Friday, May 31, 2013

Broccoli Cheese Bites

Broccoli Cheese Bites (adapted from My Tasty Treasures &

16 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I used fresh steamed broccoli)
1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs
salt & pepper
1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

With your hands, form small patties and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 375F for 25 minutes, turning the patties after the first 15 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy!

Instead of using breadcrumbs, I added a little almond flour.  They turned out pretty good.  They got really flat, which might be from using the stoneware cookie sheet.  

Egg Muffins

My plan for today was to make some Pinterest recipes that I have pinned.

The first one up was Egg Muffins

I don't like using muffin tins, so I decided to make it in a Pampered Chef round stoneware dish.  I used chard, green onion, cheese, mushrooms, and broccoli and sea salt.  Oh!  I also added some milk. 

(Makes about 12 muffins)

Ingredients12 eggs
1-2 tsp. Season Salt
1-2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Optional: chopped veggies such as chopped broccoli, red peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, spinach, etc.
Optional: diced Canadian bacon, lean ham, or crumbled cooked turkey sausage

Preheat oven to 375 F. Use regular or silicone muffin pan, 12 muffin size. If using silicone pan, spray with nonstick spray. If using regular muffin pan, put two paper liners into each slot, then spray liner with nonstick spray.

In the bottom of the muffin cups layer diced meat, if using, vegetables, if using, and cheese. You want the muffin cups to be about 2/3 full, with just enough room to pour a little egg around the other ingredients. Break eggs into large measuring bowl with pour spout, add Season Salt, and beat well. Pour egg into each muffin cup until it is 3/4 full. I like to stir slightly with a fork. Bake 25-35 minutes until muffins have risen and are slightly browned and set.

Muffins will keep at least a week in the refrigerator without freezing. Egg muffins can be frozen and reheated. For best results, thaw in refrigerator before reheating. Microwave on high about 2 minutes to reheat.

Here is the outcome of my egg "muffins."

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I want to try these out! 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe by Clark, The Trainer:

3 ¼ cup almond meal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
½ cup honey (maple syrup or agave nectar works too)
½ cup coconut oil, melted
1 ½ cups cacao nibs (pure chocolate chips and vegan chocolate chips work too)
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, Grab a cookie sheet and some parchment paper or aluminum foil.  I’ve found it easier to use something like that rather than baking directly on the cookie sheet (plus I can get the next sheet in the oven quicker and I want my cookies NOW!)
  2. Combine 3 and 1/4 cups of almond flour (Trader Joes almond meal is by far the best, and it’s cheaper than Red Mill or whatever) with a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 2 eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of either honey, pure maple syrup, or agave nectar (I like honey).
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients then add 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips.  The darker the chips the more paleo friendly they are, but the dairy free ones from Trader Joes taste pretty good.  Haha! (The dough will look pretty wet, I placed my dough in the fridge to firm up a bit before rolling them into balls, but you can just pop them into the oven as is)
  5. Spoon them onto your parchment and pop them in the oven.  This recipe makes about 24 cookies, and i usually do 2 rounds of 12.  Bake ‘em for about 8-10 minutes (the tops will start to get golden brown).  If they go longer than that the bottoms burn because of the sugar in the honey.  No good at all.
  6. When I pull them out I let them cool long enough to get them off the parchment and put them in something sealed to go into the fridge.  I like them better out of the fridge because there’s no flour and they tend to be a little sticky at room temp.
  7. Now it gets a little crazy…  Done like this, sometimes they can seem a little under cooked.  Just the nature of the recipe.  I’ve experimented a little with adding 2 tablespoons of coconut flour and it really changes the texture.  Makes them more “cakey” if you will.

May 31, 1995

18 years ago today, my Grandpa came home from one of his hospital places he had been in and out of.  At that stage of his illness he was pretty out of it.  A lot out of it this particular day.  I remember watching the ambulance drive up onto the grass to get as close as possible to the front door, so that they could bring him in on his gurney.  Once they got him out of the ambulance, my Grandma was right by his side saying "You're home, you're home..." in between giving him kisses and washing his cheeks with her tears.

As out of it he was that day, he knew where we was.  He knew he was home.  And within 5 minutes of him being home, he really did go home.  He went to his eternal home.  He left us to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus.

As my boys continue to grow, I find myself often thinking about how much he would love them and how much they would love him!  I wish he was here to teach them cribbage like he taught me, or to make a multiplication table like he to used to do for me.  He would write it all out and then tape it up to make it sturdier.  I miss him dearly.  And now I need to stop so I don't have a melt down.

I love you Grandpa and can't wait to see you again!  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

God is GOOD!

With the chip in Carson's tooth, we knew a visit to the dentist would be happening at some point this week.  The dentist office we go to has two times during the day for emergencies, or situations like ours.  8am or 2pm.  You go to the office, wait, and hope to get seen at some point soon.  I thought 8am would be a little better, hoping the doctors wouldn't be too far behind that early in the day. 

My mom is in Minnesota this week with my Grandma visiting family and friends, so her regular Wednesday off wouldn't be happening, which meant I had to find somewhere for Finn and Gabe to be while I took Carson to Medford to see the dentist.  I also had to go to the lawyers office and sign something for the court. 

