Archive | April, 2010

Rescheduled

19 Apr

I’m so discouraged right now. The sleep clinic office called me this morning and told me that our appointment needed to be rescheduled for May 5th due to a family emergency for the doctor. We were suppose to see them THIS Wednesday, so that puts us two more weeks out from talking to someone who understands what is going on, someone who can give us a plan of action, etc.

Of course, the hotel and train costs doubled when I rescheduled our reservations. Did I mention we had JUST walked in the door from grocery shopping for food for the trip? At least half of it won’t last for two weeks, so all that will have to be repurchased again, too.

I have a very sad little girl on my hands as well. She was SO excited about traveling on the train tomorrow. I’m so glad I didn’t tell her that we would be going to a new zoo. That would have been so upsetting for her.

Oh well. At least they didn’t call tomorrow when we would have been on our way up and no ability to turn around.

Sigh.

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Spotlight: The Eclectic

17 Apr

If you’re indecisive, this should help you out. Though I’m a rebel and drink it iced year round.

Free vegetable seeds for your garden!

My inner geek is showing here. I distinctly remember the first time I watched Star Wars…

Ella watches this birth video at least once a day. Nothing graphic. Only some breasts and breastfeeding.

I think I’m going to attempt these fabulous brownies for my birthday. Then I’ll probably hide behind the locked bathroom door and eat the whole pan myself.

This awesome cake might be presented to Aaron for his birthday.

A kettle that tweets when it’s done. Now there’ll be no need to watch a pot ’til it boils!

Oh Craigslist, how I love you!

I Love Babywearing

16 Apr

♥ It allows Miles to nap well.
♥ I meet his needs of being held while meeting my needs to accomplish things around the house.
♥ Ella can get one on one attention while her brother’s needs are being met as well.

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Strawberry Fields

15 Apr

Little Miss Strawberry

I really want to take Ella strawberry picking in the fields this year. I think she would get an absolute BLAST out of the experience, especially since she is so fascinating with growing things. She stood at the window for a solid twenty minutes the other day, watching a church worker planting hostas. My only drawback is our little man. He is too mobile to be trusted to not shove slugs into his mouth and I don’t think my back could survive wearing him bent over picking berries. Maybe he’d be peaceful in a stroller? I think we’d have to embark on this adventure with Aaron accompanying us, for sure.

In the meantime, we are enjoying the flood of strawberries at the grocery store. The Florida freeze that caused the price of orange juice to spike also pushed back the strawberry harvest, so the Florida and California strawberry harvest are hitting the market at the same time. I feel terrible for the farmers but we are enjoying the extremely discounted bounty of juicy goodness!

While eating strawberries straight up is delicious and adding them to our morning oatmeal has become a delightful way to start off the day, I’m wanting to expand our horizons. What are your favorite ways to enjoy strawberries? Extra cookies for you if it’s a dairy free suggestion!

Wordless Wednesday

14 Apr

Flash From The Past

Me, Sister, Mom. During my first spinal surgery recover, I think. We all squeezed onto the tiny pull out couch for some snuggle time.

First Endorsed Food Experience

13 Apr

After going after cat food, swatting at spoons and finally sobbing when we ate in front of him, Miles got his first taste of something other than milk. Well, first endorsed taste. There were occasions that I couldn’t pull him back soon enough from the cat bowl. And there was the time he got into Ella’s applesauce and shoveled it in by the fistful while snorting with glee.

That being said, cheerios and peaches hit the spot last week!

First Endorsed Food Experience

First Endorsed Food Experience

First Endorsed Food Experience

First Endorsed Food Experience

In the end, I’d say he was pretty proud of himself. Wouldn’t you?

Blueberry Muffins

12 Apr

These muffins were simply divine. Light, with a hint of citrus and not too sweet to indulge in for breakfast. Best of all, they are vegan so you can lick the bowl without fear of salmonella!

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Blueberry Lime Muffins
created by Dallas Ann Prentice

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used a touch less)
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, picked over to remove stems
Additional flour for coating berries.

Preheat oven to 400. Grease muffin tins.

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. In another bowl, beat together sugar, water, oil, vanilla and lime juice. Add dry ingredients. Toss blueberries with a bit of additional flour. This prevents the berries from sinking to the bottom of your muffin tins as they bake! Gently fold in floured berries and vinegar.

Scoop batter into prepared tins and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely in tins before removal. Otherwise they’ll crumble a bit, which I guess is okay if you intend to eat them piping hot like Ella and I did.

Makes 12 muffins which may or may not all be gone within 24 hours of creation.

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