1. The big boys are home from school because of the icy conditions today. Everyone (except the baby) was up at 6:15 a.m. anyway. Ugh. But, I am happy to report that all four boys are now taking naps. Yup. Even the big ones (much to their dismay & insistence that they weren't tired). Even Mommy got a 10 minute cat nap.
2. Have you noticed my weekly menu on the sidebar? I've even included links for recipes I'm using that are available on-line. May I highly recommend checking out the link for Monday's meal?
Last night I made Asian Pork Linguine. It was the first time I had ever tried this recipe. And, I really liked it!
I was a little hesitant at first to try it. One of the ingredients for the sauce was peanut butter. I was leary. Will it taste too strongly of the peanut butter? While it did give it a slightly nutty flavor, it also gave the sauce a creamy, smooth texture. This is a recipe I will use again. (P.S. - I substituted a bag of cole slaw mix for the carrots slices. I really like the flavor and crunch that shredded cabbage adds to Asian dishes. Also I think next time I will substitute chicken for the pork. Just my preference.)
3. I've been trying to employ some Anti-Funk strategies. I can't say I've been completely successful in chasing away this mid-winter funk, but these little things seem to help. I almost never light candles around my house because usually a curious boy ends up blowing it out within 10 minutes. But, as I've been preparing dinner or working in the kitchen I've been trying to light a candle or two and, for as long as it stays lit, it seems to cheer and cozy up the atmosphere a bit.
I also have been playing some music softly in the background from time to time. Again, it's something I don't do all that often because we usually have enough background noise at our house. But, this too has been helping.
A couple years ago I received a sampler music CD from Seeds Family Worship.
This is what Seeds is all about...(as taken from their website)