March 18, 2011

SIZE doesn't always matter....

For all my friends out there who are mother's with a little extra padding, just like me.... I love ya!!!!

I have been busy cleaning out my closet. It is a cumbersome task. One that makes me happy (I can see hanger space again!) and one that makes me sad (I've had those pants for 5 years, and I don't think I'll ever fit into them again).

Have you experienced this closet anguish before?

I've come to realize that it's time to let go of my skinny clothes. I'm saying good-bye to size 4 forever, and most of size 6. We just seem to have grown apart....

Well, maybe I should rephrase that. I've grown. They haven't changed a bit. Even though I've tried to convince myself that every single piece of skinny clothes in my closet has mysteriously shrunk. Don't you hate it when that happens?

I'm taking my skinny clothes to Goodwill today. And, with them, I am saying good-bye to a decade of my life. Yes. Some of them are almost that old. Too bad I've hung on to them so long that they are all outdated!

And, I've decided to embrace this new part of my life. The one that I've enjoyed growing into. A mother to eight children, with a little extra padding here and there. It hasn't always been easy, but I've come to embrace every stretch mark I've been given through pregnancy. I've even come to terms with the strange shape my midsection has taken...
I've decided to wear it as a badge of motherhood.
It's a most amazing testament to the fact that I've carried 9 children in my womb! Eight of them are still with us today, and they are a blessing.

It's who I am... and size really doesn't matter anymore.

So, all of you mother's out there who are reading this. TAKE HEART! Your body, full of stretch marks, misshapen bellybuttons, curvy hips and flabby arms is wonderful! You are a mother, not a supermodel! Your children love you, pound for pound, and don't really care about your size. God has given you this body of a mother to be proud of.

Take pride in your children, in your vocation as a mother and a wife,  and stop worrying about the way that swimsuit looks in the mirror! After all, your kids could care less about what you look like in your black, tummy control one piece with a swim skirt. They just want you to be there to catch them when they jump off the side of the pool. They just want you to be with them, enjoying life as it quickly passes by.

So, be there with them. Enjoy the wonders of motherhood. Even the ones that can be a bit annoying from time to time, like mysterious extra folds of skin and arms that refuse to ever be toned again.

You don't have to look like a supermodel to be a great mom.


March 15, 2011

Teriyaki Chicken

My friend, Terri, loaned me a cookbook (a few months ago) that she had gotten as a Christmas gift from her husband. Because I'm such a good friend, I haven't given it back yet. In fact, I've decided to keep it.
That's right. I'm keeping it.

I did order her a brand new one off Amazon. I'm not that bad of a friend!!!

The reason for this is twofold: 1.) I really love the cookbook. The recipes are tasty, easy and work with our grocery budget. Plus, they are making me feel more organized. 2.) I have left lots of fingerprints and smudge marks on pages. I would feel guilty giving her anything less than a new book back... especially since it was a brand-new cookbook at Christmas! (we'll see if she ever lets me borrow anything again!)

Here is the link to the cookbook on Amazon. I also discovered that these ladies have a facebook page and a blog. Totally worth checking out.

So, now that I've gone on and on about this cookbook, I should tell you that there is one recipe in particular that my children love.
It's the Teriyaki Chicken.

First, you need a tray of boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Our grocery stores have had them on sale the past few weeks, so I've been stocking up. The children prefer them over chicken breasts.

You need to rinse off the thighs, put them in a big freezer bag and smother them with garlic. They should resemble these when you are done....

We buy this garlic from Costco. It's inexpensive, tastes wonderful, and is so easy to use. I put garlic in almost everything because I have a jar of it in my fridge, at my disposal.

Finally, you just need to mix up your Teriyaki ingredients and pour it over the chicken. Next stop is the freezer. Whenever you have the hankering to eat Teriyaki chicken, you just need to take it out and defrost it.
Easy, delicious, time-saving, penny-pinching meal.

Marinade for Teriyaki Chicken
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 T. vegetable oil
3 tsp. minced garlic
3 tsp. minced ginger

March 11, 2011



My house is apparently full of them.

We cannot seem to escape sickness lately. It's stealthy.

The germs, lay around, waiting. Stalking us. Looking for a weak moment when they can attack. Then, with no mercy, they lay us flat on our backs. For days.
Ginger ale, 7-up, Sprite. The drink of choice in our home lately.
Saltine crackers and toast. It's what's for dinner.....

The children and I cleaned the upstairs of our house with bleach water yesterday. We will do the lower levels today. Is this a futile attempt on our part? Will the enemy prove to be stronger than us?
We can only wait and see....

In the meantime, I deal with piles of laundry... crawling with the germies.
I rememer, fondly, the days where we were able to finish school work and chores without a child racing to the bathroom. Those wonderful days we used to have that didn't include a fever.

Kyrie Eleison.
Lord, have Mercy on us!!!!

The sun is shining today. The birds are singing.
We will open our windows and welcome the fresh air in.
There is a sense of spring in the air.....

We are going to beat this crud! No more germs allowed in this house! I've had it with sickness!!!!!

Time to run.... another child heading for the bathroom.....

Please, Lord, take away the germs!

March 4, 2011

Heavenly Jalapeno

Move over Cheetos.... there's a new favorite vice in my kitchen.

It might even be called (gasp!)....
low in calories!

Dare I say it?
Yummy to eat!

And, just so you know that I warned you .....

It has some long, Greek name. So let's just rename it, "Heavenly Jalapeno Dip".

You can dip your tortilla chips in it.
You can dunk your veggies in it.
You can use it as a sandwich spread.
You could just gobble it by the spoonful....

It's my new favorite condiment. You can find it at Costco. I am fortunate enough to have a kind friend who likes to keep me chubby well-rounded.  She brought this over a few days ago and I finally had to hide it in our fridge so I wouldn't eat anymore.

Otherwise, I might have tried to eat it for breakfast this morning with some granola on top.
It is yogurt, after all.....

March 2, 2011


This post is late. It's been a few weeks now since the birthday actually happened. But, since the sickness visited our house for the whole month of February, I am a bit behind on things in general.

Our eldest girl turned eleven last month. (yes, that is me you hear sobbing in the background)

Can she really be that old? Where has the time gone?

It seems like only yesterday that she was out digging in the dirt and playing in the flower beds...
Oh, wait, that was yesterday....

Following are just a few of the things that describe the person of Joanna.

She is a chef in the making....
There seems to always be a plate of chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies freshly made at our house.

She is a lover of the outdoors....

She is a creative soul...

She is a great big sister. And, someday, she will be a wonderful mother.

She is an avid reader. The other children refer to her as "The Bookworm"....

She is a collector of junk, I mean "treasures".
And, although her collections drive me batty sometimes, she keeps reassuring me that she has an idea for all this stuff....

Joanna is a wonderful blessing from God. We are so very thankful to have such a charming, young lady in our midst.
Happy Birthday Jo!