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Various updates plus super easy veggie side dish

November 12th, 2011 at 03:59 pm

Cross another goal off our 2011 list! We saw our lawyer Friday and, after some discussion and editing, signed our wills, power-of-attorney statements and health care directives. Paid in full as well! We also discussed the adoption of our children, and the lawyer is very excited to get started on it. He's enjoying the intellectual challenge of using existing laws to cater to our unusual situation.

He said he didn't need a retainer yet for the adoptions, which is kind of nice. I've enjoyed having that big cushion in the checking account; makes me feel very secure! I'll be an adjustment next year when it's not there anymore.

We parceled out our extra money to see what we could afford in terms of gifts to our service providers, gifts for parents, etc. Everything looks very good for the rest of the year. I probably won't put any extra to debt except the standard $1000 per month, but I'll try to put a bit more than that in January and February. Then I have to figure out our budget for parental leave, which might involve lower debt repayment for a couple of months.

We've already made the necessary purchases for earning $1500 of gift cards on our new Southwest cards! I paid for some prescriptions, NT bought a restaurants.com gift certificate that we're going to pay in our spending money for, and AS put a meal out on her card (that one will also be paid for with our spending money). Then AS started spending on her Capital One card; we'll get $100 bonus once she spends $500. We went out Friday night to celebrate finishing our estate planning, and we'll pay that with some of our surplus money.

One of the other things we decided to do with our budget surplus was to donate an extra $50 each ($150 total) to charities of our choice. That means we'll hit our charitable goal in November instead of December!

Anyway, on to my super-easy recipe! I found this online because we had some snowpeas that needed using up. You need about (I didn't measure and mine turned out great):

1/2 lb. snowpeas
1 T butter or margarine
1 T lemon juice
Pinch of Italian seasoning
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of salt

Melt butter in small dish in microwave and add lemon juice, seasoning and salt. Microwave the snowpeas with a few tablespoons of water, 1 minute at a time until tender and hot but still crisp. Drain snowpeas and toss them with the butter mixture.

Soo good! I like having a number of simple, tasty veggie side dish options. I've noticed most of my favorites involve butter and/or lemon. Smile

5 Responses to “Various updates plus super easy veggie side dish”

  1. baselle Says:

    butter, lemon, garlic and Italian seasoning is a great exit strategy for nearly any vegetable! Tahini and lemon is another good one.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    Great news on this and your last post. Smile
    Seems to me butter makes everything better! Big Grin

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I am curious, legally, how is it going to work for the non-biological parent in this situation? I mean, if neither of the biological parents give up their rights, how does a third parent adopt? I have found this whole process so fascinating, so if I'm getting too nosy again, just say so!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Not at all LR! I'm glad to talk about it. Apparently there are certain situations where a parent would adopt without another one relinquishing their parenthood. Our lawyer has never seen a case where the three people actually lived together; usually it was a shared-custody thing. But he has a judge who thinks it's valid, so he doesn't think we're going to have any trouble. The only possible problem he can see is he wants to get all three of our names on the birth certificate of the new baby, and he said the bureaucratic stuff--how to put three names on a form with only two lines--is going to be the real issue! But we don't need the birth certificate to do the adoption.

  5. whitestripe Says:

    not that this is really related, but it kinda reminded me:
    my oldest and best friend's father 'took off' when she was just a baby. her mother remarried and had a second child, and the husband raised my friend and her younger sister as both his equal daughters. She call him Dad, because by all means he is just that.
    later on, the husband and my friends mother separated due to the mothers drug habit. my friend chose to live with her non-biological Dad. Her Dad remarried, and the newly wed couple adopted my friend, and she changed her last name to her non-biological Dad's last name.
    Confusing ... but your situation made me think of it.

    (also, later on my friend was contacted by her real father on facebook and found out that her mother actually took her and told her father to never contact them or try to find them - he had been searching for her for years).

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