I didn’t get the clean gene – seven quick takes


WE FOUND A HOUSE!!! I practically can’t contain my excitement. It is beautiful, and 100% sent from God. I went back and forth about it for awhile, unsure about a few things, but I left Sunday mass KNOWING it was the house for us. Bodie loves it just as much as I do. We went back to the area to visit one more time, then called up the landlord and signed the lease that very day.

I am also really thankful that we are now done looking at rentals, and that I know where I’m going to live when this baby comes. Now all we have to do is move in, and we’ll do that in late Oct / early Nov.


Local farms in October

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What’s for supper? Oh, just carbs and cheese.

As always, thank you to Simcha Fisher for hosting What’s For Supper? on her blog. I’d love to hear what you had for supper this week, even if it involved ramen and hot dogs, like some of our previous weeks.

Last Friday:

In continuing efforts to use up the random items in my cabinets we had ground beef + onions sauteed, then simmered in gravy and served with mashed potatoes and frozen peas. It was delicious, if a little odd and cowboy-ish. Next time I’ll probably add mushrooms to up the veggie content.


Italian style pork chops, which may or may not actually be Italian. I take thin cut boneless pork chops, dip them in egg, cover them in bread crumbs, and saute them in a pan. I boil pasta, add marinara sauce, then put it in a baking dish and throw the pork chops and some more marinara on top. Add mozzerella cheese or parm if you like, I guess then it would sort of be like Pork Chop Parmesan. Which Bodie thought was weird, so I didn’t add cheese.

Like Kendra, I usually don’t make two dinners, but I make a few exceptions, and one of these is if I am pregnant and do not feel up for eating what everyone else is. So Bodie and Miri enjoyed Italian pork chops, and I had a sandwich. All of us ate the leftovers for lunch on Monday too, so none was wasted. Except for the pork chop that I dropped on the floor. We won’t talk about that one. Note to self: keep kitchen floors tidier.

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Italian Pork Chops from the night before I went into labor
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Turkey and Zucchini Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce

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This is a healthier and milder version of regular enchiladas, and it’s one that my family loves! You could substitute out ingredients and make this vegetarian (which I have done, try black beans, rice, and quinoa instead of turkey).  If you buy bottled enchilada sauce, you may need two bottles. This is a great freezer meal, we ate half and froze half for another night.

Makes 10 enchiladas

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Summer Recipe: Sausage Stir Fry

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This is a quick and easy dinner that is great for summer, especially if you live in an apartment and don’t have a grill but still want to enjoy summer foods like delicious Polish sausage called kielbasa. This recipe takes me about 20 minutes, and makes 2-3 servings

1 lb of kielbasa sausage (or substitute Italian sausage)
1 green pepper
1 medium onion
olive oil

If you are using raw sausage, you will want to saute it prior to beginning this recipe. Kielbasa is already cooked (smoked) so all you need to do is brown it. Heat a pan with about 1 tbsp olive oil on a med-high burner and cut the kielbasa into little rounds. I use scissors to do this. Once the pan is good and hot, throw the sausages in and don’t touch them. While they are browning, cut up your pepper and onion into strips. When the sausage has browned on one side and is ready to be mixed, add your veggies and season with salt/pepper. Once the peppers and onions are soft/browned, they’re ready to be served up!

You can eat this plain for a low carb version, or serve on a hot dog roll or with potatoes. I sometimes also add mushrooms or other vegetables to the mix, I’d love to hear what kind of variations you come up with!


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Shepherd’s Pie – easy and delicious!

This Shepherd’s Pie recipe is a great one for holidays or potlucks, and I always try to make extra. This recipe will yield two pie tins worth, but you can also use a casserole dish if you prefer. It takes me about 1.5 hours to make this, but you could probably cut it down to an hour if you were fast with prep!

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