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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Toad in the Hole

I find these recipes for this authentic English meal online.  I hope the recipes I chose were truly authentic.  Anyway...our family loved our meal!  I definitely plan on making this again.  I didn't have any course mustard for the gravy so I left that out.

Toad in the Hole
6 medium sized sausage links (my dear friend told me that bratwurst was a good equivalent.  I got uncooked)
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt (to 1 teaspoon)
2 eggs
1 c. milk
4 tbsp. oil (or 2-3)
Cook your sausages in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally until cooked through.
Blend flour, salt, eggs, milk together until very smooth, scraping bowl occasionally (a blender also works well for this).
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Measure oil into 8 x 8 x 2 inch square Pyrex pan. Heat for 2 minutes.
Add sausages to oil in bottom of pan (be careful-- the oil may spit)
Pour batter into pan and bake for 20-30 minutes. Do not open door. Serve immediately, with gravy if desired. (make gravy while these are cooking)

Onion Gravy:
1oz butter
2 red onions
1 small garlic clove
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp coarse mustard
worcestershire sauce
dried thyme

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Woman After God's Own Heart

I use to get some school books from time to time.  If you're not familiar with them, check them out.  It's a great way to get rid of unwanted books and score some books you really do want.  Anyway, I was going through ordering some books from a particular member when I saw they had, A Woman After God's Own Heart listed.  I put that into my shopping cart as well.  I received a note from this person saying that the book was actually the workbook; and did I still want it.  At first I was going to say no; then something changed my  mind.  I decided to get the book after all.  What a blessing this book has been in my life.  I'm only on week two and it's been amazing!  Here's the summary for today.

"Godly people can make ungodly decisions if they don't seek God through prayer.  The Bible includes many examples of people who made poor decisions because of selfishness, anger or desire.  Our heart is deceitful, so we must spend time with God in prayer and ask Him to reveal His will and way to us.  We can have confidence in our decisions when we make prayer an important part of daily life."

My daughter and I were able to sit down with each other and recall times we made our own plans and tried to fit God into them vs. letting God lead us with our lives.  The times that we and others around us made our own plans, it ended in disaster, heart ache and more.  The times we let God lead, while sometimes in the midst of it all it was hard, the outcome was amazing!  More than we could have ever hoped for.

I would challenge you today to start letting God lead your life instead of you calling the shots and asking God to bless them.  I would also encourage you to get into the habit of daily reading the word and praying to God.  What a difference it can make.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Family

 Invisible ink?

 My funny boy!

 Science Experiments

 What will happen next?

 My Jon trying to do a handstand.

Baby hedgehog - isn't he cute! 

Baby Burrito. 

 Jon riding his bike for the first time in 2011.

Kisses for my daughter!

I just realized it's been awhile since I've posted and I should probably get something up on here.  Our family was all on anti-biotics about 2 weeks ago (which never happens) and then followed up with a nasty cold.  When taking the kids into the doctor he said "Wow, you guys go from never being sick to all of you coming in at once".  Yep...that's what happens when you're at home 24/7, 365 days a year.  Everyone shares.  rofl!  We're still recovering but doing much better than a couple weeks ago. 

Ok enough of that...on to the fun!  It's been so nice out lately!  We've had weather in the 40's and 50's!  It's feeling a lot like spring.  I sure hope Mr. Groundhog was right in telling us that spring was on its way.  I think everyone is ready for spring this year!

Sometimes it's easy to get down in the dumps about school issues, sick family members, disappointments, etc... but the thing I cling to and need to remember is that these moments are fleeting.  They should not set my tone/mood for the day.  What do I want my children to remember about me when I'm gone?  I'd love for them to say that mom was fun, positive despite the outcome, encouraging, helpful, fun, etc... You get the idea.  Most of all I want them to know that my strength came from God!  My strength, hope, etc...all comes from the Lord.  I've been working on a new schedule for myself which includes getting up and starting the day off in the word and in prayer instead of starting it off on the computer.  Please pray for me in this.  We all know how hard habits are to break.  This one is well worth the break; I don't want it to be one of those things that I say I need and want and then don't stick with.  

So yeah...there's the short version of our family this past couple weeks.  Oh and Matt is not nearly as stressed as he used to be.  That is God alone working!  I feel like we have our family back which is a huge blessing!  A big thanks to those who have been in prayer about this.