P31 Wannabe

Sweet N Spicy Chicken May 27, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 5:33 pm

This recipe is one of Seth’s favorites and so easy. In fact, I also have gotten my sister, brother and mom loving it too. I got it from some Quick Cooking magazine a while ago.

Sweet N Spicy Chicken

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 in cubes
3 T taco seasoning
1-2 t vegetable oil
1 jar (11 oz) chunky salsa
1/2 c preach preserves
Hot cooked rice

1. Place the chicken into a large resealable plastic bag, add taco seasoning and toss to coat. Brown chicken in a skillet in oil.
2. Combine salsa and preserves; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; sover and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until meat juices run clear. Serve over rice.

 

Goliath

Filed under: God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 12:43 pm

Haddie always continues to amaze me as to how much she learns. Sometimes I’ll just tell her different things to see if she will remember them. So, if you hear her saying some of these things, please don’t think I’m drilling my child and trying to make her into a brainiac prodigy. I’m really not trying to pressure her into learning a ton at this age (she’s 21 months), but she picks up so much information and seems so eager to learn (she’s started to ask “what’s that?” about a lot of things). So, occasionally I will try to teach her things just to see if she will remember them. All of that said.. I was recently reading to her from Psalms and I tried to explain that Psalms is a book in the Bible and that it was written by David (at least mostly). In trying to explain who David was, I tried to associate with the story of David and Goliath since she already knows about that. Anyways…some of it stuck in her mind…only when I ask her who wrote Psalms she says Goliath! lol. Well, I tried to correct it and now she finally says David (at least most of the time you ask her). I still can’t believe how much she remembers!

 

Disaster Averted May 26, 2010

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 1:33 pm

Ok, to preface the story, I have to explain that Haddie has been given piles of stuffed animals since even before she was born. Out of all them, she became most attached to a pink “prayer bear” from Nana. This bear has his hands sewed together, eyes closed, and stocking cap on. She insists on sleeping with it and for a while was taking it with her everywhere.

When I went to put her to bed for naptime this morning, I found that bear’s hands had come unsewn. I showed it to her and tried to give her a hug w/ his now free hands, but she totally freaked. She got the most awful look on her face, and you would have thought the world was ending by the way she started crying and yelling! She kept saying “mommy fix, mommy fix.” So, we calmed her down (after Seth got out his phone and recorded her…of course), I got out my sewing kit and fixed poor bear. Funny how she didn’t seem upset to see a sharp needle being stabbed through his bear hands. So, he is officially back to praying and Haddie is officially back to hugging him (since he can’t hug her back anymore). Disaster has been averted…at least for now.

 

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 12:32 pm

I got this recipe from my mom and I think she got it from my neighbor who had won actual cooking awards for it. Its awesome. I made it for our high school d-group tonight as some of the girls actually requested it. Its going to be yummy!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

2 cups crushed pretzels
1.5 sticks of melted margarine
3 Tablespoons sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
Crushed pineapple (about 1/2 can)
8 oz cool whip
1 Tablespoon Milk
6 oz strawberry jello (2 pkgs)
Strawberries, cut up (either 2 10 oz cartons frozen, or 2 pkgs fresh)

1. Combine 1st 3 ingredients and press onto bottom of 9X13 pan. Bake this crust for 8 min at 400 Degrees. Cool.
2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and milk with mixer. Then fold in cool whip and crushed pineapple. Spread over cooled pretzel crust (or sometimes I first put this mixture in fridge to set a bit).
3. Mix jello and 2 c. boiling water. Add frozen berries and mix. (Or if you’re using fresh, put 12 ice cubes in jello, then add strawberries.) Stir well, chill. Pour over cream cheese mixture before its completely set.
4. Refridgerate until jello is fully set.

 

Pizza Dip May 25, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 7:08 pm

Here’s another recipe I borrowed from the Family Circle Magazine. I’ve had a number of people ask for it. So here it is. It’s delicious!

Pizza Dip
8 oz cream cheese softened
3/4 c light mayo
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz sliced pepperoni chopped
2 ripe plum tomatoes chopped
Large, pitted black olives chopped (amount cut off on my recipe)
4 crusty Italian rolls, cut into 1/2 in pieces

1. Heat oven to 350
2. In large bowl, mix together cream cheese, mayo, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, tomatoes, and olives. Spoon into 6-cup baking dish.
3. Bake at 350 for 30 min, until lightly browned and bubbly.
4. Allow to cool slightly. Serve w/ bread pieces for dipping.

(I used chicken in mine because I’m not a big fan of pepperoni, and I left out the olives because we don’t like those either. And I just used a loaf of french bread instead of the rolls.)

I made this for a date night w/ Seth. I also made a chocolate fondue. It was all a yummy meal!

