greek hero recipe

sandwichDiana found this recipe on This week we decided not to purchase meat to cook and the recipes have been mostly fantastic. This one is a meatless greek hero. Annabeth, Diana, and I consumed this monstrous sandwich with asparagus baked and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Luckily my mom had already made some hummus so we were set on that front. Next time we’ll definitely try to make our own. Supposedly it’s pretty easy.
4 servings

* 2 tablespoons lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper

* 1 loaf (8 ounces) unsliced French bread
* 2 medium sweet red peppers, cut into thin strips
* 1/2 medium cucumber, sliced
* 2 small tomatoes, sliced
* 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
* 1/4 cup chopped ripe olives
* 1/4 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
* 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
* 4 lettuce leaves

For hummus, in a food processor, combine the lemon juice, oil and beans; cover and process until smooth. Stir in the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.

Slice bread in half horizontally. Carefully hollow out bottom half, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Spread hummus into shell. Layer with the red peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, olives, cheese and lettuce. Replace bread top. Cut into four portions.

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music monday – the avalanches – since i left you

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parents letting go

This morning I was reminded of what Diana and I will eventually have to do as Elek grows up. We’ll need to take steps slowly and cautiously to let Elek experience the world for himself. This is hard for many parents and understandably so. So back to this morning.

I was driving home, down our street from dropping Elek off at daycare and I saw four boys that were clearly walking to Peabody school which was about 2 blocks away. One of them was crying with his jacket pulled part way down. One was next to him comforting him by putting his arm around him. Another was close and then there was the ever-present straggler bring up the rear. I thought to myself “What in the world are they doing? Why is he crying?” Then a few seconds later I saw a woman hiding behind a car and tree watching these boys walk to school. I imagine that’s his mother making sure he got there safe.

Sometimes as children we’re not ready to be independent, but the time has come. That must be really hard for that mother to watch her son walking off slowly, crying. But she knows as do I that once her son has done it a couple times it will be like second nature to him. I suppose sometimes we all need a push out of the nest of comfort.

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you? yeah, well you’re awesome

youyoureawesome1. You, You’re Awesome – International Fan Club of the World

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musicacomeme2. Matias Aguayo – Rollerskate

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This ones reminds me of the Sanford and Son theme song. After hearing this one I had to go back and listen to the theme song and it made me smile!

honeyclaws3. Honey Claws – Lightning Killeye

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This song sounds a lot like MGMT to me. I really enjoy it.

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elek’s first sleepover

IMG_3092The other night was Elek’s first actual sleepover. We hosted Jesse from across the street. Elek happened to be in a phase where he really wanted to misbehave. Other than that, the sleepover went great.

That Friday night, the boys are edamame among other things and drank their milk. They loved playing in the ball pit that Elek got for his birthday from Nana. Elek and Jesse watched a show or two and Elek climbed the couch. Lastly, they took turns pushing each other down a small slide. They were so funny together! Jesse stayed the next day (Sat.) until around 2PM and the McRaes came and got him to keep him for the rest of the weekend.


xmas decorations and change

IMG_3195After Thanksgiving Diana and I got a bug to do some rearranging. I was thinking one day why would I keep the office in the small pantry when we have a room that we don’t really use all that often. Well it turns out that we could keep almost everything in the small room that was in there AND move the office into it. Perfect. We will be able to reclaim the whole 5′ by 5′ pantry for things like canned goods, cleaning supplies, grilling equipment, tools, and maybe even a coat rack. I had to military crawl under the house again. Despite all the dust it really wasn’t that bad. There were no rats, animals, or anything disgusting. Only a few spider webs. We are now finalizing the new office and looking for a good layout for the pantry to accomplish everything I mentioned before. We welcome some input!

IMG_3197During the holiday Diana took the lead in getting the Christmas lights down and putting them up on the front of our house. It’s the first time we’ve decorated our exterior for Christmas. We have yet to pick out a Christmas tree, but maybe we can do that this week when we have an easy meal to cook. We’re changing where we put the tree from the front right window (where the new office is) to a corner in the dining room. While I’m sad that it won’t be visible from the outside of the front of the house, it will still be visible from Barksdale.