Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Menu Planning Monday and a Wonderful Give-Away

One of my immediate goals for the New Year is to do my menu-planning every week, so that I am careful to stay within a good budget, I can use what I have on hand and also rotate my food storage items (more about that in a later post).

So, here is what the feasting will be this week...

Monday Turkey/Veggie Soup, homemade bread

Tursday Ham and Bow-Tie Pasta, Salad

Wednesday Meatloaf (meat and lentils), with mashed garlic potatoes, roasted garlic, lemon broccoli

Thursday Peanut Noodles and Veggie Stir-Fry

Friday Firecracker Chicken, rice and slaw

Saturday Tacos, beans, rice and salad

I will be posting my recipes everyday, so check back (as well as talking about many subjects this week).


My friend Beth, at Aunties with Advice
, is advertising a Give-Away.
It goes like this:

EACH of you can win a FREE signed 8x10 print of your choice (out of the three prints), by copying and posting to your blog or website this whole post about his work! After you post then send an e-mail to David (contact@bowman-art.com) with your website or blog address telling him you posted it and that you read about this offer on my blog. Also send him your name and mailing address and he will send your signed 8x10 print of your choice :)
David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero".
Check out his website at www.bowman-art.com to see more of his precious art.

"Innocence" The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.
"Security" One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generated the exact feel I was looking for.

"My Child" This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privilege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.

This wonderful offer will end on Monday Jan 5th at noon!

Thanks Shauna for providing this opportunity for us and David for your wonderful generosity.

contact@bowman-art.com, & give him your blog address so he knows you posted to get your free art print.

Have a wonderful day, friends!



Bobbie said...

I love your menu planning!! I too am trying to save some money on grocries, menu planning helps a lot. Love those pics, too.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'm always amazed by people who serve something new every night. We always make big batches and eat leftovers. Just because we don't want to cook that much! Your family must love the variety.

Candy-Faith said...

Hi sweet lady!
Your menu sounds lovely and these pictures are awesome, I love them!