devotions, Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 Study: Week 3

The most important lesson I learned this week is to bring my husband good not harm, all the days of my life.  In such a simple verse, Proverbs 31:12 says so many things!

How do we bring good to our husbands?  We can cook him good (and healthy!) meals.  We can compliment him (remember my plan to intentionally compliment my husband).  We can ask him what he needs and help him, eagerly

The challenge this week was to approach household tasks with an eager attitude.  Being 38 weeks pregnant and in full-fledged nesting mode, this challenge was easy for me!  I spent the week tidying the house and getting ready for the baby.  I cooked dinner most nights because I had a chance to rest during the day.  It is so much easier to serve my family with an eager attitude when I have a chance to recharge (instead of working all day and working all night).

Serving grudgingly does not bring good to your household — it brings harm.  A bad attitude is a poison that will infect the rest of your family.  This challenge would have been really tough if I had still been working.  It’s far too easy for me to adopt that negative-nancy, woe-is-me, martyr attitude when I’ve been at work all day and come home to work some more.  But, God called us to bring our husbands good all the days of our lives, even the days we’re working late and tired and pregnant.

Something that helps keep my attitude in check is Colossians 3:23 (NLT), “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people.”  By serving eagerly, we’re showing God’s love to our family, setting a good example, and bringing them good.

To be more intentional this week I am going to prepare and serve dinner at least twice at the dining room table, where we can spend quality time as a family. a-wise-woman-builds-her-home friday favorite things | finding joy Blog Button Final Covered in Grace Photobucket Photobucket Growing Home Photobucket Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

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Pasta Carbonara

I don’t remember how I discovered this delicious dish.  I never had it growing up and we’ve never ordered it in a restaurant.  The first recipe I tried used all of my favorite foods:  butter, bacon, wine, cheese, eggs, spaghetti, and onions.  It’s always a little scary cooking something you’ve never eaten before.. you don’t know what it’s supposed to look like.. or taste like.  But, it was amazing!!  An instant favorite.

I’ve since simplified the recipe, drastically.  Here is my super-simple Pasta Carbonara recipe:

Pasta Carbonara


1/2 pound of bacon
1 box of spaghetti
4 eggs (2 whole, 2 yolks)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

  1. Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces.  In a skillet, fry bacon until crispy.  Note:  You can’t do it in the microwave or use precooked bacon because you’ll need to use the grease from cooking in the skillet.

  2. Boil spaghetti according to package instructions.
  3. Mix 2 whole eggs, 2 egg yolks, 1/2 cup of milk, and 1/4 cup of parmesan.  Whisk these ingredients until well mixed.

  4. Drain pasta and return to pot.  Add egg mixture to pot.  Stir immediately and mix well.  Note:  Yes, raw eggs.  The heat from the noodles is enough to cook the eggs and the heat from the pot is some added insurance.

  5. Add bacon and grease to pot.  Stir until well mixed and serve with extra parmesan or toasted bread crumbs on top.

Voila!  Enjoy!

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Menu: June 3 – 9

It’s the last week of school!  Starting Tuesday I’ll be feeding the boys twice a day instead of just once (they are self-sufficient at breakfast)!  Honestly, it makes planning lunches a lot easier.  And leftovers can be used as a dinner one night instead of being eaten for lunch every day!  I’m also 38, going on 39, weeks pregnant– so I’m trying not to plan too far ahead and eat mostly what we have on hand, without digging into my freezer stash.

Cereal or Poptarts

Macaroni and Cheese (Kraft) with hot dogs
Ham and Swiss Sandwiches
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwiches
Chicken Strips & Fried Potatoes

Shrimp Scampi
Salisbury Steaks (looking for a good sauce recipe!)
General Tso’s (DH requested this, again)
Dinner at a Restaurant
Pork & Sauerkraut

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devotions, Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 Study: Week 2

My mom joined the Good Morning Girls’ study with me 🙂 And you’re right — it is so much better with someone to go through the study with you!!

