To Live and to Love

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20.

On Cooking for Two August 30, 2008

Filed under: Cooking — mrsschrage @ 5:21 pm

Since getting married, I’ve been reevaluating my approach to cooking. I’ve always had lofty ideals about food and in the past few newly-wed months, I’ve hit the reality road. Cooking for two, 7 days a week is a whole lot different than cooking for a party once in a while. I’m learning to multi-task ingredients, clip coupons, and freeze. I’ve got a lot to learn, especially about spending less, but I’m getting better.

Along the way, I have discovered a few things that I never had and now think I could never live without…

1. Dish drying rack. It makes clean-up so much more efficient and the one I have in particular holds so much!

2. Le Creuset. How did I ever cook before without it? It cooks perfectly and washes without any scrubbing. I look for reasons to use my Le Creuset pots

3. Bon Appetit Cookbook. I have a lot of cookbooks, but this one is my favorite! I’ve tried a lot of recipes from it. Since we don’t get internet consistently at the apartment, I don’t do as much online recipe hunting. I have to use the traditional ways of looking through a book… and you can never go wrong with Bon Appetit. 

4. Flat wooden spatula. Wow, this is the best tool in the bunch! A regular wooden spoon is not nearly as useful.

5. An electric tea kettle. I use this at least once a day. French press coffee, tea, soup base, sweet tea… Love it love it

6. Soup base. I got a wedding gift from Penzey’s Spices and received pork and chicken soup base. I haven’t needed to buy chicken stock yet! I wish I had the beef base too. 

7. The Oxo Travel Mug. After Alicia recommended this mug, I added it to my registry and Jeff and I bought two with gift cards. I’ve used a lot of Starbucks mugs and they can’t even compare. 

8. A double boiler. Since we don’t have a microwave, I try not to have left overs. But when we do, the double boiler I got from Williams-Sonoma once (for $.80!) has come in handy for reheating! I never thought I would actually use that thing, and who knew it would reheat mashed sweet potatoes so well!


Remembering August 23, 2008

Filed under: Family — mrsschrage @ 1:04 pm

I miss you, Grandpa. I wish you could have met the man you always wanted for me, my husband. Grandpa, you would like Jeff. He’s a big Patriots fan, a fact which would drive you crazy, but at least it would give you two lots to talk about. He’s a hard worker and you would appreciate that about him. He’s a lot like you, and he’s always telling me how if ______ did it his way, ______ would be much more efficient and better. The wedding was a nice day, but I wish you could have been there. The reception was in an older lodge; it reminded me of you. Jeff has made me so happy and I wish you could see how happy I am. A lot has changed in a year. Clara has your eyes. It is funny how much she looks like you. Emily’s going to have another baby. Kevin graduated from law school. I know you would be so proud of what your family has done this year. I love you, Grandpa.


Learning to live through love. August 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrsschrage @ 1:13 pm

Welcome to the new blog! Since I was switching from, I decided to switch blogging sites too, so I hope you can enjoy There are some advantages to WordPress that will be exciting to experiment with, like the pages (see About in the right hand corner) and better managing capabilities. Now, I just need to find the time to write. 

I’ve missed blogging and I’m glad to be back!