Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I'm Cooking: Kielbasa and Cabbage Soup. Comfort food from the crock pot. Five minutes of prep. Very nice.
Yesterday morning, I made sweet potato pancakes (like regular pancakes with mashed sweet potato in them, not like latkes). The kids ate them, but they had this mushy texture that totally grossed me out. Anyone have a good recipe for getting veggies into pancakes?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I'm hardening our vegetable starts this week, hoping to plant them outside this weekend. It's always a little scary here since a frost (or snowfall) could come out of nowhere. But it is 65 degrees today. Woot! This is our third year of vegetable gardening here in the Far North, and I'm excited for the results.
I'm Cooking: Last night I made this Lemon Chicken recipe. I changed it a lot though, adding zucchini with the mushrooms, chicken stock with the wine, and sour cream at the end. I used diced chicken breast, and didn't use the sliced lemons. Anyway, it was good! Served with Baked Brown Rice.
I also made Zucchini Chocolate Cupcakes over the weekend. I used an extra ounce of chocolate, no nuts, and I made my own chocolate butter cream frosting. And I used a lot of zucchini. My kids loved them. They aren't healthy by any means, but if you're going to make chocolate cupcakes, it's nice to sneak some veggies in there too. The zucchini almost completely disappears during the baking process, leaving you with moist, yummy cakes. The recipe makes a lot of cupcakes, but I put my extras in the freezer.
Monday, April 26, 2010
This morning Porter and Molly were struggling over a toy. Normally I let them work it out themselves, but it escalated to screaming and throwing, and I had to step in. I talked to Porter about being an older brother and how important it was for him to help his sister grow up. And how there were certain toys that were only his, but most of them he had to share. About half an hour later, he came to me and said he had been thinking about it. And that I was right, and he was going to never be mean to Molly again. I'm not naive enough to think it will last, but he was so good for the rest of the day. It made me hope that they really do listen to me, at least some of the time. And that despite my last post, I'm an okay mom.
A couple of days ago, Bryce asked me if I was all done weaning Molly. Ack. First of all, I guess he's not super observant. But also, I had not even started weaning Molly. I think I talked about it so much that he thought I had done something about it. This week, I am actually starting the weaning process with Molly instead of only talking about it. I just put her down for her nap without nursing for the first time ever (I mean, other people have occasionally put her down for a nap, but never me). Her little face when she realized what was happening almost made me break my resolve. I tried to snuggle her to make up for it, but she just screamed and screamed. I left her in her crib crying, wondering if this was going to work, and by the time I got down the stairs she was asleep. Whew.
I'm Cooking: Over the weekend, I made a roasted pork loin and black-eyed peas with greens. Not really any exciting recipes to report, just basic food, but it was good. I love beans, even if no one else in this house will eat them.
I also made these for lunch. They were great! And a good way to use up leftover rice. I used brown rice, ham, diced zucchini, fresh basil, green onions and cheddar cheese. I think they would be a nice breakfast item too. Molly gobbled them up, Porter not so much (but nothing new there).
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
But the milk. It is cheap and so I buy it. But why do they not have organic 2%? And why in the world did they design the milk jug so that every single dang time you pour some milk, it spills all over the counter?? I'm about to lose my mind.
I'm Cooking: Last night I made homemade pizza. One pepperoni to please pretty much everyone else, and one BBQ chicken pizza for me! BBQ sauce, baked chicken breast, mozzarella & cheddar cheese, green onions and (a lot of) sun-dried tomatoes. The leftovers were fantastic.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Mix together 2 cups of granola (smashing the big pieces), 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1/8 cup brown sugar. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until the mixture looked like coarse crumbs. Press half of mixture into a 8x8 inch pan. Spread 1 cup strawberry yogurt over mixture, then sprinkle remaining mix on top. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Cool on a rack, then in the fridge, and cut into pieces.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Today I went to visit a friend. She is actually Bryce's boss's wife. Her seven grandchildren all live down south, and with no grandparents of our own here, we make a good pair. Her husband has the same kind of schedule that Bryce does, and she offered me a good perspective on reality today that I think I needed to hear. I've been getting very caught up lately in what is good for ME and thinking that meant it was also good for my family. Which, of course, is sometimes the case. But not always. More on this later, but if everyone who has been through it tells me this time with small children goes so fast, I'm thinking I should probably believe it. And quit worrying about what comes after.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I think our breakfasts and lunches are lacking though. Both of my kids wake up starving and whiny, and toaster waffles and bagels get on the table fast. Lunch time can also be hurried, and I usually don't have the motivation to actually cook a meal. We do always have fruit on hand, but then I often resort to mac and cheese or PB&J or fish sticks. Not that those are horrible things, but I could totally do better. At least some of the time.
