Thursday, July 30, 2015

Adventures in the Kitchen: CSA Week #9

Almost half way though our summer of CSA veggies and fruit! Here is what was in our box this week:

Peaches, 2 colors of beans, potatoes, cantaloupe, tomatoes, blueberries, onion, garlic, yellow squash, zucchini, and a green pepper.

I'm excited to try the garlic - we use garlic in quite a few dishes in our house.

I tried the yellow beans when I was snapping them and they tasted pretty much the same as the green beans.

Last week I used some of our corn and cucumbers to make a new dish....I'm not sure what to call it, but it was yummy! Here is what I made and maybe you can help me decide what to call it!

1 cucumber
1 ear of sweet corn
1/2 c cottage cheese
3 T chopped fresh chives
1 T chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper

Cut corn off the cob into a mixing bowl. Peel and slice cucumber in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and dice the crunchy part of the cucumber. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and add seasoning to taste.

I ate it with a fork, like a salad. And then I decided to use some crackers to scoop it up, and it was more like a dip/salsa...Any suggestions as to what I should call this one?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Adventures in Life: Hooray for Friday

Some weeks just seem to fly by, and the days all start to blur together. One thing I love about blogging is that I can document what we have done during our week and have an account of the little things that make life so wonderful! So here are 5 things from this week that have been our favorite: 

(1) Rebekah got to go on her very first picnic this week. We met her Memaw (that's what we call Daniel's mom) for a picnic lunch. 

(2) We got both a veggie share and a fruit share this week from our CSA and we all have been enjoying the fresh fruits and veggies...summer fresh fruits and veggies are my favorite! 

(3) Rebekah has been very into books and climbing on things this week. I found her perched on top of the book bucket, just looking at her can't make this stuff up! She is such a silly girl! OH! And if you haven't already entered to win the book giveaway, there is still time!  {Click HERE to enter}

(4) We like to have races around the kitchen island...and she is FAST in her little walker. I love when she takes a few big push off steps and then lifts her feet up and glides with her momentum. 

(5) Waiting for Daddy to get home - this is one of our most favorite things to do. When Daniel is close to home, we sit on the front porch and wait for him to drive up. Rebekah can recognize his vehicle from quite a ways away and she starts to clap and squeal when she sees him coming down our street. 

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Adventures in Reading: Say and Pray Bible

It's no secrete that we are a family who loves to read. Rebekah and I read books every day - and there are lots of book related posts on this little blog. But by far the most important and most frequently read book in our house is the Bible. As parents, Daniel and I want to make sure that our children grow up knowing Jesus, and what better way to do that than growing up reading God's word. Eventually, Rebekah will have her own "big girl" Bible to read, but until she is ready for that, we want to make sure she has her own "little girl" Bible to look at.

We have several different kid friendly Bibles for Rebekah, but today I wanted to show you our newest one! It's called the Say and Pray Bible by Diane Stortz, and it's published by Tommy Nelson. This Bible is for children ages 0-4 years old. It's sturdy padded board book does a wonderful job of introducing little ones to God and Jesus. 19 familiar Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments are included in the book. For each story there is a Biblical reference, a short story explanation (1 or 2 sentences), a Bible verse (short and great for memorizing!), a prayer, and familiar objects labeled for children to point out as you talk about the story. Below is the page for Jonah.

We really love this book! The thing I appreciate most is that there are a wide variety of Biblical accounts included in this Bible. While it does contain classic children's Bible accounts like Adam & Eve, Noah, and Jonah, it also includes 10 stories about the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus. (Many children's Bible I have looked at just have the birth of Jesus.) But it does not include the death of Jesus - which I have mixed feelings about. On the one hand it is a book for children 0-4 years old, so I can see why the author would not include the account of Jesus dying on the cross to keep the content age appropriate. However, Jesus' death to pay the penalty for our sin is the most important part of the whole Bible, and I would have liked to see it included. That issue aside, I think this little Bible will be used by us for years to come. Right now I point to the different objects and name them, but I know it wont be long until Rebekah can point to them and even start naming a few. This would make a wonderful gift for a baby dedication or baptism! 

And guess what?! You have the chance to win your very own Say and Pray Bible from Tommy Nelson Publishing right now!! You ACTUALLY can earn up to 3 entries! 
 Here are the ways you can enter the giveaway: 

(1) Leave a comment here on the blog telling me who you would like to have this sweet Bible for. (Make sure there is a way for me to contact you if you win.) 

(2) Click over to the Adventures of D and V Facebook page and comment on the post there about the Say and Pray Bible.

(3) Find me on Instagram {HERE} and comment on the picture I posted of the Say and Pray Bible.

The winner will be drawn and notified on Tuesday, July 28th.  

I was given this book free by Tommy Nelson Publishing, and the opinions expressed here are my own true thoughts. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Adventures in the Kitchen: CSA week #8

Oh, how I love fresh produce! This summer of CSA boxes has just been wonderful...and it's almost half way done! This is week 8 of 20 for the summer...

In our box this week: blueberries, cantaloupe, corn, 3 different types of tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, onion, and PEACHES!!! 

As I am typing this I am enjoying a little caprese salad with some of the little yellow tomatoes, fresh basil from my front flower planter, fresh mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar. YUM! 

Tonight I am going to use the carrots, onion, and some of the corn to make a Turkey Pot Pie Stew similar to this one from Natural Nourishing

Daniel loves pot pie but gluten free pie crust in not a specialty of mine, so I make the inside part of the pot pie and we usually eat it over toast or biscuits. 

