30 January 2009

Recipe of the week

Wet Burritos

1 pint of sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 lb. ground beef, ground turkey OR ground venison 
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
1 pkg. soft flour tortillas (8 or 10 work well)
shredded cheddar cheese

Mix sour cream and mushroom soup. Set aside. Brown ground meat (drain if necessary) and add taco seasoning. Stir in refried beans. 

Spread 1/2 of sour cream mixture in bottom of 9 x 13 in. baking pan. Place a spoonful of the meat mixture on each of the flour tortillas. Spread in a strip down the center of the tortilla and then roll up the tortilla. Place rolled tortillas on the sour cream mixture. Top with remaining sour cream. Sprinkle about 1/2 c. of shredded cheese over everything.

Bake at 350˚ for about 30 minutes. The sour cream mixture will be bubbly around the edges and the cheese will be melted. 

Serve with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, ranch dressing and chips and salsa. 

This is a great "make ahead" dish. I've already made it on Saturday so it's ready for Sunday-evening-after-church guests! 

29 January 2009

Tea for two

Elsa got this sweet, teeny tea set for Christmas. And she wanted so badly for someone to join her for tea. The only one who agreed was Tobin. 

Boys can have tea too.

They don't show up very well here, but that's a male and female cardinal sitting in the pine tree outside my kitchen window. 

Comings and Goings

I'm busy.

I'm always busy.

I can't even count the times I wish I could blog. I want to share things God is teaching me. I want to tell you the things I love about teaching my children at home. I want to ponder aloud the goodness of God in His great love for me. Love for me that doesn't change based on what I do or don't do. I want to post my favorite pictures. I want to write and write and write. 

But I'm busy.

I find myself in a most wonderful time of life, with less time to chronicle it than ever before. How frustrating. 

So maybe I'll be like Mary and "ponder all these things in [my] heart". And hopefully every now and again the pondering will dribble out here so you can share my joy. 

I will say this: Aslan is on the move. Last weekend there were so many "God-moments" for Daniel and I. Things we heard. People we met. Things we "happened" to hear on the radio (we NEVER listen to the radio). Unexpected conversations. Prayers of blessing for us. Scriptures prayed for us. 

Our God is amazing. 

Our 2 year interim here at Mattawana Mennonite Church is finished in August. And so we find ourselves asking, "God, what is next? Where do we go? What do You want us to do?" 

Those questions haven't be answered yet. But Aslan is on the move. And the answer will come in time. Whenever He is ready. 

And we'll take whatever adventure Aslan sends to us. Because even though He isn't safe, He is good. 

And that's not a pat answer. 

27 January 2009

Five-year-old Funny

We were driving Pennsylvania's hilly, cow-path roads the other evening. Five year old big brother shouted from the back seat of the Suburban "Faster, Papa!! Faster!" We were following friends en route to their home after a Sunday evening service and keeping up with them on country road unfamiliar to us was great fun. Then came the quotable quote of the entire evening. From the same 5 year old.

"These roads make my blood container go up and down!" he shouted. 

Do you suppose he meant his heart?

10 January 2009


We came across this short film the other day and love it so much we wanted to share it. It's worth every second of the 16 minutes and 23 seconds you'll spend watching it.

Then go and spend the rest of the day validating everyone you meet. :o)

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