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Monday and Quick Meal Plans… July 21, 2009

Josh and I enjoyed a great dinner and it took less then 20 minutes from start to finish. So I thought that I would share it with you.

It is appropriately called 10-Minute Salmon and the recipe is as follows:

2 (6 oz) salmon steaks

Preheat the broiler. Cover the broiler pan with foil and lightly grease it with butter or vegetable oil cooking spay. Place the steaks in the pan and broil for 5 minutes. Turn the steaks carefully and broil for 4 to 5 more minutes, or until the fish is firm to the touch but still springy and slightly translucent in the center. Serve immediately topped with sauce. There were three sauce choices, but we decided on the Tomato Corn Salsa.

 

Tomato Corn Salsa

1 plum tomato, chopped

1/2 cup canned water-packed corn, drained

3 green onions, green parts only, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

Dash of Tabasco sauce

Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Serve at room temperature alongside salmon!

 

We had corn and black beans on the side. Everything was delicious, and it came together quickly! I hope that you enjoy it as well.

PS. This recipe came from The Working Stiff Cookbook by Bob Sloan. I picked it up off a clearance rack and it has by far been the best cookbook for quick and delicious meals. I found it on Amazon used for 10 cents!

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Picture of me and the little buddy, Ashton

Filed under: Family,kids — katiereich @ 6:04 am

Just a recent picture that my step-mom took while they were in town. Looking forward to putting some up on the wall!

 

Sunday “Morning” Review July 19, 2009

Filed under: Church,Sunday Morning Review — katiereich @ 11:01 pm

This past Saturday Josh and I had the pleasure of attending Revolution! It was great to come back from vacation, through a crazy sand storm, in enough time to go to church. It was an awesome reminder that we love our church and it put into perspective all that we have gone through to get Revolution off the ground.

Now onto Saturday night’s festivities:

The whole evening was driving by some fun video driven stuff that Jonathan and Paul did an awesome job putting together! Josh was incredible as the TV evangelist. (Very funny, great hair!)

This was followed by the serious part of the night, Dave Ramey’s talk: Breaking the Bondage of Debt. He presents financial truths in a way that is funny and light hearted, yet honest and very straight forward.

He talked about how a borrower is a slave to the lender and that the bondage can be broken when you get out of debt. Imagine if you had no payments how much you could save, give, invest and blow! His whole series is a fresh perspective on finances that will make you think about how you spend money. Definitely worth the listen. Enjoy!

 

Visiting the Golden State July 15, 2009

Filed under: Family,Vacation — katiereich @ 6:32 am
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This week I have been taking some time off of blogging and twittering, partly because I am on vacation, but also because I get terrible phone reception and I am exhausted. So instead of boring you with words, I will post some recent pictures!

 

Perception is a person’s reality… (A Belated Sunday Morning Review) July 14, 2009

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Last Sunday, while on vacation, Josh, the kids, and myself visited a church. A few things stuck out. Now let me start with a disclaimer that I am very judgemental of churches that I visit; knowing that the first impression of a church is huge to draw people into the family of God, or create another bad experience that echos what they already believe about church.

 

Two things really stuck out to me…

1. After we arrived at the service and the greeter said hello and pointed us in the general direction of the Children’s Ministry it took about 10 minutes for someone to genuinely greet us and say hello. This is surprising because we had already signed in both Gavin and Ava and the teachers were not welcoming or helpful in getting the kids nametags etc. The perception was that we and our kids were not wanted or valued in their community.

2. About halfway through the service I needed to feed Ashton some banana and cereal and I thought that it would be too distracting to feed him in the service. So I walked out onto a breezeway and got to the business of feeding him, so as to not bother the service. While feeding him and sitting there I noticed 5 ladies in my general area. One lady was walking up and down the hall trying to get her infant baby to sleep, one lady was sitting quietly with her son trying to glean what she could from the service, and 3 other women were huddled together talking in hushed exaggerated tones. When I had walked into the breezeway the “3 ladies” looked up, but did not invite me to join them or even smile at me. This rubbed me the wrong way… not only because I felt rejected, but also because they seemed to have nothing better to do then talk about so and so and their situation, all the while sending a message to myself and I assume the other women there that we were not to be included in their group. The sad thing was that the women with the son, I found out later, had only been attending for a month and is new to San Diego. I am sure that she is looking for some other moms who are in her stage of life.

