Saturday, August 27, 2005

A Spiritual Paycheck

Interesting, huh? I think we stay-at-home Moms have the only job with so many sub-titles. :) I found this graphic on a website while looking for some information about what the salary really would be for a stay-at-home Mom (SAHM). I love my job and know that I'm doing what God called me to do. I do *sometimes* wish we had evaluations and raises, though. :) That's ok. My pay is in the form of knowing I am in God's will, and kisses, smiles on faces, and verbal praise from David and Noah. Money can't buy that.

I grocery shopped last night (is that on the list?) and got home close to 10:00 p.m. I wore my Ipod shuffle while I shopped and it was SO HARD not to sing along. I was getting some strange looks anyway just for wearing my Ipod while I shopped. (what's up with that?) So I knew if I belted out a tune I'd probably be thrown out of the store. One of the things I did before I left to shop was put a few episodes of Scrapcast on my Ipod. If you go to Itunes and click on Podcasts, do a search for "scrapcast." This is a FREE webcast, like a radio talk show, all about scrapbooking! I just subscribe to it and listen to them when I have a long stretch of listening time. It's pretty cool to listen to scrapbooking chatter while grocery shopping :)

Speaking of scrapbooking, wanna know what the cutest thing in scrapbooking is right now? (in my opinion, anyway) It's Elsie Flannigan. She's a new Garden Girl at 2Peas and I just ADORE her style! She is fresh and funky and I admire her originality so much. She is also Creating Keepsakes magazine's Fresh Face for October. I know great things are in store for her in the world of scrapbooking. If you haven't heard of her before now, I have no doubt that you'll be seeing her everywhere soon! :)

Have you entered the contest to become the next MUSE for Wendi Speciale Designs? You can't win if you don't get that entry sent in! :)

Thank you for all of your comments and emails about the recipes that I share! Oh, and most of them are not ones that I created myself. If I know the source I post that. Otherwise it's just a "cooking message board" recipe that I found years ago and don't know the original source. If there is ever a recipe that I created it will have my name on it :)

Today's recipe is one that I made for Christmas dinner a few years ago. It smells heavenly when it's cooking and is so delicious. It reminds me of the holidays, but it's great to serve anytime of year. Yes, I long for Fall and Winter to arrive so I'm getting in the mood by posting this recipe! :)

Orange-Herbed Pork Roast

2 1/2 to 3 lb pork roast
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp pepper
1 T cooking oil

Trim fat from roast. Combine spices and rub all over meat. Brown on all sides in a large skillet in hot oil. (This smells wonderful!) Drain. Place roast in crockpot.

Combine the next ingredients and pour over roast.
1 C chicken broth
2 T sugar
2 T lemon juice
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp finely shredded orange peel

Cover; cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Transfer roast to serving platter, keep warm. For sauce, pour juices from crockpot into measuring cup. Skim fat off of the top. Add water to make 2 C if necessary. Transfer to saucepan.

3 T cornstarch
1/2 C orange juice

Mix cornstarch and juice, stir into juices in saucepan. Cook and stir till bubbly and thickened. Pass sauce with meat.


Have a wonderful weekend with the family God has given to you! :)
- Jennifer

"Don't ask the Lord to guide your footsteps unless you are willing to move your feet." -Anonymous


Dar said...

I saw that chart a few weeks ago. Very interesting isn't it. A thankless job at times but seeing your children grow and thrive each day is thanks enough for me.

Rori said...

Oh wow I am going to tell my husband I want all my "back pay" LOL!!
I was a stay at home mom until my kids were both in school full time....I loved it! And so worth it.
Very cool tag for Donna. I thought about it but I don't have an addy? You got it?
Check out my blog chickie and pass on the info I updated with yesterday! Very important for all women to hear I think.

Heather D. White said...

OKAY WOW! Love that Spiritual Paycheck. We may not get paid in $$ but I think in the end, we will have the greatest payoff. Ooooh...and can't wait to try that pork recipe...sounds delish!! Thanks for sharing it!

kelly edgerton said...

Honest to goodness, I just SNORTED right outloud when I read about Scrapcast. Jennifer - that is SO YOU, I cannot believe it. How awesome, and who knew? Where do you find this stuff? Amazing.

I love today's quote. Your daily quotes are one of the many things I love about your blog.

Barbie said...

I think it's totally cool to wear your iPod to the store! GOOD FOR YOU! The funniest thing is that you were listening to scrapcast! AWESOME.

Heather said...

Can you think of the scrapping supplies we could buy with that $$?? tehehe

and the Ipod thing. . .how cool! I haven't stepped into the 20th century and gotten one yet.

Waiting on my first shipment of WSD stamps. . . .can't wait to get them! tehehe you sucked me in!

stephanie said...

I want an Ipod!!! But, other bills are taking the cash away :)
However, if I was to be paid the annual salary of a sahm, money sure wouldn't be an issue. Thanks for sharing that. Very eye-opening and so true. I value my job as a mother and know that at some point it will come time to work, but for now I will continue to be thankful to be at home :)
The recipe sounds heavenly-I am so glad you posted one that would be good for the holidays!

Steph said...

Ohhhhh.....I really need an iPod!!! Great post!! =)

Shary said...

Made your Toll House Pie this week;
it was a big hit!
Thanks for a great recipe...

Jennifer Stewart said...

Thanks for letting me know, Shary!! Glad you liked it! :)


Heather said...

OH you are making me hungry!!!!! Keep sharing! And too funny about the ipod singing while grocery shopping!! ;)

Jana said...

I def. need an Ipod too, I could have sooooo much fun with that puppy! Count me in as a proud SAHM too, it's the toughest but most rewarding thing I've ever done.

Tinka said...

Hey Jen...there's nothing wrong with singing out loud!! I'm always singing along (or humming) to whatever music is being played over the loudspeakers! It's a reflex...drives my youngest sister bonkers when we are shopping together! But it's my dancing in the aisles that really sends her over the edge!! ROFLOL!!!

Cindy Lee said...

Jen, you always make me smile - love you blog!!!

Robin said...

I thought I typed a comment, but apparantly I missed the word verification step? say what?

But that calculation is cute - yes - it's a very difficult & important job! :-)

Heather said...

Hey! There's Tinka! I recognize her from my AOL days! . . .Just checking in on you Jennifer. . . hoping you are okay. ((((((Jennifer)))))))