Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thursday’s RANDOM Thoughts

Thursday’s RANDOM Thoughts

What to write, what to write?  Well, it’s not that I don’t have any thoughts today per se,  it’s that I have too many thoughts!  And my thoughts jump around from one subject to another faster than my two-year-old can gobble down parade candy! 

Thoughts, thoughts….

Well,  for one I’m excited (and a slightly overwhelmed) to start a new school year.  I love looking through our homeschool curriculum and seeing all that we’re going to learn this year.  It will be a challenge since this year I have 2 kids in school grades, not just one.  Before I could just keep the other three busy and work with my oldest.  Now I have a 2nd grader AND a kindergartener to “teach.” And I suppose the preschooler and toddler will have to be occupied too.  But I love how just being all together at our own dining room table the younger children glean so much as I teach the older! Should be interesting!  

 I think the kids are ready for school too.  These last two weeks they’ve been asking for crayons and papers and scissors, doing more sit-down-inside things rather than spending sun up to sun down outside as they have for the last three months!  A little more structure and routine will be good for us all.

Other thoughts floating through my head…I’m looking forward to visits from family!  My dad and step-mom are driving up right now as I type! They live in Oklahoma and are making the 14hr trek to come spend a long weekend with us! And at the end of September my mom will fly in from Idaho to spend 10 days here!  Family is precious and we’re so glad to spend time with loved ones! YAY!

Speaking of family, we also have a wedding to go to this weekend and I’m beating my brains to come up with some amazing homemade gift.  I’m coming up with a big fat nothing!  Creative juices are NOT flowing! Bummer.  I may have to break down and buy something. 

I was just wondering where all those creative juices went.  I think they went into our newest project: we’re building a house!!! (I hope!) We have to submit the house designs and wait for construction loan approval, but we’re doing a lot ourselves, including the designing and we’ve worked with a bunch of different styles on paper and have finally narrowed it down to one!  My incredibly talented husband is the main brains of the operation, but he assigned me the task of laying out the floor plan and we FINALLY have one we both love.  (And do you know how difficult it is to design a house plan for two indecisive people!?!?!  VERY!) But we did it.  We may not get to start building this fall, but it’s still exciting changes ahead for us! Stay tuned!

So…if you could follow any of these random thoughts maybe there’s hope for this blog (and for me) yet!  😉  Happy Thursday!

Michelle’s Hummus Recipe

Michelle’s Hummus Recipe

We’re baaaaaaack!  Maybe you noticed we’ve been absent from the blogging sphere, SORRY! Life just happened and blogging had to take a back seat for awhile, but here we are again!

So one of the things I’ve been focusing on lately (instead of blogging) is my health. And to help with that, the doctor I’m working with has me on a special diet.  Among other things I’m supposed to have a serving of beans everyday.  Yes, EVERYday. To help bring a little variety with fulfilling that requirement I learned how to make my own hummus with chickpeas (aka: Garbanzo beans) and I thought I’d share!

This is good stuff!  And I know most hummus includes tahini (ground sesame seeds) but that’s hard to find in rural Minnesota…go figure.  So I just used a little sesame seed oil instead.

Ingredients:

  • 1  1/2 cups cooked chickpeas drained (I used the crockpot method just like I do for pinto beans!)
  • 1 large (2 small) cloves of garlic
  • 3-5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4-1/2  t. sesame seed oil
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • juice from one small lemon

Put all the wet ingredients in the food processor (I just use a small cheap one I purchased for making baby food and it does the job!).  Add the basil leaves, garlic cloves, and beans and puree until smooth!  (If you need a little more liquid try a little more olive oil or add a little of the water the beans were cooked in.)

I haven’t tried these yet cuz I’m pretty happy with this recipe, but when I need some more variety here are some other flavors I may add:

  • Spinach 
  • Artichokes
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Pesto

Oh and since I’m limited to one serving of grains a day I don’t like to use the typical pita chips to eat my hummus.  I use cucumber slices! I know it sounds weird, but it’s really good!  I still get the crunch and it all taste so fresh and yummy.  And we happen to have a few cukes in the garden so it’s cheaper than chips too! Try ’em!

 

Hummus with Cucumber “Chips”