Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Dylan, our two year old sous chef-in-training, helps dice mushrooms. Next lesson? Meal planning!
This was moments after he tripped over his trains left in middle of the hall (again) and fell headfirst into the pantry door knob, raising a huge goose egg at his temple.
A group hug from all of us seemed to help, along with a call to the consultant nurse and an ice pack.
We've got to check him for concussion symptoms every two hours for the next 12 hours, but so far, so good.
Also, that dish he and Ava helped make? It was delish.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Friday night dinner at La Spiga. Kids were well behaved. Started losing them at one point near the end and turned to Thomas the Tank Engine videos on YouTube to give us time to finish our meals.
Best part? Ava to Jason out of the blue as we ate: "Thanks for taking us out Dad." Nice to see some of the home training is sinking in.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Someone on Twitter said it's possible: her grandmother used to make her cobbler sans peaches.
I stand corrected. And I did figure it out: I just had to re-order how I prepared the pasta dish and not saute the onions and chicken in a little of the bacon drippings.
Instead, I used heart-healthier olive oil and sauteed the onions and garlic before mixing them with the cooked pasta, sliced olives, feta, and grape tomatoes and set that aside as the vegetarian portion.
Then I continued as I normally would to saute the seasoned, diced chicken and garlic in a little bacon oil before adding to the pasta mixture with chopped, cooked bacon, and the sliced olives, feta, and grape tomatoes. I usually add a spinach chiffonade but didn't have any on hand this weekend.
The vegetarian guest ate all of the dish and was appreciative that there was another food option for her at the potluck. The bacon and chicken version were also well-received. I may start trying to substitute meatless version of family favorites. It's just a habit that needs tweaking. Although we start all meal planning with "What meat are we using?"I know the kids probably wouldn't notice one or two meat-less days each week. Sometimes they ask for just buttered noodles or rice without whatever topping we're serving for dinner (turkey spaghetti, seafood gumbo, etc.).
I even found a site with vegetarian meal ideas for kids: http://www.theveggietable.com/recipes/recipes-kids.html.
I'll be giving some of those a try.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Nana, taken aback: "And what if they ask you what that means?"
Ava: "You know: if your eyes won't open and I lift your arm and it just drops. But they're the professionals: they should know that!"
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Saturday, March 03, 2012
As we headed back to the light rail station in the tunnel, the afternoon was marred by discovering we'd been spit on, apparently from an overhead walkway at Westlake station downtown.
Didn't see or feel it, only noticed the goo on me and Dylan as we walked along the platform. Who the
eff spits down into a crowd of people?! "Dirtbags," said a friend on Facebook. True dat.
But I didn't want the kids' day spoiled, so I put on a happy face, which lasted until we arrived back at our car and I went to gas up and discovered gas is now $4.19/gal. At that price, light rail may become more a part of our weekend outings.