Jessica's Jottings:

On faith, food, family and frugality

Dragon Scale Soup

Aye, lads and lassies! I did it! I found a fresh harvest of dragon scales at our local grocery store.

Well…maybe they weren’t real dragon scales. Maybe…they were heads of savoy cabbage that had been marked down for quick sale. Maybe I just needed a quick dinner and after I made it, I took one look and said to myself, “My kids are NOT going to eat this, unless I come up with a fun spin on it.”

/blush

Because…well, that’s exactly how this recipe came about. Yesterday, was a full day and involved a LOT of out of the house time. And…because I’ve started meal plans for the last two weeks, but haven’t finished either of them, I did not have a plan for dinner last night. Cue the “EEK! Oh, Google, what can you do with these two fresh ingredients that I have in my fridge and involving the chicken broth that’s been simmering in the crockpot for, ahem, a week?”

This is what Google spat back at me. However, we didn’t have several of those ingredients (i.e. the V8, French Onion Soup, or the spinach), so I got to improv, while still basing it loosely on the Zucchini-Cabbage Soup.


Dragon scale Soup

Expeller-pressed coconut oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 large zucchini, chopped however you want to chop them (we’re pureeing this bad boy at the end of the process, so it doesn’t really matter so long as they’re able to be cooked all the way through)
2 small heads of savoy cabbage, roughly chopped3 large cloves of garlic, minced (yeah, the original only called for one. I REALLY like garlic though, so…yeah. *You* don’t have to use that much. But, with cold and flu season coming on…why not?)
1/2 of a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce (It’s what was left after yesterday night’s pizza. /shrug)
4-6 c. of chicken stock (depending on how thick you like your soups)
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Dried basil, start with 1 1/2 tsp. and add more to taste
Coconut aminos, to taste

Directions: Heat about 2-4 T. of coconut oil in a 4 – 6 Qt. stock pot. Add onion, zucchini, and cabbage and cover, stirring occasionally until they cooked through. Add the rest of the ingredients* and bring to a simmer, tasting** and adjusting occasionally. After you’ve reached the flavor composition that suits you, break out your handy dandy immersion blender and puree away. The savoy cabbage will not puree terribly well, but that’s where your “dragon scales” come from. After pureeing, dish up and enjoy! And, if your little ones are fans of Andrew Peterson‘s Wingfeather Saga***, hasten to assure them that these dragon scales did not come from sea dragons.

*Please note that you will need *more* salt if the stock is homemade – it doesn’t have those lovely additives that the manufacturers put in it, but it does have the nutrients that they remove. That counts as a win in my book. 🙂

**For Hygiene’s Sake, Batman! Use a clean spoon every time you taste.

***WHAT???? You’ve never heard of the Wingfeather Saga? Change that. Immediately.  Go here where you can support the artist directly *and* get it cheaper than from amazon, buy the bundle, and help the kickstarter. These are AMAZING books that your kids will grab hold of and love as their own. Book four will be out in the spring and…we CAN’T wait!!!

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Meal Plan (i.e. Back in the saddle again!)

So…after several drafts, but no posts for months, I’m pushing through and getting this done. Our days go SO much smoother when I remove the need to think about what we’re going to eat day in and day out. :p

This is still going to be a little challenging, as I’m still very restricted on what I can eat. (Yeah, that’s one of the posts I started and never finished. One of these days, right?) Still, I need a plan for the rest of the family. I can then work what I can eat in around what they’re having and at least remove a little of the stress.

Monday, August 26

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, and bread
Lunch: Baked chicken legs and salad
Dinner: Refried bean taco salads

Today’s To Do: Start crock pot chicken stock. Soak chickpeas for overnight cooking. Start bread dough. Before bed, soak oats for breakfast and black beans for tomorrow night’s dinner.

Tuesday, August 27

Breakfast: Baked Soaked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Slow Cooker Cuban Beans and Rice

Today’s To Do: Cook chickpeas. Start the mix for dinner. Make Easy Slab Apple Pie and freeze for Thursday.

Wednesday, August 28 – Cello lesson night

Breakfast: Golden honeydew chunks topped with yogurt and a dab of brown sugar
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Baked Tilapia and Brussel Sprout salad (only it will be modified so I can eat it, too! Walnuts, alas, are off my plate for a while.)

Today’s To Do: Make hummus and ranch for small group tomorrow night. Pull a whole chicken out of the freezer to thaw for tomorrow.

