Monday, November 30, 2015

Memories of Thanksgiving

The last couple of days have been filled with lots of coughing, nose wiping, and snuggles as Roman and Avery have been wracked with a cold and fevers.  Last night I seriously thought of running away and staying at a hotel as they were both in bed with me and both were snoring like lumber jacks.  We did find some time to go to a couple movies this Thanksgiving break.  My mom came over and took the little kids to Chuck E Cheese, so that Frank, Harris, Winston, and I could go see the Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 movie.  I need to re-read the last book because it has been so long since I read the book, but I felt like they added stuff that wasn't there. The movie was still good.  I took the little girls to see the movie The Good Dinosaur.  The theme was good which was that everyone has fear and we need to conquer our fears, but it was geared more for an audience of 7 and above.  The movie also touches on grief and abandonment.  The week before we saw the Peanuts movie!  It was fantastic!  Classic Charlie Brown and good for all ages! As I said Thanksgiving was fantastic!  We had lovely weather, the food turned out fantastic, and the company was even better.  Here was our menu for Thanksgiving: stuffed mushrooms, tomato and prosciutto tart, rolls, sushi and shrimp platter, turkey, quinoa and apple salad, gravy, cranberry sauce, cranberry salad, and a mixed green salad. We had apple crumble and tirimisu for dessert.  We talked for hours by the outdoor fireplace.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Apple Quinoa Salad with Cashews

This year forThanksgiving I decided to mix up the dinner menu. We invited some friends this year who were from all over the world France, Germany, Italy, and Korea.  They didn't grow up with the idea that Thanksgiving was supposed to be turkey,mashed potatoes, gravy, a vegetable of some kind, and pies for dessert.  Infact, our friend from Italy brought Tiramisu for dessert.  We did have turkey, gravy, and rolls, but I thought it would be fun to add this salad to the menu.  Not a favorite among the children, but the adults were all happy to add it to their plates.  This salad will be making it onto our plates again sometime soon as it was so light, refreshing, and yummy.

1 1/2 cups of mixed color quinoa or solid red.  Cook and prepare according to directions while adding a Tablespoon of olive oil to the water.
2 apples washed, cored, and diced
1 cup of chopped cashews
1 diced shallot
2 Tablespoon of lemon juice
3 stalks of chives diced
a couple stalks of tarragon snipped into the salad
a handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
A teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper add more if you desire
3 Tablespoons of apple juice
2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of oil oil

In a bowl mix cooked quinoa, diced shallot, and cashews together.  Then in a bowl mix the lemon juice and apple together.  This will keep the apples from turning brown.  Add to quinoa mixture. Add herbs: tarragon, parsley, and chive and then in another bowl whisk together the salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, and apple juice.  Pour over salad and mix throughout. It is best if you make this a couple hours before serving as the ingredients will have time to marry.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cookies and Milk "Corner View"

The children are counting the days down till Christmas and list are made all ready to go! Thanksgiving  is on Thursday and we have a full house.  We have so much to be thankful for! Thanks for stopping by this week.  Please leave your link in the comments and we will stop by!  Next weeks them is cold. If you have an idea for a theme I am happy to take it!

p.s. The older children wouldn't be caught dead posing for pictures in jammies so no older kids this time.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Deck the Halls 15

I don't normally decorate the house so early for Christmas, but having taken down the Halloween decorations down so late this year it didn't seem worth the effort to decorate for Thanksgiving this year with only a few days to enjoy them.  So up went the Christmas decorations and I couldn't be more pleased as now I have a few extra days to enjoy them.  When do you put your decorations up?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Orange Giner Pork Chops with Dumplings

Hi!  How are you?  Are you having a good weekend.  I am!  Yesterday, we spent the morning at German school where the children practiced for their upcoming Weinachten program then Roman had a friend Tyler come over for a couple hours to play.  Winston played in a soccer tournament as a guest player on another team.  They won the first game, lost the second game, and lost their 3 game. He still had a good time despite loosing.  Then we went to dinner with my parents since we won't be celebrating Thanksgiving with them this year.  It is freezing here in Georgia!  38 degrees this morning when I left the house.  At least the sun is shining!  Anyway, I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it was a big hit here at the house. I doubled the amount of pork chops as we have 7 people in our family.  I think if I make this again, I am going to swap out the white rice for brown.  The recipe is easy to make and super yummy! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Leaves "Corner View"

