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Stuffed Bell Peppers ~ {Eat Seasonal}

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Our first crop of the season are these beautiful green bells. Last year when we grew them, they were small and misshapen but somehow the soil, fertilizer, water, and sunshine worked better in our favor this year.

For a long time I was using a recipe that incorporated cinnamon into the mix, much to the chagrin of my siblings and, somewhat, of my husband, I found out when I made these.

These stick with simple ingredients–nothing extravagant or pairing better with breakfast treats –and a bit of yummy cheese on top. Both of my girls gobbled these right up.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

6 bell peppers of any color
1 1/2 c. cooked rice
1 lb. ground beef
2 T. olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
can of diced tomatoes, 14 oz.
1 t. oregano
1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
shredded Mexican cheese blend for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and remove seeds and membrane.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add onions. Cook for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add in garlic and cook together for about a minute.

In a large bowl, place cooked onions and garlic, rice, and ground beef. Mix together. Add in tomatoes, reserving about 1/2 cup to pour on top later. Season with oregano, Worcestershire, salt and pepper, mixing in well.

Fill peppers with meat mixture. Pour a little of the reserved tomatoes and sauce on top of each pepper. Sprinkle with a little shredded cheese.

Cook for 45 minutes.

Serve and sprinkle with more cheese!

Moments ~ {Vol. 11}

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Dirt, dirt, and lots of dirt. Most mornings are spent outside digging. Pre-lunch time is spent bathing.

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Digging with spoons because we’re fancy like that.

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Evey’s becoming a scootering pro.

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Never one to paint her body before, Lucie’s encouragement pushed Evey outside her comfort zone.
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First finger painting for both girls.
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Doesn’t mind getting messy one bit.

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Who says paint is for paper?

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Daddy-daughter dance to “Let it Go”.

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Saturday morning Frozen viewing with Daddy.

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Sunday morning snuggles with Daddy. Sweetest.
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Evey’s cow. :)

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He got more legs and accessories than he bargained for.

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End-of-summer party at my parents’ complete with appropriate ambience lighting.

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Magical.

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Our first sunflower of the season!

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Enjoying a wonderful red from a friend’s family winery in Oregon alongside a delicious Sunday dinner.

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#muffbrews continues. We’ve been on a porter and stout kick lately.

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Beautiful flowers from a #bissisterhood friend. Makes my kitchen so pretty.

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Snacktime post-splash pad fun. They enjoyed themselves. Really.

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Grocery day treat. Bribery or reward? You decide. 

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Free ice cream at the library? Yes, please. {Although, every time we go to the library now she wants to know where the ice cream van is.}

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Matchy-matchy.

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She knew right what to do with that cone.
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Creative sticker sticking. {She likes to place them over her eyes too. Whatever floats your boat, Ev.}

Pumpkin Pecan Scones ~ {Eat Seasonal}

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Are you thinking of autumnal flavors like I am?

Pumpkins. Apples. Pears. Warm Chai Lattes.

Don’t lie. I know you are.

With that hint of coolness I’ve been noticing in the air, perhaps it is safe to take that premature foray into Fall foods.  It might help to get some practice in, right?

Luckily, pumpkin comes conveniently pulverized in those small tin cans so, really, you could enjoy these all year round if you wanted.

Pumpkin Pecan Scones

This recipe originally appeared on Chewy Morsels
2 c. flour {I do a combo of all-purpose and whole wheat}
 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 t. ginger
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. allspice
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. candied pecans {or plain}, finely chopped
 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 
Place flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut butter into small pieces and mix with dry ingredients until butter is the size of small peas. 
 
Mix buttermilk, pumpkin and vanilla in a separate cup or bowl. Add to large bowl and mix together by hand just until it comes together. Carefully, mix in pecan pieces.
Flour a clean surface. Pat ball of dough into a round about 1/2 in. thick. Cut into 8 triangles. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, until browned at edges.

Gathering My Thoughts : Reading, Recipes, and Relaxation

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Outside my window: Heat, heat, and more heat. This week is a scorcher. We’ve had some fairly mild weather this summer, minus a series of a few days here and there. I’m grateful. And I’m ready for the Fall. The only good thing about this heat is that it might make my tomatoes turn red. Here’s to hoping.

