Friday, December 30, 2011

Daniel Fast Plan: 2012

This is probably the first year since we started doing the Daniel Fast that I am actually excited about it. (Just being real y'all.) For the past two years the biggest issue, other than my attitude, was meal planning. I don't want to have to over think the menu. It's not about food; it's about spending a purposeful amount of time talking to and listening to our heavenly Father. Sometimes food gets in the way, including during a time of fasting. Seems odd, I know, but true none the less.

I thought I would post our meal plan for the next three weeks. You might find some of this helpful or you may just think, "Sounds good to me!" and copy the whole thing. I'm all about sharing. I hope your fasting time (regardless of what you are fasting from) is a time of listening and reflection. I hope when God speaks, you deeply enjoy His presence, and He gives you a vision for 2012.

1-1: Lentil and Quinoa salad with cashews
1-2: cous cous and roasted veggies of your choice
1-3: potato corn chowder (caringcarrot.com) 
1-4: Southwestern veggie bake (leave out the cheese)
1-5: Marinara and whole wheat pasta w salad
1-6: ------we'll be out of pocket, eat on the run!
1-7: ------ditto the 6th
1-8: Lifegroup
1-9: cous cous and roasted veggies of your choice
1-10: red beans and brown rice (sausage for kids)***
1-11: leftover marinara, pasta, salad
1-12: taco soup**
1-13: Thank the Lord! Friends have invited us over
1-14: leftover Taco Soup (after church, easy)
1-15: Lentil Tacos (I'll post this recipe later)*
1-16: quick slow cooker veggie soup (The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory)
1-17: quinoa and black beans w corn tortillas and avocados
1-18: Spinach zucchini casserole (The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast)
1-19: Marinara w whole wheat pasta and salad
1-20: Spicy red bean burgers, sweet potato fries (served on corn tortillas) (The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory)
1-21: EMFH (we will have plenty of leftovers)


*** I buy boxed red beans and rice for this. You can make your own. But again, I want to feel it in my stomach, not the amount of time I have to spend in the kitchen, so the easier the better. Kids are eating meat after day 7, so I will have sausage on the side for them.
**can of green beans, red kidney beans, black beans, corn, petite diced tomatoes, packet of taco seasoning but I do use a homemade taco seasoning during the fast. I also double this recipe. Serve w sliced avocados and baked tortilla chips.
Put a little oil in a pan and sauté 2 cups of dry lentils w a pack of taco seasoning for about 2 minutes. Then pour in 5 cups of broth. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, maybe a little longer. We serve it w corn tortillas, tomato, lettuce and sliced avocados (this recipe from my awesome friend Deleise!)


Questions?? Just ask!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Motherhood

Today was a day. And it's still not over. It started at 4am when Reese came to my room with Reia following close behind to let me know she had thrown up. She missed the bed though and got it on the floor. (She was quite happy about that.) Over the next few hours, two more episodes and one where she didn't come get me. Bless her heart, she tried to clean it up herself.

By the end of the day, we had gone back and forth from vomiting to diarrhea (one time all over the couch), fever up and fever down, naps and a few minutes outside for some fresh air. Yes, I believe in LOTS of fresh air when your house smells like a poop/puke/Lysol combination.

The washing machine has been running all day. I'm almost out of bleach. I had to console Reia after she realized one of her hermit crabs had died. I'm praying I haven't ruined the couch cushion covers since I just threw them in the cold/hand wash cycle of the machine. And now I've got to figure out dinner.

You would think that I have really hated this day. You would be wrong.

About half way through this day it occurred to me, I was doing something I was created to do. We all have gifts and talents. Mine just aren't very glamorous, but they are very important to at least three people on this earth. And I loved every minute of serving them today. Puke, poop, prayer, cuddles, wash, Lysol, and all.