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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today (June 28, 2011)


Outside my window... 99 degrees and dark

I am thinking... about our upcoming trip to Indiana. Nathaniel was quite a handful last time we flew (teething, wanting to walk, etc.) and Hubby was with us. However, it will just be us this time and I hope he behaves!

I am thankful for... air conditioners. It's hot in Texas! I mean it's almost midnight and the temperature is still in the 90s.

From the kitchen... leftover Orange Chicken from dinner this evening. It is soooo good and taste very authentic! I'm sure it's a lot better for you too since you control the ingredients.

I am wearing... tank top, shorts

I am going... to sleep!

I am reading... One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

I am hoping... our BAH pay gets resolved soon. We're still getting California BAH instead of Texas. Essentially, we are getting more housing allowance at the moment and we know they will want their money back!

I am hearing...  the air conditioner and Hubby playing on my phone. He says he can't sleep even though he has to get up in less than five hours. So now we're playing Scrabble.

Around the house... a new dining table with six chairs! We finally replaced the hand-me down dining table that my Mom owned more than a decade ago.

One of my favorite things... kisses from Nathaniel. He is such an affectionate little soul.

Inspired by the church song... The Way That He Loves


"The way that He loves is as deep as the sea,
His spirit shall be my stay.
The way that He loves is as pure as a rose,
Much sweeter He grows each day.

His peace hovers near like a dove,
I know there's a heaven above.
To Jesus I'll cling, life's a wonderful thing,
Because of the way that He loves."

A few plans for the rest of the week...


  • Nathaniel and I will try to attend the story time at the library either tomorrow or on Thursday
  • Farmer's Market super early Saturday morning
  • Four-day weekend
  • Fourth of July festivities :)
Here is a picture I am sharing... 6.25.11 Nathaniel and Daddy taking a siesta. Hubby's gonna kill me for posting these but I think they are precious :)


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Recipe: Baked Pasta with Summer Veggies

There is just something so delicious about roasted vegetables especially when they are in season. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables and intensifies the flavors without adding a lot of fat and calories---can't beat that! In fact, I love roasted vegetables so much that not even the three-digit Texas heat can prevent me from cranking up my oven just to have a taste of this yummyness.


This recipe is so easy to prepare and is very versatile when it comes to the ingredients. I actually substituted the red bell pepper with eggplant. I also opted to use panko bread crumbs instead of regular bread crumbs for the added crunch.

Adapted from Parenting Magazine July 2009

Serves 8

Ingredients:
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 eggplant, sliced
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ziti pasta
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan, plus 1/2 cup
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 lb fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F. Place a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat.

Place onion, garlic, zucchini and eggplant on a baking sheet and coat the vegetables with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bake until caramelized, about 20 minutes and tossing in between.

While vegetables are roasting, add pasta to water and cook 2 minutes short of package directions. Drain.

In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 1/4 cup parmesan and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Gently add pasta, vegetables, tomatoes, oregano and mozzarella and mix well. Pour into a baking dish. (Time saver: you can stop here and refrigerate for up to a day ahead.)

Sprinkle top with 1/2 cup parmesan and bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, until light browned and bubbling, about 20 minutes.


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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Project 365: Week 25

Week 25: June 18th to June 24th


169  It makes me happy and sad at the same time at how much of big boy my "baby" now looks, especially in this (iPhone) photo.

170  Hubby's Father's Day cake: Lime Coconut Sour Cream Bundt Cake. Recipe found here.

171  For breakfast, I gave Nathaniel these three cereals to choose from. He said: "Oh my!"

172  Nathaniel wanted his bear Mr. Calimlim to nap with us. This week, he has been napping and going to bed with one toy of his choosing.

173  Baby Toddler toes and Boots (Dora the Explorer) in the background. We don't have cable anymore (goodbye Food Network!) so Nathaniel has to watch his favorite show via his portable DVD player.

174  Baked pasta with summer veggies (zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic)---oh so delicious! And trust me, you won't miss meat.

175  Finally re-potted my tomato plants! I hope they bear really tasty tomatoes and soon.

Linking up to:

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The Mom Creative: Project Life

Inspire Happiness Daily - Winners & Weekly Photo Challenge


Welcome to our 365 Project! Each week, Audrey (The Daily Wyatt), Tracey (Inspire Me Photography) and Diana (Find Your Happiness) will be picking our Top 5 Photos to highlight on our blogs. In order to be a winner, you must add your photo(s) from the week (not a collage) to our Flickr! group: 365 Days in Pictures. We are choosing our winners based on entries that week, not where you are in your 365. For more information, go here

Top 5 this week:

Betsy Blue

What a wonderful photo; one that will definitely be cherished forever. I especially love that it is in black and white; adds more to the nostalgic feeling!

Tara on the Wander
 I love how the overall photo looks desaturated so the color blue pops out even more. I didn't even know artichokes have such a wonderful bloom!

Through a Photographer's Eyes
  Great detail! Really thinking about turning on the sprinklers now with weekend :)

Blue Bubble
Awesome bokeh! Very clever to use the camera as a swing :)

ASherwood Photography
  I love the softness and composition. Beautiful macro!


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bubbles

When we were in Indiana earlier this month, we spent a lovely afternoon catching up with family/church friends. And after a delicious meal and fellow-shipping, Nathaniel and little Miss Katie went outside to play with bubbles.



I tried bubbles with Nathaniel a couple of months ago but it always ended up badly because he wanted to blow the bubbles himself. This time however, he had a great time catching the bubbles with Katie!



Katelynn truly is a blessing from God. She was born prematurely but she has blossomed into a beautiful big girl!



Emily (Katie's grandma) gave me tomato, dill, basil, and oregano plants that I am finally planting to a proper place this weekend. The Texas sun has not been too kind so I'm resorting to container vegetable garden so I could move them if necessary.


