A Poem for Our Second Term

We are deep in Maryland’s Snow. Deep. And Cold. Cold! The low today was/is 4 degrees. We are feeling winter more this year than we did last year. I have learned a small thing or two about adjusting, relocation, and big moves. No matter what, it’s all about time. Time. It just takes time.

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

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My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

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To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

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The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

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And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

Ten Months Old!

I took the first photo when I suddenly noticed how alike their beautiful blue eyes are!
My darling is So Big! So big. Oldest and youngest. And I realized I can say that for both… as my son is now wearing pants the same length as his Dad. And my baby is fast catching up to her twin sisters.

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This picture, here, below. Yeah… we were trying to get her to sit still on the brown chair for a picture! You can see how successful we were. But my, how we all admired her in her beautiful purple tutu. 🙂

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Elenorah! Ten Months Old!

She keeps me on my toes….

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My hair is graying rapidly… and no doubt this little one has had her fair share in that continued development… 😉 The other day, I looked over at her while making dinner and noticed that she suddenly seemed taller. Her entire little face was beaming at me from over the side of her playpen. Hmmm. I then realized that she learned to climb up on the music box toy inside of it. See above picture for an example. Today, I tried valiantly to capture a true ten month photo of her (ah well, 10 1/2 month photo) and  suddenly, without warning and effortlessly!, she climbed up on top of the Little People Dollhouse! Nine children and I have never had one like this. A climber. At 10 1/2 months. This is big news for our family. Then, later today, I found her…not napping. No. She was practicing walking in her playpen nap area. Hmmmm.

Ten Month Photo Post Up Next.

Hearty Home-Made Spaghetti Sauce

There is an ice storm warning in our area for the next hours through evening. It has been frigidly cold. Yet, a delicious smell is wafting all through our house. Hearty Home-made Spaghetti Sauce! I first found this sauce on the Passionate Homemaking blog. Here is a link for her original recipe- although this is not the page I first found it on.

I have tweaked it quite a bit. It is delicious, nutritious, and bountiful. Perfect for our family. 🙂

Today’s batch was lovingly prepared by Todd with a few bits of input from me. Mmmm, I am looking forward to this for dinner! It is a perfect meal for a slow day at home. Time to chop and prep lots of veggies and load the crockpot is needed.

Home-Made Spaghetti Sauce

 1 Onion, chopped

2 Cups Fresh Spinach, chopped

3 Garlic Cloves, pressed

1 Cup of  Baby Carrots, chopped

1 Small Broccoli Crown with stem, chopped

2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped

1-2 Cups Frozen Cauliflower, chopped

3 Cans Petite Diced Tomatoes

1 (2 pound, 2 oz) jar Prego Sauce

1 TB Dried Parsley

1 TB Dried Basil

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. Salt

½ tsp. Pepper

2 TB Sugar or Honey or other Sweetener

Additional water, if needed.

Combine ingredients in large crockpot (family size). Cook on high 4-6 hours, or until vegetables are very soft and tender.

Turn down to low and simmer until needed.

You can also cook this on the stove top or in a roasting crock in the oven.

Notes: If using a slow cooker, thickener might be desired. 2-3 TB Cornstarch dissolved in Cold Water and then blended into crockpot works well. Ours is so thick today, we will not need any! You can also use alternative thickeners if desired such as xanthan gum.

3 pounds cooked and drained ground beef makes this a delicious meat sauce. Today, we have chopped, leftover pork in our sauce. Sausage is also amazing.

Enjoy!