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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eggies and Such

 I have been meeting a friend at the Y most weekday mornings at 6:00 a.m.; since I'm more of a night owl, I thought it would be rather painful, but it has been great overall. The frustrating thing is that Elijah has woken up at 7:15 like clockwork most of the summer, which is why my plan was to be home by 7:00, but now he has started getting up earlier before I get home and making the rounds to get his sisters up. I have really prayed that he would just sleep until 7:00 and this morning I came flying back into the house at 7:03 and he got up at 7:08! I then let Moriah and Alyssa sleep until 9:00 to make up for their earlier in the week 6:30 wake up calls. 

Today was so beautiful that I let the kids play outside this morning while I baked. I finally bought the ingredients for Ezekiel bread at a Mennonite grocery store on the way to the mountains and made it this morning. (I made it in a cake shape to try and fool the kids that it was a treat instead of bread.)

I also had several rotten bananas waiting in the fridge that got turned into banana bread. 

My kids love boiled eggs and I continually get frustrated that the shells often sticks to them when I boil them. While I've tried all sort of suggestions to prevent it, I read that it really comes down to how old the cheap eggs are before they hit the store. Anyway, I bought these "eggies" that you crack the eggs into and boil them. Lets just say, they don't get a great review from me. First of all, they have four parts each that you have to assemble and oil, then a few broke open in the boiling water.

Lastly, the eggs come out kind of half egg shaped. I only bought one set of six to try them out and I'm glad I didn't buy another few sets like I really would have needed to use this method. After two batches of eggies, I tried heavily salting the water with straight eggs. 

My baking break was fun, - too bad we didn't end up with any dinners from my time, so now I have to make dinner.


  1. We have chickens and fresh eggs too. This is how I make hard boiled eggs.

    1. Cover eggs with water in pan. Add lots of salt.
    2. Boil for 30 min, covered.
    3. Immediately drain and run under cold water until you can easily touch them and peel them.

    They (usually) come out pretty good. I had that same frustration until I did the cold water trick. It has to be really, really cold.

  2. My sister-in-law's mother taught me to lightly tap the egg on the stove or counter until you hear the shell give a little - a tiny hairline crack.

    Then I think I put them in cool or starting to warm water. If the water is boiling, they might leak out. I think I do about 8-10 minutes after the water is boiling and then dump them right into ice water to cool them quickly.

    It's still a gamble. Most are great some are not.

  3. did you know you can boil the eggs then cut the through the shell with a knife? Its super easy to just scoop each halves out of the cut shell. You should try it some time!