Friday, February 26, 2010
It's so fun and a great way to spend some quality time with a small group of people that may not have naturally gathered together.
We had lots of fun tonight with a small group (we were guests, not hosts)--2 other couples and Edgar (kids aren't invited--the YW provide daycare at the church...but babies are okay). We had about 5 main dishes--lasagna and 4 other complimentary dishes.
I threw together a salad that ended up being really yummy...so I thought I would share:
Cooked chicken breast (diced)
Romaine lettuce ripped into large chunks
Diced sweet apple (I used honeycrisp with most of the skin peeled)
Thinly sliced red onion
Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing
I used the blender to mix:
ground black pepper
a little milk to get the consistency you desire
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
My son is absolutely enamored with his dad. This new development is very welcomed! The first thing he says in the morning is "Da Da!" We go and find dad and Edgar lights up. He loves to wave bye-bye to dad when he leaves for work...and then he watches out the window to see if dad waves on his way to the car.
Edgar also insists on calling dad on the phone during the day. He often picks up the phone and pretends to talk to dad, "Hello? Hi Da!"
This video is oh so cute...sorry that it's blurry! But the audio itself is worth it (=
When Alex comes home from work, Edgar screams, "DA DA!" and crawls super fast to the door to great him. He insists on being picked up so that he can examine dad's buttons, headphone cords, tie, and beard.
At bedtime Edgar loves to tease his dad by offering a kiss, and then shaking his head no at the last second...only to change his mind a plant a big slobbery kiss on dad's face.
What a sweet boy! What a sweet dad!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Watch out vampires! The sparkle is unavoidable! This is what the Olympic Peninsula looked like last week--and we had already planned a trip for that week. Awesome luck.
We promised ourselves that we would take Edgar to Kalaloch before he turned one. We got a great deal on a cabin and also stayed two nights in Ocean Shores, WA on the way to Kalaloch. We had a blast. Edgar LOVED the hotel stay. He discovered the tissue boxes...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This soup was SUCH a hit at our house. We couldn't get enough of it--SO YUMMY.
Peanut Chicken Soup
2 tsp canola oil
1 c. chopped onion (1 med.)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T curry powder
2 cans (14 oz. each) chicken broth
1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 small sweet potato peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (2 cups)
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 c natural-style peanut butter
1/3 c chopped fresh cilantro
2 T lime juice
dash of hot pepper sauce (like Red Hot or Tabasco)
1. Heat oil in soup pot over med-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened (2-3 mins). Add garlic and curry. Cook, stirring, until fragrant (20 seconds). Add broth, tomatoes, sweet potato and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to med-low, cover, and simmer 10 mins.
2. Add chicken, cover, and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 10 mins. Add PB and stir until blended into soup. Stir in cilantro, lime juice, and hot sauce. One serving is 1 cup. The soup will keep, covered, in fridge for up to 2 days.
(per serving 175 calories, 14 g protein, 14 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 7 g total fat, 1 g sat. fat, 21 mg cholest., 406 mg sodium with red sodium tomatoes).
Alterations: I broiled the chicken until it was mostly cooked first and added the chicken after the sweet potatoes were tender. Also, I used red. fat peanut butter (which has more sugar) and I doubled the peanut butter.
Monday, February 15, 2010
He also got me the Treehorn trilogy by Florence Parry Heide (illustrated by Edward Gorey). These are hilarious books about a kid who gets in these unbelievalbe situations...and then completely clueless parents who refuse to believe what is right in front of them. "No one shrinks, Treehorn."
Also for my birthday, I baked a chicken pot pie made from scratch. YUM! We shared the evening with our good friends (also our upstairs landlords). It was a great day!
Video 2: Guitar playing maniac. Yep, he's snotty. We've all been sporting a snotty nose for the last week or so.
Video 3: Naked Keyboard Playing with some Jerry Lee Lewis moves thrown in for good measure.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This is an update to the Ed in the Bed post from 4 months ago.
(Caution: this is a genuine sleeping picture. It was early in the morning. I do not look my best, but the picture is so sweet that I must share it without shame.)
It is a bittersweet accomplishment to have my baby now sleeping in his crib...in his own room...while Alex and I sleep in our bed in our OWN room!!! I feel a great amount of freedom...but I must say that I will cherish those sweet times of sleeping with my baby. (I still pull him into bed sometimes in the early morning or for naps. I don't want to give it all up yet!)