Listening To: My husband and daughter make pizza for dinner. She asks so many questions about everything. I’m glad he’s fielding them for now as my brain hurts a little from the continual bombardment throughout the day. :)

Clothing Myself In: My favorite blue skirt {similar to this one} and tank top {this one but it’s sold out!}. Light and breezy to stay cool in this heat.

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Talking With My Children About These Books: We are starting on the 26 Letters to Heaven curriculum {loosely} this week. Evey has been showing a strong interest in learning letters so I decided to seek out a easygoing curriculum that would allow me to introduce them better to her. I’m planning to do another post in the next week or so about books I’m using for education with her and my reasons for doing so.

We’re not doing the letters in order. “B” is the letter of the week. Our books for the week are: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird, Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter, Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming, Beach by Elisha Cooper, Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff.

Have any others we should add??

In My Own Reading: Over the past week or so I’ve binge-read two novels: The Orphan Train and The Girl On the Train. The fact that they both have to do with trains didn’t occur to me until I picked up the second to read it. As with a lot of my pleasure reading these days, both of these came recommended by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. The first was also recommended strongly by my mother, hence, it ended up as my choice in the category of “a book recommended by your mother” in the Reading Challenge. It was fantastic. It follows the story of a young, orphaned Irish girl when she is shipped to the Midwest to be adopted and tells of the life she found when she got there. It is interwoven with the story of a contemporary orphan. Highly recommended now by me too! 5 out of 5 stars.

The Girl on the Train is a high-speed thriller {you see what I did there?} which I sped through in a matter of 24 hours. I was a bit hesitant to read this when I saw it listed as a thriller as I am not too fond of blood and guts and crazy psychological yuckiness, but it was pretty easy to stomach and the plot pulled me right along to the end. 4 out of 5 stars.

Thinking and Thinking: About the Autumn and all the wonderful flavors of the season that will soon be coming. {Despite the fact we still haven’t harvested any of our tomatoes yet this year. They’re on the slow boat.}

I’m also very excited about all the crafts and such I’ve been planning to do with Evelyn. Her imagination is really taking off and she loves creating and crafting {I’ve got a kindred spirit. ;)} so we’re going to go at as many as we can stand! :)

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Pondering: 

“It is God himself who teaches us the importance of dedicating time to contemplating and enjoying the fruits of our labours, not only in our employment or profession, but through every action by which we as men and women cooperate in God’s creative work, even in times of difficulty. In the workplace too, we celebrate – a birthday, a marriage, a new baby, a farewell or a welcome. True moments of celebration make us pause from our work, because they remind us that we are made in the image and likeness of God, who is not a slave to work, but the Lord of work! And so we must never be slaves to work but rather its master!

Moments of rest, especially on Sunday, are sacred because in them we find God. The Sunday Eucharist brings to our celebrations every grace of Jesus Christ: his presence, his love and his sacrifice; his forming us into a community, and his way of being with us. Everything is transfigured by his grace: work, family, the joys and trials of each day, even our sufferings and death. May we always recognize the family as the privileged place to understand, guide and sustain the gifts which arise from our celebrations, especially the Sunday Eucharist.”

~Pope Francis, General Audience, August 12, 2015

Carefully Cultivating Rhythm: Since we’re in the space between summer and Fall, we’re sticking to our summer routine here for a little while longer still since the sun is up a bit earlier. It also stays hot here often into the early days of October. Early mornings are spent outside in the {semi}fresh air, afternoons indoors in air conditioning crafting, watching a show or two, prepping for dinner, etc. I’ve enjoyed the rhythms of our days this summer, hoping to find a similar one that works this Fall.

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Creating By Hand: Knitting tends to be a seasonal craft for me. So, since the cooler weather will be upon us soon, I’ve busted out my stash. There are a few babies making an appearance within the next couple months so a few items for them are first up on my list.

