew the whole time. Mostly I'll be blogging about what I jokingly call "wife college"... menu planning, trying to learn how to be a better cook, and generally striving to glorify God in my calling as a wife and mother. So I hope you join me on my journey! Hubby has finished his kitchen remodel, and I'm starting to redecorate the kitchen.

In case you haven't seen it, here's my old kitchen theme:

I adored this retro, fun look. It was SO cute, and SO me. But, the new kitchen just doesn't lend itself to this theme at ALL. Our cabinets are very shabby chic, and I picked a lovely light grey/lilac color for the walls. It looks beachy and sweet, but it just clashes with the red and aqua. I'm selling all the old cherry things on Ebay, and hopefully using that money and some Christmas gift money from my grandmother to redecorate with a botanical/butterfly theme. I'll be posting pictures of my few slight changes that I've made soon! Blessings!