Posted in Church, Kids

It Feels Like Soup

Oh the weather outside is frightful….

It’s in the high 30’s/low 40’s, raining/sleeting. It’s cold and nasty and I’m going to make my Ham and Potato Soup. Mmm Mmm Good! It warms you up from the inside out!

We finished Bennett’s “cleaning out”. My word, did it work! We started the 2nd part of the process last night, when we put him on 2 squares of ex-lax. It being chocolate flavored, he VERY willingly ate it! No results yet, but we will lather, rinse, repeat each night for the foreseeable future.

We are going through an amazing series in our Sunday School class. It’s a DVD series of a man, Peter Van der Something, who is over in Israel, going through the archeological sites and historical areas and talking about the bible stories associated with them. It’s SO incredible to put stones and trees and roads and walls to stories!

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m going to go and hang out with my husband. Hope you all have an enjoyable afternoon!

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Posted in Kids

Poor Little Guy

This morning, Bennett took 6 capfuls of Miralax in 24 ounces of chocolate milk, then Diet Twist Up (like Sprite) and finally orange juice. It took a few hours to hit, but now we’re in the midst of it. I’m actually giving him a break from sitting nonstop on the potty for two hours. His sisters have a friend over and he was sad that they were playing and he couldn’t. 😦 How awful is that?

I think one of the hardest things as a parent is hurting your child for a good thing. You know in your mind that it’s good to have the shot, or go to the dentist or take the medicine that gives the diarrhea. But your heart just hurts because your child is scared or in pain.

Posted in Clutter, Kids, Organizing

Physician Heal Thyself

Have you ever had so much to do OUTSIDE your home that the INSIDE of your home went to pieces? That’s been my life in the past few days. Sunday I went to church, ate lunch and then worked. When I came home I was beat and ended up not doing anything. Monday Bennett had a doctor appointment down at DuPont (hour away), which ended up including x-rays and another doctor appointment, as well as lunch in their cafeteria and a visit to the pharmacy. He missed the whole day of school. By the time we came home (left at 9:40, home at 3:00ish) I was again, whupped. I did one load of girl’s laundry but that’s it. Yesterday I worked and went grocery shopping. Did another load of girl laundry. That’s it. I am SO BEHIND. So the organizer’s house is a disorganized mess!

I’m staying home today!

Oh, and Bennett is fine. He has a condition called Hirschsprung’s Disease, where a part of the bowel doesn’t have nerve. It doesn’t know it’s full, so it doesn’t empty. He had emergency surgery when he was a LITTLE baby, had a colostomy for five months, and is fine now except not potty trained at 7. The doctor x-rayed his abdomen and his colon is completely full of stool and he’s not emptying it when he “goes”. We have a not-so-fun treatment of this coming up on Friday. I will spare you the details, but it will hopefully be the first step in finally potty training.

I used to think that I’d be passed talking about my kids’ bowel movements by the time they hit this age. Oh well!

Posted in Recipe

Moroccan Chicken Stew, Crock-Pot Style

That is the official title of the recipe I made today. And yes, it was noteworthy enough to make it onto this blog. IT WAS DELICIOUS. So much so that I wish I had a bigger stomach so I could have eaten more. I’m looking forward to eating it for lunch tomorrow, and I know Jim is too. YUMMMMMMM!

Moroccan Chicken Stew, Slow Cooker Style

1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 large skinless, chicken breasts, about 2 pounds (I used bone-in but would try boneless next time to avoid fishing out and/or eating around the bones)
1 tablespoon oil (vegetable or olive)
2 cups peeled baby carrots (1/2 of a 16 oz bag)
1/2 cup pitted dried plums (prunes)
1 can (15-19 ounces each) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chicken broth
1 box (10 ounces each) plain couscous
2 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 box (9 ounces each) frozen whole green beans, thawed

In small bowl, combine coriander, cumin, salt and cinnamon; use to rub all over chicken. In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot; add chicken and cook 7-8 minutes or until browned on both sides. Meanwhile, in slow cooker pot, place carrots, dried plums, and garbanzo beans. Add chicken to slow cooker.

Remove skillet from heat. Add broth to skillet and stir until browned bits are loosened from bottom. Pour broth mixture into slow cooker. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on low setting for 7-8 hours or until chicken and carrots are tender. (mine took only 6 hours)

About 10 minutes before serving, stir tomatoes and green beans into stew. Make couscous according to box directions (I cheat and add a chicken bouillon cube to my water for more flavor). Spoon couscous into bowls; top with chicken and sauce. Enjoy!

This was flavorful. The spices were wonderful! It was delicious. Jim ATE THE VEGETABLES AND CHICKPEAS. The kids….well, Laura ate two green beans. Bennett gagged his way through his bites and Catie managed to taste as well. More for Jim and me, so whatever! MAKE THIS SOON, PEOPLE!!

Posted in Cleaning, Clutter, Kids

Toy Purge

I just finished doing the twice-per-year-or-so toy purge with the kids. This entails getting a basket and taking each and every toy and asking the kids “do you play with this?” If two or more say yes it can stay. If only one says yes (unless it’s a special case) or if it’s broken, outgrown or I’m just sick of it then it GOES. With Christmas, and it’s annual influx of yet more toys, coming, this just needed to be done.

The kids actually enjoy this. There’s very little arguing and they are not sad to see old toys go because they know they get to keep the ones they play with.

This year, I have to admit, I got TOUGH. I told them they could keep four stuffed animals. Ok, I upped it to five. I’m not that tough. But together that’s FIFTEEN stuffed animals, including Webkinz. That’s plenty! (and I’m sure they will be getting more at Christmas, please, Lord, No!). They were ok with it, although Laura had a very hard time deciding who was #5. She sleeps every night with Eeyore and has three Webkinz, so that was the easy part. But apparently deciding between the little bear and the big bear was incredibly heartwrenching. I almost gave in and made it six, but I stayed firm and she eventually settled on the little bear. Whew. Now to get rid of them all! ::sniff sniff::

What could you purge today with your children?

Posted in 7 Quick Takes, Me

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. I’m trying to acquire the taste of coffee. I used to love tea, but for some reason I’m not liking it lately. Most of the grown ups I know (and a fair amount of youngsters!) drink coffee. Being that I’ve hit the point of no return and really need to be known as a grown up, I thought “Coffee!”. Caffeine being the legal drug that it is.

2. I’m working on Sunday. This is my first paid gig since I’ve become official. WooHoo! Yes, I know it’s SUNDAY. But as a mom of three under three and needing her husband to be home so we could work together, I decided to cut her a break. I will take my day of rest on Saturday instead.

3. There’s nothing quite so awesome as hearing your husband pray in public. Jim does it each Sunday morning in church and most Thursday evenings at worship practice. I love it–makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

4. I love guacamole. A lot. There are now these little 100 calorie packs of them. Mmmmmmm! Yumminess without guilt. Win Win!

5. I’ve never been someone to IM. Never. But with Facebook I can do it with friends and family. I love it!

6. I think my hair stylist is a southerner stuck in a northerner’s body. Every time I go to get my hair cut I come away with BIG HAIR. We’re talking HUGE.

7. It’s snowing. SNOWING. Not flurries. Not a little bit and then stopping. It started before dawn and has continued for hours. The ground is covered. The children wore BOOTS to school. This is PENNSYLVANIA for heaven’s sake! We don’t get snow in mid-November! If this is any indication, it’s gonna be a very white winter.