Thursday, August 29 – Hosting our Bible Study Small Group

Breakfast: Fried Eggs and Lemon Poppyseed Muffins x 2 (The kids LOVE these and I like that they make handy snacks for later! As a side note, though, I add another T. of lemon juice to make them more “lemony”.)
Lunch: Tuna Salad Sandwiches and carrot sticks
Dinner: Easy Roasted Chicken from Real Food Basics (Which just happens to be on sale as part of this week’s Bundle of the Week!*) and roasted asparagus
Post-Dinner Repast (for small group): Easy Slab Apple Pie, Cut veggies with hummus and ranch, Tortilla chips and salsa, sweet tea and lemonade

Today’s To Do: Bake the Easy Slab Apple Pie. Make Sweet Tea and Lemonade for the small group meeting. Finish cleaning!

Friday, August 30

Breakfast: Quiche with Butternut Squash Crust – yes, squash, while subbing broccoli and onions for cheese and mushrooms
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Salmon Patties, steamed broccoli, and salad

Today’s To Do: Thaw out a pound of ground beef for tomorrow’s dinner.

Saturday, August 31

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles (Chef’s Choice)
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy with salad

Today’s To Do: Rest! 🙂

Sunday, September 1 – I’m serving at the evening service

Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Toast, and Fruit Smoothies
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Whatever my husband wants to make. 🙂

Today’s To Do: Make next week’s meal plan.

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Our Upcoming Gluten- and Milk-Free Trial

I have a confession to make.

My 2013 Reading List?

I’ve barely made a scratch in it.

I know, I know. It’s only January and I’m already off track.*

But…it’s not because I haven’t been reading – because I have. Boy, have I.

I’ve been absolutely engrossed in my reading – staying up waaaay too late to read more about a topic near and dear to my heart: the health of my children.

More specifically, how nutrition plays a key role in the health of my children – much more so than conventional medicine would lead us to believe.

I’m not going to get into cultural specifics here – there are a bazillion** other blogs out there, whose authors are much more knowledgeable than I. All I’m going to talk about is my back story and how it’s helping to write my family’s story.

Annnnnd, I’m not going to do that today.

Today, rather, I’m going to encourage you to either buy or hit up your local library for Kelly Dorfman’s AMAZING and accessible book, “What’s Eating Your Child? The Hidden Connections between Food and Childhood Ailments: Anxiety, Recurrent Ear Infections, Stomachaches, Picky Eating, Rashes, ADHD, and More. And What Every Parent Can Do About It.” (added emphasis mine)

It’s amazing because it documents her ability to rectify ongoing issues without the use of drugs and, in some cases, surgery. It’s accessible because Dorfman is clearly a teacher at heart – she takes technical concepts and breaks them down such that the non-technical can get a grasp on them and apply them to their family situation. I like that she does NOT encourage maverick behavior, but is up front about finding a physician that will partner with you to monitor your child.

Our Story, Part One

I’ve long known that something was wrong. My oldest has had ongoing, non-painful eczema; a swollen lymph node in her neck; persistent constipation – and more. My other children have some similar, but some different issues. All of this occurring despite our eating a fairly clean, mostly processed food free diet. (Yeah, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen! But, due to having more counter space in our new house, I’ve parked my laptop in the kitchen and listen to Dave Ramsey or Pandora or, if it’s after the kids are in bed, Mark Gungor.)

And so, after reading on Kelly’s book for the last several days – after countless “Wow! My kids have/do that, too!” moments, we’re going to go gluten- and dairy-free for the month of February. I’ll continue posting our meal plans – that’s been such a blessing to me – but they’ll like look very different as I navigate these unknown waters.

Any tips or recipes or advice for me as we take a turn off the beaten path? Please share them below!

*Remind me to tell you about our Hobby Lobby trip the other day. It involved my kids going nuts, multiple middle-aged disapproving women, and my lamenting to a sympathetic clerk that the women all looked like they wanted to award me the “Worst Mother of the Year” award – and with it only being January, that was pretty sad.

**Bazillion’s a number, right? It’s right after bajillion and right before gajillion. Right? 😉

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Miscellaneous Goals for 2013

I know that this a little later than most of the 2013 goals posts. I’m okay with that. 🙂

I’ve been juggling sick kids and sadness, 2 Chronicles and sleepless nights. I’m okay with that, too. At least I don’t have to worry about what we’re eating at our next meal, right?

