Monday, January 05, 2009

Motion, "Minte-ism," and Monday's Menu

Well, it's true. Newton's first law of motion: "An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force."

I have enjoyed being "at rest" during this holiday break, but it's time to get it back in motion and I am tending to want to "stay at rest!" How about you? The momentum, or "unbalanced force" of school and activities will force many of us back into motion this week... back into our routines. And that's a good thing! But, it sure is hard for me on this rainy, cold Monday morning!

I have one quick food-related "Minte-ism" to share this morning, just to kick off my menu. For those of you just popping in on my blog, Minte is our precious newly-adopted 10 year old son from Ethiopia. He loves pasta. "Beeg-loves" it. Especially spaghetti. Spaghetti fried with a fried egg. So, yesterday I was whipping that up for him for lunch while he was bouncing around the kitchen singing... something I love SO much. Sometimes he sings in Amharic (his native language) but often he sings songs he's learning here. Many times he substitutes different words/sounds (like we all do!) . I have a notepad and I'm going to start writing them all down. Why I haven't already been doing that, I don't know! But, here was yesterday's, while I was boiling pasta:

"Ess spaghetti to look a lock lie Chreesma-a-a-a-as! Eh-eh-eh-bry where you go-o-o-o! "

Isn't that fun? I've never thought of spaghetti as a particularly Christmas-y food, but now I will! Speaking of which, Ethiopian Christmas (Genna) is this Wednesday. I just may have to make some spaghetti for lunch...

Anyway, here's our menu for the week:

Monday: homemade pizza using this recipe for crust and this one for the sauce
Tuesday: Mini Meatloaves, baked potatoes, peas
Wednesday: Slow-Cooked Corn Chowder, salad, hot bread
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Chicken Spaghetti, green beans, salad, garlic bread

For more recipes and some great ways to get organized in the new year, visit Laura at

I hope your new year is off to a good start, and that you can get in motion and stay in motion for all you have to do!


Jill said...

I am really having a hard time getting in motion after the long holiday. Thanks for the encouragment to get my menus posted and start the motion ;o)

UKZoe said...

oooh now that's a thought. I went to Belarus in December and it's not Christmas THERE until tomorrow. Maybe I can get away with another day off chores and things if I tell people I'm celebrating belarussian Christmas.

Amber said...

Wow, I wish i was as organized as you are!

I'm with you, it's hard to get into the swing of things after a break!

Cyndi said...

I love the New Year tree idea, and I love your stories about Minte. What a testament he is to the blessing that international adoption can be. As are my two little Bulgarian sunshines, of course!

Susanne said...

Minte has such gorgeous eyes! Great menu, Cindy!

BTW, bloglines has not been notifying me of any new posts and all of a sudden it shows 25 from you! LOL. I'll have to do some back reading and catch up!