 

An observer’s PERCEPTION, whether true or not, dictates his/her reality.

How are you perceived when you go to church. Do you go to catch up with your friends, but neglect the people who may have stepped into a church for the first time, or for the first time in a long time? Do you have time to show people the God that you follow, or are you to preoccupied with making your time at church all about you and your friends, in essence a Christian country club.

 

A Challenge: My heart has recently has been opened to how available I am to people before and after the service. Trying to balance where my kids are at and what needs to be cleaned up; I try to make myself available to people. I am also learning that I may need to schedule another time with people that I already know, so that I can reach out to those who I don’t know. It can be hard to do that. *Try to engage someone you don’t know in a conversation this week.* Try to have 3 – 5 questions ready to ask in case you need to carry the conversation. Don’t give up after the first question, try to stick it out and let the person you are talking to know that you are there and you care about them. Good luck. I would love to hear any stories of reaching out. Was it hard not talking to your friends? Let me know.

 

Does going on Vacation take more work? July 11, 2009

Filed under: Family,kids,Organization — katiereich @ 2:50 pm
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Josh mentioned off-handedly that it takes a lot of work to go on vacation. There ARE quite a few details that need to come together for a family to go on vacation. Let me just give you the short list for our trip to San Diego next week:

  • Do every piece of laundry in the house, including cloth diapers, sheets and towels.
  • Make sure they are folded and put away so I do not come home to piles of laundry.
  • Clean and organize the house so that it is clean when I arrive home, so I can dump piles of dirty clothes and luggage into my clean house upon return so that I can turn around and do it all over again.
  • Finish making meals for our family for this week and plan and make meals for us while on vacation.
  • Pack two coolers; one with frozen food and one with snacks for the trip.
  • Make and deliver a meal for Sarah, a friend who had a beautiful baby girl on Wednesday.
  • Pack clothes, diapers, wipes, sippy cups, bowls, lids, spoons, paper towels, crayons, books, cars, dolls, towels, suits and everything that we can fit in or on our van!
  • Clean our van, wash the car seat covers, and return all seats to the van
  • As you know this list could go on for pages… but before I finished this list and all of the items on the list, we got a call from Point Loma letting us know that we could come out a day early. I was excited for 30 seconds until I realized what all needed to happen before we left the next morning! Needless to say the list did not get completed, but with the help of Josh, my husband, and the kids taking naps we were able to leave Friday morning without any bumps. Along the way we have realized that we forgot a few key items, like deodorant, that would not have been forgotten had we the additional day to prepare, but nothing that is irreplaceable! Now we are enjoying the beautiful weather of San Diego, CA. We are staying right on the tip of Point Loma, in a two bedroom apartment. Sleeping arrangements have been a little on the tricky side (Gavin will not sleep with Ava in the room, so we have to put him down and then wait a hour then let her go to sleep). We will try to keep you updated with the fun that we are having. This morning we went to Ocean Beach and walked the pier, then Josh took Ava and Gavin to the edge of the water, Ava was brave enough to get in up to her waist. She says she wants to swim with the fish, but I don’t think she really knows what that means!
 

Please do not call me… July 8, 2009

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For those of you who do not know, my full name is Katherine Sarah (Cogswell) Reich. When I was in seventh grade at West Middle School in the creative and performing arts program I had a history teacher who insisted on calling my Kathy. Why, I will never know, but to this day when people call me Kathy it feels like rough sandpaper to my delicate feminine skin. So do not be surprised if I ignore you if you accidentally call me Kathy.