Salad Dinner…

Tonight is our last ladies’ care group meeting for a while and to celebrate we are having a Salad Dinner before the meeting starts. I’m pretty bummed about these meetings ending! Here is what I’m serving: (Some are non-dairy)

Mediterranean Cucumber Cups
Rachael Ray

Ingredients
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and, finely chopped
1/4 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh feta, crumbled
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon plus 1/2 tablespoon zest
2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 English cucumbers, seedless

Preparation
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the onion, pepper, tomatoes, olives, oregano, feta, parsley, lemon juice and zest, and EVOO. Season with salt and pepper, and reserve.

Peel the cucumbers partially, so it has 4 stripes of skin going down the entire length of the cucumber. Trim the ends of the cucumbers and cut each cucumber into slices 3/4 of an inch thick — you should have about 20 pieces. Scoop out the center of each slice with a melon baler, leaving a shell of flesh.
Scoop about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the Mediterranean salad into the cucumber cups and enjoy your refreshing bite-size snack!

These are so yummy! I made them for different ladies’ meeting and they were a hit. I will post some more of the recipes from the other ladies’ in our group.

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A Very Lovey Valentine’s Day

Well, we enjoyed our Valentine’s Day. It was much more relaxing than last year. There was no trip to the hospital to see Bentley.

We took Bentley down to falls park and saw a lot of dogs and couples. It was so neat to see couples holding hands and cuddling. Every park bench and swing was occupied by a couple. I wish it were like that all the time. It was very sweet. The park was cold and windy, with trees and flowers blooming. Poor things will be dead soon, because our warm weather is leaving!

We ate our lunch and then walked to Starbucks. I got a Raspberry Mocha Frappuccino and it was soooo yummy! I made the mistake of giving Bentley a taste of my whipped cream. We had to leave because he had such a fit because I wouldn’t give him anymore! It definitely made a memory. We drove around downtown for a bit then made our way home. Bentley took a much needed nap and we watched Kung Fu Panda.
For dinner we had steak, potatoes, and broccoli by candlelight. It was so much fun. Here are some pictures of our special day.

Bentley eating cheerios at the park…the boy loves his food.

Danny and Bentley making music. Bentley mostly wanted to suck on the flute.

Our table

Us, ready to dig in. We at our fancy dinner in our pjs!

Yay! Bentley is one today!

Sorry everyone! It has been a crazy month. Between the three of us we have been sick about eight times and it isn’t over yet! I went to the doctor on Monday and am on antibiotics for bronchitis and I will be bringing Bentley to the doctor tomorrow since he woke up sick yesterday.

Well, I can’t believe it today our little boy is one! I can’t believe how fast time is flying. Here are some of his favorite things to do:
1. Whine – he’s mastered this :)
2. Mimic us – coughing, sneezing, throwing up… really anything.
3. Eating, eating, eating. The boy can eat.
4. Getting excited when his Daddy comes home.
5. Playing with toys, usually not the way they were intended to be played with.
6. Growl like a lion, which he thinks is a dog.
7. Dogs – our neighbors dog barks a lot and as soon as Bentley hears her, he goes crazy saying, “dog, dog, dog” or he will do this if we see a dog in person or on tv.
8. Music – he loves to dance and can usually find the beat of the music.
9. Give us kisses – he likes to kiss us and he will rub my arm or belly, it’s very sweet.
10. Throw toys over his play yard fence or crib.
11. Waving – he’ll even wave with his thumb in his mouth.
12. Bathtime – he loves to splash around.
13. He LOVES to touch the emergency handle that hangs from the garage door opener.
14. Peek a boo is a favorite pastime

Overall, he’s been a great baby! We are so thankful that God spared he life and has allowed him to grow up and be such a wonderful addition to our family. Life is not the same with him, but we can’t imagine life without him. I can’t believe how different things are from last year at this time. I can honestly say that I am thankful for the suffering that we went through because God proved himself sovereign and faithful and has made us so grateful for the life that he has given to us. There is no other way to get through trials, but by the grace of God. We can say that with true conviction because we with out a doubt had God’s all suffient grace on us and were so thankful for it.

Bentley, Happy Birthdy! We love you so much and are so thankful to be celebrating your first birthday!!

What happens when he runs out of food:

His chompers:

Playing with his Daddy:

Bathtime: