Monday, January 27, 2014

Daybooking Mondays

Welcome to my Monday Daybook. A chance for me to reflect intentionally on what is going on in my world each week. You can check out other daybookers here.

Outside my window...
It's getting colder outside as a northern wind blows through.  Icemegeddon II is predicted for tomorrow.  


I am thinking...
about how I organize my time so I can be more efficient and less tired.

I am thankful...
for a (unexpected) long weekend and some quality time with the Girl.


In the kitchen...
soup a couple of days this week, because it is going to be cold.  Also trying some Asian flavors for the girl.


I am wearing...
work uniform.  Jeans, blouse and Sperry's.


I am creating...
flyers for the spring events.


I am going...
to take down the Christmas tree in my office this week.  


I am wondering...

if I can get some more will power to go back to being healthy.

I am reading...
books for school.  

I am hoping...
to spend time with Urs this week just hanging out.


I am looking forward to...
a laid back birthday week.

I am learning...
to hear Ursula's tone differently.  She sometimes is very short and does not realize how it is coming off.


Around the house...
the laundry is piled high in the living room.  But the front yard looks mighty nice!

I am pondering...

"I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences." Ephesians 4:2-3 (The Message)


 A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things...
going back to sleep, knowing that school would be cancelled and work would be closed.


A few plans for the rest of the week:
school work, taste of the town and being asleep by 11pm.


A peek into my day... 

The GirlChild earned her learner's permit to drive.  Every time we get in the car, "Mom, can I drive?"


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

I joined a vegetable and fruit coop. Every 2 weeks I get a load of produce. Today's bundle looked like this. 

Please remember I do not like broccoli. We got 3 heads of it. 

I googled and pinned some recipes but ended up combining them and y'all, this is some good stuff. 

Ingredients
5 chicken broth
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
5 cups of broccoli florets
1 T ground black pepper
8oz light cream cheese. 

Directions
Add broth, onion, carrot and garlic to a pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and summer for 5 minutes. Add broccoli, pepper and milk. Simmer for 10 minutes, covered. 

Pour it all into a blender. Cram in the block of cream cheese. Purée until smooth. I garnished with a sprinkle of cheddar, but it didn't need much.

30 minutes and dinner was ready. As was lunch for the next 3 days.  

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Slow Cooking Thursdays




Welcome to Slow Cooking Thursdays. Your (semi) weekly insight into Molly's rather whack life of momming, reality tv, ministry and pretending to be a real chef.




What has happened this week so far: 
Getting back in the swing of things after a wonderful holiday season.  Girlchild back in school, me back at school and part time job all began this week.  

What's up for the weekend:
Girl is babysitting on Friday night. (I am going to grill lamb for dinner since she won't be here!) Saturday she is working soccer, so I will be doing school stuff.  I joined a vegetable co-op this season, different from the CSA I was in last year.  I pick up for the first time on Saturday.  Sunday is church and then Community with the teens.

Song In My Head:
Crowder has a new single out, and I love me some Crowder.


Ursula Story of the Week: 
The GirlChild's grades came out for the first semester, and she passed everything.  She was unbelievably mad at me though, because I checked her grades before she could tell me how well she did.  Next time I will just act surprised.

I am procrastinating about:
Getting the floor fixed in the hall way.  It is on my list.

Scripture I am trying to wrap my head (and heart) around:
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Favorite Reality TV moment of the week:
I saw Top Chef last night and I love that Jacque Pepin was on.  I loved him and Julia Child together.  I do think they are making Nick out to be the bad guy, so he must be one of the finalists.  I have discovered I like the show, Property Brothers, on HGTV, but not enough to dvr it.  

On the Culinary Front
I am grilling some lamb that I got on sale this week because the Girl won't be around to turn her nose up at it.    

On the Healthy Front
My lunches have been really good this week, as I have discovered hummus and snap peas are great and fill me up.  I also got some honey crisp apples I have been dipping in peanut butter which are just delish.

