I am really liking my Sunday morning Me Time! While I’m typing this, Mike and Annie are making pancakes and I can hear James banging around in his high chair. It’s nice to be able to take some time for myself and know the rest of the family is happy!

Great Reads:

~Kristen’s posts about World Vision’s shift – and then shift back – in policy on allowing Christians in same-sex marriages to be volunteers with their organization are fascinating reads. Kristen rallied over 100 new sponsors, and while I know she feels like the reversal of policy taints that, it absolutely does not.

~My friend Whit wrote a book that is great for anyone who wants to be a more empathetic and effective communicator. The Parents’ Phrase Book is, as Whit says and I can confirm, absolutely not just for parents.

Planning On:

April Fool’s Day is on Tuesday, and I think Annie is old enough to LOVE the prank I pulled on my dad five years ago.

the "grilled cheese sandwich"

That looks like toasted bread and melted cheese, but it’s actually toasted pound cake and tinted frosting. Annie loves “tricks” and is a huge fan of grilled cheese sandwiches, so I know she’ll be a good sport. Plus, she’ll get cake!

Things I Like:

~The March for Babies is 27 days away, have you signed up to march with us in person or in spirit? It’s free to join and only takes a few minutes of your time! Thank you to everyone who has signed up and donated so far – you all are amazing!

~I’m borderline-obsessed with Mike Coots’ Instagram feed. His surf photography is phenomenal. He’s also a shark attack survivor who does work to save sharks. That would definitely not be my reaction to losing part of my leg.

Things I’m Eating:

~I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m into kale now, like some sort of trendy healthy person or something. A lot of people have asked me for my recipe. I actually prepare it the same way over and over, because it’s easy and yummy. Here’s my modified recipe that I originally found at Trader Joe’s:

Heather’s Modified Trader Joe’s Kale Recipe
-In a large saucepan, add 1 cup broth (I use beef) and 7 cups kale, toss to combine.
-Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add more broth if kale starts to stick to pan.
-Remove lid and cook, stirring until most of the liquid has evaporated.
-Salt and pepper to taste

The first time I made this, I had no idea how much kale reduces. So these seven cups of kale that look like a lot:

seven cups of kale, before

become this when cooked:

seven cups of kale, after

I serve kale with just about every kind of meaty dinner, and I’ll often serve it with eggs and ham/bacon/salmon on the weekends. If you have a good kale recipe, please leave it in the comments! I think Mike and Annie would like something new.

Have a great Sunday!