Saturday, March 28, 2009

Seedlings

"Out of defeat can come the best in human nature. As Christians face storms of adversity, they man rise with more beauty. They are like trees that grow on mountain ridges--battered by winds, yet trees in which we find the strongest wood."
~ Billy Graham

So, I know that my little pepper seedlings are never going to grow up into trees, but this quote reminds me of something I read once about growing strong plants. Many seedlings are wimpy little things that require a lot of baby-ing when you move them out of the protection of the (green)house to the great outdoors. I can't remember how many of them looked lovely inside, then spent their first few weeks in the garden bent over from the light breeze. I read a tip for growing your own seedlings in which you gently take your hand and brush over their leaves several times a day, mimicking the movement of some breeze. When they graduate to outside, they'll be much stockier and already used to the "wind." Since I started doing this, I've had sturdier plants, fewer days of seedlings playing limbo when they've been set in the garden, and practically no loss from snapped stems.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Quiche

This is the last of our lovely quiche. Dan can easily eat a half a pie himself, so it doesn't last long! Here, I've used a much simpler "Press in the Pan Oil-Pastry" recipe from Betty Crocker, so the crusts aren't the prettiest things on the planet, but they're easier than making roll out crusts and they're still light and flaky and they do the job. Maybe I'll post that recipe later! Enjoy!


Quiche


2 9” Pie crusts

4 eggs

1 c. milk

Dash of salt and pepper

2-3 Tbsp. of Parmesan cheese

Thyme

3/4 c. Cheese--mozarrella and/or Cheddar


Filling options:

Bacon

Ham

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Cauliflower

Spinach

1. Fill two, unbaked 9” pie crusts with your choice of filling options. (I normally use broccoli, spinach, and bacon.) Add the cheese of your choice.

2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour into the pie crusts. If there isn’t enough to fill the pie plates, I usually whisk up one more egg and ¼ c. milk.

3. Sprinkle the tops with Parmesan cheese and garnish with thyme.

4. Bake in a 350°F oven for 35-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A little fun...

Yesterday, we had a splinting lab at school. To be very technical, a splint is a hard "half cast" it doesn't go all the way around a broken bone or a sprain, and it's probably what you're going to get (or what you should get) if you go to the ER for a broken bone. It lets your arm swell for a few days, then after the swelling's gone down, they'll put you in a normal cast, probably with an appointment with an orthopedist.

Here are some pictures!
The first is Dennis' awesome job for a normal wrist splint. (Too bad it was a smidgen too long and I couldn't bend my elbow.)

And that's my amazing thumb spica splint.

Oh, and I decided to be mean and see what Dan would do if I came home in a splint on my leg. I came up with some crazy story about some soccer mom dropping her kid off at the school across from the university hitting me with her car door as I was biking to school--anyway, he totally believed me and was getting ready to give me a lecture about why didn't I call him. Then he realized I was kidding, lol. I guess I should be careful about crying wolf. :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

“Is divorce an option?”

That was a thread title to a Christian forum site that Dan and I read on occasion. I love these forums because Dan and I get into the threads so much! I love the conversations that are sparked by a few minutes of browsing! For us, it’s just another way that we share our hearts with each other and further get to know each other and our opinions.

Although I love having the conversations that come out of the threads, sometimes I am utterly appalled by the stance the people (assumedly Christian) take on marriage. This particular thread was one of those times for me. I was surprised that for as many people who were opposed to divorce, there were just as many who were saying that “it’s always an option.” Dan and I utterly disagree with that opinion. Barring bodily harm and maybe adultery (though I have seen that pain healed, through God), we both feel that divorce is something that should never cross your mind. In the months leading up to our wedding, someone told me, “be sure not to let the ‘D-word’ come into your home.”

Dan and I both feel strongly that if you live your marriage as it was meant to be lived (for live, for richer and poorer, in good times and bad…you remember the vows you took), divorce isn’t something that should even enter your mind or pop up on your radar screen. Plainly put, it just isn’t and never will be an option for us. Holding on to the idea that you can “get out” and just divorce your spouse if things don’t go the way you plan only undermines one of the greatest assets and foundational pillars of marriage—commitment.

...To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part...