Superbowl Sunday!

For those of you who maybe aren’t “in-the-know” with sports, this Sunday, February 1, is the Superbowl. That’s football. Anyway, our youth group is having a Superbowl party and we decided it would be fun to have raffle prizes! Now we decided we needed to think of a nice way to display them without everyone knowing what they were getting.. Surprise is our friend! Caleb found a few ideas on pinterest, and we decided to go with the nice football bags! These could be used for gift bags, goodies bags, or any sort of giveaway – especially if your even is centered around football or sports! So….. Here we go!

Things you will need:

-glue

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-scissors/paper cutter

-hole puncher

-ribbon

-paper bags

-white printer paper

What to do:

First, you will want to cut the long strips for the football. Approximately, mine measured 14cmx3cm or 1.25″x5.5″. The reason I say approximately is because I had a bunch of printer sheets cut in half (hamburger style) from another project and then I simply measured 3cm all the way down the long side. IMG_4370IMG_4371IMG_4372Next, you can cut up all of the short football strips. Again, these are approximately 7.5cmx2cm or 2.75″x0.75″. Now, the way I did this was starting with my half sheets and cutting them in half again (hotdog style this time!). Then I measured out 2cm all the way down the long side. For me it was much easier this way!

IMG_4373IMG_4374Now it’s time to create footballs! Grab your glue or double sided tape or whatever you want to use to adhere the strips to the paper bag, and stick down the long strip.

IMG_4376After that is nicely pressed down, get yourself 3 short strips and glue those down. Generally, I would stick the middle one down, and that way it could be centered. This made it easier for me to see where the other two should end up.

IMG_4377Woohoo! We are almost done :)

Next you will want to unfold the bag and make sure to fill it with whatever you are giving away before you fold over and hole punch the top! I found it was easier to fill it first, and then do the folding so the holes wouldn’t get all mixed up.IMG_4380As you can see, all I could find was my star hole punch, but whatever you have works great! Circles, stars, hearts… As long as it is a hole you can put ribbon through, you should be okay! :) Another note about hole punches: the closer the holes are, the easier it is to tie a bow (if bows are your thing). In this example, mine were quite far apart which made my bow small and also cinched in the sides. If that’s what you’re going for, by all means, modify it to what you like!! :)

IMG_4381And there you go! Easy as can be! I had some ribbon and some raffia, and I think both look great!

I hope this was easy to follow, because they sure are easy to make! Enjoy :)

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Potato Caves – or knishes

The other night, Caleb and I couldn’t decide what we wanted to have for dinner. I was working on who-knows-what and let him look for a recipe. He found a recipe for a Jewish roll, called a knish! Basically, you make mashed potatoes and add onions, make a dough, and then wrap some of the potato mush in a ball with the dough! It takes a while to bake, but they were tasty (and weird)!

There is no way that I can claim this recipe, so here’s a link to what we used.

Aaaaaaand, here’s some pictures of the process! 

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The onions and the potatoes!

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Dough ball!

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Putting onions into the potatoes for mashing

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Mashed in all its glory!

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Dough pancake

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Rolling up the potato stuff

Preparing to bake

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Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Enjoy! Let me know if you end up making your own! I think next time we make these, we might add some garlic… Yum :)

Oswald Chambers Makes Me Think

I have been reading through Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest for the Graduate the past few weeks and have been brought to some deeper understanding about myself. Particularly about my faith and how my actions may not always reflect my beliefs. The format of this book goes day by day, with a short, supporting Scripture, and then an application part. December 2 was about “Christian Perfection”. Chambers made mention of the Holiness Movement and how that is somewhat of an inaccurate interpretation of obedience and God’s purpose for us. He writes, “The concept of holiness movements tends to be the God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum”. Further on, he declares that if we hold to this tradition we are missing the whole point of God’s true holiness! Yikes… Christian perfection does not have anything to do with our humanly characteristics or actions here on earth. Christian perfection has to do with our relationship with our Savior, during the ‘boring’ days and the ‘exciting’ ones, during the good and bad times, and during strife or peace.

As I read through this, I thought about how true it is for me personally, and I was made aware of all the ways I try to make my life “perfect”, instead of first focusing on my relationship with Christ. I became somber because I knew that I was not living up to the potential that God has prepared for me. Then I suddenly realized that I have every resource I need to begin work on this relationship. God is so good. He gives us all everything we need. Isn’t he great? Isn’t he wonderful?

