Archive | February, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

17 Feb

My Boy

Crafting

16 Feb


Photo credit: by Wendell Webber styled by Sweet Paul

I’m going to make this clock for my living room and I’m so excited. I have a question, though. Do you think I should try to:

Coordinate the teacups with my current living room color

or

Find teacups that go together and ignore my current living room color

or

Use teacups that, shall we say, speak to me and throw coordination out the window

Thoughts?

Taste Bud Party

15 Feb

I wanted to share some recipes that have completely knocked our socks off that are really simple. As in, so simple even Aaron could do it. That’s saying something, folks. This is the guy who can botch a box of macaroni and cheese. I’m not saying anything he hasn’t said a million times over, so no worries. 🙂

First, we tried this fantastic pasta sauce. I was really skeptical at first. Tomatoes, butter, and an onion. Not even a diced onion at that! How could it be good without garlic or even a little bit of basil? I am so glad I didn’t try and doctor it up. This pasta sauce? Is amazing. Fabulous. Stunning in it’s simplicity and delicious taste. It’s now my go to recipe for pasta sauce and is budget friendly, too. Try it and be amazed!

And then last night we had Lebanese Chicken and Rice. I have seen this recipe floating around my circle of friends for ages and I always gave it the stink eye. Cinnamon? Butter? Instant rice? Boy, was I wrong. I can’t believe I’ve been depriving my family of this for so long. One batch was NOT enough for us and I’ll have to double it next time. Next time being very soon. Probably this upcoming weekend since it is lickity split fast and easy to make. Perfect for the long days while Aaron is at work.

Lebanese Chicken and Rice

2 lb boneless chicken breast
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 c. instant rice
1/2 stick butter

Boil chicken in water to cook (about 20 min.)
Remove chicken from water and pull into small pieces.
Strain water through coffee filter and save. (I used a fine mesh sieve)
Cook rice in strained water. Use the amount specified by the direction on the box of rice Add salt, pepper, cinnamon, & butter.
When rice is completely cooked, mix in chicken and serve.

I served it with corn and it was delicious. Ella literally licked her plate clean.

How about you? Have you tried a new dish that has completely surprised you?

Things I Love

14 Feb

Valentine 2010

♥ Baby kisses
♥ Lemon zest
♥ Chocolate
♥Christ
♥ Little voices saying “I wuv you”
♥ That little shudder and sigh as children slip into deep sleep
♥ Warm rain
♥ Tuesday nights
♥ Knitting
♥ The smell of the sea
♥ Autumn leaves
♥ Jack Johnson
♥ My husband
♥ Love Actually
♥ Bach
♥ Sparrow tattoos
♥ The coffee aisle
♥ Reading
♥ Science Fiction
♥ Kitchen Aid mixers
♥ Cast Iron
♥ Well fitted clothes
♥ Blogging
♥ Trying new recipes
♥ My children
♥ Steaming hot showers
♥ Licorice Tea
♥ Old fashioned earrings
♥ Talking
♥ Hugs

And so much more…

Brrrrrr

13 Feb

SDC15462

Remind me this summer, when I’m moaning about the heat and humidity, how much it sucks to be stuck inside with two children during the bitter cold of winter.

Moments ~ As Parents

12 Feb

We stopped at a traffic light one night. I was riding in the car as Aaron drove. A mini van stoped next to us and it had one of those dvd players that drop down from the ceiling playing a Blue’s Clues episode. Aaron and I both exclaimed at the same time, “It’s Snack Time Playdate! Together, we burst into hysterical laughter as we reached a new level of parenting: Being able to identify a child’s favorite television episode an entire car away.

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One morning found Ella and I mixing up breakfast muffins. All the tins were filled and we were waiting for the oven to finish preheating. I stepped out of the kitchen, leaving Ella with a bowl that held about two muffins worth of batter.

A few minutes later, I rounded the corner into the kitchen and found that Ella had pulled out a pie pan and had scooped out all the batter and spread it around the pan. My first instinct was to scold her and express my frustration over her wasting potential food. Instead, I took a breath and a step back and asked what she was doing. Ella explained that she was making “Uffins for Dada’s breakfast”. Boy, was I glad I hadn’t rushed into the situation and unintentionally discouraged her giving spirit.

So together, we finished spreading out the batter and popped the pie tin in with the muffin tin. It came out like a muffin pancake and she was SO proud to give it to her daddy that night when he came home.

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Once upon a time, I had a lot of ideas of what a good date would involve. Good food, concerts, movies, etc. None of those concepts included partying it up in the housewares department of T.J. Max. But that’s where I found myself with Aaron this week, savoring my time with him completely child free. We fingered sheets, played with pots and pans, tried on hats, and played house. We laughed. We joked. We had fun.

Having fun is something we had been missing in our relationship. Once we rediscovered it together, our parenting skills improved, communication abounds, and situations seem so less dire.

Laughter truly is the best medicine.

Wordless Wednesday

10 Feb

Channeling The Stepfords

Channeling The Stepfords

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