Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sometimes

Sometimes I hate some things about myself - not qualities or attributes, not that.






I hate that I cannot get the same conviction in my day-to-day that I often think I would living overseas. Why is it that I don't feel as connected with God or committed to what He's called me to or whatever when I'm in Texas? What's so different? Truthfully, I get it. I know why. But it shouldn't be that way. This should be as much my mission field as any other place. My neighbors need Jesus just as badly as anyone. Just because they can afford food for their family does not diminish their need for  a Savior. It's just different. It's a different mission field with different people and different needs. I'm just often too complacent to engage the people I see often because there always seems to be more time. When you're on a mission trip, the time is short, the chance is now, and you feel a sense of urgency. You have prayed and planned for these people. Why can't we do that here?

7: Recipes

So after I scoured the interwebs for recipes that were 7 friends, coming up very short I might add, I decided to record some of my recipes here. Some of them are just the items put together in a normal way and some are actual dinner recipes. But who knows, maybe you are doing 7 and you can't think of anything, so even the simple stuff could help.

Simples:

Scrambled Egg Sandwich
Sauteed Chicken, Spinach, and Avocado Sandwich
Eggs over easy then use your toast to mop up the broken yolk, mmmmm
Chicken Soft Tacos (wheat tortilla and all the stuff on top of the chicken)
Omelet
Baked Apples

More complicated:

Breaded chicken (toast whole wheat bread and crumble it in the food processor really fine, then put the chicken in egg and dip it in the bread crumbs - Bake at 325 7 min per side at least)

Chicken Tortilla soup (6 cups of chicken broth, add 3 shredded cooked chicken breasts, cracked pepper, and 3 handfuls of spinach, bring to a boil, then simmer 30 minutes. Put 1 boiled egg and 1/4 avocado in your bowl all chopped up. When simmer is done, add chopped up pieces of 1 tortilla to the simmer and stir. Serve over avocado/egg mix.)

Stuffed Chicken (Pound the chicken breasts out thinner, grate apples in the food processor and put them and spinach on the chicken. Roll the chicken around the apple/spinach mix and skewer it. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes, if you want some more browning put them under the broiler at 500 for a few minutes)

Chicken Wings (REALLY thaw them, coat them in olive oil, salt, and pepper than cook for an hour at 375 - delicious. Also, if you're family isn't doing 7, it is easy to customize each person's wings to suit their needs)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

13 Months

Fun facts for month thirteen:
Weight: 18lbs. 4oz.
Height: 27 3/4in
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing:6-9 months, and 6-12 month clothes
What's new for month thirteen:

  • She can say "bull" (ball), "chiz" (cheese), and "bay" (bear)
  • She is getting really into bath time.
  • She will walk along the wall now too in order to get to her destination
  • She walks with only 1 hand held (for a while now)
  • She has doubled her weight percentage! 
  • She is obsessed with reading! She even tries to read through a book herself.
  • She is getting more picky with what she eats. 
  • She loves to sit outside until Cal gets home and then run to him when he gets out of the car
  • If you ask her for a kiss, she will rub her forehead on your face haha 
  • She likes to give high fives
  • She loves going out on walks and sitting outside on a blanket. 
  • She can click her tongue, making super cute noises

Walking along the wall



Eating a whole piece of bread, haha

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Halfway


We are halfway through the month! I have made it the first 15 days on this food journey and now I know I can make it the last 15 days. You know, usually Mondays are the worst. And, don't get me wrong, I am still not in the mood to do work or research or reading just like any other Monday. But today I am feeling a bit different about Monday. I am feeling like it's a fresh start to a new week. I know that it's going to be another crazy one with play dates, appointments, school work, and a bunch of 6th grade girls sleeping over on Friday, but I still feel like it's a fresh new week.

Maybe it's from all the rain which makes the earth look so beautiful and clean. Maybe it's that Anne of Green Gables quote that always rings through my head in the morning, "Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it." Maybe it's the Lord refreshing my heart. Maybe it's all of the above in a sweet, delicious combo that takes a bit of the dread away from Mondays hands.

Baby girl is 13 months old tomorrow. Craziness. I'll post more about her tomorrow, but it just feels so crazy that she is over 1 year old. What happened to that tiny one who slept all day in the crook of my leg? Or who, with just a few pats from her daddy, could drift off on his shoulder to a happy place? We have a toddler on our hands now. Unbelievable.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How I Am Feeling






Do I look fine? I am. A lot of people have been asking me how I am feeling in week two of the fast, of 7. I want you to know that week 1 was so hard. Every meal was intentional, every bite was thoughtful. I told myself, "you're just on a mission trip for a month" many times. On a mission trip, you don't eat for pleasure (much). You eat for sustenance, you eat what you're given without complaint. So every time I tried a new recipe that I was pretty sure would taste like butt, I told myself that I was on a mission trip.

But good news, my recipes didn't taste bad. They weren't bad at all. Some were delicious. One was bad. One was really really bad. But all the others were great. The husband has supplemented his evening meals with spices and some extra vegetables, but for the most part has also eaten 7 without complaint. I eat one of two things for breakfast every day and about the same thing for lunch every day. Not too bad. I like the foods, I don't really mind. I'm not sure how I will creatively do dinner this week, but I am now confidant that I will think of something. So... I feel fine. I am doing well. It's not that bad.

