Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
The little girls were home sick. The living room was a mess. What great ingredients for a new game: Wizards, gremlins and princesses.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The 14yo was in charge of coloring the eggs this year - here she is multitasking like the best us.
Coloring the eggs is so much fun. Finding them is a blast too. But then what to do with them?
Here's our favorite recipe:
Peel and chop hardboiled eggs
In a frying pan - melt 2 tblspns of butter, add 2 tblspons of floor
Slowly add a cup or so of milk, constantly stirring
Add 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and eggs
Season to taste with pepper and salt or 1 or 2 teaspoons of dry mustard
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
It's almost as bad if it's the food eating kind - last year we lost $$ worth of food in the pantry to a moth invasion. To say nothing of the ick factor.
Here is a very, very easy chicken recipe to try if you are short on time and ingredients:
You will need 2 or 3 chicken breasts. I slice ours in half the long way and then again the short way so I have pieces that are about the size of a deck of cards.
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar (can substitute balsamic or apple cider vinegar)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon dijon mustard (can substitute honey mustard)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
In a pan on low heat - warm 3 tblspn oil and 3 tblspn butter.
Meanwhile - mix 1/4 cup of flour with a teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper (or to taste)
dip the chicken pieces in the flour to coat.
When the butter has melted, turn up the heat to high and add 1 tspn chopped garlic. Heat for about a minute just until garlic has turned golden. Add chicken and sautee for about 3 minutes on a side (I confess that this is never enough time for me, but I know it is supposed to be)
When chicken is cooked through, remove from pan and set aside. Turn down heat and add chicken stock and vinegar bring to a boil constantly stirring. Add mustard and sugar. If the sauce isn't thickening. Continue boiling until sauce has thickened. Pour over chicken and serve.
This was a big hit with the big kids, but not the 2 and 5 yo. That's not saying much, however, the only kind of chicken they like comes in the nugget form.
Friday, March 07, 2008
The hat is a little big, but I know babies heads grow really, really fast and it will be too small in no time at all.
I’m also happy to say that the half mitts for my friend who took us skiing are done – just in time
P.S. The delightful trip to the grocery store was more or less a fluke and I’m still not a fan of grocery shopping.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
- Go in the morning - there aren't as many people, which means fewer obstacles when racing down the aisles.
- Skip the list - you won't be able to look at it anyway.
- Bring extra money - it's very hard to say no to the excitement generated over cinnamon graham crackers and blueberry muffins.
- Be open to new experiences - 2yos have a different perspective on the store - they are at eye level with whole shelves of food you've been missing.
- For once it's a good idea to go just a little bit hungry - you will likley be buying some ready to eat snacks that will have to be opened as soon as the trip is done.
- Don't forget the quarters - there's nothing like the thrill of getting a bouncy ball at the end of the trip. Just don't hand it over until you've gotten in the car.
Here's our list of meals:
Baked potatoes with prepackaged shredded chicken and bacon and canned chile
Frozen chicken parmesan with a side of couscous
Frozen spare ribs with a side of instant mashed potatoes (or minute rice)
Clam chowder and bread bowls
Dinty Moore Beef Stew and french bread
I have since discovered that it is possible to cook pasta in the microwave, although I haven't tried it yet. I have successfully cooked meatloaf in the microwave, but it's not a very popular dish in my family. It's best when you can brown it in a few minutes in an oven anyway.