Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This is a very child-friendly chili. No offending chuncks of veggies (although I've been know to sneak in a veggie puree)!
1 lb. ground beef, browned with onion and drained
32 oz. tomato sauce
4 C water
2 - 15 oz. cans kidney beans
2 T chili powder
1 t cumin
1/2 t salt
2 t garlic powder
2 t dried basil
2 t dried oregano
Combine all and simmer for one hour, or cook in the Crockpot all day on low.
We love it served over cornbread topped with cheese, raw onion, and sour cream.
Enchilada Chicken Soup
This is a new one for us, but it sounded so quick and easy I had to try it! This makes 7 servings, so we'll double it to have lunch leftovers.
1 - 11 oz. can fiesta nacho cheese soup, undiluted
1 - 10 3/4 oz. can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
2 2/3 C milk
1 - 10 oz. can chunk white chicken (I'll use leftover chicken here)
1 - 10 oz. can enchilada sauce
1 - 4 oz. can chopped green chilis (I run these through the food processor to be chunk-free)
In a large saucepan combine everything except sour cream. Heat through. Garnish with sour cream.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Ted entertains the crowd with a joke while waiting for the family to come home. We stood for around 6 hours, but the EMHE people kept things moving so that time went by quickly.
Designer Ed Sanders brings a table in from the art tent. They were still polishing it as they drove it up the street.
Ty Pennington comes out of the house and says, "We're all done. Let's bring the family home!"
Ty goofing with the bus for the camera. We couldn't hear what he was saying...
After being shown his house, Bernard McFarland (in the striped shirt) took off running down the street. Later he went all through the crowd giving everyone high-fives.
The McFarlands had to go through many takes of pretending to go into their house before they actually got to see inside.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Look how God provides! Through hand-me-downs from older siblings and others, I think they look pretty spiffy. (Recognize Heidi's outfit, Jane Ann? Gasp! It's gingham!)
Emelie was concerned that she wasn't in shades of blue (which she found ironic because she is always wearing blue), but I loved the outfit she selected and encouraged her not to change a thing!
This is happy Hunter on his way to church.
This is what happens to Heidi's hair after she pulls all the bands out. The back seat of our van is a graveyard for hair do-dads. She goes into the van with cute girl hair and emerges looking like a Nick Nolte DUI photo.
The first of our double April birthdays was celebrated this past weekend. Brigitta Danielle turned a very big-girl four-years-old.
While she was disappointed that this did not mean that she would be giving up afternoon naps, she did enjoy playing the birthday card to get first computer time, preferential toy privileges, and just about anything else she could think of. Who can blame her? Being #6 of 8, waiting your turn is a fact of life. Take advantage of perks when you can!
We enjoyed her ballerina cake (skillfully decorated by Bryan) after lunch followed by a couple presents. For her "eating-out" experience, she chose Ice Cream Paradise. It was a chilly event with the temps in the 50s and quite breezy! Still, only Mom and Hunter were ready to go when Dad called "Time's Up."
And now from the home office in the middle of a muddy yard in Indiana -
The Top 4 Things We Love About Brigitta:
- Those eyes, that smile - an angel here on earth!
- She is so full of joy. The smallest thing can make her absolutely giddy.
- She adores he little sister Heidi. Those two will grow up to be the closest of friends.
- What a little lady! Her greatest desire is to be a princess for Jesus (preferably while dancing ballet)!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
We Gathered Sticks
We Lit Fires
We Left Them Burning
I know most everyone has had the opportunity to visit and experience the EMHE site this week. For those of you who have not been able to be apart of it, I am sorry you could not for it has been life changing for so many.
I want everyone to know this is by far the most proud thing I have ever been of our entire company. For the first time I feel the world has gotten to see what we all know exists within us. The most talented and committed and professional building team in America. The entire thing was undoubtedly the most extreme thing we have ever taken on. We have been tremendously successful. Our image, our organization, our marketing, our volunteerism, our leadership, our professionalism, our teamwork, our character, our creativity, our integrity our experience, our knowledge, our talent, our commitment and vision is the best there is in America.
As we always do, we have taken the show to an entirely new standard in absolutely all ways. I have been told that we have very likely inspired a new concept for
the show: The neighborhood.
22 Homes Repainted, Reroofed or Rehabed
6 Miles and 1200 Street trees planted
5 Miles of Alleys graded, cleared and redressed.
450 Homes to receive Free Internet Access
An entire school Building given to the community as it’s new community center.
Two abandoned homes demolished and hauled away.
100 new Dell Computers for every IPS child in the neighborhood
A new neighborhood Library and home built for a great American Family.
The design and execution of the design by our building teams is even to me staggering. The home and Library are simply beautiful. I know what we have done
here will drive an entirely new look and style of homes and neighborhood.
Literally everyone involved with the show has come up to all of us on the build to tell us how much they love the home and that for many they believe it is the best they have ever seen.
Lastly I just want to say none of this could have been done without the dedication and unselfish sacrifices made by so many of our past employees. Yes past. The ones that got let go. This to me has moved me as much as anything I have experienced. Maybe it is because they had nothing else to do. Or maybe it is just because of who they are and how much they love who we are.
Please thank them when you see them. Our roots run deep. We will not blow down easily. It was our finest hour.
We Truly do, Build Together.
Thank you everyone for Living the Vision
This shot of Meghan was taken by an Indianpolis Star photographer while we were waiting for the family to come home. Teddy also entertained the crowd by
telling one of his jokes. I'll post more photos soon!