Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, Chicken Sandwiches, and guests

Joshua made a Dark Chocolate Cheesecake yesterday, as a special treat for while his grandma is here. I got to sample a piece today (of course) ;). It is so delicious. I love chocolate, but am not a huge cheesecake fan. Joshua makes the BEST cheesecakes though!!

Yehoshua helps crumble the crackers for the crust

Joshua used chocolate graham crackers this time, for the crust. YUM!! Yehoshua wanted to help crumble the crackers for the crust, and I caught him completely lying on the table trying to reach them with the rolling pin! I keep my camera in the kitchen these days, so I was able to take a quick picture. :)

We're planning a trip to Ohio's Amish country (most likely) on Friday, with Joshua's grandma. Tomorrow will be "get busy and get the house ready!!" day, as of course I have been up late working on the site and not cleaning. :) I've been writing at some articles to post eventually. Fun! :)

And on that note, I am off to bed!

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Guest Chef Abigail Paul shares summertime squash casserole recipe!

Summer Squash Casserole

Today's guest chef lives in Iowa, on a family-owned organic farm. Meet Abigail Paul, and learn more about her recipe for Summer Squash Casserole -- just in time for all those extra garden squash and zucchini! :)

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Yehoshua's surgery, hot weather, etc...

I can't believe I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that we ate oven-roasted chicken and easy green bean casserole for dinner! The chicken is a favorite that I make frequently (often weekly in the wintertime!). The green bean casserole is one of my favorite vegetable dishes (and we even had garden-fresh green beans for it!) although it's not a favorite of Joshua's.

Eliyahu has definitely been saying "mama"! And I think he knows what he's saying, too... because he looks at me and laughs! He does this every day. Can you imagine how thrilled I am?! After waiting almost two years for Yehoshua to say "mama", having Eliyahu say it at 6.5 months is amazing! He hasn't even said "dada" yet!

I was planning to make Tanya's almond coconut granola today (actually, last night) but it was just TOO hot. I couldn't justify using the oven for that long when it was over 90 degrees out. Too bad I'm really craving some almond-y coconutty granola to snack on! :( :D

Well, I think I'll go try to get some things done while both children are still alseep :D Have a great day!

P.S. Chicken Potpie is on the menu for tonight... I can't wait to share the recipe! :)

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Sour Cream Apple Pie, poison ivy, etc...

Today was busy. Lots of laundry. Lots of cleaning. Lots of giggles with Eliyahu. Lots of talking with Joshua. (Yay!) And Yehoshua went to Grandma's for a major protion of the day. What a nice relaxing break.

You'd think I'd have all my great post ideas written up, but alas, I'm still trying to find the time to write about all the things I want to. (So keep checking back for my coming posts about diabetic-friendly recipes, cooking with little ones in the house, cooking ahead, food budget tips, etc...).

Tomorrow is Yehoshua's surgery, at 10:30 am. Thanks for praying, and I will update about it tomorrow, YHWH-willing.

Wednesday or Thursday, Joshua's grandma will be arriving (by car) from Washington. We're so excited!!

It has been really hot here. So I decided to wait to mow the lawn. :) I did finally make it outside to pull the poison ivy out of the flower beds. "Leaves of three, let it be" is a nice saying and all, but I think I let this stuff go a little too long. It was huge and had so many roots and vines, I doubt I got it all. I didn't want Yehoshua to get into it accidentally, though, as it was bushing out along the side of the garage! Yikes! And then, where to put it?! I didn't want to just leave it in the flower beds, or put it in the yard... so I put it on our brush heap in the backyard. I wore plastic bags on my hands to hopefully keep from getting poison ivy on my hands and arms.

And now I must get to bed... 5:30 am comes too early. :)

July 30, 2006 -- Homemade Bologna

Homemade Bologna recipe

For a delicious, high-quality lunch meat, check out our Homemade Bologna recipe! It's simple to make, and has gotten great reviews from users who have made it. We like it plain, with cheese, or on a sandwich. One thing's for sure: it won't last long!

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Our apple pies, plus a little about my day

This morning's trick was to get out the bottle of concentrated Dawn dishwashing liquid and squirt several large spots onto his bedroom carpet. This took Yehoshua only a minute or two, and Joshua and I scrubbed the carpet for a full hour before giving up on ever completely removing all the lather. By then, I had a half-load of towels and rags that had been used in an effort to clean the floor... and my load of diapers wasn't even started!

