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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Menu Plan Monday: June 15

Amira's ballet recital is this week, which is very exciting. We will have photos up as soon as we get them. Because of all of the end of the year activities we have going on, we don't have as much cooking to do for our dinners.

Since Rich and Dominic's birthday is this week and the Cub Scout picnic is the same day, I'm bringing a cake and calling it a birthday party. Dominic is all over having his birthday with his Cub Scout friends and we can have a quiet family party at home. Which we definitely appreciate right now.

This is a kind of bittersweet time for us in the Arabian Knits household. We have been preparing ourselves for a very possible move which is now a definite move. We've lived in our place for six and a half years, in our town for nearly ten years, and we will be moving on within the next month and a half. Please pray for us as we seek guidance on which job we will take, as our time at this airport is at an end. Part of my cooking out of our freezer so much has been an effort to whittle down what we have so we can pack our deep freeze chest freezer and only have to move that packed, while the other freezers can be empty or act as coolers for our refrigerated items. It's been hard to write here while we have been going through all of this and we have been hit by a few other difficulties lately, which have added to the burden.

It is good to remember that most people do not get to live on their own terms, and though we have been given nearly a decade of exactly what we want, we will join those who are making the best of their circumstances. Please continue to pray for us. We were not able to put a garden in this year, after all of our preparation, because of the shenanigans here. That has been hard for the family, but especially for Rich, for whom the plants in pots and the sprouting potatoes have served as a painful and maddening reminder of what wasn't being done. We feel like the Ingalls family who had to leave behind their farm and garden in Kansas. We are trying not to be too bitter about the reasons behind the move. While we are relieved not to be under the stress of a bad situation, we are saddened that we are being forced from a place and friends and a church that we love. In the meantime, it is hard not to be glad when we see the trouble these people are having, even if that is not the right attitude to have toward them.
If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can.
What is on your menu this week?

Here is the list of foods from the freezer, fridge and pantry that I'm using this week. Anything from the freezer, pantry or fridge that was not bought specifically for this meal or this past week will be included in my lists.

Ground Beef
Mixed Peppers

Veggie Kabobs
Baked Lemon Pasta
Feta Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream

All Herbs & Spices
Olive Oil
Bread Flour
Whole Wheat Flour (freshly milled!)
Basmati Rice
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Canned Artichoke Hearts
Diced Tomatoes
Tomato Sauce

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. In times such as this you are blessed to have your faith in G-d to rely upon. Use it to keep focused and remember that every thing happens for a reason. And don't be too hard on yourself, if you find yourself wishing less than the best to those who brought this on you. When we found ourselves in the same situation many years ago, I had visions of writing a best selling mystery novel that did not end well for the person who got what they deserved!
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