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The Adventures of Nick & Brittany

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September 2012

September highlights

1. Our nephew Silas was born!- 10 days early.   We got to go visit our brother and sister and meet Silas this past weekend.  He is so precious and we are praising God for his life!

2. Discovered that the radio program “Revive our hearts” posts all of its programming for downloading/listening online.  I am so encouraged by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and have been devouring the series ‘The Counter-Cultural Woman: A Fresh Look at Proverbs 31’.

http://www.reviveourhearts.com/resource-library/Programs/p/Revive%20Our%20Hearts/series/The%2520Counter-Cultural%2520Woman%253A%2520A%2520Fresh%2520Look%2520at%2520Proverbs%252031/

3. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of two books I ordered-

There’s no place like home by Mary Larmoyeux and Ethan Pope and

Biblical Womanhood in the home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

4. Tried several recipes this month the best being this easy Oatmeal Apple Crisp- http://allrecipes.com/recipe/apple-oatmeal-crisp/

& Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant style Salsa- http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/01/restaurant-style-salsa/. So delicious and so cheap- 6$ for over 6 cups of Salsa and whatever you don’t use you can just freeze!

5.) I finally made a framed chalkboard for our kitchen with the help and input of my sweet husband.  I purchased a large picture frame at Michael’s when they were 55% off (score!) and the Martha Stewart brand chalkboard paint- which I would not recommend for bigger surfaces like the 20×24 inch surface I was trying to paint.

Nick’s artistry 🙂

Frame painted with Behr’s Spa

6. Got to go on a day trip to the zoo with the family I nanny for today- complete  with 1 minivan, 3 adults, 3 children, lots of caffeine, 1 Bojangles run, 1 trip to Chick-fil- a, 1 stop at Hobby Lobby, minimal grumbling, and lots of animals! Some favorites from the day:

Angry bird.

blurry but he got so close to us!

that face.

Mama gorilla carrying baby on her back. 🙂

Second family 🙂

The internet and my soul

I have been really encouraged and convicted by the Girltalk blog’s (http://www.girltalkhome.com/)  series Our connected heart.  I am working through reading it and this particular article hit home.  Although I do not get on the computer in the mornings on weekdays and by God’s grace often see my need for Christ when I wake up,  throughout the day I can find myself stuffing my soul with ‘small’ things ruining my appetite for the great.

http://www.girltalkhome.com/blog/first-things

To read from the beginning click on ‘Current Series’ under the title.

More freezer meals

We have been busy lately… traveling, spending time with family and friends and getting sick with a terrible virus that lasted over a week :(.   Also, I have been working on testing out some new recipes and old ones as freezer meals using the book Don’t Panic- Dinner’s in the Freezer, as my main resource for freezer technique and several delicious recipes!  It is a pretty awesome book– I have been pleased with all the recipes I have tried and feel more competent in my freezer cooking abilities after reading it.

One of the meals I have adapted to a freezer meal is our favorite enchilada recipe from Skinny Taste (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/chicken-enchiladas.html#more).   According to Don’t Panic… you can make the entire casserole as the directions state and then freeze it to reheat it later but I decided for freshness sake I would make the enchilada chicken filling and the sauce and freeze each separately to later thaw and then ensemble the dish.

I doubled the recipe and we had some that night:

Delicious chicken mixture that goes inside the enchiladas.

Another freezer meal success was a recipe from the Don’t Panic book.  These wings were so simple and so delicious.  I made 2 lbs. for dinner tonight and froze the remaining 2 lbs. and sauce for later.  I also had to make some extra sauce for basting at the end.  I used this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnahgARLdsU) to learn how to cut the wings because this was my first time cooking with them.

Kansas City Hot Wings:

Recipe from Don’t Panic- Dinner’s in the Freezer

4 lbs. chicken wings

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1 T. Tabasco sauce

1 cup Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce

Rinse chicken wings in cold water.  Mix together vinegar, Tabasco sauce, and barbecue sauce.  Place chicken and mixture together in a freezer bag and freeze.  Thaw chicken in the fridge the day before cooking.

On cooking day, preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking pan with foil.  Drain chicken wings, reserved remaining sauce.  Arrange wings on foil-lined pan and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and increase the temperature to low-broil.  Baste wings with remaining sauce and return to oven.  Broil for up to 30 minutes, turning and basting wings every 5 minutes, until crispy.

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