Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Green Disaster

I was supposed to be going to bed. I have to work tomorrow morning. But as I stared into the fridge looking for a snack I saw the bag of "fresh greens" that I bought for Renee. They weren't getting any fresher.
Hmm....I thought to myself, "Can I get these prepared...cooked...pureed ...and frozen into cubes before Renee wakes up?" I took the chance. Well the little angel did not wake up but it was a disaster none the less. Do you know how long it takes to cut the stem off of one bunch of green kale and one bunch of black kale. Especially when you have never in your life prepared kale before? A long time. The cooking part was easy....but then came the pureeing. Let me tell you, kale does not like to be pureed. My Cuisanart mini prep could not really handle it. Grind...stir....grind ....stir....oh boy! This was a lot harder than swiss chard!   Needless to say the entire kitchen was green...the counters...the floor...everything. Not to mention that there was kiwi juice all over the place because I was trying to strain two pureed kiwis through a cheesecloth to get the seeds out for Renee. I ended up with one ice cube tray of frozen kale and a very small bowl of kiwi. I am happy about that but I tell you if I can find a good organic kale in the frozen food section I'll be their best customer.
Besides all of that mess...I had to throw out the whole bunch of red swiss chard because it had already wilted. Now I know I need to prep greens the day I buy them. I still have the bunch of parsley in the fridge and I need to de-stem it. I am by no means looking forward to the process. How do chefs do this every day? I just say in my head, "This is a labour of love....you're doing this for Renee." It helps to repeat that but it is amazing how a bunch of green leaves can be so very irritating. Now I am officially going to bed, with no more trips to the fridge.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Renee at play

Slight obsession with paper and with emptying out baskets of stuff

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Authentic African Wrap Fundraising Draw

It's time for the first official fundraiser on this blog. I don't have a lot of followers but we'll see how this goes.
You will get one entry into the draw for every $5.00 dollars donated to my chip in. So if you donate $5 you get one entry if you donate $15 you get three entries.
The prize is my African wrap that I got from my friend from Rwanda. This is the pattern. It is very large.....about six feet long and around four feet wide. I'll post a pic of myself wearing it soon. I haven't decide when the draw date will be yet.....but I'll let you know soon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Facing the Facts

In the United States alone, 137 million people claim to be Christians of some denomination.  If only 1% of the Christians in the US adopted just ONE CHILD, 1.37 MILLION CHILDREN from abroad would have loving, Christian families to grow up in.  Of those 1.37 million, 1,869 of those children have DOWN SYNDROME.

If you're just not able to adopt  you can still save a child's life. Help us help other families bring these children home.


Friday, March 4, 2011

Cry for Help!!!!!!!!!! Don't Let Her Die Alone!!!!!!!!!

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18)Girl, Born December 2009
Karina's  hydrocephaly is getting worse, she needs a family desperately.   PLEASE someone help her, or she will die alone and waiting.
 From her medical records:  congenital anomaly of the skull, feet and  hands. Cleft hard palate, UPU, LLC, aortic defect.
 Blog readers....please pass this post on...put it on facebook....whatever you can do. This little girl needs a grant and a family yesterday! This little one should not have to languish alone in an orphanage. How can we allow a child who may die soon to be in a little orange chair rather than in the arms of a Mommy or Daddy! It is inexcusable! We are so rich here....we need to sacrifice something and help her. I don't have any money as we are behind on our adoption costs but I'm so upset about this that I am going to Cosco tonight and returning the food processor that I got yesterday that I thought I needed. Well Karina needs a mom and dad more than I need a food processor! Can you help too? Can you give a little? Even $10? Please go to Reece's Rainbow ASAP!!! It is tax deductible too. Her profile is on the following page. It is so easy to donate. Please act now....time is running out!


If you don't have a credit card or don't like to use it online send your donation to:
Reece's Rainbow
PO Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD  20885

This saves Reece's Rainbow the Paypal fees as well. Don't forget to specify which child your donation is for if you send it in the mail.

"When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands." (Deuteronomy 24:19)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Daddy's Girl

It all started with Daddy holding Renee to warm her body because Mommy couldn't.