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Monday, April 25, 2011

Elijah's first haircut

According to them, second-born children always get the shaft. Case in point: Caitlyn's first haircut was in a fancy schmansy children's hair salon, and Elijah's was in our kitchen. You can see how well it went, even after we decided he might do better in Daddy's lap.

Finally I had to hold him down like a monkey getting shots at the vet, but his emerging "white boy afro" looks much less unkempt. Way to go Robin!

What's in the cabinet; what's in the fridge?

In seminary my friends and I played a game to stretch our food. We very creatively called it "What's in the cabinet; what's in the fridge?" As you can guess it involved making meals out of whatever we all had around. The skills from this help me as I stretch meals to feed my family at times from randomness and at times feed random people who stop by. (I think it's also an inherited maternal trait to make more food than is necessary for the number of people eating.)

Since my particular denomination doesn't have strict rules for observing Lent, I prayed this year about what I could give up that would honor God. I thought about giving up yucky green beans, but eventually decided I should stop shopping for the crazy recipes I'd been trying and basically try to live on what was in the cabinet and fridge for a couple of months. I gave myself leave to buy milk, eggs, bananas, and also get a box of fresh veggies every two weeks.

Most colorful meatloaf dinner ever
I also allowed myself to shop when the in-laws came in, but did try to use up my box veggies. This lead to purple mashed potatoes with our meatloaf. Oddly enough everyone but the purple loving Caitlyn liked them. Elijah loved as much as made it into his mouth.

MMMMMM.... potatoes.....
So I'm pretty good at using up our leftovers and making them into random new meals, soups, and pizzas. However after buying an Easter ham for our family of four I am now swimming in ham. I put 3/4 of the leftovers in the freezer, but I'm going to need to have a meal or two of ham every week for the next several weeks to get rid of it all! So my plea to you is to please post any great and easy leftover ham recipes you have. Thanks in advance for the ideas!

Shalom Seekers