It's been awhile. A long while. Sad for you. Just kidding.

I have not been posting lately because I have been so. dang. tired. Elliot has been doing very random things in the night, like waking up in the middle of the night screaming to eat (only happened twice) but almost every other night for the past 2 weeks he's woken up at some point and just "talked" in his bed for over an hour. And since we have to use a monitor now, I can hear all that. I've tried turning it down so low that I only hear screaming and that does work. But once I'm awake, I can't go back to sleep. So I'm pretty much awake for a couple of hours every night. And even if he doesn't wake up, I do. Because I'm in a habit of waking up now. I'm considering some sleeping medicine. I should not be this tired. I don't even have a newborn. *sigh*

And being so tired means I'm not getting up as early, which means I'm starting the day behind and not getting a jump start on my day like I normally do. *sigh* I think I'm just going to get up earlier anyway and just deal with the sleepiness.

Anyway, we've been enjoying this nice chilly weather and warming up by the fire for the past few nights. Thank goodness for fireplace screens, is all I have to say!

And I picked up my second box from the farm yesterday and am trying to figure out what to do with kale, cauliflower and persimmons (any suggestions?). I didn't do much menu planning this week, because we have lots of things on-hand already, but I did make Moroccan Lentil Soup last night and it was yummy. Tonight we are having Mexican because Ryan is on call all week-end and we normally like to do something fun before he works a week-end.

I'm making Brown-Sugar Pecan Coffee Cake for a ladies church social on Saturday . And probably a friend's Chicken Chili recipe for dinner.

And this week-end is Christmas Made in the South, which I attend with my mom, sisters, aunts and cousins every year. Yipee!

And better late than never: the requested Slow-Cooker Black Beans recipe.


Austina--The Library Lady said...

i love to lightly steam kale in a can of chicken broth, add salt and pepper. Yummy!

Marlo said...

I've got an AWESOME soup recipe that calls for Kale. I'll see if I can find an online link for it. If not, I'll just e-mail it to you. :)

Marlo said...

Ok, found it: http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/10/sweet-potato-and-sausage-soup/

I used smoked apple sausage and kale instead of spinach and let me tell you- this is a definitely favorite! Let me know if you try it. :)

Katherine Maxey said...

I'm with you on the insomnia thing. Ambien works for me and they even let me take it while I'm pregnant. I don't even have to take a whole one to get the effects....more like 1/2 or 1/3. Matt calls me a druggie :) Anyways...hope you get some sleep soon!

Sarahbeth said...

I bought a persimmon last week to show the kids what was growing in Grandma's tree. We tasted it but never thought of anything to do with it (i don't think Grandma does anything with them either, except maybe a jam).