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Saturday, August 27, 2011
A quick post to share what I did with leftovers the other day...
I originally got the idea to slice a hotdog this way from Family Fun magazine - I didn't think of it on my own!
You could totally use Ramen noodle soup instead of broth.
In chicken broth, I boiled one cup of mixed veggies, 1/4 cup of small shell noodles and then sliced three hotdogs BEFORE cooking in the broth.
When everything was done cooking, I took a slotted spoon and scooped the noodles and veggies onto a plate. I tore up some string cheese and laid that on as well. If my kids liked Parmesian cheese, I would have used that instead (for sand)...but they don't. Then, I stuck the (tricky!)peppercorn eyes on the little hotdog guys but went sans ketchup smile, because, well, they were hot! They'd look pretty un-appetizing with dribbley ketchup smiles running down their faces. Then I added Basil flowers for seaweed, since I had just brought in some basil from the garden.
Kids didn't like them. Flop.
Maybe I'll try again with different flavors, even mac and cheese leftovers. Oh well - at least I blogged about it :)
Coming soon - How To Peel a Tomato! - I bet you are on the edge of your seats!
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What Remains by Joanne Heim
If I spend my days building skyscrapers with LEGOs and creating relationships with other moms at Starbucks, but have not love, I am only the siren of the kids’ ride-on fire truck.
If I have the gift of knowing which child attempted to flush the Hot Wheels down the toilet and which one pushed her sister, and if I have faith that somehow we’ll survive life’s emergencies, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I save all my box tops for school and give outgrown clothing to the local shelter, and if I surrender my body to stretch marks and under-eye circles, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient when someone isn’t ready to use the big-girl potty. It is kind when my husband has a hard day. It doesn’t envy my neighbor who drives the new sport-utility vehicle I can’t afford. It is not rude, snapping at my spouse or children when things don’t go my way. It is not easily angered at perceived or real injustices.
It always protects the smallest, sweetest family confidences; always trusts God to provide for my children’s needs; always hopes in the freshness of tomorrow and the bright future of family; always perseveres amid hardship and doubt.
Where there are sleepless nights, they shall end. Where there are diapers, Little League, and dioramas built from shoe boxes, they will cease. Where there is knowledge of baby-care trends, discipline strategies, and boy-girl problems, it will pass away.
Now these three remain: faith, lived out in my daily circumstances and instilled in my children; hope, of one day rejoicing with my family in heaven; and love, which covers over a multitude of less-than-perfect moments.
But the greatest of these is love. It is what remains… long after I am gone.