Saturday, December 29, 2007
This week I am grateful for my little family.
I am unbelievably grateful for my very supportive husband who is always there for me. Sometimes I am amazed at how well he puts up with my frequent crankiness. This week he set aside his own desires to make sure I got what I needed (even before I recognized what I needed!).
I was also reminded this week of how lucky I am to have my two beautiful children. I am so grateful that I was able to bring them into this world with so little effort and that they are healthy, strong, and capable (even if they seem a bit too capable at times!). Sometimes I take it for granted how lucky I am to have them.
I hope you find time this week for your own gratitude practice.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
*I reserve the right to deem any charity unsuitable for the contest. The charity must be a nonprofit and must be legit (no i-need-a-new-car.org). I also will not donate to any group that I adamantly oppose (I can't actually think of any group that I oppose, but just in case someone finds something like killthetrees.org or clubtheseals.org, I want to be able to refuse to donate). I also reserve the right to limit the donation to $500 - although if for some crazy reason the comments get past 500, I will honestly consider more.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I think I'll continue to take a bit of a blogging break while we celebrate the holidays. BUT be sure to check back sometime this week because I am going to have a blog giveaway like NONE you have ever seen before! Really, it is going to be fun and inspirational. I hope to make it a holiday blog tradition.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
If you live in Colorado and get the Denver Post, I hope you saw my candy cane fudge recipe was published! Also be sure to check out my friend Shannon's yummy recipe. I sure hope she is planning to share some of those cookies with me!
Also check out the Greenstylemom interview at AlaiVani. I was pretty excited when Jen and I connected since we both share a love of India.
PS - It is a gorgeous day in NY today!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Our flight was a bit delayed yesterday due to weather on the East Coast. A little over an hour delay doesn't seem bad until you throw in two cranky preschoolers. My kids were amazingly well behaved despite the long day of travel.
And this morning when we thought the turbulence was finally over? Jack broke a bone in his foot. Yup. You read that correctly. Jack has his first broken bone. There is (rather, was) a full length mirror with a heavy frame hanging on the hotel room wall. Jack was looking at himself in the mirror while holding the frame when the whole thing slipped off the bracket and fell straight down on his foot. Fortunately I was right there and caught the mirror before it crashed over onto him. His foot immediately turned nasty purple and red colors and swelled up. Jack would not walk or even stand. If I even looked at his foot, he started screaming. I called Matt out of his conference, and we took him in for xrays. There is a slight fracture. Fortunately the orthopedic surgeon recommended NOT casting it. He said the painful injury is the soft-tissue crush, and his recommendation is to let it rest. He said Jack might be walking in a few days... or it might be a few weeks.
While we are in NYC this week, I probably won't be blogging a bunch. If I even feel like getting on the computer, I am going to try to catch up on reading other blogs and do some commenting. Have a great week!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
- I am grateful that I get to pack for our trip. Our family able to enjoy so much travel.
- I am grateful that I get to do laundry. Our family can afford nice clothes.
- I am grateful that I get to wash dishes. Our family has more than enough food to satisfy.
- I am grateful that I get to disagree with my husband. I have a husband who will be with me through anything.
- I am grateful that I get to spend all day with my children. I am able to shape their lives (hopefully for the better!).
- I am grateful that I get to pay the bills. We have the money to pay them.
- I am grateful that I get to clean up toys every evening. My children have everything they need.
- I am grateful that I get to address holiday cards. We have many friends.
- I am grateful that I get to go to the post office today. I have much to give to friends and family.
- I am grateful that I got to have food poisoning the last 36 hours. I lost 5 lbs! (okay, I'm being facetious, I'm not really grateful at all. The last 36 hours have been awful. Can't keep anything inside me. Not even water. I'm a bit better this morning. I've kept down a bite of banana and half a piece of toast for 30 min, and I'm sure I'll gain the 5lbs back as soon as I rehydrate...)
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I was also pretty excited to find Natural Candy Store's selection of decorating sugars and natural food colors. I cleaned out my stock of cookie/cake decorations and thought we were going to have to skip cookie decorating this year. I'm excited to restock my supplies!
Natural Candy Store is offering readers 10% off any purchases through the end of the year using discount code greenmom.
Christmas 2006, Jack is almost 21 months old and has taken an interest in Kate's dolls. He carries them around, gets the wipes and pretends to change diapers, wraps them in blankets and puts them in Kate's doll cradle. I think it is adorable but am concerned that all of Kate's dolls are female (aka lacking boy parts). I decide that what Jack really needs is a "boy doll" for play. A doll that has the same parts that he does. I know that Matt is not going to be pleased with my suggestion, so I plan my arguments which vary from developing a boy's nurturing side to helping him potty train.
All prepared for a battle, I approach Matt one evening and say, "I think we should get Jack a boy doll for Christmas." Before presenting my case and to my utter surprise and amazement, Matt quickly agrees that it is a great idea. I couldn't believe what a sensitive, modern man I had married! The next day I go to a small, local toy store and buy the boy doll that I have been eyeing. (Note that the doll's name on his shirt is Paul which also happens to be our neighbor's name) I bring the boy doll home and put him in our spare bedroom with the ever-growing collection of presents.
