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We were all wrong!

My sweet baby boy arrived after a fairly uncomplicated delivery on Tuesday. We were all wrong about his weight. I was off by more than a pound! He weighed in at 6 lb. 9 oz. and was 20 inches long. More details and pictures on my private blog.

Thanks for all the well-wishes!

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Tomorrow is the big day

And I am ready for it! I’m scheduled for my induction at 9:30 a.m. I just hope it goes quickly and smoothly.

Any predictions for weight? I’m guessing 7 lb. 10 oz.

I’ll post when I get a chance.

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The Wanderlust Gene

My great-grandfather didn’t indulge in his wanderlust until he was older. When he married my great-grandmother, he had been widowed and was the father of 5 children. Perhaps his second marriage sparked his desire for something different. He left his family home of 115 years and moved to Canada with the adventurous idea of running a wheat farm. Hard years followed and finally he declared the venture a failure. He must have been tired of the cold otherwise the drastic move to Florida really doesn’t make sense. But living in such a hot and muggy climate wasn’t really amenable and so the family moved back to Michigan, back to the family home amongst cousins, siblings, aunts,uncles and grandparents. At this point in his history, I wonder if he felt out of place. He had moved to two dramatically different places and home just didn’t feel the same. On a whim, he bought a ranch in Wyoming, sight unseen, in the beginning of the Depression, drove across the country and settled in the west.

I think Wyoming embodied the lure of the west for my great-grandfather. It was still a bit wild, relatively unpopulated, and gloriously desolate.  Taking the helm of a ranch must have been challenging and exciting. The landscape of Wyoming is still raw, isolating and very rough. It has never really allowed itself to be tamed by men or developers. Perhaps it was the aloofness of the landscape or challenge of the country which soothed my great-grandfather’s wanderlust for he settled there permanently.

If wanderlust were a gene, I’d say that I inherited it directly from my great-grandfather. I wonder what he would think of my own adventures.  As a girl, I filled my head with images of Europe, Greece, and the past. I wasn’t content to just read about the places. I ached (and still do) to see the places I’ve read about. It seems ironic that I have run from the wildness and isolation of Wyoming to the ancient cultures of Europe-the very antithesis of my own background. I wonder if I will ever find a place which soothes the wanderlust.

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October 2009 036October 2009 034It is unfortunate that the art of housewifery, once so revered in medieval times, is so despised now. I don’t see why we can’t celebrate the achievements of women, whether they be in the corporate world or in the more intimate setting of the home.

As my due date rapidly approaches, I have hunkered down in my home, working dilligently on a variety of household tasks. I’ve baked, prepared extra meals, organized clothes, wrestled with my budget and finished a crib set. Truthfully, it has been very fulfilling.

The project I am most proud of is completing the crib set. Ten years ago, while pregnant with my first baby, I started a crib set. I completed the bumper pad, pieced the quilt and even quilted quite a bit of it. However, since procrastination is one of my major weaknesses, I never completed the quilt. I put it away in a box and forgot about it while we lived in Sweden. A few months ago, I uncovered the box, pulled out the quilt and felt inspired to finish it. Working on it, little by little, I hand-quilted the border panels, machine-quilted the middle and Brent bound it for me. It turned out lovely. It may have taken me ten years to finish my project, but I did do it!

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Enchiladas

I tweaked my usual enchilada recipe today and the results were so good that I had to post the recipe. I apologize for the approximate amounts, since I typically just use what I have.

Enchiladas

2-4 cups of leftover pork roast, diced (any kind of meat would work well)

1/2 cup butter (or oil)

2 onions, chopped

2 green small zucchini, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup cooked rice

1 large jar of salsa

1 large can of diced tomatoes in puree

chili powder

1 packet of Sazon

tortillas

Colby Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute onions, zucchini, rice and green pepper in the butter.  (I don’t think it really matters if you saute the vegetables in the butter. It’s just what I always use. Oil would work equally well.) Once the veggies are tender, add the chopped pork or meat. Heat for a few minutes, then add the salsa and chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle chili powder according to taste and add one packet of Sazon. Heat through.

Spray pan with cooking spray. Fill and roll tortillas. Top with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve with generous dollops of sour cream.

My family loved these enchiladas. They had a nice spicy flavor and were very hearty. I made two pans of the enchiladas and froze one pan, unbaked for another day. I thought the vegetables added a nice flavor to the sauce without detracting.

 

So, you may be wondering why I put rice, pork and the vegetables in the enchiladas. I had 1/2 cup of cooked rice that I didn’t want to go to waste, so I threw that in the mixture. This week I cooked an enormous pork roast which I have then used in a huge variety of meals this week. I’m very good at stretching meat. I think chicken or roast beef would taste equally good. I happened to have the zucchini and bell pepper on hand and thought they would add some nice color to the sauce.

If you do make it and actually like it, let me know. If you hate it, well, I think I would be happy to remain in ignorant bliss!

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A Decade

My oldest son turned 10 today. He’s quite a character. I’m happy to be his mother, happy that he is such a great kid, and happy that he is my first child.

Happy Birthday dear!

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