Snow, glorious snow!
Does it have to be that time of year so soon? Didn’t we just have winter? Sure does feel like it.
Are we the only ones freezing our bee-hinds off?
I’m talking ginormous amounts of snow.
My kids love playing in the snow. But the last two days have been a little too cold, even for them. They bundle up in their winter woolies and head outside…it lasts for all of a few minutes. It is just that cold. Or maybe they head indoors sooner than expected because mommy actually brought some hot chocolate home from the grocery store. Yep–I bet that’s what brings them in sooner. Nothing like a cup of hot chocolate after playing in the snow.
But fear not sweet kiddos–you may be loving the one and only tin of hot chocolate for the season–but your mother has not abandoned all our healthy eating ways completely.
Tabouli is a staple food around here. So yummy and incredibly healthy. My kids love it–especially with heaps and heaps of lemon. Such a great, easy way to get lots of nutrition in them. We try to eat as much raw as we can.
So my hubby is Lebanese. Over the years I have learned about quite a few Lebanese dishes. Very interesting, I tell you. The things Anthony loves to eat are so completely opposite to the things I was raised eating. For instance, I never even knew that grape leaves were edible. You eat the grapes–not the whole vine for heavens sakes.
Oh man–and the raw lamb stuff you can totally keep. Eew. But then again, I’m a vegetarian girl. Raw lamb + vegetarian = bad news! And cinnamon. I kid you not–on everything. Where I come from cinnamon is used on one kind of food–desserts. That’s it. They put it on everything.
Thankfully, tabouli is right up my veggie alley. I did have to get used to parsley being the main ingredient in a dish. We use parsley as a garnish in South Africa. Oh, and for bad garlic breath. But that’s it. I used to actually pick some of it out of the tabouli (much to my father-in-law’s horror), but I am now fully converted. I guess that makes me well on my way to being a South African, Australian, American, Lebanese girl!
At least I can offer my sweet man one Lebanese dish. That makes him not too deprived, I guess.
Your comments on my post yesterday just blew me away, friends. So often, when God gives you a mission to accomplish, you can feel so alone it in. Sharing my heart with like-minded blog friends is such an absolute joy. I realize time and time again that we are so not alone–and it is such a joy to journey with so many of you. You get it. You really do. You inspire me and encourage me to continue to run this race with perseverance…never giving up. I am so thankful that so many of you share your hearts with me here on my blog. I really am.
Thank you for your sweet love and support of our little Haven. Thank you for standing with me in being a voice, in the hope that there will be fewer and fewer cases like hers. I will not be silent until they ALL come home. And I know so many of you feel the same way.
Sneaky little giveaway prize winner coming up tomorrow!