Monday, July 30, 2012

Cookie Day!

One of my Pintrest discoveries was the blog, The Burlap Bag.  They have a store, somewhere far from me, and feature a lot of DIY options for the home as well as a few recipes.  The most recent was the recipe for these cookies

It's a good thing I found that recipe, and that it was so very easy to make.  And that I happened to have some bananas in the freezer.  Today has been one of those days where the boys will only condescend to eat cereal and yogurt.  So I had Thing One mix these cookies, and he got two when they were done.  I told him he could have more if he finished a small bowl of rice first.  

Parenting lesson #425:  Bribery is not a sin; use it wisely, and often.   The only problem we ran into was that he said he was full half-way through his rice and that he didn't want cookies anymore.  And it's not like he's really ruining his dinner or eating badly if he has these cookies instead of dinner, so I don't feel to badly about leaving them out for the both of them to grab later.  The only tweaking I did to the recipe was to add roughly 1tsp of nutmeg and 2tsp of cinnamon, and Thing One insisted on adding a spoonful of honey.  If we kept bananas and instant oatmeal in stock I'd probably let him make a batch every day.  I'd also add chocolate chips, if we had them. 

Enjoy!
--Zizi

Thursday, July 26, 2012

First Harvest!

Well, technically we got seven sweet pea pods before they died of heat-stroke, but the carrots are coming in strong! I think I've given up on the cucumbers, one plant cannot self-pollinate, and the tomatoes are stunted.  But we love carrots.  And the flavor is amazing, rather soft at first but then they end with a tangy-carroty zing that really hits you!  Thing One is excited because we still have more to pull. 

Zizi

Monday, July 23, 2012

How to Waste Three Hours with One Click

I have recently succumbed to Pintrest as a way to increase the advertising for my Etsy shop.  But I've been finding so may good looking recipes there. . . .   I do plan on pinning my own recipes when I start writing some more (my food board is The Joy of Cooking, and Eating).  I'm not very confident about writing regularly until after the baby is born.  We have a few weeks left. 

Anyway,  I was wasting time one day looking at all of the good food and wishing I wasn't pregnant and that we had money to buy half of the ingredients, and I found a recipe for Churros.  I had no idea what Churros were, but they looked really good, so I re-pinned it to my board with the intention of trying it sometime.  Then I got the insatiable pregnant craving for something similar to doughnuts, but not quite so. . . I'm not sure, sugar-laden, flour-heavy?  I wanted some deep-fried air, but not so American. 

I was about to drag out my bread-machine and make some doughnuts again, but I thought I'd look at this recipe and see what it was first.  I'm glad I did.  I was surprised at how easy they were!  Even the chocolate sauce, which I hadn't originally planned to make but ended up making anyway. 

Thing One and I ended up cutting the recipe into thirds because I wanted to save some eggs for later, and I didn't figure that I needed 20 churros--which I might have.   And I didn't have any chocolate chips for the sauce, but 2tbsp of cocoa powder worked just as well.  And I didn't have a pastry bag, so I dropped little spoonfuls into the oil. 

Sigh.  Every time I see him I'm surprised at how fast he's growing up.  I know that it happens, I see it every day, and I know everyone says, "Don't blink--they'll be gone before you know it."  But it's so different to watch your own children grow.  In a way I'm glad we're having another one because we get to have both our growing little boy, and a tiny baby at the same time. 

Zizi

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Incredible, Edible Egg!

My raw ingredients, I added bacon, a mushroom,
cheese and some zucchini.
Finally, a post about food again.  When I was younger my mom figured out how to microwave an egg.  It doesn't sound that hard, but it was a matter of timing; long enough to cook the egg through but not so long that you could re-tire your car with it.  We also figured out a few important things: 1) you must grease the bowl! 2) if you don't break the yolk you will spend the rest of the day scrubbing the microwave.  This knowledge has been one of my saving foods this month.  I have made so many egg sandwiches to get me through half of the day that it might be worth it to buy a chicken!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Late Night Musings

This post wrote itself the other night, and I have to get it out of my head.  This one started with a realization--which I tend to have a lot of.  Most of the realizations are minor, and some are kind of big.  This one was both big and important. 

For most of the spring and half of the summer I had been fighting depression.  Then, about three weeks ago, it suddenly went away in one great blinding voip.  The sudden-ness has left me reeling, and for these three weeks I have been trying to recover both from that and from the depression itself.  I have been spending most of my time on the couch reading, or doing slightly mindless crafts--like the rockets I made for the boys.

The boys hate this, and it's understandable; I've been acting like a convalescent.  It's been really hard on them, especially since we've been trying to cut back on our excess spending and we haven't been going to air conditioned play-places as often. 

I talked to the midwife about this at our last appointment (the baby is doing wonderfully, by the way) and she said not to underestimate the amount that depression can take out of a person and how hard it is to recover.  I can tell that I am getting better.  I might still be a little slow for a while, but the fact that I thought of this post nearly word for word and needed to write it down is a good sign.

I'm still concerned about how long and hot this summer is going to be, however, now that I don't have that problem hanging over my head I'm more optimistic about surviving; and maybe even having some fun.  My prayers go out to all those fighting depression, and I am grateful that I am able to recover as well as I am.  Now I'm going to go tickle my children.

Zizi

Friday, July 6, 2012

Birthday Pictures

Here is a picture-post of Thing Two's birthday.  Enjoy the cuteness!

Nick took them out that morning and bought a lot of bubbles!

Trying very hard not to take a nap.

Extreme sports for toddlers, Head Dunking!

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Too much cuteness!!

Okay, so this isn't his birthday, it's Father's Day.  They had so much fun, and
since then, everything--even their motorcycles--has become a rocket.