Monday, January 30, 2012
There was a nifty peel-off label on the package with a recipe on the back that looked really good. It was for a sweet steak with onions thing, and called for much cayenne and brown sugar. We don't have brown sugar. So I improvised. I cooked the steaks in butter with onions and mushrooms, and seasoned it with salt, garlic and sugar. I was surprised that there were six steaks in there, but that was good. I sent two to work with Nick today, served over a bed of rice. One I cut up for Thing One, and he liked it. I ate one served on a bed of fried cabbage (!!), and Nick had the other two when he got home from work last night.
Friday, January 27, 2012
I think the majority of Thing Two's sickness last week was due to stress. Yes, one-year-olds can get stressed out. I'm trying to wean him so that I've got enough nutrients for myself and the baby, and I think I went to hard on him last week. That, and he picked up on my stress. But we've now settled into a new routine; and he realizes that he doesn't need to eat every two hours. So it's getting better.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
If you're a chef of any skill or persuasion, your pregnant wife will love you to death if you cook for her. I thank God He gave me some skill with a skillet, and here I present for your consideration a dish I concocted during a pregnancy food emergency. Enjoy!
The ingredients are:
One fillet of flash-frozen chicken
One can of cream of mushroom soup
I fried the spinach first in butter, a little bit of water, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. When the spinach was done, I put it in a separate bowl and put the chicken in with more butter and a bit of oil. Once the chicken was finished, I put it on the spinach on the plate, and smothered the entire thing with a quick sauce I had made in the microwave with about a third of the can of soup and a dash of milk in the microwave. Then I microwaved the whole thing for about a minute just to bring it all up to the proper warmth.
The green beans I simmered in salt water for just long enough to cook them slightly, leaving them a bit crunchy at the end.
Friday, January 20, 2012
There once was a most excellent man, who gave his pregnant wife some money and told her to buy whatever food she was craving. That week the man and his family enjoyed bacon, garlic bread, steak sandwiches, bacon sandwiches, teryiaki nori and ice cream bars--while still having one more package of steak in the fridge.
It has been a good week, and I feel like I've had enough to eat. I was kinda going for a philly cheese-steak sub, but I forgot to get cheese and the steak was cut to big. But it was good, and cheap. The pack of steak was thin cut for stir-frying (that cost less than $2.) and I cut it into strips. I fried those with some onion slices, salt & pepper, and worcestershire sauce. I served it on warm garlic bread. And I was too hungry at the time to think about taking a picture, sorry.
I did get a picture of the bacon sandwich, though. And the bacon was on sale, too! Just two slices, with lettuce, mayo and mustard. I wish we'd have had a tomato, but I didn't get one. I wasn't thinking too clearly when I went shopping, I just new that I needed bacon, steak and nori, and the ice cream was also on sale.
But it's been good, and I've enjoyed eating this week. We'll see what happens next week when there's no beef left. Ciao!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Although, the question is really more of to eat, or to sleep? I was worried that I'd be really sick this time, like I was the last two times; that I was just the type of woman who got really sick. But that doesn't seem to be the case. And boy, am I happy about it. I keep telling myself that I can deal with any kind of exhaustion, so long as I'm not sick.
Thing Two and I are working on not nursing him so much, and that is really helping me feel better. Now, if only Thing One would take naps again everything would be fine.
I was looking through my picture gallery to see if I had anything I could post, and I found one of dinner we made this past weekend. It was a small dinner, we'd run out of meat; but we had vegetables and Nick had bought a handful of red-skin potatoes. I fried the vegetables with sushi vinegar and soy sauce, and Nick mashed the potatoes with milk, butter, salt & pepper and garlic.
It was really good, and since it wasn't as much as I needed, I added a small salad on the side.
Thing One is begging for attention, so I will leave you for now. Our internet had expired so I will be posting from my phone for a while.