I found a fabulous little cap-sleeve sweater I’m creating. I’m about halfway done now. If it continues as well as it has so far, I will probably make both of the girls ones for the cooler months. {Joining up with Ginny’s Yarn Along this week. Join us if you like to knit or crochet too!}

Learning Lessons In: Balance. Time is precious. I want to use it wisely. Figuring out priorities and making sure I’m giving of myself in the places where God most wants me to be.

Encouraging Learning In: Sweeping. Evelyn insisted on a dustpan and broom to take home with her when we were shopping at Ikea last week, so she’ll be in charge of that chore…once she learns it is more than just brushing things around the room. 😉

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Crafting in the Kitchen: I’ve begun posting weekly recipes focused around what is in season on Thursdays here on the blog.

A few recipes to use up the last of that summer produce include: Breakfast Peach Crisp, Salmon Bread Salad, Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins, and Tortellini Salad with Avocado and Broccoli.

To Be Fit and Happy: I was having a really hard time fitting exercise into my days, really just getting motivated to get it done. But I revived an exercise accountability group on Facebook that I had with a few friends, and it’s helped me get my backside in gear a little more frequently. I’ve been doing the Barre3 workouts 3 times a week. I’m hoping to up that to 4 or 5 within the next week or so. I think part of the problem was I was trying to do too much to begin {I’m really out of shape} and starting out slow, not doing back-to-back days, has helped me immensely in wanting to do it, rather than forcing myself.

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Loving the Moments: To go along with our “schooling” I purchased Evelyn a new easel. She loves the whiteboard. Literally spends an hour or more every day doodling there. She draws a lot on paper too, but an interesting thing happened when she began drawing vertically: she’s drawing realistic figures! She made me a cow the other day and began adding accessories and such to it, naming each thing. It was quite discernible. This is the first I’ve seen her do this. I love to witness these milestones! :)

Living the Liturgy: This coming Sunday is the Feast of St. Rose who is a patron of both Evelyn and myself {her middle name, my Confirmation saint}. We’ll celebrate by going to Mass and enjoying Root Beer floats for dinner that evening. If you couldn’t guess, our letter next week will be “R”. I need to think of a good “R” food to serve for dinner….

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Planning for the Week Ahead: We’re about halfway through {I started writing this on Tuesday but the time gets away from me}. We have dance tomorrow, I’ll enjoy our monthly dinner together with my mom in the evening, then winding down to the weekend, Steve and I are looking forward to a much-anticipated date a local winery where we’ll be savoring a tasting-and-pairing menu alongside a tour.

 

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Blessed is She ~ One Year

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God’s blessings often come in the most unexpected places.

Just a short time ago, the Internet was living up to its isolating reputation for me and I wasn’t having much luck in connecting with female peers in my local community either.

I had a desire to delve more deeply into Scripture. I was searching for a community that facilitated this in a real way. I was looking, but kept coming up short.

I was on the brink of heavily writing off Internet time altogether when I stumbled across the seed of a ministry just beginning to form roots.

Blessed is She initially began by sending out the scriptural readings from daily Mass. Having just given birth to my second child and living as a single-car family, attending daily Mass was just impossible for me. With the BiS emails, I was able to pull up the readings in the inbox on my phone and read through prayerfully as I was nursing my daughter.

Then, these beautiful, short devotionals were added to the Scripture, written by faith-filled women sharing stories of their life where God was challenging them. So easy to relate to.

But God was calling me deeper. Soon, I was contributing to the devotions myself; then offering my time to edit the blog so we could further share the story of sisters who were in the trenches and answering God’s call in so many ways.

Twitter, never my forte, one day had me engaged with these same sisters in a discussion on prayer. We shared our favorite ways to engage in conversation with God, as well as prayer books that aided us.

Always up for a challenge and a lover of capturing beautiful moments in photos, I enjoyed the Instagram challenges for posting photos following daily prompts. And, in the process, ‘met’ and was encouraged by so many wonderful women all over the world!

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Then God nudged our fearless leader, Jenna, to begin regional Facebook groups. This allowed for even more ‘getting to know you’ moments and praying for one another in the joyful and sorrowful moments of life. This connected us a bit more locally. I’ve now had the occasion for meeting several of these amazing sisters in the flesh for a cup of coffee!