I’ve been absolutely enjoying our “Eat Down the Pantry” Challenge for multiple reasons, some of which I know I’ve mentioned before:

  • There’s soooo much less stress involved with meal times. Knowing what we’re going to eat in advance allows me to prepare necessary ingredients the day before, be it pulling meat out of the freezer or soaking oats. Less stress = happier Mama!
  • We’re spending less money at the grocery store because we have a list we can stick to. Since moving to Georgia a few months ago, I’ve consistently blown my grocery budget. I haven’t figured out the least expensive places to get the types of food we’re trying to eat, leading to paying premium at the big box grocery stores.  This is getting better as I’ve made headway in locating the local version of a Farmer’s Market, but I haven’t actually ordered anything from their website yet.
  • We’ve been having SO. MUCH. FUN trying some new foods! Well…Nathan and I have been enjoying it, anyway. 😉
  • And, last but not least, this was the kick in the pants to start meal planning again. I’ve been meaning to for quite a while. In the past, I’ve purchased printable calendars, a meal planning guide book (“Plan It, Don’t Panic”), and even pre-made meal plans, hoping against hope that by closing my eyes and opening my wallet, I would mysteriously have workable for our family meal plans magically appear. Uh…yeah…I’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed. And, let me hasten to add there’s nothing wrong with any of these solutions – I purchased the Life As Mom calendar pack again for this year – but, and it’s a BIG but, if you don’t put the time into using the solution you’ve purchased, you might as well have flushed your money downa ze toilet.

So, with regards to goals for 2013, I feel like I’m already off to a great start because I’m meal planning again and have been for the past four weeks.

That doesn’t mean I want to rest on my laurels, though. Hubby and I started the Couch to 5K program on December 31 and we’ve been faithfully following it, fully intending to run a 5K later this year. Which one remains to be seen as we’ll need to look up the annual races for our new locale.

2013 Goals

As I did with my 2013 Reading List, I’ve loosely modeled it upon what I’ve seen work for Money Saving Mom.

Relational:

  • Actively take steps on a weekly basis to build community in our new community.  (Some weeks, this may look like a Birds on a Wire meeting for me. Other weeks, it will be playdates with the new homeschool group or, Lord willing, a community group.)
  • Send two cards a month to loved ones, friends or family, to keep the channels of communication open. (Relationships are like muscles – if you don’t give them attention, they will atrophy and die.)
  • Write a love note to my husband at least once a month.

Fitness

  • Complete the Couch to 5K running plan with my husband, shooting for at least a 15 minute mile.
    • Run at least one 5K this year.
    • Continue to run 3-5 times a week.
  • Complete a T-Tapp boot camp.

Financial

  • Finish paying down my college loan. (Almost there!!!)
  • Pay off our mini-van.
  • Ideally, we’d also like to sell a house (or two)! However, that’s not something I have any control over, so we will continue to pray for a buyer.
  • Continue researching local food options, with two purposes in mind:
    • Cut our food budget, and
    • Send more of what we do spend to support local farmers.

Mothering

  • Work through one of our “Five in a Row” books.
  • Keep going to the library every two weeks.
  • Be intentional about spending at least 10 minutes alone with each child per day.
  • Make at least one play date a month, as able, so that the kids can start making some new friends.
  • Continue to daily fill out our Family Gratitude Journal.
  • Include the children in more chore and kitchen activities.
    • I find that I’m naturally doing this as I start to get more energy back, but I would like to be more intentional about it. 🙂
  • Continue working on Scripture memory verses.
    • Finish up Psalms 1 and 23.
    • Review verses they’ve already learned.
    • Work through oh Amanda’sArmor of God” and “Truth in the Tinsel” studies.
      • I actually purchased “Truth in the Tinsel” last December, but didn’t dive into it except to print it out. The kids colored the ornament pages, but that’s about as far as we got.

Personal

  • Start and finish a web site that I committed to design and build a few years ago. (It’s a long story…/sigh)
    • Watch the Learnable classes that I purchased to assist in said design and creation before my access expires.
  • Purchase a domain name and hosting. If I’m going to be writing anyway, it would be nice to use affiliate links within my posts – something that wordpress doesn’t allow in their free hosting.
  • Re-do the “Scripture Memory” book I wrote for the LifeGroup I led last year. As we were working through the book, I felt several times that I could have done better in my Scripture selection – targeting some of the basics that were such a HUGE help to me as a new believer.
  • Memorize Romans 1, 8, and 12 with this plan.
    • I have it printed and cut out. Now I need to paste and read.
    • Ideally, I will include my children in this practice. I want them to see how much it means to Mommy to hide God’s word in her heart.
  • Learn to knit.
  • Finish up my participation in the 2013 Pay it Forward Creativity Challenge.
  • Determine a home school mission statement, a home school name, and get all of the necessary paperwork filled out before August.
  • Get a new will and power of attorney filled out for the state of Georgia.
  • Write at least one “Faith” post per month. These take so much longer and require so much more than most of my posts!
  • Finish the shirt that I started making for my sister’s 2012 Christmas present before this Christmas. 😉
  • Pull out my guitar and play at least once a week.
    • Finish two songs. Attempt to determine what chords they use. (Ahem. This will be a challenge I’ve always been able to take my songs to some highly skilled guitarist friends. That’s not really an option now.)