I also recently made pizza dip with some of our youth group girls. Here’s some photos of them enjoying it ; )

 

Majestic God?

Filed under: God thoughts — Lacey @ 7:01 pm

I’m in the middle of reading through Psalms in my Daily Bible. I find that some of the Psalms really relate to me and some of my recent struggles with trusting God, anxiety and the like. Others, I read then realize I don’t even remember or understand what I read. Today’s reading made me think…

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1)

Is God’s name really majestic these days? When people hear the name of God, they seem to cringe–even Christians, because they equate His name with guilt. His name is supposed to bring awe and joy to our minds (among many other things!). Why do we limit God to only a small part of his character (judgment and wrath) and not include His awesome majesty, power, grace, compassion and blessing? Why is it so difficult (for myself included!) to focus on the positive instead of all the negative in life? So, in order to combat that today, here’s what I’m thankful for–How God has blessed me:

1. My Permanent Home and My Salvation. Aka heaven. I love C.S. Lewis’ quote: “If I find in myself desires nothing in this world will satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

2. My Temporary Home. Aka the one that’s located in Cocoa, FL. Even with all its many repairs and faults, it has always protected and provided us comfort.

3. My Husband. I love how much he loves me! So many times I can’t understand his full acceptance, patience, and how he always tells me how beautiful I am (even when I honestly look disgusting!). I also appreciate how handy and do-it-himself he is (I am reminded of that today as he’s tearing apart and redoing our bedroom ceiling).

4. My Haddie. She is the most beautiful little girl I know (of course I am a little biased). She never ceases to amaze me with her love, joy, and incredible ability to learn. Today she counted to 4 and rode her play horsey around saying “gitty-up, gitty-up.” Then she wanted me to ride it. Needless to say, I got out of it by blogging : )

5. My satisfied stomach. No matter how tight things have been, we’ve never been without food.

6. Our families, including our church family. We never lack for support, love, and encouragement. And we are always given so many gifts (financial, and some that follow here…)

7. Our new hot tub. Thanks to the DaSilva family, we now have a FREE large hot tub in our porch. It took a bit of work on Seth’s part and a new pump, but its working. And we have enjoyed a new sitting space while we watch our 24 episodes.

8. FREE dentistry. I am reminded of this today as I have a cleaning appointment tomorrow. As much as I hate the dentist (not our specific one, but just the actual appointments), I am very thankful to Dr. Baratta and the free care he gives our family.

9. Our cars. Even though they may look a bit dumpy on the outside (Seth’s more than mine), they are free and clear of payments and we pray they will continue to run for much longer.

10. Our health. We have our minor illness hiccups, but overall, we and our entire close family have not have any serious health problems. Thank you, God!

11. Seth’s awesome youth ministry job. He loves it and that makes me like it all the more. And I love the chance to serve God and be making (at least I hope) a difference in these kids lives. And the church is always so good to us.

12. Our yard. We’ve been playing more and more outside recently. And although we don’t have the biggest yard, I really do enjoy our shade trees and the recent breezes. Seth has also done a good job making our yard into an adventurous area (i.e. trampoline, fire pit w/ even a swinging bench, my hammock, yard games and a front swing). And I’m enjoying my flowers…but I can’t wait to plant more! I also love watching Haddie explore the yard–picking flowers, pointing out the rolly-pollies, waving hi to the birds and squirrels.

13. My bigger than expected tax return check we received yesterday. Thanks to it, we’ll be able to pay off a credit card and complete a few house projects that have been waiting for a rainy day (aka, $).

Of course there are many, many more…but those are a few that come to mind today.

 

Mexican Lasagna

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 6:35 pm

We tried this recipe I got from Family Circle, last night and it was really quite good. I added ground beef to the veggie mix, too.

Mexican Lasagna
Makes: 8 servings Prep: 15 Min
Slow-Cook: 3.5 hrs on HIGH or 6 hrs on LOW

1 Head Cauliflower, cored (I used 1 bag of frozen, but thawed it first)
3 Plum tomatoes, chopped
1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3.5 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 jar (16 oz) salsa
6 fajita-size flour tortillas
Sour Cream (optional)

1. Cut cauliflower into florets and slice them into 1/2 inch slices (you should have about 6 cups). Place cauliflower, tomatoes, beans, corn and cilantro into a large bowl. Sprinkle w/ chili powder and cumin and stir to combine.

2. Coat inside of oval slow cooker bowl w/ nonstick cooking spray. Spread 3 cups veggie mixture over bottom of slow cooker, then sprinkle w/ 1 cup cheese and 1/2 cup salsa over top. Place 2 tortillas on top. Repeat layering two more times, setting aside last 2 tortillas. Cut these tortillas into 2 pieces and scatter on top.

