Friday, December 31, 2010
2. Get to bed before 11pm
3. Find balance
5. Keep moving forward
I have a huge list. A very detailed list. It's so big, as I was looking it over I was feeling a little good for nothing.
So, I've decided I'm keeping my list to 5 and will break them down, as needed, as the year progresses.
What's on your list?
PS - Can you believe that it's 2011 in less than 24 hours?!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla
1 loaf Italian bread, cut into 1/2 inch slices
Mix first four ingredients, dip sliced bread and toast on buttered skillet.
I know, I know, you're asking what about the eggs?! You won't even notice they aren't in there. No substitution needed.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
To see more of my father's pens, see this post.
I have to stop gazing at my pen so I can finish my resolution list.
Made of PVC pipe and canvas they are easy to set up anywhere, easy to store, fit on their beds and the boys are having a blast with them.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
2 yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch squares
1 TBSP light brown sugar
1 tsp grated or minced fresh ginger
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 can kidney bean, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp salt, or to taste
Rice, quinoa or couscous
dry roasted peanuts, garnish
Saute onions and garlic over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, cover and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, ginger, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
Stir in peanut butter. Add sweet potatoes, kidney beans and tomatoes. Stir to coat. Add vegetable stock. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer until sweet potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Salt to taste.
Serve over rice, quiona or couscous and garnish with dry roasted peanuts and cilantro.
For Christmas I received some vegan cookbooks. This yummy recipe is found in The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
Monday, December 27, 2010
This past year has been full of ups and downs, smiles and frowns, tears and laughter, stress and joy. Looking at 2010, I see our blessings and I don't want to take them for granted. We had a wonderful year!
In January we welcomed the year with open arms, I painted the inside of the front door, made curtains for the bedrooms, won a giveaway to Alice Lane Home Collection, Larry and I found out we are related to two of our friends, I finally got my baseboards - yay me!, Josh came to visit us, I captured a common sight at our house, I accidentally glued my fingers together, I started to learn to knit (I have a confession - I still need to finish that project!), had some glow stick fun with the man clan, Landon wrote a story in preschool, I was thrilled to receive a blog comment from Eddie Ross, I made a fun apron, celebrated mom's birthday in Portland, had a giveaway, saw my first silent film, did the Love Dare Challenge and went on a super fun girl's weekend at the coast with Steph, Kim and Sarah.
In September Larry J's first year of high school football began, we celebrated Lach's birthday, I became allergic to animal protein and was forced to become vegan, I went whale watching and had a fun sister's weekend at the beach, we celebrated Laird's birthday, made him a fondant ipod birthday cake, went to a Pirate Festival, Jill and John became engaged, we made flubber, Stephanie started saying her goodbyes and dyed her hair purple.
What a wonderful, wonderful year!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
The little cousins had a blast with zhu zhu pets and remote control cars...
Friday, December 24, 2010
The kids decorated graham cracker houses with loads of frosting and candy....
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I've been a little "grinchy" this past week. I've been so disappointed with myself in not being prepared this year for Christmas.