Schools Out!



School is out for the summer! I still can not believe that we have gone through this thick binder of lessons. I remember how overwhelmed I was when I went through the boxes, but I have to say, I loved the curriculum! It was so easy to follow, everything I needed was included.



We have still not decide whether we will homeschool next year or send Emily to a public or private school, but if we do homeschool,  I will be using Sonlight again.

But enough about school, We are all so happy to be on Summer Break!
Lots of water play, gardening and trips are expected. 





Thanks for visiting, 



Chebureki - Чебуреки


Chebureki is a common Russian street food, it can be a great appetizer or main dish. We can snack on them all day long or you can serve them with a soup or salad for a full meal.

I take a shortcut and use store bought raw/uncooked tortillas, and they taste oh so good!

Ingredients

-12 uncooked tortillas ( usually found near the fresh salsa, and cheese at the grocery store)
-1 lb chicken (2 chicken breasts)
-1 lb beef
-1 egg
-1 small onion
-3 cloves of garlic
-2 tsp salt   (or to your taste preference)
-1/4 tsp of pepper  (or to your taste preference)

To seal tortilla:
 -1 egg white
-pinch of salt

Instructions

1. Grind 1 lb of chicken, 1 lb of beef, 1 small onion, garlic cloves into a medium sized bowl.
I have this attachment for my stand mixer, which I have had for 10 years and it still works great!

2. Add egg, pepper/salt to the meat mixture and mix well. (I use my stand mixer to mix it well)

3. Take tortillas and place about 2 tablespoons of the meat filling on one side of the tortillas, leaving a 1 inch space at the edges.

4. Whisk together egg white and a pinch of salt.

5. Brush the egg white mixture around the edges and fold the tortilla in half, sealing the filling inside.

6. Pinch the sides together by pressing a fork all around the edge, to seal the filling.

7. In a heavy skillet, cover the bottom with about 1 inch of oil and heat.

8. Fry 2 tortillas at a time, flipping when golden brown.

9. Drain on paper towels before serving.


Enjoy!


Happy Mothers Day!


Happy mothers day Mommas!  I just wanted to take a moment to say that being a mom is the hardest job out there, and you should be proud of yourself for doing your best every day. 
I will not lie and tell you that it has been an amazing year.  It was probably my hardest year yet. With a newborn, both older kids had  minor surgeries and homeschooling I was in survival mode most of the time. 
I want you to know that there is a season for everything, I know it may be hard to remember that sometimes, but I want you to know that if you are experiencing a hard season, you are not alone. I understand, you are tired, emotional, overwhelmed.
Remember that everyone's kids make mistakes, everyone has marriage and financial problems, with Gods help you will work through it and this season will pass. 
God has called you to be their mom. There are so many amazing and rewarding parts of motherhood, even though they may feel like a dream during the hard seasons, remember that motherhood is the most important role that he has given you, and He never gives you more then you can handle because he loves you so much, He knows when you need help even before you even ask for it. You are important to him. Remember that. 
I am so grateful for being their mom, I can not imagine not having these three blessings in my life. 
Each and everyone of them brings me so much joy and happiness.
So I hope you have a happy mothers day my dear friends. 

Thoughtful Thursday



As a wife and a mother I feel like it is my responsibility to create a beautiful, comfortable home that we all want to come home to at the end of the day. My daughter and I were talking about how a mom changes a "house" to a "home" and the work that she puts into it. I asked her if she would like to come home to a dark, cold, and messy place. She off course said no. Even though she is 7, she already understands the importance of having a comfortable and clean home for your family. 

A lot of times in life we put our best foot forward when we are around friends, coworkers, customers and so on. But when it comes to our family at the end of the day, we are to tired. We throw some pizza on a paper plate and call it a day. We do not want our family to feel like an after thought. They should come before our friends and coworkers. 

We are given the powerful gift from God to be the nurturers in our family, and a lot of times we fall short on how we present life in general to our family. It could be something simple as using pretty napkins at dinner, it could be taking an extra hour out of your day to cook some pasta and toss a salad  together  for a home cooked meal, it could be as simple as lighting a candle, or cleaning the bathroom. 

I want my family to feel loved and taken care of, I want them to feel like mom has time for them. I want my family to feel not only is this the place they want to go to, but stay there to, I want then to feel like our home is the paradise.

Sure, I have some days where I am just to exhausted to cook dinner, and that is ok. It usually means that I either took my kids on a "field trip", or I was cleaning my home, grocery shopping, or working in the yard, Again, I have been creating a "home" by doing these chores. Now my family has a clean home to come home to, the fridge is stocked with food, and the yard is clean, which means my husband doesn't have to go out and mow the lawn when he comes home; so we get to spend more time with together with the entire family.

Lets take the time and create a lovely home for our families to come home to at the and of the day. We should not do it for praise, because the bible tells us that whoever was first will be last.  We should want to do this because we love our families and this is a way for us to express our love. We should do this so children can replicate this when they grow up, we should do this to please my Lord, because Proverbs 31:13 says "She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the days work for her servant girls. "

If you would like to take a moment in prayer with me,


Our Heavenly Father, I thank you for making me a nurturer for my family. 
You can see how much I love them, even though I do not always show it. 
Help me put my family first even if I have have had a long hard day. 
It is my desire to create a loving home for my family, a place they will want to come home to, A place where your light shines. 
Please help me be a loving mother and wife and remember that I can ask for help and rely on your strength when I have none left; for patience when mine is often gone and for wisdom and your endless well of compassion and love I need as a mother. 

Amen



blessings,


Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust


This is one of our favorite comfort foods! I make it when ever I have leftover chicken or turkey, because I always have the rest of the ingredients in my fridge. 
It really is mouth watering, will lick your plate clean good. 

***I had posted this recipe a few months ago, but it has disappeared, so I am reposting it with an instagram picture, I will need to take a better picture next time I make it, but since I had a few people ask for the recipe, I decided to post it instead of waiting ***



Ingredients:

-4 TB salted butter
-1 small onion chopped
-2 stalks of celery chopped
-3 carrots, peeled and chopped
-1/2 sp salt
-2 TB flour
-2 1/2 cups of milk
-1/2 cup of heavy cream
-1 package of Trader Joe's savory chicken broth concentrate.
-3 cups of cooked chicken or turkey
-1/2 cup of frozen peas
-1/2 tsp thyme
-1 sheet of puff pastry
-salt pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter.

Add onion, celery, carrot and salt and sauté until onions are translucent and vegetables start to get tender.

Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook for 1 more minute.

Gradually whisk in the milk, heavy cream and TJ chicken concentrate and bring to a slow boil.

Simmer gently over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken. (3-5 minutes)

**** take out the puff pastry to thaw.

Add cooked chicken and peas to the sauce mixture, and bring to  slow boil again.

Add thyme, pepper and salt to taste. You can taste the creamy sauce and add enough for your taste (sometimes if your chicken isn't salted it effects yours sauce, so you want to taste and season after you add the chicken)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Pour chicken mixture into a casserole dish.

Cut puff pastry into strips with a pizza cutter and weave into a lattice pattern.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until the puff pastry is a deep golden color.

video




Enjoy!



Gardening in the Suburbs....



Sunshine has arrived to the great NW! (At least for the next few days) 
We decided to take advantage of the sunny day and plant our little garden today! 
I am no expert, in fact this is only my third year planting a garden, but if I can do it, so can you!

We built two raised garden beds 2 years ago and have really been enjoying planting our favorites. 
This year we planted: 6 tomato plants, 4 cucumber plants, 1 zucchini plant, 1 squash, strawberries, peas, herbs, lettuce and radishes.