|Baby love: Mary & Isaac
My second grandbaby, Isaac, was born last Sunday.
I took a few pictures in the hospital here:
I took the pictures in this post when he was three days old,
when I took seven of his Mommy’s siblings for a visit at their home.
|Mary, Ryan, Jacob, Isaac
as arranged by her friend Katie,
and was the doula at Isaac’s birth.
Mary and Ryan eat kosher and a lot of vegetarian food,
so I decided to bring a chef salad, as I did when Jacob was born.
As soon as she saw it, Mary exclaimed,
“You remembered the lettuce this time!”
Yep, last time, I packaged toppings in zip lock bags
and packed them in my basket —
but then forget the big bag with the lettuce!
But this time I got it all in my favorite Longaberger basket,
a long ago gift from my own sweet mother!
|Flowers, salad, Greek dressing, hummus, crackers, heart cookies
Grandma’s Heart Salad:
- salad mix in a bag
- fresh spinach
- sliced carrots
- green pepper
- broccoli florets
- black olives
- hard boiled eggs (more in a separate bowl)
- feta cheese
- pine nuts
- grape tomatoes
- Greek garlic dressing on the side
I tried making hummus for the very first time,Orange Sesame Chicken
making up my own recipe after looking at several on www.allrecipes.com.
It was very yummy, if I may say so myself!
The picture is of a bowl I made for my husband’s snack before we left.
He’s a good taste tester!
Most hummus recipes call for tahina, a sesame seed paste.
I didn’t have any, so I used sesame seeds,
which I buy in bulk at a local produce market to make
Puree in a food processor or blender:
- 2 cans chick peas, drained
- 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
- 3 Tbs sesame seeds
- 3 Tbs minced garlic (I buy it in a jar, and use a little of the liquid)
- 6 Tbs extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1/3 cup black olives with a little of the liquid
- red pepper flakes
- black pepper
|Jacob loves his hummus and crackers!
Food is definitely a way we show love to people, either by fixing it for them or eating it with them, or both!
This morning, it meant interrupting this blog post to make a quick ham and pepper jack cheese on potato roll sandwich and tuck it in a lunch sack with a crunchy Granny Smith apple for my 17 year old daughter. (She was running late, so I drove her to the bus stop, too.) It meant making stuffed shells from scratch for my 21 year old daughter’s birthday last week, to enjoy after a long day on clinical rotations. (She’s in nursing school.) It meant making dozens of cookies and brownies for my 9 year old son and 11 year old daughter to take to school on their birthdays. (Yes, we did just have 3 birthdays in one week, plus a new grandbaby born!) It meant bringing a barbecue chicken sandwich to my 12 year old son, who was sick, instead of making him come to the table. It meant preparing a steaming mug of mocha coffee for my 14 year old son, to wake him up for a day of home schooling. It meant preparing a special “just the two of us” snack of cookies, nuts and root beer for an in-house date night with my husband. It means making dinner for “just the ten of us” almost every night, week after week.
And it’s not just for our own families. What about hospitality? We used to have people over for dinner a lot more than we do now and we need to start that up again! My favorite time was when we had several students from China and India over for Thanksgiving dinner: Our Thanksgiving Indians. Shauna Niequist shares a lot of stories about sharing meals in her book Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way. Tim Chester also wrote an excellent article called Show Hospitality & Share the Gospel. I have a lot of recipes suitable for hospitality on my main blog here: Recipes. There are so many more things I could say about this, but I’ll just leave you with those links — a little “food for thought.”
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