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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Three Things....

Number 1) If you're friends of mine on Facebook, then you know that today, I went and "early voted."

I just find it easier with Luke to vote early with VERY FEW people around -- then, when Luke's jabbering and NOT sitting still while I'm voting, it's not quite such a big deal as during the general election day.

But, on a very good note -- Luke actually did wonderful for a two year-old while I was voting. He obeyed me each time though curiousity got the best of him when he saw the flag in the voting room (Luke really likes the American flag -- YAY!).

We had just been at McDonald's with our friends Andrea, Ava, and Marin. I purchased Luke his first Happy Meal (yes, it was his first). The "toy" was a Trick or Treat bucket with stickers. The bucket went into the courthouse with us, but he carried it in and out himself; therefore, I didn't mind.

Early voting truly is a wonderful invention. And, if you live in the same county in Kansas as we do, click HERE for early voting as well as November 2 voting information.

Remember -- we are VERY fortunate to live in a country where, as citizens, we have the opportunity to choose who are leaders are. Please -- go and vote!

Also, and I promise I won't make this too political -- there's A LOT going on in government right now. Some would say there needs to be change. Voting is the ONLY way that will happen.


Number 2) Recently, Luke has really gotten into shoes. He's learning how to put shoes on. Because his shoes tend to be rather difficult to get on (they go on somewhat difficult), he LOVES to play with our shoes and socks. It's pretty funny when he puts our shoes on (especially Marc's) because they're SO huge on his feet.

First, from the other day -- Luke's attempt with my shoes.

Second, from last night -- Luke's attempt at Marc's shoes and socks. Luke entertained us for a good solid hour with these shoes, requiring a little bit of help, but NOT too much for a child who's just learning.


Number 3) Yes, this post is once again getting long....

But, on Monday, I made THIS POST with the Friesen Meal Plan for this week....

My friend, Diana, in a comment, mentioned that she'd like to have the recipe for the Enchilada Casserole. Knowing she's probably not the only one who could benefit from it, here it is.

It's from a collection of Taste of Home recipes. I didn't actually get the recipe online, but whenever I try to find this specific recipe online, others pop up. In other words, I've been unsuccessful at finding it online, though I'm sure it's "out there" somewhere.

And, after reading through the recipe, scroll down to read my little "notes" on the recipe. And yes, overall, we enjoyed this recipe and would recommend it to others. Also, this recipe is meant to be divided into two parts -- one for eating and one for freezing. If you're serving a large group, just make it into one large pan.

Enchilada Casserole

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 C. water
2-3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 C. Salsa (divided)
10 flour tortillas (8 inches), cut into 3/4-inch strips (divided)
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
2 Cans (15 1/4 oz. each) whole kernal corn, drained
4 C. (16 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1) In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes

2) Place 1/4 C. salsa each in two greased 8" square baking dishes. Layer each dish with a fourth of the tortillas and 1/4 C. salsa.

3) Divide the meat mixture, sour cream, and corn between the two casseroles. Top with remaining tortillas, salsa and cheese.

4) Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 1 month. Cover and bake second casserole at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 more minutes or until heated through.

**NOTE: Sarah's changes -- We really like cheese in this household. Therefore, I added cheese to the meat mixture so that there was cheese "in" the casserole as well as on top. Also, rather than layering corn, sour cream, and meat mixture, I mixed it all together. It was faster and easier.

Have fun, and enjoy!


The Sieberts said...

i didn't realize that was his first happy meal! hurray!!!

Diana said...

Oh boy oh boy! Got that recipe now! Sounds so yummy! I think I even have everything except the tortillas, I can pick those up tomorrow. Thanks for sending me the email to let me know! :D

LOVE the photo of Luke with Marc's socks and shoes, that is sooooo cute! LOL! His smile says it all - "look what I can do!"

I'm gonna hafta get me a Happy Meal... I want stickers! LOL!

Allen and Debby Graber said...

Or you could take the 2nd casserole to a new mom or neighbor too! We got flags at the court house today. Did Luke get one?

The Rakows said...

hola :) cute post :) K is doing the very same thing that Luke is doing...obsessed with shoes... she likes laces, too... :) she's not so good at putting on "yocks" (socks) yet...she just gets them on a few toes :D i just took a picture of her yesterday with my shoes on b/c i think it's so funny looking, too... :) it makes me wonder if my feet look that big in real life! :)
glad to know that, even tho we're "far away" our kids are pretty much doing the same things :) kinda cool :)

Kelly said...

so funny about the shoes! Naomi has been known to steel my heels or her daddy's tennis shoes.

More than just okay said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll have to try it. But for us, there won't be any left over to freeze or share. And thanks for sharing your adjustments.

Cute pics with the shoes. I'll have to capture Anna tottering about in my heels some time soon before she stops!

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