The life of a pretty crazy lil clan called the Koerbers. We love life together and praise the Creator and Author of that life!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Chicken Spinach Salad

After browsing several recipes for a Spinach Chicken Strawberry Salad ... I created this.  And wow.  It was delightful.  (and easily fed my family of 6)

Half a container of Costco Baby Spinach
6 grilled (heavily salt and peppered) chicken breasts
about 1.5 cups of chopped strawberries
1/2 cup of ground flax seed
1/2 cup of blue cheese
1/2 cup chopped purple onion

1/3 cup of veg oil
2 T of honey
1/2 t cinnamon
2 T sweet Bavarian mustard (Aldi brand)
1/2 t salt

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

An Open Letter to Friends and Fans of the NE Patriots:

I want to begin by offering my heart felt sympathy for your loss. I am not being sarcastic here. As a lifetime Steeler fan I have developed a strong impulse to root against the Patriots. More than any other team, they seem to "have our number." Not to mention the painful losses in the AFC Championship games after the 2001 and 2004 seasons. When Hines Ward cried, I cried as well. However, I have come to appreciate that the discipline and the continued excellence of the Patriots in this salary cap era is something to be truly admired.

I began watching the football game rooting for the Jets. This is not because I liked the Jets, but because my loyalties to the Steelers convinced me this was best. A Jets win brought the playoff game to Pittsburgh and I still feel like the Pats are the better team and would have offered a tougher challenge to the Black and Gold. But as the game wore on, my feelings shifted. My brain said, “Jets should win”, by my heart, my sense of justice and my desire to see good triumph over evil began to sway my affections. Against my better intentions, I began to hope for some of that old “Brady magic.” And after Shonne Green used the ball as a pillow, I converted. I silently began to hope that the Jets would meet a grim end afterall.

I can only imagine how you feel. The Jets are a terrible team. I don't mean that they are bad players, just bad people. Their coach is a loud mouth and their players are obnoxious. And they come from New York City. I can't imagine anyone hating any team the way you must hate the Jets right now. And since you are going to be watching the playoffs this week, why not honestly root for the team that will be playing against the Jets! As the old saying goes, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Come on board and embrace your destiny.

I would like to extend and invitation to take a vacation in Steelers Nation. I would like to think of it as a travel visa to visit a far away land and to engage in the local customs.
Now, I am not insulting your loyalties or your intelligence by suggeting that you change your football citizenship. That requires much more than a disappointing playoff loss. I am talking about a momentary indulgence. Since you are going to watch the game, and since you are going to root AGAINST the Jets... why not embrace the fact that you are rooting FOR the Steelers. (You can do this in the privacy of your own home.)

The are a lot of reasons that I could offer for why you should do this. It could appeal to football enthusiasts by reminding you of the storied history of this franchise and their commitment to hard nosed football. I could try to appeal to your sense of sympathy by describing the way Pittsburgh continues to embrace their blue collar steel worker mentality by celebrating this icon of steel production (the “Steelers”) long after the steel industry has left this “rust belt” city. Or I could encourage you to do your Patriotic duty by supporting the team owned by the United States embassador to Ireland. One argument that I will not be able to make isthat our team is full of classy stand out citizens. (Thanks, Ben.) In conclusion, my one argument is simple: You HATE the Jets. Not only do you want them to lose, you want them to suffer. And there is no way to root for their complete destruction except by also embracing the fact that you will enjoy seeing good things happen to the Steelers. So, why fight it. Embrace you destiny. Root for the Steelers. This Sunday, spend the day in “Steeler's Nation.”

