Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Snippets...

I have many little snippets and other randoms to share:

We had baby birds in our attic. Yes, chirping and making messes. Bugs and mites were starting to migrate through the fan/vent into the guest bathroom, plus, the noise wasn't always entirely welcome at 4:30 a.m. So something had to happen. David took care of it...a "wildflife" man came and now the birds are gone. I told David I did not want to know what happened to them because I am certain that they are dead. That thought breaks my heart because they were new lives just beginning. Perhaps I like to fool myself into thinking that if I don't really know what happened to them then they must be settled in their nest in some tree happily eating bugs and worms. I'm delusional, I know.

Elijah seems to be on the mend and the Doctor has even cleared him for his swimming lesson this week. He still has the dry cough and is sleeping more than usual, but, definitely on his way to better. I don't ever want him to be sick, but I have enjoyed the extra cuddle time with him. Over the weekend, I got up to check on him several times a night and sometimes he would be awake and sitting up. I would lift him into my arms and carry him into the living room where we would sit in the dark. I sang to him and soothed his fevered forehead with a cool washcloth. From time to time he would turn his head and look at me, spontaneously clap his hands, or say little words. Always after a half hour or so he would fall back to sleep and I would just sit with him, holding him, for just awhile longer before laying him back in his crib.

We finally purchased a BBQ grill a month or so ago, we went with a simple Weber. We both enjoy the flavor from a charcoal grill, especially when they are natural wood charcoal and not the chemical laden birketts. David has been grilling yummy things for us every week and I am in love with everything. He does a perfect job. We have been enjoying buffalo steaks that he had ordered and I have also had him do veggies as well which are tasty. It has become a Sunday ritual, with the occasional mid-week grilling.
The buffalo meat is wonderful. I thought I would like it fine, but I didn't think I would love it so much. It is a leaner red meat which is lower in cholesterol. When it is fully cooked it still is a little pink, but don't let that fool you, it's perfect.

I was back in the sewing room (soon to be babies room) last night. It was 9:00 p.m. and I had a sudden urge to sew. I started making a pillow case top/shirt which I have seen all over the internet lately. I knew that it could be perfect for a full pregnant summer, if I can make it the way I envision it. I couldn't be bothered to measure much, so I guesstimated a quite a bit...that tends to be my way with a lot of crafty projects...I fly by the seat of my pants and hope it works out. I have to gather the neck line and do the hem tonight and then I shall do a fitting and hope that I don't look like I am wearing a tent. I unearthed a vintage apple print that I had been given a few years a go. It is big and bold in red and white. I think it will be great fun...I hope.

I have really been missing coffee lately. In my pre-children days, coffee was my morning ritual. It was the first thing I would do before I got into the shower...get the pot brewing. During my first pregnancy I stopped drinking much and tried switching to decaff, but that was no good. It just tastes off to me, not that I could explain exactly how, it just does. Then with breast feeding and pregnancy number two, I have had it very seldom. So my coffee pot sits forlornly collecting dust and Starbucks french roast beans molder in the freezer. I miss the ritual, I miss the taste. I know, that Lord willing, I will have many years of coffee drinking ahead of me after the babies are born and breast fed. I just would like to have a triple espresso now and then...not really. Just a big ol' cup of coffee please, without the side of worry.

I am 28 nearly 29 weeks along now and I have realized that I have not posted any tummy shots...I will have to fix that. Maybe you shall see one of me in a big apple "tent" in the next couple days. I feel pretty good. There is a lot of leg, ankle, and foot swelling with this one, but, other then that I can't complain too much. The baby is constantly moving, which is my favorite part of the whole prego thing...so that makes me very happy.

Here is the Adobo Chicken with Ginger recipe that I promised Lisa...
I made a few changes which I will note at the end.

INGREDIENTS
1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1 bulb garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh ginger root
2 bay leaves
1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns

DIRECTIONS
Combine the chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, bay leaves and peppercorns in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 30 minutes, basting the chicken occasionally. After 30 minutes, remove lid and cook until liquid has reduced to half.
Remove chicken from the pot to a serving plate. Strain the liquid from the pot to remove all the food particles, and set aside. Serve chicken hot over steamed rice and drizzle with reserved sauce.

*my amendments...I used 3 large chicken breasts. I just don't do bone-in chicken. I did not have fresh ginger so I used ground. No measuring, I just shook in what looked like a nice amount. I forgot to add the peppercorns and it tasted great without them, so it would be super with them I bet. Instead of basting the chicken as it simmered, I just flipped them over from time to time. I also, made these while I was cooking another meal, so I made them ahead of time and then put them in the refrigerator. The next night I shredded some of the chicken and made wraps with tortillas, lettuce, ranch dressing, and a little shredded cheese. Tomato would have been great in them...we were out of tomatoes...
I saved the sauce and then for dinner the next night I cut up the rest of the chicken and made fried rice and used the sauce in it as well...very yummy. So it lasted for two dinners made in different ways and was still very tasty.

Bon Appetite!

Hugs!

1 comment:

Lisa said...

oh, the recipe sounds fantastic (although I don't do bone-in chicken either) - thanks Sarah, can't wait to try it!
And I am sure you won't look like a tent - we want belly shots and a peak at that shirt....

so, so glad to your little man is feeling better - although the cuddles are always a bonus, huh....

PS - do you know what you are having or are you keeping it a surprise, any names picked out???