I managed to get the diapers washed and hung before we left to go see my cousin, and when I got back home, I did another load of laundry in the hopes that it would still dry. As I was hanging it out, the clouds completely covered the sun. Thankfully, it didn't rain, but I do need to go out and get the laundry down before it gets much later... it might rain tonight! :)

We had a quick dinner of Taco Salad. Yehoshua had a bath, and helped me wash dishes. We straightened up the house a little, paid several bills, and wrote somewhat of a to-do list for tomorrow. There's a busy week ahead, with Yehoshua's surgery on Tuesday and Joshua's grandma (from Washington state) arriving here (by car) possibly Wednesday or Thursday. We're SO excited about her visit!!

 And one last thing: I just wanted to call your attention to this week's Recipe of the Week: Homemade Beef Bologna. This is a yummy homemade lunchmeat, great for sandwiches or snacks. It's also easy to prepare! So, if you feel like making a nice snack this week... try the bologna ;)

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Coconut in our stir-fry, and our relaxing day at home

Okay, so, omelets were out, and I had already thawed a small bag of sliced leftover steak. (We routinely thaw leftovers to use in other meals.) I remembered how Joshua always tells me to look through some of our cookbooks when I need ideas for what to make. "We have cookbooks for a reason!"

So, I plopped down on the couch with Yehoshua and we started reading cookbooks. I found lots of recipes to try in the future. And... I found what I needed for tonight: an idea. I came across a stir-fry recipe that called for coconut. I decided that I would make pepper steak... with coconut! So... I took my Spicy Sweet Pepper Steak and added 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut to the sauce.

I didn't mention this to Joshua, because for some reason I figured he would tell me that coconut in a stir fry was a little crazy. ;) However, he happened to come into the kitchen as I was making it, and saw the sauce... with flakes of coconut floating on top of my whisked mixture, not yet added. "What is that?!"

"Honey, this is a new recipe I'm trying."

"But what is that white stuff floating on top?"

"Oh, it's just some... coconut. I only put in 2 tablespoons. It just looks like a lot because it's floating." (I tried to look busy as I fried the veggies.)

"Is this a real recipe?" (I get asked this a lot.) ;)

"Well, it is now." ;)

"Did you make it up yourself?"

"Ummm... kind of. See, I got the idea from one of our cookbooks. You know how you're always telling me to look through the cookbooks for ideas."

"Which cookbook did you look through?"

"The stir fry one!"

"Well, I say to look through the cookbooks for recipes, not ideas. And the stir fry cookbook doesn't have very good recipes in it, if you remember right. I can't believe you're putting coconut in our pepper steak!"

"It's not very much, though..."

"I see a bunch in that bowl."

"You see a bunch because it's ALL on top! Look..." (I whisk it together to try to show how little there really is...) :D

"Well, it's too late now... just make it." :)

So, I did. It was... different. Different but good! Joshua didn't care much for it. I liked it! He says I have weird taste and that probably most people wouldn't like it as well as I did. ;) And so my pepper steak recipe is on the site, now... without coconut. ;)

Yehoshua drinks tea and reads my magazine 

We enjoyed a relaxing day at home today. This photo was taken this morning. I was sitting and drinking some tea, and had to get up for a moment. When I came back, Yehoshua had taken my place. :)

I got to sleep in (until 7:20!) this morning. That was a nice change, though I do enjoy walking early. Tomorrow we're walking at 7:30, so I'll get to sleep in a little then, too! :)

It's nice to be on a schedule, but a day off every now and then is nice, too. :) That's how I feel about Friday evenings -- it's the one evening when I don't need to be working on this site or finishing things up before bed... I can just go to bed and rest! :)

Joshua and I did go out this evening for a short walk, with Yehoshua in the stroller and Eliyahu in the Mei Tai. It was too hot to walk very far (for me). I am spoiled by going in the mornings!

This evening after the children were both off to bed, Joshua and I made apple pies. Joshua had already made the crust awhile back (it had been frozen), so we got busy and worked together on the pies. We made two different kinds, and I can't wait to share the recipes! :)

Tomorrow my cousin from Texas will be here, and I also need to get caught up on laundry and everything else that so quickly piles up. :) And on that note, I'm off to bed! :)

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