Saturday, January 31, 2009

We're having fish tonight!

I don't cook fish very often for various reasons. But lately, I've felt that we should add fish to our weekly diet. A few weeks ago, I baked some cod and masked it with avocados, salsa, cheese and corn chips, trying to slip some "meat" onto the table for my kids. By the end of the  meal, we needed family counseling for the trauma I had caused in having my children eat fish. So, fast forward to this week. I thought I would be brave and try again...this time with salmon (which is my personal favorite). We had a winner! We even ate the leftovers the next night. Everyone liked it, although my pickiest eater won't whole-heartedly admit she liked it. So, this recipe is yummy and definitely worth sharing...

Baked Salmon 
(found on, of course!)

2 cloves garlic, minced
6 tablespoons light olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 (6 ounce) fillets salmon

1. In a medium glass bowl, prepare marinade by mixing garlic, light olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parsley. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish, and cover with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator about 1 hour, turning occasionally.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3. Place fillets in aluminum foil, cover with marinade, and seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 to 45 minutes, until easily flaked with a fork.

If you have leftovers, to reheat, keep salmon in foil, add a little more oil and heat for 10 minutes at's almost better the second day!

Just for a bonus, here's a great recipe for pork tenderloin...another hit for the critical palettes I try to appease on a daily basis...

Roasted Pork Tenderloin 
(from Every Day with Rachael Ray December-January 2007)

2 large cloves garlic
1-1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 easpoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 trimmed pork tenderloins 
(about 1 pound each), at room temperature

Position a rack near the bottom of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees. Mince together the garlic, salt, sage and pepper. In a small bowl, combine with the oil. Rub all over the meat and place the tenderloins side by side but not touching in the smallest roasting pan that will hold them. Roast for 10 minutes. Flip over and roast again until the internal temperature registers 155 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 8 minutes more. Let rest for about 10 minutes (the internal temperature should reach 160 degrees). Slice into 1/2-inch-thick slices.


And...two points for the first person who can name the movie from which the title of this post is quoted?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snow Day!

Yesterday was a snow day for us...lots and lots and lots of snow! We opened the back door and had to push it through the snow because the snow was so deep. We then had to shovel a path to the car...crazy! If I can brave the cold, I will get out and get some pictures of Old Man Winter to share with you guys. I've been told that last winter was extremely mild and this winter is extremely not-mild, so normal is somewhere in between. I think if we get two more inches of snow (which we are supposed to get this evening), we will break the record of snowfall for January.

What else is there to do on a snow day but play in the snow...of course, we have to wait for the temps to be in the upper 20's to lower 30's before we're brave enough to play in it. Temps in the teens are just not happening for these Texans...

How long does it take to get 
3 kids and 2 parents into snow clothes?  

15-20 minutes

How long does the little one 
want to stay out and play in the snow?  

5 minutes

Enjoying God's unleashing of the storehouses of snow 
(have you read Job?) onto his creation?  


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Great Video...

Made me about you?

Website Wednesday!

This week's website is This website has every news story you need to know and more, including some not-so-news stories, too. I have not been one to read this website much, but my husband reads it daily, sometimes more than once a day and I frequently hear bursts of laughter coming from the corner of the room when he's reading Fark. There are tabs dividing the news into categories, so if you are interested in Sports, Politics, Showbiz, Music, there are tabs just for you. There's even a tab marked Geek and we won't have a show of hands here as to who would be interested in that tab. You can also choose to see all stories displayed.

From the company's website:
The first thing you should know is that isn't a Weblog., the Web site, is a news aggregator and an edited social networking news site. Every day Fark receives 2,000 or so news submissions from its readership.

What is Fark exactly? Fark is what fills space when mass media runs out of news. Fark is supposed to look like news... but it's not news. It's Fark.

Feeling bored by the every day news stories? Check out'll definitely find stories there you won't see on your local news station.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Just thought I'd share...

On Facebook, I was tagged to list 25 random things about me. It was hard to come up with 25 things about myself! So, because I worked so hard, thought I'd get more bang for my buck and share it here as well. BTW, have you joined Facebook? I have reconnected with people I haven't talked to in years! But, just a can be addicting!

So, here goes...

1. I have a wonderful husband, who is completely opposite of me, and makes me strive to be a better person.

2. I have 3 amazing, beautiful, smart, funny and talented children...yes, I am proud to be their mommy!

3. I am a Texan living in can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl!

4. I love my job.

5. I live in an 80 year old house and love it.

6. I have some awesome friends. Though distance separates us, we can pick up where we left off and that is so nice.

7. I strive to be the woman God created me to be and struggle with it daily.

8. I am determined to read the entire Bible in 2009 and I'm right on track so far!

9. I am a musician, trained from 4 years of age on, but very few have seen my hidden talent of playing the recorder with my nose.

10. I am an extreme introvert who has learned to function as an extrovert, but I definitely need alone time on a regular basis to recharge.

11. I love decorating.

12. A town in Texas is named after my ancestors.

13. I have never had a brain freeze...and believe me, it's not from lack of trying!

14. I met my hubby the summer before our senior year in college in an English class.

15. My favorite hobby is reading. (Is that a hobby?)

16. I have not sung very much since moving to Ohio after singing daily for the past 6 years.

17. My first piano teacher, my great aunt, played the piano on the Lawrence Welk Show when it was on the radio, prior to airing on television.

18. I have never broken a bone.

19. My favorite vegetable is yellow squash. I'm the only one in my family who likes it, so I don't get to eat it very often.