And then? Blessed Brunches! Last weekend, I attended and co-hosted one in the Bay Area with Kirby who warmly welcomed us into her home. We shared treats and our hearts with one another over the course of an afternoon.

This organic development — from reading and sharing the Word of God together online to great, Spirit-filled fellowship face-to-face — was such a wonderful sight to behold.

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I am no longer as skeptical as I once was about the Internet’s ability to bring us together. Great intention is needed to do so; we must move beyond that space.

Blessed is She has been the medium for forming so many great friendships. If not for its online presence, something on this scale would be possible. It has changed my heart for the gift the Internet can be.

But it has also encouraged me to reach out to friends I already had established relationships with and seek deeper fellowship with them too. It has helped me realize how important and what a blessing it is to have others in life to whom you can say, “What, you too?!”, and how vital it is to have a community who can come to your aid when you’re in troubled waters and to which you can return the call when another is in need.

I am truly in awe of the community that has been built up this past year. I am grateful for Jenna’s ‘yes’ to the Spirit’s call. I am grateful for every devotion writer who takes precious time out of their busy lives to sit down and write out the Spirit’s promptings on their hearts every few months. I am grateful for the artists who give their unique talents to create pieces of beauty that uplift our souls. I am grateful for the photographers who catch amazing glimpses of God’s creation to share with us in such a profound way. I am grateful for the writers who share with us their joys and struggles on the blog. I am grateful for those who share moments in those square picture boxes, revealing the blessings we have in our lives. I am grateful for each and every woman of the #bissisterhood who makes it the wonderful blessing it is. Thank you.

Tortellini Salad with Avocado and Broccoli ~ {Eat Seasonal}

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I love cooking from scratch. But sometimes ‘from scratch’ just isn’t going to happen.

Little cheating tools, like pre-made pastas, make it seem like it’s from scratch. But they help me keep my sanity during the evening witching hour that often preys upon us precisely when dinner is to be made.

This pasta dish is an easy way to get lots of veggies in your family. It is extremely versatile too. Feel free to use whatever fresh veggies you have on hand.

 

Tortellini Salad with Avocado and Broccoli

2 packages of pre-made tortellini
2 c. broccoli crowns {you can add the stumps in too if you’re feeling it}
juice of two lemons
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. sliced almonds
2 avocados, diced
{opt for extra protein: package of pre-cooked sausage, sliced — Trader Joe’s sun-dried tomato ones are great!}

Heat a large pot of boiling water. Cook tortellini according the package instructions. Add broccoli one minute before the pasta is finished to blanch it. Drain pasta and broccoli.

Place in a large bowl and mix in lemon juice and olive oil. Toss in avocados and meat, if you’re using it. Sprinkle the top with almonds and serve. 

Double to recipe for leftovers the next day. It makes a great cold pasta salad too!

Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins ~ {Eat Seasonal}

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We try to up our breakfast game on the weekend. That usually involves a breakfast meat, eggs of some variety, and a sweet breakfast treat. I don’t have much time to get something in the oven before the hungry wolves enter the kitchen, so I try to keep my baking time to a minimum — half hour or less is ideal.

These guys fit the bill and they are easy enough you just might feel inspired to create them for a special treat during the week too.

Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins

3 ripened bananas
juice of a lemon
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1 c. blueberries {fresh or frozen}

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a muffin tin with muffin cups.

Smash the ripened bananas in a large bowl. Squeeze in lemon juice and pour in melted butter. Mix well. Add in brown sugar.

Mix together flours, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a separate bowl. Pour into banana mixture and begin mixing until just starting to incorporate. Add in blueberries. The flour will prevent them from breaking as you continue to mix. Mix slowly until well-incorporated. Mixture will be more firm than watery {but if its really dry, add a few tablespoons of water}.

Bake for 20 minutes, until inserted toothpick comes out clean. 

Makes one dozen.

The Finding and Keeping of Habits ~ “Better Than Before” {A Book Review}

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I’ve been anxious to pick up a copy of this book since it came out earlier this year. Gretchen Rubin’s books are a great read as they get you to stop and take a look at your life as a whole. They help you consider: Am I living an intentional and purposeful life? Am I striving for things that I want in life…or for what other people want for me? Am I living a life I am proud of?

