I’ve been M.I.A., huh? And I don’t mean the awesome girl who sings “Paper Planes,” which just happens to be a good song to work out to and create awesome dance moves.
So the past week has been filled with lots of great time with family: celebrating Sara’s baptism last Sunday, my father-in-law’s birthday Friday, and my aunt’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary tonight! Wonderful celebrations! So in order to recap over a week, I will do my best to share in photos, but I didn’t have my camera for the birthday or anniversary celebration. 😦
I’ve been loving this homemade artisan bread that is so easy and yum in the tum. I make the light wheat version and it is definitely working for us. Here are some of my different loaves:
I made Shrimp Pasta one night:
Shrimp and Pea Pasta
Half a package of spaghetti, boiled
1 heaping Tbsp. Garlic
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. butter
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
~3/4 tsp pepper and salt
Parmesan or romano cheese
2-3 servings medium cooked frozen shrimp (I just used half a package from TJs)
Boil water for pasta, add pasta once boiling. Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil, butter, and garlic. Then add peas, pepper, salt, and shrimp. (Remember to rinse your shrimp to defrost-about 5 minutes under cold water). Add pasta to skillet and toss. Sprinkle with parmesan or romano cheese.
A new favorite breakfast is different variations of diced cinnamon apples with either oatmeal or a blend of Kashi go lean crunch and TJs cheerios (w/ milk). I think I first saw something like this at www.livelaugheat.com (Hi Allie!) Warm up half an apple with lots of cinnamon for about 1 min 15 secs. Top whatever cereal mixture or oatmeal with cinnamon apples and almond butter.
I ate this bowl on the way to Sara’s baptism:
On the way to Willow Creek, I spotted this:
It’s the weiner mobile!
It was amazing to celebrate my sister-in-law’s baptism. We believe that Jesus tells us in the Bible that when we trust in Him, we can be baptized to show that we have asked for his grace and forgiveness, and want Him to be Lord of our lives. Down in the water with the old, out cleansed and new. Christ offered Himself up for us, so that we could have a relationship with God that is set right; He paid the cost of our sin, so that we could be free. Sometimes you can hear those words, and not be affected, even as Christians. I am grateful to be reminded that Jesus came “that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 So what did I do when I believed that? It starts with a prayer: I prayed that Jesus would forgive me, that I believed He was the only one that could, he was the Son of God, and I wanted him to lead me and I wanted to follow Him. It’s a gift, we receive it, we don’t earn it.
This blog isn’t just a place for me to share recipes, photos, family life, etc. If my faith in Jesus and the fact that God has completely changed my life wasn’t on this blog, it wouldn’t be really about me, and it would be kinda pointless to me. So there’s my little shout out to the One who gives life.
Mom and Momma G (Sara’s mom)
Sara and me-photo taken from little cousin, not the greatest angle for me…
Joe helping with the salad, who said, “Lauren, I cannot look right now, I am chopping vegetables.” So sorry.
He also wanted me to tell you all that there was a coyote in our front yard just tonight. We live in town, so he really wanted you to know how carazay that was. Maybe he should write a guest post?!
Fireplace progress! (It obviously isn’t finished just yet.) To see more before shots, click here.
Back of house still needs to be painted, don’t mind the mismatching paint.
Another long post! Hope everyone has a great week and can share with others all that they are thankful for. I’m sure you’ll see lots of Thanksgiving photos around here later this week. I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with my in-laws for lunch, and my big family for dinner. Hopefully I won’t need to borrow my sister-in-law’s elastic pregnancy pants. Here’s to everything in moderation…