Nests and Such

Posted by on Mar 30, 2009 in Kitchen Goodness | 4 comments

I have been battling sore throat and dry hacking cough for two days now which baffles me since all the rain we had over the weekend seemed to clear much of the pollen away. Anyway, I tell you all that to let you know that today’s post is strictly about motherhood and one area in particular, emptying out the nest. This time next year, I’ll have a similar post but with much more emotion as we prepare for David to graduate and move into college life.

I have had a couple of inspirations for today’s post. Make sure you read all the way down because I’m going to have a request at the end. Please don’t skip to the bottom. : ) Somebody just did that. STOP!

At the top of today’s post is a picture of the annual dirty bird nest that shows up in that same spot on our front porch year after year. We call it the dirty bird nest because the bird that makes it does some kind of mud/dirt concoction to bind the straw together. Last year, we decided to leave it up so she wouldn’t have to work so hard and be so messy this time. It seemed to help her greatly and kept the building debris at bay.

To the left is a picture of an egg that Robert found in our backyard after Friday’s rain. We’re not sure where the nest was that housed this egg, but some poor mama bird is wondering where her baby is. That makes me kind of sad. It’s a tiny egg, about 3/4 of an inch in length. I suggested we try to put it in the dirty bird’s nest, but that suggestion didn’t “fly” as Rob considered the dirty bird might reject it.

All that to introduce the fact that Robert and his roommate, Tyler, have been rejected from a dorm room at UGA because there just isn’t enough room for them on campus. Their system for finding students housing is frustrating. Finally, when Robert and Tyler realized they were too far down on the list and they didn’t want to pay non-refundable deposits for an appointment where they would learn there wasn’t enough space, they took the matter to the streets and have found housing off-campus in an apartment complex for students.

Don’t tell them, but if necessary, we are prepared to move in with them. The amenities are wonderful (gym, tanning bed, volleyball net, washer/dryer in the apartment, furniture, stove, dishwasher, disposal, microwave, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, tiny porch, living room, dining area, free breakfast on Friday mornings, pool, water, cable, wi-fi hotspots….). The best part? It’s less expensive than living on campus! Yea!

And so, I think it’s a good thing I’m not going to be teaching Bible study throughout the summer. I’m going to be teaching Robert how to cook since he won’t be taking advantage of the mealplan on campus.

Here’s the request as we prepare to push Robert a bit further from this nest into one of more independence, RECIPES! Yes, I want recipes of simple dishes or even menu suggestions for Robert that meet the following criteria:

  • Cost conscious with ingredients that are usual rather than exotic
  • Feeds him once or twice
  • If it feeds him more than once, then can it be frozen for later?
  • Simple meal ideas
  • Healthy (gets in the veggies and the lean protein)
  • Have no recipes, but lots of helpful suggestions? Send those in, too.
  • Cookbook recommendations? Send those in, too!

Don’t let us down! Make my summer job a bit easier. Thanks!


  1. Hey Amy,

    I have one real easy one that I think Robert and you would like. I learned it from Weight Watchers. Yup, I’m a Weight Watcher girl (although I am failing miserably at it right now) and I even used to teach the classes. Can you believe that?? Well, here it is:

    Chicken breast
    can of diced tomatoes

    I would buy the big bag of frozen Chicken breast from Sam’s.

    Place 2-4 Chicken Breast in casserole dish and pour diced tomatoes over chicken. Cover and cook at 325-350 for 1hr.

    in the mean time cook rice. The boil in bag would be easy.

    Spoon rice onto plate and top with chicken breast, tomatoes and juices. Yummy.

    The diced tomatoes come in different flavors; such as: Italian, mexican etc. I can’t remeber the brand. Del monte maybe. I will check next time I am in store. According to how many chicken breast you cook you may need more than one can of tomatoes. I think the chicken and tomatoes cooked together would freeze ok, but I never had luck freezing rice.

    I also have a easy mexican cassarole, brunswick stew, and Ham and potatoe casserole if you think he might be interested.

  2. Well, you know simple (or Smart Ones-hah!) is the only thing I do in the kitchen. Introduce Robert to a crock pot! Fix it and Forget it is a great cookbook for that. Love ya!

  3. Broccoli Cheese Casserole

    2 small frozen boxes of chopped broccoli (cooked)

    1 bag of boiling bag rice (cooked)

    1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup

    2 bags of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

    1 egg (beaten)

    combine ingredients in baking dish and cook for 45 min. at 350 degrees

  4. Are you going to boil and color the egg? On another level, the egg to me represents new happenings in your household. Continue to be disciples for Christ!

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