Friday, July 30, 2010

Chick-fil-a Sandwich Recipe


I realized my obsession for Chick-fil-a once we moved an hour away from the closest Chick-fil-a...and then my pains were made deeper when we seem to only make it into the "big city" on a Sunday.

When the Food Network magazine featured this recipe I was thankful my prayers had been answered.



It turned out wonderful. Of course it's not identical to the masterpiece chicken sandwich from c-f-a but it comes in pretty close...it tastes more like the real thing if you have some of their sauce stored away in the condiment leftover section of your icebox.







Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hair Recovery

So I'm still recovering from this awful..horrible haircut.




Those pics were taken after I had worked on it for an hour, trying to get all the random choppy pieces to conform with the other awful cut hair. I mean what were those things running down the sides of my head...mudflaps? Dog ears? I'm not really sure but it cracks me up now when I look at it because it's seriously the worst cut I have ever had and it just so happened to be my first hair appointment after having a baby and I was thinking it would make me feel better...little did I know.

I got my hair done today and am still shocked at how little it has grown since Novemer 2009!!! I'm just thankful I don't have a front mullet anymore.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Call me crazy!

Made a run to the hills yesterday to get the last of this seasons peaches.

Umm yeah...Papa Prehn brought 250 lbs with him. I'm gonna need a lot of help peeling peaches in the next few days. If you want some peaches at the cost of helping a sista out....then come on over and grab a knife. You think I'm kidding, I'm not.



Arabelle doesn't seem to think their as delicate as I do.


Friday, July 23, 2010

San Antonio

Whew...were back from our vacation/coaching school in San Antonio. We really had a great time. This was the most beautiful we have ever seen the Riverwalk, as in you could actually see through the water straight down to the bottom. The entire atmosphere just seemed different and really special.



We stayed at a beautiful hotel right next to everything and had a beautiful room to spend time in. We brought Arabelle toys to play with and she never touched them once, in between all of the housekeepers that loved on her to the new surroundings of a hotel room she was a content little girl.


The first morning there we woke up early and hit the streets for some Shipley's. I'm now convinced BCS Shipley's is hands down the best around but we were thankful to get some anyways.



We took a Riverboat ride and were amazed at how long it lasted. We had no idea how big the Riverwalk is.




My sweet friend Kathryn and her adorable big blue eyed baby came to see us.





















I left the Riverwalk one day to met up with an old friend for lunch. It's been close to 10 years since we have seen each other and it was so special to get to visit and catch up. I lived with her and her family during high school and she was like a sister to me. I'm grateful that after it's been so long since we had seen each other we were able to just pick right up and move forward with life now.


On the way home we ventured off the trail for an African Safari drive though experience. Arabelle absolutely loved it!























Of course we stopped here...


But I left empty handed!
I have too many projects going on inside my head that I need to spend money on before I buy that cute pink kitchen for little miss.

Ok...so I'm loving the new format for Blogger but I can't figure out how to get the images in order. If anybody has any tips please let me know, until then I apologize about the crazy format.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Video Update

For those of you who have requested the link to my testimony video here it is. It was taken off the web for more editing but should be up for good now.

Now we are off to the Riverwalk for coaching school and vacation. I can't wait to visit old friends, enjoy time away from home and explore San Antonio with a little one.

Talk to you guys when I get back!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

[[Paper Bead}] Tutorial

Every year my sweet friend Rachel goes to Zambia and works with orphans through Family Legacy Missions. She inspires me in ways I cannot even describe. Her heart for Jesus runs deep and her love for others is the image of Christ. The Lord placed her in my life at such a crucial point in my faith. She helped me grow, she showed me the way with her gentle words and actions, spoke truth in scripture and prayed in a mighty way. I love her so much.



She also always brings me a treasure from her trip and this last summer she brought me a paper bead necklace. I love it for many reasons....1. She gave it to me...2. It's from Africa...3. The color!...4.Simplicity..5. I used to make paper beads as a little girl



I'm not a jewelry girl so I love how it doesn't feel like jewelry.

Paper beads are also made in Uganda and the sale of these necklaces help support women and their families through fair trade labor. You can purchase a necklace here to support these women. You can also read this blog to follow the journey of a woman who has dedicated her life to the Kingdom of Christ in the form of working with women, children and families in Uganda.




Pictures property of Amazima


Here is a little tutorial for paper bead making. You can use magazine paper or specifically choose scrapbook paper with a color or design you like.



