Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Saturday 7

1. You all convinced me.  Lucy will have an Easter basket this year. :-)

2. After being healthy for all of a week, Lucy has another cold.  I'm so sick of snot!!! And she is amazingly good at wriggling away from nose-wiping.  Ninja baby.

3. We didn't eat very healthy this week.  Tyson frozen, breaded chicken was on sale.  I'm a sucker for convenience.

M - Pizza Hut . . . it was snowing and I refused to leave the house to go grocery shopping, so Justin picked up pizza on his way home from work.
T - Chicken nuggets and broccoli
W - My winning meal of the week: Artichoke and Feta Quiche.* Yes, you read that right!  It's a recipe from Cook This, Not That, and it actually turned out really well!  None of us had ever had artichoke before.  We were surprised that it's a little spicy!  But it was good, and Lucy gobbled it right down.
Th - Chicken sandwiches, baked beans, canned peaches
F - Leftovers

4. Lucy is getting really good at standing on her own.  She has pretty good balance!  But she has no concept of moving her feet to go anywhere.  If I sit a foot away, she just falls forward into my arms.  Haha.
I'm pretty excited about this new skill. Lol.
5. Since I was pregnant I've had problems with sensitive teeth.  It's gotten to the point that I can barely bear to eat.  It's only my molars, and it almost feels like there are exposed nerves or something back there.  I can hardly bear to eat anything sweet - especially on my right side - because of the intense, searing pain.  Ugh.  This might just turn out to be an inadvertent diet.  The dentist said it could be because of the hormones from breastfeeding or because I need my wisdom teeth out so badly.  He said food gets caught between my molars and my impacted wisdom teeth, causing the sensitivity.  Gross.  I've been avoiding getting my wisdom teeth out, but it'll be worth it to me if I can eat normally again!!

6. Here's the fun Easter treat I made with the kids this week:

It's a recipe that I found in a Christmas issue of FamilyFun magazine, but I tweaked it for Easter and called it "Easter Egg Nests."  Ingenuity!

1. Preheat oven to 170*.
2. Arrange pretzels on a cookie sheet.  (You're supposed to put parchment paper under them, but I forgot and they were fine.)
3. Cover pretzels with unwrapped Hershey's kisses.
4. Put in oven for 4-6 minutes.
5. Immediately press M&Ms into melty chocolate.  I used Reese's Pieces because I couldn't find any pastel M&Ms at Meijer! I would not recommend letting the kids do this step.  The chocolate is hot and messy!

7. I'm having a hard time, lately, reconciling all the different opinions people have about the Bible.  Francis Chan says the lukewarm won't be found in heaven.  Uncle John says God doesn't kick family members out of the family.  Romans says God's call is irrevocable.  Hebrews warns against falling away.  Rob Bell says there might not be a Hell.  Mark Driscoll says if you don't believe in Jesus, you're going to Hell.  (I'm not real conflicted about that particular issue - just illustrating the different opinions.)  The thing is, someone has to be right.  I believe that truth is black and white.  But I'm having a hard time finding it [truth].  I know that the Bible is the source of truth, but I've been studying the Bible all my life and I still don't understand it.  You can twist any part of the Bible to fit your belief.  So I've gone back to the gospels, and I'm really trying to read it for what it says.  Still confused.  I'll let you know if I get any enlightenment.

*Artichoke and Feta Quiche recipe:
3 extra large eggs (I used 5 large)
1 c. milk
1/2 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese
2 tbsp. chopped, sundried tomatoes (I couldn't find "sundried" so I just used regular canned, diced tomatoes)
2 links cooked turkey sausage (yeah right - you better believe I added 5 links)
salt and pepper to taste
1 frozen piecrust

1. Preheat oven to 350*
2. Whisk the eggs until frothy, then stir in the milk, artichoke hearts, feta, tomatoes, sausage, salt, and pepper.  Pour into the crust.
3. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the eggs are completely set (a toothpick inserted in the middle will come out clean) and the top is lightly golden brown.


  1. I want that Artichoke and Feta Quiche recipe... Nathan's into artichokes lately and I have no idea how to cook them.

    You're totally right about people being able to twist the Bible to mean whatever they want. For me lately the most helpful thing is considering that the Bible is a WHOLE. That it's one big story. Of course it takes a long time to read the whole Bible cover to cover, but it all makes so much more sense that way (to me). Good luck figuring this stuff out... pleeeease share any revelations!! I would love to sit and chat about all this stuff... if I owned a teleporter.

  2. Rachel - they were canned artichokes. Haha. But I'll put the recipe up in a few minutes.

    And I second the teleporter!!

  3. Hey! I think I subscribed to your blog the other day. Is that okay? Is that even the right term? :)

    I think you said something key up there-it's hard to reconcile so many OPINIONS people have about the Bible. I agree that at certain points, someone must be right and someone must be wrong, but I also think we can get too bogged down in reading everyone else's opinions, instead of earnestly studying the Bible itself out for ourselves and asking God to reveal His truths to us. I think when that happens, there won't be doubt in your mind about what the truth is. My husband has really challenged me in this regard. He doesn't really like reading commentaries. He studies the Bible and compares Scripture against Scripture. I think there is a place for other people's commentaries on Biblical matters, but they should be far second to our own searching of the Scriptures. The thing is, this takes a lot more work and effort on our part, and since I am pretty lazy I'd rather just read something or listen to someone and have them tell me what to believe. But I think the fallacy in that is pretty obvious. :)

    I also try to remember that there are issues of salvation (i.e. Jesus Christ and acceptance of his death and resurrection as the one and only way to heaven), and then there is a MYRIAD of secondary issues in which salvation is not at stake. I believe it's really important to search those out and decide what you believe about them, but don't let Satan get a foothold in your life and cause you to start questioning the main things. Because on the main things, the Bible is crystal clear. :)

  4. Sensitive teeth...have you tried Biotene Sensitive toothpaste and even better, Biotene mouthwash. I have had a hard time with sensitivity and rinsing with the mouthwash helps almost immediately. It also heals any kind of sore in your mouth in 1 or 2 days. It's a little pricey but it is alcohol free, doesn't burn and helps like nothing else I've ever tried. Getting your wisdom teeth removed is the ultimate answer but Biotene may help in the meantime. Tracie


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