Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Big Fat Cornbread Hey!

Tonight our dinner was all made of things that started with the letter "C".  It's my foodie way of teaching Helen the alphabet.  So far it is working quite nicely.  But then again we are only on "C".   Ask me again when I am trying to come up with a meal for the letter "X".  Tonight's menu was: chicken fingers, cornbread(with corn kernels inside), & carrots.

At the very end of dinner Helen was eating her last mini muffin of cornbread.  She all of a sudden yelled, "Heeeyy!  There is corn in here."

Jake and I just looked at each other and laughed.  Silly girl.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Hi to all who read this blog.

I am still alive.  But between potty training and the necessary laundry that comes along with the potty training and a baby with reflux...lets just say I have mountains of laundry all the time.

We had an awesome dinner for St. Patrick's Day, but no pictures.  The camera battery was dead.  Go figure the once I remember to take pictures before everyone scarfs it down and I didn't have batteries.  Problem now fixed.  Anyway, the menu included: Corned Beef Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Onion, & Cabbage all boiled together; green peas; Irish soda scones; green Jell-o provided by Kelsey & Michael;  mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert.  It all was delish'.

Anyway, just thought I'd post a lit' something.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday Doughnuts

Every once in awhile I make doughnuts for breakfast on a Saturday morning.  It was always especially fun in Monterey on a very foggy morning.  I got the doughnut maker from my parents when I mentioned that I wanted it once.  It make more of cake like donut, although the recipes are more life muffins.  It is more like a doughnut-shaped muffin cooker, but we like it.  We usually opt for the Honey Whole Wheat flavor.  A few weeks ago I whipped up a batch of these to enjoy.  We decided we'd like to try more of a cake batter next time.

Happy Saturday Morning!

Friday, March 12, 2010


When we made ravioli a couple of weeks ago I had a tiny bit of pasta dough left over.  Helen had loved every minute of making noodles.  After dinner, I let Helen run the leftover dough through the spaghetti cutter.  We hung them out to dry during the night.  The next day we had them for lunch.  There was just enough for Helen and I.  She was so proud of the noodles she made.

This afternoon Helen and were doing a project together.  I told Helen we were going to take turns.  After I finished my turn, she said, "Okay.  It's my turn on earth."  Because she is really sensitive to, okay, everything, I very calmly and trying not to bust a gut, said, "It's your turn on earth?"  "Yep, Mommy," she replied.

Asian Pack + Regular Produce

Yep, a couple of weeks ago we got our produce again.  We ordered the Asian Pack along with the regular pack for an extra $9 (I think).  It was delicious.  Highlights from what we made with it include Bok Choy Stir Fry over Rice, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Chinese Noodles with Bok Choy, and a coconut cake to die for.  I didn't get picture of any of them.  Wasn't really planning taking picture of any of them except the coconut cake.

The Coconut Cake was divine, and I forgot the whole picture thing until after it was devoured.  This coconut cake recipe is the one we made.  Here's a video of Alton making it that we followed too.  We will definitely be making this again.  It was a lot of work but thanks to the coconut in the Asian pack we inspired to make it all from scratch minus the coconut extract because it took to long.  If you like coconut and have some time (and people to share with), try this - you'll love it).

p.s.  I wrote this post a really long time ago, but am just getting around to posting it now.  There are great benefits in the blogging world from not being able to sleep.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Island Park

So what did we do 3 weeks ago?  It was that long weekend, you know, Presidents' Day.  We went up to Jake's parents' cabin they bought last year with the whole family (minus Michael who had to work).  Neither Jake or I had been up there before.  We snowmobiled in on Saturday morning.  Shortly after we got there the snow on the roof came down in an avalanche.  The noise sent Jake into PTSD for just a second.  Helen talked about the event the whole weekend.  Later in the day Jake and I went snowshoeing.  Saturday night was our night to help with dinner - we made Chow Mein in celebration of Chinese New Year that was the next day.  Sunday was a fiasco getting 9 adults and our 2 girls to church with only one snowmobile in 8 degree weather.  On Sunday afternoon we pretty much hung out around the cabin.  On Monday Jake and I had a chance to go cross-country skiing.  I forgot my brace and my wrist was paying for it for the next week.

Pictures of everyone just hanging out:

Outside play:
(please ignore my husband's pose)

(Using camera function to make it look as cold as it was - went a little overboard on this one)

Sunday night someone teased Jake about his silk weight pants (black silky thermal type layer) saying he looked like Batman.  Jake responded by running upstairs and getting his silk weight top and donning a baby blanket as a cape.

He made quite the entrance.

To the "Bat-tub"

The girls and I spent some time with my parents after the weekend.  Helen decided that Norah need to play dress-ups and she was to be the bunny.  She makes a pretty good bunny, I'd say.

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