"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing."

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Strolling around

Guess what my baby was doing while I was working and her dad was studying?

You think it's funny???
That's right. Strolling around downtown Lisbon with a fabulous babysitter and friend (see previous post). And by fabulous I mean REALLY FABULOUS. As in sings at our wedding and baby's baptism out of the goodness of her heart and then takes my baby sightseeing out of the same goodness.
Beats being locked into one room all day in daycare... right baby?  Oh the life.
 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Generosity and community

Is it a lion or a cheetah cub being observed in its natural habitat?

"I was just sitting here, playing with my elephant and eating some grass..."
Is this a National Geographic show about cute creatures in grassy areas?
"You again!"

No, it's Addie, the cutest baby that ever was, having fun with her godmother at the park.
 
Her godmother was one of seven people... SEVEN... that signed up on a Doodle I made to ask who could help us take care of her for a few hours in the afternoon while I teach an English class and my hubby is studying for a big fancy shnancy exam. I randomly sent the Doodle to our friends and SEVEN people overwhelmed me with their generosity and enthusiasm at wanting to help and also wanting to spend time with Addie. I really wasn't expecting people to be so nice. Just when you swear off humans and say no one is really there for you... someone does a random act of generosity. In this case seven people. And in a time of extreme stress with this fancy shnancy exam, my starting to work again (even if it is only one class) and Addie refusing to eat (she will only breastfeed...!)... it is comforting to feel so loved at the same time.
 
I have no way of repaying these people. I just pick her up and rush home because she's usually cranky and tired at that time. This is going to prove you can form community... even in a big city like Lisbon. And that people are generally good-hearted, sometimes you just need to ask for help. And God is good, and generally shows signs of it in tough times.
 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday

A sleeping baby (see babycam below!), Pizzahut, a fort made out of sheets and a movie (that takes two hours to find on your computer, but whatev)... these are the makings of a wonderful Friday night.


 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Full-time lunch

Taking care of a house (cooking, cleaning, organizing, "nesting", entertaining) could be a full-time job. Motherhood (feeding, caring, educating, walk-taking) could be a full-time job. Having a marriage, a social life, a volunteer activity or two could be a full-time job.
 
And then you're supposed to put a paid, "actual" job on top of that? Or before that? Or after that?
 
It all comes down to what's really important. The reason I love mormon mommy blogs is that they are so unapologetic about how motherhood is the ultimate and only job, the others come after. (see Natalie Jean's about page question, "do you have a job?"...)The reason I don't like certain homeschooling/work-from-home blogs is that they are very "oh no, I get a paycheck and I work from home on this blog or whatnot... plus I also take care of my kids and am their full-time teacher!" I have a hard time understanding the priorities here.
 
These are REALLY tough decisions.
 
My full-time lunch...
 


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Easy Pizza-Making

Wheen the SUN HITS YOUR EYE like a big PIZZA PIE...
 
I don't know why people think homemade pizza is time-consuming. I like it because there is very little clean-up. Just the bowl you make the dough in and the cutting board. No pots and pans because you put in directly on wax paper in the oven.
 
Here are my easy peasy steps to homemade pizza:
 
 
 
Step one: the dough
Mix 4 cups flour (half and half whole wheat and white, or whatever you'd like), 2 cups baking powder and 2 tbsp salt in a large bowl. Add 8 tbsp of chilled butter and blend it in with your hands. Add 1 cup milk, blend it into the dough, and GRADUALLY add in another cup (you may not need to use the whole cup), kneading all the while, until the dough is soft but not sticky.
Divide it in half. Roll out two circles and pinch over the ends to form a crust.
 
 
 
Step two: the sauce
Use a 200 ml carton of tomato paste and add in a little salt and pepper, 2-3 tblsp honey and pinches of dried herbs (oregano, basil and parsley).
 
 
Step three: toppings
Spread the tomato sauce on the pizza base and add 200g of shredded cheese. I use the cheapest mozzarella.
Now, go creative on your toppings. The grocery store I shop at, Lidl (or heaven as I like to call it), sells these adorable packages of three bell peppers, red, green and yellow. So my new favorite pizza topping includes these, mini fresh mozzarella balls and little mounds of canned pesto (also sold at my heavenly grocery stores). I also love adding arugula on top when they come out of the oven (not pictured).
Then, top the toppings ;) with another 100-200g of shredded cheese to make sure they stay put.
 
 
 
Step four: bake
Bake them at a high temperature, like 200ÂșC. I have a pizza stone that I like to slide the pizzas onto with wax paper. They usually take about 15 min each. You know when the cheese is melted and starting to get golden on top and when the crust is golden underneath. Enjoy!!!



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