Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"I got angry at my daughter the other day".....

I read this article by Rick Thomas a few months ago, and stumbled on it again today.  Here are a couple quotes....

"In that moment I disqualified myself from helping her. Her sin was swept away by my sin. She was no longer thinking about her sin. She was thinking about and focused on my sin. She was forced to think about me and my displeasure in her."

"God’s grace is sufficient for any situation regardless of what it is. People’s sins are not greater than God’s grace. Therefore, the big question to work through, if you regularly sin in response to sin, is why is God’s grace not sufficient?

When I respond to sin by sinning, I am getting caught up in the sin that is going on rather than the grace that can be appropriated through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. When my daughter’s sin trumps the work of God in my life, then the Gospel is anemic in that moment."

As a mom to many little ones...it is very easy to get caught up in the way I want things done, rather than trying to show my children the grace they need.  This article is a great reminder that our children need grace from us, especially in their disobedience!

I got angry at my daughter the other day

Sunday, July 22, 2012

My Gideon look-a-like

Every now and then, there is a glimpse of one of the other kids in Millie.  When I compared her 3 month pictures to pictures of the other kids, I discovered that Millie looks most like Haddon, Gideon with a little bit of Paysie.  Such a sweet baby girl!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Best Cole Slaw You'll Ever Make!!

I've never liked cole slaw.  I was always able to tolerate it, but it was never on my list of things I love.

Then I got pregnant with Millie.

I began to crave cole slaw.  I ended up sending John to the store several times over the period of a week for ingredients, because I kept running out of them!

Here is the recipe for a sweet cole slaw that is not overpowered by the mayo or the vinegar, and is quiet perfect!  In my experience, do NOT use olive oil based mayo.  I recently did that, and was not thrilled with the outcome!

 Sweet Cole Slaw

1 head of cabbage, shredded (if you find that your cabbage is really large, I would double the rest of the ingredients!)
2 carrots, peeled and shredded

  • 2/3 cup creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip™)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (you can use up to 1/2 a cup, if you feel it needs it.  I've also used half sugar and half splenda and haven't noticed a difference. I've never made it 100% splenda, but I would think it would work fine with that too.)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

First, shred the cabbage.  I like my cole slaw to be a bit chunky, so you can shred it how you like it!  Peel and shred the carrot....I use a cheese grater.

Whisk together the salad dressing, vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly.  Before pouring it on the cabbage, I recommend tasting it to make sure.  I find that depending on the type of salad dressing or mayo you use, it can change the taste of the mixture...you may need to add a little more vinegar or sugar, depending on your taste!

Pour dressing mixture over coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Oriental Crunchy Salad

A few  years ago, we had some friends over for dinner and this it what they brought!  I immediately asked for the recipe and just recently found it again!  The title of the salad says crunchy....but I think I like it better once it has sat in the fridge overnight, so the hard noodles have a chance to soak in all of the flavor!


Oriental Crunchy Salad

2 packages broccoli slaw
2 packages beef ramen noodles
1/2 cup green onions
1 cup toasted almonds
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup salad oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup sunflower seeds

Mix slaw, green onions, toasted almonds, and sunflower seeds. Break ramen noodles on top.  Mix seasoning packets from the ramen noodles, sugar, oil, balsamic vinegar together.  Pour over the top of the salad!

Like I said, best if made the night before!