Some of these have been long time goals that I’ve never made traction on. Some of them are goals that I’ve attained in the past, but have lost ground on due to one thing or another and just not making it a priority. Some are moving targets that I’m trying to pin down and some are brand new. Regardless, as the late Zig Zigler said, “You hit what you aim at and, if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Even if I don’t accomplish 1/3 of this list, I’ll have accomplished 2/3 more than I would have without writing it out and taking aim.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Your own goal lists? Bring ’em on! I enjoy hearing from you. 😀

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My 2013 Reading List and Follow Up from Last Year

Last year, I posted my desired reading list. I was, as I am now, in an itchy, “I can do more with my time if I will just be intentional” spot.

And, ahem, after re-reading said list, I was rather appalled. Of the 33 books I listed, I only managed to fully read four of them. Uh…yeah. (/blush) I read more than four books last year, but I definitely did *not* stick to the list.

I am going to extend myself grace, however, and try again. There was the whole “having a baby and recovering from a C-section” and “packing up our family of 6 and moving to another state and then living out of boxes for awhile” parts of last year that likely won’t be happening again this year. Also, when re-reading that list, I was reminded that I still don’t have several of them…making it rather difficult to read them. 😉

So…some of the books from last year’s list are re-appearing in this year’s (much!) pared down list. I’m still working through the Old Testament and it is my hope to read through the New Testament twice this year. I’m eliminating the Tech section entirely and intend to focus on some online courses to further my skills there.

Without further ado, I present my slimmed and trimmed 2013 reading list. You’ll note an extreme focus on homeschooling and parenting books – our oldest turns seven this year and we will have to officially start homeschooling. I need ideas for what that is supposed to look like! 🙂

January:

  • This Earthly Pilgrimage by Walter Wangerin Jr. – if you’ve never read his book “Ragman and Other Cries of Faith”, included in this compilation,  it’s beautiful. I’ve been reading his short story “Lily”  to my kids, hoping to root within them the reality of the resurrection – even when surrounded by naysayers.

February:

  • Read “Part 4: Coming Home: How to Educate Your Child at Home” of The Well-Trained Mind by Jesse Wise and Susan Wise Bauer

March: 

  • A Healer in Every Home by Begabati Lennihan – I actually did read this last year, but want to read it again.

April:

  • Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend – started and got stuck. My husband really recommends it, though.

May:

June:

  • 50 Books to Enjoy with Kids by Veronica Getskow with daughters Jessica Fisher and Janel Piersma – this is found at the fabulous Life as Mom blog.

July:

August:

  • Good to Great by Jim Collins – I absolutely loved this the first time I read it…back in 2005. Time to re-read! And, since we’ve moved, I don’t have to re-purchase it – it finally turned up! Hooray!

September:

  • Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel – I bought this last year, knowing that I had it in my reading list.

October:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voskamp – After buying it twice and giving it away both times, I’m finally going to read it! Anne’s blog is amazing and oozes with the grace and poetry of communion with Christ.

November:

  • Home by Choice by Brenda Hunter – I’ve read this before, but a refresher won’t hurt! 🙂

December:

Want to make your own reading list? Here’s a link to the printout I downloaded from the Money Saving Mom website.

*I don’t own this one yet. I’ll be checking betterworldbooks.com and our local library to see if either of them have it.

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Teaching a Two Year Old Boy to *Want* to Wash His Hands

How did I manage this?

It was absolutely accidental, I assure you.

Since our recent move to Georgia, there have been some new kid “-isms” emerging. Some of them have been fun, others – not so much.

One of these “-isms” is that Rafe, our lone son, has been having an absolute fit when it comes time to wash his hands and face after a meal. And, ahem, this is a very necessary part of our mealtime routine.

Rafe as he's eating oatmeal with his hands

Woohoo! Oatmeal for breakfast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafe, after eating yogurt

Bet you didn’t know that you could eat yogurt with your hands, did you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So…yeah. Hand washing is a rather key part of our after meal routine.

