Friday, February 26, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

It's my day off, it's my birthday, and I just now got around to putting some pants on. It's gonna be a good day.

With that being said, I'm not blogging at all this weekend because of too many fun things to do! I'm excited to have a little birthday party tomorrow. And then on Sunday, I get to see my parents (who live far away)!

And the sun is shining, for the moment at least. Whoop whoop!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday's Munchies: Meatloaf!

Meatloaf is the ultimate food for all-inclusive, easy, and inexpensive. And best of all, my whole family likes Mom's meatloaf! The funny thing is, my meatloaf is different every time, because I throw whatever healthy thing I have at the moment in the meatloaf. Here is my base recipe before I start adding things:

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg, beaten
1 c. bread crumbs
4 Tbsp. Ketchup
1/2 c. milk
1 pkg. soup mix (if I have it)

Mix all ingredients together. Form into loaf and place in pan. Bake at 350 F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

I always add stuff. I usually start with adding wheat germ (about a Tbsp. or two). I will almost always hide a vegetable or two that my daughter wouldn't eat otherwise. Take out a bag of veggies or mixed veggies from your freezer, microwave them until tender, then blend them until they are a consistency that will hide easily (not quite pureed, but close). Often I will replace ground turkey for the beef, but only if I have a pkg. of soup mix to season it a bit (I like to use either onion soup mix or vegetable soup mix).

The trick is to be as sneaky as possible with your added nutrients, and not only will your family eat healthier than they think, but you will have a good time pulling the wool over their shoulders. Hee hee.

Happy Eating!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday's Inspiration

Inspiration comes to me today from the Big Man Himself. Every time I go to God in prayer or in scripture, He is telling me the same thing. "Give." I feel such a strong desire to give that it is hard to breathe!

I am troubled. Everywhere I go, I see people around me that are not giving, or they feel they have nothing left to give. I even see this in myself. All I want to see is how I can give and what needs are around me. Yet, I don't know where God wants me to give or how. I am amateur at just about everything I do; what do I have that can bring greatness to God's Kingdom?

So, I went to the library the other day, and I started checking out crochet books because I am looking for a border design for an afghan I am making. I saw two books of interest that had nothing to do with designs. Instead, they both were about knitting for peace. I cracked open the books and found tons of charities that collect items that have been knitted or crocheted. I then remembered my mom telling me about a project she is in the middle of that involves making hats out of her leftover yarn for an organization near her.

It has hit me. I may not be great at anything, but I can give everything. I am certainly not an expert at needle work, and by this I mean, I am a NOVICE in all ways. That doesn't mean I can't give what I make. Afghans still keep others warm, and hats that may be way too large for the head I was meaning to fit may fit another's. I just began making soap, and all the leftover practice soaps I make can cleanse another person for free.

I am encouraged, yet still troubled that all of this takes time to make. I want to give now! I am afraid that if I wait, I will grow lazy or give up on a project for another one (my track record hasn't been so great with this). So, back to scripture and prayer I go to continue my quest to praise my Creator...