You may be asking, how is this done? How do might I (even if I wanted to) spend a day visiting Steelers Nation and viewing it from the inside. It is actually quite simple. Steeler Nation is not a place with geographic borders. It simple the attitude of ones heart in which you commit your happiness to the success of Pittsburgh's professional football team. The initiating ceremony involves a towel. Technically speaking it should be a golden towel with the copyright “Terrible Towel” lettering, of which all profits are donated to a local charity for the mentally impaired. (That is true.) But for the purposes of the travel visa to Steeler's Nation, any piece of cloth - of gold, yellow or even beige color - will do. Simply extend your dominate hand over your head and hold the towel (or cloth) at the corner. When something good happens to the Steelers on the football field, you can tell the world that this is now contributing to your own personal happiness (and the unhappiness of Jets fans) by twirling the towel above your head like a helicopter blade. The trick in making this work is to rotate your wrist. If you need help, you can watch the video below. Just remember, there are only two choices Sunday. Deep in your heart you will either have to say, “J-E-T-S” or “Here we go Steelers.” It's your choice.


Matthew Koerber

(Born and Bred Steelers Fan, who lived in Boston for 4 years)

Matthew now lives in the City of Pittsburgh

Friday, December 03, 2010

Blogging need not be complicated....

nor FULL of words.

CIRCUS w/ good friends...
Trick or treating....

End of soccer - what fun!

Trax Farms w/ Nama!

Friday, July 23, 2010

I agree, it has been entirely too long.

Ever since Facebook, I have been a huge slacker w/ the blog. Mostly because I am a terrible writer and just update in quick and easy sentences. I have found myself thinking in "tweets" - even though I don't tweet exactly. I update my facebook page... fairly obsessively. I want to be a better writer -- record keeper :). Therefore, blog, I will update you more often.

This has been the fullest summer yet for the Koerber clan. We are enjoying it, heat and all! We have had a Baldauff vacation in the Smokies with a visit to Clarkston, GA following. I got to visit a dear friend in Boulder, CO and we have yet to hit August! We have been hit w/ 2 different horrible colds on the weeks in between. This has been the summer of running... and I'm stalling. BIG TIME.

We are expecting numero quatro the end of Febuary and this lil bug has not been nice to me so far. I have been the sickest I've ever been w/ any pregnancy and have been spotting quite a bit. I spent about 24 hrs early this week mourning a potential loss, only to see a healthy lil heartbeat as a result of an early ultrasound.

Here are a couple of fun pics from our visits down south.

The great Stone Mountain - w/ our favorite southerner - Caleb!

The girl Baldauff cousins!

The boy Baldauff cousins!

A yummy BBQ restaurant in the Smokies


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Papap must have snagged this picture in the kitchen!

Watching the Pens w/ Grandparents!

"Jumpy sing!" shouts Norah every time we bring up the moon bounce. She loves it and would spend an entire day in it. Just a note -- it's set up in our newly dry walled attic! Go-go gadget Matt! He's been working hard... with a little help from some friends.

Norah's new Greenfield friend, Ezra. They are a week apart and really enjoy one another's company. We got to hang out w/ Ez while his parents got a date. Norah and he walked around for about an hour holding hands. Very funny indeed!

One of the boys got this lil miniature coloring pad w/ 3 tiny lil markers. All 3 kids squeezed in trying to color simultaneously. It was really sweet.

I have such delightful children. I have really been enjoying motherhood recently! I can't believe how quickly they are growing up. Norah has been talking up a storm while Theo and Isaac have been enjoying school. It's fun to get a little one on one w/ the girl...

Matthew has been working his tail off trying to get the house ready for a visit from an appraiser. We need the house to be worth the money that we have put into it... The attic is coming along VERY nicely! We are about ready to start painting! What a lovely room... such perfect space for our moon bounce (oh, and guests!)

Life is full and delightful of late.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Typical Norah stink face ... even on Christmas morning!!

Playing outside Christmas Eve day!

Our snowman! It rocks, doesn't it?!

I'm going to try and do it... continue blogging. I miss it. I miss having to put full sentences together in paragraphs and trying to communicate some going on's here. But I'm going to start tomorrow. Haha.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Summer lovin'

It has been a FULL summer. We are enjoying our new home.