It’s actually Saturday today – forgot to post this yesterday!
This always tasted so good and healthy after coming home from a run with Kory!
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
5-7 frozen whole strawberries
1/4 cup soymilk
1 heaping Tbsp almond butter
1-2 tsp flaxseed meal
Place all in blender and blend until smooth. You can even sneak in some frozen spinach, kale, or avocado to add to the vitamins and protein.
We’re out of the Christian music loop here in New England, but we recently got wireless in the house, and the kids and I have enjoyed listening to KSBJ out of Houston, TX on our computer this season while doing schoolwork. They’ve been playing Christmas music since Thanksgiving. One song in particular has stayed with me in the past few weeks. Here’s the chorus:
Why Him – with all the rulers in the world?
Why here – inside this stable filled with hay?
Why her – she’s just an ordinary girl?
Now I’m not one to second guess what angels have to say, but this is such a strange way to save the world.
It reminds me of some verses I like to go to when I’m trying to logic all this faith stuff out….
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debator of this age? Has God not made foolish the wisdom of the world?
What a gift.
May you also believe and rejoice in the strange wisdom of God’s gift this Christmas.
From out of the backseat, on a quiet ride to church…….
Cooper: (soberly) “Mom, I wish Dad was healthy enough to play in the NFL.”
Me: (cracking up) “Healthy enough????”
Cooper: (incredulous) “Yeah, I wish he never would have hurt his back – then he could play!”
So, I guess now we can let you in on the REAL reason we came to New England – Robert’s signing with the New England Patriots. Too bad he herniated that disc a couple of years ago. I suppose church planting/pastoring isn’t a bad alternative, but the salary cut was a bit of an adjustment.
2 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
5 egg yolks
5 cups GF flour (mine was a combo of rice/tapioca/potato)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and vanilla and mix well. Beat flour and salt into butter mixture until well mixed.
Roll dough out onto floured surface, and cut into desired shapes. The dough will likely be very soft, and you may need to add more flour. Refrigerating the dough will also help stiffen it. Sprinkle with colored crystals before baking, or ice the cookies after cooled and sprinkle on top of the icing.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. They don’t need to brown and will be very fragile until completely cooled.
The next day, Kayla said “Mom, I want to have another tea party like that. My favorite part was drinking tea and reading Christmas stories.”
I’m so glad that was her favorite part, and I can see these girls gathering for years to come to celebrate the season with some girly fun!
I know….it’s only supposed to be 12 things, but I have to add…
13. Aside from church on Christmas Eve for a candlelight service, my next favorite place to go at Christmastime (or any time for that matter) is….. Starbucks! What is it about that place that charms me so? The warm wall colors, hard wood floors, chalkboards announcing the newest seasonal drink, the cool music, soy chai lattes? And during the holidays, the decor is even more delightful to me. I don’t know, but some marketer/designer/publicist has my number (and a few other people’s as well, I see), and I am completely unable to walk past the green mermaid sign without becoming mesmerized and compelled to enter, order, and sit awhile.
…not concerning the historical holiday, but surrounding my own thoughts and experiences, since I was tagged by Megan at Sorta Crunchy for this “Christmas Hoopla”. OK, I’m not so good at quick random thoughts and avoid this type of exercise usually, but here goes….
1. I used to think the words were, “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer yoogled down in history.”
2. Two of my favorite and most memorable childhood gifts were “shoe skates”(you know, instead of the strap on metal kind of roller skate) and a matching Gloria Vanderbilt outfit – courdoroy pants/ matching sweater with large swan insignia on front.
3. Wendy Reardon told me that there was no Santa at a Brownies meeting in the second grade, and when it was confirmed by my mom, I felt very grown up to have this secret knowledge that my siblings did not.
4. My sister and I were convinced that the red flashing radio tower light we could see from our bedroom window was Rudolph.
5. I have never seen the Nutcracker Ballet. I really want to though, and hope to take my own little ballerina next year!
6. But I have seen the Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular in New York City with my whole family thanks to the gift of my sister, Melissa and her husband Jeff! They went too, and it was spectacular!
7. I hate the thoughtless consumerism that goes on, but absolutely LOVE it when I can buy my kids something I know they really want. Stuffing their stockings is equally as enjoyable
8. As a child, I became a proficient gift wrapper at Rowland’s department store in Uvalde,TX during the season. (It was a family owned business)
9. My grandmother, Memo, made something every Christmas that she called “Divinity.” I HATED it, and for some time just the thought of it could make me gag. Now I think it was simply meringues, and I LOVE this gluten free treat! (Especially mint chocolate chip ones!)
10. My two favorite Christmas albums are Carpenter’s:An Old Fashioned Christmas (Karen Carpenter’s voice always reminds me of Christmas) and Christmas with the Rat Pack. Consequently, my daughter’s favorite “Christmas carol” is “Baby, it’s Cold Outside.”
11. When my sister and I didn’t share a room, we used to “move in” together for the Christmas season, and decorate with extra tree lights, etc. Actually, now that I think of it, I don’t think we ever lasted until Christmas Day – too much proximity.
12. I never watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” in it’s entirety until 2 years ago – but I’m so glad I finally did.
3 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp oil (canola, olive, veg)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
5 cups water (or combo of water and broth)
1 1/2 cups dried lentils
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp chili powder ( I use less for the kids, and my chili powder from Whole Foods is really HOT!)
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp sugar
6 oz. tomato paste
Saute garlic, onion, bell pepper in oil 8-10 minutes. Add water/broth lentils, seasonings, and paste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 1 and 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. Add water if necessary. Lentils should be tender.
Garnish with cheese and chopped green onions.
Let’s see if you can guess what my early (and only) Christmas present is this year…