Sunday, November 27, 2011
Menu Plan: First Week of Advent
Since it is the first week of Advent, we will be beginning the Advent fast and our menus will reflect that. It is a little Lent, so it is not as strict a fast for us.
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Leftover Enchiladas and Cotija, Coffee and Milk
Dinner: Turkey Tetrazzini, Mixed Green Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette, Leftover Pies
Breakfast: Hard Boiled Eggs, Bananas, Toast, Coffee and Milk
Dinner: Mexican Chorizo & Bean Casserole with Salsa Rice, Avocado and Cotija
Breakfast: Yogurt with Strawberry Jam, Buttered Toast, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Corn Bread with Sausage Gravy, Pomegranates
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Raisins and Cinnamon Sugar, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Torteggas, Sliced Apples
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast, Grapefruit, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: French Onion Soup with Croutons
Breakfast: Honey & Oat Flapjacks with Maple Syrup, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Baked Potatoes with Broccoli Cheese Sauce, Pineapple
Breakfast: Chilaquiles and Eggs, Milk and Tea
Dinner: Tuna Casserole*, Veggie Sticks
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Family in Photo
Amira and Yasmina helped their dad get the hay in from our tiny crop around the border of our property this summer.
Here is Mariam the morning of her baptism. We stayed at a friend's house on our way to our long trip. We stopped at one of our communion's churches where the priest very generously performed a private mass for our family and did the baptism with the godparents in absentia because of some difficult circumstances in our location.
Alexander served at the mass and lit the Paschal candle. There are two times in a believer's life in which the Paschal candle is lit specifically for him: At baptism and at his funeral.
Mariam, newly baptized into the body of Christ.
Our whole family with Fr. Mark after the baptism and mass.
This is Mariam in our modified camp swing at Yellowstone.
Here we all are at the Continental Divide.
Here is our baby who will never need to be baptized. Rayan was delivered Tuesday, November 15. I miscarried naturally at home, so we were able to keep the body for burial. I do have pictures of the baby for those who truly wish to see, but here is our child in a treasure box that Alexander made for me when he was six. We asked if he would offer it as a casket for Rayan. It was much too big, but seemed more fitting and respectful than a jar or box from something else. This is the first time we have ever been glad for a unisex name, as it was too difficult to determine the sex. Rayan means gentle and heavenly and is an Arabic name given to both boys and girls.
From the words of the burial service:
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered; Accept our prayers on behalf of the soul of thy servant departed, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.
I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.
We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
"But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death." I Corinthians 15:20-26
"Jesus said unto them, 'All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.'" St. John 6:37-40
Menu Recap: November 13 - November 19
Breakfast: Baked French Toast (filled with sliced plums), Coffee and Milk
Breakfast: Hard Boiled Eggs, Sesame Semolina Toast, Apples, Coffee and Milk
Dinner: Zucchini, Onion and Feta Frittata, Garlic Bread, Apple Sauce
Breakfast: Oatmeal and Brown Sugar, Milk
Dinner: Scrambled Eggs with Potatoes, Chorizo and Cheese
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Tuna Sandwiches, Bread and Butter Pickles, Apple Sauce
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Sausage, Potato and Pepper Bake, Bread, Dried Fruit
Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Toast, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Pizza and Chips
Breakfast: Hard Boiled Eggs, Toast, Grapefruit, Milk and Tea
Dinner: Italian Sausage Skillet with Brown Rice
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Menu Plan: November 6 - November 12
And, just so you know, we found Annie's organic cereal at the Grocery Outlet and bought a bunch, mostly for Mariam to have as snacks, but were reduced to serving cold cereal on Sunday morning. Since we also had a rather heavy lunch after church, we had a simpler dinner. I don't have any recipes planned for posting this week, but have a few set for next week. Maybe even with pictures!
Breakfast: Hunny Bunny-Os and Milk, Coffee and Milk
Dinner: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Sliced Pears, Rice Krispy Treats
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Pears and Cinnamon Sugar, Coffee and Milk
Dinner: Ranchero Beans, Rice, Coconut Bars
Breakfast: Toad in the Hole, Sliced Pears, Spice Tea with Honey
Dinner: Pastitsio, Fried Apples with Honey
Breakfast: Slow Cooker Rice Pudding, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Pumpkin Gratin, Braised Red Cabbage and Pears
Breakfast: Potato, Scallion, Cheese and Egg Breakfast Casserole, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Saucy Sour Cream Meatballs with Green Beans, Apple Apricot Sauce
Breakfast: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Creamy Potato Soup with Whole Wheat Rolls
Breakfast: Baked French Toast (filled with sliced plums), Bacon, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Beef Rogan Josh, Garlic Rice Pilaf with Coriander, Baked Apples