Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Overthinking

I over think things. Often.  I think it's common among women. Or at least I would like to hope so. I made a play date for Lucy, with one of her friends from school.  Because they live a couple towns over, I invited the mom and other kids too.  She had Monday and Tuesday free this week and I hemmed and hawed over which day to choose.  Monday seemed too close to the weekend, I usually need a little recovery.  So I thought I had said Tuesday.  I bet you can guess what's going to happen.  Monday morning I got up and was a bit lazy.  I watched TV with the kids, played video games, did the dishes and then started organizing the toys downstairs so that when our friends came it would look a bit better.  I took out my sourdough starter and fed it so I could make some yummy bread for our sandwiches on Tuesday.  At about 10:45 I looked at the clock and thought, "okay, this is about how much time I'll have from when I wake up until our friends come."  Tomorrow.  I went back downstairs and organized.  I was barking orders at the kids about what to find and which bin to put it in.

Then I heard a knock at the door.  Cold sweat.  For real?  It's today?  How could I have said Monday?  I swear I said Tuesday.  She must have gotten the day wrong.  Silly lady.  I welcomed them in.  They had driven all the way here, I could not turn them away.  There I stood, in my sweats, unshowered, and slapped a smile on my face.  I didn't have anything in the house I had said I would make for lunch, so I made macaroni and cheese.  Wow.  I didn't have time to think about anything or worry or get anxious or upset about the house not being perfect.  I still had dishes on the counter.  Luckily Lucy was dressed and I had made my bed.  It could have been worse, but I realized that not having time to worry about obsess over every little thing made it a little more enjoyable.  It helped me to be in the moment and enjoy getting to know a new friend.  I think I need to do less thinking and more doing.

I checked my email later.  I said Monday.  What was I thinking?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The last week...in iPhone photos


We met Daddy at work for lunch at Potbelly.  Yum. 
Get the Italian with everything, peppers on the side.  
Firetruck visit at the Park
Rhubarb Popsicle.  My favorite.
Eye injury, scary, embarrassing, everything turned out fine.
Music in the Park with the littles.
Awesome quilt one of my friends made for another friend's baby gift.  
I can't wait to try this pattern.
Pizza dough.
Because sometimes you have to say yes to playing in the kiddie pool with their clothes on.
Editing Lucy's photo shoot.

One more week of summer.  I am dreading school.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Moldy Goodies Everywhere

What a wonderful fair.
I had some animals pose for me. 
Noah went on his first carnival ride.
Lucy competed in the sack race.
We all enjoyed the Demo Derby.
I love the fair.





















































Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Sweet Noah


I broke down and finally took Noah to get his hair cut.
No more beach bum.
Such a handsome little guy.

The gal at the barber shop said she'd never seen a child hold so still.  
I wish he'd do that at the grocery store.

Today, while grocery shopping, Noah was trying to escape the cart.  A woman said, "He's going to get out of there."  I keep him strapped in, as tight as it will go and he still manages to wriggle out.

Cute little stinker.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Camping 2013


Camping this year went much better than last year.  The sleeping was marginally better but at least we managed to keep our car alarm under control.  The camp where it was held was a bit larger so there was more room for tents to be spread out.  I didn't hear anyone snore or any babies crying and I really wasn't doing that much sleeping.  It was fun visiting with friends and playing.

Lucy played t-ball with the kids and Noah played contentedly in the sand volleyball court for hours.  Hooray!

We came home and all took showers, baths and a nice, loooong nap. :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Crispy Creamy Doughnuts







Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum.

We made doughnuts last night for a Sunday night treat.  
It was a challenge and fun and delicious.

I halved the recipe thinking that the whole would be too much, and I'm glad I did.  The recipe was supposed to make 9 and I lost count at a dozen.

The tricky part was the yeast. Because you only use 2 tablespoons of water to a package of yeast it was hard to get all the yeast dissolved.  What I ended up doing was heating the milk to 115 degrees so that it would help the yeast along.  

You have to let the doughnuts have their second rise.  I was anxious to eat them so I think I fried them a little soon.  They were still delicious but would have been even fluffier had I waited a little longer.

When we were cutting them out Lucy said, "Are we going to make the Timbits too?"  Seriously?  Timbits?  We have never taken her to Tim Hortons, I'm not sure I've ever been there but they had them at her Father's Day celebration at school and apparently they made a big impression.  

When they were done, we stood in the kitchen munching and m-mm-mmming.

I used this recipe.  They really are crispy and creamy. ;)

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry



Stir fry was a staple in our house growing up and the version we made back then is the same I served my sweet husband in the beginning.  Served without sauce, it was never really met with rave reviews and always caused a trip back to the kitchen later in the night. I stopped making stir fry for a long time and have dabbled around with other Chinese food recipes, like the orange and sweet and sour chickens, which I highly recommend.  This recipe, however, has forever changed the opinion of stir fry in our home.  It's "finger ling-ling good."

Ingredients:
3 Chicken breasts, diced into bite size pieces, about 1"x 1"
3 Large carrots, skinned and julienned
1 Green pepper, seeded and julienned
1 C Cashews, can use raw or roasted
1 C Cornstarch
2-3 T Olive, Vegetable or Canola Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 T green onion, sliced (1 onion)

For the sauce:
4 T   Low-sodium soy sauce
2 T   Peanut butter
1 T   Honey
2 t    Apple Cider Vinegar
1      Clove garlic, finely minced
2 t    Sesame Seed Oil
1 t    Chili Sauce
Pepper to taste.

1.  Put the chicken, corn starch and salt and pepper in a large zip-top bag, or bowl, toss to coat.
2.  In a large skillet, heat the oil on high until shimmering, add coated chicken.  Do not move for the first minute, then turn and stir as needed until the outside is just starting to brown, you want a light gold color. Remove from the pan to a large plate and set aside.
3.  Add the vegetables to the pan, use your spatula or other utensil to loosen the browned starchy chicken bits from the bottom of the pan, they equal flavor.  Cook until the green pepper pieces start to curl.
4.  Lower the heat and add the chicken back to the pan, as well as the sauce and cashews.  Stir until thoroughly coated and heated throughout. Top with green onion.

Serve with steamed rice.  Serves 4.


* The recipe for the sauce is adapted from Food.com

Monday, August 05, 2013

Some fun stuff we've done lately...

All these pictures loaded out of order and I don't have the patience to fix it so here is our weekend...out of order. Lol. I'm so funny.
 
 
Made a bunting for Noah's Birthday.  When he saw it he started singing "Happy Birthday." He knows buntings mean birthdays.

Dug a hole in the backyard.

Made a giant pot of pasta.

Noah opened birthday presents and was quite surprised and pleased.

Ate some very yummy pasta.  Check out the recipe for Pasta Al Forno.  Yum.

Bought a grape plant.

Planted said grape in said hole.



Ate cupcakes!




Played in the new hammock.
 
A happy weekend around here!