3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5.5 hours. Top w/ remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes or until cheese has melted. Let sit 10 min, then serve w/ sour cream, if desired.

 

Beginner

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 5:13 pm

Well, I am going to attempt to blog.  We’ll see how this goes and hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with it.  I’m just a beginner, so bear with me.  I don’t want to be boring, I want to be funny (but somehow I doubt it will work), and I want to make you think (on occasion).  But most of all, I just want to share some of my life, thoughts, recipes, and to get your feedback and ideas too.   So, please comment away!  And most importantly, I want to glorify my God as I do all of the above!  The name of my blog (at least for the time being) is P31 Wannabe, aka Proverbs 31…the Perfect Woman : )  That’s who I aspire to be!  So, I hope you enjoy reading what’s ahead…

 

Where has all the thinking gone?

Filed under: God thoughts — Lacey @ 4:23 pm

I’m in the middle of reading (more like at the beginning…and going very slowly through) Ravi Zacharias’ Deliver Us From Evil: Restoring the Sould in a Disintegrating Culture. Every time I pick it up, I find myself thinking hard and wanting to share what I’ve read, but not knowing how to exactly without boring everyone or just retyping an entire chapter. So, I’m going to attempt to share an excerpt and the thoughts I’ve had in relating it to recent life.

“How revealing it is that in the bloodiest century of history we deny human depravity. The relativism of ancient Greece has worked it way into a modern America, though the Greek philosophers themselves, even in their day, warned that relativism would be suicidal. To her credit, early America knew that this was not merely a philosophical problem, as real as that was. This was a problem of the soul, and the heart of humanity was in need of redemption.
Today we have gone backward. We deny both the spiritual and the philosophical. And our end result will be the same as ancient Greece. The imprint of Greece is upon us and upon the new soil of American secularism. It is said of Greece that it is not that the people were abandoned by their gods because they had become so wicked but that they had abonded their gods because their gods had become too wicked. In our time, the gods of relativism who shape our ideas may well be in the same mold and worthy of abandonment if we are to avert the debacle that overtook the Greek soul.
…Centuries have passed, and as America has grown and waxed strong, the belief that was once rejected—that man is the measure of all things—is now espoused. The conviction that was once held—the fallen nature of men—is now rejected. And in every sense of the term, a major conflict for cultural control has begun to emerge…And the Christian, bewildered by this dramatic turn, sees the darkening horizon because of the encroaching deformity within the cultural soul. The call of the Supreme Artist, who created all things beautiful, is being mocked. Secularism has grabbed its philosophical knife to silence the Artist in the public square.”

Ok, so I know that probably sounds super heavy. Believe me, it takes some getting into, but Ravi Zacharias has some awesome insights. He’s really been making me think about the downward spiral of our cultural, especially in terms of the church and the youth. More and more, we seem to shun intelligent thought. It inwardly irks me how obsessed the kids (and even adults) are with video games, computers and cell phones. They take up so much time and attention at the expense of spending time with God in daily devotions. On our youth trips when we’ve limited the usage of electronics, they don’t seem to know what to do with themselves and they even become super angry if they can’t answer every text and phone call. Even during a recent small group, I was annoyed at how many times we had to tell them to put their phones away. We couldn’t even have a short conversation or even play a group game without the majority of them constantly checking their phones.

I know it may not seem like these things have much to do with the disintegrating culture, but in a way I think they do. Our culture has been so much changed by the media and technology that we’ve lost (at least in a big way) the appreciation for actual relationships, intelligent learning, reading, and being quiet before God. I know I struggle with it as well. But it really burdens me how hard it is to get our youth to realize how much they’re missing in life by being so enthralled by distractions and worthless pursuits.

 

Staying Home?

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 4:21 pm

Seth and I have been debating about me quitting my job to be a stay at home mom. I’ve only been working part-time (2 days a week usually), but works ends up being a huge stress in my life and it seems like everything ends up centering around it. I’ve been dealing w/ some anxiety recently and it seems like work is a big producer of it. And most importantly, I really want to be able to spend more time with Haddie and Seth and to be able to do more with church/youth group. So, that being said, we’ve decided that I will take off through the summer as a kind of trial run to see how we do financially without my income. That way we’ll also have more time to pray and think about the decision.

With all that being said, I’m really starting to think about how to spend my time and how to better scale back on our spending to make this all worthwhile and possible. So, I’m wondering…to all you stay at home moms, how do you make it? What are your budgeting hints? What have you sacrificed to make it all possible? Also…how do you spend your time? Do you have a certain schedule you try to keep or certain goals/projects you’re trying to achieve? How do you balance that with caring for/spending time with your children?