Sunday, April 29, 2012

Yummy Jambalaya!

It was my turn to bring the entree for our church fellowship meal today.  I made Jambalaya from the Southern Living cookbook that is in the magazine racks at Walmart right now.  It was really delicious!  I made it last night in my big 6 quart dutch oven, refrigerated it overnight and then put it in the crock pot this morning to take to church.  I doubled the recipe, but I should have tripled the liquid because it was just a little dry to me.

I also used polish sausage instead of andoulli because I like that sausage better.  One of the other women brought a green salad and someone else brought wonderful honey butter rolls.  It was a delicious fellowship meal, but then it always seems to be good when we share with our fellow Christians around a table.

The countdown begins for us week to Katy and I leaving for North Carolina to meet the birthmom of the twins!  If you find this boring, I warn you, it will probably be all that I can think of for the next week!  Besides the excitement of getting to meet this wonderful woman in person, and finding out the sex of the babies, and seeing the beautiful state of North Carolina, I am also a little trepidatious as I am leaving my other girls behind for a couple of days...with my grown son in charge!

I am sure everything will be fine, but I want to leave as many things ready for him as possible.  I want to have breakfast, lunch and dinner planned and ready, clothes picked out for the girls so he doesn't have to help with that.  You know...the girl stuff.  He is not the kind of guy who likes helping little girls pick out their wardrobe.  though he is an awesome big brother!

I am also trying to pick out a few fun things to bring to the birthmom, things to give her an idea about Kansas and our lives.  Also she has a couple of little ones of her own and I want to bring them a gift.  While we are there I want to spend as much time as we can getting to really know her and her family.  I want them to know how much we love and appreciate her and admire her for her courage and selflessness.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Eggs in a Nest for Breakfast!

Yummy yummy!  I love to get up on Saturday morning and make a good breakfast.  Now that tax season is officially over and I am starting to feel back to normal I am able to get up earlier on a Saturday and get some things done.

This morning I was folding laundry and watching the Cooking Channel and caught Ree Drummond, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman on her show.  She made Egg in a Hole which we call in our family Eggs in a Nest.  It is really yummy, you fry a piece of bread with a hole in it in a pan of butter, break the egg into it, cook the egg on both sides and then serve.  I leave the yolk unbroken, so when you cut into it the yellow goodness just flows out over the bread.

We used to have this for breakfast more often, then I guess I forgot about it.  I used to make sure that I served a different breakfast every morning during the week so the girls never ate the same thing.  And we hardly ever had cereal.  Now the girls seem to always make it down here before me, and they get right into the pantry and get a bowl of cereal.  So unless I tell them ahead of time to wait for me, they already have breakfast before I get down to have my coffee!

I am going to make a few batches of banana bread today, I freeze the extra loaves and then I take it out of the freezer when I want to serve it for breakfast.  I will take pictures and post the recipe.  It has sour cream in it and it is very moist.

The girls earned $20 each for being really good the last week of tax season and the money is burning a hole in each of their pockets, so we are going to the dollar store today to spend some of it!  They are so silly!  Madyson said she wants 20 bags of candy!  Ava Marie wants some bubbles, Katy wants to buy 1 pack of gum and Mackenzie said she wants some the dollar store?  I have to teach that girl how to shop!

Update on the twins!  Everything is progressing well.  Katy and I leave to visit the birthmom in a few short weeks.  We will only be there for a couple of days, but she has already made the appointment with her OB/GYN for us to see the sonogram and we will get to find out the sex of the babies!  This is so exciting to me.  I really don't have any preference for what these 2 are, I would be just as happy with more girls or 2 little boys or even one of each!  I am just so grateful for the opportunity to love and parent these 2 little angels.  But I dearly want to be able to pray for them by name and to start to imagine them in our home, so knowing what sex they are is kind of important.

I will reveal the sex of the twins on here after I find out, but I probably won't reveal their names right away.  I am not sure, it kind of depends.   I am very settled on 2 boys names, I have had them in my pocket so to speak for a long time.  But I am not so sure on the 2 girls names, I have one that I am positive on and then I am having a hard time choosing a second girls name.  And I don't really want to worry about it, as I may not have to choose a second girls name.

Oh well, it is all in God's hands now.  He has already made them in His image and they are beautiful and wonderfully made!  Sometimes I can hardly wait!  Other times I keep reminding myself I better get caught up on my sleep!