For weeks now, I've been telling myself that I'm going to start blogging again. But someone has replaced my good sleeping baby with a one year old who likes to get up at 4:30 in the morning or babble happily for no reason from 12:30am until 3:30am.
Monday morning, he was up at 4:30. As I sat rocking him, I realized he was not going back to sleep any time soon. And, since Monday is grocery day, it seemed like the next logical step would be to do something productive and go grocery shopping. We were done and home, back in bed, by 6:45. But alas, the alarm goes off at 7:00 so that sleep didn't last long for me.
Today, Wednesday, I had plans to get up early so I could prepare food for the cook off at our moms meeting this morning. Emmett apparently had plans to be up for three hours in the middle of the night. Watching lightning (which was quite impressive, I must admit) and babbling away. For THREE hours. When the alarm went off at 7:00, I announced to Dan that I was not going to church this morning, hit snooze, rolled over, and went back to sleep.
I had to get up and get everyone ready and out the door and while I was working on that, I decided I WAS going to go to church after all. I'd really been looking forward to it and it was our last meeting. So, hurry up and get ready, get food in the oven, and get everyone else ready and surprisingly, I (we) made it without getting too frazzled. Only one kid almost missed the bus. Thank goodness Mr. Bill doesn't mind waiting a few seconds as my kid scurried out the door, one shoe tied, to make it on the bus (darn you Minecraft videos!)
At church, we did this really great craft:
I am going to hang mine on my picture wall. Which is currently just a figment of my imagination. But now I have a reason to create one!
And, as a extra special surprise this morning, I won best overall dish for the cook off! And to think I wasn't going to go.
What a fun prize pack! A folding chopping board, cookbook, apron (the boys and I love to don aprons when we bake!) paper and pen, whisk, and scraper. LOVE it!!
Here is the recipe that won the prize:
3/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. finely chopped garlic
8 medium green onions, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 can (14oz) artichoke hearts, drained, diced
1 pouch (6 oz) ready to eat crabmeat, flaked
3 packages (15 shells each) mini fillo dough shells, thawed
Heat oven to 375.
In large bowl, mix all ingredients except shells with spoon until well blended.
Place shells on cookie sheet, fill with about 1 tablespoon crab mixture.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until shells are puffed and golden brown.
If I had known I was going to win, I would have taken a pic. And, needless to say, when I picked up my dish, they were all gone so not even leftovers to take a pic of. But trust me, they are delicious! Try it sometime and let me know what you think.
And, finally, baby is sleeping so I'm gonna go get me some of that, too. Have a super blessed day and remember, we can do all things through God who gives us strength (Phil. 4:13). Something I've been telling myself a lot lately.