Friday, March 30, 2012

Soft Boiled Eggs + easy peeling tip

Eggs! Well, not just eggs. But it has steadily become a staple around here especially in the wake of three back to back pregnancies. "Take two eggs and call me in the morning," my midwife would say. I got so used to eating two every day, that we all have come to start our day off with the wonderful little self packaged food. It used to be a weekend ritual to have Pancake Saturday and Big Breakfast Sunday. I'll talk about those another day. But since living in the deep south with my very southern husband, I've been learning to cook some of his favorite foods. Southern. I didn't eat a typical southern meal much when I was growing up (i.e. fried chicken, biscuits, grits, etc.) so a lot of this is new to me, even having worked at a southern diner. One of the things that has replaced pancakes lately is biscuits. And what do you put on biscuits? We put eggs!

There are so many things you can do with and egg. I was frying and scrambling them on the regular for a while until I had so many littles and decided boiling them was much easier and much less clean up. One day Darryl mentioned liking soft boiled eggs better than hard boiled. He said it was like getting the fried egg taste with the boiled egg convenience. Well that's something worth trying! After a few hits and misses I've determined the right size pan, water level, temperature, and duration to cook a half dozen of the perfect soft boiled egg (yes it all matters, but it's easier than it sounds). Something I'm doing almost daily now. Eight minutes seems to be the perfect number. Oh and if that pesky shell is keeping you from eating many boiled eggs, try this trick: put a teaspoon of baking soda in the water while you cook the eggs. The shells come off ridiculously easy. Even the littles can help me shell eggs, which they love to do!

Aside from eggs we have a few other things regularly and I'll share those in the future. Until then, try a soft boiled egg and tell me what you think!

Luke 11:11-13
New International Version (NIV)
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[a] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

And then there were six.

A friend related to me her experience of having three small children to which she stated, "once you have three you might as well have six!" Well put. And too true.

The latest Russellite is 4 mo now and we're still very much adjusting. Parenting three littles is a constant juggling act. And although we've faced easier challenges in our short lives, we are enjoying what comes.

So now there are six of us. Our van is full, the table is full, the beds are full. And yet our hearts are full and overflowing.

Exciting times in store for us in the near future. Will blog on this soon. Just saying hi and updating with a photo of our new guy, Pallu.