Her newest — Better Than Before — is no exception. After exploring the concept of happiness and what it meant for her in her own life, she now explores the topic of how to develop habits, which can help lead to a better quality of life and help one grow into a better person.

“For a happy life, it’s important to cultivate an atmosphere of growth–the sense that we’re learning new things, getting stronger, forging new relationships, making better things, helping other people. Habits have a tremendous role to play in creating an atmosphere of growth, because they help us make consistent, reliable progress.”

Rubin’s intention in this book isn’t to instruct us on what habits to take on for ourselves, but rather to give us tools that help us determine which good habits we would like to inculcate in our lives {or which bad ones to quit} and some “Strategies” on how to get there based on our strengths and weaknesses.


Rubin claims that every person falls into one of Four Tendencies: Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel. I’m still wavering between Upholder and Questioner–which makes me think I might be a Questioner, although I do tend to stick strictly to the things I’ve set out for myself to do.

After reading through the myriad of suggestions, I’ve found that her Strategy of Scheduling is one I need to incorporate more strongly into my life. I was better at this in college, but since having children, have really fallen away from the habit. It’s obviously more difficult with children, but I think having more of a schedule to our day would help me get more done, plus find more time to play with the girls {and free time with my husband}. Win-win.

“Scheduling is an invaluable tool for habit formation: it helps us eliminate decision making; it helps us make the most of our limited self-command; it helps us fight procrastination. Most important, perhaps, the Strategy of Scheduling helps us make time for the things that are most important to us. How we schedule our days is how we spend our lives.” 

I also realized from her descriptions that I do better with moderating, rather than abstaining. Having just a little of something that I’m craving and doling it out in small doses, helps me to curb that craving. Whereas, if I completely cut it out, I’m more likely to indulge in it in a big way.

“…from what I have seen, Moderators shouldn’t try to abstain; if they try to deny themselves, they can become very preoccupied with indulging.”

I like her suggestion on choosing a reward from sticking to a habit within the habit itself. For instance, some office gyms will offer the reward of a year-long free membership after sticking to a habit of going to the gym for so many days straight.

I’ve been thinking of rewarding myself with a new iPod after keeping a schedule of running three times a week for three months. {I’ll load it up with good pump up songs!}

“By finding my reward within the habit itself, with a reward that takes me deeper into the habit. If I look outside a habit for a reward, I undermine the habit.”

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Ultimately, it is not the habits themselves that give meaning to our lives but the small acts committed repeatedly. As Rubin states, “[O]ften, when we consider our actions, it’s clear that any one instance of an action is almost meaningless; yet at the same time, the sum of those actions is very meaningful.” 

I strive to live a life of meaning, one which is infused with goodness, happiness, hard work, and light-heartedness. By better striving to figure out and maintain the habits that help me towards mine and my family’s goals, I can find a way for us to live ‘better than before.’

“The conduct of our lives is the true reflection of our thoughts.” -Michel de Montaigne “Of the Education of Children”

This book has inspired me to try more earnestly with some habits I’ve been trying to take on for a while. Hopefully, I can share some success soon! :)

I highly recommend this book to others who are interested in learning more about the habits they form and how better to do so.

 

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.

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What I Learned in July

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It has been fairly quiet around here. And that’s a good thing. Lots of activities happening with my girls, work on our house and in the yard being accomplished, time for reading books and time to contemplate what I’ve read, ‘date nights’ with my husband. It’s been a good month.

I like reflective posts–posts where one looks back at what has influenced them over the past week/month/year. Emily Freeman has a monthly link-up of “Things Learned In {Fill-in-the-Month}” so I’m joining up this last day of July to fill you in on a few things I’ve learned this past month.

  • There is still hope that the United States {and world} will wake up to the atrocity that is abortion. That they will see it for what it truly is.

I haven’t watched a single video that has been released over the past week or so by the Center for Medical Progress because I know what is happening. I know it is grotesque to be ripping our children apart limb by limb in their mothers’ wombs. I don’t want to hear people speaking casually about it like it’s no big deal. But I’m glad it is being revealed so that those are blind to what is happening may actually see and hear, and, hopefully, have a change of heart. I hope this is the catalyst to truly change hearts on the issue of abortion.

