Blizzard Warning….

I seriously wish I meant the Dairy Queen Ice Cream kind of blizzard.

Nope, a real blizzard.

All the schools have been closed in the area, the library is closed, EVERYTHING.

Have I mentioned that it has been snowing off and on WITH NO PROPER THAW all February???

This is my yard:

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You can’t see it, but it is snowing again. That snow is at least a foot deep and it is supposed to snow all week as well. Boo.

This morning, Hubby got up and, insanely I thought, went to meet his van pool like he always does at about 6:30 am. I was just stirring, or I might have put up a bigger fuss than I did about him going out in the whirling snow.

So he got all the way up to his job (it takes about an 1 1/2 hour with stops for him to get to work) when I got a call from his boss letting us know that his work had declared a snow day.

I called Hubby and let him know. It was optional (at the time) so he could’ve hung around all day until the van pool came back.

Welp, crap. He was already about an hour away and I was without a car to go and get him (one of our cars is at the mechanics), and what with the weather was I wasn’t about to drag a 1 and 3 year old on what promised to be a carnival ride of a drive over 30 miles (and back) to get him.

Now what?

Hubby tried to call a cab, but they were only going in an eight mile radius with the weather. Then his work did a mandatory shut down of the building, and he had no where to go.

Luckily a very, VERY nice person drove about 20 miles out of their way to get him back to the van pool pick up site so he could go home.

My prayers were answered. I have my Hubby safe at home so he can help me if the power decides to go out and he can play with the kids while we are trapped inside.

I am grateful, though, that the Lord answered my prayers. It was kind of a stressful morning. Every news report made me want to cringe at the thought of Hubby trying to drive home in that mess. The road that goes from our town to the city he works in is a 4 lane highway, sans barriers. It can be REALLY dangerous when the weather is bad because there is no barrier to prevent a head-on collision. In fact about a week ago we came on an accident that, had we been a few minutes earlier, would have put US in a head-on collision.

I know the Lord is listening.

#1 had a blast wading through knee deep snow around our yard. Now it is getting snowed in. It is WAAAAAY too snowy around here.
#1 had a blast wading through knee deep snow around our yard. Now it is getting snowed in. It is WAAAAAY too snowy around here.
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In which there is much chocolate sauce..

We got out new fridge today. (By the way, HUZZAH!!). I had to unload our old one out on the counter, so food was everywhere. I went through our food and got rid of some old stuff.

On the counter was a small container of chocolate sauce that we had gotten from HuHot.

#1 got up on the counter and said, “Open? Open?” I, distracted with making something else, pointed out that it was just chocolate.

But #1 was still insistent, so I, still distracted, popped it open.

Next thing I know, he is chugging the chocolate sauce back like it is a shot of NyQuil.

I’m ashamed of how much chocolate he drank before I took it away.

He had a chocolate sauce mustache. I should have taken a picture.

Baked beans (except they aren’t baked…)

In December, Hubby got some blood work done. One of the things that came up was that his cholesterol was just a little too high. I mean, barely.

I started thinking about different ways I could help him maintain a healthy cholesterol. Right now, we eat pretty healthy, but I was reading this article from the Ensign (a magazine that my Church puts out) and I realized that we could do better.

One of the things my church does is what is called a Word of Wisdom. It is suggestions (and a few commandments) about what we put in our bodies. We are don’t drink coffee or alcohol, we don’t do drugs and we don’t use tobacco products. Those are the commandments.

The suggestions include eating vegetables in there season, eating plenty of grain and eating meat sparingly.

We have the grain down PAT. I make all of our bread from scratch and grind the wheat in my BRAND NEW NUTRAMILL WHEAT GRINDER! (I’m a little excited about this….)

I try to make most of our baked goods at home, including rolls, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, cakes, cookies (lots and lots of cookies) at home, from scratch, without Crisco and with as much whole wheat flour as it will take. (although I do keep unbleached white flour around for pastries…like pie crusts… and occasionally cookies….)

But we have kind of been horrible on the whole vegetable and meatless thing.

We have meat every night of the week. Occasionally we will have a vegetarian meal, but Hubby is a MEAT EATER. All caps. He loves his meat. I honestly can take or leave red meat, but I like chicken. We hardly ever eat fish because it is so stinkin’ expensive around here. Also, we discovered that Farmed Fish makes me absolutely ILL so we have to buy wild caught. And do you know how expensive that is????

Vegetables. Oh vegetables, how I loath thee. I DON’T LIKE VEGETABLES. It doesn’t help that with my last pregnancy vegetables of all kinds (especially raw) made me want to throw-up. A lot.

So we decided to try vegetarian meals three times a week. Actually, Hubby said that he was okay with two or three vegetarian meals a week, and I took that to mean three. Because I am evil.

For snacks we eat veggies to try to get our 5 or 6 a day. I try to have veggies for our side to our main dish for every meal (usually a salad). I drink green smoothies every morning to try to get my veggies in there (although today I mixed an egg, tomato, some scallions, black beans, broccoli, dried minced onion and garlic powder, served on fried corn tortillas for breakfast. YUMMY.)

Hubby usually takes some tortilla chips for a snack at work (not inherently bad for you, just ground corn mostly), instead he takes carrots sticks and chopped broccoli that I keep in the fridge.

So far this has been a good experience. We are eating healthier and I’m hoping with some vegetarian meals thrown in we will be doing better than ever. I have noticed that I feel better already.

Here is a completely non-vegetarian meal side that I came up with. I got the recipe from a “Cooking with your food storage” book and changed it to suit my purposes.

Baked Beans  (in a Pressure Cooker, non pressure cooker instructions below)

Ingredients:

2 cups dry navy beans (or white beans)

1 1/2 quarts water (6 cups)

1/4 lb bacon, cut up

1 tsp dried minced onions

1/2 c. molasses (you can use more brown sugar if you don’t have molasses…)

1/3 c. brown sugar

1 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 c ketchup

Sort and wash beans. Soak overnight or all day.  Add beans and water to pressure cooker and cook at pressure for 25 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. Drain beans, but reserve 1 cup liquid. Turn pressure cooker to ‘saute’ . Cook cut up bacon until crisp. Add bean liquid to de-glaze. Add beans and other ingredients. Set pressure cooker to cook at pressure for 5 minutes. Do a quick release and taste. Adjust ketchup, brown sugar and spices to taste.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can make the dried beans (or use canned) in the slow cooker. Just add the beans and water and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Also, after you add the seasonings, cook in your slow cooker for about an hour.

My way is faster…. 🙂

We like our baked beans sweet and tangy, so I add more ketchup and brown sugar than this calls for. This is a good beginning flavor, then you can add on what you like to make it the way you like it. If you don’t like tangy at all, omit the ketchup.

Maybe, once I have tried a few vegetarian recipes, I’ll post a few. Hopefully Hubby can handle the meatless dinner!!