Daniel is also a big fan of peach cobbler, so I think those peaches will probably be used to make some Gluten Free Peach Cobbler like this one that I posted a few years back

What is your favorite thing to do with peaches? 
(Personally, my favorite is to slice them onto vanilla ice cream!) 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Adventures of Rebekah: 11 months old

Dear Rebekah,

You are 11 months old now! 

AND in just one more month you will be one year old! This past month with you was so fun. I would call it the month of "P".

Your favorite game is "Peek-a-boo". We play about a million times a day. If there is anything you can hide your face behind, you do. Toys, socks, boxes, table cloths, books, Mommy's cell phone...all become part of the ongoing peek-a-boo game between you and the world. It is adorable. You smile and giggle, even when you are playing peek-a-boo by yourself.

Your newest talent (if you can call it that) is letting your pee-pees out on the potty. (Lots of "P" in that sentence!) After noticing that you would let your pee-pee out when I would take off your diaper, we decided to see if you would do it while sitting on a little potty chair. AND YOU DO! And sometimes you even let your poopie out too! (Dear Reader, Sorry for being disgusting, but we are pretty proud of our little pooper!) You obviously can't tell us when you need to go to the bathroom yet. But on days when we are home, Mommy will take you about every 45 minutes when you are awake to sit on the potty and try to let your pee-pees out. Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don't, but you do know how, and we will take that for a win for now! (Plus, you use less diapers when you let your pee-pees out on the potty, which means less laundry for me!)  

Another "p" word we have enjoyed is the POOL! You love to swim, which makes Mommy so happy! The weather has been a little cool, but we try to get to the pool once a week.

(Oh the drama!! If you don't get what you want, often this is the result for a few moments... Then you move on and are a happy girl again.)

The most exciting part of this last month was that Gramma and Papa Ron came to stay at our house for almost a whole week. You had so much fun going on walks with them, getting horsie back rides, reading books and learning some new sounds with them.

Oh, and I almost forgot, you got a new pet! Well, pets. Plural. We got a fish tank with some fish for you to watch! You love trying to touch the fish when they get close to the glass...and sometime you like to bang a toy against the glass...but we are trying to teach you not to do that!

(The tank is not on the floor anymore - daddy built a special cabinet for it.) 

Rebekah, I can hardly believe you are almost 1 year old already! You are such a fun girl, and I just love spending my days being your mommy! 

(Here are a few photo outtakes - you really wanted to put the sticker in your mouth but your mean mommy wouldn't let you! Oh, what a face you made when I took it away!) 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Adventures in the Kitchen: CSA Week #7

Another exciting CSA Wednesday! (And its Rebekah's 11 month birthday! Post about that coming tomorrow!) Lets get to what's in the box:

Beets, green beans, cabbage, potatoes, cherries, onion, kohlrabi, green pepper, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes. 

I'm pretty excited for the kohlrabi! It's a veggie that my Gramma Seger always had on hand in the summer and it makes me think of her. I just peel, slice, and salt it just a tad and enjoy the crisp, crunchy veggie raw. Does anyone ever cook the kohlrabi? 

I'm thinking of making some home made ketchup in my crock pot with the tomatoes and onions. (I will be sure to share how that one goes.) And this Cherry Almond Crisp  from Iowa Girl Eats caught my eye when I was looking for cherry recipes. 

What do you like to make with fresh cherries? 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Adventures in Reading: I Love You Even When

When you are pregnant with your first child, it seems like everyone tells you that you will be amazed by how quickly you will fall head over heals in love with her when she is born. And they are SO right. I thought I loved Rebekah when she was inside of me, but the moment that I held her little body in my was immediate, life changing love. Love that grows every day. Unconditional love. 

And as much as I love her, there is Someone else who her unconditionally even more that I do! It's God. He is the ultimate example of unconditional love. And Daniel and I, as parents, want to make sure Rebekah knows and feels this unconditional love. God's unconditional love for His children is hard for even adults to wrap their minds around, yet alone children. But Donna Keith just wrote a children's book that I think does a fantastic job of illustrating unconditional love to both young and young at heart readers. 

I Love You Even When by Donna Keith is a board book illustrated Allison Edgson for children ages 0-4. The rhyming story is about a family of bears who demonstrate unconditional love to each other through different life events. The parents show their unconditional love to the bear cubs in situations that happen to many children in their real lives. The bear cubs do things like playing to rough, making a mess, disobeying, and not sharing. The parents respond by demonstrating unconditional love, but also instill lessons of obedience, apologies, and consequences for their actions. The mother bear also makes a mistake and the bear cubs must demonstrate unconditional love to her as well.

I really enjoyed the message of this book, and I know we will be reading it for years to come. Rebekah is really drawn to stories that have rhythm and rhyme to the words, and this one has both. When we first read the story, I was questioning a bit the choice of the illustrator to make the bear cubs 3 different types of bears. A bear family with a brown, white, and panda bear cub isn't exactly something you would witness in nature. But then I realized that perhaps that was a conscious decision to connect with children who may be a part of a racially diverse family because of adoption or foster care. This book would make a wonderful gift for a family who may fall into that category with 'bear cubs' who look different on the outside, but who all need the same unconditional love. 

*GIVEAWAY* (yay!)

If you would like to win a copy of I Love You Even When for your own collections or to give away as a gift, all you have to do is leave a comment. (If you are a 'no reply' blogger please also leave some way for me to contact you if you win) You can earn extra entries by commenting here on Facebook, and here on Instagram. I will pick a winner and notify them on Friday, July 17th, and Tommy Nelson Publishing will send you a free copy! 

I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed are my own true opinions.