Friday, October 2, 2009

Today we celebrated my Dad's birthday! He is not only a great dad, but a super-duper great Grandpa! The boys just eat up their time with him! It's not hard to see why they love spending time with him: John Deere tractor rides, hands on participation in the garden (a.k.a. touching dirt), endless pony leg rides, plenty of horsin' around, and lots of lovin'! Cloe loves her Grandpa, too! Her favorite: styling his thick curly white hair! I'll have to find that picture...

After MOPS this morning, my sister and her two children joined us for a special birthday lunch:

White Chili with ChickenMy dad loves beans...and I love beans! This recipe was the perfect way to celebrate on a cold, rainy October day! I can't wait to make this recipe again!

White Chili with Chicken

3 T. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans white kidney or navy beans, drained and rinsed (I used one can white beans and two cups black beans.)
3-4 c. diced, cooked chicken breasts
1 c. frozen corn kernels
1 (7 oz.) can diced green chilies
2 c. chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
4 T. heavy cream or half and half (optional to thicken)

Warm the oil in a large pan. Add the onion and saute, stirring often, for 7 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic and saute for another minute. Stir in the beans, chicken, corn, green chilies, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and allow it to continue simmering, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Add the cream if desired.

Serve the chili hot, topped with monterrey jack or colby jack cheese. Also good served with tortilla chips.

Of course, no birthday is complete without a sweet treat! My dad loves fruity desserts, so after being inspired by Peter Marie's special brownies, I made up this brownie concoction. I'm pretty sure those boxed brownie mixes just can't be screwed up!

Black Forest Brownies

1 boxed brownie mix (for 9x13 pan)
2 eggs
1 can whole pitted sweet cherries in juice, undrained

Mix all ingredients together. Pour in pan and bake about an extra five minutes than the time on the box. Serve with yummy custard from Culver's...only if you're husband is as kind as mine!

It's a hit!

The rest of the day was full of weird ups and downs...spiritual application coming soon! This morning at MOPS I was so overwhelmed at how blessed we are and how much unneeded "stuff" we have when so many have so little and are going through horrible suffering...see where the spiritual application is going to just slide in quite nicely here in a soon to come post!

I guess God was just helping me to "let go" of some of my "stuff" when I turned a corner on my way home and the bottom to this beautiful little pedestal set tipped on it's side and somehow shattered. Don't worry--the cake was all gone! How refreshing to have just been reminded that this was just "stuff"! It was sure pretty while it lasted! There's a whole lot more to this and I'm really excited to share what God has been teaching me this week...but again, it's going to have to wait until another day!

Soon it was time to pick up this sweet little girl from school. As we pulled up, I felt awful when I saw her standing with her umbrella flipped inside out, just being pelted in the face by the rain and wind.

(see her off in the distance...)

It made my day to see her smiling and taking this all in stride..."Mom, my umbrella has gone crazy!"

That was our Friday!
Tomorrow it's off to IKEA to get in a little early, super frugal Christmas shopping!


Amanda said...

Ohh...IKEA...have fun for me!!

What a great way to celebrate your dad... love all the baking and cooking!!

Have a blessed day!

Mandi said...

Londa, I really enjoy your blog. You are someone that I would love to model my "housewifeish-ness" after... :)