I love food!

This past Sunday we had some of our very best friends over! The Minards! God has used this family in my life in so many ways. One practical thing that, Ann has helped me with is cooking. She has opened her home to me numerous times to show me how to make all different sorts of things, like pastas, breads, pizzas, and today, empanadas!

Anyway, on Sunday it was their anniversary, and they still came over for dinner and this is what I made: A mixed seafood pasta, it had shrimp, scallops and calamari in it. It smelled so good!! I also made french baguettes and strawberry shortcake from scratch… it’s the best way too cook!

 

Thankfully, the Minards love food as much as I do and so it was a fun treat to cook for such a great family!! As I was baking the bread I thought to myself, ” I wonder if God will allow me to bake in heaven because this is a little bit of heaven for me!”

xo, nikki :)

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Should we be shut ins?

Well, after a week of sickness touching everyone in the house, we made it to church yesterday. Now both kids are sick, again. It seems like a never ending cycle. Our circumstances have not changed for several years. It seems like every couple weeks someone in our family is sick. One thing that has changed is my perspective. My children get sick a lot, I really can’t prevent their sickness more than I already do. Because of their poor kidney function they get sick easier. I could do everything “right” and God can still allow them to get sick. Now, rather than getting angry at the fact that they are sick again, I simply pray that they will get better soon and move on. I see that right now, I might not get to do all that I want, I will have to cancel a lot of plans that I make, and I will feel left out because I can’t commit to many things, but that is okay. Being the woman that does it all, serves all these people, and meets with all these ladies, won’t likely be me. In a way it’s a sacrifice. I desire to get together with other ladies, to go to every care group and Sunday morning meeting, but right now that is not possible. This is just the beginning of many sacrifices to self that I will have to make. If or when the kids have transplants there will be a lot of sacrifices to make, so I’m glad to start with just small ones. 

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34 ESV

So even though, I feel like a shut in, I know that “…this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison!

Enjoy another soggy day… oh how I wish it were snow!

xo, nikki :)

Mexican Egg Muffin

Since, I am counting calories, working out and such, I have been looking at different breakfast recipes.  I bought ingredients to make breakfast burritos and came across “egg muffins.” It’s like scrambled eggs in a muffin tin. I found a couple of good recipes, but I was always missing an ingredient or two. So, I made my own:


Nikki’s Mexican Egg Muffins

Ingredients:

16oz. Egg Whites ( I got a carton of these very cheap at Trader Joes)

4 eggs

2/3 cup of turkey sausage, precooked (I bought the crumbles because I couldn’t find just a package of turkey sausage)

1.25 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 big cup of baby spinach, sliced/ shredded

half a green pepper

red onion to taste

large handful of cilantro

large handful of parsley

your favorite salsa

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F — Make sure you preheat your oven!

2. Prepare your muffin tin with foil liners or grease your tins with whatever you like to use. I only had extra large foil liners, so I put them on a baking sheet. You could use ramekins if you wanted.

3. In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs until the egg whites and whole eggs are combined.

4. Add the sausage, cheese, vegetables, and herbs to the egg mixture. Add pepper if you want. I wouldn’t add any salt, because you have already added cheese and sausage!

5. Stir to combine, then ladle the mixture into the prepared muffin tins filling about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. Don’t put too much in because it will still over as the eggs cook.

6. Spoon salsa over the top of each “muffin”.

7. Bake for about 25-35 minutes until the eggs are set. Let cool for just a couple minutes on a wire rack.

You can enjoy now, or let cool completely and stick them in the freezer. The regular size muffins are around 90 calories!  The large muffins were too big for me to eat in one sitting, so I cut them in half and froze them!

This recipe makes 12-14 regular size muffins, and 7 large size muffins. When I run out of these I am going to try and make Italian Egg Muffins!

Bon Appetit! nikki :)

New Year’s Resolutions, well Goals.

I love the fresh beginning of a new year. It’s like an exciting new book, you haven’t experienced yet. It’s crisp and clean, and no tattered pages or creased spines (which I hate!). Ahhh! I love new books and new years!

At the end of each year I go through and organizing spree, as an attempt to de-clutter before the new year starts. I also go to Barnes and Noble to get a half off calendar. I promptly put up the new calendar and review the previous year’s calendar. I love to look back and see all the things we did and didn’t do. Along with doing those things, I like to set up goals for myself. Some, I will never finish, but it really isn’t about that. I like to have something to aim for, even if life takes me in a completely different direction.

So, here are some of my goals:

Read the Bible everyday. I am reading only 12 different NT books of the Bible this year. One a month for the whole month. This is to help promote memorization. Let me tell you that it is already working! I am THOROUGHLY enjoying this plan.