“I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself” (Chambers).

Wow. I mean, this quote is absolutely beautiful. Here, Chambers identifies our calling as followers of Christ. Of course the specifics of each are different, but the roots are the same. This caused me to double think about my relationship with Christ and if I am really living the way I think I am. Sadly, I do not think I am quite there, which is difficult for me to admit. At times, I find it easier to pretend than to really live out feelings, and I have gotten pretty good at it, too. This is not good. Christ calls for reality! He did not say that I would have an easy life with only happy emotions and situations attached, but he did say that my life would be full.

And full it is.

The more I thought about this concept, I was brought back to this verse in the Bible:

“He must become greater, I must become less” (NIV, Jn 3:30).

If my life is full, it needs to be filled with Christ, not other meaningless things. It is possible to live a comfortable and totally meaningless life, and that scares me. I don’t want to be the person who didn’t live her life to the fullest! All the time, I find myself telling my friends that “God has a plan for you through this”, but rarely do I tell myself this Truth. Rarely do I allow myself to believe and really trust that God might have a plan for me, too! And this plan has everything to do with a full life, a full relationship with Jesus Christ. Just because I am not aware of the specifics doesn’t mean the plan doesn’t exist.

Now, with all of that said, I feel like I need some sort of action plan to go with it. I know that if I don’t, then I will sit in the same spot that I always have and do what I have always done. So I read through a bunch of different articles about personal Bible study and whatnot, and came across this quote, “God is not interested in perfection–but in the progressive development of godly patterns. It is better to set modest goals and gradually increase them as you succeed in them than to set too high of a goal-only to give up in frustration” (Personal Bible Study). It made me chuckle because that is exactly what I have been working through.

Plan of Action:

– find a list of Scripture, or choose a book of the Bible

– write everything in my journal

– use the “3 Question Method” (Read more about that here)

– Scripture memorization

The reason I chose these items for my action plan is simple. I wanted something simple for myself, that does not include over-the-top readings or too high of expectations. The S.O.A.P. method is one I have used before too (you can learn about that here), but I want to try something different. I want to see what I can learn from the text, and to learn to listen to God’s word. My goal is simple, and therefore my method is simple.

Do you have a method for Bible study? Do you follow a schedule? Do you use a journal? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear what works for you!

Until next time,

Megan :)

[[Also, here is a link to Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest for the Graduate. There are lots of variations on this book, and I am sure they are all worthwhile!]]

DIY — Ornament Gift Tags

It came quickly and, like every year, always feels absolutely crazy! Christmas time! The time of gift-giving! It is exciting for me to give gifts and also to wrap them. For some reason it is just fun to me to make someone’s gift look nice :) With this in mind, I created a tutorial to create these adorable little ornament gift tags! I had seen similar things on Pinterest.com, but never found a blog that showed how to make them.. Today I am becoming that blog! :)

Materials you will need:
-paper cutter (or scissors and a ruler)
-colorful paper for ornaments
-cardstock for gift tags
-tape
-1” circle punch (or whatever size you have/want)
-sharpie
*optional* letter stamps and ink

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To begin, let’s cut out our gift tags. For mine, I made sure I was cutting them at least bigger than my circle punch, but I generally estimated. They do not have to all match if you don’t want them to, either!

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After this, you will want to punch your circles. Again, these do not need to be perfectly in the center, but please DO make sure to not get too close to any of the sides. Some of mine got too close which made the taping a bit more difficult. Plus, you also want your precious gift tags to stand whatever travel they might be put through!

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Done and done.

Alrighty, we are ready to move on! The next step is to cut out the color of the ornament balls. I think mine ended up being about 1”x1” squares… Again, I pretty must guesstimated… Maybe next time I will actually measure for you, so you can know what worker for me!! Anyway, you want these squares to fully cover the circle, but not go so far that you can see it peeking out from the back.

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This very well could be the easiest step. All you need to do is tape your little ornament paper to the backside of the gift tag. If your paper is patterned, do yourself a favor and make sure you check it from the front to make sure it’s how you want it! I recommend using at least two pieces of tape, on opposite sides, but probably no more than four… You don’t want it to be getting too bulky back there!

