This week has been absolutely INSANE! We haven’t been at work since Monday, thanks to unbelievably cold weather and LOTS of ice on the roads. Then, last night, the snow moved in. So, on top of the inch or so of ice on the road, we now have five or six inches of snow. Pretty amazing! Here are some pictures from our excursion out into the beautiful snow today…
It’s real pretty outside, but we didn’t stay out for long. With Jenn being pregnant, we didn’t want to risk her falling on the ice. And Maddie was too excited to put her sweater on, so she was freezing!
The ice and snow are really messing with plans for this weekend. This weekend is Disciple Now at our church, and the Super Bowl is on Sunday. Pray for everyone’s safety, it’s gonna get wacky!
So, one of the main things we wanted to blog about as a married couple was our culinary adventures. Tonight, we’re gonna start that by offering up two soup recipes that we’ve enjoyed this week. The first one is a taco soup that Jenn cooked up by herself, and the second one is a recipe based on Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, which is our FAVORITE thing to get when we eat there.
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion (diced)
3 cans Mexicorn
2 cans chicken broth
1 can tomatoes (ours had green peppers and onions)
2 jalapeno peppers (diced)
2 large garlic cloves (minced)
1 1/2 tbsps. taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
Brown meat and add onion, garlic, 1 tbsp. taco seasoning, and water. Cook until onion is tender. Add Mexicorn, tomatoes, chicken broth, 1/2 tbsp. taco seasoning, and jalapenos. Cook to boiling, reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer until jalapenos are tender. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, sliced avocado, and tortilla chips. Enjoy!
1 lb. Italian sausage (skinned and crumbled)
1/2 lb. smoked bacon (chopped)
1 qt. water
2 cans chicken broth
4 large Russet potatoes (sliced, skins on)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 cups kale (chopped)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Place water, broth, potatoes, garlic and onion in a pot. Simmer ’til tender. Brown sausage, drain and set aside. Fry bacon, drain, and set aside. Add sausage and bacon to pot along with kale and cream. Heat thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bon appetit!
Well, in case you didn’t hear the news already via Facebook, Twitter text, phone call, laser message on the moon, etc… we’re having a baby girl! Allison Lynn Harvey is due on June 9th! Little Alli’s doing great, she’s a growing girl! I can’t wait for our little princess to be born. I’m already wrapped around her little finger. :-) Kudos to the vast majority of our friends and family who predicted that it would be a girl. We personally didn’t care if it was a boy or a girl, but letting everyone run rampant on the guessing was just about the most hilarious thing we’ve ever experienced!
So, in the weeks to come, we’ll probably start posting pictures of the nursery as we’re putting it together. We’ve already bought Alli’s bedding, because there was a specific set we liked at Babies R Us, and it was on clearance. Obviously, we didn’t want to wait any longer and risk it being sold out, so we went ahead and picked it up. Bonus: It was a SWEET deal! We’ll post pictures of it soon, as well. We’ve got colors picked out for the walls, furniture has been picked out, and everything’s coming together really well. God has blessed us with a beautiful baby girl, along with the means to put together her room just like we want to, and we are so thankful to Him for all of this and more. We appreciate your continued prayers of support!
Big news on the job front within the past week or so. I’ve finally been admitted into the Texas Teachers alternative certification program! This means that all I have to do is take the TExES 8-12 Social Studies Composite Certification Exam and attend a few classes with Texas Teachers, and I will be certified to teach any secondary Social Studies course in the state of Texas. Huzzah! God is good! I should be all ready for the classroom by the Fall, so pray that everything goes swimmingly!
Also, tomorrow’s a BIG DAY for us. We will be finding out if Baby Harvey is a boy or a girl! Jenn’s gonna drink a big glass of OJ in the morning, so hopefully the baby will be wide awake by the time we start the sono. We’ll announce our little junebug’s name on here, Facebook, etc., once we find out the sex, so stay tuned!