Bentley and Marseille’s GI appointment went really well. Both of them looked good and are now on yearly appointments, unless an appointment is needed! What a huge blessing. This coming Tuesday they have their Nephrology appointments, so that means blood work :(  Hopefully, their blood pressure will be stable and we won’t have to change dosage again.

Thanks for all the prayers!
nikki :)


Dirty Laundry

I love that feeling of accomplishment when you reach the end of the dirty laundry, don’t you? I’m not sure why, but the laundry is one of the hardest chores for me. It’s not because I dislike doing it, but you start it and walk away. That’s the first problem. Our washer and dryer set does not have a buzzer and I always keep the laundry door shut because it is so loud, so I’m never really sure when it’s done. I’ve tried to set a timer but I still forget. The second problem. I get the clothes out in time and then there is a pile. I may not be able to get to it right away so it sits, then I fold it. I like to fold clothes, but those folded piles sit. The part of laundry I don’t like: putting the clothes away. I know that is probably really weird! But I really don’t like to put the clothes away! Anyway, I’m rabbit trailing!

Back to dirty laundry. Yesterday, I was having a really triumphant day with the laundry. I did five loads: washed, dried and gasp! put away. Bam! I looked down into the empty laundry bin in sadness and said to myself, “Man! That thing is going to be full again in a minute! Ugh, laundry is never really done!” And the victory seemed tainted. BUT, in that moment I had a revelation! I stopped and thanked God for the dirty laundry we produce… because we are alive! Dirty laundry will never cease until we are dead! And today, I am thankful for dirty laundry in the laundry bin because that is one more day on this earth! Now, let see if I can continue to be thankful! Happy laundering! (the legal kind!)

Here is a song to get you going! Whistle While You Work – Louis Armstrong

nikki :)

Our thankful tree

I really wanted to recount God’s blessings in our lives this harvest season. Here is my “creative” attempt to mimic the brilliant creativity of our God.

Each day until Advent, all of us will add one hand that says something we are thankful for.

My hope and prayer is that this would be an annual tree and that it would produce gratefulness in us!
But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give THANKS to you forever, from generation to generation will will recount your praise! ~Psalm 79.13 This verse reminds me of this song How Great is Your Faithfulness – Matt Redman. 

Not- Stuffed Cabbage

This is a great recipe for those who like stuffed cabbage but are intimidated by the traditional recipe. Not Stuffed Cabbage whips up quickly and passed the family taste test!!

Makes 4 Servings
Prep 15 minutes

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes
Cook 23 minutes

1 lb lean ground beef
2 tbsp dried onion flakes
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp ground allspice – I used 1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

1 lb cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1/3 c. raisins – can be omitted if you don’t like raisins!
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp onion flakes
3 cups cooked rice of choice

Heat oven to 350 degree F. Coat a rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Meatballs. In a bowl, combine ground beef, onion flakes, parsley, allspice, salt and pepper.

Form into 28 meatballs, using about 1 tablespoon of mixture each. 
Place on prepared baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Sauce. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add cabbage, salt and pepper.

  Simmer over medium-high heat 8 minutes, stirring often.

Stir in tomatoes, raisins, sugar and onion flakes.

Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered 10 minutes.

Add meatballs and simmer 5 minutes.

Serve meatballs and sauce over rice.

Garlic Roasted Asparagus is a great side dish! 

This recipe is from Family Circle November 2011 issue.

nikki :)