Friday, June 27, 2008
Black Bean Hummus
1 clove garlic
1- 15 oz. can black beans, drain and reserve liquid
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbs. Tahini
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
Process everything in food processor with 2 Tbs of bean liquid. If too thick add more liquid until dipping consistency. Serve with Pita Bread toasted. Also good with tortilla chips.
When Krista gave me this recipe...She said sometimes in Central America they would eat this for a meal on a Sunday evening if they wanted something light for supper. I said, no way could I just eat bean dip just for a meal. I stand corrected. WOW! This is an awesome meal and snack. Lots of protein and oh so good.
Tahini is available at Health food stores. I have extra- if your close enough you can come over and get some. :)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Disclaimer: there are going to be lots of pictures. Brace yourself. You may need to take this post in 2 separate sittings. I'm posting extra pictures for all the Florida Aunts and cousins (and other out-of-staters) who couldn't be here, due to some lame excuse like, "it was too far to drive..."
And just so you know out-of-state family---we missed you! For the rest of you not related - this is my sister-in-law Arlene (married to Donovan's brother Jon) who we hosted a shower for last night. She is pregnant with their 1st baby. And wow-she is looking great! Just a few more weeks to go. She is a sweet friend.
Donovan's mama, me and The Guest of honor.
Suzy is in for one big shocker come August. I think sometimes she forgets I am her mama, and mistakes Arlene for her mama. Suzy just adores Arlene--and I just love their little friendship.
Krista was in charge of games...and chose this one. "Who can toss the balloon without their water breaking" game. Arlene and I were partners and our "water" broke 1st. Hmmm??? Does this mean she will go early???
Aunt Ellen was photographer for the night....and I'm glad she was. I got kinda busy to remember to snap some pictures. She got this one of serious and smiley. Smiley (Krista) is pregnant also and due at the end of October with #2...a boy. Some shower crashers behind the couch. Pictured on the couch...Aunt Dot, Aunt Ruby, and Grandma.
More guests....Left to right....Sarah (cousin), Loretta (Arlene's sister) with her 2 youngest, & Tonya (friend of Arlene).
And this is how Isabella spent most of her afternoon. And for her it was pure joy.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
no she didn't fall, she's throwing a fit. read on.
The happiest part: Having a picnic at the pool. Seeing the kids so excited to go swimming.
The sickest part: Cleaning up poop out of Suzy's swimsuit and then cleaning it out of the yard. Thinking she was only going to go #1 I squatted her by the landscaping (because we were at the pool) only to see 2 noticeable piles come out. Great no leaves in sight to scoop them up with, so I picked 2 geranium leaves off a plant to use as "gloves" to pick up the human poop and throw out in the brush.
The funniest part: Where I get fresh farm eggs (My friend Anna's parents) her dad noticed I didn't have my toenails painted and gave me a hard time for it. Monroe (an Amish preacher) said....And I quote, "I thought you were born with red toenails. How embarrassing you don't have them painted." I got a good laugh out of that.
The most rewarding part: Seeing William ride bike for the first time with no training wheels.
The scariest part: When Jack got a rock stuck up his nostril. Why, you ask? He thought it would be fun to put a little rock up there. I couldn't get it out. He was crying because while trying to get it out, he was pushing it further in. I called the Dr. office, who said to bring him in. While getting the kids into the van....Daddy drove in and saved the day. He told Jack to blow hard and on the 2nd try, the rock came flying out along with some snot. I was in a panic and never thought to have him try blowing it out.
The most maddening part: Suzanna throwing herself on the cement driveway in full out temper tantrum because I wanted her to pose for a picture with her doll.
The most delicious part: A new recipe I got for BBQ hamburgers from Anna's mama.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The pay off. A rest at the top and a great view.
Later after lunch this little sweetie, took a little nap. I laid her down thinking there's no way she will stay still long enough to fall asleep. But she did....we must of really worn her out!
Burying William. These 2 were loving the water.
After going back to our hotel, taking naps, cleaning up, eating supper--we headed back to the beach to watch the sunset. I had just as much fun in the evening at the beach as during the day.
Ring a round the sand pile.
William loves rocks like big sister.
They didn't stay like this for long...but I got a couple good shots.
Jack LOVES to kiss and hug on Suzy!! So when I asked him to give her a kiss, we was more than happy.
However she gets tired of him kissing and touching her. So wham....Suzy wacked Jack. Don't think I'll frame this one. I can still hear her..."no, no, Jack"
Monday, June 16, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Thankfully the kids took me for dead serious, attitudes changed, and we continued on with the scheduled programing. Which involved Crystal making lunch, me and all 7 kids eating it, and then going down to the lake to play. Did I forget to mention I slaved over a bag of chips that I donated to the preparations of the meal?
One of the highlights for our 3 oldest were getting jet-ski rides.
Here is the line up....Christian-8, William-4, Jack 5, Isabella-7, Madeline-5, Suzy-1, Harrison-3. Pretty fun that each of them has a playmate.
Today.....we started off with swimming lessons, and then an eye Dr. appointment.
Guess who needs new frames?
And then there was tonight. 2 flats of strawberries in 2 hours. It was amazing!!! We recruited all the troops and got it all done. 5 batches of jam and the rest we crushed and mixed with sugar.