Friday, January 30, 2009

Lovin Letters

Jackson is just beginning to spell words. It's fun to watch. He's such a smarty pants. And a cutie patooty too. I'm just a little biased though.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Veggie of the Week: Easy Peasy Edamame

Okay, so I haven't really kept up with the weekly postings of new veggies, so this might be the bi-monthly veggie, or the once in a while veggie. But, just so you know we have been eating our greens! I loved hearing about what veggies everyone is eating. Anyway....

The featured veggie is:

Edamame (Soybeans).

You have to try these. Your kids might even like them. You might even like them. In just 1/2 cup there are 10 grams of protein. (That's a lot!)

Now, this is SUPER easy people. I bought these in the frozen "healthy" section of the grocery store. You can buy them in the pod or out of the pod, fresh or frozen. A lot of people like to buy them fresh in the pod as a snack item.

Anyway, here's what I did tonight:

Boiled for 3 minutes.

Drained, put back in the pot and sauted in olive oil, salt, garlic powder, pepper and italian seasoning for about 5 minutes. Done!

Let me know if you've had these, how you like them, if your kids like them, or how it goes when you try them for the first time!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


delicious baby. took a four hour nap.
ready for fun.

or not.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Veggie of the week

As part of our New Year's Resolves, Kirtis and I are in a Biggest Loser Competition with some friends here. Actually, there are about 30 people in the competition, so the pot has gotten quite large. I joined to get rid of that last stubborn 5 pounds of baby and christmas weight, and to support Kirtis. I REALLY want Kirtis to win, so we've been cooking healthy here. As part of that I've been trying out new veggies whenever I can.

This week's vegetable is.....

Spaghetti Squash!

This is one of our favorite meals right now. We use the spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti noodles, and top it with our favorite marinara. I served it with grilled chicken and spaghetti sauce- you could do it however you want. It's a very bland squash, virtually no flavor, so you really feel like you just had a plate of pasta, but with hardly any calories and TONS of nutrients.

These pics are courtesy of I loved their step by step instructions.
Basically, poke holes in it, throw the whole thing in the oven at 375 for an hour.
Cut in half, scoop out the seeds.

Use a fork to get the "noodle-like" flesh out. Pour onto your plate and eat it just like spaghetti.
I promise you will like it. My husband loves it. And that's saying something.

What veggies do your families like?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday Giveaways

3 giveaways at Crafty Crow. Check them out.

On new years...

So, one of my resolutions was to spend less time on the computer, and, as part of that to cut back on my blogging time. I've been evaluating my purposes in blogging, and part of it is an outlet for me as a mom, to share frustrations and successes with all of you out there. I realized as I tried to cut back, that I really miss it. So, I think I will just try to check blogs once a day, rather than getting sucked in numerous times a day. I feel like I've been spending lots of quality time with the kiddos doing projects and playing on the floor, and that blogging has its place in my day too.

So, I thought I would share with you my first project of 2009 that is now complete. Check!

I so should have taken a before picture, but basically there is this molding that forms a square and when we moved in it was sponge painted grey. I'm sorry, but isn't sponge painting like so 80's? Anyway, here's the after: In case you can't tell, the vinyl says "Create" and I've hung all of Jackson's little art projects up.
It kind of turned out looking like a bulletin board- but I am glad to have this done, it's been in the back of my mind for a long time now!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christmas catchup

A visit from Santa. We have special connections with the man up north. I love the screaming Santa picture. Just glad I didn't wait in line an hour for it!
Here's the kids Christmas morning.

Checking out the new toys. It was a dinosaur and dragon Christmas.
Pure joy!
Loved having mom and Tammy with us. (Even though mom got the 24 hour bug! Merry Christmas!!)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Breaking the silence

Yes. We are still alive here! I've just been busy getting organized and I've been re-prioritizing my time spent with our dear-old-mac-computer. I have a lot of things that need to be done. Basements needing to be organized and closets needing decluttering. That past sentence is a great example of a fragment, this one is a run-on. (I am teaching that in my tutoring session today! I am a writing tutor, and I love it!) Moving on, there are scriptures to read, veggies to chop, thighs ripe for the tickling, and block towers just waiting to be built.
All of these wonderful real-life things need to be done. And so, my dear readers, I will still update this blog, just probably not as much as I used to.