Progress as Promised

We somehow seem to have convinced a very nice social worker to do our home study meetings and home visit, despite the fact that we are still missing a letter of reference from one person and a state child abuse hotline check (Connecticut is confusing!). The first two meetings will take place at our social worker’s office, otherwise known as Panera, and the in home visit will be on October 26. I’m enlisting the help of a good friend to give the house a thorough cleaning the day before, and Jarod’s parents are being coerced into coming over on Sunday to help us finish up a few small house projects. I’m making honey mustard glazed brisket and roasted root vegetables–if you want, you can come, too! In addition to the necessary projects (finish painting the house, install a cat door, caulk the tub, boooooring), I’m also keen in getting some crafty things finished in Magnolia’s room. I bought the Mod Podge! Who wants to decoupage? Do you have a sewing machine you can bring?

I can’t seem to help buying little things here and there for our future daughter. I know that it might be a long time before we see her face, but we might be surprised, and quite frankly, our financial situation is such that it is better to buy things we’ll need as we go along as opposed to suddenly needing to get a whole bunch of stuff. Most of what we’ve bought are deep discount clearance items, but we picked up some sweet little things on vacation as well. In addition, as is our custom, once the next phase of the process is done, I’ll get another something super special. This time it won’t be from the Target clearance rack; in fact, it’s been something I’ve been wanting for her for a long time. In this case, the next phase will be the completion of the home study, and I believe that this beauty is what will end up on our doorstep. I look forward to placing the order not just because I love the print, but also because it means I can sigh another sigh of relief that one more big hurdle has been cleared.

So giddyup. Let’s go.

(PS–I was serious about the Mod Podge. Come over!)

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  1. Beautiful print! And hey, would you share the recipe for that brisket?

  2. findingmagnolia

    Brisket recipe:
    1. Cook your brisket ahead of time. I cooked mine in a crock pot full of beef stock with some garlic and onion powder, plus a bit of worcestershire sauce. Remove it from the beef stock and stick it in a 9×13 in the fridge and forget about it for a few days.
    2. Slice the brisket as thin as you like and arrange it in the 9×13 it’s been sitting in for a few days.
    3. In a small saucepan, combine 1 tablespoon butter, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup honey, and 1/3 cup dijon mustard*, heating until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.
    4. Brush 3/4 of the glaze onto your sliced brisket. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 375 F for 30 minutes. Remove foil, brush on remaining glaze, and bake for another 15 minutes. You’re done!

    *All measurements are approximate, as I didn’t actually measure any of the ingredients. You can add more mustard if you want it more tangy or less if you prefer it more sweet.

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