Yesterday, I got my dad's 1st piece of forwarded mail in the mail.  It was something very important that I was needing to fill out, get notarized, and faxed back to the company.  I also had to fax something else to a different company in regards to my dad's estate.  Since I had to go to the lawyers office, I thought I could have them notarize the one, and fax both sets of papers to the different companies.  It worked out perfectly!  I was so thankful to the Lord, for the perfect timing. 

I was told by Heidi and my mom to breath and everything will work out.  I was worried about how to get all of this done and find the info I needed to get to the right people.  I worried about it in my sleep and was stressing out about it.  And there wasn't any need to do that.  God, once again, guided me and helped me in this crazy busy time of my life!  Yay!

Not only that, but Carson, Gabe and I got to talk to our friends in Romania!  Leah and Andrew are so loved by us and it is so great to be able to see them.  It isn't as great as playing "What time is it, Mr. Wolf?" with them in the open space, but for now it will have to do!

Carson at the dentist getting tested to see if there is nerve damage to his cracked tooth!  Looks like there wasn't any damage!  Praise the Lord!

We go back to the dentist at the beginning of July to get a filling.  So happy that it isn't too serious!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Some Pictures

Serendipity Dinner 5.5.13





Mother's Day brunch.

Carson playing soccer.  5.18.13

Jerry playing soccer with Gabe.

My 3 boys eating breakfast.  5.22.13

Trever and Gabe on the Mule.   5.16.13
Carson's last game.  A family shot.  Thanks Jerry! :)

Our Worst Accident

Yesterday (5.25.13), our 1st worst accident took place.  Carson was riding the long board on his knees and hands, the board stopped and Carson didn't.  From what we understand, he ended up doing a face plant into the sidewalk.

Here is the result...

Not so lovely!!!  We will have to call the dentist on Tuesday to see what we need to do next.  Carson was a trooper.  He watched Charlie Brown's Christmas (that we got yesterday morning at a garage sale!) and by the time evening rolled around he was being silly and eating.  

Hope your Saturday was better than ours!  It definitely changed our day!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Uncle Jerry, Sis and I

Getting to Know You

Through this whole process with Jim dieing, I have been able to get to know him a bit.  There are different bits and pieces that after 33 years I am able to collect. 

One of them is the food items he had in his apartment.  Sounds kind of weird, I know, but remember this is my "dad" who I didn't know.  It is kind of interesting to me!  :) 
Sharp cheddar cheese,
rock star,
Mac and Cheese in the freezer,
cans of soup,
baked beans,
and ice cream.

Papers.  Another way of getting to know someone.  What kind of papers do you have filed away?  In your desk?  Or shoved in your closet?  He didn't have a ton of papers.  He had a couple of cards and letters from my Sis, and then one from me.  He had the basic bills and money order receipts for rent, car insurance, the phone bill and that is about it.

Clothing.  Jim had about 6 pairs of Levi's 501 button fly jeans.  A couple pairs of shorts, a couple pairs of shoes, navy blue/black socks, navy blue/black or white plain t-shirts, a couple of hats and sweatshirts.  He had 3 pairs of really nice leather shoes, Dr. Martens, and pair of boots like Dr. Martens but a different brand and a cow-boyish pair of boots.  Lovely lovely items, that I don't think he wore.  Some ties, one still with a tag from Goodwill on it.  He didn't have a dresser.  Just a bunch of hangers and a little plastic storage case for his clothing.

He liked old things.  He had some old guitar music books, old books, even a couple of old cute framed cow-boyish pictures, and his huge passion was bikes.  He loved Schwinn bikes.  From what I have heard, almost everyone at his work KTVL channel 10, had gotten one from him.  He loved to build these old cruisers up and give them to his co-workers friends.  I have ridden two of the ones he had in his apartment since he passed and they are so neat!  Really really neat.  Big, smooth, cruisers.  :)  Very different from my bike with pulling Gabe and Finn behind me.    

There is more, but this tired brain of mine is having a hard time thinking.  So, I will leave it at that for now.  It is really pretty neat being able to get to know him without the issues.  Just Jim.  Who "Jimmy" was to his friends at the station, and who he was to the stores (pawn shops, bike shops) he would frequent.  A past co-worker from 18 yrs ago came down from northern Oregon to come to his "remembering Jim Parra" service.  Pretty neat to hear about the impact he made in these peoples lives.  I just wish he would have been able to see what he had, and see how loved he was.  I wish he would have been able to let people in.

Friday, May 17, 2013

For You

Thank you for loving me
Your own Special Way.
I pray you new how loved
You were by Someone Greater
Than I.  He loved you so,
That He gave you His Son.

Thank you for Giving me
Two gifts to stay and to
Remember you by.
And for this I will always
Be Great full.

Jim with one of his bikes. 

Indy (my youngest sister-one of the gifts left).

My sis, Zapata (another gift left) and our Uncle Jerry (a new relationship).
I was up a lot of the night that I found out my dad passed away.  I have heard that during the night is the most creative times in our lives.  And the above little poem was written during that night.  May 10th/May 11th.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Support Group

I have decided that there need to be a moms support group!  These last couple of days have been HARD, and I know I am not the only going through hard times with the kidlings.

Our stander!  4.26.13

Carson and his self portrait.  4.22.13

Gabers loving his little brother.  4.26.13
These guys are challenging, cute, loving, determined boys.  We are on a new road to appreciating what we have!  :) 

Hope enjoy your day!