our week.

I’m linking up with Life Rearranged for her InstaFriday again today.

This is how our week looked in my Instagram pictures.  [It was a pretty good-looking week.]

This is what happens when a 1 year old helps with vacation packing.  All of my neat piles turned into mess.

You really can’t see anything in this picture, but I had to put it in because it’s such a significant event.  The night before we left for vacation, a guy came over and bought Tommy’s motorcycle.  It was definitely bittersweet to let it go.  They loaded it up on the guy’s trailer at 10:30 pm.  Sorry neighbors.

We hit the road for the beach!  We were so excited to get there… as were all of the other cars backed up on the interstate.

The morning run was a bit sweeter with this view.  Jack liked it, too.

Our first few days here there were some pretty intense storms at times.  Day one we got to see a full double rainbow.  It was beautiful!

Another storm rolling in.  Amazing colors.  Amazing waves.  The beach never ceases to amaze me.  God’s creation never ceases to amaze me.

Charleston, here we come!  I love this bridge, and I love Charleston.

Oh my sweet little man found some live music on the boardwalk, and it made his week.  He danced for everyone, and it was beyond precious.

What’s a trip to the beach, or a day in the life of a toddler, without a good nap.  His nap hair was awesome.  He gets his crazy beach hair from his mama.

i am obsessed.

With the Olympics.  Always have been.  I think most people do get into the Olympic spirit.  How could you not?  It’s like for a brief time, we forget our struggles and unite as a country to dominate in the Olympics.  We have had the Olympics on all the time all week.  I love it!  Gymnastics and swimming are my favorites that have been on so far.  I very quickly became obsessed with the Fab 5.

Like most little girls, I dreamed of being an Olympic gymnast. Clearly I didn’t have the drive or talent these Olympians have.  These are seriously dedicated and disciplined people- I can’t even imagine.  But I did sacrifice for the sake of the Olympics.  I broke my arm for the US Gymnastics Team.  Well, really I didn’t do a thing for the team, but in my head, that’s how it played out.

What really happened is that I was doing a balance beam routine in my living room at the age of 10.  I was using the couch as the beam and all was going well until I got to my very difficult dismount.  As I did a cartwheel off the couch putting all of my body weight on my left arm, it snapped and I fell.  Obviously, I didn’t score high marks.  Arm broken, Olympic dream over.

I’ve also seen some fantastic food ideas for the Olympics.  I’m pretty excited to try some of these.

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This is so stinkin’ cute!  I’m very obsessed with this.  I love that she used whole wheat mini bagels with low-fat cream cheese and fresh fruit to make an adorable breakfast.  You’ll find me copying this for sure.

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This picture makes my mouth water.  I want to eat it all now, and I suddenly find myself cheering for Italy.

What about you?  Did you have any Olympic dreams?  Do you enjoy watching the Olympics?

what i did with cabbage.

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, this summer we became members of a CSA for the first time.  I am going to do a post some time this week that talks a little bit about a CSA– what it is, how it works, etc.  One of the blessings and challenges is getting produce that I normally wouldn’t pick out for my family.  I like the challenge.

Cabbage has been one of those things.  I have honestly never bought cabbage at the grocery store.  I like cole slaw– some kinds– but have never cared to make it.  I’ve done a couple of things with the cabbage we got, and this one turned out really good.

I got this recipe for Cabbage Roll Casserole from the farmer’s wife at our CSA’s farm.  I think she got it from Keeper of the Home’s blog.

Here’s how I did it [concise recipe below]:

1.  Heat olive oil and add onion.  Cook until soft, tender, and slightly brown.

2.  Add minced garlic.  Cook for about 1 minute.

3.  Add ground turkey and cook until browned.

4.  Meanwhile, cook rice according to directions on box.

5.  Once rice is cooked and turkey is browned, add rice to the turkey mixture.

6.  Add beaten egg to turkey and rice mixture and stir well.

7.  In a bowl, combine tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, & tomato paste.  Stir in apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and chili powder or cayenne.

8.  Coarsely chop about 8 cups of cabbage.  This is about 1/2 to 1/3 of a large cabbage.

9.  Spray Pam in a large casserole dish.  Use at least 9×13 but bigger is even better.

10.  Begin to add layers in dish.  Layer like this

–  cabbage


–  meat and rice mixture


–  tomato sauce


–  cabbage
–  meat and rice mixture
–  tomato sauce
[if you have any left]
–  cabbage
–  tomato sauce

11.  Cover and bake for about one hour.

Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef [I used ground turkey]

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 egg, beaten

1-2 cups cooked brown rice

1 jar of spaghetti sauce

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 T honey

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Dash of chili powder or cayenne pepper

8 cups coarsely chopped cabbage

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.  Heat olive oil and add onion.  Cook until soft, tender, and slightly brown.

2.  Add minced garlic.  Cook for about 1 minute.

3.  Add ground turkey and cook until browned.

4.  Meanwhile, cook rice according to directions on box.

5.  Once rice is cooked and turkey is browned, add rice to the turkey mixture.

6.  Add beaten egg to turkey and rice mixture and stir well.

7.  In a bowl, combine tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, & tomato paste.  Stir in apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and chili powder or cayenne.

8.  Coarsely chop about 8 cups of cabbage.  This is about 1/2 to 1/3 of a large cabbage.

9.  Spray Pam in a large casserole dish.  Use at least 9×13 but bigger is even better.

10.  Begin to add layers in dish.  Layer like this

–  cabbage
–  meat and rice mixture
–  tomato sauce
–  cabbage
–  meat and rice mixture
–  tomato sauce
[if you have any left]
–  cabbage
–  tomato sauce

11.  Cover and bake for about one hour.

–  This dish is really good with sour cream.  It’s healthier if you don’t do the sour cream, but I found the sour cream helped with the heaviness of this dish.

–  I wouldn’t ever choose this as my birthday meal, but as a way to use cabbage and have a healthy dinner for my family, it really was pretty good and easy to make.

Hope you enjoy!