Monday, October 19, 2009

This week's menu

Well, our oven is down for the count, I think.  It's only 9 years old and we spent $1000 on it so it REALLY stinks.  We'll have the repair guys in tomorrow but I really think it's toast so this week I'm not planning on using it.  So for this week:

Monday - Pizza meal ($20 for a large NY pizza, a large ziti, chicken parm. hero) and salad
Tuesday - Maple Walnut Chicken, rice pilaf, broccoli
Wednesday - pancakes, sausages, fruit
Thursday - Beef and pepper stir-fry, rice
Friday - Angel hair pasta with sundried tomatoes and feta cheese (I'll add chicken to make it more "dinner" for us), salad
Saturday - burgers, homemade potato salad, green salad
Sunday - orange chicken thighs, buttered noodles, greeen beans

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chicken Pot Pie

Hmmm - I thought I posted this but apparently I didn't!  This is our chicken pot pie recipe.  It's SOOO popular around here and I'll make it whenever I make a roast chicken or else I'll pop two chicken breast halves in some boiling water and cook that up instead.  This is also my go-to recipe to bring to another family for illness or death or some other need in their lives.  I can't wait - it's the ultimate comfort food!

Chicken Pot Pie

1/3 c. butter or margarine
1/3 c. flour
2/3 c. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2+ cups cut up cooked chicken
2+ cups frozen peas and carrots
1 double pie crust (I use Pillsbury)

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter over low heat in saucepan. Blend in flour, onion and seasoning. Cook, stirring, until mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in chicken broth and milk. Heat to boiling; stirring constantly. Boil and stir one minute. Gently stir in chicken and frozen vegetables. Pour into pie crust. Top with other pie crust, flute and slit. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Busy life, Idols and ER

Yep - life has been super busy again.  Last week was filled with stuff outside the house including me working at church from 9AM to 11PM on Friday where we had a concert for Youth for Christ.  It was a wonderful evening and I have to say, while I don't like their music style, the three bands really showed me how much they love Jesus and they clearly ministered to the kids.  We had Mikeschair, AfterEdmund and LeCrae with Tedashi.  Look them up on YouTube if you'd like! 

As some of you know, I like Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle and find him to be theologically sound.  He once again was on Nightline and this time he spoke of idols and I thought his segment was really good.  It's not long - only about 4 minutes - so take the time to watch it if you can!  One correction, though.  Of course the world doesn't know their terms and meanings well and they labeled Mark as an emergent leader and he's most certainly not part of the emergent movement.  Theologically, he's very conservative and isn't afraid to call sin a sin and in this segment, you can see he's really clear about God and idols.  So just because Nightline called him "emergent", he's not.  :)

Finally, please pray for my husband.  Yesterday while bringing the boat to the mooring on a very windy afternoon, he ran to the front of the boat and caught his toe as he was going.  He called me to let me know he needed me and there was "stuff" hanging out of his baby toe.  I got there, got the boat tied on properly and went down below where he was laying on our bed.  I took one look and said "Honey, that's bone."  Yep - the diagnosis is a complete compound dislocation of the baby toe.  Not only did he fully dislocate the last bone in the toe, but he was able to get the rest of the bone to come out of the skin completely.  Wish I got a picture for you but you'll just have to imagine it.  But God is good.  Our good friend is an orthopedic surgeon and he was at the hospital last night.  From the time we walked in the doors to the end of his surgery, only two hours had elapsed.  He was in his room 3 hours after that - so 5 hours from walking in the door to him being in bed - not bad!  He's staying in for a few days because of needing to be in IV antibiotics just in case.  He's on steroids for his asthma and they're just worried about infection.  He should heal up fine although there's likely tendon/ligament and nerve damage but it's the baby toe, so it's not like it's super vital.  Add in to that the fact that he trashed his other foot 5 years ago and that means that he's used to bum feet - only now he has two.  One thing he's disappointed about is that he can't go on our church's men's retreat this weekend and lead worship - doctor's orders (and our doctor goes to our church so it's not like he doesn't realize the importance of the retreat).  But there's always next year.  :)