3 tablespoons of dried basil
3 tablespoons of dried oregano
3 tablespoons of dried parsely
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of thyme
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
Mix together. Use in place of store-bought Italian Seasoning.
Our favorite recipe to use it on? A variation of these chicken thighs. Soooo good, inexpensive and hard to mess up. (Just replace the seasoning mix they call for in the recipe with the Italian Seasoning above and some kosher salt.)
Late Fall 2015 making: pumpkin muffins cooking: a few new dinner ideas from this book drinking: red wine reading: books that have been on my "to-do" list wanting: a much needed date night looking: at deer in the backyard playing: with ideas for remodeling our kitchen wasting: time on the website Houzz sewing: pajama pants wishing: the hens would start laying eggs again enjoying: earlier bedtimes waiting: November 29, we can put up a Christmas tree! liking: this warm November weather wondering: if it will ever start to snow loving: my family hoping: Ellie does well at the KOC Spelling Bee in December watching: Josie drive Ellie around the yard in the golf cart needing: a new stovetop – one of our burners burned up smelling: baking sourdough bread wearing: flannel shirts noticing: that Ellie keeps getting taller knowing: winter is coming thinking: I should make an actual scrapbook about our Disney trip (yes…eight months later.) feeling: happy opening: boxes from UPS – Christmas shopping! Spring 2015 list is here Fall 2014 list is here Summer 2014 list is here
Sunday night, after her bath, Eleanor asked if she could blow dry her own hair. Yes, of course! One less thing for me to do as I packed lunches, located class folders and whatever else I needed to do before tucking the children into bed. As I walked past the bathroom I stopped to look at our now ten-year old. I smiled to myself – she looked so grown up. Then I stopped smiling. She looked so grown up!
Little by little the list of day-to-day things that Ellie and Josie need me for me to do seems to be getting smaller. On one hand, that's wonderful. They are learning to be responsible young ladies. On the other hand, it feels as though these years when they need us the most are slipping away. Of course, they will need us forever, but in such different ways than what we're experiencing now.
Our life today looks so different than it did even four years ago. In 2011 we had a six-year-old and a two-year-old. We would have been in the throws of routine madness, (not to mention I was on crutches and PT for much of the year!) Do I miss butt wiping, toddler entertaining days? I miss those snuggley babies with their chubby cheeks and dimpled hands, for sure. But these days are pretty great too.
With a ten and almost eight-year-old, we can do so much more as a family. We have actual conversations that most of the time leave us shaking our heads and laughing. They entertain themselves and each other, yet still need their one-on-one snuggle time with Mom and Dad throughout the day. So even though they don't need us for a number of daily tasks anymore, they certainly still need us, and always will. (If you're reading this in fifteen years, Ellie and Josie, call your mother and tell her how much you still need her!)
Mix all the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator.
Add 1/4 cup of mix to 1 cup of milk and ⅔ cup of mayonnaise. Stir together and chill for an hour before serving.
Add 1/4 cup of mix to ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt and ½ cup of mayonnaise. Stir together and chill for an hour before serving.
If the dressing or dip doesn't have enough "punch" for you, you can
either add a little more of the dry mix to your dressing or dip, or
sprinkle in a little cayenne pepper. The recipe is pretty adjustable –
play with the base until you've found the perfect combination.
This job is done for 2015 – our 20 cords of wood are cut, split and stacked. (Well, all but the bit that Kyle is burning first.) No more strength training via lifting and throwing logs most nights. Just in time to start the Stride Through the Holidays challenge I signed up for. I'm looking forward to mixing it up a bit the next five weeks!