However, since we’ve moved to a new house in a new state and everything’s gone rather topsy turvy, Rafe has decided that he’s just not into post-meal hand washing. As in, he pretty much starts kicking and screaming every. stinking. time. /sigh

This morning, after eating his two bowls of cheerios and honey, scavenging around the table for anyone else’s unattended cereal bowls, begging for a piece of bread, and spilling Cassie’s water cup on the table, he was in sore need of a clean up. I was in the middle of changing baby girl’s diaper when he decided he was done, so I wasn’t able to get to him before he got to his train set and acquired the main player in our soon to unfold drama.

The pig.

Rafe and his little hard plastic pig

Rafe and his pig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I finished with Katelyn, I, too, needed to wash my hands. I scooped Rafe up and the kicking and screaming commenced as I marched him into the bathroom. Propping one foot up on the stool (everything in this house is sooo much taller than we’re used to!), I set him on my lap and turn on the water. He’s kicking, squirming, and clutching the pig. That’s when I had the idea. “Hey, Rafe! Let’s give the piggy a bath! Don’t you want to help give the piggy a bath?”

He stops squirming and gets excited. “Yeah!”

I hand him the bar of soap and together we suds up Mr. Pig. I insure that he handles the bar of soap with both hands, he insures that Mr. Pig gets soapy, and then we both make sure that Mr. Pig (and his hands!) gets fully clean.

Hooray for Mr. Pig! Hooray for inspired ideas! Hooray for blogs to share the fun! 😉

I hope your day is blessed, friends! I also hopes this works again at lunchtime! hehe

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The Pictures Aren’t For Me

Can I bare my heart with you for a few minutes?

I don’t really like to look at myself in the mirror. Unless I’m brushing my teeth or putting in my contacts, I usually avoid it. What’s reflected in the mirror doesn’t match up to the way I see myself in my head.

I also really, really, really don’t like to have my picture taken right now. While I don’t meet the definition of morbid obesity, I’m definitely bigger than I used to be. The thought of my, ahem, largesse being recorded for posterity bugs me. And before you tell me to get off the couch, I’ll tell you that I have. It doesn’t seem to matter right now. The experts who tell us that nursing helps you lose the pregnancy weight – well, that doesn’t seem to be my experience. Am I going to stop nursing because of it? Nope. I know that this season will end soon enough and then weight will start to come off.

So…we’ve established that I don’t like to have picture taken while I’m large(r) and that I’m likely to be a little larger for a little while. Does that mean I just stop allowing myself to be in pictures? Nope.

Like so many other parts of parenting, it’s not about me. If I die while my children are still young, I want there to be a visible record of my love for them. I don’t want the only pictures they have of me to be pictures without them. Pictures that show me young, skinny, happy and childless. What kind of message would that send to them?

So, kiddos, I love you. And I want to go on the record and say:

The extra pounds? Worth it.

The sleepless nights? Worth it.

The exposure to more types of bodily fluids than I dreamed possible? Worth it.

I love you. I love you. I love you.

(I started this post a few months ago, so the pictures are a little out of date. The essence of the post hasn’t changed though. 🙂 )

Me and my girls

5, 4, 5 months and me

Me and my middle two

My middle two at 2 and 4

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Homemade Hot Dog Buns

So…my kids LOVE hotdogs. L-O-V-E them. They’re pretty expensive, though, so we don’t eat them very often.

And…as I like to buy bread in bulk and throw it in the freezer until it’s needed, I’ve just not had a lot of success with hot dog buns. They always seem to be either really dry or really soggy. I’ve thrown out more than I’m comfortable admitting. /blush  😦

Enter Life as Mom‘s Good Cheap Eats blog and her Homemade Hamburger/Hot dog bun recipe.  The bread maker does all of the hard work, so all you have to do is shape, wait, and bake.  (For the record…I’ve never added vital wheat gluten and this last batch was made with unbleached, all-purpose flour instead of special bread flour.)

They were absolutely delicious!

Homemade Hot dog buns, fresh out of the oven

Don’t believe me? Check out my taste testers!

Cassie giving a thumbs up

Mom, are you seriously taking my picture again?

Sarah votes yes!

I like them, too!

Rafe giving a "thumbs up"...or not.

Hey, he’s two. He gets props for trying. 🙂

What did I think of them? See the tasty “breadstick” below. I, ahem, had two.

I think that next time, I’ll make six buns and about twelve breadsticks!

