Monday, May 31, 2010

You Can't Resist This...



This is a visual aid to help you understand what went on at our house this weekend. I didn't get any actual pictures of the damage but Peter and I literally demolished an entire loaf of banana, chocolate chip, zucchini bread in 24 hours. Good thing it was moderately healthy! Personally I don't think you can find a banana bread recipe any better than my Great-Grandmother's. I've modified it to include the zucchini (of which we have an over-abundance thanks to the CSA) and the chocolate chips.
Here is the original recipe.
Mama Thomas's Banana Bread
1&1/2 cups flour
3 ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1tsp baking soda
Bake at 325 for 50 minutes.
This stuff is so good! It is super moist and if you take it out just a little early the top it a little squishy and makes it extra good! To modify the recipe do the following:
Laura's Chocolate Chip-Banana-Zucchini Bread
3 cups flour (i use 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 white flour)
1 cup sugar ( i don't double the sugar...i don't think it needs it but you can if you'd like)
1/2 cup melted butter
3 bananas
2 eggs
2 tsps salt
2 tsps baking soda
2 small/medium zucchini grated
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Bake at 325 for 50 minutes.
Try this one out at home and let me know what you think! I sent 4 loaves with Peter on his trip to SOS....we'll see how long that lasts!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Smize!


We did a lot of smizing tonight! We've been counting the days because we knew it would be amazing. Our maternity photo shoot with our super talented friends James & Rachel was fantastic! We went to Folly Beach around 6:30 and took tons of pictures while we splashed around in the surf! These two are creative and fun to work with and it made our photo shoot extra special to share it with them! Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for a link to our pictures!
If you're looking for a photographer in the Charleston area you can't do better than James! Check out his blog and photos at http://jasriley.com/ or find him on facebook: James Riley Photography.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Community Supported Agriculture

Peter and I have a lot of bright ideas between the two of us but this might be the best one we've had in a while. Each Wednesday we get this weird little section of paper that has about 3 articles in it and then all the ads for the grocery stores. I usually end up reading it while eating my cereal in the morning-mostly because I just want something to read. One day there was a small ad on the back page for a CSA. I had heard of these operations before but couldn't even remember what the initials stood for. I feel like I at least have an excuse for this since there are so many TLAs (three letter acronyms) commonly used in the Air Force. I have so many initials jumbled in my head it's a wonder I remember my own.

Anyway....we decided to join the Gruber Farm CSA. It is a 12-week commitment and you pay up front. We decided on the 1-2 person share and signed up for a delivery location. Our location is about a mile from our house which is super convenient. Each week we get a box that is FULL of local produce from the Gruber Farm. It averages out to about $16.00 a week.

This week we got a huge head of lettuce, a head of cabbage, a few pounds of green beans, a couple pounds of red potatoes, strawberries, 5 cucumbers, 5-7 zucchini and 5-6 yellow squash. I mean, we don't even know what to do with it all! In the past we have had collards, onions, various lettuces, and turnips.

Not only is it fun to get the box each week, we are eating a lot healthier than we have in the past! For some reason I hate to waste this produce even more than I hate produce wasting when it comes from the grocery store. I'm learning all kinds of new recipes and having a lot of fun trying to cook all the different vegetables. If you have the opportunity to join a CSA in your area I totally recommend it!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Baby Name Craze


If you know me well you know that I've been obsessed over names and their meanings since I was in middle school. I still have a circa 1994 baby book that is missing the cover (although that is recent due to it's increased use) and highlighted with all of my favorite names. Personally I like to think of myself as ahead of the times. Back in '94 as a 14 year old I highlighted Colton, McKenzie and Aiden, all in the top 100 right now, 15 years later. Of course that doesn't include some of my more interesting ideas such as Druscilla. Oh yes, that one is definitely on there. And I'm pretty sure for a while I wanted to name a little girl Tapestry. WHAT? Ok...maybe I was a little too forward thinking with that one!

With the baby boom that my friends seem to be producing all on their own I started keeping track of what baby names were popping up. It's interesting to see the trends and fun to see the unique names that my friends are using. I love how their personalities come out in their children's names.
For the little girls over the last couple of years the most popular have been: Madeline (or Maddie), Emma, Abigail, Addison, Clair, Evelyn, Miriam, and Nora. Some of the more unique names for girls have been: Nola (my cute niece), Leilani, Kruzie, Piper, Sage and Rita.
For the little boys the top names have been: Ben/Benjamin, Hunter, Jonah, Noah, Luke and Sam/Samuel. Unique boys names are: Silas, Schaeffer (my sweet nephew), Weston, Jule, Jamin, and Deacon.