I am confidant that by day 30 I will again want absolutely nothing to do with avocado or chicken for a while, but honestly I am happy with a lot of my discoveries. I would like to continue to eat healthy food as I have been. I want to cook more meals like I have been. I want to be intentional about what I eat like I have been. Telling myself I'm always on a mission trip has showed me something... I am always on a mission trip. I should live my life on mission. Why don't I always think these things?

At the end of the food chapter, Jen talks about how Jesus started His ministry with a fast from food to focus Him. So I am asking God to focus me and to prepare me for ministry in these next months. I am asking for Him to do a work in me through the next 6 months of fasting and beyond. I am thankful hat food is first because their is no semi, back tracking, cheating sort of thing to be done. I'm all in. So God, I'm all in. Do your thing.

Friday, April 5, 2013

7: Chicken Tortilla Soup

I found something delicious, y'all. It's 7 approved and absolutely delicious. It doesn't even have salt in it. Gasp! It is a 7 version of Chicken Tortilla Soup for 2.


Here is where the picture would go if
we hadn't eat all of it up so fast.
Sorry.
Not really.


Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts, thawed
6 cups chicken broth
3 handfuls spinach
Cracked Pepper
2 boiled eggs 
1 avocado (really 1/2 but you can't exactly buy that)
1 tortilla

Directions:
  1. Saute chicken in olive oil until it's done and has a little color on it, set aside.
  2. In dutch oven or like pot, combine broth, chicken, and spinach then bring the whole thing to a boil
  3. Once it boils, turn the heat down to simmer and allow it to simmer 30 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, boil the eggs and cut the tortilla into strips
  5. Put one pealed and chopped up boiled egg in each bowl along with 1/4 avocado chopped into each bowl
  6. When the simmer is done, stir in the tortilla strips and turn of the heat. 
  7. Pour soup over egg/avocado in the bowl and eat! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesdays are Heaven

Tuesdays are Heaven!





Now I am going to let you know why Tuesdays are heaven. Above is my first snack for the day which is super impressive because it means that my meals have been filling. Step 1 to having a great day. (Scrambled Egg Sandwich for breakfast and Chicken, Avocado, and Spinach Sandwich) Then... I got to bake. I was actually dreading baking my pseudo-famous sour cream chocolate bundt cake for home group tonight. I thought, how will I not lick my fingers or the beaters or the bowl for that matter? How will I survive the smell of the cake for hours? But it turns out that it's awesome. I was already really full from lunch, so not licking the beaters wasn't too bad. I have also given up sweets/sugar for more than a month before so really it wasn't bad. Praise the Lord. This was step 2 to a great day. It turns out that baking and smelling chocolate throughout myself just made me feel like it was a normal day. It wasn't a "7" day or "Day 2", it was just a day. I took a Greek exam (it went pretty well!), I worked on homework, I praised God for long nap time, and I baked a cake. I'm feeling pretty good. 

But this is not why Tuesday is heaven. 

Tuesday nights are home group and we have decided that for Home Group, we are not going to ask anyone to make me special food. It also takes too much to make my own meal to bring on top of whatever I bring to home group. So on Tuesday nights, at home group, I get a reprieve from 7. I get to eat what everyone else is eating. Now, I am not going to eat dessert because that just seems like cheating, but I will get to eat the main meal with everyone else. Yay! So for this month especially, Tuesdays are heaven. 

Tuesdays are Heaven! Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Day 1



This is how I feel right now. I am hungry and feel like I have no foods I want to eat.

Breakfast was actually really nice. The good news is that I love eggs and toast, so we are generally set on that front. I had 3 eggs over easy and then mopped up the left over yolk with toast. Yummmm. I am thinking that, for tomorrow, I will have a scrambled egg sandwich. I am actually completely thrilled for something to kick me in the butt and make me actually cook for breakfast rather than just pour some cold cereal in a bowl. If I can find some infant benedryl, I may even let RB try some scrambled eggs. (I'm paranoid she'll have a reaction and I will need some benedryl for her)

Lunch was alright. I had an avocado and spinach salad with salt (delicious) as well as chicken which was way overcooked and disgusting. Yay chicken. What a great way to start the day. Still hungry. Ate an apple. Still hungry. Ate another half of avocado. Still hungry. Ate half an avocado smashed on toast. Thank God for salt. Finally full. I have officially eaten 1/3rd of the avocados I bought today.

Dinner was less than tasty (read dinner fail). I tried to make a sweet potato, apple, and chicken hash that I adapted from a Food Network recipe. Sounded delicious, lies. The apple and chicken was good, the sweet potato was weird. Why don't I like savory sweet potatoes? Why did I not put brown sugar or cinnamon on my list. I would gladly sacrifice an ingredient for brown sugar right now. Is it too late to add cheese? Or to change to a regular potato rather than a sweet potato? Seriously contemplating it. Can someone give me a recipe because I am dying. How will I eat this for a month?

My stomach is growling right now. What to do?