20. I am a cat person...never thought I would be, but 'fraid two new kitties are named after Texas counties: Harris and Taylor Bell.

21. I am the third consecutive generation on my mom's side to have three children, girl-boy-girl...thought it was up to the man's gene?

22. I love working with kids...all ages.

23. I am organized to the point of being least, it drives my hubby crazy!

24. I have one living grandparent...Mema, who is an amazing 84-year old woman. She plays the Wii better than I do and walks 2 miles a day.

25. I am looking forward to a visit to TX in, friends, a wedding, WARMTH and TEX-MEX! I'm counting down the days!

Monday, January 26, 2009

What we're reading this week...

Wow, it's been a while since I blogged. We have been sick in our house and still have one sick. Actually, she's sick again with something totally different. Needless to say, we haven't had a full night's sleep for at least two weeks, so I have not had the "with it"-ness to write. So, hopefully, I'm back on track this week.

This is what we're reading this week.
(Click on the image to link to Amazon's website.)

Jason and I are reading the Bible in chronological order in 2009. 
Jason reads his excerpts on Bible Gateway 
and I read mine using this version:

Jason's reading...

My reading...

Emily's reading...

Ben's reading...

Abby's reading...

Happy reading!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Almost back... the land of the living. We still have one sick-ee, but we're getting there. I will return to blogging this week. Just have to share a cute conversation Abby just had with us...

Abby: Daddy, what can I be when I grow up?

Daddy: You can be anything you want to be when you grow up, Abby.

Abby: Can I be a snowman when I grow up?

So, I guess she can't be anything...she's now settled for being a farmer and a mommy and her farm will be in Texas.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Infirmary

The Curtis Household is sick...falling like dominoes, so not much time for blogging right now. Hopefully, it will be over quickly, but when there are three children, that never seems to be the case! 

Be back soon!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday!

Happy 1st birthday to a very special little girl who has touched many,  many hearts!
You can read about her here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Website Wednesday!

Today's website is You may be familiar with this website as you may have used it several times yourself! You know all those forwarded emails that you get claiming all sorts of things and insisting they are true? Well, Snopes is the place to check their validity. It's very simple...type in the subject line or keywords of the email that was forwarded to you. Snopes will let you know whether the email you received was true or false and will also give you the background, including the origination of the email and more info than you would ever want or need to know!

Let me go ahead and help you with an easy one... Applebee's is not going to send you a gift certificate for forwarding emails to your address book. I know, disappointing, isn't it? Well, save yourself the embarrassment of forwarding the's false! And, if you've already fallen prey to the scam, have no fear, redemption is granted and adding Snopes to your toolbar will save you from such horrendous mistakes in the future!

Monday, January 5, 2009

What we're reading this week...

I am a sucker for routine. Although, I like downtime and need it every once in a while, it's the return to routine that makes me feel on top of things. Today, we returned to routine; kids are in school, hubby at work and back to work for me, too. 

I didn't get as much reading done as I wanted to over the holidays because with three kiddos home, I just don't get the quiet, uninterrupted time. But, we had plenty of time to play games, watch movies and even play in the snow.

Here's what we're reading this week...
(Click on the image to link to Amazon's website.)

Jason's reading...
(Jason and I are both reading through the Bible in one year, using a chronological Bible.)

My reading...
(Three books at once...a first for me!)

Emily's reading...

Ben's reading...

Abby's reading...
(We're reading this book alot! I'm hoping it will help!)

Happy Reading!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Got Church?

We have been in Ohio for about 16 months now as a family. We have yet to find a church home, which is so frustrating! Coming from a life of nothing but church, surrounded by Christian friends and relationships in the workplace and in our social circles, to a life where we can't seem to find the right place for us has been a bit of a downer. We know what having a church home will do to our lives, we know what serving in a church does to our spiritual lives, and we know what having our children in church does for their spiritual foundation. So, knowing all these things, we are more than ready to be able to belong to a church. In Texas, there is quite a selection of churches, but here in Cleveland, the pickings are not the same. We have added two more to our list to visit (although they require a 30-minute drive from our house) and will see if these are where the Lord is leading us. 

In reading about one of these two churches, I came across this video that the lead pastor created. This particular church meets in a movie theater and they have quite the plethora of videos on Youtube that are pretty impressive creatively. I'm not sure yet the spiritual depth of the church, but I think we might check it out. The other church is probably nothing like this first one. It follows the doctrines of the Southern Baptist church and may be closer to what we're accustomed to. 

So, we will visit each one and pray that God will show us where He wants to use our gifts for His kingdom. For now, enjoy this...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

Happy New Year! Can you believe it's 2009? Our 2009 started off great with a visit from our dear friends from Texas who were able to include a stop at the Curtis house for a couple of days in their winter vacation. Today has been a sad day as we said goodbye to them. Abby went up to her room and cried, wanting them to come back. Friends are such a gift and the Brady family is a huge blessing to us! We're already planning when we will see each other again and counting the days.

So, have you made your new year's resolutions? I'm not really one to make them because I'm not really one to follow through with them. However, this year, I have a few that I am determined to work on. My first resolution is to read the entire Bible in 2009. I started today with a chronological Bible that is divided into daily readings. I believe 100% that the Bible is true, inspired by God and want to soak in all that He has written, and in turn, learn more about Him. Hand in hand with this resolution is to become more obedient and follow His leading in my life.

From there, there's the token lose weight, be a better mom and be a better wife. I'm hoping that my Wii Fit can help with the weight and the Bible will help with being a better mom, wife and friend.

I hope your new year is full of blessings.
Happy New Year!