Slow Cooking Dinner for tonight:
I made this tonight.  Next time I am going to add a bit more red pepper flakes, as we like it spicy over here.  I got the recipe from here.
Honey Sauced Chicken

3/4 pound chicken (of your choice)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup chopped onion (or 1/16 cup onion flakes)
1/8 cup ketchup
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3 hours or on high 1 1/2 hours. Chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce. Serve over rice or noodles.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Forever Family Day

Ursula,

I am sitting in the living room writing by the glow of the Christmas tree. I have my cup of chai and I am happy. You are sitting at the kitchen table, working on your homework, some project about The Hunger Games. 

Seven years ago at this time we were driving back from Eagle Pass to San Antonio. You were tired and grumpy in the truck as you sat between Lady and I. I finally sang enough Christmas carols that you fell asleep. You rested on Lady's arm and even though it fell asleep, she didn't move for over an hour so that you would rest. 

They are tons of things I love about our life now. I love when you come to say goodnight, and you just lay on me. I love it when you get the giggles and you can't control your laughing. I love it when you sing and dance around the house or do cheer moves in the truck. I love how your eyes light up when you tell me how this week's boy walked you to class. I love that you try really hard in your school work not only to please me, but because you have dreams and goals. I love the young woman you are becoming. 

Mija, you are the best part of my life. I love being your momma. And today, I promise again that we will always be family and I will never to sell you to the gypsies. Happy Forever Family Day 2013. 

The Momma

Monday, December 02, 2013

Monday Daybooking

Welcome to my Monday Daybook. A chance for me to reflect intentionally on what is going on in my world each week. You can check out other daybookers here.Align Left

Outside my window...
It's over cast, and unseasonably warm.  But my Christmas Advent lights are twinkling and making it all look happy.

I am thinking...
of washing clothes and setting up a chore system to keep our house looking as nice as it does right now.

I am thankful...
for a peaceful beginning of the Advent season and how much I love this time of year.  

In the kitchen...
gumbo, chicken, breakfast for dinner and posole.

I am wearing...
a Buccees Christmas shirt and sweats

I am creating...
space in the day for quiet

I am going...
to get a good night's sleep tonight

I am wondering...
about quantum physics, Higgs-Bosen and God

I am reading...
just finished Rob Bell's new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and have started Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton who writes at Momastery.  

I am hoping...
to finish one class this week and then move on to my final class of the semester.

I am looking forward to...
being back into a routine.

I am learning...
math. It has been a while.
 Around the house...
it is festive and clean.  Something pretty rare.

I am pondering...
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1
 A favorite quote for today...
"Sometimes we ask for help and God gives us hope; not because it's different, but because it's the same." Bob Goff

One of my favorite things...
an Advent wreath on the table with one single candle burning.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
ordering t-shirts, cleaning my office out and finishing 2 papers.

A peek into my day... 
we went to the theater yesterday and these two were saying you couldn't tell they we sisters.  I choose to think you can tell.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Winter Garden

My harvest today. Lettuce, parsley, green pepper, jalapeño and chard.  Not much else is growing, but these survived the first frost. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy New Year

In a little less than an hour it will be Sunday, December 1. A new year. The first Sunday of Advent. 

I am sitting here in my newly decorated living room, with the tree lighted and stockings on the mantle. We have just returned from seeing "It's A Wonderful Life" at the community theater. That's my favorite movie all time. 

I'm content. A year ago at this time I was half way through my sabbatical and just beginning to slow down enough to jump off the hamster wheel that had been my life. This Thanksgiving was a restful weekend with family and friends. I am slowed down without having to jam on the brakes. 

And that is a really nice feeling. To enter Advent taking it all in with deep breaths and appreciation. 

O come Emmanuel. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Day Of Thanks

Happy Thanksannaukah!

We spent the day cooking, eating, laughing, watching football and being Carrs. I could not have had a more perfect day 

But the best part of my day was some cousin time for the GirlChild and her boy cousins. 


Happy momma. Tonight I am filled with gratitude for many things. I am blessed.