Monthly Archives: February 2013

Popcorn that will change your life

I am a homemaking nerd. When I discover something that is healthy and thrifty, it is sometimes almost more exciting than I can handle. So as my family has been trying harder to eat less processed foods, I have been getting more creative. It is amazingly cheap to buy organic popcorn kernels, and friends, the […]

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Angeli - February 19, 2013 - 8:29 am

Honey butter and Tropical Delight sound amazing. :-) Last night I actually tried a brown rice pudding based on your description of it – cardamom compliments the flavors wonderfully.

I haven’t experimented with popcorn too much, largely because we like it just fine plain. I’ll sprinkle on some nutritional yeast sometimes. We use a Whirly Pop, and sometimes I’ll add a bit of brown sugar to the coconut oil after it melts to create a very light caramel kettle corn, and that’s super yummy without being too intense. How do you make your popcorn?

kara - February 19, 2013 - 8:34 am

Angeli, ooh that rice pudding would be yummy. Plain is good too, but now that I am in experimenting mode, it is hard for me to leave it plain :). Nutritional yeast is good and simple. I just use an air popper.

adrienne w - February 19, 2013 - 10:10 am

Some of these sound so yummy… and so much healthier than the marshmallow popcorn I’ve been making (it is completely delicious and easy, but not healthy). I will have to try these!

Robyn - February 19, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Sounds fantastic!

The Poisonwood Bible

It is hard to find time to read a lot at this stage in my life, but I think that I am getting back into a reading groove. I just finished reading “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver, and this is the longest book I have read in a long time. I must also add […]

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Carrie - February 18, 2013 - 8:46 am

I read this book a few years ago with my Book Club and loved it, too. It’s certainly a very powerful book – about poverty, exploitation, and religion. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for new reading material!

adrienne w - February 19, 2013 - 10:09 am

SO I read this years ago for book club and though I LOVED parts of it and her writing, it was really hard for me to finish. It left me very dissatisfied. BUT a couple of her other books, The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven were some of my favourites, so I was glad that I read it so I could find the others. Kara, you need to get on Good Reads so we can share more book suggestions!

kara - February 19, 2013 - 10:37 am

Adrienne, I agree. I loved parts of it and her writing, but I thought that it would be more of a page turner than it was. It took me a long time to read the whole thing. It definitely isn’t among my very very favorites, but I did really like it a lot. I read The Bean Trees, and I have Pigs in Heaven and will start it soon. Maybe instead of joining good reads, I will just ask your for good books to read since you know me well and know the kinds of books that I like!

Sarabeth - February 19, 2013 - 5:03 pm

I am usually pretty good about pressing on if books don’t “hook” me right away, but I have now started this book twice….and both times only got a little ways in before I quit. Maybe one day I’ll finish it?

kara - February 19, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Yes Sarabeth, it was not super good at grabbing my attention. Any good books you have read lately that did? I have a couple of books waiting to be read, but I’d love to know what books you have liked lately.

adrienne w - February 20, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Let me know when you want suggestions. I’m full of them! ;) Did you ever read Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill? (It’s actually called The Book of Negroes in Canada.) I’m sure I’ve suggested it to you before. It is my favourite of all time. Amazing. I think you’d like it. I wish I was in a book club with you!

Climbing Trees

Sofia and Gabe have been loving tree climbing lately. They were excited to share this love with their pals Thomas and Tessa.

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Katrina - February 17, 2013 - 6:50 pm

That is awesome. I want to climb, too!

kara - February 17, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Come over and climb to your heart’s content Katrina. I really do want to see you. Why can’t we get our acts together to make it happen? We are happy to host you guys any time you want to come up!

Sisters

I found these pictures of me and my sisters long ago. They pretty much sum up why I love having sisters. (I do love my broth so much too. Don’t worry Scottie).

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The Thing about Marriage

This picture was taken about 4 years ago, when Chris had a little more hair, and I had less bags under my eyes :). This is in the Pearl District in Portland, you know.. because we totally just hang out in windows in the Peal District in Portland gazing off into our bright future. Haa.. […]

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Sarabeth - February 12, 2013 - 10:50 pm

I so appreciate your transparency, Kara. And you’re right….marriage is NOT easy! It really can be so hard sometimes, even in the best of marriages. A thriving marriage takes a whole lot of hard and honest work, and I think the fact that you and Chris recognize this speaks to the strength of your marriage. A wise friend/pastor who does lots of pre-marital counseling once made the comment that EVERY couple should go through occasional counseling….if nothing else, for “tune-up/preventative maintainence”, so to speak.

What I most love about what you said is about not wanting our children growing up thinking that marriage is always blissful and perfect. I think that’s something that young people believe/are told in our culture, and that only sets them up for frustration and disappointment and fear when things end up being not so perfect. I’d so much rather my kids know that yes, marriage can be really, really hard sometimes, because we are all imperfect people from different backgrounds, and that there is no such thing as a “perfect” marriage…but that marriage can also be the greatest blessing of our lives, as long as we hang in there and do the work to make it grow and thrive.

I always grew up thinking that my grandparents on my dad’s side had the most perfect marriage…they clearly loved each other so, so much and took great care of each other. And I remembered at first feeling shattered when I found out that their marriage went through some very hard times…I couldn’t believe it. But now, it only blesses me to know that they went through those hard times, but stuck together through it all and came out on the other side stronger and more in love than ever. I want a marriage like theirs, but I don’t know if Steve and I could ever have that if we didn’t experience some difficulty along the way….

