Wednesday, June 30, 2010

black bean brownies

i can hardly believe it but,
(Okay, I sprinkled 1/4 c of dark chocolate chips because I had just that amount sitting in a bag in the pantry.)
My friend posted this hard to believe recipe a while ago.
Today, with mounds of work to be done to settle back at home after almost 3 weeks away, was the perfect day to try them.
Just drain & rinse the beans, put em back in the can & fill with water. Dump the can into a food processor & whip it good. Add that watery-puree to the contents of the box (in place of all the regular mix-ins). Pour that into a parchment paper-lined pan & bake as directed on back.
Yum! Chocolately-fudgy-not-a-bit-bean-y-tasting goodness!
And think of the fiber you're adding when you grab seconds...thirds!
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Monday, June 28, 2010


"dear readers, i want to talk to you about the subject of plans...
life plans.
how we all make them.
how we hope our kids make good, smart, solid plans of their own.
if we're really honest with ourselves our plans don't work out as we hoped.
so instead of asking our young people,
"what are your plans?", "what do you plan to do with your life?"
maybe we should tell them this: plan to be surprised"
-dan, dan in real life

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sometimes He forgets

We saw a man with just half an arm at a restaurant the other night.
I noticed Carter staring at it. At him. Back at it.
(What are the chances that he just watched Star Wars where someone's arm gets cut off? And I've been razzing Dan about letting him see it since.)

Carter was across the room walking toward me, so I couldn't manually do anything to prevent what I feared most: him shouting something like "Mommy, look at that man's arm! It's weird."
To my surprise he didn't shout anything.
And he didn't even mention it to me when he got to the table.

Later on, at home, we asked him if he saw the man with just half an arm.
Yes, he did.
"Do you know why his arm is like that?" Daddy asked.
"Well God made him like that." I answered.
"Or he could have had an accident-with a tool or fighting in a war" Dan added.

"What's war?"
"People fighting to protect us." I explained.
Dan added a bit more about war. Carter thought about it a second & said:
"No. God made him that way."

"Oh yeah? You think God made him like that? Maybe." Daddy replied.
"Yeah. Sometimes He forgets." Carter said.

Enjoy Carter's glimpse of God? You'll want to read "He knows me mommy; I'm special" in case you missed it! Pin It

Monday, June 14, 2010

Do you tell your kids the truth?

We're pulling into the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A the other day & Carter asks,
"Can we go in & eat mom?"

"No, pal."

"Why not?"
There. Right there. Do you tell the truth?
Would you tell the truth if the truth would sounded something like this:
"We can't go inside because I haven't a lick of makeup on my face, I haven't taken a shower in 2 days & I am still wearing the same tank top I wore to bed last night"

I'm guessing he'd wonder "So what?"
Since he doesn't get the whole "other SAHMs who shower daily, have hair & makeup done before they even grab coffee or breakfast are in there & I'd be ashamed of my less-together-ness"(ok. laziness) thing.

Do you tell your kids the whole truth?
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Monday, June 7, 2010

You're right. And other things that taste like vinegar.

He doesn't know it (well, until he reads this)
but I've been consciously & intentionally saying "you're right" when it doesn't bother me a bit that my husband is right so that maybe it will be less of a struggle to say it when I hate that he's right.

Remember this super relatable scene from The Blind Side?
Like Vinegar.
Oh yes.

I had a moment of clarity about the 7 year success of our marriage:
it's a whole lot of doing what I don't want to do.

Somehow bending and compromising
has chiseled this or that out of me so I fit more perfectly with him. And vice versa.
And I can't say I miss anything that didn't make the cut.
The investment is worth the sacrifice.
And sometimes I even end up enjoying it his way or the better-for-us-in-the-long-run-way.

Sometimes I just have to be willing to do what I don't want to do and that's enough.
I don't actually end up having to do it!

Sometimes he just needs to know that I'd be willing to give this or that up, or willing to give in and that's enough.
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Friday, June 4, 2010

what He opens no one can shut

"These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David.
What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
I know your deeds.
See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.

I know that you have little strength,
yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name."
Revelation 3: 7&8 (NIV)

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PS: Happy 30th Birthday, to my friend Ellie! How do you say that in French?
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Reading 10 Things My Father Was Right About

Enjoyed reading "10 Things My Father Was Right About"
Here are some of the stand-outs:
1. Hold hands while you hash it out.
My folks have been married for 47 years. One of my father’s rules for a happy marriage is that if a nasty argument erupts, hold hands as you fight. You’ll feel goofy doing this, but here’s the thing: It works...It’s impossible to scream at someone who is giving your hand a gentle squeeze. It just is.

2. Pay attention to anyone who wears a tool belt...“Carefully observe anyone with a skill that you don’t have,” my father often said, “and then you can take care of the fill-in-the-blank yourself.”

4. You can never have enough baggies. Anything can be stored in a resealable plastic bag, according to my father. Shoelaces, maps, socks, meat.

9. No one’s smarter than you. Dad urged me to say, “I don’t understand. Can you explain what you’re talking about?” Asking questions makes you sound smart, he said, and confident to boot.

Read the entire article by clicking the title above.
Got you thinking about your own father?
Here are some quotes for Father's Day, June 20th. Pin It
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