So my current goal is to find some interesting breakfast items I could maybe make ahead of time and freeze. I would especially like to get some protein and maybe even veggies into our morning meal. Carbs and sugar seem to dominate right now. And I need to just get motivated for lunch a couple of times a week. I'll let you know.
I'm Cooking: So, in the spirit of this post, I made stir fry noodles with chicken and carrots for lunch. And it really didn't take all that much longer than mac and cheese. Success #1.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I'm Cooking: Potato, Cauliflower & Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice. This is an Indian style curry, and while it's not terribly authentic, it is easy and good. Bryce is a self-proclaimed cauliflower hater, and he liked it too.
Monday, April 5, 2010
My car is in the shop, so I decided to take Molly and go along for the ride (and help hold a few hands). The kids all had to get suited up (it is a gorgeous day here, but it did snow a couple of inches over night), walk about six blocks to the bus stop, wait patiently, get on the bus, sit down for the ride, get off the bus, and make it into the library safely. Twenty four year olds, seriously. I was sort of imagining this crazy scene of kids running into the road and all the other bus passengers hating us. But you know what? They were great. Really well behaved. The whole thing went off without a hitch, and the kids had a fabulous time.
I know that when I plan something like this for just my own two children, about 50% of the time it ends in me yelling and everyone being tired and hungry and bummed out at something that was supposed to be fun. I'm not sure what it is about being at school (even on a field trip) that makes everyone so much more cooperative and obedient, but I'm thankful. I just wish that Rhonda and Mary could take my kids to public places all the time so it could go so smoothly.
Sorry for the blur here (it was bumpy), but Porter was really into the bus ride...
I'm Cooking: Last night I made one of my kid-friendly (at least to my kids) stir-fries. Chicken and Veggies (mushrooms and bell peppers this time) with Yakisoba Noodles. There is no recipe here, just cooking of meat and vegetables with garlic and ginger and lots of soy sauce. And some fresh basil and oregano and sesame seeds if I have them. Porter may have picked out all the peppers and mushrooms, but he ate a whole bowl of chicken and noodles, which is more than I can say for many nights out of the week.
Porter has been falling asleep around the house a lot lately. He really doesn't want to nap unless he is sick, and most days doesn't seem to need it. But clearly there is some lack of rest going on here. Maybe an earlier bedtime is in order. Some days it feels hard to get all the dinner eating, bathing and general end of the day activities done in time to get these guys in bed early. It is probably worth doing though, as I imagine it is better to sleep in a bed than on the floor or the table or the living room chair.
I'm Cooking: Last night (in an attempt to use up some greens) I made tomato sauce with sausage, zucchini and arugula. I love arugula in salads, but I had never tried cooking it before. I served it over pasta, and while the results were definitely edible, the strong arugula flavor really took over the dish. The kids were not into it. Bryce ate two bowls, but then again, he'll usually eat anything. I think I'll probably stick to arugula salads from now on.
I just love that guy that works the front door at Costco. He is so funny and Molly loves him. Anyone know who I'm talking about?
The amount of Easter candy currently in our house is ridiculous. I really want to just throw it all away, but can't quite bring myself to do it.
I am so excited that we finally have Photoshop, but it has been sitting on the desk uninstalled for two weeks now. I need to get on it.
I forgot to customize my CSA box this week, and I am getting a lot of greens. I do love my greens, but no one else here has exactly the same feelings for them. We are getting salad mix, braising mix (chard and the like), and arugula. I need some new ideas!
I'm Cooking: Last night I made soup from the leftover ham bone. I really don't have a recipe, but I cut off what ham I could, then cooked the bone with chicken broth, thyme, onions, carrots, lentils, potatoes and zucchini. Then added the ham back in at the end. Sort of split pea soup-ish with vegetables. The kids didn't really eat it, but Bryce and I thought it was delicious.
I'm Cooking: I made a Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Ham for Easter. I love ham, but I'd never actually made a whole one before. This recipe was fantastic. Every last piece was eaten. And I still have the bone to make soup with today.
Thanks to Amy for the pea and radish salad and Lori for the egg bread. And to everyone else for such crazy goodness as an asparagus tart, scalloped potatoes, a whole turkey, wild rice salad, strawberry shortcake and apple pie!