Monday, January 16, 2012
I learned to love roast beef sandwiches when I was working at the Yellow Brick Bank (see Zizi-ology) and learned how to make it right. The chef would start by making the roast, he'd take the beef and surround it with various vegetable, and then bake it for ten hours. The next day he'd take the whole thing apart, the veggies and half the stock went into soups, and I sliced the beef for sandwiches. We'd toast a hoagie roll and slather it with horseradish mayo, top that with warm beef and caramelized onions and put a small cup of warm au jus (beef stock) on the side.
Friday, January 13, 2012
I'm sitting at Mc Donald's writing this on my phone, so if it looks a little off that's why.
It's been a cold and rainy week, but it's early January. But the combination of being cold, rainy and dark early makes it feel like we've been cooped up in the house longer than we actually have been. The sun came out this morning, and I asked Nick if I could bring the boys here to burn off some energy. We make small allowances in our budget so we can bring the boys here when it's cold or wet, and I can keep some amount of sanity (which is probably overrated).
Nick said we could come play, and we came as soon a we'd dropped him off at work. A wonderful old couple parked next to us, and cooed over the boys the whole way in. They were charmed by the boys, especially the way Thing One pretended to be so bashful, and they ended up giving the boys a dollar each so they could pay for their own food.
So, here we are, playing happily with all the kids who just got out of school, and grateful for God's little blessings!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
|So happy to be helping Mommy!|
It was last summer, when he was two and a half. He wanted some eggs, and he decided that he was going to cook them himself. I figured that the prudent thing to do would be to teach him how to do it right so he wouldn't get hurt. So I turned the pan on, cracked the eggs, showed him how to scramble them, what they looked like when they were done and how to put them on a plate. Only once did he touch the burner--he's never done that again. Thing One has gotten good enough cooking eggs that after I crack the eggs for him I can walk away and do something else, and come back to turn the burner off. Do other three year olds do that? I honestly don't know.
Monday, January 9, 2012
|Thing One cutting some food for dinner.|
But, this pregnancy is going much, much better than either of the last two. We're nearly half way through the first trimester, and I haven't really been sick. I've just been exhausted. And I'm even dealing with that okay, so long as I take things slow. Yes, that means I don't wash all the dishes every day, or clean up the toys at night--but I never really did that on a regular basis anyway, so not much has changed.
Friday, January 6, 2012
But I will give you the recipe for the Wine Cakes. They are very good, and only something I have once a year because we're not in the habit of buying wines--especially sherry. I do wish I had pictures for you, but by the time the cake came out of the oven I was feeling kinda sick. And we all had too much fun on Christmas to stop and take pictures. Sorry.
1 box yellow cake mix
5oz. instant vanilla pudding
1 C sherry
1 tbsp nutmeg
Mix all together and bake in a bunt pan--baking time will vary depending on the size of the pan--about 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
When it's cooled, sprinkle with some powdered sugar and garnish with some holly leaves and maraschino cherries.
Do you know how many times one can watch "One Man Band" in an hour? Exactly 18 times. I'm going to go switch it to "Cars" now.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
|Keeping him occupied so Nick can look at toys. |
|I'm not sure what a "space reindgeer" is, but|
it looks like fun.
Monday, January 2, 2012
The morning-noon-night sickness is starting to hit, and I'm actually coping with it pretty well so far. Thing One is excited, and seems to know what to expect. Thing Two has a sense that something is about to change, and has been nursing as much as he can. It doesn't help that he is still getting teeth. I made the boys 18" dolls for Christmas, with the intention of that helping them cope and "help me" with the baby.
|Breakfast, with my new pan!|
So of course, Christmas morning I had to unpack them and cook some breakfast. It was a simple affair, because we'd already had something to eat and were headed over to his parents later. But I did need something more. So I fried some potatoes.
We'd also gotten a sushi kit from my sister and her husband, with two kinds of vinegar, soy sauce, pickled ginger, wasabi and nori. Like I said, breakfast was a simple thing; I fried the potatoes in sushi vinegar and soy sauce. That was all. It was so, very good! I've been using the sushi vinegar and soy sauce on nearly everything since then.
Thing One just climbed up and lay down in my lap, "I'm here, Mommy," he said. "Tickle Me!"