Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's things like this...

that make me smile!

Jason had decided that he wanted to make cookies and it looks like he found a helper. It warmed my heart to walk into the kitchen to find this. LOVE IT!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dinner made easy!

This last weekend, we headed out as a family to Costco to get some much needed groceries. There were just a few more freezer meals left and it was getting very hard to come up with lunches for the girls...thankfully they like to take hot lunch most days.

Anyway, on Monday, Ethan and I headed to Safeway to get a few more things and then came home to start the meal making marathon. This is what my counter top started out looking like...everything I needed to make 9 meals!
Now, normally I could put these meals together in about 15 minutes. But this time, it took me an hour. I had to cut round steak into strips and I tried to cut away as much of the fat as possible. And, for those of you looking for some money saving tips, I cut my pork chops in half. The pork chops from Costco are so thick and our kids just don't eat that much meat at one time. So, I decided to cut them in half and then cut away all of the fat. So, this step also took a little extra time but one package of the pork chops gave me 3 meals and there were 6 pork chops in each meal.

Once all of the meat was prepped, I was throwing meals together and done in a matter of 30 minutes. Interruptions from Ethan and the phone were not helping. But hour total isn't bad and this is what went into the freezer!So, for those of you wondering what we do at my Homemade Gourmet Supper Clubs...this is it! And other than my cutting board being dirty from cutting up the meat...there really wasn't much of a mess. We are set with meals and I'm looking forward to just pulling them out and dumping them in the crock pot! Dinner made easy!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it is 2010? Wow...where did the last year go?

We are excited to see what God has in store for our family this year. We are looking forward to the changes that may be coming our way and seeing where those changes lead us.

Many of you have been wondering what is going on with our application to FamilyLife and currently, our application time has expired. Our original application only had a 2-year time frame to get approved and because we were unable to sell our home and get the budget that they were looking for in place, it slowed everything way down. We don't feel at all that this door is closed but that this opportunity is only put on hold for now. We will more than likely re-apply with FamilyLife but will wait until we can get our house sold. We will also be open to any other opportunities that God may bring to us.

We would love to have you join us in praying that our house will sell soon and quickly. We realize that currently this housing market is not favorable and even more so with us having the house "For Sale By Owner." Selling on our own is ultimately the best solution for us financially.

We hope that 2010 is a great year for you and your family. May God bless you abundantly in ways you never expected!