Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Porter and I gathered some spruce tips the other day and made Spruce Tip Shortbread. Yum! It was so easy and very Alaskan. Thanks to Jennifer for the inspiration. Here is her blog entry on spruce tip jelly (which is great, I know, because my jar is half gone) and other edible ideas. Lots of links.
We've also had Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage, and Dungeness Crab Quesadillas with Braised Mustard Greens. We haven't been very successful in the fishing department lately (although I did catch a double ugly with the Superman pole the other day, and Porter proclaimed me an awesome fisherman). But our crab pots have been full. A person can only eat so many crab legs (I know, my life is tough), so I've been searching for more recipes. The quesadillas were good! The kids even mostly ate them.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Porter went with us, and I have to say I got kind of annoyed. He knew it was just Molly who was getting looked at today, and was happy to go. The doctor walked in the room (she's very nice and not scary), and tried to engage him in conversation. She's a pediatrician, she's good at little kid small talk. Porter just glared at his lap, wouldn't talk to her, wouldn't make eye contact, and finally ended up clinging to me in my chair. She didn't push it, but she did try a couple more times later to talk to him, and he refused.
I know what's going on with him. He's shy (for lack of a better word). He doesn't do great with new people and new places. He needs time to warm up. I get it, because I am the exact same way. But he also needs to learn how to handle life since these things come up every day. It is important to me that he be polite. And he comes across as being quite rude a lot of the time in these situations. I don't feel like I should have to prompt his responses at this age. I think he should be able to respond to simple questions and say thank you and good bye, especially to someone like a doctor, when I am right there.
I'm really at a loss to know how to do this though. I know it's hard for him, but I need him to be polite. I've gotten mad at him in the past, but I know that doesn't do any good. We've had a lot of talks about how other people feel sad when you don't respond to their questions. How it is rude to not say thank you when the post man gives you a sticker. And he is very serious and says he understands. But it doesn't make a difference. I know that if I prepare him for a situation on the way there, like I could have done today, then things go a little better. But then nice old ladies talk to us at the grocery store or we run into a friend at the park, and he just stares at his shoes. And I can't predict everything.
I honestly don't know what to do. Except wait. But I'm tired of telling him what to say or talking for him when he is clearly old enough to do that himself. Any ideas?
Friday, May 21, 2010
Anyway, Molly has given us a few bones, a few instances of mama or papa or Porter or hot. But if you ask her to say something? Not a chance. She purses her lips together and acts like she is really interested in a speck on the floor. Whatever. It drives Bryce crazy. But over the past few days, she finally has a word that she will repeat and use in the right context.
She will say it after you. She will point at a doll or an actual baby and say it. Or even sometimes point at herself and say it. Clearly a word.
I remember what Porter's first word like that was too.
This sort of makes me wonder. I wonder how much is just innate gender differences and how much I play into it. I certainly never bought Porter a doll or a baby stroller. I never told him he was pretty. I do those things with Molly without even really thinking about it. Now, Porter definitely showed an interest in cars way before he ever even owned a toy one, and Molly definitely notices babies and dolls and really just people more than Porter ever did. But still. I've seen Porter play with the stroller recently (even if he is driving dinosaurs around in it), and I feel bad that I never even gave him that option. I suppose these things are going to happen almost no matter what I do. But I don't want either of my kids to feel like certain toys or colors or ideas are off limits to them.
So. Baby. And car. I'd like to think my kids are more complicated than that. But it does make birthday shopping easier.
I'm Cooking: Tandoori Chicken with Zucchini, Jasmine Rice, Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce. I love this marinade for chicken and lamb. I added the sliced zucchini in for the last 30 minutes of marinating and cooked them with the chicken. It is best grilled, but I also chop chicken breasts and cook them on a baking sheet in a very hot oven and it's almost as good. For the yogurt sauce, I mix about a cup of plain yogurt with finely diced cucumber, garlic and a little bit of salt. It cuts the spice of the chicken, especially for kids. Molly seems to not mind spice at all, but Porter is not much of a fan.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
I'm Cooking: Quiche with crab, green onions, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Just things I had left in my fridge, but it was good. I also let Porter make a couple of "pies" with the leftover pie crust dough (really just dough with cheese mashed inside over and over, and a sprinkle of sugar), and that is all he had for dinner.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I'm Cooking: Bryce is rarely home for dinner these days, so I am a bit less ambitious when my only audience would rather eat mac and cheese. Last night we had baked chicken breasts, stir fried baby bok choy (not eaten by small children), and Jasmine rice. I also made brownies. This is my all time favorite brownie recipe from the Fannie Farmer Baking Book. It is basic, but always turns out excellent. Yum.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
On another note, the reason that mouse in my last post is so freakishly big is because it is actually a vole. Even through a blurry picture, my brother in law Graham is an expert.
I'm Cooking: Over the weekend, I made Crab Cakes. I like this recipe since it is all stuff you are likely to have in your fridge (except the crab I guess), and as long as you don't make the cakes too big, they stay together well when you fry them. But I think crab cakes are pretty much awesome no matter how you make them. I also made a batch of buttermilk pancakes, substituting the buttermilk with plain kefir. They had a wonderful taste, and the kids ate them up. Lastly, I made these Coconut Lime Cookies. I absolutely love lime anything, so I thought they were great, but the kids weren't so keen. They are a delicate, soft little cookie, and make your house smell fantastic while baking.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Porter brought me a gift this afternoon. Yes, it is a dead mouse that he found outside. You're welcome for the lack of focus on the gift itself. When I turned around, I actually screamed, and he looked so disappointed at my lack of appreciation that I felt bad. I did make him take it back outside and wash his hands really well though.
I'm Cooking: Last night I made Shepherd's Pie with carrots and turnips. As usual, Molly ate three bowls and Porter (who has an aversion to mashed potatoes) said the meat was contaminated and made him sick in his mouth. Lovely.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
And oh my goodness, it rescued our day for one crazy, kid freak-out hour. Eleven dollars well spent, even at Wal-Mart.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
But she can always be my baby.
I'm Cooking: Last night I made some crab pasta. Crab, cream, lemon juice, tomatoes. It was good, but not the ultimate crab pasta recipe I've been looking for. We'll be eating a lot of crab this summer, so I'm sure I will revisit this later. In any case, Molly and I ate a ton, and Porter ate one bite. That's almost a success.
Monday, May 3, 2010
I'm Cooking: More fresh crab. Also, I made this Italian Style Guacamole last night. It sounds weird, but it was super tasty on french bread and raw veggies.