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It’s lovely outside.  Can’t go anywhere, or really, don’t want to go anywhere. =)  I just want to enjoy my fire, throw, hot cocoa and a good book.   Oh, and my man.

So what should I do with my time, the question I’ve been asking myself for the past hour as I browse through blogs and look at what’s coming up next week.  Ricky is inspiring me with his fine example of productivity, waking up an hour before me, and using his time well today; I need to emulate my husband more.

So I think I’ll try.  My plan for today:

_Read that chapter I’ve been meaning to for weeks in Charity and Its Fruits.

_Create my quiet time schedule I’ve been mulling over since last Wednesday

_Finalize meal plans for this coming week =) see below for a successful new recipe I found last week! yay. And making sure I have everything I need for whipping up a little Chicken Parmesan for Family Birthday Lunch tomorrow. =)

_Wrap Ricky’s birthday presents!!  Super excited about his surprise-birthday-date-day on Monday, I’ll let you know how it goes.

_Hopefully go to a friends wedding tonight, Lord willing the weather doesn’t get worse.  Which as the day goes on, I think the family is deciding to stay home… which is such a sad decision, this is a wedding I’ve been looking forward to for a while.  Lauren, I’m praying for you and your groom that this will be a wonderfully blessed day for you, and that you will experience so much of God’s pleasure in your marriage =) and may this snow just add more beauty to an already incredible day.

And good news, I learned not only that you pronounce quinoa as “keen-wah”, but also that it tastes good!  I tried this recipe out last night, and enjoyed it: Thank you epicurious.com

Quinoa with Corn, Scallions and Mint

  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon mild honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups quinoa (about 10 oz)
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

Cook your corn, and cut it off the cobs. I actually bought frozen corn on the cob, so I could try to get it as fresh as possible, but I wasn’t sure when I was going to make it, and it worked pretty well – though fresh corn I’m sure would taste oh so much better!

Then in a seperate bowl, whisk together your lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, honey (or in my case, honey powder…sadly in need of some fresh honey around here), salt and pepper.

Wash quinoa in 3 changes of cold water in a bowl, draining in a large sieve each time.  (I don’t have a sieve that works, only colanders with holes too large that the quinoa would slip right through, so I used my rice-washing technique of just rinsing it in a bowl and carefully pouring the water out, seemed to work fine.)

Cook quinoa in a 4- to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in sieve (or in my case, a colander – praying that they were sticky enough that they wouldn’t fall through the holes… it worked), then set sieve over same pot with 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve). Cover quinoa with a folded kitchen towel, then cover sieve with a lid (don’t worry if lid doesn’t fit tightly) and steam until quinoa is tender, fluffy, and dry, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand (still covered) 5 minutes.

Add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed, then stir in corn, scallions, mint, and salt and pepper to taste.  And enjoy that tasty freshness! =)

And please, don’t try to use any dried scallions or mint or anything, I plead with you to use fresh ingredients.  And really I would consider this a great spring or summer dish.  And… it’s won me over to quinoa… now I just have to figure out the nutritional value of it, is it healthier than rice and pasta? Would it be worth using more?

Enjoy your Saturday folks.

Le Madeleine is a great spot for eating good food, chatting and making fun of people and yourselves with your husband, and pretty much figuring out more how to do life together.

And it really is best over a cup of coffee and little treats

And of course, part of that discussion had to do with the mustache…

Yes. I love my husband.  And though he has said he would shave it for me, I told him not to…this is the one chance he’ll ever have to find out what it’s like to have one.  ever.  no more after January.

yup, we discuss deep issues.

So, I have this friend. Her name is Kate and she got married last week.  I think I told you about that already.  But I didn’t tell you about her photographer, Lydia.  Another friend of mine =) love her and her work to pieces.

I mean seriously, check her out, consider her for whatever you want pics for. And she’s posted more shots from the wedding, and the gorgeous bride on her blog =)  www.lydiajane.com

Here we are sitting in one of our favorite Baltimore coffee houses, Spoons.  Great time to think about this break we’ve been on, and looking ahead into the new year.

So the holidays are some of my favorite times:

– Because of getting good times with family and friends.  Like watching cute movies together like “Up”, cooking lots and lots of scrumptious food, and playing fun crazy games like white elephant with cousins, aunts and uncles etc — which is even better when you win a framed print of an old couple that says “Always Kiss Me Goodnight”. yea.

– Because sometimes is snows.

– Because Special things happen, like people getting married.

– Because I get to cook yummy foods, like this Pot Roast: Oh thank you Paula Deen.

– Because there are holiday sales:

– And because there are lots of bloggers blogging and holiday design and bringing inspiration (from some of my favorites: =)

Thanks Sherry for your beautiful work at Young House Love

Thanks for your inspiration Rachel, at the Urban Nest blog

And I love the earthy beauty that the Visual Notes blog brought from Eva Lindh (Images: Eva Lindh)

– And lastly (but of course not leastly), because we got to start off our new year with a wonderfully provoking sermon from Don Whitney on 1 Timothy 4:7 – check out this blog post (or listen to it).  It’s time now for me to think about this question:  Name one biblical spiritual discipline in which you would like to grow this year.  What specific and practical steps are you going to take to grow? (Should probably work on this resolution before determining the rest… what good is physical/practical resolutions that only last a short time, when spiritual disciplines and resolutions can have a permanent affect?)
Ok, so a Lot more happened these holidays. (there are a few more pics on my flickr) Ricky and I had such a great time on his break.  Now, he hits his studies and preaching and paper writing hard core.  Breaks are good, because the regenerate and re-energize one for the hard work meant for us to accomplish.  Here we come new year.

Happy Christmas and New Years all! (It’s not too late to wish everyone that, right?)

New years resolution #1 – update my blog more than 1x ea month….

But really, Happy New Years! There are so many of y’all I’m just so grateful for.  Family and friends, friends who are like family… You all are so dear to our hearts, and its around these times that we reflect on this more than usual, isn’t it?  So many exciting things have been happening in all of y’all’s lives, I don’t even know what to do with myself!  Dear friends getting engaged, married, pregnant =) God is so good, isn’t He?

Just this last week my dear friend and old roomie (or Boomie as we affectionately called each other), got married! =)

Girl, what an incredibly gorgeous bride! =) Thanks for letting me be a part of your day! =)

So, from Ricky and I, I just want to wish you all a wonderful new year, full of joy and experiences of God’s goodness and amazing grace.

God bless.