Later that day, I am out running more errands when I receive a call from Matt. He gives me no greeting and simply and flatly says, "I saw Paul." Confused and thinking of our neighbor, I ask, "What is Paul up to?" Matt continues, "Paul in our guest room." Still confused and concerned about the mess my guest room is, I say, "What in the world is Paul doing in our guest room?!?" Matt, still in a quite flat voice, responds, "No, I saw Paul the boy doll in the guest room." Finally realizing what we are talking about, I exclaim, "Isn't Paul great? I think Jack is really going to like him." Matt says, incredulously, "Does Paul have a penis?" and without missing a beat he continues, "When you said a 'boy doll,' I thought you meant a GI Joe..."
We had a good laugh, Jack got his "boy doll" for Christmas and loved it (almost as much as his Tonka truck), and Paul is still a close part of our family spending each night in bed with Jack. You can often find Jack in Kate's play high heels and Paul in a pink dress enjoying each other's company. It makes Matt cringe, but it makes me smile.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
12 oz chocolate chips
7 oz marshmallow cream
1 tsp peppermint extract
Melt butter, sugar, milk
Boil for 5 min on med heat stirring constantly
Stir in chips until melted
Add marshmallow cream then peppermint then crushed candy cane
Pour into greased 13x9 pan
Cool at room temp, cut, and store in fridge or freezer
Monday, December 10, 2007
Monday - Leftover Chili Blanco (I didn't make it until last night since Matt brought home Indian takeout on Friday)
Tuesday - Southwestern Risotto (I'll post the recipe later)
Wednesday - Baked Chicken, steamed broccoli, butternut squash (I want to do something new and different with it, but I haven't decided what... any ideas?)
Thursday - Kids' Meal - English muffin pizzas
Friday - Rosemary Garlic Spinach Cakes (recipe below) served with whole wheat spaghetti and Rao's Marinara
Rosemary and Garlic Spinach Cakes
(from the Cascadian Farms spinach box)
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup onions, chopped
3 minced garlic cloves
10 oz thawed spinach, drained
2/3 cup instant potato flakes
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup grated parmesan
2 tsp fresh rosemary ( ½ tsp dry)
½ cup bread crumbs
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Heat olive oil over med heat. Add onion, garlic and spinach. Sauté for 3 min. Add remaining ingredients and combine well. Scoop and flatten into patties. Saute both sides of cakes until golden brown. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10 min. Serve with marinara sauce.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
- My absolutely wonderful husband. I sometimes wonder how (and why!) he puts up with me.
- My two beautiful children. There really is nothing more wonderful than watching them be alive and explore the world.
- The really relatively stress-free life that I live. I know I just said that I've been struggling with some issues, but when I look at the struggles of others, I really don't feel like I have any right to complain.
- Our family's ability and love of travel. We are gearing up for a trip to NYC, and instead of stressing over all that I need to get done, I am going to try to focus on how lucky we are to be able to travel.
- Babysitters! I'm so thankful to have good babysitters that I trust and the kids enjoy. Allowing me to take time for myself and allowing Matt and I enjoy time for just us.
I strongly encourage you to participate in the Everyday Yogini's Gratitude Practice. I can already tell that participating will help me keep a positive outlook throughout the week!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I did re-learn (my mom has taught me several times) to knit last night which was lots of fun!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
12 cups broth
1 ½ cups lentils, sorted and rinsed
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 lbs canned tomatoes, drained and chopped, juice reserved
3 carrots, sliced (or more!)
1 onion, chopped
2 cups chopped celery
3 minced garlic cloves
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
¼ tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
½ cup minced fresh parsley
2 T cider vinegar, or to taste
In large pot, combine the broth, lentils, rice, tomatoes including juice, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally for 40-45 min, or until lentils and rice are tender
Stir in the parsley, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Discard the bay leaf. The soup will be think and will thicken as it stands. This the soup, if desired, with additional hot broth or water.
2 cups Great Northern White Beans, sorted, soaked overnight, drained
10 cups broth
2 minced garlic cloves
2 chopped onions
1 T oil
2 4-oz cans green chiles, sliced
3 cups canned tomato quarters & juice
2 tsp ground comino
1 ½ tsp oregano
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
4 cups diced cooked chicken
garnish: Monterrey Jack cheese, chopped green onions, diced avocado, sour cream
Combine beans, broth, garlic, and onions in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the beans are very soft (about 2 hrs)
Add remaining ingredients (except garnish). Continue to simmer one hour.
Garnish as desired.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
- I have to have the TV volume on an even number or on an integer of 5. So 20, 22, 24, 25 are all okay levels, but 21 and 23 are NOT okay. It drives Matt crazy, but it drives me even crazier to have it on an odd number.
- I can't stand liquid coffee, but my favorite flavor of ice cream is coffee.
- I can play the piano, flute and euphonium (baritone) but not very well. I actually don't consider myself to be very musical.
- Speaking of music, background music is annoying to me. I can't carry a conversation in the car with the radio on, and I don't like music just playing in the house.
- I always feel a strange urge to coordinate my underwear with my outfit.
- I have always wanted pet chickens.
- I can't eat spaghetti without cutting it up into bite sized pieces. Fortunately Matt does the same thing.
I could go on and on, but I won't! I'm not tagging anyone since everyone else in the blogosphere seems to already have been tagged.
Cranberry Pecan Cake
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
3 large eggs (or equivalent egg sub)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup finely chopped pecans
powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9 inch square cake pan. Beat sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla with electric mixer for 5 minutes or until thick and fluffy. Fold in flour. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 45 min or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Serve hot or cold.