Garden Update

Well the lettuce and swiss chard are still going strong. On the other hand the carrots still look kinda puny. Hopefully all this rain we’re getting will help them out. If anyone has a recipe for swiss chard let me know. I’m running out of ideas, before I run out of chard. We’ve done swiss chard gratin, beef and swiss chard soup, and sautéed swiss chard. I will be posting the recipe for the soup as well as beef stock hopefully next week.

After the holidays I am hoping to start planning next year’s garden. I am going to do less pumpkins and green beans. However I plan on adding acorn and butternut squash. I am open to any other suggestions.

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Stuffed and Smothered Chicken

In my house growing up we all had a favorite meal. On our birthday my mother would make whatever we wanted for dinner. It seems that we all chose the same thing year after year. With the holidays approaching I find myself missing her. Here is one of her recipes that she used to make.

4 chicken breasts
cream cheese
1 can of cream of mushroom soup or 4 cups of homemade
8 slices of (turkey) bacon

Preheat oven to 350 F

1. Butterfly the chicken breasts, separating completely, making 8 pieces. Place each half between 2 pieces of wax or parchment paper. Using a meat mallet, pound the chicken until it is the same thickness all over. Be careful not to let the chicken tear.

2. Place a slice of cream cheese approx. 1/3 ” thick in the middle of each of the 8 chicken pieces. Then wrap the chicken up around the cheese.

3. Then wrap each chicken piece with a slice of bacon. Place in a 9×13 baking dish seam side down.

4. Prepare soup according to can ( I prefer Amy’s Kitchen it can be found in the health food section at Krogers) Then pour soup over the chicken.

5. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. I like to serve chicken over brown rice, using the leftover liquid from the pan to drizzle over everything. It also pairs well with sautéed green beans.

Heart

God has been dealing with me in my heart of hearts. I share this not to brag, or say “Look at me, how holy am I?” I am not holy, I am imperfect. I am a sinner and struggle daily dying to myself. Some days are better then others, and sometimes my old self rears its ugly head and I wonder how God could possibly love me. When that happens I know and can trust that I am saved, washed by the blood and can come to my Father for forgiveness. Knowing that He will indeed forgive me, He won’t see my past ugly stains of sin, but His Son’s blood.

Why am I sharing this? God is bringing me to a new place in Him. It is exciting yet daunting as well. Have you ever felt that way before? You aren’t alone, just look in the Bible. You won’t have to look far; Abraham lied about Sarah because he was too scared to trust God. Moses needed Aaron to hold up his hands. Jonah spent time in the belly of a large fish because he was too scared to go to Nineveh. I have said all this to say God is bringing me to a new place to trust in Him with everything. That doesn’t sound too difficult does it? Trust Him with the health of my children, the safety of my family. Our finances, my dreams, and everything else in between. He has shown Himself in mighty ways to us. Getting me through the loss of my mother, the loss of a pregnancy and helping us sell our house in an impossible market.

What has brought this thinking around? God has been speaking to me about our finances; how to use the money that He has provided for us. He has shown me to also give away what He has given me, and save other things. He is also telling me to research His word about what He says about things. I want to be the woman in Proverbs 31. I have been asking God to show me how to be her, and He is answering.

The biggest thing (at least to me) has been my children, and not just the two that I have, but all the future children He may bless me with. It has been a humbling experience to say the least. When Dan and I were first married I was terrified of having kids, I felt like a child still myself. So when we got engaged I went on birth control, because my family tends to be a fertile family. My dad is 1 of 13, and then on my mom’s side my great- great-grandfather fathered 16 of his 18 kids. Now so that you aren’t scandalized his 1st wife passed away and he re-married his 2nd wife, whom was a widow and had 2 children from her first marriage. This is the history as it has been told to me. Needless to say I was scared that I’d get pregnant right away. Well a year after marriage and 1 missed pill later I was pregnant. I was happier than I ever thought possible! After Vivian I got an IUD because again I wasn’t ready for another child. Thankfully God spoke to me and I started researching. To my dismay I found that even on birth control I could become pregnant, but the medicine would cause me to miscarry without my knowledge. It would seem as a late cycle or just a really bad one. I made an appointment right away and had the IUD removed. I told Dan we would just have to figure something else out.

Now, I know that I am anti-medicine on a lot of things, but to clarify I appreciate doctors and modern medicine. I just believe that God has given us a brain, for study, and has called us to trust. Doctors are human just like us and they make mistakes sometimes, that doesn’t make them bad, just human. I have said all the above to say this, I feel like God is telling me to trust Him with our family planning. God says in His word that children are a blessing. I have yet to find a place that says we care to try to control the amount of blessings we have. I for one do not want to tell God no if He offers me a blessing, be it a child or something else. So please pray for myself and my husband. I believe God is asking us to embark on a new journey with Him. And thank you for reading my rambling; I hope that He uses it to speak to you as well.

Ballet

With the ballet season in full swing, we are focusing on that in home school. We are reading about the Nutcracker (there are several cute children’s books) and listening to the musical score whenever we are in the car. In addition we are studying Tchaikovsky and Edgar Degas. Tchaikovsky because his music is used in the Nutcracker and Degas because he is famous for his ballerina paintings. Today Vivian has announced that she wants to be a sugar-plum fairy 🙂 I told her to practice very hard and one day she can be one. Immediately she ran and put on her leotard and started dancing while watching the Nutcracker ballet on tv.
This past year at the home school conference I listened to a speaker who shared that you should always encourage and support your child in what they want to do. Obviously you want to redirect them if it is not a healthy pursuit. I have noticed that by showing my confidence in her, it boosts her confidence. Likewise I have notice that if someone else tells her she can’t do something (even if she’s been able to do that particular thing for a while) she suddenly believes she can’t. It’s important to foster that “I can” attitude in our children. Just think of where we would be if Edison, Franklin, Lincoln, etc. didn’t have that “I can” attitude? It’s also important to lead by example. So I am going to come up with a set of goals I want to accomplish, so I can lead by example.

We are back.

The blog has been a little silent this past week. I was busy helping out at church for our fall festival and that has kept me hopping. Unfortunately with that came unhealthy eating, so I really need to do good the next several weeks to help clean me out. As I am writing this I feel my self trying to drift off to sleep. So goodnight friends!