Showing posts from October, 2012

Work Home and Family - Summer Recipes - Kale Chips

Kale Chips
Honestly, when I was told these things were super yummy I was skeptical.  I don't care much for veggie chips or potato chips or any chips for that matter.  Fortunately, these were a totally different matter!
Ingredients: Several Fresh Kale Leaves Olive Oil (or vegetable oil)  - I used olive oil in a mister Seasonings to Taste - we liked basic salt and pepper but others like chili powder, garlic powder, Cajun spices, cayenne pepper, etc. or a combination of these.
Place kale in a single layer on a baking sheet or in a shallow baking pan.  Coat leaves lightly with oil. Turn and coat the other side.  Dust both sides with seasonings to taste.
Bake at 400F for approximately 10 minutes, or until crispy.
Note:  The recipes I read all had you toss the kale leaves in a bowl with the oil and seasonings. I found this gave a more even coverage of the oil and I used far less oil and spices using this method.  This recipe works best with very fresh kale leaves that don't droop when…

Goals - Week of October 21, 2012


Last week was quite the week.  The biggest thing was, of course, John's Candidacy Hearing on Tuesday. I had been gone for the weekend last weekend, getting home late in the day on Sunday, and there were several other things that happened last week, too, that were emotionally taxing and physically tiring.

By the time Wednesday rolled around, we were all totally exhausted.  I actually went to bed before my children did (and my children typically go to bed by 830pm) that night!  Can you believe that? Then I slept until my "regular" get up time on Thursday morning.  I think I need it because I went to bed at 930pm on Thursday too.   I'm feeling much better now and was ready to tackle a weekend where John was on a mini-mission trip/class thing the entire weekend (Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday). 

Since I didn't write up goals for last week, I'll just go straight to this week:

* Notes for next unit for both classes.
* Update class web pages.

Menu Plan Monday - Week of October 21, 2012

It's fall weather here - soup weather!  I love the chilly weather and the warmth that soups and stews provide.  Even better - I can pop them in the crock-pot before I leave in the morning and then we are ready to eat when we get home!  Love that.  Quick, easy, yummy dinner without the temptation of take out or pre-packaged food!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, October 21:
    Breakfast:  Cereal and Milk
    Lunch: Waffles with Peaches
    Snack: Popcorn
    Dinner: Cream of Chicken Wild Rice Soup, French Bread, Sliced Apples

Monday, October 22:
   Breakfast: Chai Spiced Oatmeal
   Lunch: Hot Lunch for Children, Leftovers for Adults
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Pan Fried Tilapia, Rice, Tossed Salad, Fruit

Tuesday, October 23:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
   Lunch: Hot Lunch for Children, Leftovers for Adults
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash, French Bread, Fruit

Wednesday, October 24:
   Breakfast: Yogurt with Granola Ban…

These are a Few of My Favorite Things - The Little Things....

My student's mid-term projects going very well - I'm so proud of them!
The lovely large bunch of "Indian Corn" that one of my husband's Endorsement Committee members gave us after the hearing.
Rain - finally!  And a whole day of it too! 
My husband being able to take some time off from work this week to spend with the kids and recover from the hearing.
Hot soup on a chilly night.
A "date" with my daughter spent coloring.  I love her color sense!
Having dinner every single night with my family.  After two years of both John and I working odd-ish hours, having all four of us home each evening is such a blessing!
Having our email in-boxes filled with happy emails celebrating John's endorsement this week. And the fantastic sermon he gave this last weekend.
Fresh home-baked bread.
Mini-pumpkins on my kitchen table.
Morning hugs from my sleepy kiddos.
We are so very blessed!  Truly these are just a few of my favorite things.


John was endorsed yesterday!
Praise the Lord!

It was a long, exhausting day but at 430pm Tuesday 10/16 he was endorsed to continue his journey to Ordination.

We are so very thankful.

Now, hopefully, we can take a deep breath and have things get back to something with a bit more routine.

Thanks for your prayers - we definitely appreciate them!


Soli Deo Gloria.

John's Candidacy Interview

We've been busy here!  Why, you ask?

John has his Candidacy Interview tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10am.

What is that?

It's an interview process where the Bishop's Office, the Seminary and the Ordination Council look at John's call story, his personal theology statement, his formal and informal education and his understanding of Lutheran Doctrine and decides whether he can continue on to Ordination with our national church body, the ELCA.

If you feel lead, will you please say an extra prayer or two for him (and the rest of us) as he heads into this milestone?  We would SO appreciate it!

Thank You

I'm hoping to be back to a more regular blogging schedule later this week.

God Bless,

Soli Deo Gloria.

Work Home and Family - Summer Recipes - Pizza in a Dutch Oven

So, I'm not really sure you can call this a "recipe".  Maybe "cooking method" is a better description.