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Okay, now turn them over… Gorgeous!

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Now, my friends, this is a fun part! You get to create the ornament! It’s amazing what a little bit of “sharpie-action” can do for you in a pinch. Simply draw a little rectangle on the tag paper and then a little hook! Perfect-a-mundo! Look at you go, you little artist, you! :)

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Oh and don’t forget… You will want to snip the corners! I found out halfway through this that my paper cutter has a handy-dandy degree marker, so I started using that. If you don’t have anything like that, you can measure, say 1cm out from the top corners and draw a line between those marks. That will make a 45 degree angle. You can play around with these a bit! Also make sure to hole punch them at the top if you want to string them through pretty ribbon :)

Now you can use these however you want! Beautiful job, people. In the picture below you can see two ways I came up with for embellishment. If you like the way your handwriting looks, feel free to simply write the recipient’s name, or you can use stamps! Seriously. I love stamps. They are so… Amazing and can be used for so many different things!

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you are inspired to make some wonderful Christmas-y gift tags of your own!

Have a great day :)

-mh

The Monday Minute

 

 

I hope that everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving with lots of delicious foods, laughter with family and friends, and (of course) bundles and bundles of thanks-giving :) To me, it is a wonderful time to reconnect with myself, my friends, and my family. It is a beautiful season in the year, with the leaves turning colors, and gorgeous sunsets… So many things in nature alone cause me to give thanks!

This year I was extremely thankful that one of my closest friends (a former roommate!) and her boyfriend were able to visit with Caleb and I! We all cooked together and made a fantastic meal that I wish we could have shared with the world! No, but really… It was that good. I literally kept saying how tasty everything was and how proud of the meal I was :)

I wish I had more pictures of us preparing the food, but it all happened at different times, so there are none. Also, it kind of slipped my mind during the day. So, instead, I will share with you some pictures of the beautiful table we set, pictures courtesy of my talented husband, Caleb. :)

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Make sure you keep your eye out for another post this week – and I promise I’ll post again!

Grace and peace. You are dismissed.

Much Thanks, Such Love.

If you live in the United States, you are probably aware that tomorrow is the day we celebrate Thanksgiving. Now, I thought about writing a typical “I am thankful for…” post, but decided against it.  I’ll save it for another day… When you are least expecting it, I’ll spring it on you! Haha! I am not, however, straying from that topic (thankfulness), because I think it is very valuable and I have a few thoughts I would like to share.
First of all, when you cultivate a lifestyle that is thankful and brimming with gratitude, chances are high that you will feel more fulfilled in life. I like to think that a happy heart is a thankful heart. This is very true in my own life and I have seen the positive effects of having a grateful heart, and also seen the negative effects of, well… Being negative.
I love what happens in my life when I am thankful. Really, it is cool! I start to notice different things that are so useful and convenient, which I do not usually take note of. My heart really does become happy and I feel more joy in my life. I believe true joy comes with a little thankfulness and a whole lot of Jesus. If certain situations it is not easy to give thanks, but it is possible. Are you living? Yes. Be thankful.

Second, thankfulness will draw others to you. What I mean is, people will like being around you because of your gracious presence. You will exude joy and peace, even if the situation is hectic and chaotic. That’s the thing about Christ… He can give you qualities in difficult circumstances that nobody else can provide. He can shower you with peace in a way that no one else can. This is a peace, a calm presence, that we cannot understand, but that we need to remind ourselves that it is possible! It says in Phillipians 4:7 that this peace will also “guard our hearts and minds” when we live according to God’s will (NLT). To me, this does not mean that we will be protected from all evil, all the time, but that His presence in our lives will allow us to be lights in dark times.

Lastly, with a thankful heart comes more fruits of the spirit. These are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). I definitely think these can be produced when we have more of an emphasis of gratitude in our lives. Don’t you want to be characterized by these traits? Wouldn’t that be nice if people thought we were like this? I know that I am not always living up to my Christ-like potential, but it is nice to know that there is something to strive for. What would life be without it?

Well, it’s not much, but that’s what I’ve got in my brain about thankfulness… I am challenging myself to stay thankful and not just on holidays!

