Joel and crew landed in Kosovo.
Jack got 3 new balls since he broke his green one.
They are all green and two of them are put up until he breaks this one. Saturday we went to the dog park, took Jack for a bath, had a nap and James and I went for our bad art date night from the library.
I thought we were going to make one piece, but there were different challenges.
The first challenge was to make some bad art, but 10 minutes into it we were told to move 2 chairs to the left and work on that person’s art.
I was so upset, my Squidward!
Now I know how the kids at my musical art co-op felt, I’ll never do that again. The second challenge was to make art while holding the colors (or whatever you were using) like a kid would hold them.
It’s hard to make bad art….The third challenge was to make a bad piece of art in the style of an artist you pick. I did Picasso’s Old Guitarist and James did Warhol’s Soup Cans.
I think my art was pretty bad, but it got 4 votes and the winning art got 6 votes, so it wasn’t bad enough. We went to Acorn for dinner and stopped by Phil’s for a nightcap.
Sunday it snowed and Jack was super happy.
From church today, leaving a legacy – Stuff won’t be here forever, but faith remains. Generosity doesn’t have to be linked to money, but being generous is a sacrifice, you can be generous with your time, your money, your stuff, your words, etc. The world sees what you give, but God sees what you kept, leave your hands and hearts open so the Spirit can make great things happen. Just like the widow’s mite, it’s not how much you give, but why you give. And like the gift of perfume that was poured onto Jesus, sometimes people won’t understand your generosity. And like the churches in Macedonia that gave out of their extreme poverty to help Paul travel, generosity leads to pure joy.
Goings on this week – more blood to the doc, school, kidsitting, worship dance, puppy daycare, Money museum co-op, teen candy sushi at the library, river sampling, watching The Meg (I don’t want to, but I promised), youth group, DAM Rembrandt co-op, TNO, docs putting in stent for the splenic artery aneurysm, friend’s birthday, resting, Petsmart Fall treats, resting, resting, resting.
Dinners this week – eggplant and zucchini lasagna, pomegranate glazed salmon with cucumber tzatziki and heirloom rice, harak usba’o, TNO (so the girls are having leftovers or pizza), chicken curry salad, grilling stuff, ma’corona bil lahmeh with sweet potatoes.
4 C lentils
6 onions sliced into rings
3 pitas cut into squares
6 garlic cloves crushed
3 1/2 oz tamarind pulp
2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tsp salt
box of small pasta
juice of 2 lemons
5 C chopped cilantro
seeds of 1 pomegranate
Place lentils in pan with water to covers them and bring to a boil. Boil for 45 min until tender, add more water if needed.
Preheat oven to 400F
Heat oil in pan and cook onions for about 10 min, stirring to caramelize them. Toast the pita bread in the oven for 10-12 min, checking until golden. Add half the caramelized onions and half the garlic to the lentils along with the tamarind and pomegranate molasses and mix to combine. Cook pasta according to directions, combine with lentils. Stir in 2 Tbsp of lemon juice to taste, stir in 3/4 of the cilantro. Mix the remaining garlic with rest of cilantro. Ladle dish and top with bread, cilantro, pomegranate seeds and remaining onions. Drizzle with olive oil.
Ma’carona bil lameh
1 lb macaroni
2 1/2C Greek yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
1 green chili finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1/3 C olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 C toasted pine nuts
Bring large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. In a bowl combine the yogurt with the lemon juice, chili, garlic, dash salt and place in fridge. In a pan heat the olive oil and saute the turkey with pepper, cinnamon and dash salt for 12-15 min until browned. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and place in bowl. Mix yogurt mixture into pasta and place turkey on top. Scatter pine nuts and chopped parsley on top to serve.