Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I got the shell bags at Blueberry Forest Toys. They have handcrafted and wooden toys (just my style!) AND you can get 10% off your purchase through Aug 31st (tomorrow) with coupon code RC88.
Edited to add that Blueberry Forest has offered blog readers 10% off through Sept 30th with coupon code BG22. I might do a little Christmas shopping...
The other day I was making a recipe from The Garden of Vegan for chocolate pudding using silken tofu, cocoa, sugar, etc. Pretty easy recipe. Pretty good recipe. Pretty healthy recipe. But then I had to go and try to make it healthier. Every recipe is healthier with the addition of veggies, right? What veggie goes pretty well with chocolate? Zucchini! (a secondary motive being to use up the plethora of zucchini from my garden) So I shredded some zucchini and mixed it in. I threw in some coconut to disguise the zucchini texture and put it in the fridge to chill. I knew that it wasn't something I'd serve at a dinner party, but I hoped that the kids would eat it.
Matt's uncle Markle was visiting us the next evening. We had a great meal (with grilled zucchini!), and the kids were restless. Matt pulled out the "pudding" for the kids, and somehow we all ended up with a bowl. There were a few bites, a few reviews, and lots of laughing. Markle's comment was, "It isn't that it is bad... I've just never tasted pudding with this texture... crunchy..."
Despite the complaining, both Matt and his uncle ate a bowl full. Kate wouldn't touch it. That girl can spot a zucchini a mile away. Only one person asked for more...
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Last night as we were tucking into bed, Jack asked for more water. I told him that he couldn't have more because it would make him pee out his diaper. Kate then asked how water makes pee. Was it splashing in the bathtub that made pee? I explained that we drink liquids like water and milk, our body uses the fluid that it needs and then our kidneys take out all the extra fluid and make pee. Kate was fascinated and, as usual when I explain something a bit complicated, she asked me to "Say that again." So I gave my simple explanation again adding that kidneys also filter out salt and other chemicals from the body.
"Kidneys take out salt?" Kate asked and then quickly added, "and pepper?"
Monday, August 27, 2007
Coincidentally, I made a pledge to myself at the beginning of this summer to drive our car as infrequently as possible. Matt gave me a cruiser bicycle as a Mother's Day gift, and we have a Chariot that doubles as a bike trailer and stroller. The kids and I have been faithful about biking whenever we can. To the library, the park, the grocery store, playgroup, to the ice cream shop, etc. We even biked to preschool last spring and will start again in a few weeks.
So take the challenge with me!
If you are interested in a bike trailer, I noticed that REI has the Chariots and accessories on sale for 20% off through Labor Day.
And thanks to magreen at the Green Parenting Blog for introducing me to C3!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I have lots of blogging I want to do - my crunchy veggie pudding disaster, our bumpy trip up above the tree line, preschool prep, etc - but I am pretty busy being a single mom up in the mountains for a few more days.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Yesterday afternoon I took Kate and Jack for a quick walk out our back door (we are up in the mountains for a few days). Since it was a sponatenous trip, I never thought to grab my camera. Of course, there were perfect pictures everywhere I turned. Dipping toes in the stream, smelling wild flowers, walking through tall native grass, falling in fields of daisies. Perfect moment after perfect moment. Perfect lighting. Perfect subjects. I kept framing photos in my mind and lamenting that I didn't bring my camera.
Then Kate called to me to come play. I quickly let go of my thoughts of the perfect picture and ran through the long grass holding hands with my children. It was a good reminder that sometimes it is better to stop and smell the flowers with the kids rather than just photograph them doing the smelling.
(I just wish someone was taking pictures of us...)
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I can't wait to have the time to check out some other product ratings.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Last night my Moms in Motion running team met with an occcupational therapist Scott who specializes in sports medicine at Edge Rehab and Wellness. It was really interesting to meet with someone who knows so much about staying healthy in sports. The great thing about this place is not only do they do traditional physical therapy, but they also specialize in personalized wellness programs. I want Matt to meet with Scott to prepare for ski season.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
“So I've been thinking a lot lately about...fish. I watched a documentary about tuna fishing techniques a few months ago and since then I've really stepped up my eco-guilt complexes about primarily tuna, and well, eating fish in general. I want to know more about how I'm impacting both my health and the environment when eating seafood. Anyway, I found this great website...
Unfortunately, I went on my Google-adventure hoping to convince myself that it would be okay for me to eat tuna again. Didn't happen. But, glad to know there are some better options out there.”
In light of Kari’s tuna guilt, I'm posting a recipe I found on Allrecipes that we tried for lunch yesterday. As for being a kid-friendly recipe - Kate wouldn’t try it at all, and Jack pretty much ate the bread around the mock tuna. But I thought it was really good as a sandwich filling (although I would never mistaken it for real tuna). I can't wait to make myself a "tuna" melt with the leftovers.
Here's the original Mock Tuna Recipe
I changed it around a bit. Chopped the chickpeas in the food processor and substituted half the mayo for non-fat plain yogurt. I also left out the green peppers since I did't have any.
Monday, August 20, 2007
(I was going to post the news this morning, but I've been without internet all day!)
In the meantime, I've ordered this for our next pet bug.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
And I would write a letter to Trader Joe's management to alert them, but I don't need to. I am pretty certain that Ashlee will take care of it the moment she reads this! *wink*
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
(as a side, I wanted to put some kind of nursing image up for this post so I searched Yahoo for a nurse image - Whoa! - not really the kind of images I was going for! Kinda reminds me of the time I wanted to learn about the genetics of red hair and Googled redheads! LOL)
Monday, August 13, 2007
Kate loved the ocean. She had no reservations of wading right into the water even if it was muddy or seaweedy. She was really surprised the first time she got ocean water in her mouth to discover that it was salty. Every few minutes she was in the water, she would reach down, scoop some water, touch her tongue to the water, and announce, "Yup! Still salty!"
Jack liked the water but was a little more hesitant. He did courageously get into the deep water with me to join his dad and sister on a swim platform, only to discover how cold the deeper water was. The whole swim over he kept saying, "Make it warmer, Mommy, make it warmer!
That night while we were eating dinner, Matt asked the kids, "What animals did you see at the zoo today?" Jack immediately piped up, "Bode and Keegan!"
Well, yes, Jack, just like your mom occasionally thinks you and your sister are animals, I bet there are days when Ashlee thinks that her kids are animals also.
Friday, August 10, 2007
- Lance is from Texas. I consider myself from Texas.
- Lance grew up on the northern side of Dallas, like me.
- Lance now lives in Austin where my husband lived and my mother-in-law and sister still live
- Lance got his first bike from the same bike shop where I purchased my first mountain bike
- I interviewed on the nursing unit in Indianapolis where he received his cancer treatment (should have, but didn't take the job. It was an evening supervisor position and I opted for the high paying insurance company job instead)
- Lance graduated from the same high school that my kids would go to if we don't move in the next 10 years.
- Matt's parents once won a ride with Lance for Matt at a silent auction. Matt never did the ride.
Of course, after looking at my list, I realize that I am just a wacko fan...
Monday, August 06, 2007
The view from The Shack