Fall-y Leaf Garland

For a few weeks, now, I have been wanting to decorate our house a little bit more…Fall-y, shall we say? I scoured the internet for inspiration (I’ll be honest – pretty much just Pinterest) and found a few things that I liked, but nothing that I loved. So I took a few different ideas that I liked and tried to create something that I would love!

My latest crafty creation is this fabric leaf garland! It’s adorable and versatile and I just love it a lot :) So, let’s begin!

The first thing you need to do is pick out some fabric that you think represents whatever mood you’re trying to create. I really wanted muted reds, oranges, and yellow-y tones, so I chose these:
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When I had my ribbon all picked out, I simply fed it through the machine enough to give me a small tail, and then sewed on my leaves! I found that with the ribbon, you kind of want to keep it taut, otherwise it will get all wibbly-wobbly and bunch up on itself. Of course, that could be yet another variation!
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Stay tuned because I have more fall-y ideas that I want to work on and share with you! Thanks for stopping by :)

-Megan

Haiti Trip

On October 24, 2014, my husband and I left the country. For me, it was the first time I had flown to another country, and the first time to really be out of my element. Our destination was Haiti, which you knew already, and we didn’t really know what we were getting into. We went with a group called FAME International, that is centered in Indianapolis, IN. My mother-in-law had been to Haiti multiple times with FAME and was the one who originally encouraged me to come on this trip. I am so thankful that she did!
Our group consisted of one doctor, three nurses, one surgery technician, one nursing home chaplain, one seasoned mission-tripper, and two people with no medical experience at all *hint: those two inexperienced people are Caleb and I* This is a smaller group, just nine people, than usually goes on these trips, but I thought it was the perfect size. I generally am intimidated by large groups of people, especially if they all know what to do and I don’t! These people that were skillfully brought together by God’s hand helped me see that even though I didn’t have much experience in medicine, I can still bring my talents to a team and we all benefit. Thankfully, I am a quick learner. I was able to move around during our clinic days and gain little bits of each station as the week went on.
During the week days, we set up medical clinics. The first two days, we set up beneath the compound we stayed at in Fond-Parisien where there was a hospital. The next three days, we went out into to different locations and set up there. These were all around an hour to an hour and a half away. We travelled by van and all our medicines were in suitcases in another vehicle that also transported our wonderful translators. Each day we would get up, eat breakfast, and have devotions together as a team. Then we would get ready for the day, placing people in their stations. Obviously, doc was in the Provider station… :) The other stations were: Triage, Education, and Pharmacy. A nurse needed to be present in the Pharmacy at all times, and the other two would kind of float around and help as needed.
The first station people went through was Triage. This is where we could check their blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and ask them what their chief complaints were. I was at this station for two days, and learned how to listen for a child’s heart beat. This was much harder than I anticipated because I didn’t realize their hearts beat so much faster than adults! Plus, if it was an upset baby, they might be screaming, and that made it basically impossible to hear their heart. As I asked the interpreters to ask the patient what was wrong, what brought them to the clinic today, it made me sad to hear so many of them complain about heart troubles or having fevers. I don’t know if there just weren’t other Haitian words to describe the specific ailment, but the top two complaints over the entire week of clinics were fever and vaginal infection. This was a little scary because some of the girls were so young, like 13 or so, to be having troubles like that! I hope that many of them were able to be helped, and that what we gave them was enough to get them through whatever they were dealing with.
After people got done Traige-ing, they would wait until the doctor could see them in the Provider station. We had our American doctor and a Haitian doctor who were able to see people. When they had been diagnosed, they would head over to the Education station. On the first day, I started out in the Education station. This is where we taught the Haitian patients about oral rehydration, and why it was so important to keep your body hydrated. We taught them that diarrhea can cause your body to lose lots of water, and to keep their children as healthy as possible. This is also where we would teach them about Jesus, and how He is the Living Water…The refreshment of our souls, and how we need Him to keep our Spiritual lives healthy. It was cool to see people respond to what we said, through our interpreters. After we taught them all of this, we helped them make their own oral rehydration solution out of salt and sugar. All they needed to do (whenever they might need it) is add clean drinking water! Caleb worked at this station during the last three days. When I asked him what he liked best and learned from this station, he said, “It was interesting tying oral rehydration into Jesus being the living water. But as the week went on, it made more sense on how they both were tied together. I liked that I was able to share the Gospel with people” (Caleb Hunter, 2014). He excelled in this station because I know he loves to teach, especially if it is about His first love, Jesus!
