Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Sunday afternoon, I had just returned from town. I was going to show Jason how the whipping wind was making the coal dust from the energy plant look like smoke. When we looked out the window, we saw real smoke. Lots of it. Soon we could see flames. We prayed with the kids. We started packing the stuff we'd like to save. We prayed some more. I sat down to nurse Cael and looked out the window to see lots and lots of smoke blowing towards us. It was so dark! And then... thru the smoke... I see flames. Much closer and moving our way. The power went out and we knew we needed to leave immediately! We grabbed the kids and we were gone! No time for photos. No time to pack more.
My dear friend, Amber, and her family allowed Kjersten & Brennen to stay with them. It was such a relief not to worry about keeping them entertained. Rhys, Cael, Jason and I stayed with my in-laws at Jason's grandparent's house. We just waited and prayed. It sounds a bit petty (you'd be amazed what you worry about...) but I was really concerned about my OAMC meals in the freezer. See my post below. With no power, I kept thinking "I'm gonna lose all those meals and all the frozen milk for baby... Whaaaaaaaaaa..."
We were allowed to return Tuesday afternoon. Our home is fine. Our view is so sad. Two homes lost and a number of outbuildings. No lives lost. We are so grateful!
The plane is dropping slurry. Our house is the one on the right.
Our new view. The (not nearly wide-enough for comfort) valley between our home and these is where the fire was stopped. It did not come up our side, thanks to the efforts of the fire crews. One crew even brought in all of our flammable belongings off our deck. The less fuel for fire outside the house, the better. (We'll remember this in the future!)
- roast x 2
- manicotti x 4
- oriental chicken x 2
- cheesy chicken x 4
- chicken pot pie x 2
- meatloaf x 4
- tomato sauce x 2
- oatmeal M & M cookies x 2
- chocolate chip cookies x 2
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
By the way, making dessert after this spectacular display was too much to ask. Hence, Betty Crocker brownies (with peanut butter chips mixed in) are baking as I type. Jason is giddy! Like I said below, I cannot top this... I think I should abandon cooking and return to canned chili and tacos.
Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon and Potatoes Lyonnaise
My hubby is beside himself with joy! And I have learned a fair amount.
- Don't cut up your own filet mignon. Yes, this is budgeted into my Dave Ramsey cash-only budgeted grocery money. However, in an attempt to shave $3 off per lb. I bought a chunk of filet. Ummm... it's a pain to cut off the fat and silver skin. And now, I have what looks like significantly less meat! Argh!
- Don't taste the pepper straight. Duh.
- Teaching a child to peel potatoes is harder than one would think. We're going to work on that!
I'll post a review of both recipes later tonite. In the meantime, go look up these recipes along with the Chicken Parmesan below. So yummy! (Oh, and a friend pointed out that you have to join "America's Test Kitchen" to access the recipes. It's free and so worth it!!! Trust me!)
Friday, August 3, 2007
Last night, I made dinner for the in-laws. Pork roast, scalloped potatoes, rolls, coleslaw, and warm apple crisp & ice cream for dessert. Whew!
Well, tonite I did one better! Chicken Parmesan with Simple Tomato Sauce Oh my goodness! It was so good! All the kiddos loved it. I don't usually care for tomato sauce, but this was great! I made spaghetti to go along with the chicken and that thrilled the pasta lovers in my house (Jason and Rhys). It was just perfect all the way around. I'll make that tomato sauce again. I might even make that the standard for pasta sauce around here. I might even eat spaghetti once in a while. (Most of you know, I don't like pasta...)
What am I going to do to top this? Ack!
And his favorite position (since birth)... standing!!!!
Here is great-great Grandma Ragna. She's 99 and still lives alone in her farm house. I swear she hasn't changed a bit in the 17 years I've known her!
"Did you find a prince in disguise?"
Yes... Kjersten is painting her nails in Grandma's BRAND NEW (one day old) car!!! Only grandma would allow that!
At the water park near Auntie Heidi's...
We are so proud of him!!!!