Saturday, December 31, 2011

What a year!

This time last year:

  • We knew a transfer for Colin would be coming, but not the timing.
  • Evan and Bethany had been dating for almost two months. He had spent Christmas at our house and she was in Wisconsin meeting his family. Colin and I drove up to Wisconsin to bring her back. We met Evan's parents over lunch at Buca di Beppo on New Year's Day.
  • We lived in the same house we'd been in for almost nine years and knew that we had a lot of work to do to get it ready to sell.
  • We had our eye on a house close to church that had been on and off the market for years.

  • Colin has been working in the 'burbs for seven months, staying in an apartment during the week, and coming home on the weekends.
  • Evan and Bethany have been married for 4 1/2 months. (That means we got an engagement, wedding planning, and an out-of-state move for her all into one year!)
  • We prepped our former house, vacated for tons of showings, and ended up living there for a couple of months longer than we had planned. This fall we turned it over to a relo company and heard yesterday that it is finally sold.
  • We bought our "less-expensive" house down the street from church and spent our summer finding out all of the problems it had and spending all of our money to fix them. It is on its way to being exactly the home we wanted and the location is great.
It was all rather frantic and stressful while we were living it. But, with the exception of Colin being gone four nights a week, it's all turning out well. And that has an end down the road, which makes it bearable.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Five Cheese Egg Casserole

I've had several requests for this recipe. I first had this at a B&B I went to this fall for a scrapbooking retreat. I loved it and was glad to be able to purchase the recipe. I have made it twice this month, once for a ladies brunch at church and once for our family Christmas morning.

7 eggs
1 cup milk
4 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded*
4 ounces colby cheese, shredded *
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
16 ounces small curd cottage cheese  (Michigan brand is perfect, if you can get it.)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 t. salt
Fresh herbs to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Whisk eggs and milk together. Stir in the cheeses and melted butter. Stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder. Immediately pour into a buttered 13x9 pan. Bake 45-50 minutes.

*When I made it the first time I gave up my colby to another cook and used double the monterey jack. I liked it a bit better that way, so my suggestion is to leave out the colby and use twice the mj. It seems to let the flavor of the cheddar really stand out.

    Monday, December 12, 2011

    Early New Year's Resolutions

    I've spent some time this evening lining up my reading challenges for 2012.

    It's made me start thinking about my plans for 2012 and I've got a few resolutions.

    In 2012 I will:

    --Swim in my pool.
    --Read more books.
    --Plant a garden and enjoy the harvest.
    --Go on a vacation.
    --Not tear out any walls.
    --Enjoy the occasional Saturday with the hubby.

    I also have no intention of moving or planning a wedding. I plan no drywalling or mold clean-up. When I have my friends over I hope to entertain them, not put them to work.

    Wednesday, December 07, 2011

    The best thing since. . .

    Well, I don't know what. But something for sure.

    Pinterest. Just the name makes me want to go paint something. Or buy something cute. Or at least find a picture of something cute.

    So if you're playing there, come find me.

    It worked with my kids

    Right now I'm really struggling to like some people that I love. And I'm disappointed with some people that I like. This isn't anything new. It happens with jarring regularity.

    I am so tired of grown adults behaving like children. Or even worse, like junior high students.

    I'm so tired of snide comments and pot-stirring. Of extreme comments begetting more extreme responses. Of plain-old, flat-out meanness.

    I'm sick of bickering.

    I'd like to grab several different sets of people by the scruff of their necks and stand them in the middle of my living room. I'd make them stand forehead to forehead with each other until there was laughter and forgiveness.

    As my children have taught me, some people are stupid-stubborn, and this can take a while, but I've never seen it fail.