Once educated, the patients would come to the Pharmacy and wait until their name was called. Then a nurse, with the help of an interpreter, would explain each medication, how and when to use it, and thank them for visiting the clinic. I was in the Pharmacy for the last two days, learning what different medications were for and where they were located. We had a different suitcase for different kinds of medicine. For instance, one piece of luggage held all the antibiotics, one had pain medicines, and another had vitamins. Caleb’s mother worked in this station every day, I think. She was very fast to find medicines and also helped me understand how the whole process worked. She was definitely skilled in this area! Caleb worked in the Pharmacy for two days, as well. I think he liked to work with his mom, especially since we had not seen any of his family for a few months.
That basically sums up what happened on clinic days, which we did for five days. This was an awesome experience, to work with people who were trained medically and enjoyed helping people in the physical realm. Though I am not particularly passionate about medicine or things like that, I am so glad that I went and was able to learn about these things. It to see everyone working so hard, and noticing the little things that we all did to help the day run more smoothly, like taking lunch breaks, or making a sort of assembly line to get the prescription to the Pharmacy and things like that. We all worked together really well and meshed nicely as a team.
On Sunday (day two), after we had been sorting medicine for a few hours, we were notified that there was a school soccer game in an hour or so. Two other team members, Caleb, and I decided to go. Me and the other woman were able to ride in a jeep, but Caleb and the other man rode the school bus, packed with the Haitian children who were playing that day. It was on this bus that Caleb met a man who was from England, teaching English in one of the Haitian schools! They instantly connected because Caleb spent six months teaching English in Brazil during 2011. I really enjoyed watching them interact because there are not very many people who can relate to Caleb in this way. I know that he has so much to share, but does not always know what to say, or what will connect with whoever he is talking to. The soccer game was fun, but we didn’t really know which team won…It didn’t matter a whole lot to us because it was just fun to watch the kids play!
We also went to church on Sunday, and that was definitely an interesting experience. It was pretty much all in French/Creole, except the sermon was translated by one of the pastors. The service lasted around two and a half hours, was very loud, and very hot! A few cool things that did happen that we were able to connect with: the doxology, Happy Birthday’s, and they recognized our team. After church, we were given a tour of the Haitian Christian Mission compound and school that we were being housed at. Apparently they had been doing a lot of work, because some members of the team were impressed with the conditions of certain areas in the compound.
I think it may have been Monday or Tuesday after the clinic when we got to go visit an orphanage. There were 12 children, the oldest was 14 (I think) and the youngest was a baby (not sure how old). When we arrived, the kids were apprehensive at first, but then they saw George, who lives at the HCM compound and were excited! We went in the house single file and the boys wanted high fives, and the girls wanted kisses on the cheek! So adorable! We were able to talk to the oldest and found out that he played basketball and had won a medal of some sort! He was proud to tell us this, and I was excited for him.
On another day, we visited a cluster of homes up on the mountain where two of our translators lived. There were so many little boys and girls there and they all wanted to play! One little guy who was probably six or seven years old would grab my hand and place it on top of his head and just walk around like that! I don’t really know why, but he sure was happy! Many of the youngsters were interested in the watches that most of the team members wore, and actually tried to take them off our wrists. No, no, little one! There was one little girl, probably four years old or so, who ran around with all the boys and was intrigued by a bracelet that I was wearing, so I tied it on her wrist and she was absolutely delighted! Caleb mentioned, “it was really cool to see where our translators lived, and connect with them on a personal level throughout the week”. I would have to agree. It wasn’t like they were just random people that we didn’t see once the clinic was over. We saw them at meal times, and visited some of their houses and met their children! We realized that they had lives and families, too, that we can’t just assume people are one way because of their occupation, but that their personalities are genuine and that they love their wives and children, just like we would!
There is entirely no way that I could recap my trip to Haiti in just one blog post, but I did want to give a little update…Plus I feel like I have been a little M.I.A. lately. That could partly be due to the fact that both Caleb and I have been battling sickness since arriving back in the States. Anyway, I also wanted to share some pictures with you! Caleb took most, if not all, of these photos, but gave me permission to share :)

The view from the top of HCM compound.

