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favorite recipes + my favorite cookbook

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I have bad news for you in regards to this month's favorite recipe post: I got a cookbook. Thus, I have been immersed in it and not scouring the interwebs for recipes. Fortunately, the cookbook didn't arrive until the middle of the month, so I do have a few recipes to share before I rave about Simply Scratch's: Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy. As for these recipes below, the images belong to the original blogger of the recipe as noted below each image.

Simply Scratch: Kale + Brussels Spout Chopped Salad
At the final weeks of our CSA, Anna kept picking the container of Brussels sprout. "I want balls," she'd tell me. So since I had everything for this salad already in the fridge - except the asparagus: we skipped that - I threw it together. It was so delicious. Aaron was even munching on it in the driveway as a snack - and enjoying it. True story.
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Simply Scratch: Honey Poppy Seed Dressing
Because the above recipe suggested this dressi…

silly Anna

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Lydia had off school the entire week of Thanksgiving, so we ventured to the home of Great-Pop-Pop and Great-Mom-Mom one morning. I attempted to take a picture of them all. This is probably the best one I got.


Because Anna does her sequence of silly faces now.




And again.




Oh, Anna-go-bana, you are too silly.

Happy Thanksgiving

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I am thankful that I get to wake up to snuggles with these girls.


real life

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Anna was quietly reading on the couch one Monday after lunch. She was talking/singing to herself and kicking her feet. She looked adorable and sweet, so I took this picture as I walked Jesse back for his nap.


Five minutes later, I asked her to go to the bathroom before her nap, and she walked into the bathroom with a soaked skirt. So I spent the first five minutes of her nap soaking and scrubbing the ottoman with vinegar.

Truth be told, after my selfish irritation wears off, I am grateful to scrub ottomans with vinegar because it means I have babies for whom to care.

(P.S. Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote a piece about Thanksgiving, and we all know how much I love Sally.)

Virgin Mary Consoles Eve

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A few weeks ago, this painting was mentioned in a sermon I heard: Virgin Mary Consoles Eve.


Sister Grace Remington, OSCO, Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey created it in 2003. On the Waiting Songs album, Rain for Roots wrote a song: Mary Consoles Eve.

I sat with the girls on the couch, and we looked at the picture and talked about who and what they saw. Then I read the lyrics of the song to them before we sat and listened to the song while still looking at the picture. Each - the picture and the song - is beautiful imagery on its own. Together, they envelope my senses with the truth of a prophecy fulfilled.

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Mary Consoles Eve by Rain for Roots:

Eve, my sister
The one who took the fall
Eve, my sister
Mother of us all
Lift up your head
Don’t hide your blushing face
The promised One
Is finally on His way

Almost, not yet, already
Almost, not yet, already

Eve, it’s Mary
Now I’m a mother too
The child I carry
A promise coming true
This baby comes to save us from our sin
A…

a Frozen birthday

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We celebrated the birthday girl over the weekend with her kindergarten classmates. Lydia requested a Frozen themed party. Fortunately, Lydia is a November birthday, so the Dollar Tree is stocked with snowflakes this time of year. So we only purchased three authentic Disney Frozen items: placemats ($1), napkins ($2), and stickers ($1) to pull off the Frozen theme. (Pinterest kept telling me "how to throw a Frozen party for under $100" while I was throwing a Frozen party for under $10. Pinterest is really a high roller sometimes.) The other stuff (party hats, balloons, etc.) we pulled out of the "party bin" that lives in the basement.


Heidi drew some snowflakes with the welcome message she wrote.


I made the snowflake banner from leftover fabric of my Christmas stocking, and Nonna delivers a mylar balloon on your birthday. We repurposed the balloon as decor for the party. I have a growing stash of these crepe paper tassels. (Or "tadpoles" if you're Heidi…

#WeWelcomeRefugees

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Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary:

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him s…

Rain for Roots: Waiting Songs

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My favorites - Rain for Roots - released a new album!!! We received it last week, and I think we have most of it memorized already.



The music is beautiful, and the lyrics are rich - so beautifully satisfying to a thirsty, waiting soul.

Rain for Roots advertises it this way, and it's so accurate that I'll just repost it before continuing:

"Waiting Songs is an album of Advent. These songs are about making time for waiting. The King is coming and He is already here. So we practice listening, quieting ourselves, celebrating, whispering good news, and yelling shouts of joy. In the Rain for Roots family, we practice most of all by singing to ourselves, to each other, and to our children about true things. He is coming -- the Joy of Every Longing Heart. Our longing hearts. Grown ups and children; we are the same in this. Through these songs, may God call us closer into conversation with Himself while we wait and hope with expectation. He comes to make His blessings flow far as t…

merry-go-round and fireman pole

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Here we are at our usual spot - Branchwood. We went over one afternoon, so Lydia was along for the play! Jesse loves the swings.


But he also loves the merry-go-round.


Heidi is on Jesse duty because he thinks standing on the merry-go-round is best.





Heidi also loves the fireman pole.






Playgrounds are still so fun right now!

a birthday celebration!

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Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of our oldest baby. We started with pancakes and bacon for breakfast.


Heidi gave Lydia a gift before Lydia left for school.


In the afternoon, we gave her the gift from Pop-Pop and Nana. (Target for the win here: on sale plus 30% off with the Cartwheel app.)



The smiles exploded off her face for the rest of the day.



This picture. (Insert face with tears of joy emoji here.)


Heidi took this one for us.


Lydia grew two inches.


We ended our dinner of stuffed shells with dirt dessert, of course.



Happy Birthday, Lydia!!!