Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Welcome to Spring! (Officially)

Welcome to springtime! Now that we are about a week or so into spring already, I have decided that I needed to spruce up our look with a "growth" theme. So enjoy our new look, and checl back for more good stuff coming up!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Just Fun

I was feeling good today, and managed to take this video.  I also roasted the butternut squash, but that only just came out of the over--so I'll have to tell you about it later.  Anyway, the weather here has been gorgeous and we've been having a lot of fun playing outside.  Have fun with us!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lunch, Take One.

I feel like I've been gone forever; I've been so tired it's been hard for me to concentrate on the internet.  That, and last week I was on vacation.  We went to my parents house for the weekend, and then the boys and I spent a few days with Nicole before coming home.  Then it took me the rest of the week to recover. 

I had a major victory this morning.  Since our vacation the boys have been getting up much earlier than they used to, and going to bed earlier.  We got up this morning and went shopping. I picked up a butternut squash (which we had while we visited Nicole) so I should have at least one post on that soon, and I found two packages of steak on sale.  Real steak, thick and juicy, almost as large as my skillet, and going for only $3 a pack.  I put one in the freezer, and cooked the other for lunch. 

I fried the steak in a little oil, with salt, pepper and dill; and julienned carrots and onions.  I also put some potatoes into the microwave for a quick bake.  I ended up cutting the steak into thirds so that Nick would have something to take to work after we had eaten. 

Now I should go lay down, before Thing Two decided that his nap is over and they both sneak outside again!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pineapple Cake

I know that I've been promising this one for weeks now, and I'm finally up to writing it.  We had another baby appointment this week, and we talked a lot about why I'm so very tired and what to do about it.  We agreed on some natural remedies before I get tested and see any specialist.  I'm on the second day and already feeling so much better.  I was able to wash dishes and make cookies today--and it's not yet dinner time.  However, this post will be short because I have to go out and vote, and the boys should play outside before the sun sets. 

A quick note about the cookies:  I haven't made these since before Christmas, and I'm almost surprised that I remember how.  I made them because we are going on a trip this weekend and I want some protein filled travel foods.  And, since it is Lent, I added a pinch of salt--a pinch is all it takes to adjust the flavor; it's more appropriate for Lent. 

So, the cake.  There is a small story behind it.  I was dealing with some pretty bad exhaustion, and a syndrome called "Mommy-Brain" which is compounded by the pregnancy.  I knew that Nick's birthday was in a few days, but I had no idea why I was so insistent on making a cake.  I was also really wanting pineapple.  Nick had bought such a luxury, but when I got it out I found that it was shredded, not chuncked.  That's a little harder to eat as a snack so I asked Thing One if he wanted to help me make a pineapple cake.  He was excited and while I was googling a recipe, he dumped the entire can into the mixing bowl.

I found this recipe here, and it was so simple.  Thing One had much fun helping me mash the bananas and stir in the flour.  I did cut down the amount of sugar in half, and the only nuts I had were slivered almonds,  which tasted fine.  I had to dig out my bunt pan--it came in a set of bake ware that we got as a wedding gift but never opened.  The pan is about ten inches, and a heavyweight, Teflon coated spring form thing--it was about the only thing that would have fit as much batter as this recipe made!  So if you do make this, get a big bunt pan, or have two on hand. 

I did take pictures, but I can't find them anywhere.  I'm sorry.  And I've been too tired to take any recent pictures of the boys.  But now that I'm starting to feel better, I should be taking more pictures and writing more often.