Thursday, September 22, 2011

5 Posts for the Price of 1

I'm still here. Dang blog. Had I been a good little blogger the last few weeks I would have posted no fewer than 5 times! Unfortunately, I'm a not a good little they are anyway:

Food Swap

I had a post planned two weeks ago-and it never happened. I was going to show you what my kitchen looks like on Tuesdays:

Pretty bad, huh?

Since January I've been doing a food swap with another family in our ward. I take her family of 6 (with no food allergies) dinner Tuesday night, and she brings us food on Wednesday nights. (It seems a minor miracle to NOT have food allergies here where we live-is it that way everywhere now or is there something wrong here?)

Let's just say Wednesday is awesome and Tuesday kind of sucks.

Having a warm meal delivered to your door is perfectly delightful; coming up with recipes that are new and exciting and worthy to be shared with friends once a week is stressful. Not to mention the preparation and clean up.

That's a lot of dishes!

Preparing homemade baked manicotti for last week's swap gave me an idea for another post...

My Food Processor Finally Comes Out of the Closet (and box)

Long ago, when we lived in Small Town, Mexico, I went through a freezer meal obsession. I purchased a food processor and had it sent to New Orleans where they were supposed to stick it on a boat that was coming down to Small Town. Instead, the new guy in the mail room just sent it down in the mail and we ended up having to pay about twice what I paid for it in customs (grrrr).

I never even opened it up until last week when I was making sauce for the manicotti (ground beef and pepperoni ground up together-interesting).

New things scare me. I remember when I first got an ipod-it sat in a drawer for 6 months before I opened it.

It worked great. Today I made pesto with fresh basil out of my garden. How domestic am I?

On to the next would-be post...

7 Kids=Chaos

My friend had her 4th baby last week. Her 3 other kids, ages 8, 5 and 19 months, came and stayed with us for a couple of nights. These kids are great kids (believe me you, I don't offer to do extended babysitting very often), and I was EXHAUSTED! Like falling asleep on the couch at 9 pm with my clothes on exhausted.

Here are a couple of shots of my house...

Next post...

Pedro, Always the Charmer

I hope this was due to the fact that my friend had her baby last week, but I can't really be certain...

Pedro came up to me the other night and put his hand on my stomach and asked if I had a baby in there because my stomach, according to him, "is big".

Time to lay off on the Blue Bell ice cream.

And last but not least...

Bishop Guapo

Guapo was called to be the new bishop of our ward last Sunday. That makes me a "bishop's wife", which to me conjures up images of someone MUCH older (and slightly nicer) than I am. Oh well. So, I've been spending a lot of time coming to grips with what that means for our family for the next 5 or 6 YEARS. I need to simplify things as much as I can around here in order to remain sane (note to self: this does not mean neglecting my blog).

(For those of you who aren't LDS, our church doesn't have a paid clergy-every position in our congregation is fulfilled by a "regular" person in our 300 member ward. A bishop is the person in charge of the ward and it's kind of like taking on a part-time job in addition to going to his regular job. It will require anywhere from 15-30 hours a week of service. A bishop doesn't have a set "term" but it is normally around 5 years-our last bishop was in for just over 6 years)

He'll do a great job. And don't worry-I'll never again refer to him as Bishop Gaupo on my blog.

He's still just Gaupo to me.


andalucy said...

Hey, fellow bishop's wife!! :) Welcome to the fold. You'll get used to it.

I thought about you the other day when I broke my toe!

Emily said...

Nice of you to blog again.

Janice said...

Great post. Great stories. I wish you were my neighbor and we did food swaps.

Abby said...

Matty and I, however, might refer to him as "Bishop Guapo" everywhere, from now on;)

Do you like doing the dinner swap? It sounds fun, but also a little stressful, as you said. Since you're coming up with new recipes all the time these days, feel free to send any great ones my way--I'm always looking for new ideas!

I love it when you blog--keep 'em coming!

Head Nurse or Patient- you be the judge said...

I think that food alergies are the new thing- they are everywhere. And I think it is wierd how they have multiplied. I have a lot of great friends whose families deal with them- but one family alone deals with several. I have tried cooking for them- Darn near impossible. He is dairy- she and two kids are celiacs- and the other is something else I can't remember right now.

Good Luck with the Sister Bishop calling.

Fabiola said...

WOW, it is a lot of information.
I love all of them.

Bishop Guapo and you as a Bishop Wife.... It is interesting...

I wish Brazilians had food swap mind set.

Ballerina Girl said...

Agreed with the last comments...keep the blogs coming :)
Ok, I need a pesto recipe....would you send me yours please? Food swap sounds like fun....
I want to try a progressive dinner here...where one house does appetizers, the next the main course and the last the desserts...we shall see how it goes!
Congrats to Guapo....and to you also. I think!

Missing you here :)

Lynne said...

Thanks for updating your blog! I think you're brave to do a dinner swap. I would worry I would run out of yummy ideas too fast.

Congrats to Guapo! I know you'll make an excellent bishop's wife. I just remembered when you gave a talk in church and the bishop didn't even know you weren't a member. You've always been amazing and I'm sure the years since I've known you have only improved on that. He may be the bishop but it requires a lot of support from you and I can't imagine a better woman to give it.

Stephanie said...

I agree with Lynne. I know that you will be able to do all you need to do. It wont always be easy, but you will find the support you need. It will come from friends, family and your ward members. Just keep telling yourself-We can do this. As far as the food alergies, I agree that more and more people seem to have them.

Unknown said...

Yay, new posts! I was starting to wonder if you really had survived that run you had claimed to have survived. :-)

Pedro looks so handsome with his shorter hair!

Guapo becoming Bishop is big news! You need to change the rules of the meal swap now...It should be that the sisters in your ward swap turns bringing you dinner every night. Wouldn't that be wonderful?!

Speaking from experience, your family will be greatly blessed as Guapo serves in this calling, and you won't fully realize it until he is released.

Julie said...

Food swap sounds ambitious, but great.
You will be a great bishop's wife. Even though you are young you are still one of the nicest people I know.
And, of course, Guapo will be a great bishop.