Another week of corner view is upon us, the weeks are flying by and before we know it the end of the year will be here! The last couple of days I have been finishing up our Christmas shopping.  I like to go into December with the nothing to do but just soak up the season.  As you can see fall is in full throttle mode and in the next couple days the trees will be baren as another storm is heading our way. Well, I am off today to go to my daughters Thanksgiving Presentation at her school I am bringing a corn pudding (not to be confused with chocolate pudding as this pudding is a savory warm dish).  I hope it is good.  I have never made it before, but kids like corn and I want to try it out before next week when we have guest over for Thanksgiving.  Next week's theme is up to you-surprise me! Anyone have an idea for the following week? Don't forget to leave your link in the comment section! Have a great week!  I am looking forward to the final movie of the Hunger Games series that is coming out on Friday.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

CCAI Reunion

Last week, we had the opportunity to attend a reunion for our adoption agency CCAI at the zoo where families from Atlanta and surrounding areas had the opportunity to meet the founders of the agency Josh and Lily and to meet other families who have also adopted.  Despite the weather being gloomy, the rain held off and we had a lovely morning at the zoo.  It was fun to meet new families and see our old friends too.  Thanks CCAI for being such a wonderful adoption agency.  Today, they have brought over 11,000 children to the United States.  We are so grateful for their vision.  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tragedy Strikes Again

In light of this weekends tragic events, it just didn't seem right to post pictures of my children or some light hearted event going on in my life.  While I do believe we do need to hold our heads up high and go on with our lives and not let them (the terrorist) paralyze us with fear, I felt it was only right that I take a moment to recognize this moment.  In Paris and around the world families are grieving over the lost of their loved ones while mine are tucked safely here at home in bed.  They were fathers,brothers, uncles, cousins, sons, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, students, and co-workers. They were loved. They went out on what was a lovely Paris evening to celebrate life but never to return home to their homes and families.  Nights and days like these are becoming way to common, and I pray that the day will never come that I am not shocked or heart broken by such events.  When is the day going to come when we put down our guns and weapons and say enough is enough.  I no longer believe that violence will bring about change whatever that change may be!  We are all brothers and sisters in this journey called life.  We may not have the same religion or amount of money in our bank accounts, but I do imagine as children we played and had joy in our hearts even if that was for one brief moment.  In many ways we are the same than we are different.  I will not let hatred take over my heart and I need to cling on to hope that the men, woman, and children that I saw at the train station in Vienna just two months ago were not terrorist.  That they want peace just as much as I do. I will not let these terrorist paralyze my love for travel and this beautiful planet we live on,  I choose hope!  I dream of  Peace!  I pray for humanity to put down our guns and it begins with me!  I will choose to be kind.  I choose to love and when I say love I mean I choose to love all not just those who share the same ideas as me or look like me, but I choose to love everyone.  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mt. Jonah

I think I am almost all caught up on the events of our lives the last couple months.  There never seems to be a dull moment around here.   At the beginning of October, Harris had the opportunity with the youth of our church age 16 and above to go to Mt. Jonah and go repelling.  He said they had a lot of fun. Sorry for the bad i-phone photos, but a mom is just happy to get any at all.  Do you have any plans for the weekend?  Frank has been in the Keys all week scuba diving.  He is really having a good time and needs the time to decompress as work has been especially difficult this past year.  I am going to see Love, The Coopers with my neighbor tonight.  Winston has his last soccer game of the season.  I am kind of bummed that neither Frank and I will be at it, but Nana is going to be there to cheer him on.  I am hoping the weekend will be a little more relaxing than this past week.  Yesterday, Addy came home from school with lice.  Ugh!  She got them from another kid at school.  Thankfully, she was the only one in our family who had them.  We spent the evening doing load after load of laundry.  We also had to wash her hair about 3 times to get the eggs out of her hair.