Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Madly in Love



Engineer and I attended the Entreleadership conference in Dallas several weekends ago.

One of the areas talked about was that of personality types; specifically how the various attributes affected the way you communicated information and ideas with people in your business.

The premise was that people basically fall into four categories (dominance, influencing, stable, or compliant) where their main focus is either what, who, why, or how.  To effectively get across information, one needed to know of which type the person they are talking to is.

Chris Hogan, the speaker on this subject, was fantastic and possibly my favorite of the weekend.

He gave an example of how he and his wife differ in their communication styles:

Chris' story was that he and his wife had some friends who were having a baby.  He took the call and spoke with the new father.  Chris thought he was doing the right thing by relaying the information he deemed important to his wife.  He got the gender of the baby, the name, and that everyone was okay.  When he began telling his wife the news, she wanted details like length, weight, what time it was born, if she had it naturally or by C-Section, how long will they be in the hospital, etc.  His wife is a details oriented (why) person whereas he is a just get the facts (what) person.

With that in mind...

We sat down over a lovely dinner that evening, Engineer looked deep into my eyes, swirled the contents of his wine glass, and said, "I am completely in love with you."
>My eyes fluttered.<
"I adore you."
>My cheeks blushed.<
"It doesn't matter how long we are together, I will always..."
>Swoon.  Yes, yes, go on...<
"...forget to ask a new father all those details."

Um, that took an unexpected turn...

I smiled and said, "That's okay because I don't need all of the details just..."

As I was about to finish my sentence, he interrupted, "If mom & baby are okay, when are they coming home, how is hubby holding up, did they need anything, was there a food rotation set up for them...."

We laughed.
He was exactly right.

1-4-3 EM for knowing this "who" person so well.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Menu Plan


Last week Engineer and I lead the second of the second series of Generation Change lessons for our youth group.  Each of the three series are made up of three lessons which is great for teenagers.  They can get a dose of financial wisdom and before they can get bored, the series is over.  :)  Actually, our youth group has really enjoyed the lessons and we have enjoyed the discussions.

Diva finished helping a friend with her daughters' library organization.

I had lunch one day with my girlfriends.  On Friday I helped prepare breakfast and lunch at our church for the members of a Synod meeting.

Engineer was away on a business trip to Cincinnati for a couple of days.

Diva's school had a fundraiser whereby the participants were not asked to give money, but instead were asked to test drive a new Lincoln.  Now that was my kind of fundraiser!

Our dogs were groomed and instead of looking all cute and fluffy, they look fairly severe and heavily shorn.  Our Schnauzer looks particularly funny with a closely shaven head.

Happy Easter week to you!

This week we will be having:

Sunday - Sandwiches & Chips
Monday - Turkey Vindaloo over Rice w/Naan Bread & Salad
Tuesday - Poached Egg Over Polenta with Olive-Herb Pesto w/Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Wednesday - Pork Loin, Green Bean Casserole, & Corn
Thursday - Roasted Pumpkin & Spinach Pasta Bake & Succotash
Friday - Chili Dogs, Baked Beans, and Chips & Hotsauce
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

March in Review

Happenings:

We have decided it is time to move closer to Engineer's work.  That's a pretty big happening.

Engineer and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.  When I say celebrated, I mean we acknowledged that it happened; we didn't do anything special on the day.

Books:

Choosing Gratitude (and supplementary Bible study) by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn

Movies:

"Ender's Game" on DVD

Finished Projects:

Not a darn thing unless you count house hunting coming to a close.

Something New:

I was the featured blogger on SITS for a day.  :)

Engineer and I spent a weekend in Dallas going to Dave Ramsey's Entreleadership and Smart Conference seminars which was our 15th wedding anniversary getaway.  Nothing says I love you and cherish these past 15 years with you like attending a weekend of seminars.  ;)
We truly had a wonderful time together and as per usual, Engineer found interesting places to eat so we ate very well.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Perfectly Practical #200 - Panini Without the Press

Strawberry Turkey Panino


Estate sale-ing is one of my very favorite pastimes.  I love looking at the houses, sifting through someone's history, and imagining what that person's life was like.  (If they have fabulous hats then I know we would have gotten along famously.)

Aside from hats, I always look in the kitchen for cast iron, unusual dishes, local cookbooks (especially if they are dog-eared and written in) and other neat kitchen-y items.

One particular estate sale I went to was at what one may call "Pary's Dream House."  It was built for entertaining from the foyer with the winding staircase to the large open formal spaces and the cozier casual spaces to the entire back of the house looking over the lush landscaping around the pool.  To give you some perspecitve, there was a good sized bright room off of the first kitchen with built-in bookshelves just for cookbooks!

Did you notice that I said the first kitchen?  Yes, there were two large fully furnished kitchens back-to-back; one was for the lady of the house to use and the other was for caterers.

Off of the second kitchen, there was a large pantry for gadgets.  Not to mention the several rooms upstairs that were dish and decoration rooms for all of the party stuffs.

Seriously.  D-R-E-A-M H-O-U-S-E.

I like kitchen gadgets as much as the next girl.  But here's the thing:  I don't have infinite amounts of space and I only have one kitchen.

I know.  Tragic.

With that in mind, I can't justify having surplus gadgets that only serve one purpose and will only be used once in a blue moon...like a panini press.

Instead, I use what I have on hand - two cast iron skillets.

Again, cast iron is just about the most versatile bit of kitchen paraphernalia.  I can use it to cook on the stove, in the oven, or on the grill, and as "Tangled" has shown us, it makes for an invaluable weapon against assailants.

To make a panino (the singular of panini) without a press:


  • Heat up two cast iron skillets with one being slightly smaller than the other.  If the larger of them is a griddle pan, all the better.  
  • Place the sandwich in the larger pan and use the bottom of the smaller skillet to press down on the top of the sandwich.  Make sure you are using something to protect your hands since the handles get hot.
  • Once you feel like the first side has been cooked to your liking, remove the top skillet and place it back on the burner to get hot again.
  • Flip the sandwich and replace the small skillet on top.
  • Voila!  You have a panino!
I don't use anything like butter or oil in my skillets to cook these but if your sandwich is sticking to either of the skillets, use a little cooking spray or put a tiny bit of oil on a paper towel and wipe down the skillets' surfaces that will be touching the food.

This is part of WFMW.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Madly in Love


Engineer came home from work and exclaimed, "My life is so weird."

Um...did you say life or wife?

"Why is that?" I asked.

He said, "because every day I come home from work to find something like eggshells drying on the countertop, a basket in the kitchen that has bottles of beer-gone-bad you refuse to throw out since you insist that there is a use for them, or lemon peels soaking in vinegar on the window sill."*

I smiled and asked him if that was a bad thing.

He replied, "No.  Just weird."

1-4-3 EM even if your wife, er, um, life is weird.  ;)

*He could have also mentioned the seeds that were planted in egg cartons, the gardenia cuttings that are rooting in a glass on the window sill, the thieves' and oregano oils out on the counter to treat the dog's skin allergies, the grains soaking in buttermilk, the yogurt fermenting away in the crock pot, or any of the other apparent abnormalities that were obvious at that moment.



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