Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Black Beans and Coconut-Lime Rice

My Mom sends me her copies of Southern Living magazine when she is done with them. Is there a better magazine? I love to look at the recipes and sometimes I actually attempt them. In the May issue one of the recipes that caught my eye was Black Beans and Coconut-Lime Rice. Husband and I love anything with coconut plus this recipe uses cilantro, cumin, and lime- all flavors that we like as well.

Ingredients assembled. Total cost under $10.00

mango- .50
onion- .35
radishes- .69
Basmati rice- $2.79
2 cans black beans- $1.34
poblano pepper- .44
lime- .25
green onions- .59
can chicken broth- .58
cilantro- .34

on hand already- coconut ($1.69?), butter, salt and pepper, and cumin

We loved this dish. At least the adults did, kids only ate the beans. Dear husband kept saying, "This so good." The combination of the flavors from the coconut, lime, and mango is delicious.

Linked to: Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Monday, June 28, 2010

Boys will be boys

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. ~Plato

My boys are growing up.
Caleb is big and strong and tough.
But I can get him to smile.

Luke is a thinker and so sweet and getting big too.

What do these boys want to do?


get hot and sweaty,

and play football with Dad.
So thankful for these two boys and one man.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kindergarten Graduation

Our homeschool Co-op recently had a Kindergarten graduation. It was a short and sweet ceremony. Luke was excited to wear a cap and gown like Dad wore.

A biography was read for each graduate.

Luke's bio:

Luke is six years old and has one older brother, Caleb. Luke's favorite color is blue. He loves to build Legos and play with Star Wars toys. Luke also loves to swim and play baseball in the backyard with Dad. Luke recently started TaeKwonDo and hopes to become a black belt one day. Luke loves animals, especially cats. When he grows up he wants to write children's books and live on a farm with ten cats.

Luke walked across the stage and received his Kindergarten diploma. Surreal- the building our co-op uses previously was a Christian school that I attended my senior year. I had my high school graduation on the same stage 16 years ago.

We are so proud of Luke. He is now ready for 1st grade and many more adventures.

Luke "surfing"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

We all need a Mrs. Brown in our lives

We went by the grocery store and Odwalla Carrot Juice was on clearance. I couldn't pass it up so into the cart it went. Have you ever had carrot juice? It is smooth and creamy, kind of like milk, but tastes just like fresh carrots. It's a little weird, but very healthy.

Drinking the carrot juice took me back to the first time I ever had carrot juice. Mrs. Brown made me some in her juicer. I started thinking a lot about Mrs. Brown. I think everyone needs a Mrs. Brown in their life. My family met Mrs. Brown when we moved to Maryland for my Dad to pastor a church there. My first memory of her is taking our family into the basement of the church and giving us sodas while the members of the church voted upstairs on whether to hire my Dad as pastor. He got the vote and we moved to Maryland.

Mrs. Brown became a big part of my life. She invited me and my siblings over to her house to swim in her huge swimming pool. We had been living way out in the country in Kentucky far away from all swimming pools. It seemed like we had an open invitation to Mrs. Brown's house to swim. My brothers and I spent hours upon hours in her pool. For three kids, from ages 9 to 13, getting to swim in her pool during the summers was like winning the lottery. I never heard her yell at us that we were too loud (I'm sure we were), that we were making a mess (yep, I bet we did), or that we were inconveniencing her plans and life. In fact she seemed to get joy from being with us. We lived in Maryland for four years and were always welcome at Mrs. Brown's house.

Mrs. Brown was ahead of her time in nutrition. She had a juicer and she enjoyed using it. I enjoyed the concoctions she would make, my brothers would not. Most days that we would swim she would make us banana ice cream. To make the so called banana ice cream she took a frozen banana and ran it through the juicer. It came out looking like soft serve ice cream. She would walk out to the pool and I can just hear her, she would say, "Lori, Joey, Timmy I made you a snack." I loved the banana treat -the boys not as much. Other times I was at her house she made fresh orange juice, apple juice, and even carrot juice. I happily tried each one. Now her juicer had multiple parts so each time she made us a drink or snack with the juicer it was a big deal to take it apart and wash all the pieces.

