Friday, December 20, 2013

Thinking about the New Year

    I know it isn't even Christmas yet, but I am already making my homesteading goal list for 2014! I am excited to try some of the things on my list. Have any of you started a list yet? I am not going to share mine till the New Year though.

     On another note the seed catalogs are starting to flow in and so are the chick magazines! No we aren't allowed to have chickens where we live right now, but hey a girl can dream!  I was looking through one of my chick magazines and saw that Kyle had circled some chicks that he wants and wrote " Kyle and Tyler's chicks". Melt my heart! I promised him some days when we get our farm, we can order those chicks for him and his brother.  Those moments make my heart yearn for the life out in the country we dream of  so often. And putting my trust in God that he knows our desires of our hearts and He has a plan.

     Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Time to get the sponge ready for my first sourdough bread tomorrow! I will let you know how it goes!

~ Katie

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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A quick meal

Here is another quick meal to make if you just run out of time. I was deep cleaning the house yesterday and when I looked up at the clock it was already 4:30pm ( we eat at 5-5:15ish). So I was scrambling to think of what to make!

On Sunday we had gone to Tom's parent's house to have dinner and she was nice enough to give us leftovers. So with the leftover Chicken strips she gave us I did this:

6 breaded chicken strips( these where homemade)
1 bag of egg noodles
Frozen Broccoli ( the last bits in the bag), you could use fresh

salt and pepper ( to taste)
Milk ( about a half to a cup) * I just poured really didn't measure*
flour ( a tablespoon and half)
1-2 tablespoons butter
couple handfuls of Parmesan cheese
A tablespoon of Italian seasoning ( more or less to your taste) I used home made from a friend.

Okay so I put the noodles on to boil away. While the noodles were boiling I put a skillet pan on medium heat and melted some butter, about a tablespoon, and added the broccoli stirred around a little. Then I put a lid on it to steam them for about a minute, I like mine to still have a little crunch, if you don't then steam longer. I then added the chicken and let them warm through. Set aside covered.

Drain egg noodles or what ever kind of noodles you are using.

To make the sauce I melted the butter in a sauce pan when completely melted I added the flour to make a roux. Whisk them together till it forms somewhat of a paste. Then add the milk slowly and whisking in between adding the milk. When that begins to simmer I added some of the Italian herb mix and the Parmesan cheese. Let simmer till desired thickness. Remember to keep stirring while it cooks!

Then to serve you can either add everything into the sauce skillet, or you can put the noodles topped with the chicken and broccoli and then the sauce. I do it this way since I have one child who doesn't like sauce.
Served with fresh bread or rolls and you have a quick meal! Enjoy!

~ Katie

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Lot to think about

As I am sitting writing this, watching the snow fall and the fire in the fire place ( well electric fire, still makes you feel cozy). It makes me think of how much we have and can be thankful for.  I do love this time of year because of being able to spend it with my family celebrating the real meaning of Christmas.

The downside to this time of year is all the commercialism that goes on around us.  We have never bought a lot of presents for our kids or ourselves. Honestly our boys have more fun with the boxes and the stuffing in the boxes  then the actual toys! haha    I know I am not alone in this!

  But also because it is teaching them that Christmas is not all about presents, the ads that are in the paper, or a man dressed up with a white beard, who comes down the chimney with presents. ( which our boys don't believe in).

We want to make sure they know that the really meaning is the wonderful and beautiful birth of our Savior, and nothing else matters! Yes everyone loves getting presents I included!. We just don't want toys and commercialism to be the focus.

Hey I am not saying I don't like watching Christmas movies, I love too! I am a Hallmark Christmas movie kind of gal.( well at least those that I can watch online, since we don't have cable), and like buying gifts for our families, and decorating our house and tree. I just don't want to lose the meaning of Christmas.

I am working on my next post for goals  I have for next year! Stay tuned!

~ Katie