With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 4/17/11 - 4/24/11

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Christ the Lord is ris'n today, Alleluia!


A moment with Ryan and A Moment with Brenna

Ryan, Mom-Mom & Otto the Orange
 While the others were getting dressed for church last Sunday morning,
Ryan was telling me about the little guy he found
at a garage sale on Saturday.
Otto the Orange 
is the mascot for the athletic teams of Syracuse University
in Syracuse, New York where Ryan's daddy got his math degree.
Ryan is still sporting the remains of a bruised cheek and black eye
from a collision he had playing tag with a schoolmate.
♥ ♥ ♥
Very early Thursday morning we heard gentle knocking on our bedroom doors (we have two ~ one from the hallway and one from the room we use as a nursery).  We asked who it was and what they wanted but received no answer.  The knocking continued back and forth, from door to door for a long time but no response.
I finally opened one of the door to see Brenna!
"What do you want, Honey?"
Her princess-like blue eyes gazing up at me, she asked:
"Mom-Mom, would you wear your blue shirt that matches mine?"
It must have been so important to her!  I was happy to oblige her sweet request. 
♥ ♥ ♥
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children
Psalm 103:17

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Grandchildren and Children

We had a great week with kids.
Jill and family are heading back to Central New York tomorrow.
How we enjoyed every minute they were here!
John and Brad worked really hard doing some
landscaping in the front yard on Wednesday.
After a long day and warm (80 degree) temps, Jamie and kids
joined us for Pizza and Cheesesteaks for dinner and
ice-cream cones for dessert.
It was a perfect evening to eat outside and play ball!

Baby Cambrie toddled about.
John took a second vacation day today and we headed to Philly
 to see the Liberty Bell
 and the Betsy Ross House
This evening, the little ones were left with a babysitter and we all met at Outback Steak House for a late dinner.  It was so much fun!
It was hard getting pictures in the subdued light, but everyone was together
my heart was very happy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Bread

I posted this pretty Easter Bread
with dyed eggs last year but thought I would share again.
I tried something a little different this time.  Because
my family thought the eggs weren't cooked as much as they like,
I hard boiled the eggs first instead of putting them on the bread
dough raw and allowing them to bake in the oven.
We thought they were better this way.
The eggs can be eliminated all together if you prefer.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter / Springtime Bird Nests

These cute little, edible nests are adorable for Easter. Wouldn't they look sweet at each place setting around the dinner table. Pretty pastel candy eggs nestled in twig-like bundles make a lovely welcome to dinner guests. They are made using Chow Mein noodles giving the appearance of sticks gathered by the birds to construct their nests.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chicken Riggies

Jill introduced us to this delicious, regional dish from where her husband grew up and they currently live.
This is her own version of this pasta dish.
She is still my Jilly Bean
Chicken Riggies or Utica Riggies is an Italian-American pasta dish native to the Utica-Rome area of New York State. It is a pasta-based dish usually consisting of chicken, rigatoni and hot or sweet peppers in a spicy cream and tomato sauce, although many variations exist
(source:  Wikipedia)
  Chicken Riggies
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 lb. rigatoni, cooked according to box directions
1 med onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz jar roasted red peppers, cut up
1 pint cream (Jill uses light or fat-free half and half)
1/4 cup white cooking wine
2 Tbs butter
2-3 Tbs olive oil.

Melt butter and oil in large pan and cook onion until soft over medium heat. Add garlic and cook just a minute more.

Add chicken; cook until half way done.

Add tomato sauce and roasted red peppers. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through.

Add cream, stirring gently until heated through.

Add Rigatoni and toss until coated.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sweet Visitors

Our New York kids arrived late Friday evening for a week long visit!
After a full day of school and a long drive, they played for a short time
before we found Ryan (8) and Brenna (6) sound asleep in the...
Adaptable children, I would say!
They slept soundly till morning, Brenna still in her clothes.


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