Cooking Pizza in a Dutch Oven
Normally we make homemade pizza once a week at our house - either Friday or Saturday most of the time.  On our camping trip this summer, I was looking for something other than grilled meat, sandwiches or hot dogs.  I stumbled across several people talking about cooking pizza on a campfire. I'd heard of cooking pizza on a gas grill (and actually done it) but this was different.
My first idea was after finding a scouts cookbook that talked about English Muffin pizzas cooked in open tuna cams.  We've done those in the oven at home but they're not so much our thing.  We like our "real" pizza - large and cut into slices and loaded with vegetables.
Then I stumbled across the idea of cooking pizza in a Dutch Oven.   We have a Dutch Oven and we could easily do this.  
So here's the recipe:
A Dutch Oven Aluminum f…

Goals - Week of October 7, 2012

Well, we're all still sick here.  John has bronchitis and he and I both have a sinus infection (joy!) and the kids are feeling okay but we're keeping an eye out for strep throat - someone in their class had that last week.   I'm officially ready to be done being sick this fall!  Thankfully John and I are almost better - we're hoping this is the week we lick all this. We're both on the tail end of antibiotics and actually feel much better than we have in a few weeks.  That's the good news!

I did get some things done last week, but not many because of the sickies.  Here was my list from last week:

* Catch all grading up to current.  Made some progress but not much.
* Write up project assignment for this unit in one class.
* Write test for other class.
* Start outlining next units for both classes.
* Update web pages.

* Cross 4 things off my dissertation to-do list.  I crossed off 1 thing last week.
* Continue cleaning out my desk and bookcase at school.


Menu Plan Monday - Week of October 7, 2012

It's October already.  How did that happen?  It's definitely fall here - our high was a whole whopping 52F today and over the weekend we topped out at 43F.  Brrrr.  I keep telling myself that at least we didn't get snow like northern Minnesota did!  I'm just not ready for that yet.  The leaves are almost done and we're ready for nice warm fall foods like chili, chicken noodle soup and roasts in the crock pot!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, October 7:
  Breakfast: Cereal and Milk
  Lunch:  Baked Eggs, Cinnamon Biscuit Twists, Orange Wedges and Bananas
  Snack: Popcorn
  Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup in the Crock Pot, Whole Wheat Bread, Apple Slices

Monday, October 8:
  Breakfast: Oatmeal with Almonds
  Lunch: Cheerios, Yogurt, Applesauce and Cookies
  Snack: Yogurt
  Dinner:  Baked Salmon, Couscous, Tossed Salad, Apple-Banana-Grape Salad

Tuesday, October 9:
   Breakfast: Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal
   Lunch: Hot for Children, Leftovers for Adults

Goals - Week of September 30, 2012

Last week was a whirl-wind of taking care of my sick husband, trying to dig myself out of my giant pile of grading, having a ton of other "little" things happen (like getting stuck in traffic and being late to work) that just didn't help matters, and coming down with a huge amount of sinus drainage from the huge air pressure changes.  Add a stress migraine that arrived about 7am on Monday morning and didn't leave until about 8pm on Wednesday and it was definitely not the best week I've ever had. 

Worship Sunday morning was a Service of Healing, which was exactly what I needed to get this week off to a good start!  It was lovely and so appreciated. Even though the rest of the day wasn't exactly restful, it was a nice way to release the tension and start the week on the right foot.

I'm skipping the review since last week was chaos and I never got last week's goals posted anyway.  So here's this week's:

* Catch all grading up to current.

Menu Plan Monday - Week of September 30, 2012

It's another busy week for us here!  This semester is just seeming to fly by - and being sick from the beginning hasn't helped at all!  We're all heading to the doctor this week so hopefully we can knock this thing off and get back to "normal".

We're cooking fairly easy meals this week just to keep things easy around here.

Sunday, September 30:
   Breakfast: Cereal and Milk
   Lunch: Leftovers
   Snack: Popcorn
   Dinner: Baked Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, Sliced Apples and Grapes

Monday, October 1:
  Breakfast: Oatmeal
  Lunch: Apples with Peanut Butter, Yogurt, Carrot Sticks or Tomatoes, Oatmeal Cookie
  Snack: Popcorn
  Dinner: Cabbage Rolls, Apple-Grape-Melon Salad

Tuesday, October 2:
  Breakfast: "Pumpkin Pancakes" from the Freezer
  Lunch: Leftovers for Adults, Hot Lunch for Kids
  Snack: Yogurt with Granola
  Dinner: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Veggie Fritata, Grapes

Wednesday, October 3:
  Breakfast; Oatmeal
  Lunch: Leftovers for Adults, Lefto…