I seem to be all "tangled up in blue" lately. There's this shower I'm throwing for an expectant friend (having, you guessed it: a boy). Then my other friend, whose water broke and called me yesterday afternoon to inform me, had her baby boy this morning at 2:30 AM. (We kept her son with us last night which was no trouble at all because he is sweet and obedient. He also woke up at 6:45 AM and declared to the house, "I have to go potty.")
I like to eat leftovers from the night before for lunch. Do you do that too?
Today's lunch: beans and brown rice, roasted eggplant, red onions, peppers and asparagus.
Little Mr. (or is that Miss) Finniona making Duplo stew while sporting a ballet skirt.
Today Lucy dug right into the ketchup on her plate, face down, like a dog. She didn't even notice it was on her nose.
I've been having so much fun lately making party favors (if I could afford to have parties once a week, I would, just so I could make party favors!)
Go here to get 24 of your own personalized.
I instigated a new program at our house.
It's very simple and the idea is to teach my kids that work pays.
In this case, it pays in candy and toys. (I'm hoping they'll eventually get the idea that work also has intrinsic benefits too).
6 cups warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 crushed vitamin C tablet
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons yeast
12-14 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in water, oil, salt and 6 to 7 cups flour. Mix in rest of flour. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in oiled bowl. Let rise until double. Form into 4 or 5 loaves. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
Well, at the risk of exposing myself too much (I don't like being vulnerable...but that's what blogs are for, right?), I will say that I have been working so hard to get back into shape apres Miles. I've talked to a R.D. to get the exact amount of calories and types of foods I should be eating (1,800 calories/day, 50/30/20 mix of carbs, protein, fat) and I've been going to the gym 5 if not 6 times a week. (I know I'm obsessing a little bit, but at one point I was sure that I was never going to lose this baby weight!)
Okay, so where is this going? Well, I just want to record what I think about all of this.... I think it's important to feed our bodies good things. I believe what L. Faamausili used to tell the kids at church, "When you do good, you feel good." I think when we feed our bodies good things, they love it and they want more of the same. When we eat crap, we feel crappy. I also don't think we should deprive ourselves of the "crap" every once in a while because let's face it: it can taste good.
"God has created foods that are simple, beautiful and delicious, and nutritious for us. This is not about fasting. This is about feasting. Let us feast on His creation. And, when the spirit takes residence in this clean house, what comes pouring out of our fingertips might be artistically delicious ("The Viability of the Arts," 3 Nov. 1994, Gordon Bowen).
I also think our bodies benefit from hard work, strenuous exercise, and a good hard sweat on a regular basis.
For Lucy's birthday, in carrying with the "Dora" theme (okay, we didn't really plan it that way, but it does work), we had burritos, a la Casa Andelin. Growing up, Paula Andelin provided our family with many a delicious homemade meal, if not a hot loaf of bread that one of her kids would run over and deliver, always in a brown lunch sack. The bread was out of this world and made of freshly ground wheat.
And she made homemade tortillas to boot that were equally scrumptious. Her teenage sons and their friends would eat taco upon taco made of these things. Am I right, Wendi?
So, to actually have her recipe is something I consider almost sacred. It's written on an old Post-It note, written during a phone conversation with my sister Emily.
The recipe for Paula's Tortillas
3 cups flour (I used 2 cups whole wheat, 1 cup white)
2 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 cups water
(I'm making up the directions because my recipe doesn't come with any except: pan- hi temp, don't cook long). With a fork or pastry blender, mix the shortening into the flour, salt and baking powder until it resembles coarse crumbs. Then, mix in the water, starting with 1 cup, then adding tablespoon by tablespoon until the dough sticks together but is not too sticky. Roll into balls and cook in a skillet at a high temperature. (I think Paula uses a tortilla press to make hers).