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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


We have snow in TN! I openned the blinds so they could see outside and mentioned snow. Elayna has never really seen snow. About an hour later they came running to me saying, "Mommy, mommy its snowing!" They were super excited. They watched the rest of the afternoon. I started dinner and bundled them up and took them outside. They had a lot of fun. We were only out for a few minutes. Well worth the cold, wet and time. Seeing their smiles and happy faces was priceless. We love our girls.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Post Tricker Treating

They had great time! They love seeing daddy. They were getting tired so headed home. We stopped by to see Bill and Louise and then headed home for lunch. Lilia fell asleep later. Elayna should have been the Energizer Bunny! She did not fall asleep. They wore their costumes all day.
Happy Halloween!

Pre Trickery Treating

I got a few pictures of girls before we went tricker treating. Lilia is Doc McStuffin and Elayna is Sofia the First. Lilia changed her mind from a good witch to Doc. Elayna was very sure of what she was going to be. They were excited. Elayna was not sure why, till she saw the candy.

This weeks fun....

We started out with dance class. Lilia is in ballet and loves her teacher Miss McCall. Elayna has creative movement with Miss DeLaney. She loves to dance to Tooty Ta. We get home late and they sleep really good. Then we had swimming lessons. We headed to park to play and then out to eat. Daddy met us for lunch. "Big guy who makes the fries" is what Lilia said when she saw the picture. We went visiting teaching this morning.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Canned Black Beans and More

This is from my Aunt. I half the recipes and use pint jars. Process them for 30 minutes.

Great to do in the winter, moistens the air and warms the home.
To each quart jar ad the amount of grain listed.  Add 1 tsp. salt.  Fill the jar to just below the neck with hot tap water - leaving 1 inch head space.  apply lid and ring firmly (finger tight), put in the pressure canner with 2 quartz of water in the canner.  Process at 15 pounds pressure for 55 - 60 minutes.  (60 minutes makes the beans a little too soft for me.)  Let canner cool on its own before opening, about 1 hour.

whole wheat - 1 1/2 C.                          Brown rice - 1 C.
Bulger - 3/4 C                                      Millet - 3/4 C
Cracked wheat - 3/4 C                          Oats - 1 C
Split peas - 1 1/4 C                              Lentils - 1 C
Buckwheat - 3/4 C                               Beans - 1 C
Barley - 1 C                                        Navy beans 1/2 C, brown rice 1/3 C

These canned beans or lentils are great on a Sunday after Church.  Open a jar and spice 'em up a little while you cook a pot of rice.  Add some canned chicken, spicy tomatoes and sprinkle grated cheese on top for a wonderful quick soup.  Add some tomatoes or sauce and a little onion powder or Cajun seasoning or try some chili powder and salsa or some molasses and bacon bits.  Be bold.  This combination of grain (rice) and legumes (beans) gives you complete protein with a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  I have added meat to the beans when I can them for a complete meal right out of the jar:  ham with Navy beans, 1/2# pork loin roast with 3/4  black beans with spices (to your own flavor = dash of garlic powder, 1/2 T chili powder, 18 t. oregano, 1 t onion powder)

The directions and commentary under the amounts are from the people I got this from originally.  Hope this helpful.  I have done pinto beans and loved the results.

Canned beans/grains on the shelf along with canned meats (chicken, hamburger, beef chunks) along with some canned tomatoes is a good feeling!!!!

Have fun!!