Mama had breadsticks!

Cut in half with some butter and garlic salt, it served as an out of this world breadstick!

These were super easy and we will definitely be making them again! 🙂

Gotta favorite bread machine recipe? Please share!

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My 2012 Reading List

In the interests of accountability and after being inspired by Crystal of Money Saving Mom‘s success with her 2011 list, I decided that I’m going to follow suit.  😀

In addition to my desire to read through the whole of the Bible this year using this plan, each month I also want to read at least 1 non-fiction, 1 fiction and 1 of the Sitepoint books that I’ve been acquiring over the last several years. I may read more, but I don’t want to read less.  🙂

So, without further ado, I present….the list!

January:
Nonfiction: Finish up Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey
Fun/Fiction: Freckles by Gene Stratton (This is being loaned to me and I need to read so I can return!)  🙂
Tech: HTML Utopia: Designing without Tables Using CSS by Rachel Andrew & Dan Schafer

February:
Nonfiction:
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year by Crystal Paine
Fun/Fiction: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Another loaner that I need to read to be able to return.)
Tech: The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Ed. by Jason Beaird

March:  So…as I’m having a baby at the end of February, I’m giving myself a pass here. As long as I keep up with my Bible reading, I’ll be a happy camper.
Nonfiction:
Fun/Fiction:
Tech:

April:
Nonfiction: Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend
Fun/Fiction: The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Tech: Build Your Own Database Driven Website with PHP and MySQL by Kevin Baird

May:
Nonfiction: Seven Secrets Women Want to Know by P.B. Wilson (I’ve read this before, but it’s been a long time, so I’d like to re-read it. Her book “Liberated Through Submission” is amazing, too!)
Fun/Fiction: Tramp for the Lord by Corrie ten Boom – I love, Love, LOVE her book “The Hiding Place” – she’s such an inspiration.
Tech: Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes by Allan Cole, Raena Jackson Armitage, Brandon R. Jones and Jeffrey Way

June:
Nonfiction: Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis
Fiction: The Emily Trilogy by L.M. Montgomery (Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, Emily’s Quest)
Tech: The Principles of Project Management by Meri Williams

July:
Nonfiction: Prophetic Worship by Vivian Hibbert
Fun/Fiction: A Foreign Devil in China: The Story of Dr. L. Nelson Bell by John Pollock
Tech:  Online Marketing Inside Out by Brandon Eley & Shayne Tilley

August:
Nonfiction: Good to Great by Jim Collins (I absolutely loved this the first time I read it…back in 2005. Time to re-read!)
Fun/Fiction: Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Dr. Kevin Leman
Tech: The Art & Science of CSS by Jonathan Snook, Steve Smith, Jina Bolton, Cameron Adams, and David Johnson

September:
Nonfiction: The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming our Passion, Purpose and Sanity by Dr. Meg Meeker
Fun/Fiction: Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel  – Yes…this sounds like a fun read to me – laugh all you like.  ;D
Tech: HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World by Alexis Goldstein, Louis Lazaris & Estelle Weyl

October:
Nonfiction: One Thousand Gifts by Anne VosKamp (After buying it twice and giving it away both times, I’m finally going to read it! Anne’s blog is amazing and oozes with the grace and poetry of communion with Christ – I just had to share it.)
Fun/Fiction: Letters from the Land of Cancer by Walter Wangerin Jr. (If you’ve never read his book Ragman and Other Cries of Faith – do yourself a favor and read it. Ah-mazing!)
Tech: The CSS Anthology by Rachel Andrew – I’m not sure if this is the same edition as the one that I have…we’ll see.

November:
Nonfiction: Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products by Sophia Uliano (Just in time to be able to make some Christmas presents, eh? 😉
Fun/Fiction: Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
Tech: Create Stunning HTML email that Just Works by Matthew Patterson

December:
Nonfiction: Loving God with All Your Mind by Elizabeth George
Fun/Fiction: The Kingdom Agenda by Tony Evans
Tech: Sexy Web Design by Elliot Jay Stocks  (Uh…yeah. This is about developing well-designed user interfaces. Really.)

Want to make your own reading list? Here’s a link to the printout I downloaded from the Money Saving Mom website.


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Heavy

Oh, heavy heart,
Would that I could pluck you from my chest
And carry you in a bucket
Until such time
As equilibrium is restored.

RIP Tiffany Opal Winkler
2011-2011,
6 lb, 9 oz
20 in.

We longed for your company. We mourn at your passing. We wonder at what may have been.

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