Monday, July 16, 2007

Monday Menu, Meme, and Musings

Hello to another week! Doesn't it seem like summer is just flying by? Last week we got back from our quick trip to Sea World just in time for my daughter to attend a week of volleyball camp. She really enjoyed it, but I'm looking forward to this week with fewer days punctuated by regular pick-up and drop-off times. The kids are swimming and fishing with their cousins right now. My mother-in-law is so sweet to always call on her days off and want to spend time with her grandkids. She grabbed up whichever ones were available today for a morning at the marina. SO, I'm home getting caught up on some house chores (and blogging!)

First, our menu:

Monday: Southwestern Fish Tacos, black beans, guacamole, chips
Tuesday: Chicken Spaghetti, (mixed up and put in the crock pot- my favorite summer appliance besides the air conditioner!), caesar salad, green beans, garlic bread
Wednesday: Corny dogs, potato salad, baked beans
Thursday: Left-overs or eat out on the way to this (fun!)
Friday: Moroccan hamburgers, sweet potato fries, salad
Weekend: Leftovers and out-to-eat

Last week's menu highlights:

We really enjoyed this Crockpot Chicken Taco recipe, but made with pork. (We love any kind of taco around here!) The meat turns out so great in this recipe. We also enjoyed Crockpot BBQ Ham sandwiches one night. I'm tellin' ya, my Crockpot is one of my best friends during these hot summer months! I also bought all the fixin's for banana splits (complete with the cherry on top) and we had fun making those a couple of nights.

Visit Laura's for more menu ideas, or to share yours.


Now, onto a fun meme that Susanne tagged me for last week. This is the "Questions Meme." She made up 5 questions for me to answer, I answer them, make up 5 more questions and then tag 5 other people.

Here are her questions:

1. If you could meet any famous person in the world, be it political leader, celebrity, novelist, missionary or preacher, etc. who would it be? Hmmm. Well, it depends on what book I'm reading, usually, but I'd say that I've always wanted to sit down and chat with Elisabeth Elliot. She's so, so wise, and gets straight to the point!

2. What is your all time favorite novel and why is it your favorite? I don't read a lot of fiction, but one of my all-time favorites that I read in high school and is currently in my "to-be-read-again" pile is To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee's writing is masterful, I love the way she develops the characters, and the story is gripping and makes me cry. I love it.

3. If you could go on any game show, past or present, which would it be? Well, since as a homeschool mom I already play "Are You Smarter Than A __th Grader" everyday, I definitely won't choose that one! I'd have to say Wheel of Fortune. Even though I know that I'd freeze up and forget what vowels and consonants are and land on "bankrupt" repeatedly...

4. If you could obliterate one tv show off the current programming schedule which would it be? Desperate Housewives

5. What is your dream job? I grew up wanting to be Julie from Love Boat, so I'll have to say cruise director!

Great questions, Susanne! That was fun!

Here are my questions:

1. When is a time you felt especially close to God?

2. If you could learn another language (easily), what would it be?

3. What house chore is your least favorite and why?

4. If you could have any animal (tamed) as a pet, what would it be?

5. What's one thing about your life now that would've surprised the "teenager you" to know?

I tag Linda, Lisa, Mindy, Lauren, and Christine.


Well, on to the "musings." One thing I'm musing about right now is a toothache. I used some Anbesol earlier and enjoyed a numb tongue, but no real pain relief. Ith a good thing my kidth were gone thwimming and I dint have to thay anything... Oh! And one of my favorite jokes is coming true this afternoon. My dentist appointment is at 2:30. (Tooth-hurty?? Get it??? Cracks me up everytime!) But for some reason, I'm not laughing as hard today! Another thing I'm musing about this morning is how blessed I am to be in a ministry with my husband. We worked this weekend on our Awana schedule for the year, I finalized all of the record keeping from last year, and we brainstormed some leadership issues and upcoming events. We are meeting with our Childrens Pastor's assistant tomorrow to go over our year. As busy as it keeps us at times, I just love serving with my husband. So often our obligations and ministries take us in separate directions, and I just love that we're in this together. It's such a blessing and a privilege! I'm also musing about school. I'm knee deep in curriculum and planning for our homeschool year (which I post about on my homeschool blog when I can). Homeschooling is another blessing and gift in my life for which I am always doubly thankful this time of year. God is so, so faithful to give me enthusiasm for what He has called me to do.

Well, thanks for reading all of this! I hope your week is off to a great start, and that you, too, are experiencing enthusiasm and strength through God Himself as you do whatever He has called you to. Be blessed today!


Deidre said...

Great post ... wow! Lots of stuff going on.

I'm sorry about your tooth. I hope you get some relief.

You're right. It's great to serve in ministry with your husband. I've been serving with mine in youth ministry for 7 years. That's crazy enough. I would hate to see if we were serving in different ones and going in different directions. That would be tough.

jennyr said...

great menu u have! i haven't tried any moroccan dish yet.must be good!

Linda said...

It's such fun to have you back again. I was fixin' to write to you and say please let's keep in touch even if you don't have time to blog!!
Sorry about the tooth ache. I never would have thought of that little 2:30 joke - very cute. By now you are, hopefully, feeling all better (or at least all numb).
Two of your answers are exactly what I would have said on the meme. "To Kill A Mockingbird" is my all-time favorite book (and I read tons of fiction). And Wheel would be my game too. From my livingroom couch I am so much smarter than those silly contestants!!
Thanks for tagging me, and I will do it just as soon as I can. Piano lessons tomorrow- and I am in desperate need of practice time.
Have a great week Cyndi.

Sandra said...

Great menu, thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tag! I will do this later in the week. I am at the library checking my email because our internet it out! I am now realizing that I am addicted to the internet. :) Hopefully, I will be back online and back to blogging by Thursday. Thank you!

Susanne said...

Great menu! I've never tried Moroccan hamburgers before. You always post great unusual recipes.

Loved your answers! LOL to you playing Are you Smarter than a _th Grader every day. And I think I would love to talk to Elizabeth Elliot too! What an amazing Christian.

Hope your tooth gets fixed so you don't have anymore pain. Your toothy joke cracked me up too!

Linda said...

I did it Cyndi!!
I finally got to view you whole slide show on China (I usually don't get to view any of those videos or hear the songs people put on their blogs because my dialup is so incredibly sloooow I would be there all day waiting.) It's great!! Did you keep a journal while you were there? I'm sure you must have some wonderful stories to tell.
Thanks for tagging me. Have a restful evening.

Deidre said...

I just read your comment on my post. I didn't think about all the google hits. Oh my word! I'm going not to 'change' the wording. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I just printed off that Chicken taco recipe...I love anything southwest!! And I too am contemplating re-reading To Kill A has been decades!! Have a fun week!

Mindy said...

Love Love Loved your answers!!! I did your questions!
Come and see =)

Laurel Wreath said...

Thank you for sharing your heart, I hate tooth aches also. And yes you are blessed having your husband by your side in ministry! =))

Have a great day.

Terri @ In His Hands said...

Sorry about the tooth ache. :(

I am ROFL at you as Julie the Cruise Director. I don't know why but that doesn't surprise me because you're so friendly.

Love To Kill A Mockingbird--great, great choice.

Your menu looks great--as always!

Christine said...

I'm working on getting to the meme, I haven't forgotten!! Have a great weekend, Cyndi!