Monday, March 03, 2008

Bloggy Books and Monday's Menu

Happy Monday!

It's a rainy, stormy morning here. It would be a great day to pour another cup of coffee and curl up with a good book. But, it's also a great day to pour another cup of coffee and get in there and do school with my two sweet kiddos... Speaking of books, though, I received a great one this weekend thanks to Kelly over at A Spacious Place (one of my favorite blogs and regular stops!) I won a copy of Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World by Jill Rigby. I can't wait to get started on it! Thanks so much, Kelly!

If you like to read like I do, then please join us over at Lux Venit for "Lit Lovers":

I love, love, love Leslie's book reviews over at The Discerning Reader. Her blog is another regular stop for me. When I heard she was starting a book discussion I knew I wanted to be part of it. The first one will be The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. I highly encourage you to read this book if you haven't already, and to join in the discussion on your blog (if you have one) or other blogs of some of the other women reading the book. We won't be starting it until after Easter, so there's time if you want to pick up the book. I read it last summer and LOVED it. I needed to read what Martha Peace had to say. I decided after I read it that I would try to re-read it each year. It's that good! She speaks straight from God's Word and doesn't mince words. It's a very helpful book!

Now, on with our weekly menu...


We're going to a friend's house to play after school, and my husband's meeting us there for pizza after work. Fun!


Crock Pot Stew and Cornbread

I just put the stew meat in the slow cooker for the morning (with a can of stewed tomatoes) then at lunch time I add the rest of the veggies as well as a can of no-salt-added tomato sauce. It's yummy by dinner time! For the cornbread I make Jiffy brand and sometimes, for added moistness I add a can of creamed corn to the mix.


Southwestern Fish Tacos
I started making these a couple of years ago when I had a freezer full of fish (thanks to my two resident fishermen) and I was looking for creative ways to cook it. Our family fell in love with this recipe and it has become a favorite. This was my daughter's request this week.


Baked Potato Soup

I make this using my baked-potatoes-in-lunchbags maneuver (poke holes in each potato and wrap in a lunch sack,bake in the microwave for about 4 min. per potato... up to 7 min. each if they're big) Then I scoop out the baked potato out of the skins into the soup pot. I heat it slowly with milk, minced onion, butter,salt and pepper. For thickening I sprinkle in potato flakes. When it gets hot I add some sour cream. It's great served with bacon bits and cheese on top and with a loaf of hot, crusty bread and salad.


Ritzy Chicken (another family favorite)

Stop by Laura's for more menus, and have a great week!


Sonshine said...

I am not a big book reader but those books sound interesting.

Love the photos of your meals. :)

Might have to give that Ritzy Chicken a try. I am looking for some new recipes. :)

Enjoy your week!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad your going to be joining the book discussion. Your posts about marriage and motherhood are always so honest and insightful. What other books are in your "to read every year" pile?

Cyndi said...

My "yearly read" pile is growing!

Here's what I usually try to read back through every year or so:

Lies Women Believe (DeMoss)
Loving God With All Your Mind (George)
Discipline: The Glad Surrender (Elliot)
Seasons of a Mother's Heart (Clarkson)
God's Missionary (A. Carmichael)
"If" (A. Carmichael)
Returning to Holiness (Frizzell)
The Treasure Principle (Alcorn)

Desiring God by Piper is inching its way into the pile as well...

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

I may have to join in too! I have this book in my stack for 2008.

Enjoy your kids are home again with another snow day...but I truly don't mind.

Linda said...

Happy Monday Cyndi,
We were hoping for lots of rain here in our "extreme drought" stricken part of Texas, but we only registered about an eigth of an inch in the rain guage. Now the sun is shining and the wind is blowing so hard if you're not careful you could actually be airborne.
Oh - those blogs sound just wonderful. I love a good book - and good discussion. Do I dare add more blogs to my bloglines? I will definite visit and see. Thanks Cyndi. Have a blessed day.
Oh - and that potato soup sounds delicious.

Wendy said...

Great list of books!

And, it looks like a delicious week at your house! :)

Natalie said...

I just discovered your blog and I've enjoyed reading your posts. I'll be back to visit.

Kelly said...

Yum! I think I am going to have to try the fish tacos and Ritzy chicken.