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Three Things This Thursday

I can't believe it is already Thursday! This week flew by......so let's get into Three Things:

1. So G, my oldest son went out and got a new tattoo yesterday. I must be a weird mama but when he got his first tattoo (at 16) it felt kinda like a milestone in a way. I have had my share of negative comments such as "I would never let my kid get one at 16" or "he is going to regret that one day".
A: never say never when it comes to life (and children).

*and most of the time, the people who give advice or make comments about parenting do not even have any children. Or they judge situations that they have never been in, such as teenage years.

B. My son got a Bible verse down his forearm. Not a naked girl or a giant Spongebob! (no offense to any people sporting Spongebob, Patrick or any of the Bikini Bottom gang)

So yeah, I love tattoos as I have mentioned before. I believe they can be a great way to express yourself . I am intrigued when I see them. I wonder who or what they represent.

G came to me and told me what he wanted for his next tattoo. Together we found the perfect font and designed it. (nothing like a little sketching-tattoos-with-your-mom bonding time to create lasting memories, huh?). As you can see, it says "In God I Trust" where he can flip it around to also say "I Trust In God". We dropped it off at the tattoo shop and made an appointment for the following week.
Well that week....G received some pretty devastating news. He found out that his basketball coach, who is an amazing guy.....has cancer. It really shook G up. This coach has been so influential in G's high school years.....he actually is one of the reasons G is still in high school as academically he struggles. But his determination to play and star on the basketball team has kept him focused and disciplined. We owe alot to Coach D. And Gunner felt he owed him this added piece as well.
Can I ask you to please pray for G's coach this week? He starts his treatments and we believe in the power of prayer and miracles. We believe that when two or three come together, God is with us and answers our prayers.

2. So I was actually mad when I went to the grocery store and saw the price of hummus. I think I might have even said "Are you kidding me?" a little too loud when I asked for a price check with that teenager working in produce. He gave me this strange look and quickly resumed stacking his cantaloupes. It was like this thimble sized container (OK, I am exaggerating, but it was something that would last about 12 minutes in my house) and it was priced $4.29!

So not giving in to the MAN (who is the MAN anyway?).....I came home and with the help of a friend found a recipe to make my own. I went a little too heavy with the balsamic vinegar so we toned it down with more garlic, onion powder, salt and some toasted sesame seeds. But for the price of a couple cans of chickpeas and other things I already had in my cupboard....I will never be buying hummus again. The great thing, is that you can make it with whatever added ingredients you like. I am going to try blending in roasted red peppers the next time I whip up a batch.

Homemade Hummus
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled (I used 2-3 heaping tablespoons of minced garlic)
  • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar(this was WAY too much.....I would suggest maybe 3 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • salt and pepper to taste
Put garlic and chickpeas in food processor until evenly blended....with processor running, slowly pour in olive oil, scraping sides as necessary. Then add vinegar until evenly blended.....add water until you get a spreadable consistency........season with salt/pepper to taste.
As I mentioned, we added toasted sesame seeds and onion powder too. Chill before serving.

If you don't have a food processor, which I do not.......use your blender on "pulse" setting. It is a little harder as you have to keep stopping and mixing it up......but it worked!

This ended up giving me enough hummus to fill up a medium size tupperware container and send some home with my friend.

It was awesome with toasted pita pockets, tortilla chips and pretzels......it basically lasted 2 days in this house! But it probably cost me less than $2.

3. Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the yummiest hand-made soap ever!!!! Bath Artisan Soaps is also offering FREE shipping to you all this weekend.......great time to treat yourself!

OK, so there you have it........my Three Things This Thursday! Please join in and leave your link with Mr. Linky! I could always use a great laugh or learn something new such as a helpful hint or a new recipe.

Have a great day! We are off to a wildlife sanctuary for a homeschooling field trip. :)



Queen Mommy said...

I actually just found your blog through someone else today. LOVE the 3 Things idea....

I make hummus around here all the time, however, I don't use any vinegar in mine. Instead, I use lemon juice and sometimes just a bit of lime juice. I go a bit heavier on the garlic, easy on the tahini, and I like to add a bit of cumin, cayenne, and some EVOO for flavor. There are really hundreds of recipes out there and so many variations. Hummus also makes a really great sandwich spread (instead of miracle whip or mayo) and is excellent as a veggie dip. Have fun!!

Phil. 4:13 is one of my favorite Bible verses too. :-)

Pete Wilson said...

Love it!

Sailor said...

I like the tats too. And I think our generation of parents are creating a new shape for what relationship and leadership looks like. And when it is rooted in the fresh relevence of the Spirit, that's a good thing.

Sarah said...

Although I don't like tattooed Barbies I have no problem with tattooed people :) It's great that your son is bold enough to show his faith to the world. Maybe more people (including me) need a constant reminder like that!

A friend of mine has a hebrew(?) symbol for Jesus but we always tease her that it says "Beef and Broccoli" because who would ever know?!?

Off to make some hummus - thanks!

Home School Dad said...

Mister linky is AWOL. It was there when I read your post this morning and started writing mine. But it is now missing. I will check again after school to see if it got put back.

The Greggs said...

He will not regret those tattoos as long as he keeps living out his faith. Hair, piercings, tattoos... Won't be an issue around this house. Those are not battles that will matter. It's never important what you look like on the outside but what will matter is what is in the heart. If it's something your children love - embrace it as long as it isn't harmful. We'll pray for G's coach! God sees and hears.

Queen Mommy said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog. As for bleeding hearts, we have very sandy soil here, and for some reason they apparently flourish in sandy soil. It's been three years since I planted them, and now they are HUGE. I put them in a bed mixed in with ferns, and right now, the bleeding heart plants are way bigger than those ferns. My MIL tells me they'll die back a bit in July. Well, at least something flourishes in sandy soil, right?! LOL

Sarah said...

The hummus was good....I only used half the balsamic vinegar and the other half I added lemon juice. Even the baby ate it :)

Karen said...

So sad to have a Three Things Thursday post that doesn't talk about Lost!

I LOVE homemade hummus. I'm going to try your recipe.

Catherine said...

Thanks for the hummus recipe! My one and only attempt at making hummus involved me forgetting to drain the chickpeas. Disaster. But now I'm inspired!

Martha said...

Aw, I will keep the coach in my prayers. Keep us updated on his condition if you don't mind :)

Am I the only one who is clueless about a hummus? Is it some sort of a butter that hums? :o)

Denise said...

I've never tried hummus, your recipe sounds yummy, I'll have to pick up the ingredients the next time I'm at the store.

Prayers for your son's coach.

Tea With Tiffany said...

Love the tat!

And I also love hummus. You are right it's expensive. I should try to make my own. Great idea.

Thanks for your friendship.

Lisa said...

I love the tats. My mom had a fit when I got my first one. It would have been cool if she had been more supportive.
Thanks for stopping by.

DEb said...

I LOVE the tatts too..... you a good mama!!

Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

Very cool tattoos! And awesome bonding time, imo.

I'm excited about the hummus recipe too -- I made one myself recently, but it called for tahini and that would seem to be one of the more expensive middle eastern ingredients in existence. So, its good to know I have options on that one lol


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