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Cuteness, Dust, Soup, Poetry and Literati

Hey y'all! I can't believe it's Friday already, it doesn't seem possible. Time is flying so fast, it seems like yesterday that we arrived and it's already been 3 weeks. We are finally seeing and end to all this chaos we call life. Things are slow now and we have time for date night, which we went on last night, it was very nice.

Oh in all the hustle and bustle of getting ready to come here I forgot to report the birth of my newest niece, Kaitlyn. Katie was born on the 31st of December at 10:50 in Texas. You know lots of good things happen in Texas! :0)

BTW. that's my hand holding her, great pic huh?

I got alot of cleaning done today. One of the things I dislike about houses in Europe is that they are made entirely from cender block and cement and for some reason dust collects like you wouldn't believe. We are vacuuming and dusting almost daily, a bit of a pain actually, but we can a body do?

I unpacked alot today, and I actually almost have the office/sewing room finished. Isn't Johnny so nice to share his office with me, yea he is. Love ya Babe!

This is my favorite WW recipe, I simple LOVE it and for 0 pts. what's not to love?

2/3 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup diced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups fat-free broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)
1-1/2 cups diced green cabbage
1/2 cup green beans
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced zucchini

1. In large saucepan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, saute the carrot, onion and garlic over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Add broth, cabbage, beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until beans are tender.
3. Stir in zucchini and heat 3-4 minutes.
Serve hot.
Makes four 1-cup servings.
Per Serving: 42 calories; 0 g fat; 2 g fiber

***When I first found this recipe, I thought "No way I can eat cabbage and all that junk" but now after I've started eating it, I love it. The flavor is wonderful.

Also when I want to make it a meal I add some drained and rinsed kidney beans and some grilled chicken. Actually this is what I'm making today for dinner. :0)

Really you can throw in just about any veggies, cawliflower would be good also. Enjoy, we're going to! :0)

Stumbing Block or Stepping Stone
Is this a stumbling block or a stepping stone?
Only you can decide.
You don't need to stumble or fall,
With Jesus at your side.

They come in many different forms.
Heartaches, troubles. and loss.
But Jesus showed His love for you.
When He died upon the Cross.

God's word tells us when we are tried,
More than we can bear,
He'll provide a way to escape,
There's a crown for us to wear.

No one could ever make it alone,
On our strength alone we'll fall
But our God is there to help us
If on His name we'll call.

There is no shortage of His power.
He's Master and Ruler of all.
He has plenty of grace for you,
He's listening for your call.

It doesn't matter how big the stone,
Or how small that it may be.
We're safe if we lean upon,
The Man of Galilee.

So Friend, when you've been tried,
Don't feel you're all alone.
Don't let it be a stumbling block,
But make it a STEEPING STONE.
During the winter months it gets really dark here and sometimes it's hard to know what to do when it's so dark so Johnny and I have this ongoing battle over who's best at Literati. So far it would be fair to say that I'm winning but the race is still on. 1 to 0 girls winning.
Well that should take care of my blogging for about a month, wheww that was a mouth full.
Have a great Weekend!!!


  1. oh...what a sweet baby...

    and yes..after living in Europe 11 years......dust...dust..dust...
    aaachoooo !!!!

    I love the poem...that is a keep fer sure...

    I too am doing points...and have made the soup..think I still love Taco Soup

  2. Awww, your new baby niece is just adorable!

    The recipe sounds really good to me. I love cabbage and that other stuff too! ;)


  3. Glad to hear that you are having fun! And very nice poem. That is a great lesson for us to learn!

  4. Tori,
    Thank you for visiting my blog! I love your blog! I'm going to add it to my sidebar. Also, I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    Your niece is just adorable!!

  5. Deby,
    I would love to have the Taco Soup recipe, sounds yum.

    Thanks Ladies and Gentlemen,
    My neice is adorable isn't she!

  6. what a BEAUTIFUL baby and nice pic :D

    that soup is yummy, I have had it.

    What a nice poem.

    What great news about our friend comming to visit! YAY!

  7. God bless you as you live and work in Croatia :) I love brand new babies, and that is definitely a cute one!


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