Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
"Mom, I like having a good attitude and I'm happy. But I am not a sassy girl."
God bless her. It seemed to be very important to hear that I agreed with her, so I gave her a hug, which made her smile, and I said,"Okay, sweetie. You're not a sassy girl."
Thursday, February 26, 2009
We used the mantle in our hearth room to hang up our Mardi Gras masks. They looked pretty underneath the sketch of Notre Dame we picked up at a Parisian flea market. Our eldest loved it, and it also prevented the wee one from ripping the feathers to shreds.
Not that it's stopped us from enjoying our own pancakes at home. Not at all.
For the second year in a row, my daughter has decided to give up all things sweet and sugary for Lent. It has to be hard, especially since she's only eight, so I'm doing my part in joining her in her Lenten sacrifice. This means that the syrup we poured on those luscious pancakes? Fare thee well until Easter (which just happens to be her birthday this year).
If we need our fix, we'll have to look to these pictures we took the eve before Ash Wednesday and salivate over them. They'll have to do.
In the mean time, we'll take the energy we'd be spending nibbling sugary goods and make some positive changes during these next couple of weeks. Lent isn't just about the sacrifice, after all, it can also be about the good that you can do.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Maybe next year. (Yes, husband, that is a hint)
Until then, though, we'll enjoy with my heirlooms from growing up in New Orleans and the tastes, sights, and sounds of this wonderfully alive city.*
Monday, February 23, 2009
One slice of cheese (eldest loves muenster)
One tablespoon of butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
One of the meals I grew up on was Quiche Lorraine with various sides: marinated asparagus, mixed veggies. It was such delicious, simple food. Eldest happens to love quiche as much as I do, so guess what I'm usually fixing once a week?
8 bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces(optional)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheese, divided
6 large eggs
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
Bake at 400° for 7 minutes; remove from oven
Cook bacon pieces in a large skillet until crisp; drain on paper towels, and crumble. Sprinkle bacon and 1 cup cheese into prepared crust.
Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients; pour mixture into crust, and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese and nutmeg.
Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until set.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Want our super simple recipe for your own files?
4 c. water
1 stick butter
8 oz. grated cheese
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
Pour grits in boiling water. Reduce heat and cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add butter and cheeses and stir until melted. Salt is optional as some cheeses are more salty than others. Add to taste. Serve.
And then you're done! Easy, right? You can add whatever you want or keep the smooth, creamy dish simple and unadorned. Now go enjoy and indulge a little yourself. Y'all deserve it.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Let's see the lovely shades of spring with kelley greens and cerulean blues.
While I wait for them to appear, I like looking back at the pictures of Valentine's with my children. Seeing their joy and excitement makes everything worth it. Eldest is still engrossed with the fact that gorging on candy is actually encouraged. Score! Our youngest, though, just liked the shiny papers and envelopes.
And he LOVED his new blanket.
And isn't that what Valentine's should be about?
Friday, February 13, 2009
But it's all been in the name of the children, and it's been for Valentine's. This is okay.
Our eldest has new jammies coming her way, along with sweets, and some fun heart-shaped cookie cutters that we'll make pancakes with. And did I mention the fabulous Valentine muffin tins?
I smell chocolate-chip muffins! Stay tuned for the recipe.
Now since our youngest is well, young, we kept things very simple and friendly. There are little chewies since he's a teething machine and this darling fleece blanket.
We also picked up a few little candy colored boxes for our teachers at school and filled them with sweets and treats. Believe me, friends, these ladies have earned it.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
After the entry about our kitchen and the curtains (which are to be moved into the husband's office), I thought I'd share a few other fabrics from projects I and my mother have done throughout the homestead.
Aren't they pretty?
Yes, we made each and every one, or in the case of Target's product, hemmed it. And after actually typing the brief descriptions, it seems I have a thing for damasks.
It makes perfect sense that she'd love this film.
So are these really that surprising?
Monday, February 9, 2009
My husband caught me on the verge of tears more times than I could count. It was an emotional day.
But the sadness I felt for the Macs was overcome with the joy and love I found in my family this weekend. I was hugged back a lot longer, and despite her "like, duh!" response,even my eldest told me how much she loved me-more than usual.
Maybe they understood a little of what I was feeling. It's not that I can identify with Joel and Jess' pain, but as a family we sense when we need to come together a little more. When one hurts, the others comfort and love. We lift each other up.
This helped a lot. So did the many prayers I offered to God.
This morning I woke up feeling as if my eyes were being re-opened, and I took a little more time playing with our wee one as he woke up. I helped my daughter prepare her snack and get ready for school instead of leaving her to do it independently. I felt awake enough to tease my husband about his penchant for worrying over his work clothes.
It's a new day with many things to celebrate, blessings to rejoice over.
I'll begin with these two-God's greatest gifts to myself and my husband.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
God bless them, and be with them, through this difficult time and beyond.
They're off on another season-our eldest's seventh-which began with a tournament yesterday. I had to attend an awards banquet for our Academic Games children, so I missed her first two games. Thankfully, her daddy and little brother were there as her biggest cheerleaders.
Today we'll head back down to the gorgeous soccer complex at the Palisades for the final game in the tournament. Best of luck, soccer girl!