Singing in the kitchen

It’s one of those things I’m gonna miss.

Julia and Nate sing in the kitchen every night after dinner. They sing Avett brothers, Fleet Foxes, hymns, numbers from musicals… anything that they are in love with at the moment. It’s loud and silly, beautiful and shockingly good.

There are days I wish for quiet or ten minutes alone, but I know when I get that time, I will wonder why I ever wished for it. It will be too quiet and I’ll hope for company. So, for now, I will wish for my heart to be tender to the noise that fills my house.

Pot of Gold – St. Patrick’s Day Craft

I love making gifts that I can leave on the neighbor’s doorstep as a surprise, send to school with the kids for their teachers, or leave in the mailbox for the postman.

Simple, thoughtful gifts can make the biggest difference in someone’s day. There are days that someone just holding the door for me can make my entire day better.

These little pots of gold are sure to make anyone’s day brighter!

Project Time: 15 minutes

Supplies
HP Envy Printer
Avery Labels
Rainbow Candy
Mason Jar
Instructions

1. Design your label online
2. Print using your HP Envy Printer
3. Peel label and adhere to the lid of the mason jar
4. Fill mason jar with your favorite rainbow candy
5. Give the jar to neighbors, friends, and family
6. Be prepared for extra smiles coming your way!

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup – Easy, Slow Cooker Perfection for your busy nights

This post is written by me on behalf of Green Giant. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VeggieSwap

We are knee deep in the busyness of school activities. This year, I allowed each kid to be involved in one activity outside of school or church. Julia chose the school play and Nate chose track. Even though we’ve done a good job of limiting our time commitments outside the home, there are still days that we are barely home in time for dinner together. Those are the days I rely on my crock pot to still get us around the table, talking, and enjoying each other’s company as the day winds down.

Green Giant has launched a new line of frozen veggies, Riced Cauliflower. These are 100% made with vegetables, 70% fewer calories than rice, and gluten free. I found them at my local Walmart on the freezer aisle.

I was drawn to the idea of making cauliflower and sweet potato play together and decided to make a hearty soup for everyone.

It took no time at all! I prepped everything in the morning in under twenty minutes while the kids were getting ready for school.

Ingredients:

  • 3 packages of frozen Green Giant Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Riced Veggies
  • 32 ounces of vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 T minced garlic
  • 4 stalks of green onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese

Instructions:

  • Turn your large slow cooker on high and add vegetable broth, riced veggies, onion, garlic, green onion, thyme, paprika, and red pepper flakes
  • Prepare for your house to smell amazing
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours
  • Turn off the crock pot and add milk and cream cheese
  • Stir until smooth
  • Serve into bowls and enjoy!
  • Feel free to add shredded cheddar, bacon, or fresh green onions as toppings

This is a perfect Lenten soup option, too (just be sure to leave off the bacon!)

Sebastian Carl Louis – Your birth story

My dearest Sebastian,

You are now four days old. Once again, I’m met with thankfulness for a place to write down what is in my heart. I’m glad that in the hazy fog of sleeplessness, I can write things down before I forget.

Last Thursday, I told your daddy that I just didn’t feel good. I felt like my water was going to break at any second. I had been having contractions, but they were very far apart and very irregular. Your grandmother Thompson commented that she didn’t think I was going to make it until Monday, the date for your scheduled c-section.

That evening, I finished up a little work and I stood up to go to the kitchen. I was going to get my usual snack of graham crackers, peanut butter, and chocolate with a big glass of milk. Your grandmother and I were going to watch one more episode of The Crown. When I walked into the kitchen, I looked up at mom and grabbed a beach towel because my water had broken. I called out to your dad, ‘are you ready to go to the hospital?’ He asked if I was joking.

Mom and I stood there and laughed as we tried to calmly ask the big kids for different things. We hadn’t finished packing for the hospital and I couldn’t remember exactly what I needed. Julia and Nate were jumping up and down. Mom prayed over us and we were off.

Daddy dropped me off and I headed up to the 2nd floor. They got me ready and checked to be sure I was really in labor. You were still transverse, so VBac was not an option. Because I had eaten dinner, we’d have to wait until 2am to do a c-section. They decided to wait until 6am unless labor started progressing. Well, at 1am, the contractions were all I could handle. I was in full blown labor, so they called my doctor so that I wouldn’t be completely exhausted by the time of the surgery.

This c-section went so much more smoothly. The nurse, the anesthesiologist, and the entire staff were kind and helpful. They were joyful and patient with me.

At 3:41am you entered into this world. You didn’t cry, you just made the sweetest little bird sounds. You were having a slightly hard time with your transition. It wasn’t anything too scary, just needed to be monitored. Your daddy was worried since you weren’t crying. I glanced over and the song “My Old Man” by the Zac Brown Band came on. Your daddy held you in his arms and you seemed so tiny up against his chest. Over the next few hours, you transitioned and your oxygen levels and sugar levels settled down. The doctors were happy with your progress and we began to rest.

You are dreamy. You are very peaceful and calm. You are so patient with me as I manage other parts of the house. You are so very loved. Everyone just stares at you and wants to hold you.

I’m so very glad you are here.

I love you baby,

Mom

Allison Waken - Oh Kate, I am so happy for you. Congratulations on your beautiful miracle. I’m so happy that everything went as smoothly as it could with your birth and more happy you’re home and enjoying him. Soak him up! Every little bit!

tinuviel - So sweet! I’m glad to know the details and very thankful this C-section was smoother, though early. He is such a cutie! We’re very happy for your whole family. Heal well, Tatie. xxoo

Khristena - Kate!! Congrats to you and Brian (and the rest of the clan too!)!! I’m happy to hear everything went smooth and that you’re home with Sebastian. I hope you’re getting rest and healing up well. Welcome to the world Sebastian!!