7 Quick Takes (#52)

Linking up with Cari, Author of Pope Awesome and Other Stories, for this weeks 7 Takes!

My brand new squishy delicious niece was born yesterday morning!!!  Lucy Ryann was born on her due date at 9:40 in the morning.  I'm so happy for Nicole that she is no longer pregnant!  And major kudos for the 100% natural delivery - no drugs...again (she did a drug-free delivery with the twins as well!!)

The twins are going to be all the entertainment this little girl can handle.

Elena got so excited she asked if she could go play with the baby.  I told her the plane tickets cost too much money and she said, "No mom, look at all the money in your money jar!"

We did just visit our cousins a month ago.  I put a few photos on Facebook, but here are some pics of our visit with family!

We gathered our family from 4 different states (Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas) for the 2nd anniversary of my mom's death, and we did exactly what she would have expected us to: We drank a toast to her!

Seriously - they are as tall as a human gets.  It was ridiculous.  And I felt claustrophobic all week.

My Goddaughter Audrey!! 

Annual Lobster Feast - a Nova Scotian thing

Instead of finishing his summer reading, Gavin built them a fort and then hid from his parents in it with Elena

It was a good trip and now I'm ready to go home and visit again!  

I am participating in another Jesse Tree Swap this year.  Last year was a nightmare.  I crocheted tiny little swords and anvils and it took WEEKS!!  This year, I saw that the Stump and Sprout were still available and jumped on it.  It took a whopping 2 hours!

While I read a book in front of the fire, Jason saws 2 pieces of firewood into tiny little circle ornaments.  He drilled a hole through the top for the string, and made a small angled hole in the bottom (not all the way through) to hold the "sprout".  I bought an ornate leaf thingy from Hobby Lobby and tore it apart to attach sprouts to the wood.

And seriously - that was IT!!  It took a few more minutes to attach the string.  But 2 hours max.  I might get around to writing Isaiah 11:1-2 on the back as well.

Isaiah 11:1-2

New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Peaceful Kingdom

11 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
    the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the spirit of counsel and might,
    the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Jesse Tree - Isaiah 11:1-2

Ever since I gave up Facebook, dinner has been on the table by 6 every night.  It is magical.  Last night we had my brand new favorite meal.  We had it when we visited friends for dinner a couple weeks ago and now it is a Gale Household staple!

Creole Red Beans and Rice with Cunapes
(Of course I don't have one picture because it gets eaten so fast - I'll get photos tonight and add them!)

1 cup dry red beans
1 1/2 cups rice
3 cups chicken broth
6 slices bacon
Creole Seasoning (from Allrecipes)0

1) The day before, soak the beans in warm water on the counter overnight.  The next morning, rinse the beans thoroughly and soak again.  At least an hour before you want to eat, boil water and cook the beans for about an hour.
2) Pour the broth and rice (rinsed) in a pot and bring to a boil, put the cover on and allow steam to come out and cook for 20 minutes.
3) Bake the bacon in the oven at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Crumble.

Serve the red beans and rice with the creole seasoning poured on top and crumbled bacon.  Serve with cuñapés.


8oz round of queso fresco grated
1 cup Yuca Harina (tapioca starch)
Salt to taste
~1/4 cup milk

Stir ingredients together adding milk only as needed to get a dough (but not too wet).  Form balls and push your finger in the bottom to create an indent (will help them not stick to the pan).  Bake at 375 for 15-25 minutes.  This depends completely on your oven but they should look like this when done:

Credit: Wiki - "Cheese Bun"

And go read The Origins of Cunape in the comments over here: http://www.boliviabella.com/cunape-cheese-bread-balls.html.  I felt like I was in 5th grade all over again when I read it *snicker*

We only have one more soccer game before the end of the season!

 This was from our last practice of the season last night.  That was the first time Leo actively tried to engage with the ball.  And the only...

He usually spends his time on the field being silly

Not paying attention 

Or stuck in the imagination world of a 5 year old
He is certain this red jersey makes him an official Power Ranger.

One time during a game, the ball hit his foot and went straight to his teammate who kicked it in the goal.  We whooped and hollered like he won the Olympics hoping that he would finally understand the concept.  

Maybe he can get a Lego scholarship???


Here is what the other children do during Leo's practices/games:

Hey - I'm just doing my part to encourage other families to have lots of children...

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  1. Those rolls look like chebe rolls that we sometimes buy at the grocery store in the freezer section..DELICIOUS looking.

  2. what is with those girls and the curls?? love the curls.

    nice pics.

  3. Love the little guy and dad pics, so so sweet. Never heard of cheese buns, but it sounds like something we would love, off to read the comments!


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