Monday, November 18, 2013

Are you Enthusiastic?

My children are neither enthusiastic nor committed to getting the perfect Christmas picture.  In this day and age I suppose it isn't that big of a deal.  People who want to keep up with us do via this little space or other forms of social media.  But I just can't help it.  I want my family and friends to open up that envelope from us and think...awww...just like I do when I get cards from others.  There is  something fun about all those sweet pictures and those sweet families.  They mean so much to me and I am so thankful for the people the Lord has put in our lives long ago and recently.  I love that I have to add addresses to our list each year.  Just proof of His faithfulness in blessing us with friendships!

Christmas cards has absolutely nothing to do with the quote I want to share today.  Mostly I just needed a reason to share one of the many hilarious outtakes we have.  I have over 100 pictures of one kid looking one way and the other looking at the ground.  One kid chomping on a jelly bean.  The cheese face.  Way less than perfect.  I even contemplated just sending a card with hilarious outtakes.  But then we FINALLY got that perfect shot.  Why?  Because I was committed to it.  And also probably a little bit of luck.

Enthusiasm is NOT commitment.  

We've been studying the book of Matthew both at church and at BSF this year.  The Lord has been kicking my rear each week with lots to think about.  And this quote just really struck me last week from our lecture.  Enthusiasm is NOT commitment.

What am I enthusiastic about?

What am I committed to?

Sometimes I am enthusiastically committed to something.  But often I'm just enthusiastic about it.  It's easy to chat with a friend and talk about how I am excited about a project.  Or about reading a book.  Or about spending time in the Word.  But unless I actually commit to doing something it is just empty words.  Empty promises.  It's easy to be enthusiastic.  But it takes thought and dedication and hard work to be committed.

I'm still pondering this thought and what it means for me.  I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.  What are things you know you need to move to the committed category instead of the enthusiasm category?  

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Salmon in Lemon Brodetto

Peter's parents came to visit recently and while they were here the big guys decided to go fishing.  You know the deep sea kind.  When it's in the 40s.  Sounds like the recipe for a fabulous day right?

Well apparently if you are an Euler man that is how you have fun.  And they had a great time!  They also caught three beautiful salmon leaving us with about 20 large size fillets to eat over the coming months.  Yum!!!

I immediately started looking for salmon recipes to try.  Of course I went straight to my go-to girl, Giada.  And boy did she leave us satisfied!!  This was one of the best meals I have had in a long time.  And the most fun was that Peter caught it and I cooked it!

Salmon in Lemon Brodetto with Pea Puree

Ingredients for Lemon Brodetto
2 T olive oil
1 shallot, diced
2 lemons, one zested and both juiced
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 T chopped fresh mint leaves

Ingredients for Pea Puree
2 cups frozen peas, thawed (10 oz)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup olive oil
4 salmon fillets
kosher salt and black pepper

Lemon Brodetto
Warm your olive in in a saucepan while you dice your shallot.  Saute until tender.  You'll know it's done when its translucent.  Add the lemon zest and juice and the broth.  I had HUGE lemons so I only added the juice of one and I was very glad I did.  So if you have smaller lemons use both but if you have one the size of a softball just use one! Bring the broth to a simmer and cover until it's time to eat.  
Pea Puree
Combine the first 5 ingredients in your food processor.  If you don't have a mini-food processor put one on your Christmas list immediately.  They are SO helpful.  I use mine to make dressing, guacamole, banana pancakes, pesto....any number of yummy thing.  Slowly add your olive oil.  Transfer the puree to a bowl and stir in your cheese.  I made the mistake of using shredded parmesan.  I would definitely suggest the grated.  Also I would suggest warming your peas a bit before you make the puree.  Otherwise it makes it difficult to keep it warm and if they are frozen and thawed they will be pretty cold!

Salt and pepper both sides of your salmon.  Warm the olive oil in a pan over high heat.  Sear on one side for about 4 to 5 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillet).  You'll want a brown crust.  Flip the fish and cook until it is medium rare or however you prefer your salmon!

