We had our 20 week ultrasound yesterday and though the baby was uncooperative as far as a gender reveal it was such a blessing. I think I will treasure these moments forever. I feel like an ultrasound is a glimpse into the sacred, a window into this miracle world where life is forming. It’s is so beautiful and amazing! Little hands, fingers, arms and legs and toes moving about. Our little one was very active. It’s still amazing to me that this little human is actually growing inside of me. So far so good – healthy heartbeat, healthy weight for me and baby. What a beautiful miracle life is!
It’s that time of year again and though it came too quickly, I do enjoy it. We have put up our decorations at home. It seemed to be more work this year and I was so tired by the time we finished. The question began to run through my head, “Is this all worth it?” Especially since we will be gone for two weeks of the season this year. “Is it worth all the effort for a few weeks of enjoyment?” I suppose it is. Everyday I come home from work and see our lights on our windows and our tree lit up and it makes me smile. So I suppose it is worth it.
This year our tree is artificial. It was cheap and in our budget and when we put it up we could tell why. “Where’s the rest of it?” It’s a little on the skinny side compared to what we are used to, but it’s got it’s own unique style and it’s growing on us. Honestly, it makes me smile a little more just because it’s different. It’s a reminder to me of how blessed we are that we are even able to have a tree. And it’s definitely an upgrade from the borrowed 2′ tabletop tree we had our first 3 years of marriage. There are things that matter in life and then, so many more that don’t. I chuckle at the situation and am just thankful to have our “John Tree” as we have dubbed it.
Even at work now we finished putting up our meager decor and I smile as I walk down the hallway. It’s a joyous season. So I guess I will put away my Bah Humbug, practical mind and just enjoy the beauty of the season – even if it does take a little work.
I have been trying to find various ways to use my Vitamix and have for the most part been successful. Beyond smoothies and juices I have also now added soup, salsa, and bread crumbs to the list of possibilities. I love that it is a blender/food processor, and so fast.
For Thanksgiving this year I signed up for stuffing so I thought I would try to make it from scratch. I really like stove top though, so the first step was finding a recipe that could get me close to that taste. This was the simplest recipe I could find so that’s the one I picked.
We made it at home first as a trial run and used the Vitamix to create bread crumbs. What I found is that if you are using crumbs more than cubes, either use less, or add more liquid. Getting the ratios right was the hardest part. When it finally came to making the Thanksgiving batch we found the perfect ratio. 2 loaves of bread and 3x everything else. We toasted all the bread to dry it out some and then made the bread crumbs using the Vitamix. You could also use a food processor or just chop very small. We were very pleased with the results and I don’t know that anyone would know it wasn’t stovetop. In fact, I got many compliments on the stuffing. Yay for homemade!
by John Blase
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