Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--Consolidating Households!

My mom will be moving in with us in a couple of weeks.  Therefore, the kids have moved into one room.  And, while we were at it, we graduated Mercy to a twin bed and Gilead to the toddler bed.  So far it is going pretty well.

Mercy's side of the room.  I found the bedding set (with everything--including a bedskirt and window valances) at Goodwill!  And we got the rail for free in our church exchange closet.

Gilead's side,with a handmade quilt from a friend.  He was obviously in the middle of getting into pajamas in this picture...

Books, bookcases, etc.

First night sleeping together!

The crib all set up for a tiny baby.

The "nursery" is actually a corner of our bedroom.  However, I think it will work well.  This will be the first time we've had the opportunity to put a newborn in the crib.

Prefense Giveaway Winner!

The Prefense 24 Hour Non-Alcohol hand sanitizer giveaway ended last night, and this morning random.org selected a winner.  Congratulations to entry number 97, Ashley!  I've sent you an e-mail letting you know that you've won.  Please get back to me within 48 hours to claim your free bottle of Prefense!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--30 Weeks!

Here I am at 30 weeks.  No, I'm not having twins.  And the baby looks to be an average size.  Yes, people are asking...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Summer Grilling--Herb Crusted Pork with Mushroom Sauce!

During the summer we try to grill as much as possible.  Though it is always tasty, every now and then we try something that is truly noteworthy.  We had one of those nights this week.

Here they are on the grill.

While my husband grilled these up I made a mushroom sauce.  Here's dinner all served up.

So, do you want to repeat it?  If so, here's what we did.

1. I marinated the pork chops for several hours in a 50/50 blend of soy sauce and olive oil.

2. While the chops marinate pound fresh herbs of choice into the meat.  I used salt, pepper, garlic, tarragon, oregano, and parsley.  Be very, very generous with the herbs as some fall off in the grilling process.  This is why using a meat pounder is necessary.  I didn't pound the meat, per se--just made sure the herbs were good and stuck onto the surface.

3. Next, my husband grilled them according to the directions in "America's Test Kitchen."

4. I adapted the recipe for mushroom sherry sauce from America's test kitchen to the following:

1 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup sherry
3 Tbs. butter
Leftover pork marinade

Saute the mushrooms in the olive oil until nicely browned and add the garlic.  Add the broth, sherry, and leftover marinade to the mushrooms and garlic and simmer several minutes until the mixture has reduced.  Remove from heat and add butter.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

We plan on doing this again very, very soon.  I love summer dinners!  

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--My Little Coupon Clipper

It's never too early to learn the value of couponing, right?

She's actually quite adept with her preschool scissors, thanks to the Kumon cutting book we've worked on during school time!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bon Appetit Aprons Winner!

I'm sorry it's taken me all day to get around to using random.org to select a winner for the Bon Appetit Aprons giveaway.  We're having a yard sale this weekend, and things have been crazy!

However, now that the kids are in bed, a winner has been selected.  Comment #177, cpage2323, you've won!  You have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail with your contact information and apron selection.  Congratulations!