Thursday, December 15, 2005
Our trees outside are all covered with ice and it looks really cool. I'm glad I'm inside. :) I've had to miss out on some things this week since we're sick. I was supposed to go to a brunch at my playgroup yesterday but I didn't want to infect anyone, so we stayed home. I made the casserole I was going to make for the brunch for dinner instead. It's really yummy. I got the recipe from my friend from church, Emily.
6 cups frozen hash brown potatoes (that's a little less than one large 32oz. bag from the frozen aisle)
1½ cups shredded monterey jack cheese with jalapeno peppers or sharp cheddar (I used both kinds and more like 2 cups +)
2 cups diced cooked ham or canadian style bacon
½ cup chopped green onions
8 beaten eggs
2 12oz. cans evaporated milk
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1. Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange potatoes evenly in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with cheese, ham and green onion. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over potato mixture in dish.
2. Bake uncovered at 350º for 45 to 55 minutes or until center appears set.
I needed to cook mine longer than 55 minutes to get it to cook all the way. Also, I think next time I make it I'm going to add a little more ham and green onion and mix some of it it in with the potatoes more. I might make it again when my family comes next week.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Here's a photo of Everett with his friends: Kate Jane and Anne Marie. They are all about a month apart. Everett is the oldest. Their moms are all friends from church and we get together about twice a month. It's a lot of fun to share stories and encourage each other.
i've got a cold too, and i'm feeling pretty worn out. we finished all our christmas shopping this weekend though. i'm so glad. i'm trying to get all our gifts wrapped today but i'm only about halfway there. my mom arrives on friday and my sister and her family on sunday. here's a link to my sister's family's flikcr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kandb/. i can't wait to see them again. they just moved to california because my brother-in-law, brian, is now the associate pastor at grace presbyterian church in silicon valley. we haven't seen them since everett was born. my brother and his wife and kids, who live in newnan, ga, will visit too while everyone is here. then we'll go to augusta to see allen's family on dec. 24.
i can't wait until next week!
Monday, December 05, 2005
Sunday, December 04, 2005
I liked Malcolm Gladwells style enough that I just finished reading another of his books, The Tipping Point, which goes into how fads are started, how little things can push a scenario over the edge, etc. I'm not doing justice to either of these books, Malcolm Gladwell has a way of taking research from so many different fields, combining them and coming up with some very interesting real world applications.
Another book that I just stumbled onto at the library, was Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, by Steven Strogatz. This one definitely leans more in the direction of Nerd, you need to at least appreciate math to read this one, or you might glaze over and flip to the end. It starts with a look at how some fireflies will spontaneously begin flashing in mass at exactly the same time, then finds parallels in how our Circadian rhythms and sleep cycles work, even the whole 6-degrees of Kevin Bacon thing. When I picked up the book, I was also interested to see if the author ever made the small jump from "spontaneous order" to "a Master Designer", and while I highly doubt he is a Christian, he did devote about 2 sentences to the possibility of there being a Creator involved.
Last, but not least, is Freakonomics, which is in the same vein as Tipping Point and blink. Written by Steven Levitt, it presents some interesting, unorthodox conclusions, when the author digs into the actual statistics that the media tends to skew. For instance, many people wouldn't want their kid to go to friends house if the know that the parents have a gun in the house, but they wouldn't think twice about letting their kid go to someone's house who has a pool in the backyard. Levitt points out that the chances of a child being shot accidentally are an order of magnitude smaller than the chances of a child drowning in swimming pool.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
We fed Everett rice cereal for the first time this morning. He really did a good job with it. I was surprised. He seemed to enjoy it and would cry in between spoonfuls like he wanted more. We're going to continue trying the cereal once a day for a week or so and see how it goes. Then we'll try him on fruits. I think he's going to be a good eater. There are also some other new photos on our flickr site, so be sure to check them out!
Allen fed him because I was getting ready for our neighborhood Christmas women's brunch (yes, another brunch). Click here and you will eventually see some photos from the brunch. In the mean time you can check out photos from our neighborhood Halloween party. For the brunch I made a coffee cake, one my mom has always made since we were little. It's from the Jiffy Baking Mix box. Here's the recipe:
2 c. baking mix
3 tbls. sugar
3/4 c. milk
1 egg, slighlty beaten
2 tbls. melted shortening
1 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. sugar
2 tbls. baking mix
4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. butter
spread 1/2 the cake mixture into a lightly greased 8" pan. cover with 1/2 the topping. spread the remaining cake mixture and remaing topping over that. bake at 350Âº for 25-30 min or until toothpick comes out clean. yummy!
Friday, December 02, 2005
frozen fruit salad
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 package frozen halved strawberries in juice (thawed)
2 sliced bananas
1 container cool whip
beat the cream cheese and sugar together until creamy. gently mix in other ingredients. you can then pour into a 9 by 13 pan or a loaf pan (serve in slices) or into muffin liners and freeze until hardened.
it's really yummy!
i guess that's all for now. today i have an exciting day of laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning planned! at least it's friday. :)