That was a long response, but I guess this post resonated with me. Love you!

margaret - February 13, 2013 - 7:32 am

Kara, I love this! I think people think that when it gets hard it is easier to throw in the towel, which maybe that is true. But marriage is hard but also so rewarding and worth fighting for. I love how committed you and Chris are.
I remember having a professor in college saying that he and his wife did counseling just to keep up on their marriage. Kinda like your friend Sarabeth said. To prevent things from happening.
All my best to you and Chris! I’m sure the core issues go back to when he shaved his head!:)
Love you both.

Carrie - February 13, 2013 - 8:31 am

Thanks for your bravery in posting this, Kara! I’ve only been married 1 1/2 years, but before I got married, I asked all my married girlfriends (I got married later than most of my friends) what advice they have for me about marriage. One of my good friends gave me this advice:

“You will probably always have the same fight for the rest of your lives. It might look different, but at its core, it’s the same issue. And why the same fight? Or what is at the root of most marital conflict? A difference in how things were done/happened in your Family of Origin. It’s simply a matter of his family did things one way, yours did them another, and you each think your way is right/most comfortable. And generally both are a little, or entirely right, and it’s your job to decide how this new Family of Origin (for your kids) will operate.”

Her advice really resonated with my husband and me and it’s something that we’ve spent a lot of time discussing. And, it’s so true! And, it makes so much sense – you are two completely different people from two completely different families – of course you’re going to have some differences.

Anyway, I haven’t been married long enough to be qualified to give any marriage advice or anything like that, but I certainly appreciate anything that I can learn from people who been married much longer than me – like you. So, thanks, again, for the post!

Robyn - February 14, 2013 - 10:39 am

You two are AWESOME.

kara - February 14, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Sarabeth,
The more I get to know people, the more I find out that people who have marriages that I really admire still have their struggles. Even after Chris and I finish counseling, we are still going to go in every couple of months for a tune up. By the way, you and Steve are a couple that I admire.
Margaret,
Yes, it all dates back to the day he shaved his head. Haa… and I do adore you and Austin as well.
Carrie,
So I think that I remember you commenting on my old blog. Were you friends of someone whose wedding Chris shot? I hope I am remembering right!! Your friend gave good advice. Chris and I both come from really great families, but we definitely have some differences in how we were raised. It is in our differences that we each bring different strengths to our marriage, but it isn’t always easy to see it that way :). We are for sure a work in progress.
Robyn,
Thank you so much.

kara - February 14, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Sarabeth,
The more I get to know people, the more I find out that people who have marriages that I really admire still have their struggles. Even after Chris and I finish counseling, we are still going to go in every couple of months for a tune up. By the way, you and Steve are a couple that I admire.
Margaret,
Yes, it all dates back to the day he shaved his head. Haa… and I do adore you and Austin as well.
Carrie,
So I think that I remember you commenting on my old blog. Were you friends of someone whose wedding Chris shot? I hope I am remembering right!! Your friend gave good advice. Chris and I both come from really great families, but we definitely have some differences in how we were raised. It is in our differences that we each bring different strengths to our marriage, but it isn’t always easy to see it that way :). We are for sure a work in progress.
Robyn,
Thank you so much.

Chris - February 14, 2013 - 11:44 pm

Kara,
I must say that going to counseling with you has been a beautiful experience. I feel that our relationship has deepened, that you understand me more and that I appreciate you more. Let’s keep up the good work!

Carrie - February 15, 2013 - 9:14 am

Kara,

Yes, I have been following along with your blogs for many years! I was a bridesmaid in the La Salvia wedding that Chris shot in August 2006. I’ve enjoyed following your blog and family and have learned a lot from your posts. I hope you don’t mind me continuing to follow you as a random reader from California!

kara - February 15, 2013 - 8:18 pm

Yes yes, but I remember that you were single before. Congratulations on the marriage, and if I remember right, you like to run too?

Robyn - February 15, 2013 - 9:51 pm

What I meant to say is: Anyone who will fight for their marriage is buena gente in my book :)

adrienne w - February 16, 2013 - 8:41 am

I just love you two! You have such a good perspective! I agree with what your other posters have said. Very good comments! I think everyone should go to counselling at some point during their lives. It really does help to have an outside party to reflect things off of. I went as a teenager for quite a while and it changed my life. We’ve also been as a couple. It doesn’t have to be some big “we’re saving our marriage” thing. We had an issue. It was really hard. So we went. And it was so helpful. Perfection is boring, anyway.

kara - February 17, 2013 - 9:43 pm

I agree Adrienne. It is definitely better not to wait until the you know what hits the fan. Oh, and I have to add that I totally get that everyone’s marriages are unique and sometimes complicated. I am lucky to have a spouse who wants to pull the weeds out of our marriage, but it would be really hard to be in a marriage where one person is not willing to put in the work and the other is. Complicated I tell you, but I do know that my heart goes out to all of the people who are struggling, because heartache is no fun.

Carrie - February 18, 2013 - 8:48 am

Yes, Kara, I was single until I married my husband in September 2011. Now I’m happily married:-) And, yes, I do like to run. In fact, I completed my second triathlon this past weekend! You have a really great memory!