Archive for January, 2011

Crazy Snow of 2011!!


Here we go again with crazy snow.   A couple of years ago I recall saying, “It never snows like it used to anymore.”  When I was a kid I remember big snow.  The kind of snow where you could play for hours.  Build a fort.  I thought those days were over, until last year when we started having bigger snow storms.  They’re a little bit of a pain, but how awesome is it that Gabriel has gotten to enjoy the kind of “big snow” that I was used to!?  The past couple of days being “stuck” home have been fantastic.  I’ve covered a lot of ground in a few areas.  Parenting…I got to enjoy precious time with Gabriel sledding and playing in the snow.  Margin…my current small group study…I was able to spend time just spending time at home!  I had no plans, no deadlines.  It was great.  Fitness…I signed up for a free fitness site www.myfitnesspal.com and it looks fantastic.  It is very user friendly with a simple food diary section.  If I hadn’t signed up for that site, I wouldn’t have found out that one hour of shoveling snow burns 520 calories!  Wow!  Finally…a benefit of living in Pennsylvania!  I was flying high on momentum from excitement from finding a site that I think will work for me that I was inspired to really consider portion sizes for meals today and I even spent some time on the treadmill despite having already burned quite a few calories shoveling and sledding!  I also started reading what looks like it is going to be an amazing book to help me focus on my health and fitness in a way that honors God.  It’s amazing what two days off can do!


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LEG MEAT!!!!????

Well, some of you have heard this story about Gabriel before, but recently it turned a corner. I have to tell the whole story for it to really make sense! One day when he was about 3 years old, we were driving down the road and my husband, Daniel, saw a few deer in a field. He said, “Look Gabriel, deer!” Gabriel looked at them happily. Next Daniel said, “Mmmm….they taste good!” Gabriel looked surprised and said, “WHAT!? You can’t eat ANIMALS!” Daniel and I looked at each other and just sort of laughed and nonverbally decided that it was best not to explain to Gabriel where the meat we eat comes from. We didn’t want him to become a 3 year old vegetarian!! We absolutely love telling this story. Then one day last week, I decided to try out my new electric roaster that I got for Christmas. Thank you honey! Who doesn’t love stuffing a whole chicken into a small kitchen appliance and have it come out tender, moist and DELICIOUS! So anyhow, I had put some breast meat on Gabriel’s plate, but I had taken one of the legs. Without even thinking I said to Gabriel, “Would you like to try some leg meat?” Again with the same surprised look on his face he said, “LEG MEAT!?” Then he pointed to his meat on the plate and said, “What kind of meat is this then?” I decided to call it chest meat because we don’t need an almost 5 year old walking around talking out eating breasts now do we? He said, “Chest meat?! Ew, that’s yuck!” We explained to him that God gave us animals so that we could eat them. THANKFULLY Gabriel accepted this answer and tried both the leg and “chest” meat and thought they were both delicious. After a short pause he said, “But we can’t eat horses, right?” We said, no that we didn’t but that some people might (do humans eat horse????). I told him that no matter what we didn’t eat any animals that are our friends either. Next question, “and we can’t eat people right?” Yikes. We laughed and told him definitely not!

I love that this conversation went well.  I am also thankful that as first time parents we decided to wait to explain this to him until he was older!  If you want to make chicken that will be devoured by children…and parents too, try this recipe, which came directly from the owner’s manual of my GE Roaster Oven:

Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

7 to 8 lb. chicken, 4 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 cup butter-softened, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. ground black pepper

  1. Remove the yucky insides (maybe the recipe didn’t say exactly this…)
  2. Rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients and rub over skin and between skin and meat of chicken.
  4. Place Roasting Rack in cooking pan (or in your oven if you don’t have a lovely electric roaster)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 2- 2 1/2 hours or until chicken is done.

Yum, yum, yum.  Meal success.  We served it with corn and mashed potatoes.

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