Pasta. It's been awhile .
Hand cut pasta is in the house tonight. When the boys were growing up, we ate pasta a couple nights a week. It was a inexpensive and a filling dinner to feed six boys. Now we eat it maybe once a month or even longer in between.
I woke up this morning craving pasta before I even had my mug of tea. Out of the freezer came beef short ribs and Italian sausage. I diced onions, carrots, celery, picked fresh herbs from the garden and collected eggs from the girls.. my batch of Sugo was on the way to the oven to simmer all day.
The color of this dough; is so beautiful, bright and rich in color. 16 yolks went into this batch of gold. If you don't know what to do with your abundance of eggs here you go!
The circle of life. What an amazing, beautiful gift.
At 331/2 weeks Alexander & Megan were given the gift of two tiny lives to raise. Identical twin girls were born to them yesterday morning. Megan did AMAZING, all natural and basically wowed us all- including her caregivers. Tom and I were able to celebrate with them having Thai take-out and champagne from plastic cups, in their room after a full day of staring at the babies.
The girls will be in NICU for several weeks and are being watched over by some incredible nurses. Tom and I had the most special day yesterday getting to spend several hours with them all in the NICU- getting to see so many firsts take place on their first day out of the womb.
We stared for hours in amazement at the tiny girls; just taking it all in. I so badly wanted to touch them, swaddle them and sniff their tiny heads. The detail on their hands and ears-simply amazing. At time tears would stream down my face with aw and wonderment of the miracle of birth that takes place all across the world and now in our very own family. What a precious gift.
Alexander and Megan would covet your prayers- that the girls would continue thriving, growing strong enough to come home and that they, (mom and dad) would stay healthy so they can be with their girls.
Now, we anxiously await the arrival of Andrew and Natalia's baby, while still being present, enjoying the new lives that were just given to our family.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Random adventures and exploring with my husband lead to a deeper love, a new sense of trust, and a unshakable love.
Trying to be present, enjoying each day the lord gives us breath and good health, may we never take things for granted, may we always keep things in perspective, never letting our spontaneity dwindle, always with a love for meeting new friends along the way, may our love for Jesus shine wherever we go and to whomever we meet in our travels near or far, while adventuring in this world or close to home. — we are coming up on 30 years of peaks and valleys- 30 years! Yes, we'd do all over again and choose to make it even better then what it has been. God is so good, and we are so grateful.
I LOVE getting feedback from our guests. A recent class and review I received he very next day after class.
"We all had such a wonderful evening!
Thank you 😘The girls were thrilled with everything. You really are an expert! You had amazing tips and answers for our questions!
I started to tell your Mom that the dessert stole the show and then I remembered that at least 6 were making the squash and salad for Thanksgivings!
Then, the bread and prawns and chicken! We will be in touch for more!!" ~Pat S.
My grandma would use absolutely every last bit of kitchen scraps. If she had prepared a roast for supper, several day later the roast, if any left would be ground into beef salad spread for a sandwich, ham would become ham salad for a sandwich and so on.
Grandma Houlihan lived in Spokane and I grew up on the west side, moving here when I was in first grade. When we would go visit Grandma she would always pack us a shoe box lunch for our road trip home on the train or by car.
This little box tied with string would contain homemade bun sandwiches piled with ground meat, pickles, mayo and onion. There would be homemade donuts or giant molasses cookies. Often the box would be opened before we even got to the freeway or settled in our seats on the train to begin our journey home..
If you've not ever tried using your leftover roast, ham or chicken for grinding into a sandwich-spread you are missing out. I just made extra pork tenderloin for supper yesterday just so I could make meat sammies.
Sometimes I finally dice with a knife or you can place the meat in a Cuisinart. Add Mayo, onion, and diced pickle sweet or dill this is all done to your personal taste.
Today I piled my ham salad on a romaine lettuce leaf. (Only because I'm saving my carb load for the fresh bread coming out of the oven at dinner).
Try it, you'll like it!
I've been finding the sandwich bread to be dry, flavorless and ready for the birds as soon as I get it home from the store. I'm talking expensive bread too.
I made two loaves of this beautiful, delicious bread which is basically a single recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand, followed the the recipe without making any additions or subtractions.
Guess what? I can pronounce all of the ingredients that are in it which is a great thing; no additives, preservatives or whatever else is in bread to make it shelf stable. I've now made two batches of these bread- we think it is pretty amazing, tender crumb, even after a few days of baking. Oh, and it makes amazing toast! You can find the recipe I used here- I followed it almost exactly and it is a cinch to make.
This dinner started with a pile of chicken I had to take out of the freezer to fit something else in.
Preparing extra food is it always an opportunity to invite someone over to share a meal with you. And if you happen to have a puzzle on the table, they'll help with that too! So grateful to have family close by. ❣️
We graduated from a 300 piece puzzle to the 1000 piece puzzle. I don't think I'll ever want to go to the 3000 piece puzzle, that would get so boring.. Zzzzzz 😴🙄
I've got the 300 piece puzzle for free if you want it.. it might just be the ticket your looking for to get the family together!
Three girls helped me in the garden weeding this summer. Like pulling lots of weeds, picked all of our berries off the bushes... to freeze for winter, all while eating ice-cream and drinking lemonade.
In return for their help, I got to have fun in the kitchen teaching them life long skills. ❣️
Uh.... I cannot believe it's just about September. The garden was a success. Tons of free seeds we harvested from last year sprouted, the birds planted a few, the rototiller distributed lots and our planted rows we're successful.
And now it's September!
What in the world? No kids in school, no kids skipping school (notthattheyeverdid)
no automated phone calls to "notify us that our son or daughter"....
I do miss our little boys, lots and lots. Somehow time passes before our eyes and the next thing you know we are a bit wrinkle-y er', moving a bit slower and of course going to bed much earlier. 😴
Oh.. this was about our garden. It took off like crazy this summer. The sticks I used as props and seed markers actually took root and sprouted. Lol. Who knew?
The goats are still gluten free and on diets, we have lots of eggs for sale, if you need kale, we've got that too. Oh, and tons of green tomatoes. Ugh. I want red tomatoes! I guess I'll have to make fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese and fluffy biscuits.
Our labor has begun for the next few weeks. If you want my honest truth straight from my heart thoughts, I'll give it to you... messes like this stress me out and put me in panic mode.
That was one thing that made me loco while raising our boys. A messy house and messy yard. All is well in my world if things around me are clean and tidy.
Go figure. 🤦
How does a family with six boys maintain a clean house and yard? I don't know, somehow we just made it happen.
This weekend will be spent scraping, priming and hopefully a finish coat on at least two sides of our home. We shall see...
Tonight my body is exhausted from trying to be the master weed-eater in this yard, with a little bit of mowing, pressure washing, the gym, tending to fences that needed to be mended, a load of laundry, and remembering to drink water and go to the bathroom.
This does not include the many trips my mom and dad made to the barn, or to the basement to put things away for the winter.
I felt like a ping pong ball in a machine bouncing from one thing to another trying to get to each thing that needed to get done.
Tonight as I speak, Tom is out on a ladder making things happen with a paintbrush after a long day at work. I kind of envy those who can hire things to be done by professionals.
I mean how easy would that be to make a phone call, almost snap your fingers and your house be painted, or your yard be cleaned up and tidied by a work crew?
Ahhh, the rewards when we are done with our blood sweat and tears at the end of a long day are worth every step taken to make it happen. When I get to heaven I will definitely have these things done for me.
But for now we will enjoy that we are able-bodied to do this labor by ourselves, with our own two feet on this glorious, Labor Day weekend!