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Nathaniel and I hope to see them all again when we go back to Indiana in a few weeks for my nephew's second birthday!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today (June 21, 2011)


Outside my window... 99 degrees and my first daybook in San Angelo, TX! And I want to add that 99 degrees is actually cool. It's been 105+ since we got here a little over a week ago.

I am thinking... about my tomato plants that needs planting! A family/church friend from Indiana gave them to me when we were in town and I reeeeally need to move them out of those tiny pots and into a proper place. The delimma: I need a place that's sunny but not in direct line of the Texas sun. I accidentally placed them in what I thought would be a shady part all day and they wilted :( But just like Hubby said, they perked right up after watering.

I am thankful for... a house that now looks like a home! I just realized this morning that every thing is unpacked and we just have a few organizing left to do. Yay!

From the kitchen... for the first time, I have more cabinets, drawers, and counter space than I actually have stuff to put on/fill them with. I love my kitchen except it gets really hot in there when cooking/baking :(

I am wearing... t-shirt, shorts

I am going... nowhere.

I am reading... nothing :( Hoping to start reading again after unpacking/organizing the house is done.

I am hoping... to have the boxes out of here by the end of the week.

I am hearing... Nathaniel playing with his pinwheel.

Around the house... boxes; at least they are empty!

One of my favorite things... homemade bread.

Inspired by the church song... Sing to Me of Heaven


"Sing to me of Heaven, as I walk alone,
Dreaming of the comrades that so long have gone;
In a fairer region ’mong the angel throng,
They are happy as they sing that old, sweet song.

Sing to me of Heaven, let me fondly dream,
Of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam;
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
Sing to me of heaven, sweetest song of all."

A few plans for the rest of the week...
  • Hubby begins his top secret class tomorrow; seriously I'm not kidding about the top secret.
  • Taking Nathaniel to his first baseball game on Friday
  • Continue organizing the house
Here is a (iPhone) picture I am sharing... 6.21.11 Nathaniel wanted his bear Mr. Calimlim to nap with us.


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Project 365: Week 24

Week 24: June 11th to June 17th


162  Hugging a tree with Nathaniel's first cousins once-removed (Hubby's first cousin). It was the first time they have seen each other and Nathaniel was smitten by them. He followed the girls young ladies all day and wanted to do every thing they did. I think the feeling was mutual, too :)

163  Hubby with his maternal grandparents. I love visiting them and I always leave their house with tons of family recipes :) (On our way to Texas)

164  Strawberry-Mango margarita. It was huge; barely drank half of it.

165  Hubby and Baby playing outside while I cook our first dinner in our new home in Texas.

166  Half-birthday boy about to go down the slide (1.5 years old); we celebrated his half-birthday early with his great-grandparents, great-aunt and uncle, and first cousins once-removed while we were in Missouri.

167  Keeping Nathaniel entertained while I waiting for the Commissary to re-open. There was a change in security level at the base and no one was allowed in or out of the buildings.

168  Aloha Chicken; too bad Hubby didn't get to eat it because he didn't come home from work till 10:30pm.

Linking up to:

NapTimeMomTog: Project 365
BlueEyedGirl Photography: A Daily Picture Project

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Project 365: Week 23

Week 23: June 4th to June 10th


155  Nathaniel loving on my cat, Pepper. (Nathaniel says "ow" instead of "meow")

156  Having fun with bubbles with little Miss Katie

157  One of Mom's beautiful flowers in her garden

158  Spending alone time with our dog Riley; she's not going to Texas with us :(

159  I let Nathaniel "drive" to keep him busy when filling up gas during our road trips; (on our way to Missouri)

160  Playing the piano at Nathaniel's great-grandparents house in Missouri

161  Joplin, MO after the tornado; (about 13 miles from where my husband's grandparents live)


Linking up to:

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Project 365: Week 22

Week 22: May 28th to June 3rd


148  Hubby and Nathaniel waving; Day 4 of 4-day road trip from California to Indiana

149  Mom's beautiful orchids; it was also her 53rd birthday.

150  My nephew Daniel playing in the pool on Memorial Day; Nathaniel didn't want to get in because the water was chilly.

151  Inside Mike's Express car wash to remove all the million bugs I killed during our four-day road trip

152  My sister's 28th birthday; we spent all day with her and little D: brunch at Zest, fun time at the park, and dinner at Buca di Beppo.


153  Dinner at Hirosaki Japanese Steakhouse for Nathaniel's first hibachi experience

154  Adorable umbrella holder at Longhorn Steakhouse (one of my favorite steakhouses); Dinner with Hubby's family.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Project 365: Week 21

Week 21: May 21st to May 27th



141 After dropping off my mom and hubby's best friend to the San Jose airport, we stopped by Gilroy, CA to buy fresh picked cherries.

142 Nathaniel's first time roller skating. Our last outing with our church family in Marina, CA.


143  Homemade Baklava. Tedious work but oh so delicious! Recipe found here.

144  While the movers where packing our house, Hubby and Nathaniel went on an adventure walk and they found this little caterpillar. They eventually set it free and hoped it will turn into a beautiful butterfly.

145  Sunset at I-40 in New Mexico. Day 1 of 4-day road trip from California to Indiana.

146  The Appalachian Mountains viewed in my side view mirror (I-40 in Arizona). I liked how the pavement blended with the mirror. Day 2 of 4-day road trip from California to Indiana.


147  Silly little boy after a bath at his great-grandparents house in Missouri. Day 3 of 4-day road trip from California to Indiana.


Linking up to:

NapTimeMomTog: Project 365
BlueEyedGirl Photography: A Daily Picture Project
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