Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sweet Potato Burritos

These were actually really good...I shouldn't have eaten two, but I did, and I figured with the low-carb tortilla's I used (net 10g carbs vs. 35g regular) I figured it was okay. 

Here is the recipe, courtesy of Allrecipes...but I changed it below for what I actually did:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups canned black beans
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons prepared spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (not even hot at all with this much)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
12 (10 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
8 ounces shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2.  Mash beans to desired consistency.  Heat oil in a medium skillet, and saute onion and garlic until soft. Remove from heat, and stir in the beans, chili powder, cumin, mustard, cayenne pepper and soy sauce.

3.Divide bean mixture and mashed sweet potatoes evenly between the warm flour tortillas. Top with cheese. Fold up tortillas burrito style, and place on a baking sheet.

4.Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, and serve.

Orange Slices (and other stuff)


Roary's surgery went well, which was about a month ago.  I have been meaning to post some pictures of how silly he looked with his fur partially shaved and all, but he must be self-conscious, as he always turned that part away from the camera!

My hardanger project is going well - this is the latest after our last class on Tuesday.

Before they put the drawers into the dresser, Nathan helped take the blue tape off:

His latest favorite thing to say "I help.  I do it!" 

And finally, he has been wanting his shoes on lately in the house, which I really don't like.  But I found it funny that he insisted Daddy put his shoes on yesterday, but doesn't care one bit about pants!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Catching up...

I just caught up on my blog reading...and they are so different that I wonder how God keeps track of where everyone is at and what everyone is going through.  Cars repossessed, grief, happiness, buying material goods, kids, annoyances with work...some are obviously more serious than others, but all of these things are important to each individual person. 

And then I wonder, what is really important to me right now?  My appointment this week went well, and I was...relieved.  When I heard the heartbeat for the second time, and was told it sounded strong and good, I felt relaxed.  God told me He was in control and I was not to worry, and I was doing pretty good until a few days before, and then, sitting in the waiting room I said to Chris, "why am I worried?  I just can't seem to help it."  And he said, "Because, you are supposed to be's normal."  And I thought about it, and he was right. 

Did I mention I got my dresser?  Yes, its here, and I have slowly been moving things into it.   I put stuff in Chris' new drawers today, and I think he will be happy I did it.  I'll have to post some pictures later.  I still have two or three drawers to fill.  :-)  I cannot decide what I want those to be!   

On another note, I am starting to feel the baby move, which is fun.  I would never have known what it was I don't think if I haven't had a baby before, but I have definately felt the flutters and bubbles and wiggles. 

Nathan and I had the same cold the past three waxes and wanes, and last week I had a horrible cough.  I am sure Chris was annoyed with my coughing fits at night.  Poor Nathan is now going through the same coughing fits at night, especially last night, so I am boosting his vitamins now as I have been neglecting that for awhile, which probably explains the duration of this cold.  Vitamin D baby!  and some C! 

Tonight I am trying a new recipe...sweet potato burritos.  Its Friday, so no meat.  It got rave reviews online, but I made them over the lunch hour and they seem weird.  Its sweet potatoes, mashed, a black bean mixture with spices and garlic and onion, and then cheese.  Does it sound good?  At first I thought it did, but after making them with all the mush and beans, I am not sure.  Remind me to report back later. 

Nathan has had very interesting spurts of talking and bouts of creativity and independence lately.  It is beyond cute.  I was taking a shower the other day, and had all my clothes laid out, except for socks.  When I got out of the shower, there was a pair of non-matching socks on top of my pile.   I wore them, because  Nathan picked them out for me and thought of me...everytime I looked at them that day, I smiled. 

He wants to help so much lately that it has become almost a hinderance, and I can hardly get anything done.  Everytime I open the dishwasher, he goes, "all clean?" and I am like, "not yet!"  And he has a fit if I don't let him close it back up.  He likes to help give his clothes and blankets "a bath", and lately picks up every crumb he sees on the floor and brings it to me to ask me "what's this" and then to tell me its "yucky".   He wants to help make the bed but isn't very good at it, and unmakes it more than the makes it.  But he tries so hard, you can't let him  not help. 

I just ate a donut.  I guess its my day off then.  :-)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Little Navigator

Today was the infamous once a month shopping trip.  Nathan wanted to go with Mommy so badly..."Bye bye Dada!  I go Mama!  Where my shoes?"  I gave in.  His cute little face and he was just so happy thinking he was coming with...I decided to see if I could drop him off at Grandma's for an unexpected visit as I had about six stops to make. 

As we were driving down the road, I got into the left turn lane.  Nathan started say, "No mama.  Bat Bay!  Bat Bay!"  And I am like, "what?  a baby?"  And he goes, "no.  no!  Bat bay!"  And I look back and as we are turning Nathan is pointing down the road.  It dawned on me then, I said, "You want Mama to go 'that way'?"  He goes, "YES!"  The way he was pointing was to Grandma Speltz's.  The way we were going was to Grandma Schwartz's and daycare. 

