Thought Drop

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I love reading blogs.  I love reading blogs that share about real life…emotions, gratitude, good times, hard times, mishaps, inspiration, dreams.  Many times I will sit down to write a blog post, type something out, think, “Well that sounds ridiculous”, or “I sound like I’m trying too hard”, and then delete what I have written.  This is the perfectionist in me, and frankly, I’m tired of her.  She brings a ton of insecurity and too much pride.  Not that I think it’s wise to “air your dirty laundry” on a public platform without much prayer and consideration, but I could definitely be more real, more genuine, more humble, and more brave in what I share with others.  Why?

Because God made me to glorify Him.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

…and…

Because something in me could bring someone else closer to Him.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Well, in an effort to keep it real around here, I’d like to share my thoughts more…what I’m learning, what I’m thankful for, what I’m dreaming about, our good times, maybe a few struggles…all in hopes that my honesty will point to the hope that is in Christ.

That’s it for the thought drop today.

PS…No worries, I will definitely continue to post pictures of Little B, his soon-arriving Little Sister, and all their cuteness. 🙂

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A Few Thanksgiving and Christmas Highlights – 2013

Poo! That word is thrown around a lot at our house, but it’s what I said when I realized Thanksgiving and Christmas were over and I hardly got any pictures! Here are a few that I did snap plus a video at the bottom of B’s Christmas Program at his school/daycare that he attends a couple days a week. I laughed/ugly-cried through the whole performance…my baby’s first Christmas program! I’m sure the parents around me were so confused.  Is she laughing or is she crying? I’m not even sure, but I don’t care…I’m a mom.
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Veggie Tales Party – November 2013

This past fall, we applied to the House Party website to host a viewing of the new VeggieTales Christmas movie, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, and we were chosen! We invited several of Little B’s friends, received our Party Box in the mail, set up the basement for prime movie watching, and prepared lots of VeggieTales themed snacks.

The take-away…

1. We will most likely say yes to shameless advertising if you send us a box of free stuff. 🙂

2. Many of your pictures will be blurry if you give toddlers/preschoolers snacks containing sugar.

3. And 2-year olds can do amazing things with veggie straws (see below).

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Lancaster County Farm Fresh CSA – Week 1

Our family decided to try out one of the local CSAs – Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We signed up for the Winter CSA Omnivore package which includes a share of vegetables, 1 pantry item (syrup, applesauce, etc.), 1 lb. pasture-raised meat, and 1 cheese block.  All items are locally farmed or made in our county and all items are organic.  Each week we go to our host location and pick up our box of goodies.

I’ve been a ‘little’ excited about this.  The fun of trying new recipes with fresh-from-the-farm foods has turned our daily dinners into a thrilling hobby for me. A few of the things we’ve gotten in our box the first couple weeks I had never heard of in my life.  Some I had heard of but just never tried.  I love that we’re trying new things and getting more veggies in our diet at the same time. Win, win.

Here’s what came in our box Week 1…

  • Orange carrots
  • Black radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • Jerusalem artichokes (or sunchokes)
  • Portobello mushroom caps
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • 1 jar applesauce
  • Chicken legs
  • Blue cheese

Here’s some of the recipes we tried with these items…

Homemade Mushroom Soup by Season with Spice

Review: A-mazing! We used all the shitake mushrooms and one Portobello cap for this recipe.  We will definitely make this again.

Homemade Mushroom Soup recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

[Photo via Season with Spice]

Whitechapel Shepherd’s Pie @ Allrecipes.com

Review: Very good! I included black radishes, rutabaga, carrots, and potatoes from our box to make this.  We also traded out the ground lamb for ground beef since we already had it in the freezer.

Whitechapel Shepherd's Pie Recipe

[Photo via Allrecipes.com]

Creamy Scalloped Ginger Sunchokes by Boulder Locavore

Review: Never having heard of or tried sunchokes before, we didn’t know what to expect from this recipe.  The flavor was a little….weird….for our taste.  However, the following day I had the leftovers and they were delicious…much better after a night in the fridge.  I’m not giving up on sunchokes, so if we get them again, I’d like to try preparing them a different way.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll make this recipe again.

[Photo via Boulder Locavore]

Garlic Roasted Chicken & Potatoes @ Allrecipes.com

Review: This was really yummy.  We included the potatoes, rutabaga, and chicken from our box in this recipe.  I was most surprised by the delicious flavor of roasted rutabaga coated in garlic and maple syrup.  I might make that by itself next time, it was so good.  We will definitely make this one again!

Garlic Roasted Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

[Photo via Allrecipes.com]

Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs by Taste of Home

Review: We had two different kinds of blue cheese in our fridge, one from our CSA and one from the grocery store.  Because I’m pregnant and can’t eat soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, I wasn’t able to try the blue cheese from the CSA box.  I made half the eggs with the CSA cheese and half with the store-bought cheese.  Brandon wasn’t crazy about the CSA blue cheese eggs…said they tasted like a farm smells. P-U. We did enjoy the store-bought blue cheese deviled eggs though.  I put some hot sauce on mine and it was delicious.

Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs Recipe

Photo via Taste of Home

Lititz Springs Park with Grandpa and Grandma

We had a great visit with Grandpa and Grandma this past October.  It is always such a blessing when family comes to visit! This particular outing took us to Lititz Springs Park and afterward, the Tomato Pie Cafe – Yum!

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This is Little B deciding that he would rather eat the bread himself than share with the ducks. 🙂

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Cookbook Club – Mexican Night

I’ve had the best time participating in a group called Lancaster County Cookbook Club.  Each month we rotate themes/cookbooks and hostesses, and try out several different recipes.  Back in September, we did a Mexican Night which produced some A-MAZING food.  Pics below.

Some other themes we’ve done…Breakfast for Dinner, Favorite Spice/Herb, Pioneer Woman, Martha Stewart, Tapas, Meatless, and more.

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Camping at French Creek State Park – September 2013

We had so much fun camping with friends this past fall at French Creek State Park and the nearby Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (right up the ally of a certain metallurgist Daddy).  Also, any time we can find a campsite near a playground…we are golden.

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