The view from the top of HCM compound.

More of the beautiful view!

More of the beautiful view!

Sorting set-up.

Sorting set-up.

The soccer field

The soccer field

The young ones even let Caleb take a few shots at half-time!

The young ones even let Caleb take a few shots at half-time!

Girls that lived at the orphanage

Girls that lived at the orphanage

They had a few scrapbooks with pictures of all their kids.

They had a few scrapbooks with pictures of all their kids.

This little girl wasn't very happy when we first got there, but eventually she warmed up to us and fell asleep!

This little girl wasn’t very happy when we first got there, but eventually she warmed up to us and fell asleep!

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This house had a million goats!

This house had a million goats!

One of our translators holding his child

One of our translators holding his child

See? They loved our watches!

See? They loved our watches!

They also loved getting their picture taken :)

They also loved getting their picture taken :)

The boy in the yellow is the one who would put my hand on his head, and the little girl is the one I gave my bracelet to :)

The boy in the yellow is the one who would put my hand on his head, and the little girl is the one I gave my bracelet to :)

This cutie! :)

This cutie! :)

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The Education station

The Education station

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At the Provider station, the doctors prayed with each patient

At the Provider station, the doctors prayed with each patient

A few of our team members made a house call after clinic one day

A few of our team members made a house call after clinic one day

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This made all of us laugh! He perched here right outside the outhouse!

This made all of us laugh! He perched here right outside the outhouse!

This is what most of the church buildings looked like that we had clinics in.

This is what most of the church buildings looked like that we had clinics in.

Team picture!

Team picture!

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This baby was SO happy!

This baby was SO happy!

This is Port au Prince. Living spaces are so close together...

This is Port au Prince. Living spaces are so close together…

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Again, thank you for reading this post! I know it’s a lot of words and a lot of pictures, but even this amount doesn’t cover it all! Thank you to all of you who supported Caleb and I financially, and through prayer! We are incredibly thankful for your graciousness!

Talk to you soon! -Megan

Homemade Soup for Chilly Days

Hello friends! This past week my husband, Caleb, and I were in Haiti on a mission trip! Frankly, it was amazing and heart-opening as well as eye-opening. I will write more on this on Thursday :) But today, I wanted to share with you the soup that we made on Sunday! It was very warm in Haiti, so when we got back to North Carolina we felt very out of place and… COLD!

On the quick three minute drive home from church on Sunday, we decided we should make ourselves some soup. Since we didn’t have any canned soups in the pantry, we whipped up a very delicious chicken and rice soup!

Here is what I used:

1/2 TB vegetable oil

1/2 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 carrot, or 10ish baby carrots, sliced

1-2 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 c green onion

1 qt. (4 c) vegetable stock

1/2 c water

1/2 c rice (uncooked)

Spices: thyme, basil, parsley, rosemary

What I did:

First, I chopped up all the veggies and prepared the chicken. Caleb and I had frozen chicken, so we had to cook it and then we shredded it using two forks to pull it apart.

 

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When these became more soft, the vegetable stock and water were added and brought to a boil. The bubbles of the boil let us know it was time to add in the chicken, rice, and spices! To be honest, I did not actually measure out the spices.. I kind of sprinkled in a little bit of each, a little extra of what I thought smelled good!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen we had to wait around 20-30 minutes for the rice to become cooked and tender, and it was ready to eat! Fabulous little soup and it was so delicious in our cold tummies!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFeel free to make yourself some tasty soup! This yielded enough for both Caleb and I to have a bowl for lunch, with a little left-over which Caleb had for dinner! So yum :)

I really love to cook and bake, even though I still feel like I have LOTS to learn! It is so fun to figure these things out, and also to work with my husband in the kitchen. I feel so blessed that he loves to create delicious meals with me, and we can work on it together. I think it really does impact our marriage positively because we are doing it together, and then we get to enjoy it together :) Sometimes our experiments don’t turn out, but that’s part of learning how to operate the kitchen! I am so glad that this soup turned out, it was kind of an experiment as well!!

Oooooh also.. Check out what just came out of my oven!!

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My very first pie! We can’t wait to try it ;)

I hope you have a fantastic day, and don’t be afraid to try some new things in the kitchen.. You might surprise yourself!

Enjoy life.

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