To assemble the dish first stir the chopped mint leaves into the broth and then divide it into four bowls.  Add your pea puree and then place the salmon on top of each serving of pea puree.

This is a gorgeous dish.  The peas are so bright and cheery and the taste.  Oh my word.  It tastes hearty and fresh and comforting all in the same bite.  The lemon brodetto pulls it all together and just gives it a little citrus kick.  I would eat this everyday.  My only complaint it that my dishes are super deep so it wasn't as pretty as it would have been if the broth could have spread out more.  But it certainly didn't change the taste!

I'll be sharing additional salmon recipes as we use our remaining fish.  If you have some favorites I would love to try them!!  Just leave me a link or email me the recipe!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Are You Ready?

This has kind of become my mantra over the past year or so.  It started with losing my baby weight.  I kept reminding myself that if I never started I would never reach my goal.  It was hard and sometimes I wanted to quit but I was so proud of myself when I lost it all!'s my business mantra.

I never saw myself as a business owner.  And I kind of thought owning a business might be easy.  I mean...who wouldn't want to buy coffee or costume jewelry or makeup?  But business owners work really really hard!  And my respect for them has skyrocketed in the last few months.

Four months ago I took the plunge and decided to join Rodan + Fields.  It's a skincare company created by the Doctors who created Proactiv.  And it's amazing.  I'm contributing to our family's bottom line again all while working from home in very limited hours (most of the time in my pjs).

In addition to loving the business I really do love the products.  We use 3 of the 4 regimens in our house regularly.  Unblemish for acne.  Redefine for my daily skincare and Soothe for the boys' struggle with eczema.  My skin is clearer, younger looking and my boys aren't itchy and red!  I also have a weekly date with my Macro (hello, amazing!!).  It's like taking a trip to the spa!

This is the perfect time of year to step out and give this business or these products a try.  Struggling with acne?  Dullness?  Wrinkles?  Fine lines?  Redness?  We have something to help!!
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hurricane Ridge

Over July 4th weekend we decided to venture into the upper peninsula and visit Olympic National Park.  We were only gone for about 36 hours but we packed in a ton of adventure!  Lately I've been of the let's just do it mindset.  We knew that next year we might end up having a 5th family member (yay!) and so traveling wouldn't be as easy.  Both boys love the outdoors and hiking.  So on a whim we set off.  I think I got the last hotel room left in the entire area.

Our first stop was Hurricane Ridge.  Even though it was July we still needed jeans and sweats for our hike.  It was chilly out!  As you can see there was still snow on the ground.  It's so strange to think of snow being on the ground in July!

All of these photos were taken at various stages during our hike a Hurricane Ridge.


Can you believe there was still snow?

Lots of wildlife

Nothing like mountains to remind you just how small you really are.

Isn't it gorgeous!  

We were so unprepared!  We had to wrap up the Reedster in a blanket!

I loved the mountain wildflowers....especially contrasted against the expanse of snow

My boys!

It was so misty and foggy...hard to get a good shot of the boys and the scenery together.

He loved playing in this big tree. Also I would like to take the opportunity to share about how wonderful potty trained little boys are on hikes.  So easy to take care of business!

The best we could get of the 4 of us!

My buddies.  It is close to impossible to get them both to look at the be still..and to smile.  

Breathtaking.  The clouds cleared just as we were ready to leave providing some spectacular views.

Perfect day!

Friday, November 1, 2013


Reedster has been waiting to share his news for a while now!  Here are all the details we know so far...mostly so I don't forget!

16 weeks as of Monday, October 28th
Due Date: 4-14-14
There is only one baby in there!  
Heartbeat was 140 at last appointment.
No cravings.
Aversions...only meat occasionally.
Morning sickness....yes if you consider 4-6pm morning.
Lots of headaches.
Lots of excitement!
No maternity clothes yet but apparently I "announced my pregnancy to the world" at church this past week.  More on that story later.

We get to find out the gender on Peter's birthday so that is super exciting!

So excited to continue to add to our family.  Thankful for God's blessing and praying for a healthy, uneventful pregnancy!!


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