Thursday, December 30, 2010

Everybody Loves Pasta

I can tell I'm having Christmas break...I finally have time to blog.

We love pasta. The kiddos love pasta.

Just wanted to share a couple of recipes that we've enjoyed. I got this Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe from a fellow twin mommy. And the other one is from Allrecipes. I normally have to make a lot of substitutions to my recipes...because things aren't available here...or are just really expensive. But we still really love these recipes. Hope you try them!

Cajun Chicken Pasta
3/4 pound rotini, cooked according to package (I normally use penne b/c I like it better & I use the full pound...cuz really what are you going to do with the other part of the package.)
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (I use 1/2 to 1 pound.)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons cajun seasoning, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) (I cut this way back b/c Asia isn't a fan of spice.)
8 oz. heavy cream (I use all purpose cream in a tetra pack b/c we don't have heavy cream here.)
1 green bell pepper, julienned
1 red bell pepper, julienned (I use a couple of a local type of green pepper.)
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, quartered (I use canned mushrooms b/c we can't normally get fresh.)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated (I normally just use the Kraft kind.)

Cook rotini according to package directions. Drain; set aside. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook, stirring frequently, until brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, onions, cajun or creole seasoning and ground black and red peppers. Add bell peppers and mushrooms; stir to combine. Cover & cook 5 minutes. Uncover; stir in cream and let simmer another 2 minutes. Stir in parmesan cheese. Remove sauce from heat, stir in cooked pasta and serve immediately.

Penne with Chicken & Pesto
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Penne-with-Chicken-and-Pesto/Detail.aspx
We actually, don't get to eat this much...because pesto is sooo expensive here & the spinach is really weird...so, you can't really make your own. But it is soo delish!
I think this calls for way too much butter and olive oil...since pesto tends to be quite oily. I just just a tiny bit of olive oil.
I also use the tetra packs of all purpose cream for this.

Anyway...I'm always on the look out for good recipes. So, if you have any good ones please share!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas Eviction


As many of you have heard by now...our landlord has decided that we need to move out. The story is really too long for me to post here...and frankly...I just don't have the time. It's not the kind of news that you want to receive 2 days before Christmas...but we did.
While we are not sure why God allowed this to happen... We do believe that God is good and is very much in control. Since God only allows what is best for us in order that we will be conformed to the image of Christ...we need to learn all that we can from our situation.
And truly...it's completely about perspective. In the last couple of weeks, two good friends have been having major health issues...one with melanoma and the other might possibly have MS. We have fellow missionaries who have kids with major health problems...one with a brain tumor and another with a bladder problem that she was born with. This is just to name a few.
On top of that...almost everyday we see multiple people that don't have a homes at all. They are just sleeping on the side of the road or under bridges, etc. This often includes little children... They don't have a house, bed, bathroom, or even food to eat.
We realize how easy we do have it...we will have a place to stay (even though we don't know where that is quite yet). And right now...our kids health is great!
So, we are trying to maintain a good perspective of this! And praying that we learn all that the Lord wants to teach us through all of this.
Please be praying that the Lord will show us where to live for the next six months and the move will go as smoothly as possible. It's not something that we look forward to with 4 kids 3 and under.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We Are Still Alive


We are still alive...I haven't blogged since Skye was 2 days old. I almost feel bad... :)
I lost my helper about a week and a half after we brought our new little bundle of joy home. Brian went back to language study when Skye was 3 weeks old...and I went back when she was 4 weeks old. Brian studies 40+ hours a week and I do 30. On top of that, living here just takes sooo much longer. All our cooking needs to be done from scratch, etc. Oh, and did I mention that we have 3 preschoolers. :) Asia is 3 1/2 and the boys are 2. Skye is 4 months old tomorrow. They sure are fun...but they don't ever stop.
So, honestly...we are just trying to survive over here!
We get a break starting December 17th for a month. We are really looking forward to it...as we really need one. But, also, hopefully, we'll get our thank yous done...and a newsletter sent out...and be able to check some other things off our mile long "to do" list!