Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Reading List for 2010

For Entertainment:
1. The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
2. Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
3. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neal Hurston
4. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
5. Kindred - Octavia Butler
6. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
7. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
8. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
9. The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
10. House at Riverton - Kate Morton (If I like The Forgotten Garden)
11. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
12. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Educational/spiritual growth:
1. On Becoming Babywise - Ezzo
2. The True Vine - Andrew Murray
3. Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp
4. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus - Nancy Guthrie (This will be my advent 2010 devo)

Books I intend to complete before 2010:
1. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
2. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Drew and Catherine gave me The Lacuna for Christmas so it's number one on the list for 2010. Now, I realize that I'm having a baby in March, so even finishing one book a month may be a stretch this coming year. A goal is just that - a goal. Maybe I can read a whole lot in January and February and then spread the rest out.





Sunday, December 20, 2009

White Chili Recipe

This is my favorite white chili recipe ever!

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 medium onion
1-1/2 tsp garlic powder (I use fresh minced garlic)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cans (15 1/2 oz each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chicken broth
2 cans (4 oz.) chopped green chilis
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whipping cream

In a large saucepan, saute chicken, onion and garlic in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and cream. Serve immediately.
Yield: 7 servings

*** I usually roast chicken breasts on the bone the night before then de-bone and cut into chunks before I start cooking. I like the chicken best that way.

This recipe was given to me when I first moved to Kentucky and I love it!!! Hope you enjoy it too!

Grady at 27 weeks!!!!








Isn't he adorable????!!!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Help! I Am So Indecisive!

Here are two options I'm thinking of for the bedding in Grady's room...

I've started this quilt and really like it, but I realize too that if you stare at it too long, you might have a seizure, because it's so busy. Lots going on with the patterns...


I've also thought that maybe I should scratch that whole color scheme and go a totally different route...like the pattern of the quilt that shown on this blog post of Crazy Mom Quilts, only made with the material shown below...plus the white.















Do you like the blues above or blues on the right better? I just took one of the patterns out entirely in the right hand picture. I don't want anything too babyish, because I want it to last for a while in his room. But I don't want it too grown up or girly either...Opinions???

I really want to paint the room a pale, pale blue (paler than any blues shown) and have a white tree like this painted on the wall. I think I could do that with either of these quilts. Don't you?

Any opinions are welcome...

Erin

Thursday, December 10, 2009

26 weeks

Wow! I can't believe I'm 26 weeks along now...and I feel huge! The crazy part is that Grady and I will be growing for another approximately 14 weeks. I have no idea how my belly can grow any more.

Here is the most recent picture of my belly.
A ton of things have happened since the last time I posted. Jon and I have moved over to Lburg and we are totally enjoying our new house. It has a garage, which may not seem like a big deal to those of you in Louisiana, but in Kentucky-where I woke up to 19 degrees this morning-it was amazing!

We've pretty much got the house all set up. Jon isn't one to sit around and slowly get stuff unpacked and put away...we worked our tales off for about 3 days. Ok ok...he worked much harder than I did...but I did a whole lot of directing. The only room that isn't set up is Grady's room. I wish I had everything all ready. I realize that's impossible and I need to just chill out. I'm just ready to see it all put together. My current mental block is the bedding...really...I'm just not sure what I want the room to look like all put together. The only thing I know for certain is that we are being given a crib and chest from my parents. The furniture is black wood, so I need to run with that. Any ideas????

I had my gestational diabetes test on Monday and was told that if I failed I should here something by Thursday or Friday...so far, no news, so that's good news! As much as I crave sweets right now, I'm convinced that Grady is going to come out expecting chocalate milk when I nurse him. I'm to the point where I am so ready to meet the little guy. I can't wait to see what he looks like and whose eyes, hair, fingers, toes, cheekbones, and lips he has. I'm taken aback daily at God's workmanship in forming a human being. He's kicking and hiccupping and poking me throughout the day. He's bothered when I put pressure on my belly (if I sit my harm on it, or if I rest the laptop or a book on it, or scoot in too close to my desk at work). He gives a big kick to whatever is cramping his style and room.

I've started having some Braxton Hicks contractions (harmless and really not painful). Jon is way more freaked out by them than I am. He's basically banned me to the couch for the past few evenings. He's cooked dinner and cleaned up and taken care of Hayes. Don't hear me complaining - it's just that I am still totally capable of taking care of things around the house and I feel a little guilty watching him do it all. I've heard from several friends that I should thank my lucky stars and enjoy it while I can...pretty soon, I may not have a choice. And soon after that I'll wish I had time for housekeeping.

And we've decorated for Christmas. Here are the pics! The ladder is my fave!



















Merry Christmas everyone!

Erin