Tuesday, November 27, 2007

hilarity, insomnia, and vegetarian recipes

i love penguins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Do you think my writing is small?"
"Did you say, do I think your writing smells, or do I think it is small?"
"Why would your writing smell?"
"SMALL! Is my writing SMALL!"
"I don't think it smells."
"MOM!!! I am going to kick you!" She marches over and literally kicks me in the shin as I am cracking up and grab her to stop her.
"You can not kick! Seriously." I gave her a joking swat on the bottom, laughing, and then fell over.

Maybe you had to be there... but it was hilarious!!! (She typed the penguin message up top.) We had a fun dinner at Panera Bread and talked about things like school, boys, etc. Sam is doing so much better in basketball even though he's the shortest on the team. They played a game yesterday against all these extremely tall players - it could have been the NBA! Needless to say, they lost like 74 to 1. Oh well... Savannah will be 13 soon and is starting to like boys, it's so cute. I ask her questions and give her a hard time and she hits me ;) But she hugs me more than she hits me so I'm in good shape. So far. Usually.

I've been struggling with insomnia since I got back from Nepal but last night I took melatonin and it worked. I think I'll take half a pill tonight. Then nothing tomorrow. I want to make sure I don't toss and turn all night, which just utterly sucks... but I hate taking medication of any kind. You're talking to a woman who had two babies without any medication!! Melatonin is a natural substance produced in our bodies, but taking excess amounts is probably not a good thing and definitely not something I want to rely on for sleep!

On another note, I'm finishing reading Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son, which is a stunningly beautiful, powerful and amazing book that recounts his encounter with the Rembrandt painting and how he relates the stages of his life to the characters in it, which are the characters from the Biblical parable of the same name from Luke 15:11-32.

In the chapter on the Father, which represents God, Nouwen says,

"Here is the God I want to believe in: a Father who, from the beginning of creation, has stretched out his arms in merciful blessing, never forcing himself on anyone, but always waiting; never letting his arms drop down in despair, but always hoping that his children will return so he can speak words of love to them and let his tired arms rest on their shoulders. His only desire is to bless.

In Latin, to bless is benedicere, which means literally: saying good things. The Father wants to say, more with his touch than with his voice, good things of his children. He has no desire to punish them. They have already been punished excessively by their own inner and outer waywardness."

I especially love the Latin description of "to bless,"because it's a lesson I've been working on with my daughter, to teach her to say positive things to others rather than to criticize. I tell her that there is really never a need to say anything negative unless there is either a need to set a boundary, or to teach someone something and it needs to be done in love (Speak the truth in love). I never realized until now that the word to bless meant saying good things. I like that.

I'm looking for good vegetarian recipes so if anyone knows any send them my way!! I'm recently reverted back to vegetarianism, and just don't have a lot of good wholesome recipes. Send 'em on over! Let me tell you, the kids, carnivores that they are, are just thrilled by this!

"You're not a very good vegetarian," Savannah said to me tonight.
"Why?" I asked.
"You eat meat all the time!" she replied.
"I just started!"I said.
"You are NOT going to become a vegetarian, I'm not going to let you!"

This is going well... ;)


Angela said...

For great vegetarian recipes, I like Annie's Care2.com GreenLiving website. Recipes are at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/food-recipes and you can subscribe to her Eat Well Naturally newsletter at http://www.care2.com/newsletters/

I notice that I have to re-subscribe every few months, for some reason.

A recent hit at our house was "Beauty Queen Chili" Don't tell the kids it has beets in it. Heck, don't tell yourself if you grew up having Southern-style cooked beets forced on you. Trust me, beets are delicious, but there is a great Southern conspiracy to make them icky. Rebel with Beauty Queen Chili, found at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/beauty-queen-chili.html
It's so beautiful, you'll want to take a picture of it! And the flavors are out of this world. We're not lovers of spicy foods at our house, so we just left those parts out.

Bon Apetit!

Wendee said...

These aren't specifically just vegetarian, but the website photos of the food are just so gorgeous (imagine me drooling. Sigh!), and the non-veggie recipes I've tried so far are yummy!

(there's a vegetarian section)

Anonymous said...

A good comprehensive cookbook that recently came out is How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman. The book has over 2,000 simple recipes, including a variety of ethnic as well as American style recipes, and he markes those that take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Unknown said...

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and links for veggie recipes!! I'll definitely get some good new recipes from these places. :)

Anonymous said...

if you think getting your kids to accept a vegetarian lifestyle - try vegan! one thanksgiving i masterfully created a "turkey" out of mashed potatoes with cranberries for eyes and celery leaves for wings/feathers - brilliant! my boys, then aged 6 and 9 sat down at the table and and just stared at it. (for a long time.) my 9 yr old said "you're kidding right?" and then turned to his brother and said "this is ridiculous, c'mon we're going to the neighbors." then they both picked up their forks and left.
these days i serve "tofurky" which they will also not eat but i did get them to chow down on a vegan tofu chocolate peanut butter pie until they realized what it was......:)
any cookbook by sarah kramer is fab!
good luck!

Unknown said...

Steph I traveled around Nepal with vegans and it was interesting! The food was great, but we had people cooking for us :) I don't think i could go that route permanently but I admire you!. I'm not forcing my kids to be vegetarians but I don't cook a lot of meat anyway (previous to my committment).

Anonymous said...

Wendee H., I travel alot too and find that I eat a lot of salads and bread which doesn't help in my eternal quest to be tragically thin...and also leaves my older brother wondering whether or not I am eating other vegans....it's rather easy if you have access to all the fake meats which I do, because I live in the West Indies where many Rastafarians eat no animal products. Having a good quality juicer has also been a lifesaver, you can make awesome juices(celery, apple and lime tastes like lemonade) and then all you need is a blender to make smoothies with frozen bananas, strawberries & almond milk. Kids think those are great. Just don't tell them what's in it. Put a fancy swirly drinking straw in there and call it breakfast....

Anonymous said...

I became a vegetarian in 1971, and have been through a variety of phases, all designed to put as little energy into food preparation as possible. The latest strategy is to cut up a pound of tofu, a package of tempeh, and any vegetables that come to hand - broccoli, eggplant, brussel sprouts, onions, garlic, squash, etc. Add olive oil and Bragg Liquid Aminos, and put it in the oven at 425 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Roasting seems to bring out all the flavors. We've been doing this for several years and have not grown weary of it.

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Unknown said...

Yum Jerry I'll have to try that (minus the Brussell sprouts - ewww) ;) And Steph I have a juicer and LOVE it! A good friend made me a drink from Oprah's Dr Oz the other day and it's sooo good. "Freshness in a glass" they called it. Here's a link to the recipe online http://with-heart-and-hands.blogspot.com/2007/11/oprahs-glass-of-green-fresh-recipe.html

Though I didn't use the parsley and I used 2 carrots, which aren't in the recipe. Makes it look a little less "fresh" in color but tastes yummy!