Thursday, November 29, 2007
I made some delish cocoa mix this morning. I found the recipe in my Susan Branch cookbook (L O V E her).
Aren't they just perfect?
When this is the pizza you are to eat, this commandment really isn't a hard one to keep!
Giordano's Chicago Style Pizza.
Is there any other pizza?!
The kids take after me in the pizza eating department. They just can't get enough! (No matter how revolutionized my eating habits become, there is always room for Chicago-style pizza and dark chocolate!) ;)
I found some pictures of a day we spent at the zoo a couple of weeks ago. It was just too magnificent of a November Saturday to stay at home. On a whim, we found ourselves driving downtown to visit my very favorite zoo.
We had a great day, despite the rather...disgusting antics of the chimps. After we hurried from the ape house with the kids eyes covered and petrified looks on our faces, we made it to the bears in time to watch them eat dinner. They weren't too excited about their fishy meal (it's hibernation time and they have no appetite) but it was fun to watch them catch the airborne seafood and bat it around.
How cute is this guy? He doesn't look too hungry...
The most entertaining was the Polar Bear (they don't hibernate, so she was hungry) dive into her pool to retrieve fish. The crowd laughed and "awed" at the sight of her black padded feet poking up through the surface of the water while she obediently ate the fish from the bottom of the pool. Cute!
Another highlight was the baby elephant. Or "Ewatin", as Beck says. She liked to hide from the crowd behind her mommy and aunties.
We saw three cheetah cubs frolicking and attacking one another in play. So beautiful, cuddly and fear inspiring all at the same time.
We stared down a curious hippo. Not Beck or Evie's favorite moment of the day - we left the hippo tank with two creeped out, crying babies.
We spent the most time at the prairie dog display. Weird, I know. But they were interesting (!) and not too scary for the likes of our little ones. Such a fun way to spend a fall day...we didn't even wear coats!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Growing up I was always a bit horrified when a friend's mom hadn't heard of this scrumptious twist on the classic PB & J. I made it my job to teach the "recipe" to the unenlightened.
Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Slap a little butter on the outside. Grill on a skillet.
There you have it!
Just be sure not to serve it too piping hot. The warm jelly has been known to burn eager little mouths.
Mrs. B., Beck and Mr. B. enjoying turkey & trimmings in Wisconsin.
Our 2 day pit stop at my parents house was spent in the comfortable house. We laughed, played monopoly, ate mama's cookin' and rarely ventured from the warmth of home. The only times we actually did go forth was to visit the nearest Starbucks, hit the Bath & Body Works holiday sale and get some Chicago style pizza at Giordano's.
Monopoly. Alli won every time.
Mr. B. hit the jackpot when my parents presented him with a gift that has been a long time in coming. A gun! Now, I don't know anything about guns so that is all the information you get. Oh yes, and a picture:
Mr. B. and my dad comparing their guns.
Early Thursday morning we jumped in the borrowed mini-van and drove yet further north to Wisconsin to spend the weekend with Mr. B's family and friends.
Mama B. made a great traditional Thanksgiving feast. All in all we had about 20 in attendance and everyone was full at the end. Feeding that many is a feat in itself! Thank you, Mama B!
Black Friday dawned much too early. I, the ever ardent shopper, still managed to be out the door before 8 am even after a miserable night of Evie crying loud enough to wake the entire hotel. Mama B, my delightful sister-in-law and I found ourselves shopping with some of the most determined (if not grumpy) people in Wisconsin that morning. We ended our morning with breakfast at Perkins and headed back to our beds for naps.
Saturday found me with a strange 24 hour flu. I had cold symptoms as well as some ungracious stomach afflictions. I stayed in the dark hotel room while Mr. B. took the kids to visit great grandma's farm. I hear their day was spent well with long naps in great grandma's beds, french toast and target practice (for Mr. B. only!) with the new gun. I spent my day watching the Food Network, HGTV, reading this book and sleeping. Not really a bad way to spend your day (minus the sick).
Mrs. B. and sister.
Our annual birthday tradition is to eat a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel. That celebration was on Sunday morning in honor of Uncle Mike's birthday, mine and Evie's.
The drive home was unbearably long. Seven hours in the car with toddlers is not a recipe for relaxation. But, we made it. Rolling in late Sunday night.
Do you ever feel like you need a vacation right after your vacation? That's how I feel. I just want to crawl in bed and sleep for a day or two.
The health of myself and family
Monday, November 26, 2007
Chiken Nuggets recipe
1 cup whole-wheat, white or panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup broccoli or spinach or sweet potato or beet puree
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or chicken tenders, rinsed, dried and cut into small chunks
1/2 tsp. salt
Nonstick cooking spray
1 Tbsp. olive oil
In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, flaxseed meal, Parmesan, paprika, garlic and onion powder on the paper or foil and mix well with your fingers. In a shallow bowl, mix the vegetable puree and egg with a fork and set the bowl next to the breadcrumb mixture.
Sprinkle the chicken chunks with the salt. Dip the chunks into the egg mixture and then toss them in the breadcrumbs until completely coated. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the oil.
Place the chicken nuggets in the skillet in a single layer, being careful not to crowd the pan, and cook until crisp and golden on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Then turn and cook until the chicken is cooked through, golden brown and crisp all over, 4 to 5 minutes longer. (Cut through a piece to check that it's cooked through.) Serve warm.
Monday, November 19, 2007
A rather startling picture of the siblings being very annoying. (I am on the far left.)
Thanksgiving 2006 - Less than a month before Evie's birth.
Look how cute he was last year...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Have you read this playful book to your little ones yet? I picked it up at the library and I can't wait for Beck to wake up from his nap so we can enjoy it together.
Add this one to my list of favorites!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Mr. B. has been a "long-hair lover" for as long as I've known him. But by the smile on his face when I waltzed into the room, I think I have a shot at converting him! ;)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Audrey Kate was born on her due date, November 8th. She is an absolute blessing to her enamoured parents Mr. & Mrs. B. (not us, different ones!) She was 7 lbs 14 oz and 20.5 inches long.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
I thank God for the devoted, constant friendship I have in her.
Love you, Mrs. D. See you in May! :)