7 Quick Takes Friday 4/4/2014




Work finally started at the house… I debated what to say about that (or if I should at all) for awhile, but really… I don’t see how it’d be an issue. Yes we’re “out” for the week, but it’s nowhere near empty… More occupied (and for a longer time) than it is normally so there ya go.  The kids are loving the motel stay. I’m… Well I’m getting more sleep LOL.  I have a lot I need to be doing that I can’t, so that’s driving me a little crazy… But overall it is a bit of a break.


IFF is tomorrow! Eek!

Seriously though I am looking forward to it.


Jason and Kalila were in a car accident on Monday. They are ok. Truck totaled. Insurance a pain. Horrible timing obviously. But very thankful that no one was hurt.


My phone died again.. Taking it in tomorrow. So annoyed over the whole thing. It never happens when I don’t really need it.


Don’t want to go into too many details on this one, but could use prayers on the job situation. We’re waiting for news.


Kalila lost another tooth. She’s so excited about the whole thing. Unfortunately the tooth fairy has been slipping this time around with everything going on. Oops.


And the pics

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7 Quick Takes Friday 3/28/2014




No MPM this week… turned into a good thing.  Work on the house was pushed back again, and the last half was geared towards that.  I’ve managed to somewhat stick to what I had planned though and figuring out how to adjust this last bit hasn’t been too bad.


Went looking in my jewelry box Weds night for something and realized something totally different was missing. My cross.  The one my Godparents gave me when I was Baptized. I could have sworn it was in there and panicked when I couldn’t find it. Went over that box at least 3 times. Looked in Baba’s. Looked in my older ones that had most taken out of. Even pulled out the one with our rings to see if it was in there.  Finally called it a night, lit my St. Anthony candle, said a prayer and went to bed. Thurs I did that all again plus pulled everything from the bathroom cabinet where I used to keep the jewelry boxes.  Decided to look in one of the old ones one more time before bed and found it mixed in/tangled up with some others I’d planned to get rid of when I have time to go through them.

So thankful I found it…


Time change is STILL getting to me. We need to stop this.  Or at the very least never do it during spring break again. Bad bad idea.


Kalila has started playing Mario Cart the past few weeks.  She is hilarious…  Starting to really get the hang of it, but dear Lord she sounds like Baba. The whole thing cracks me up.


The boys are both growing like crazy lately.  ZJ looks like the 4year old he’s about to be. Keiran went from a size 3 shoe to a size 5 in the last two or three weeks.  Makes me glad we weren’t able to find any “his size” when we looked.


Mama Lynn wrote a book.  A Light in Africa.

One of my Mission Moshi friends mentioned it on FB and I immediately had to get it. I’m so glad I did.  I was right, it was hard to read in places. I recognize a good number of the stories. Some from her telling us in person. Others from meeting that particular child or person. Others from keeping up with her blog (which I try to do… usually means reading in spurts months or longer apart).  Made me teary more than once. Made me laugh a few times too… I could just hear Mama Lynn.

I definitely recommend it. She’s an amazing woman with some amazing stories.



Circle School: Big Give, Whole Foods & IFF

I know at some point or another I’ve mentioned my daughters school.  I can’t remember how much I’ve said about it, and not really going to go looking at the moment lol. That said.. my daughter goes to the Circle School.  It is a private co-op school here in SA. We absolutely love it there… for so many reasons.

Anyways, point of all this is that we have three fundraisers going right now.

The first is incredibly easy and I would appreciate any and all help we can get with it.

Big Give SA.

Right now there is a video contest going on with Big Give SA.  Several parents got together and made this really cute video for it.. They did a wonderful job.  And there are two ways for us to win this one.

1.  You Tube views.  Please watch and like on YouTube.  Easy.


2.  This one is a little more complicated… and again thank you Laira for your pictures here :-). Way easier to explain this way.

Head over to this post on Facebook:


Yes I linked it ;-)

That’s not where you need to like though.  Scroll through the comments on there and like this post by Maray:


I cannot link this one unfortunately. Or I would. We are very close to being in the lead on this one last I heard.

Whole Foods


I don’t think that one needs any explaining lol   If you’re in town and need groceries please keep this in mind.  We don’t normally shop there, but making an exception that day.

And IFF… International Food Festival.


April 5th.  This one is a lot of fun. There will be lots of good food, entertainment, silent auction, etc.  If you’re in town please come/let me know if you need tickets.

On top of that we are still looking for silent auction items.

I think that’s it.. for now anyway.  :-).

