Thursday, July 26, 2012


Our first trip to China was in February 2010.  Isaac was a marvelous eater, no matter where we went, but he especially loved congee.  We had read about that in the orphanage updates we got about him, and that he liked it with chicken, fish, etc.  I had no idea what congee even was, but chalked that up as one of those odd Chinese dishes. Every hotel we stayed in had large pots of it at their breakfast buffet, and every restaurant had it on the menu.  Isaac was having serious intestinal issues, so we kept him on a familiar and bland diet.  He ate so much of it during our stay in China that I realized that I had better get proficient at whipping up a pot of it so he could eat it here at home also.  There was quite a bit about it on the internet and how good it was for "distressed tummies".  The recipe?  Almost nothing to it - you just continue to boil rice until it reaches a more mushy state.  Joshua loves it, too, even though he wouldn't touch it during our trip in 2011.  He was so picky, and survived on drinkable yogurt and french fries the entire two weeks. 

So, every week I dump two cups of rice into a soup pot and add plenty of water.  I bring it to a boil and then continue to just add water until it reaches its desired mushy state.  I put a bit of poultry seasoning in it to give it a little chicken flavor.  The boys love it plain, with leftover meats, vegetables, scrambled eggs, etc.  It's a great way to clean out the refrigerator with those pesky leftovers that no one else will touch!

So, if you have a picky eater at your house, or someone recovering from the intestinal flu............whip up a pot of congee!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My first post!

Time marches on and the seasons of life continually change.  I, for one, DO NOT LIKE CHANGE!  I like things to stay as they are.....comfortable and predictable.   For years I scrapbooked the traditional way, with stickers, markers, and gorgeous pages chronicling our family's adventures.  I got way behind, and I mean really way behind, a number of years ago.  Then Courtney started her blog and printed off beautiful hardback books and I thought, "Wow!  This is really a great alternative to scrapbooking, and I don't even have to do it!"  So I relied on my industrious firstborn to take that task over and she really did a great job of it for several years, including two beautiful books covering our two trips to China.  However, her life is becoming busier than ever with school and work, and I have been having members of my family start insinuating that I needed to start a blog to once again record the happenings in our family.  Me?  A blog?  But how would I figure all of that out?  That's change and I don't like change..................

So with two daughters at my side, nursing me along (making me feel like the aged parent), I now have a blog address, a header - thanks Rachel - and no excuse now not to record the events in our very busy lives.  And yes, we are so very busy, but these special times with three older children, one middle boy, and two tiny rascals are precious and must be recorded for posterity's sake!