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Here is this week’s menu:

Monday: beef kidney (I let my husband go to the store without me)

Tuesday: Aztec steak with some kind of vegetable

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Pan-Roasted Cod on a Bed of Cabbage and Apples

Friday: Campbell’s® Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

Saturday: more leftovers

No, I don’t plan to eat the kidney or make the kids eat it. And we’re cooking it today because the weather’s nice and we can air out the house afterwards. The rest of the week should be pretty tasty.

If you want to check out what lots of other people are eating this week, go see the hostess of Menu Plan Monday. You’ll find more yummy recipes than you’ll ever get the time to make.

Also, at the end of the week, I will update this post with a review of what dishes were good and which ones weren’t. Happy cooking everyone!

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OK, I’m really behind here, but I read 2 Peter and I want to post about it too!

First of all, I found another of my favorite verses: chapter 1, verses 3&4. We have everything we need for life and godliness! I tend to get frustrated in my pursuit of holiness, and this verse is very encouraging. I especially need to keep it in mind when I’m not getting enough sleep. My inclination has always been that I need sleep more than anything else, and this verse tells me that God has my needs covered, whether I think so or not.

The other thing I noticed, and that needs a lot more study, is that the whole book is a little discouraging about the question of eternal security. I started to make a list of all the verses that I would have to go back and study more in-depth to look into that question, but I gave up when I realized that it was most of the book. Eventually I plan to go back and clarify my questions about it, but this week, it was on to Zechariah!

For more thoughts on 2 Peter, check out Run the Earth, Watch the Sky.

Yesterday I caught the stomach bug that’s been going around, and I’ve been living on ginger ale and crackers ever since, with a little jello for variety. So I thought I’d share all my tricks for making nausea and diarrhea go away.

First, for settling things down, whether it’s nausea or cramping further down, your best friends are chamomile tea and ginger ale, preferably Vernor’s if you can get it, because it has more ginger than the other kinds of ginger ale. Ginger tea would probably work well too.

Once you’re ready for solid food again, start with bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (this is the BRAT diet, and they are all constipating foods). Common sense tells me that the toast has to be made from white bread, since all the fiber in whole wheat bread is not helpful right now. I can put butter on the toast and rice and not have problems, but other people need to skip the butter. Crackers and pasta also work well for me, but nothing whole grain. Fiber is not my friend right now!

Above all, avoid all dairy products until you’re completely over it, and I always give it a couple more days for good measure (except for the butter – I don’t know why I can get away with that). Most people are rendered lactose-intolerant by food poisoning and stomach viruses. When you’re ready to start with dairy again, start with yogurt that has active cultures. This will replenish your system with all the good-for-you bacteria that help you digest things. I have read that eating yogurt will actually shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea, but I can’t tolerate it myself until I’m over it.

The next thing I’m going to try is peppermint tea, because I’ve read that it helps with nausea, but I can’t vouch for it personally yet.

For a whole mess of other great ideas, check out Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.

I did indeed manage to push the button on Amazon last Thursday. I ordered Spell to Read and Write by Wanda Sanseri, which is based on the older Writing Road to Reading, by Romalda Spalding. I read lots of reviews on Amazon and elsewhere, and as usual, I found the negative reviews to be the most helpful. The only negative comments about it that I could find said that it was too rigid, too structured, needs to lighten up, etc. This is (I think) a perfect fit for my daughter. She is also too rigid and needs to lighten up. Her favorite thing to tell her little brother is “Stop doing it wrong!” I have to explain about once a week that since she is 4 and he is only 2, sometimes he can’t do things the way she wants, and she needs to be patient. I also explain (usually daily) that she is not his boss, he can do things the way he wants to, etc. Anyway, I am always on the lookout for ways to get her to lighten up, but we’re not going to take that approach with school right away. Play to their strengths, right?

So get this. I ordered it late in the afternoon on Thursday, using the free Super Saver shipping. We were supposed to see it two weeks from now if I was lucky. They shipped it Friday, and it got here yesterday afternoon. I think everyone must be saving their pennies for Christmas, and the Amazon folks don’t have lots to do. But I love that they just shipped it instead of making me wait. Amazon rocks.

As for my panic about homeschooling, I’m still fighting it. But here’s something that helps. Thanks, Shannon!

Sometime in my late twenties, I became a convert to doing things the lazy way – you know, do as little as you can get away with on the things that don’t matter so much, so you have more time for what does matter. And this was before I even had kids. (Now I’ll give you three guesses about what my house looks like, and the first two don’t count)

I just discovered that there’s an entire series of books about doing things the lazy way, like the For Dummies series. I just checked out the one about learning Spanish from the library. There’s also handling money, stuff to do with kids, shopping, cleaning, getting in shape, organizing time and stuff, and cooking. How cool is that?

For a whole mess of other great ideas, check out Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.

I’m trying to bring myself to push the “Proceed to checkout” button on Amazon, and it’s not working very well. I’m supposed to be ordering our very first homeschooling purchase. I have researched, online and off. I have thought about whether this is a good program for my child, not just a good program in general. And yet I am terrified to actually do it.

Philippians 4:6 says to be anxious for nothing, and I think that’s what I’m doing. I’m anxious over nothing. I’m taking a deep breath, and I’m going to go do it.

Friends With Money. I spent the whole movie waiting for something to happen, and it never did. I’m still trying to figure out what the point of it was. The point may have been that money won’t make you happy, but that strikes me as both obvious and something you won’t hear from Hollywood. Beyond that, I have no guesses at all about what they were trying to say. But hey, I got some crocheting done.


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