Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tonight's menu

A whole chicken is going in the oven tonight. I'm going to stick butter, salt, pepper and garlic into all it's cavities (yes, I just said cavities) and bake it for a few hours.

Steamed veggies - zucchini, carrots, and maybe broccoli with some butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Can you tell that I like garlic...and salt...and pepper...

I am making myself hungry just talking about it!

Monday, August 30, 2010

What's on the menu for tonight?

I've got some fun pictures to post from the weekend. For tonight, we have friends coming over...so, I am cooking spaghetti, with whole wheat pasta and homemade sauce. Nom!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ahh, the beginning remnants of fall

Today is a beautiful day. Jude and I went outside, it was not humid and 83 degrees out. Pure loveliness. While we were walking around, looking at bugs, playing with the neighborhood cat, and trying to mosey into the neighbor's backyard, I looked around me and saw a few signs that fall is indeed coming, which made me oh, so happy!

Berries starting to sprout on our bushes...
Leaves falling to the ground...
And here, as promised...the two men in my life that take up most of my time (but are totally worth it)

Ezra is almost 7 months old now. Can you believe how fast time flies?! I will spare you the "it seems like yesterday" sentiments, but believe me, they are true. So yes, the past 7 months have flown by so much faster this second time. I want to stop time sometimes because it just happens too quickly.

Facts about little E (as we call him):
  • He weighs almost 18lbs - big boy!
  • He's 251/2 in long
  • His head it a bit on the large side...but we love it!
  • He can finally roll over both ways. It took him a long time to do this.
  • He sits up pretty well by himself. Ok...with support, but he can hold himself up for a few seconds before falling over.
  • He really loves this certain light-up noise-making toy. It's so cute to watch him grab it, watch it, hit the buttons and study it so very hard. He's really fascinated and it's so sweet.
  • My personal favorite - Jude is his favorite person. Who knew that big brother would be the only one who can make him really guffaw?
  • He loves to smile and talk to anyone who will listen. Attention is what this boy loves.

Sweet boy, you fill my heart with such joy...I so love being your mama.

What's for dinner? I have no idea. Some chicken, zucchini and something else...although I don't know what yet. If you made it to the end of this long post and are reading this, please share any relatively quick, easy and healthy recipes you have. I'd love to try them and post about it!

Last night's dinner menu

Ok, I think steaming veggies is my new favorite way to cook all veggies. I fixed a chicken, veggie, pasta casserole last night and it was tasty! I actually made a sauce that was good to go in the casserole. The base was a half a can of both cream of chicken, cream of celery, some half n half, and a bunch of other things-some wheat flour (I only use wheat flour now, no white), cheese, lots of different spices, and even a little almond milk. I know that sounds weird, but it tasted pretty good! I am trying to learn how to make my own recipes by just throwing stuff together. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I also needed to make something that produced enough leftovers so that we all had something to eat for lunch today!

Here are the veggies...I included squash this time. I'm not a big fan of squash, but I am branching out by trying veggies I don't each very much. It gets tiring eating the same ole same ole after awhile. Besides, I thought I could disguise it in the casserole with the other veggies.
The finished product. It doesn't look near as good as it tasted!
Mr. F is not a casserole person. In fact, I refrained from using that word last night when he asked me what I was cooking because I didn't want him to get any preconceived ideas about it. After he finished, he said "A casserole that I actually like!" and all was well with me. (not to mention, I was feeling good and full myself) And then he went on a smoothie run for dessert, which made me almost as happy as his comment.

Stay tuned for pics of the boys...to come later!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What was for dinner last night?

I forgot to post ahead of time, and didn't get pictures either! But, I did try a new meat (boneless skinless turkey breasts), marinated them in some EVOO, salt, pepper, garlic power, chili powder, parsley and basil. They were YUM. I also fixed some whole wheat egg noodles and made a white sauce that wasn't very good. I am just not that good at sauces...something I need to work on. It tasted ok, but it sat so heavily on my stomach that I felt yucky afterward. I topped that off with a side of sweet peas. Peas aren't my favorite, but they're really good for you so I make myself eat them.

On another note, I started doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred on Monday, and I thought I was sore yesterday. I am even worse today that it hurts to even sit down. But secretly, I love it. I actually like being sore. It makes me feel like I've actually done something. Jillian works me out super hard...it's definitely a love/hate relationship.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Win for steamed veggies!

Well, the steamed veggies were delish. Ross loved them, I loved them...well, Jude didn't love them, but he doesn't like any veggies. We're working on that.

I went from this...
To this...

What's for dinner tonight?