MPM 17 March – 23 March: Lent & Irish Week


Eeee my favourite menu post of the year ;-) Although it’s going to be split into two now that we’ve decided to do the same for St Andrews Day in November w/ Scottish food… not sure why we haven’t been already.

I decided to get a head start this year and made today’s lunch last night.  Mostly because I wanted Kalila to have it for lunch too.


Most of the week will be leftovers for lunches. I really doubt we’ll need to make something else for any, but I did make sure we have the stuff for beans on toast or chips sambo just in case.

Note: Most of my recipes are coming from “Traditional Irish Cookery” by Carmel Kavenagh this year… with a few exceptions. I will still link what I can find though. Anything w/ an asterisks I’m using the online link (there are more than I thought) the rest are from the cookbook. Unfortunately I couldn’t find some of my favourites from there…

 Anyways, Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patricks Day!


Minced beef & Mushroom Pie


Potato Stuffed Chicken with Green Beans


Beef w/ Guinness & Boiled Potatoes


Bangers & Mash*

Bubble & Squeak*


Potato & Leek Soup*

Fish Cobbler with Colcannon


Grilled Pork Chops*

Dublin Coddle*


Limerick Style Ham in Cider, Potatoes & Peas

Spring Break

Oops totally forgot to write yesterday…

Spring break snuck up on me this year. I couldn’t believe it was here already… and now I can’t believe it’s almost over. We didn’t do a whole lot… Mostly kids playing here at home while I worked. Same as always.

But they did get to go spend time with Gido (pics from playing before)

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And we went to the zoo yesterday.

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Def not attempting all three alone again lol – it started off ok, but by the end ZJ was melting down and I was wiped.

Back to work after and getting everything prepped for next week. Can’t wait!

MPM 10 March – 16 March (Lent)


Breaking myself away from working on next weeks menu to post this lol.  I’m about 90% done with it, and do already have the just over 5lbs of pork curing in the fridge for boiling bacon (both for bacon and cabbage and Dublin Coddle).  We are really looking forward to next week!

Monday – Adobo

Tuesday – Shepherds Pie

Wednesday – Pork a la Gloria (subbing pork chops for chicken breasts… not thick enough for my alt version of this but should still be pretty good)

Thursday – Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Friday – Shrimp Pasta

Saturday – Bamya

Sunday – BBQ Chicken

7 Quick Takes Friday 2/28/2014




I know, I know.. No posts lately.  Thing’s have been weird around here.  Two weeks ago (and possibly the one before that) I just didn’t have time.  But last week I just had no clue how to do them with what all is going on (or not going on) around here.  Basically waiting on when work is going to start here… The latest timing on it might actually be for the best, but still hard on sticking to anything.


Baba has been on a diff schedule at work for the last two weeks. Today is his last day on it and I’m not sure which one of us is happier about that. I might just bake a cake or something tonight lol


My new carrier came in yesterday.  Yes I am way too excited about it.  Absolutely love the thing.



Kalila had her first after school class this week.  She loved it and has been talking about it all week.  She did complain about the episode they watched being in black and white though lol. Apparently black and white “hurts her eyes”.

She’s all kinds of excited that they have started reading the second Harry Potter book in her class (as of yesterday).



ZJ is continuing to talk more and more.  Several theories floating around on the Subject but either way it’s a huge relief. I wasn’t worried about that as much as the other stuff – he did talk quite a bit around us and it wasn’t noticeably an “issue” until he took off with it.

He has, however, been very clingy to me the past few days.  Not a problem really, not upset or anything, just wanting to spend more time with me… mostly on my lap or being held.  He’s still playing with the other two and running around most of the day though.

The kids have been running around pretending to be Rose and the Doctor all week right… Well, the other day I asked ZJ which one he was and at first he said 11. No surprise there, he’s been his fav pretty much from the first time he saw him. Well Kalila started arguing that he’s 9 and he changed his mind and said no, 6.  Totally random he’s never seen 6.  Since then he’s decided that Keiran is 4, Baba is 9 and that I’m Donna lol


Keiran is running around being a cutie. As usual. Lately he’s been shaking his finger at me saying no no (not sure where he got it from,  don’t do that) and grabbing my face from on my back and pulling me around to say hello (he says hello). Loving on Baba a ton… the past two nights he’s gotten up and sat with him a bit, cuddled and stuff. Just too cute.

He is throwing more fits lately too.  Unfortunately they’re cute one’s  :-/


And the pictures… haven’t taken many lately.

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