Monthly archives: October, 2008

friday update. matt edition

“woah halloween is fun. candy is good!” was what we heard tonight from one cute kid while handing out candy.  This is the matt edition of the friday update. so it’s probably not as in depth as stephanie would be. Adoption same deal as the usual. no sibling referals this week. I think how it…



Why I am thankful for the WAIT

I could not have said those words a month or two ago.  I was not thankful at all, I was done, I wanted to be a mom and that was it.  I have spent a lot of time reflecting lately on my life, the wait, and who I am.  I was the person who never…



Mom's Sour Cream Apple Pie

This pie is tasty! I don’t usually make it because my mom makes it for me. 🙂 Sour Cream Apple Pie Pie crust – make your own or buy it at the store Pie Filling: 3/4 cup sugar 2 tbls. flour 1 small sour cream (I think that is 8 oz, mom you can correct…



Autumn Apple Salad with Pomegranate

Autumn Apple Salad with Pomegranate Vegetarian Times – October 2008 Fuji, ginger Gold, and Pink Lady apples are good choices here because they resist browning. 2 tsp. olive oil 1 large shallot, finely chopped (1/4 cup) 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tbs. honey 12 cups mesclun salad mix 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled (1/4 cup)…



Retote Offer

For those of you who frequently shop at Target, I know many of you do, they are offering a free reusable tote if you send in five Target plastic bags. Reusable bags are easy to use and one great way to help the environment.



Christmas

Yes I know it is October and is a bit early to bring the subject up, but I saw this video today and wanted to share some thoughts. Matt and I want to raise Tom and Jerry to truly appreciate the meaning of the Christmas season. We don’t want them growing up thinking that it…



Friday Update – 10/24/08

Adoption Update: No referrals again this week. Hopefully we see some next week. I finally scheduled our travel vaccination appointment, some people wait until they get a referral, but I didn’t want to have to do it so close to when we travel, I think we will be pretty busy preparing for Tom and Jerry…



new blog toys

I made a few blog updates tonight as requested by my beautiful wife.  Comment Gravatars (little photos next to comment authors) Sign up for your gravatar here Smileys. (this one pains me, but Steph really wanted them)  Comment luv – Shows you last blog post – from your blog I’m working on comment previews, but…



Spiced Apple Pancake

This is Matt’s favorite brinner recipe. Spiced Apple Pancake Good HouseKeeping October 2007 Tip: For the puffiest pancake, use a cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have one, choose a heavy 12-inch skillet with a bottom that is at least 10 inches in diameter and an oven-safe handle. 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine 2 Tbsp. water…



Top Cat

Carter and Sammy are great friends. Carter often visits Sammy, who lives in the nursery. That is why I was shocked today to find this: and this: I don’t know what Sammy did, but Carter showed him who was boss.



Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Here is another one of our favorite apple recipes. I also like to count this one as healthy because it has apples and oatmeal, just ignore all that butter and sugar. 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour 2…



saturday photography

Today after we got home from running errands, i went to the car show to take some cool pictures. Here are just a few of the awesome ones. The Car Show photos on flickr Some of my favorites (click for larger view)        



Friday Update – 10/17/08

Adoption Update: No referrals this week, but several families received their court dates. We also decided this week to expand the ages we were requesting. We are now waiting for two siblings 0-42 months with one being under 18 months. Life: Matt’s Grandpa found out this week he has cancer. Please keep him in your…



Fighting Poverty through Education

Today, Oct. 15, is Blog Action Day, the day that thousands of bloggers, regardless of their genre, unite to discuss a single issue. This year’s issue is Poverty. Many experts believe that education is a sustainable solution to poverty, specifically education of girls. Why girls? (ummm because we rock!) Recent studies corroborate what Camfed has…