So ok, I forgot to post pics of my last dinner meal. Usually when I'm in the kitchen, I'm trying to hurry because I am feeding a pack of animals-or men, whatever...or I'm trying to shoo a busy toddler out from underneath my feet who is trying to grab everything off the counter. Sometimes he helps me, but not always. Maybe I will remember tonight. It's super exciting stuff, I tell ya.

Now, onto tonight's meal...

Baked Tilapia - I think I'm going to use my breadcrumb/parmesan mixture to coat it in before putting it in the oven.

Steamed asparagus and carrots

I usually just boil vegetables, or saute them. However, as I was researching recipes online today, I remembered that I have an actual steamer that I have never used. There is no better time than the present. We'll see if the veggies are edible when I am finished.

One other tid bit: Parsley, Basil and Curry are my now 3 favorite seasonings. I put them on/in a lot of things and I have to say, it always makes dishes more yummy!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What's for dinner tonight?

Fried chicken strips - I mix the breading myself, and the key that makes it pop is to put parmesan cheese in the mix. It makes them taste oh, so good! I also fry these in EVOO so it is a little bit healthier, although I'm not sure how much.

Fresh cooked spinach

Homemade Mashed potatoes - red, not white. Red potatoes are YUMMY.

Pictures to come later!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lazy Days

This is what a lazy Saturday looks like for us...

I take random pictures of the boys.
click the pic to view in a larger size

Ezra makes funny faces (actually, that is all the time).
And smiles a lot.
The 2 older guys watching a movie in bed.
And I run around taking pictures of everyone being lazy, but don't get any lazy time myself. ha! No, really. I get to relax a little.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ahh, the joys of toddlerhood

So, this week in our house has been dedicated to...you guessed it, potty training. For the past three days, we've spent so much time in the bathroom, we should have just set up a tent because we've pretty much been camped there.

This is how it would go:

Me: "Jude, time to go potty!" (along with happy dance, clapping and such...and even some singing about pee peeing in the potty)
Jude: "NoooooooooOOOOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo!!!!" (along with melt down, crying, going limp and falling to the floor)

Sound familiar, Moms?

Ok, that didn't happen EVERY time, but it happened enough. So, off I would take him to the potty anyway, for him to sit there and not go (even after I pulled out the big guns, like blowing bubbles). Of course then that would cause me to put his pull-up back on, only to have him go in the pull-up right after we got off the potty. Frustrating, yes? I hear this is a common occurrence among new potty trainers. To answer the question that has no doubt been on your mind, yes, he has gone a few times on the potty, but the inconsistency makes this all the more frustrating. (and I have tried talking to him extensively about pottying, bribery, rewards, telling him to hit the cheerio in the toilet, singing, clapping, making a big deal about pee peeing in the potty, reading books about peeing in the potty...you name it, I've tried it.) I guess I figured he would go on the potty, realize how easy and fun it was, and want to do it every time after that. Needless to say, I was wrong. So, does this mean he isn't ready? Is my judgment in timing here off?

These questions and so many others are going through my head today. Yes, I know it's good to give our children a little push from time to time, but how do we know when it's ok to push a little or if we've taken it too far by forcing them to do something they're not ready to do? And I am not just thinking about potty training here, although that's what is on the forefront of my mind. What about in the future? Will I be a controlling stubborn mom who will just have my kids do something because I think it's the right time, or will I pray, listen, wait and react to what is best for them at that time?

My hope is for the latter.

Then I struggle with this whole child's will thing. I definitely don't want to adhere to the will of a 2 1/2 year old. That is not a game I am willing to play, for sure. I know there is a balance between all of these things I have mentioned, but I have yet to find it. I guess, until then I will just put off the potty training until I think it is a better time. Being in a bad mood, crying and taking my frustrations out on my child are definitely not worth trying to make him go pee pee in the potty. At least not to me.

My sweet mother-in-law said something very helpful to me that I will share, she said "Potty training is about him, not you. The more it is about him, the more peace you will have and the greater need he will have to change." Well said!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Nature...in the blistering heat

Yesterday we took the boys to the local nature center. It's a neat little place, and they have trails you can hike on (if we were into that sort of thing...which we're not--well, at least I'm not). And of course, you know I had to document the whole deal, because that's what I do.
There were snakes...
Deer calls

More deer calls
I wore Ezra
Cool looking pathways
Neat bird's nests in trees
Skinks--if you can see it
Ross and Jude trying to catch the skink

Wide open patches of land that were somewhat serene

Information to read and buttons to push
Trails to walk on
And drinks to cool us on a very hot day!
And much more that I didn't get to photograph!

Friday, August 6, 2010


Life happens too quickly when you have little ones.