Monday, November 9, 2009

Yard Art, Church, Twist on Favorite

Yard Art
This was Mr. Intensity's afternoon activity yesterday. He had a wooden mallet to bam the Montessori rods in the ground, along with a few wooden stakes and a sword from the Czech Republic.  Not sure we've used the Montessori rods correctly in a while.  :)  He also smashed several acorns with the mallet.  Love this kind of independent play.

Secondly, our church service yesterday was very meaningful. The focus was on the Persecuted Church as well as orphans. One way to help the little man stay engaged was to write out a few words and let him copy.  Edith Schaeffer did a masterful job with her children in church services - she drew pictures that correlated with the sermon topic.  More details in her book, The Hidden Art of Homemaking.

Twist on a Favorite
While Hubby was in Rwanda a friend invited me and Mr. Intensity for dinner.

She made chicken salad and added shredded cheese. She put a dill pickle slice on top of the salad in a bun with then wrapped the whole thing with foil and baked in the oven till heated through.


It was super yummy.

We had it for dinner last night - Hubby loved it, too.

For lunch today, I heated my sandwich in the toaster oven - open faced, without foil - and it was just fine.  My sister reminded me that Martha doesn't let foil touch her food due to safety concerns.  She puts parchment paper on first then the foil. I'm crazy scared about Alzheimer's so I try not to use aluminum when I can avoid it.

[Another yummy I made over the weekend: Garam Masala Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk.]

Pregnancy Update
Today begins 14 weeks and I heard the heartbeat in the doctor's office.  I'm hopeful the nausea is coming to an end, as I feel better today than I have in a long while.


John and Pam Majors said...

So glad you are far enough along to start feeling better soon.

zanesmommy said...

Thank you for the reminder about the trick in church. Read the book but forgot about that. So happy that you heard the baby's heart beat today. How wonderful.

I don't think we ever use things the way they are intended with boys like ours!

Julie said...

i loved everything about this post! So fun you heard the babies heartbeat!!!

Charissa said...

I'm glad you are well and baby is growing. Can't wait to hear about John's time in Rwanda. I have been studying up on the Aluminum thing some. I wondered what your alternative for giveaway food was. I was putting a casserole together yesterday and realized that is where I use aluminum the most. They have plastic lidded 8x8s too but that makes me just as nervous. BTW, I was excited to do a chicken and rice cass without cream of chicken soup. In fact I kind of put together my own soup with chicken broth, milk, and flour. It was a fun afternoon cooking! I'll be interested to taste how it turned out tonight!

Julie said...

Charissa: as for food giveaway, I figure people are glad to get a meal - in any container! :)

This falls into the 80/20 rule that many people who follow Weston A. Price (or nourishing foods) practice. The 80/20 Rule (not sure who coined it) is basically the thinking that 80% of the time I will eat wholesome food knowing that 20% of the time I can't or won't.


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