So, it was even funnier when we got to the stoplight where you turn right to go to daycare, or straight to go to Grandma's, Nathan was even louder this time, pointing straight ahead, "Mama! That way!  That way!"  I just started to laugh.  So, then at every turn, I asked him, "which way Nathan?" and he knew every single one.  Next thing you know, he'll be driving.   

Friday, February 19, 2010


I am so tired of multi-tasking I could puke.  seriously.   I just want a day where I do one thing at a time.  Slowly.  Quietly.  I think this feeling is compounded by the fact it's busy season, and one thought jumps to the next thought before the first thought is finished. 

I should have taken pictures of our house this morning.  It is crazy when I am busy and just come home and sleep.  It would have been much worse had Chris not been cleaning up parts of the kitchen at night...but it was still bad...junk mail everywhere, shoes and coats on the floor, toys scattered, things that need to be swept, wiped, cleaned, vaccummed, piles of laundry, etc..  My mother doesn't know how bad it gets some's bad. 

So, my next multi-tasking thing is to continue cleaning and be on a conference call, after which, maybe I can nap?  Because I am tired.  Actually, I haven't walked for days on the treadmill, so, maybe I can be on the call while on the treadmill and stopping to do laundry when it needs to be switched?  Sweet, that would rule if I could pull that off, three things at once.  But, Nathan isn't napping yet, so that may not work.  I just let him have a brownie too, bad idea, not very good sleepy food. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

If I don't love it, and don't wear it, why do I keep it?

I really don't know.  That's what I kept saying to myself over and over again as I went through all the clothes in my closet and in my drawers.

Even things I knew didn't fit - tops especially...too short, or sleeves too narrow.  Surprisingly though, I did find an ancient pair of jean shorts, Size 7, with "R"'s written on the inside tag and waistband.  Clearly, this pair of jeans was, I tried them on,...well, I tried to try them on, they were only Size 7...but, I am pretty sure Size 7 is a Juniors Size, so I couldn't even get them over my hips!  To the donation pile they went.  And lots of Chenille sweaters...I remember for awhile there, that's all there was to buy..Chenille this or Chenille that.  I threw out two, but kept at least two or three...why do we have a hard time parting with stuff?  It's just stuff.  And its not like its made to last...most of it is worn out. 

Today started off as a high-anxiety day....thus, the cleaning of the closet....along with some quiet time with God.  I feel a little better now, and am trying to let go and give it all to Him.  It's hard though, and I get scared when I get alone with my worrisome thoughts.   I can't wait to hold this baby in my arms.  *sigh*

I messed up when I went to the grocery store on Friday - I had left Roary in the car (he had to go to the vet with me after) and so I was hurrying.  I wanted to get two good steaks for Chris and I for dinner tonight.  Our usual Valentine's Day for at least the past 7 or 8 years has been a Taco Bell dinner.  But, that didn't seem right for a Sunday night.  But, I thought I grabbed myself a NY strip, but instead, grabbed myself a ribeye - which, I am not sure how that will cook up/taste/grill.  I hope it's good!  I got Chris a Tbone, one of his favorites.  We are also having mushrooms and garlic bread.  Num.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Do I smell bacon frying?

Yes, that's right, I do.  Feeling happy this morning because Daddy is working from home to help me watch Nathan and he is also apparently making me breakfast! 

I have a virtual training to do today from 10-1 followed by a 30 minute call.  At first I was going to try to do it all by myself, but I figured that wouldn't work.  Fortunately, Chris was able to re-arrange things so he could help out today. 

Roary gets his stitches out today at 4:45, so it will be a busy day.  I am ready for the weekend, but its possible I may be working tomorrow morning depending on what my teams tell me today.  That's okay though, it's busy season and I am ready for it. 

The Olympics start next week which I am excited for, but it will start to be such a busy time I am glad I have a DVR.  Karen and I always would get really into the winter olympics ice skating, and summer olympics gymnastics.  Lately though we get more into the summer games just because there is more time.  I really enjoy the olympics, not sure why they don't show more of the interesting sports on tv - like that one where you ski around and then shoot targets?  That is so awesome!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A few pictures

We spent a Saturday over at my mom and dad's two weeks ago - we had burgers for dinner.  I love this classic picture of Karen assembling them.  We also played Settler's - I won a game for once, but Chris won the second.  Kevin and Karen still haven't won one, but I am sure it will be soon if we keep playing...

Classic Mom picture - getting salad ready

Classic "men" picture - waiting for their dessert to be served...

