Friday, September 17, 2010

This Sweet Face...

This is my Squeeky Girl.
She is nearly three months old...I'm not sure how that happened.
She has the softest, squeezable cheeks.
I want to put her in my pocket and carry her everywhere.
I'm not sure how I ever made it through all of my days without her.
Rubia Adele rocks my world!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just Desserts...

A full calendar

Library reading program
I watched the new show Top Chef Just Desserts last night. 
They were making chocolate desserts.
About the middle of the show, I couldn't take it anymore...
I devoured the head of a Lindt choclate bunny left from last Easter.
I had just worked out on the Wii Fit...so all that went out the perverbial window.
I don't think I can watch that show anymore. *Smirk* (to borrow from Leslie)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lentils...

A couple of weeks ago I made the family a gooey lasagna.  I am off of dairy in general because it seems to give Rubia issues.  It is amazing how much I want something when I can't have it, that of course means cheese and ice cream.  I do sneak it in occasionally, like when David buys me a blizzard, but, i try to be good on a regular basis.  Anyway, while they had a lasagna, I made myself a big pot of lentil soup.  I love lentils, having grown up eating them often, they are a comfort food.  I feel like it is my magic dish that resets my palate and realigns things for me, if food can do that.  I love to eat, so I suppose that works.  Here is my favorite recipe for lentil soup:

Egyptian Lentil Soup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup dried lentils
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 cups chicken broth
1 tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  When foam subsides, add celery, carrot, onion, lentils, garlic, and bay leaf. Saute, stirring occasionally, until veggies are tender, but still crisp; about 10 minutes.
Add enough water to cover veggies. Heat to boiling, reduce heat, simmer uncovered, 30 minutes. Add stock, tomato; simmer until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.  Remove and discard bay leaf. Stir in salt and pepper. Puree soup. I don't

It has an earthy, chunky warmness that I find to be so satisfying...it's happiness in a bowl for me. And it epitimizes Autumn to me as well.  the cooler days make me want to eat it all the time. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Around the house...

Nature Shelf bedecked for Fall

Morning Bed

Our latest love...books on CD

Baskets of books are everywhere

Shelves of them too

We have been easing into Fall around here. We have started doing a bit of school everyday...sign language, crafts, numbers and letters for Elijah, shapes and colors for Evelyn. We have been talking about weather, dancing to music, and listening to Books on CD. The love the Arthur books by Marc Brown and the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. We get new ones each week to listen to in the car or to fall asleep to at night. We collect things for our nature shelf...acorns, pine cones, leaves. My dream is to find a real birds nest. My Mom is on the hunt for one in Alaska. If anyone has one and is willing to part with it...I'll pay the shipping!
These days Elijah is finding his artistic self. He spends hours at the easel drawing and creating stories about what he is drawing. He drew his first people a couple of weeks ago. They looked just as they should by a three year old...amoebas through and through. As soon as he finished with his sheet, I snatched it up, labeled it and filed it in his art folder. Does anyone else out there obsessively keep their children's creations? I can't wait to give the folders to them when they are older. It's hard not to keep everything, they are prolific creators of pictures and crafts, so I have to be selective and toss the rest, which is hard for me. I see genius in each and every piece. I know that is just because I am their Mama.
I think we are going to go pick apples soon and perhaps throw a harvest party for the neighborhood kids. We'll be wearing our pjs around the house more and eating oatmeal and drinking hot apple cider. What's on your Autumn to do list?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Two...

She's 2.
My Little Morsel is not so little anymore.
She is independent, spunky, and very extroverted.
Pretty much the opposite of me. ;)
She is loving and ready to hug, then the next minute she might throw a soft punch if mad. (Yes, we are working on that.)
She'll eat fruit of any kind all day long if I'd let her and she loves to color...on anything. Yesterday the couch got it. (yes, we are working on that too.)
I would face anything for this girl and I look forward to the young woman that God has planned for her to be. For now I will enjoy her twoness and try not to get too worked up when she throws her fits...after all she is still a beautiful work in progress and what is 2 without tantrums?! Just not too many please. ;)