Here are other ways Mrs. Brown impacted my life from when I was 13 to 17: she gave me a surprise birthday party, would take me shopping and buy me clothes, gave me a perm, taught me to knit, took me grocery shopping, would have me come clean her house and be very generous with the pay, invite kids over from church to play ping pong, let us "shop" for free in her spare bedroom filled with bath and beauty items she purchased on sale, I stayed with her for a week when my parents took my sister to college, and I'm sure she did more that I don't remember. Here is another thing about Mrs. Brown- she was always positive, cheerful, and working for the Lord.

So Mrs. Brown thanks for the banana ice cream, the carrot juice, the swimming, and everything else. I hope one day that I can be a Mrs. Brown to someone. So thankful Mrs. Brown was a part of my life for those four years!

Sunday, June 20, 2010



My Dad

Top five sayings of my Dad:
  1. I need coffee.Numbered List
  2. Tell me who likes you.
  3. We don't stop for nobody.
  4. Your Mom is a great cook.
  5. I love you.

Interesting things about my Dad:

  1. Is left handed.
  2. Does not like sour cream, ever.
  3. Loves to read.
  4. Knowledgeable on pop culture.
  5. Likes the band Chicago.

My Dad:

  1. Can build anything.
  2. Knows more jokes and stories than anyone I know.
  3. Is an amazing cook on the grill and in the kitchen.
  4. Loves his wife.
  5. Is full of joy.

I love you Dad. Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Texas Rox

Last weekend we braved the heat and ventured out to Larry's Old Time Trade Days in Winnie, Texas. It is a flea market, mostly open air with a few buildings with air conditioning. The whole family enjoyed the day and searching for treasures.

Luke found many treasures- he purchased two play swords, two beanie babies, a small army tank, and two bags of gummie worms all for $10.

The boys were serious about shopping.

I loved the laid back atmosphere and the prices. The entrance fee is $3 per vehicle and the prices at the vendors are overall low.

The boys were troopers, persevering through the heat.

I loved this display. See the fruit bowl, my Mom used to have this bowl. She may still have it, but seeing this bowl took me back to her kitchen when I was ten.

I absolutely loved the collages a vendor had for sale. Each of them is different and made up of different trinkets.

My favorite was the pink Texas. Towards the bottom there is a tag that says wonderful. Texas is wonderful, I'm so glad to live here with my family.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer Fun in Beaumont

We were driving home and noticed the Verizon race car from the Nationwide Series at where else, the Verizon store. We stopped to take a closer look and get pictures.
The boys are attending VBS at a local church this week. It is not our church, but a church that is known around town for putting on one of the best VBS' in Beaumont. Caleb was a little hesitant about going and said he would only like it if they would have video games. Well no video games, the VBS is called Marketplace A.D. with the theme- Jesus, Author and Finisher of our Faith. The entire place is decorated in a Bible times theme,with the gym turned into a marketplace.

The entrance to some of the classrooms.

Every worker and every child attending has a tunic to wear complete with a belt and money pouch. At the market they receive pennies to put in their money pouch for completing a craft. They can take their pennies and buy sweets, but they have to watch out for the tax collector who can take some of their money. Caleb said he gave some money to a beggar as well.

The boys are loving this VBS! In fact Mr. Video Games, I mean Caleb told me that he wants to attend every year he can, then be a teen helper, then be a teacher of a class, and finally be the pastor at the church. Yes, that is what he said.

Another summer activity for us is the library's summer reading program. Each week they have a different event. This week a park ranger visited and talked about skins and skulls. Lukey enjoyed seeing the animal furs and the skulls.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Yellow Belt for Luke

Luke had his first testing for TaeKwonDo. This was the first time that Caleb was the spectator and Luke was participating. Luke did a great job and a few days later at the awards ceremony he was awarded his yellow belt.
Yea Luke!

Friday, June 4, 2010


Summer officially begins June 21st, but at out house it sure feels like summer. We are finished with school, and ready to play.

The pool is up and swimming has begun.
Tomato harvesting is in full swing.

One night we had BLT sandwiches for dinner. Yum!

The next night we had a tomato tart with our dinner. It was delicious.

I thought we wouldn't have much going on this summer, but right now we have one week of VBS scheduled, with two weeks of swimming lessons after that, then a trip to Dallas for a family wedding. June is booked.