Here is the new bed - ta da! I was very proud of myself last Friday...I worked the entire day at cleaning, did a conference call from 1 - 2, washed beddings and got this bed together, and made dinner.  I was so tired by the time Chris got home! 

Here it is finished - we also got two lamps for our nightstands. 

Nathan got a new book last night on busses - he just loves busses lately too.  I asked him if I could read it to him while Daddy was making patty melts and he said, "no ma!  dada!  Dada book...Buses...Please dada!"  So Daddy sat down with him for a few minutes to read the book.  Very sweet.

Home sick today...

So, I have rested and napped, and told myself not to do any cleaning or projects.  I really need to nip this cold in the bud (Don Knotts!). 

I tried to read this teeny-bopper book I got from the library yesterday that looked promising, but I was bored to tears after the first 12 pages.  One can only be so interested in troubled teens that sneak into houses to steal and drink creme de menthe for fun.

So, I updated my blogger.  Not sure if I like it yet.  Maybe it will grow on me.

I have also been pondering what it will be like having two kids.   I think about various, the grocery store - I seem to have only recently mastered keeping Nathan happy for an hour there....but with two?  Where does Nathan sit?  If I put him in the cart..where do the groceries go?  No wonder my mother said she always went shopping late a night when we were little and Dad was home.  And daycare? I think about hauling two kids in there, feeling twice as sad about going some days, getting twice as many updates and twice the cost.

Don't get me wrong, I obvious am looking forward to all of the wonderful things to come, God willing! 

But that song from Fiddler keeps popping into my head at times...although, I think the words would be different today. 

Who, day and night, must scramble for a living,
Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers?
And who has the right, as master of the house,
To have the final word at home?

The Papa, the Papa! Tradition.
The Papa, the Papa! Tradition.

Who must know the way to make a proper home,
A quiet home, a kosher home?
Who must raise the family and run the home,
So Papa's free to read the holy books?

The Mama, the Mama! Tradition!
The Mama, the Mama! Tradition!

On another note, my mom and I are starting a Novena together today, that will finish on the Easter Vigil, so we will have completed it Easter Morning.  Other than this cold, I was starting to feel better, not as tired and not as cranky since I felt queasy a lot.  I haven't been napping or sleeping as much,....much to the dismay of my poor sleep number bed!  I'll post pictures later.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Unofficial anniversary

Yesterday, February 6, was our unofficial anniversary - 12 years...It's kind of crazy.  When I think about it, I can hardly believe we have been together that long, it doesn't feel like it at all. 

I am still not sleeping well, even in the new bed, thanks to my relapse of my cold.  Nathan and I both have the exact same thing - just congestion, but it gets awful at night of course. 

I have been feeling better, and the other night instead of feeling exhausted and ready for bed, I felt happy and relaxed, which was good. 

I made much progress on my raggy quilt yesterday - I only have three strips left to make, and then I can sew the strips together and be done.  I don't know when that will happen though, so the busy-ness will kick in soon I imagine. 

Tonight is the superbowl...I think I will turn it on, but will also have the Puppybowl on most of the time too.  I love watching those puppies run around!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The First Post of February

Hard to believe it is already February 5th!  A very snowy Minnesota day it is.  I am awaiting delivery of our new bed - its supposed to come anytime between 8 and noon, so I am stuck not being able to do much until then.

I am thinking chocolate chip cookies today - its been forever since we've had, and I've made, just plain old chocolate chip cookies....just think of how they will smell while baking!  In all honestly, I wish my mom would come over and make chocolate chip cookies in my house while I napped.  I think that would be the perfect scenario here. 

Somethings been weighing on my mind and heart heavily this week - my friend suffered a great loss, the loss of her baby boy.  And at the same time, it seems people are talking about that Tebow commercial - on the news, at the water cooler, in the paper.  And I read and listen to the "rationale" about being "offended" by this commercial and/or pro-choice, but I cannot find anything remotely rational about either of those items. 

I have been wondering when the women's groups stopped really caring about women. 

Men and women are not equal, and one cannot simply be the other.  Even raising Nathan it has become completely obvious to me that there are inherent differences in girls and boys (granted, there are always exceptions).  But, I have handed Nathan a doll before at someone's house and he chucks it and goes for the toy truck.  No one taught him to like either better...he just always picks the toy you would associate with boys liking.    I feel like these women's groups like NOW are not really representing whom they purport to represent:  women.  It's more like these groups have a certain agenda and they pretend to speak on behalf of all women.  They don't want to represent what is special and unique about women and finding ways to support it - its rather that they want to demoralize anyone or anything who would dare say women are not equal to men.

I admire men who treat women like women.  It's a way and sign of respect.  I admire men who respect a woman's talent and intelligence and unique abilities.  There seems to have been a time in our history where these women's groups really did support women.  I think it has fallen by the wayside.