Get healthy/ Lose weight. I hate to even have this on my list again, especially because I was at my goal weight this summer before my shoulder started hurting me. Since my shoulder was in such bad condition the Dr. recommended that I not workout. I tried several times, and realized that he was right. So, I quickly gained back all that I had lost. I’m very grateful to a friend, who started up a challenge for all us who are trying to lose weight. It’s fun and motivating because there are lots of people in the group. So, for right now, I am doing lots of cardio, and a little yoga, and counting calories. I’m also trying not to get discouraged because the scale is not moving, even though I have lost some inches! My goal is to be healthy, not to be skinny! I need to be healthy because I am called to, and I am able to serve my husband, family, and others much better if I am! So here we go!

Book List. Finish it! I haven’t compiled all my books yet, but I will have it up soon. I have to look back and see which books I started and didn’t finish and put them on the list.

Finish what I start. This is why I have started Nikity-Knackity. It’s a place to document all that I started and hadn’t finished. I’m really bad at this. I want to finish what I start because it reflects the character of our God.

 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Anger and expectations. Having expectations on everything from people, my schedule and life is an easy thing to do. The problem is what I do about it, when life doesn’t go as I expected. My tendency is to get angry. Angry because the phone is ringing again and I’m getting ready to walk out the door. Angry because the kids keep talking to me when I am trying to talk on the phone. Angry because the phone call was about nothing important. Now, I’m really angry because we are going to be late. It’s a vicious cycle.Why do I get angry? I feel like I deserve better. I deserve to get out of the house with no interruptions and for everything to go my way. Wrong. I deserve hell and anything short of that is mercy. I should have joy. So, this is more of a sin area that I want to grow in, but thanks to reading James, I know that “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20) I have been able to recall this verse when I feel the anger coming on. I am also getting ready to read: The Greener Grass Conspiracy. I’m really excited about it.

Keep the house in order: This serves everyone. I have seen a lot of fruit this year, but I don’t want to get lazy, so  I’m going to keep it on the list!

Schooling with Bentley: I have found some stuff that I want to do, it’s just getting it in order!

Staying on Grocery budget. Because I am supposed to!

Well, I think that this is enough goals for right now. Hope you have some goals too!

xo, nikki :)

“You’d look good with another one,”

said the Doctor as she watched me and the kids schlep into the room. “I wish,” I smiled and quickly moved on. Little does she know that, that door is shut for us. To be honest, most days, I do wish we had another one. It’s not that I am not able to have another child, but we have chosen not to take the risk. Sigh. It doesn’t really make it easier when people keep announcing their pregnancies on Facebook. Or people not knowing that Bentley and Marseille have genetic disorders ask us when we are going to have another. It’s kind of a sad reminder. Sometimes, I can’t hold back the tears, knowing that what I want is not what is best for me or my family.

At Bentley’s baby shower, I was standing around with a group of ladies, and they were asking me how many children I wanted. As we talked some more, a wise woman told me, “Yeah, but you may not be able to have as many as you want.” A really downer, I thought, but I know why it stuck with me. Because she was right. I am grateful that she said that to me. It was prophetic.

I am so grateful that we have Bentley and Marseille, and God’s sovereignty in the timing of my pregnancy with Marseille was, well, perfect. I am so incredibly blessed!

I write this post as a reminder to myself, and for the day when this struggle seems so distant. Hopefully, that day will be soon!

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1.12

I look forward to that day!

xo, nikki ;)

ps- I really do/ try not to think about this often, but the mood struck, so I wrote.

 

Happy New Year!

I’m so excited that it’s a new year. There is just something so refreshing about a new year! I get the organizational bug for Christmas, and I spend that whole week planning and cleaning for the next year. Books, I want to read, weight I want to lose, projects I want to finish, things I want to do with kids during the day, people I want to get together with. You name it, and I’m sure it’s on a list somewhere!

We didn’t really have any plans for NYE. Danny watched a movie, and I read The Help. It’s a good thing that I don’t read fiction novels very much because I get too into them. I don’t want to do anything but read! Not really helpful for family life!  I received both the book and the movie for Christmas and I told Danny that I wouldn’t watch the movie until I read the book. I’m funny like that! So, tonight we will watch the movie, because I finished the book (in three evenings and a nap time!). I’m actually kind of sad that I finished it, again, I get way to attached to books.

Anyway, sorry for the rabbit trail. I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!

xo, nikki ;)

"Happy New Year!" from Bentley and Marseille
Who could resist giving these sweet little feet a tickle?!