Weekly Memory Verse January 25th, 2010

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

Psalm 119:18

Having a bad day?

Ever have a day where you have a really hard time keeping a good attitude and patience?  I had one of those today.  Ok, confession–I’ve have lots of those lately!  Three o’clock came today and I knew something had to change!  ME!  I prayed the Lord would renew my attitude and give me wisdom on what to do–even just for the next minute!  At that moment, I looked up and saw the sun was shining and heard kids playing outside.  That was all I needed!  I told the kids we were going to bundle up and walk the block to the park!  Boundless excitement rattled through our home as they hurriedly got their winter gear on.  I was even getting excited at the prospect of being outside for a few minutes in that sunshine (even if the temp was 28 degrees).  I loaded up the double stroller with the youngest two and got ready to push the stroller with our oldest when my hubby came home EARLY!  THANK YOU JESUS!!  The kids, of course, were just as excited to see him as I was and proudly told him we were walking to Huntley Park!  Well, he locked up the car and offered to push the stroller so I could walk hand in hand with our oldest!  We had a lovely family walk to the park and played in the 12+ inches of snow at the park and on the playground equipment!  I felt rejuvenated!  Spending some positive time with my kids (instead of the barking and reprimanding somewhat grouchiness that had been happening all day it seemed), having hubby home early and getting some fresh air was just what the doctor ordered!  Now the house is quiet and I think I’ll pull out the ONLY book that can really renew me:  my Bible!

A family outing and time in the Bible–this definitely works for me!  This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday hosted at We Are That Family!

Now what do I do with that chicken?

Well, our first meal off of the whole chicken I wrote about in the previous post was very successful!

I make a batch of cornbread and nuked up a mixed bag of veggies, poured some 100% juice and served it with freshly cut chicken pieces.  I ALSO made an attempt at making my own chicken gravy and it turnout pretty well!  Here’s what I did:

I pour some of the chicken broth into our Magic Bullet, then added some flour and whirled away!  I adjusted and four and broth for the consistentsy I desired.  Yummy!

Then, I pulled the rest of the meat off of the bone and have it saved in a bag for other meals this week.

Next, I kept the bones and the little meat left in the crockpot and added several cups of water.  I now have it simmering.  Hopefully in the morning, I will have the base (without those bones of course) to make a chicken soup!  🙂

Cooking a whole chicken

My family was asking for a change from the usual beans and rice combos I’ve come up with this week.  So, I decided to cook a whole chicken and come up with as many dishes as possible!  So, here’s my chicken cooking in the slowcooker.  By the way, this was/is soooo easy!  Stick the bird in, add a cup of water and set the crock pot on for 8-10 hours!  Done!  Season as you wish.

Here’s what I’m hoping to make over the next few days:

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken with Cornbread and Mix Veggies (the frozen ones nuked up in the microwave)

Chicken Casserole (recipe coming soon if the experiment works out well)

And if there are any left overs, chicken sandwiches!

Any other cheap chicken ideas?

Memory Verse Challenge 2010

Hi!

I’m starting a challenge to memorize one Scripture verse each week.  This week’s verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (NIV)

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I am a child of God, saved by His grace. For this, I am so thankful! I am the wife of my Prince Charming, Zach! Each day is a new adventure growing together and rejoicing in God’s blessings to us. I am the mother (with Zach) of three beautiful daughters. My days are filled with feedings, activity managing, diapering, potty training, reading books, cooking, cleaning, making grocery lists, cuddling, kissing owies, detangling hair, praticing scripture memory, washing and folding laundry, texting Zach when he isn’t home, occasionly talking on the phone, uploading pictures to facebook for eagerly awaiting relatives, homeschooling our oldest in preschool, reading stories, teaching ‘clean up,’ grocery shopping, some volunteer work at our church, singing Raffi, Hymns, Praise Songs, Nursery Rhymes, and various other Children’s songs.

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Save the Candle!

I have a candle holiday candle holder with coordinating candle that I love! I am very sad the candle is showing signs up frequent use; but I am not ready to toss the candle. Nor can I find an exact replacement. My solution? I put a tea light in the center of the candle so I can still light my shimmery, glowing white candle without having to burn it down even more!