What It All Comes Down To…

A glimpse into the life of our family. Some ideas, insight, recipes, and crafts. Maybe a baby picture or two.

Another Easy Recipe December 28, 2010

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This one is courtesy of the AWFUL cold that has taken over my life. 

In a soup pot add a few tablespoons of olive oil.  Warm this up and add about 3/4 C. finely chopped onion (or a Tbsp. or so dried onion) and 1 clove garlic.  Cook until the onion is soft, about 2 minutes.

Add 4-6 Cups of chicken or veggie stock to the pot.  Bring to a boil and add 1 pkg. (more or less to suit your taste) chopped, frozen spinach, 1 can diced tomatoes with their juice, and any other seasonings that float your boat.  Boil this.

Add 2-4 Cups tortellini noodles and boil until noodles are fully cooked.  Throw a handful of parmesan on the top and voila.  That’s all.  This would be good with some diced carrots added along with the spinach.  I’ll try that next time. 

Fast, healthy, and good.  We added a loaf of crusty french bread with ours.  And a handful of cold medicine, Advil, and vitamins. 

Tonight is, as always, “Taco Tuesday.”  I love knowing what we’ll be eating every Tuesday night.  Tacos are quick to put together, everyone likes them, and there’s plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  If  some unforseen situation arises that prevents us from having tacos on Tuesday and maybe, gasp, we have to eat them on Monday, we just call that “Mexican Monday.”  Last week was really a mess and we had to eat tacos on Wednesday.  What rhymes with Wednesday?!  We titled it “World Cuisine Wednesday.”


You’ll Only Appreciate This If You’re From Oregon December 27, 2010

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So today Jack was talking about the trip we made to Oregon this past summer.  He was remembering our adventure to Eastern Oregon and the many stops we made along the way.  Which ones he liked best, where he would or wouldn’t like to live (Mitchell being one place he’d like to live–whatever!), and so forth.  He says to me, “Mom, where was that town called Blowing Dust?  Was it before or after Pendleton?”  I’m thinking to myself, “What?!”  Maybe he meant Hermiston or Umatilla or something.  Then it occurred to me:  there is no such town.  He’s  just thinking of  the signs outside of Pendleton that warn drivers to look out for “blowing dust.”


White Christmas, Indeed! December 26, 2010

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6 inches!

And still snowing.


Christmas Eve Pajama Party! December 25, 2010

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Pictures from Christmas Eve.  And one picture from tonight, Christmas.  It’s still snowing!  I don’t think I’ve ever had a truly white Christmas before.  A wonderful, quiet day (that was unfortunately punctuated by a horrible, awful cold).  Hoping your Christmas was merry.

Christmas night snow.


Christmas Eve Wrap-Up December 24, 2010

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Not a very exciting Christmas Eve, but sometimes that’s nice.  The alternative can be a little trying.

Started the day with a trip to the bank and a last-minute trip to Wal-Mart.  Why is it when we get down to the very last-minute that I start second-guessing myself on the amount/type/etc. of the presents under the tree?  I do this every year, even though I put much thought into the gifts we give and know that what we’ve chosen is exactly enough.  Never fails though, that I end up worrying and go shopping on Christmas Eve. 

After spending the day catching up on a few things, we had our annual Chinese food dinner.  Not bad.  Not good, either.  Ehh, it’s a tradition, so I guess it doesn’t matter how the food tastes.  We were able to share the meal with friends, so that helped us overlook the ambiance (or lack of) and taste.

After dinner the kids unwrapped their one present–always pajamas.  I got smart this year and left the waistband casings slightly open so I could make adjustments in the pants, if necessary.  It was necessary.  So everyone goes to bed wearing new jammies.  Even me this year, as Bill surprised me with the most awesome flannel, grandma nightgown ever.  I love it!  There will be pictures in the morning of us in our pajamed glory.

Everyone is bathed, fed, and ready for bed.  We’ll light our Advent candles, have our reading, and then check the NORAD radar for Santa’s current whereabouts.  I’m sure someone will set out cookies and milk for Santa.  There might even be someone who goes to check on the animals at midnight.  Don’t you know that animals are supposed to speak at midnight on Christmas Eve?  We’ll see.

Have a merry Christmas Eve!


Winter Solstice. December 22, 2010

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Started the day viewing the eclipse.  It really was cool to see, though I was rather tired the next day.

Jon's solstice hat.

Jack's hat--orange for hunting!

Madeline's hat, and her new haircut.

Fresh bread for a new season.

The kids made outdoor lanterns to light the night.


Each kid got a new winter hat, we made ice lanterns, and we had a hearty meal of chicken and noodles and blueberry muffins.  We lit every candle in the house too!


Just Before Naptime.

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Mesmerized by the tv.  I’ll try to get pictures up, later today, of our winter solstice activities.