In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One Thing Done

Finishing the kitchen deep-clean today was easier than typing this post, since Elijah is asleep on me and only wakes when I try to lay him down. I solicited the kids to help and assigned important jobs like organizing the junk drawer and Tupperware cabinet. I handled the important things, like throwing away the expired cans and medicine bottles. I was rather horrified at how many expired cans we had; it seems I need to routinely organize my cans by item AND expiration date, rather than just letting the kids put them away. While we have been slurping tomato soup all winter, they were 2013 cans while the 2010 cans were rotting in the back. (I'm using the term rotting figuratively, as I don't want to conjure up any images from the show Hoarders.) Since I don't like waste, I warmed a nice mixture of expired soups and fed them to Lincoln for lunch, he appreciated it on such a cold day.

Well, tomorrow I'm going to wrap up the school room, which should be quick and painless since most of it has been done. I have an enormous amount of weeded out homeschool curriculum that I also need to figure out where to sell; I do well on E-bay, but I find it so painful to list each item.

As mentioned yesterday, here are two of my fail-proof breakfast recipes that we use over and over.

My Grandma's pancake or waffle batter:

2 eggs
2 c. buttermilk
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. flour ( I use 1 whole wheat and 1 white, but you can do any combination.)

Mix and cook. The beauty of this recipe is that it's so easy to double or triple. If it's just the weekday bunch, I double it; if it's the weekend bunch with friends over, I triple it.

Second - Strawberry Smoothie:
1 c. vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 c. milk
2. c. frozen strawberries
2 bananas
1/2 c. ice

Throw in the blender; it makes about 3 smoothies, which means I usually make 3 rounds!


1 comment:

  1. GREAT! Thanks for the recipe! I have something to look forward to this Saturday morning:)