Monthly Archives: December 2009

New Year’s Resolution

It’s been VERY difficult for me to determine a resolution this year – I have so many that I want to focus on!  After talking it over with my husband, I decided that the best route is to maintain my blog.  That’ll keep me focused on my dozen goals without spreading me too thin!

Here’s my plan for the beginning of the year.  I’ll blog at least five times per week.  To make sure that I’m not spending too much time on one goal and ignoring the rest, I’ll try to work on a different goal daily.

Scrumptious Sunday (dinner)

Marriage Monday (building relationship)

Take Action Tuesday (act instead of plan)

Work-Out Wednesday (appearance)

Thoroughly Cleaned Thursday (clean, organized home)

Friendly Friday (building friendships)

Sewing Saturday (sewing/craft projects)

Our Love Languages

Five Love Languages was a quick read!  It was a very interesting book, and reading it shed much more light than taking the small quiz.  My husband read one chapter at my request, which I truly appreciate.  Here are our “revised” love languages, based on the additional information we now know.

Me:

Primary love language – Receiving gifts

Secondary love languages – Touch, Words of affirmation

Him:

Primary love language – Quality time

Secondary love languages – Receiving gifts, Acts of service

Love Languages

I’ve just started reading the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

The Five Languages

I’m only a very short way into it, but I’m loving it so far!  It’s based on the fact that everyone speaks a love language – “a primary way of expressing and interpreting love.”  The book’s website describes the languages as follows:

  • Words of Affirmation

    Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.

  • Quality Time

    In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful.

  • Receiving Gifts

    Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous—so would the absence of everyday gestures.

  • Acts of Service

    Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter.

  • Physical Touch

    This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face—they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive.

Last week, the husband and I took a test to see what language we speak.  Here are the results!

Me:

  • Words of Affirmation – 8
  • Acts of Service – 8
  • Receiving Gifts – 7
  • Physical Touch – 6
  • Quality Time – 1

Husband:

  • Quality Time – 11
  • Words of Affirmation – 8
  • Acts of Service – 4
  • Physical Touch – 4
  • Receiving Gifts – 3

I can certainly see it in our everyday life, but I don’t think I ever thought much about it until this quiz.  It will be interesting to read more and see how to use this information.

Hit the Spot

The tomato pie was DELICIOUS!  It tasted similar to a deep dish pizza.  Here’s the version we made for our Christmas Eve feast.

Good Old Tomoato Pie leftovers

Good Old Tomato Pie

Ingredients:

  • single pie crust (I used wonderful, easy recipe that I found online… but can’t find it at the moment)
  • 5 medium/large tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/2-1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup diced green peppers
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 8 oz package of sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 package of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (combination of Monterey Jack and Cheddar)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Preheat oven to 375.  Place pie crust in a deep dish baker.  Put tomatoes in large bowl; add flour to thicken.  Stir in vegetables, mushrooms, and bacon.  Season to taste.  Pour tomato mixture into pie crust.  In small bowl, combine mayo and cheese.  Spread over tomato mixture.  Bake for 45 minutes.

Good Old Tomato Pie

For the husband’s final “Christmas Meal” of the year, he requested “Good Old Tomato Pie,” rolls, and chocolate milk.  I’ve never had Tomato Pie, and it doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, but maybe I’ll be surprised!  I’m planning on making it tomorrow.  I’ll post again soon with an updated recipe and pictures (with my new camera, if the memory card comes in!).

Here’s the recipe.  If I’m understanding correctly, it’s originally from my husband’s grandfather, so I’m guessing some of the comments may be his.  My mother-in-law passed the recipe on to me in an e-mail, so she added comments as well.

Good Old Tomato Pie

Ingredients

Store bought frozen pie crust, 8-10-inch diameter (deep dish).

Tomatoes – 4-5 (large), 6-8 (small), sliced or cubed, peeled or unpeeled as preferred.

  • Add flour to thicken

Onions, peppers, water chestnuts, etc. Diced and added as available. (I like zucchini and mushrooms)

Brown sugar – sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons over tomatoes.

Salt, Pepper, Thyme, Oregano, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, etc., to taste.

Cheese – grated – 1 cup medium or sharp cheddar, plus 1 cup Monterey Jack, plus 1 cup miracle whip (mayonnaise) mixed and spread to cover.  (I use about ½ this much)

Meat – may add diced ham, bacon, turkey, chicken, leftovers (meatloaf).

Directions:

Mix and fix ingredients as above. Place into frozen pie crust. Bake in pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve hot, and use as a vegetable. Delicious reheated in the microwave oven etc.

P.S. Frozen tomato slices or cubes work well for year round availability, Tomato pie goes well with wine or beer.

I usually make two at a time (two frozen crusts per package) and use up any vegetables in the fridge. I cook them both and freeze one. Just thaw and reheat in oven.

Merry Christmas To Me!

My birthday was a few months ago. and I received some “fun money” from relatives and in-laws. It’s just been sitting in the checking account, waiting to be used for just the right purchase. Well…. I finally found it!

Sony DSCH20

Unfortunately, I don’t have a memory card yet. It has 11 mb of internal memory, which is a total of about two pictures. I’ve been doing quite a bit of “shoot and delete,” but it’s getting old quickly. I ordered a memory card from Amazon.com, and it’s due to arrive tomorrow – fingers crossed! I’ve been itching to see what it really can do. It’s quite a bit nicer than my last camera. It has lots of fancy features (such as a “smile detector”), and those will be fun to play with, but I am really excited that it has a “Steady Shot,” especially in low lighting. That was my biggest frustration with all of the point and shoots that I’ve used in the past.

Here’s to hoping that I’ll love it as much as I’m expecting to!

This Week’s Dinner Menu

It’ll be a goofy week because of Christmas!  I know my parents will send us home with some sort of leftovers, and we’ll be snacking nonstop all week.  In addition, I never got around to half of the recipes on last week’s menu.  So, here we go again!

Main Dishes:

Side Dishes:

Snacks:

Sweets:

  • Christmas Candy and Cookies from friends
  • Hot Chocolate Surprise Cookies (I made these last week… YUM!  But it’s a big batch… maybe I’ll bring some in for my class for a holiday treat)
  • Spritz Cookies (Another leftover from last week.  It’s a guilty pleasure, but I LOVE to eat a few of these with coffee in the morning before school.)

Yummy, yummy!