Supplies:

Glue
Ruler
Scissors
Paper
Fishing line or Floss
Toothpick or long needle
Paper or magazine pages
Glass beads
Necklace eye and hook




You are going to take your sheet of paper, measure and mark long triangles on the backside of the print. If you mark on the pattern your bead will just end up the color of the mark. The size of the triangle will determine the size of the bead





Cut out each triangle.




Take a needle or a toothpick to roll the paper around. I used a needle because it makes a small, tight bead. Starting with the fat end of the paper roll tightly around needle.



Here's a video

video


When you come to the end of the paper place a line of glue on the tail of it and finish wrapping, working the glue into the roll and end.




Once you have completed all of the beads they need to be sealed. This can be done a number of ways. You can make a watered down solution of glue and water, use enamel or spray a high gloss clear coat. I strung my beads on some fishing line, hung them up outside and sprayed a few coats of clear gloss.




Let the beads dry for 24 hours before stringing them into a necklace.

To make the necklace I purchased glass beads for $2 at Wal-Mart along with necklace ends. I used floss for the necklace because the fishing line was to big for the glass beads. I placed two glass beads in between each paper bead.

Here is the finished product!




This would be a great activity to do with your children. You can teach them about the women and children in other countries that make these to provide for their families. They can make a necklace for themselves and purchase one to support those families. Little Boys find it fun to make the beads out of comic books and newspaper funnies.

Canning Peaches

You have spoken and I have heard! I hope I'm getting this to some of you in time to put away some summer peaches to enjoy all year long. I don't have pictures of every step because at times you have to move really fast and can't waste a second...not even to take a picture for a blog.


Step 1- Wash you peaches and remove any stems and leaves.

Step 2 - Remove the skins. The easiest way to do this is to bring a pot of water to boiling point and have a bowl filled with ice water. Put the peaches in the boiling water for no more than 1 minute, remove and immediately place in ice bath. Leave in ice bath for a few minutes and place on a towel to dry. Once the skins air out a bit you should be able to take a knife, grab a piece of the skin and peel all of it back with ease.
*The best results using this method comes when using perfect peaches without blemishes or bruises.

Because my peaches were collected off the ground some of them were not in the best condition so I had to peel each piece with a knife.

Step 3- Take peeled peach and run your knife around the peach following the natural "crack" the peach has. Using you knife crack open the peach in the crack you just made. You should have a perfectly halved peach. Grab the sharp point of the seed and just pull it out.

Step 4- Place halved peaches in a big bowl. You can treat peaches with Vitamin C (Fruit Fresh) to protect the flavor and prevent browning.




Step 5- Make a light or medium syrup to pack your peaches in. The syrup does not enhance the sweetness of your peaches. I use the lightest syrup possible because the peaches I can are used in my cereal throughout the year. Keep the syrup hot.


Step 6- Make sure your cans are either hot right out of the dishwasher or right out of a pot of hot water. Because your cans need to be washed before canning I try and time it with the ending of the dishwasher so I don't have to create another step for myself. But because that can be hard you can place the empty mason jars in boiling water for 10 minutes before packing the peaches.



Step 7- Place your lids and rings in warm water. Make sure this water does not boil!!!



Step 8- Take hot mason jars, line them up on a cookie sheet, Place a funnel on the jar, pour your peaches in the jar attempting to get the peaches placed cavity side down, overlapping the best you can. This helps you get the most storage out of each jar. Laddle hot syrup over the peaches, leaving 1/2 inch headspace in each jar. Take a butter knife and run it around the sides of the jar to release any air bubbles.

(Insert picture of Robyn running around the kitchen in a frantic frenzy.)

Step 9- Take lids and rings out of warm water, make sure to dry the lids. Place directly on top of the jars and seal the rings. Do not over tighten the rings. Just use the strength of one hand.




Step 10- Place cans in a pot of boiling water. The top of the can needs to be covered with at least an inch of water. Boil "process" pints for 20 minutes, quarts for 25 minutes.



Step 11- Gently remove jars with a can grabber and place on a towel in a spot that they can rest at for at least 12-24 hours without being moved.



Step 12- You should hear the "thunk" noises going off anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours after removing from the hot water. This is the seal being made.

This is the first year that I broke down to spend the money on a canning grabber and it was worth every bit of the $5 I spent. Using a standard set of tongs will end in boiling water burns all over your body.

And just for fun here are some pictures from our first year of marriage in my closet of a kitchen. If I did it in this tiny space you can too! I can't tell you how many times I used my sink as an additional work space.









SYRUP:

Extra light- 1 1/4 c Sugar & 5 c water, yields 6 cups
Light- 2 1/4 c Sugar & 5 1/4 c water, yields 6 1/2 cups
Medium- 3 1/4 c Sugar & 5 c water, yeilds 7 cups