above excerpts from Ann Voskamp’s book
above excerpts from Ann Voskamp’s book
I meant to add this earlier to my previous thoughts, but I accidentally pressed post instead of preview, and since I still haven’t taken the time to figure out how to pull a post when I do that…Today is your daily double!
Broccoli Beef Stir-fry…
or known ’round here as prehistoric trees (broccoli), dinosaur bones (beef), and dinosaur eggs (rice)
1 T. coconut oil
4 T. soy sauce (I use GF tamari sauce)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
12 oz. **marinated lean beef steak, cut into strips (I use sirloin)
1/4 c. dry red wine (you could sub beef broth)
2 t. cornstarch
2 small bunches broccoli, cut into small florets
Cooked rice or rice noodles
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the beef, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and stirfry over medium heat until beef is browned. In a small bowl, mix the wine and cornstarch well. Add to the pan the broccoli (and any other desired vegetables – sliced red pepper or green onion would be delish) and the cornstarch mixture; cooking until vegetables are just tender, 5 minutes or so. I cover them for a bit during this, stirring often.
Serve with rice or rice noodles.
**I like to marinate the steak in soy sauce, garlic, and ginger for atleast 30 minutes. But the longer, the better really.
Just a few weeks ago, we were sitting on the couch for a few hours with nothing to “do.” No big matters to discuss, the house was clean, laundry folded, kids asleep, checkbook balanced, with a cup of tea in hand, I told Andy “we need to find some sort of hobby to do.” The words were out of my mouth before I realized what I said (oh, the joy of being an extrovert 🙂 He paused (because he is in the category of “he who thinks before he speaks”) and says… “Like renovate a house?”
An actual conversation in our home last week.
Miles: We don’t have school Monday because it is King Michael Junior’s Birthday.
Me: Wow, that’s great! Who was King Michael Jr?
Miles: He was a brown man who wouldn’t give up his seat on the bus.
Andy: I have a dream this afternoon…
Miles: It wasn’t a dream, dad. It was real.
(This boy never ceases to make me smile with his twist on grown-up conversations and all his drawings I find laying around 🙂
Today we celebrated dreams.
Last night, I asked the boys what one thing they would hope to do most today.
Jack replied sledding and hot chocolate. Miles requested we play games.
And Jude had several dreams of his own…
There’s a whole lot of dreaming going on over here…
I dream of meeting the recipient of this little bundle someday (I’m sure you feel the same, Holl 🙂
These glazed cinnamon scones are so completely dreamy (I substituted GF flour and added 1 t. guar gum.) But, I have not figured out how to be gluten-free AND sugar-free, since one of them is a must and the other…well, there’s always next month…
In between all the “dreaming” of our own, I read up on the man whose dream we ultimately celebrate today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
We’re in the process of praying through our Christmas cards. I love how much the kids have gotten into it this year. The other day when Miles saw Kim and Luke were on top of the pile, he asked if we could save them for dinner since he would be at school for lunch and didn’t want to miss out praying for them.
I still somehow see what it is going to be. We’ve been scouring blogs for ideas of bungalow/craftsman-style house renovations (and are open to suggestions please 🙂 I didn’t foresee being in the position to choose everything from paint to cabinets to countertops to appliances to fireplace mantel to bathrooms to light fixtures…I have a feeling craigslist and e-bay will become close acquaintances of ours.
This house was such an answer to prayer.
1. My ideals in a house were: wood floors, fireplace, basement. Other than that, it didn’t matter. This house also had the added bonus of cat-pee and painted butterflies on the walls…
2. We put an offer on it within 24 hours of being on the market. Being a cash-only sale, we were told there had already been an accepted offer. After a weeks-worth of dreams, I asked Andy if there was any way he could check if there was still a chance. Because he loves me (and, because I can be a little persistent :), he called the realtor one more time. A few hours later we were asked to put in another offer. AND, a few days later they accepted it! Unbelievable, really.
3. After our offer was accepted, I couldn’t wait to walk inside for the first time. Never thought we’d buy a house I hadn’t seen…
I’m not sure what we have gotten ourselves into. But we’re ecstatic!
So, before our house project overtakes this blog, I have some crafts to fill you in on.
And, Merry Christmas to me 🙂
I cannot wait to hang this in our “new” home.