The second week of the study focused on the confidence our husband has in us.  My husband has more confidence in me than I have in myself most of the time.  One thing I decided I could (and should) work on is to build my husband up when he is not around.

We read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman before we got married.  My husband’s love language is, by far, “words of affirmation”.  Now that I know this, I think I do a fairly good job of keeping his “love tank” full by offering positive comments that build up his confidence and make him feel good.  Even just a quick, “Don’t you look nice!” before he leaves for work will do the trick.  It’s easy.  But, around other people…?

Too often, we complain about our husbands.  It becomes almost the norm.  Even if I’m not intentionally putting him down, I know I don’t say anything to others that would build him up.

When you love something, don’t you tell everyone how great it is?  A new movie, a store, a website, a song, a recipe.  We go on and on about how wonderful these things are.  Why don’t we do the same for our husbands?

Proverbs 12:4 says “A worthy wife is a crown for her husband.”  I want to be my husband’s crown!  I want to make him sparkle and shine and show everyone how great he is.
To be more intentional this week, I will compliment my husband every day – either to him or to others.   

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time management

Mission of the Month: June

I always do better when I set some goals — especially with the major change of routine we’ll have this month (read:  new baby!).  This month I’m joining Mama Jenn with her Mission of the Month post.

Mission of the Month
Personal:Finish reading A Mom After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth GeorgeWake up before the rest of the family so I can do my devotions before the day startsMemorize two Bible verses
Marriage:Start doing The Husband ProjectFinish reading Sheet Music by Dr. Kevin LemanCompliment my husband daily
Parenting:Make a reading chart for the summerHave a healthy baby girl :o)
Homemaking:Make a menu plan for each week (using my freezer)Plan and cook lunches (instead of fed-for-yourself lunches)
Ministry/Friends/Family:Continue the Proverbs 31 Study
Financial:Stick to the grocery budget this month!!
Blogging:Post at least three times a week

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freezer cooking

Fill Your Freezer: Freezer Inventory

My freezers are full!  I needed to get out frozen chicken breasts to thaw for dinner last night and tonight.  First, I couldn’t find the chicken.  Then, I couldn’t get everything back into the deep-freezer!!  
I need an inventory.  
If I know what I have, I’ll be able to plan meals more effectively.  
If I know what I have, I’ll know what I need.  
If I know what I have, I’ll know where to find it.  
I have two freezers.  One is part of my fridge.  One is a small deep freezer we keep in the basement.  Upstairs we have….
Left to right, back to front:  Shredded cheese, lasagna filling, bread for crumbs, hamburger buns, diced potatoes, brown bag burritos, twice-baked potatoes, tortillas, barley soup, vegetable soup, strawberry freezer jam, fish sticks, bananas.
Left to right, back to front:  yeast, pork ribs, sliced chicken, brown sugar, salisbury steaks, pot roast, butter, wheat flour, cheese pizzas, steaks, ground chicken, french bread dough, pork roast, hamburgers, beef broth.

Downstairs I try to keep mostly “meals” that are already put together.  We have… brown bag burritos, southwest roll-ups, pot roast with vegetables, 6 lb taco meat, 3 lasagna casseroles, 2 pizza casseroles, 2 chicken corn chowder bowls, 1 chicken cordon blue, 2 chicken ranch casserole, 3 lb sloppy joes, 3 rosemary porkchops, 1 cheeseburger meatloaf, 1 BBQ crockpot chicken, 1 lemon chicken, 1 macaroni and cheese, salsa chicken taco filling, strawberries.

Left to right, back to front:  Wheat flour, taco soup, chicken strips, shrimp, sliced chicken breasts, cubed chicken, bacon, boneless chicken breasts, corn, brussel sprouts.

I made a spreadsheet to hang on the fridge!  I have at least 30 meals ready to thaw and numerous ingredients for meals that involve a little more prep.  I think meal planning will be so much easier this month. We can just cross things off when we use them.  I included the location on the spreadsheet so I know which freezer to look in.  
Follow me and keep an eye out for the menu plans coming up using all of these goodies!!  
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