As we continue to narrow down a name for Baby E it's fun to look and see the naming trends on websites but also in our circle of friends. And if you want any ideas from 1994 let me know! You can borrow my book. Just don't steal any of the orange highlighted ones!

What are some of the names you hear a lot of? Unique names?


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reality Bites


Today was one of those "reality" kinds of days. I have to be careful not to get wrapped up in the storybook side of things. Too often people around me are hurting and are too familiar with the reality of life.

Peter says that someone says that you are either deep in a valley, coming out of a valley or on your way to a valley. I have a number of friends who are deep in the valley right now. My heart breaks for them and when I think about it I can't even begin to imagine how they feel.

When reality strikes I go straight for hope, because it's the only thing left. Peter and I have certainly had our own share of frustration and valley dwelling in the past year and it's taught me that my hope MUST be in Christ alone! I can't make it through otherwise.

My hope:
"The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." II Corinthians 4:16

"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

I have hope because I serve a mighty God. He is MIGHTY to save. Not just able-MIGHTY. I love that. It doesn't make the reality less real but it sure helps to know that a loving Savior is there to take me through the valley.

If you are going through the valley today take heart. If you don't know where you stand with God it's worth figuring out. He is big enough to handle all of our valleys. Let Christ renew you each day so you have the strengh to face whatever comes your way.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Momma E and Baby E love....

Baby E has been moving and grooving for a couple of months now. I love it! There are certain things that Baby E loves, although Peter is skeptical. He thinks Momma loves them and uses Baby E as an excuse. I guess we'll never know....but here are some things that this Baby and Baby Momma love!!
Izze Sparkling Soda
This stuff is amazing! It is 70% fruit juice and 30% sparkling soda. It comes in fabulous flavors like clementine, lime, and blueberry. I love it so much that I've actually started trying to replicate it at home using sparkling water and OJ. The best part about it? It is low in calories and counts as 2 servings of fruit for your daily intake! Baby E LOVES the fizz and Momma loves the taste! We give it 4 strong kicks!
Chick-Fil-A Chocolate Shake
I never had a Chick-Fil-A shake until I was pregnant. The first time I ever really felt him move was after chocolate ice-cream/milkshake. I enjoy getting one of these occasionally to get my belly bouncing! We give this 3 kicks simply because it tastes amazing but has enough calories in it to sink a large ship!
Daddy Singing circa 2006
Let's be honest....who wouldn't love to listen to Peter sing? Baby E sure does and Momma does too! Some of Peter's best known hits are: "I'm My Own Grandpa", "Jesus Loves Me" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". If Peter is singing, Baby E is kicking. It's fabulous! 5 kicks for this sweet singing Daddy!
Those are a few of the things that Momma and Baby E like now. Something tells me that in a few short months Baby E's tastes will change a little bit and although I'm sure he'll still love Daddy's singing, milk is going to beat Izze Soda. That's ok....all the more for me!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Where it all began...



When you actually think about where a story begins, a "life" story that is, it takes you way back. My story didn't exactly begin with me or my parents or their parents or the generations of Roxberrys, Staffords, Thomases or Rosners that came before them. It starts to make you feel kind of small. Quite frankly no one puts it better than John when he said "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word WAS God." Pretty cool. And pretty much takes me down off my "let my tell you about my exciting life in my exciting blog" pedestal and makes me just want to worship.

I thankful though that I do have a story and right now we're just getting to the good part! Personally I think God wrote a best-seller and I'm honored to try to live the life He wants me to live and to honor the call and the things He has placed on my heart.

Today starts a new chapter. My "stay at home wife" chapter. It's not going to be too long...hopefully no longer than 3 months! Baby E will arrive sometime in August and then we'll start the "stay at home mom" and "never get any sleep" chapters. Until then though I'm going to try to live everyday to it's fullest AND get my house clean!



Thanks for reading my "story"....half storybook and half reality....it's a good life!




The "official" start for our story.....August 4, 2007

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