Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Boys' Room: New and Improved

You last saw a tour of our home here and then the updated tour of the girls' room here.
These old pics of the current boys' room show what it looked like when the three bios slept there last year before the adoption.

And then it morphed into the BOYS' ROOM:
loads of legos and books, 

tables for lego play and display, 

and BEDS (and cute little changing area under the beds).
Well, in pursuing our dream of building, we need to sell this house and downsize so we can save for a year or two. And so, all that beautiful bedroom space needs to be visible for those potential buyers! My mom came this week and took down the loft she made three years ago and we took the bunk beds down as well. (sniff)
And the plan for the room is to make a simple lego-infused, industrial looking boy-cave.

something a bit like this, though many of these items (the pipe shelf for one) won't come until we the boys' move into their room in our built home. But some of these items are going to make the room look spiffy for buyers:
(3 beds in the space of one!)
grey rug
(that'll get rid of the geometric shape and letter magnets that are all over the kitchen)
and of course they already have their

I've had a lot of fun thinking about the perfect boys' room and the oldest boy has helped out. His requests?
A rock wall, monkey bars on the ceiling, and a slide. Hmm...
We could probably make that work with the industrial vibe, don't you think?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Lentil Beef Stew

Life continues to swirl quickly along its merry way around here. We school and we carpool and we soccer and we ride. And then occasionally we stop and eat together and it is wonderful to have a few moments of family.
And now it is turning to fall, and I want to serve up warmer things during those quiet moments of meals. I also have been craving fall squash, so this is the meal that ended up on our table today. My tummy is still warm and full and content from it.

Lentil Beef Stew Over Spaghetti Squash
1 pound stew beef, simmered in 2 cups of beef broth for about 4 hours
1 pound of lentils boiled in 8 cups beef broth until just tender, about 30 minutes
1 Cup chopped carrots, added to the lentils about 15 minutes into the boiling
Various seasonings (garlic, salt, pepper, parsley)
1 Spaghetti squash cut and cooked per this blogger's instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice squash widthwise into 1" rings. Run a knife around the interior or the rings to remove the seeds. Place rings on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then peel the skin away and separate the strands into long "noodles".

For the adults I piled a generous amount of the spaghetti squash in a large bowl and spooned the stew over it. For the kids, who I know are not the hugest fans of spaghetti squash, I used the squash to garnish their small bowls of stew.

Happy Fall!