Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection

image via here

“‘Why do you seek the Living among the dead? He is not here. He has risen.'” Luke 24:5-6a

What a question. Why do I seek the living among the dead? Lord, help us to not waste time on dead and dying things. May we not find ourselves too distracted by lifeless, busy nothings that often feel so important or urgent or necessary. Help us to seek You - the Living One. You are not among the dead. Instead, you beckon us to Life.

May I, like Peter, rise and run to the empty tomb. May I, like Peter, kneel down and gaze into what Resurrection means for my broken soul. My I, like Peter, walk away marveling.  Today, of all days, is a day to marvel.

Happy Easter!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Recipes for busy days

I've had my fair share of busy days lately since I returned to working from home. I needed easy recipes and I found a few goodies from pinterest that have worked fabulously with a little tweaking.

Chicken Salad with Grapes & Pecans

Original recipe and photo via Add a Pinch


2 lbs boiled chicken, chopped (chicken on the bone works best but I had chicken breasts and it worked fine)
1.5 to 2 cups celery, chopped
2 cups of halved red grapes
1.5 cups of roasted chopped pecans (roast them on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, stirring once)
1 cup of mayonnaise (use more if you prefer)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1 cup dried cherries

Combine it all together and enjoy however you like it. This is double the original recipe and it will last you a while..I love the feeling of an easy lunch sitting in the fridge!

Crockpot Pasta Sauce with Sausage & Spinach

Original recipe and photo via Little Fellows
Combine the following in your crockpot:

1 lb of sausage, browned and drained (or use whichever meat you prefer)
1 block of cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 large bag of spinach (you can't add too much since it reduces down)
2 (14.5 ounces) cans of diced Italian style tomatoes, drained
4 cups of chicken broth

Cook on low for 4 hours and then add about 1/4 cup or less of flour to thicken the sauce. Let it cook one more hour uncovered and serve with the pasta of your choice (we do rigatoni). The original recipe called for adding 1 bag of frozen tortellini to the crockpot but we opted for a cheaper, healthier pasta. I am usually skeptical of crockpot recipes but this one tasted heavenly on a night when a cold snap hit while we are waiting for spring to arrive.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Travel

I am a homebody by nature. I love to be at cozied up in my own house and I can spend a frightening amount of time not ever leaving it while staying quite content.

But lately, I've been wanting to travel. It really is because I can't travel right now. So, for inspiration here is a little round up of maps & globes used as decor. Give me a break...it is the closest I can come to a real trip right now.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Morning!

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A new baby means a new pattern to life...and I definitely haven't figured mine out yet. Somehow, I want to fit in a few hours of work, a few hours to cook/meal plan, an hour to write and read, time with my husband, and time for getting together with friends. Did I mention that I have an infant? I suppose I will add him to that list too. No big deal, right?

This morning started at around 5:15AM. Feed baby. Change baby. Hang out with baby and hope he goes back to sleep. Shower. Make chicken salad (recipe to come later if it is a good one...haven't tried it yet!) while trying to gulp down the coffee that my sweet husband brought me. Feed baby and hope he goes back to sleep. Make chocolate chip cookies and rock baby in his cradle with my foot at the same time. Sit down to blog and hang out with baby who is smiling happily definitely crying as I type.

It isn't even noon yet! Noon is when I have a few girlfriends coming over to share a picnic lunch with.. I sure hope baby goes back to sleep. And I haven't clocked in to work yet!

I can only shake my head and chuckle at how life has changed.

My prayer is that it makes me into a more disciplined gal who values the time she spends with others in a deeper way because it isn't taken for granted.  Because I had to really work to carve out that time.

My prayer is also that I will let go of how I look or my house looks to just enjoy this new motherhood season and invite others into the craziness instead of covering it up.

My prayer is that I will still love my husband and value my marriage first (although I am finding it is the easiest thing to put last if I'm not intentional) because I want Luke to be a part of a God-centered and marriage-centered family.

Easier said than done...which is why these are prayers that are being worked through in hopes of becoming reality.

Happy Tuesday!!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Luke


Meet Luke Alexander Heilig. He made his debut on January 30th at 2:41PM. He weighed in at 7 pounds 10 ounces and measured 21 inches.

We think he is wonderful. And exhausting. And hungry all the time. And adorable. And worth every second of all the craziness and change! 

Just in case you are having a bad day, turn up the volume on your computer and wait to hear a precious baby giggle at the end of this short little video:


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