Tuesday, July 31, 2007
2. Let's see, Alla likes eggs again. This is a throwback to her baby days, when I'd cook one up and cut it into strips and she'd think it was a heck of a gourmet night in our house. Now she's asking for them for breakfast. Asking.
3. She also likes hot dogs. We told her they were sausage and she was sold.
4. What I had for breakfast today: 2 veggie sausage patties (really not even close to as good as regular old sausage) and two whole wheat waffles with butter and maple syrup, and a glass of OJ.
5. I'm extremely tired of the 95 degree days already. Sheesh.
6. Took Alla to the Children's Museum today. We spent three and a half hours there - so much time that I didn't have enough cash to pay for parking and they actually gave me an I.O.U. since they don't take credit.
7. Still reading Harry Potter, but taking my time. Cause once it's over it's over.
8. Also started Waiting for Birdy, since a friend recently lent it to me. Comical and insightful and moving thus far.
9. How is it almost August?
10. Wishing we were back in Hilton Head, where five years ago we were arriving, wedding clothes in hand, to make all the preparations for our Big Day. Don't get me wrong, it was hot there, too, but there was beach and friends and waves and salt in the air.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
3. On Friday we went blueberry picking with our neighbors. Alla LOVES Carter and Canton. LOVES. Always wants to be over there. Anyway, for a girl who isn't too much into blueberries, she was way into the picking aspect.
4. And of course you have to find something great to do with them, so you check out Martha Stewart and find an amazing muffin recipe that your charming little daughter wants to help you make. She's so cute with her measuring cups, Daddy this is one quarter spoon.5. Random picture that I lomo'd using my friend Suziebeezie's link.
5. Saturday was BIG. HUGE. Let's get this out of the way first: This came.
6. And then, hold onto your seats, ALLA POTTY TRAINED ON SATURDAY.
7. Yes, I said potty trained.
8. As in NO MORE DIAPERS. I don't know why I insist on using Ron's crappy camera with all that grain but hey it got me a photo of my potty girl.9. We're pretty excited, pretty proud.
11. We also got rid of the highchair and she moved on up to her new cooshee booster, in her favorite blue of course.
13.Yesterday was Leigha's cast-away party. Little Leigha had a "turtle shell" (cast) on her broken leg for four weeks, and today we went to her party to celebrate its removal.
15. Did you check out the Como Town link? See why you should live here? Minnesota is fabulous for kids. Here's the Como Town song that Alla sings, courtesy Ron of course: Won't you take me to, the Como Town, won't you take me to, the Como Town?
16. Did you know? She's his Alla Balla, and she's my Sugarlump. That's what she told me.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
from May 2007 Cooking Light
1 c. shredded peeled seeded cucumber
1/4 t. salt
1 c. shredded carrot
1 T. seasoned rice vinegar
2 t. sugar
1/2 t. dark sesame oil
8 oz. udon noodles (thick, round fresh Japanese wheat noodles)
1/2 c. fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 c. peanut butter
2 T. low-sodium soy sauce
1 T. chile paste with garlic
1/3 c. thinly sliced green onions
1 T. minced peeled fresh ginger
6 oz. ground pork (you could substitute ground chicken or beef, or even tofu)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1. To prepare relish (and do this earlier in the day, like during the kiddo's afternoon nap), place cucumber in a colander; sprinkle with salt. Toss well. Drain 1 hour. Place cucumber on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Combine cucumber, carrot, vinegar, sugar, and oil in a medium bowl; sitre until well blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
2. To prepare noodles, cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside.
3. Combine broth, peanut butter, soy sauce and chile paste in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add onions, ginger and pork to pan; saute 5 mins or until pork loses its pink color. Add garlic to pan; saute 30 sec. Pour broth mixture into pan; bring to a simmer, and cook 1 min or until slightly thickened. Pour pork mixture over noodles; toss well. Serve with relish.
Now, for those ice cream sandwiches I spoke of on the fourth...actually the ice cream sandwich article from a few years back is featured on the CL home page at the moment!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I just thought I would tell you ten things about my day today, since I haven't seen you in a long time and I miss you.
1. Mommy and Daddy took me on a walk this morning. I took Baby and Dora and my bunny and a cup of squares. We saw a deer but it ran away before Mommy could get me out of the stroller to see it. She's so slow.
2. I went to Celine's house for a couple hours all by myself.
3. Celine has princess dresses. I call them tutus. We shared tutus. I wore the Cinderella one. It was blue my favorite.
4. I woke up from nap crying for Celine's dresses.
5. Mommy took me to the farmer's market. I took Baby Rolla and Fluffy. Lots of dogs wanted to lick my Fluffy.
6. Farmer's Market sugar snap peas are so good. They are super big. Mommy also bought cukes and cinnamon bread. I don't like cinnamon bread.
7. When we got home we cut paper. I really love scissors. Mommy said she'd get me some that are small like Alla.
8. When Daddy came home he took me to Wal-mart and bought me my own little green scissors, and they work! (He also took me to Best Buy for a video game. My daddy likes video games a lot. I think your Daddy does, too.)
9. Mommy made Spicy Szechuan Noodles with Carrot-Cucumber Relish for dinner. I don't like those noodles. They are eewee. But I did eat lots of pastas and peas. Mommy said their dinner was a keeper and Daddy said it was bangin.
10. Mazie, I hope you had a good day. I hope I can see you again soon. I love you.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
2. Welcome, Cate!
3. Cherries for me and play-doh for Al. We're all happy here. (And no commenting on the number of cherries consumed, thankyouverymuch.)
4. A full view of our garden. Yes! The sunflowers bloomed!
5. We are making the famous Killins Cooking Light S'more ice cream sandwiches for the 4th. And maybe finding a sparkler or two. We are super festive here. Hey, fireworks don't happen til ten here. What's a mom to do.
6. Alla pulling Baby and Fluffy around the garden through the backyard in the little wagon, the activity of choice these afternoons.
7. We've eaten outside 4 times now. I know this is an embarrassingly low number. We're on it.
8. There are zucchini in the vegetable patch and we ate a salad with lettuce from our garden on Sunday. What a lovely little Victory Garden.
9. Just some sand play when it was a 'chilly' 68 one afternoon. We get really weak after a few months of warm weather.
10. Happy 4th everyone!