I've never attempted this culinary feat previous to today.... but I'm glad to say the first attempt was a moderate success!
Hoorayhooray - because my children LOVE meatballs, but they are expensive little critters to purchase - especially since we want high quality ones, not crap-filled cheapies.
I wish I had a recipe to post, but like most kitchen ventures I take.... it was just a lucky experiment.
Ground beef, ground turkey, ground flax, eggs, onion, basil, parsley, cilantro, fresh pumpkin, tomato sauce.... all mushed together and rolled into balls on coconut-oiled cast iron skillet into the oven for 25-ish minutes on 400!
Despite the look on Brian's face, he really enjoyed our first official ward dinner group night!
This program was actually started a few years ago by my mom when she was RS Prez (aka, she ran the whole ship).
Basically, everyone interested signs up and then is put in groups of 8 (four couples).
Once a month we get together for dinner at someone's home (hosts rotate).
We did some fun games and pics post-meal and really had a nice time.
We even had to hire a real babysitter so we could go to this since my parents were in Utah.
I informed my mom that this was a terrible inconvenience for us and she's not allowed to leave anymore.
She's the best (and least expensive!) babysitter around :)
I mostly signed us up for Brian's benefit - trying to help him meet people and feel more at home as a Washingtonian! Our group consists of the Brims, Lybberts, Bouviers, and Fullmers. I think it switches up in Jan/Feb. (but I don't want it to - I like our group!!)
We host next month...eek! So much to do to make my home more presentable!
Our library has after school activities once/wk.
They're focused on the "S.T.E.M." learning objectives purportedly lacking in schools (science tech engineering math).
It's for K-5th, so a tad advanced for my troop, but they still got a lot out of it.
Today was FORT building!
I've been eagerly anticipating the theatrical release of the Meet the Mormons documentary film. Commissioned by the Leaders of our Church - living prophets and apostles of God - and featuring ordinary yet extraordinary members of the LDS Church. Produced and directed by professionals blessed with amazing talent and skill. I went in with very high expectations. My expectations were FAR exceeded. BLOWN. AWAY. Seriously, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to love it (and there were those who didn't! They accuse it of *gasp* propaganda! Not that every film ever created couldn't be also considered propaganda in some form). I'm especially glad we chose to bring Brianna. I wasn't sure she was old enough to sit through a documentary style film and enjoy it. But she did! I'm so grateful and proud to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
This is the first time in probably a decade that I've been with my mother to celebrate her birthday!! We threw a lovely party for her at our home, with the highlight being the presentation of the whole-foods cake, and the Smith Family Reunion photo book.
Made by hand, with love, from my beautiful friend Sally Jackson. Still holding up after lots of use!
We occasionally head out on evening walks around the neighborhood in the evenings after the older kids are down and Brian does his office work. She often falls asleep. I love it - fresh cool air, snugly baby, no distractions.
These "classics" are so messed. I mean - Tom Thumb getting stuck in the belly of a wolf after getting stuck in the belly of a cow (the wolf ate the cow) because he was hiding in the barn of a pastor he was trying to rob....then finally being freed from the wolf's belly by his parents and their knife/ax chopping up the wolf who couldn't escape because he got too fat after eating all the family's bread and milk.
SO FREAKISH RIGHT?!
Sheesh, I'd almost rather read her Disney fairytale stories than this. And that's saying a lot, because I don't like those either.
Time to hunt down some age-appropriate worthwhile literature!
I got Saturday morning's session in while on the stairclimber at the gym.
The kids enjoyed the childcare, Brian hung out in the lobby watching on his ipad, and we all had a much more productive day than we would've if we tried to stay at home for this!
On a related note, I really love the Saturday sessions of General Conference. I find the talks to be so much more personally meaningful to me than the Sunday session, typically. Maybe because the Sunday sessions cater to a broader audience?
And I was so pleasantly surprised with Elder Klebingat's talk when he called us all out on taking better care of our bodies. I wish more Church Leaders would emphasize this, because I believe the mind-body-spirit connection is stronger than most realize. I know I can do much better in that area! And in a basically ALL other areas.... sigh....
Not a great photo, but in case I don't get around to snapping another...
Charity LOVES her baby doll!
It's so amazingly precious to see her cradle and snuggle a doll.
Though scary too... because this is totally toddler behavior stuff.
I'M NOT READY FOR HER TO BE A TODDLER!!!