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  • It is perfectly legitimate to eat ice cream for dinner when the weather has been 100+ most of the day.

I’m a bit of a rule-follower. {Despite my requests for cookies for breakfast as a child.} But I have not minded bending the “ice-cream-is-dessert” rule one bit this summer. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • Creativity in the kitchen feeds my soul as well as nourishes my body {and those of family}. I need to practice it.

I started out blogging as a food blogger about six years ago. It was very difficult for me during pregnancies {because of food smells} and even more so with littles running around {because we want to help, we’re hungry, etc.} but I’ve had a small ease up on these difficulties so I’m attempting to make time for it again. I love creating new recipes and sharing them with others so you should see more recipes on here weekly.

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  • Fresh flowers, even in a semi-cluttered home, make the home so much brighter.

Sometimes I hesitate to spend the four or five dollars on a bunch of flowers at the grocery. It seems frivolous. But is it? I think appreciation of beauty, particularly natural beauty, is a sign of human flourishing. Why wouldn’t I want to foster that attitude in my home?

  • That vulnerability is a good thing. It allows us to love. The opposite–shame–breaks down relationships.

This month I read Brene Brown‘s Daring Greatly. I’ve had so many thoughts on this book and I’m hoping to share more, but for now just contemplate this truth. {And if you have a second, go watch her TED Talk.}

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  • With something slightly out of the ordinary, at-home date nights are possible.

For a while, it seemed silly to me to have date night at home. I spend most of my day at home, the last thing I want is to sit at home to refresh and relax with my husband. But finding a hobby we enjoy together has made the time at home together special and unique from the usual lounging on the couch reading or watching TV. We both enjoy craft beers so we bought a beer journal and have been learning the art of beer critique all the while enjoying a brew or two and discussing it. We love it! Follow along on instagram: #muffbrews. {And I’m hoping to have Steve publish posts on our discoveries!}

  • Forgiveness is always possible {with God}. 

I’ve had my own great struggles with forgiveness but I think this would seem an impossibility for me. Praise God for all His blessings.

 

What have you learned this month?

{Also linking up with Kelly for 7QT.}

Salmon Bread Salad ~ {Eat Seasonal}

In the summertime, I work really hard to avoid as many dishes as I can that require me to turn on the oven. This one is an exception. It’s fairly quick on-and-off. And you can get it done earlier in the day to avoid heating up the oven at the hottest part of the day. {But if you do, just high-tail it to your nearest watering hole for an after-dinner swim.}

Seasonal zucchini and tomatoes straight from the garden or farmers’ market. A healthy dose of Omega-3s from that tasty pink salmon. Delicious and nutritious–what’s not to love?

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Salmon Bread Salad

Adapted from Food52

Dressing
1 T French dijon mustard
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and set aside. 

Salad
about 2 cups of rustic bread, pulled apart into bite-size pieces
1 lb of zucchini, quartered and cut into 2 inch slices
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
8 large green onions
olive oil
sea salt, to taste

1 lb of salmon
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat bread slices in olive oil and spread out evenly on a baking sheet. Crisp in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Turn up the heat to 450 degrees. Spread zucchini on one sheet and douse with olive oil; spread tomatoes and green onions on another and also give a good glug of oil. Place zucchini in the lower part of the oven and tomatoes and green onions in the upper half. Push the tomatoes and onions around as they cook. Green onions should be removed once they are softened, about 7 minutes. Tomatoes come out once all the skins have broken open, about 12 minutes. And, finally, remove the zucchini once tender, at about 15 minutes.

While the veggies are roasting, heat a skillet over medium-high heat with a splash of olive oil. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, and cook through turning once. It takes about 7-10 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your fish. {Fish is done once the pinkness lightens and becomes flaky.}

Once your veggies have cooled, toss them in a large bowl with the toasted bread. Drizzle about 3 T. of dressing on top. Cut up fish into bite-size pieces. Plate salad and place fish on top. Use additional dressing to add more flavor to your salad, if desired. 

Feeds 4.

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