Archives for July 2007

No lumps, no cancer?

Don’t miss this post over at Toddler Planet. And tell your friends about it too.

Our girls

My heart is so much with our girls right now. They have so many changes coming. So little in their lives will stay the same. There’s so much to learn, so much to adjust to…. I would really appreciate prayer for our whole family, but especially for them. Most of all I am praying that they will feel a supernatural peace when they meet us, a rightness, and a sense of belonging. I pray that they will embrace their new life with open hearts, and that John and I will be able to sense their needs and soothe their hearts and ease their fears. I know there are so many prayer warriors who are faithful readers here. Will you help me pray for these things?

Here’s what you get…

…when you let a two year old butter her own bread.

Sunday

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Psalm 139:9-10

Opinion Saturday:nurturing sibling friendships

I am working through a list of your great suggestions for Opinion Saturday questions and am featuring one question a week for the next few weeks.

This week’s question is from Beautifulheritage. She asks:

What is the best way to ensure that your children grow up as friends and not just siblings?

You have until next Saturday to share your best tips for nurturing sibling relationships. Come on, hit me with your best thought!

(And in case you’re wondering, the above picture was taken of our girls by a traveling family last week! I can’t wait to see them in person!)

My salsa recipe

A couple readers asked me to share my salsa recipe. My recipe is a rather fluid thing, so I hope this is not too terribly vague for you.

I start with a heap of tomatoes, chopped into about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch pieces. You can skin them if you want, but I don’t. I chop till I have about 12 cups of tomatoes. Then I finely chop about 2 onions and 2 green (sweet) peppers. I run 4 cloves of garlic through the garlic press.

Then I do the hot peppers. This is the really unscientific part, I’m afraid. My husband grows a medley of hot peppers (Anaheims, haberneros, chilis, Jalapenos) –ranging from ‘need-a-drink-soon’ hot to ‘is-the-skin-peeling-off-my-tongue?’ hot. I usually nibble tiny bits of several different varieties of peppers to get an idea of the heat of each. Then I do about half super hot and half of the mellower varieties. We enjoy very spicy food.

To avoid the dreaded hot-pepper fingers I simply core the peppers and puree them in the food processer. (A whiff of the resulting puree will make you cough.) Usually I puree enough hot peppers to make about a cup of puree. I mix all the ingredients together and add 2 cups of lemon juice and some salt and pepper to taste.

Salsa will always be hotter fresh than it will after it goes through the canning process, so keep that in mind when you’re trying to decide if you need more peppers to kick up the heat or more tomatoes to make it more mild.

Once all ingredients are combined, I heat the salsa in a big pot on the stove until it is simmering, and then I pack it into hot, clean pint or half pint jars and do a boiling water bath.

Because of the peppers and onions, salsa is lower-acid than other tomato-based things, which means it needs a longer processing time than just tomatoes canned alone. I process pint jars in vigorously boiling water for 45 minutes. This may be massive over-kill, but I prefer to be on the safe side. You can also pressure-can salsa if you prefer. Read the instructions from your pressure-canner to figure times. If you’d rather totally avoid canning, you could freeze it at this point instead of canning it. You’ll probably want to use small plastic containers instead of glass jars, however.

If you have never canned food and would like more detailed information about safely canning tomatos, check out this UC Davis website. It even includes another salsa recipe you can try. Canning is not hard, but you should read about it so you can do it safely.

My giveaway is now closed.

I’m not taking any more entries on my necklace giveaway. I’ll announce the winner first thing tomorrow morning!! Thanks for all your comments!

Snap happy

The other day my 9 year old son was watching the screen saver scroll through pictures on my computer. It came to a picture of the UPS delivery man stepping out of his truck. I’d shot the picture through the window on a day that I’d done a series of day-in-my-life pictures.

“Mom, why did you take a picture of the UPS man?” asked my son.

“Because she thinks he’s cute, of course!” said my 5 year old, rolling her eyes at her brother’s cluelessness.

At that point I decided to limit my photography to family members.

Couldn’t wait…

I had intended to save the debut of my new header until we got the girls home, but Everyday Mommy made it so darned cute I just had to share it! Didn’t she do an awesome job on it? (Unfortunately I do still have to wait a leetle bit longer for the actual kids!) Below is the old header so you can see how she changed it!
old header

Love for Parker

Melody at Slurping Life let me know about a fundraiser she’s put together for a medically fragile little boy named Parker. If you go check out her blog, not only will you have the chance to donate to this cause, you’ll also have the chance to win some cool prizes including an HP camera simply by entering a comment on the post after you have donated! Check it out!