Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Odds and Ends

1. Josh's bedtime story. As narrated by Josh.

"Josh and Kari"

Once there was a large castle. Josh and Kari were worried because Princess Naomi was trapped inside. And Princess Naomi was a baby. Kari and Josh had a giant rocket ship. So they got inside an took off. There were lots of dragons, but the rocket ship had 100 guns. So Josh and Kari put out the guns and "pfew, pfwe, pshew!" shot the dragons. They headed in to the castle but there were more dragons, so they shot them too "pshew, pshew!" then they landed inside. They were going to save the princess, but there were cars and two guards. Josh and Kari found two guns and shot the cars and guards. "Pshew, sphew, pfwe"! Then they found that Princes Naomi was locked in a cage that needed a key. The key was in the hand of one of the guards, but he was DEAD- so they took the key, opened the cage and saved Princess Naomi.

2. A yummy new dish. I added about a teaspoon each of cinnamon and cumin, and I used cannelini beans instead of garbanzo since that's what I had on hand. Oh my goodness its delish!
Moraccan Tagine
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into chunks
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 (15.5 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 (14 ounce) can vegetable broth
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 dash cayenne pepper
1.Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken, onion, and garlic about 15 minutes, until browned.
2.Mix the squash, garbanzo beans, carrot, tomatoes with juice, broth, sugar, and lemon juice into the skillet. Season with salt, coriander, and cayenne pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, and continue cooking 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

3. Yummy new soup recipe that I like to think is somewhat health.
Zuppa Toscana
2 potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
3/4 cup chopped onion
8 slices bacon
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups kale - washed, dried, and shredded
2 tablespoons chicken soup base
1 quart water
1/3 cup milk with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch mixed in
1. Cook bacon in pan, then set aside and crumble when cooled. Drain pan of grease, leaving just enough to coat pan. Add onions and garlic to pan and sautee till soft or almost clear.
2.Add chicken soup base, water, and potatoes, to onions in a pot. simmer 15 minutes.
3.Add kale and simmer 4 minutes. Stir in bacon, milk with cornstarch just before serving. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

the inconvenient truth

Jake left Saturday night for a health insurance conference in D.C. It wasn't until he was packing that I realized: "I'll have to take all three kids to church BY MYSELF?!" Jake nodded, but said, "I won't blame you if you decide to 'call in sick'". Hmmm. Tempting thought. Then Sunday rolled around and I realized that there were a few good things about the opportunity that I'd overlooked.

1. The inconvenient TRUTH. Josh woke up early, and like many mornings one of his first questions was "What day is it?" "Sunday" I responded, and then realized I'd sealed my doom. Josh is learning the habits/routines of each day. He knows that on Sundays we go to church. If I chose to "call in sick" and not go to church I would have to explain that to my five year old, but if I chose to GO I would teach him the inconvenient truth. We go to church. We don't just go when its easy or convenient, because in all reality, most of the time it isn't. And even though sacrament meeting with three ones by myself was not easy, the blessings I received from going far outweighed the cost. Relief Society was AWESOME that day- how sad if I had not been there.

2. I'm not a single mom. This was ONE Sunday. I know there are many moms out there with three kids and more. Many of them even with little ones under a year that tie up your hands and make it harder to control the older ones. They have to do that every week.

3. Two hours of free babysitting. True, I had to make it through Sacrament Meeting by myself with all three- but after that I got free babysitting for the older two so I could have a little one-on-one with my tiny one! And that's something I don't get too often.

I'm glad I chose to go.