So, I’d like to send a shout out to my friend Karly over at Three in Three.
She’s a great momma of 3 adorable girls–I don’t think they can take a bad picture. I love her sense of humor about motherhood and life in general. I was seriously laughing out loud reading her recent confessional. She also has some mad crafting skills. You can check out her work at her shop.
So, I wanted to do an Ad Swap for the month of December. I am a little behind on starting this, but I will be accepting ads until friday the 3rd. It sounds really official, but pretty much you give me your button, I give you mine, and we both put them up on our blog. At some point in the month, I will do a post highlighting your blog. The end. Short and simple. So, here are some of my stats:
All you ladies out there who worked hard to give your family a tasty delicious dinner, give yourself a nice big slap on the back or butt 🙂 — you deserve more than just a pat. We did our Thanksgiving late (on saturday) and had 3 other families over to partake in the goodness. In hawaii, we didn’t have too many large get togethers…. and when we did, they weren’t very fancy. Hawaii is too laid back to be fancy. I was so proud of me and JR. I think this year we put on a heck of a thanksgiving.
Don’t pay attention to the fact that we have Christmas decorations up at thanksgiving. We put them up the day after thanksgiving (like we always to)
When I was growing up, we always went over to my grandmother’s for thanksgiving. My grandma did it up right. We used the nice china, wine glasses, cloth napkins and she had fancy serving platter, decorations, coordinating table runner. She even had this plate that was red and said “I am special” and all the kids used to fight over who got to use it. My mom would send me over in the morning to help my grandma cook (I think she’s the one that really started my love of cooking). I just aspire to throw the kind of holidays that she does. And I think this year is the closest we have ever come to that bar.
It’s kind of hard to capture the vibe on camera, but it was great.
We had appetizers and chatted at the neighbors, then came over to our house for the dinner and dessert. I provided the Turkey, dressing, and homemade rolls. The guests brought peas, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole (that will make you slap your grandma), pecan pie, and caramel pecan cheesecake. O My Word!!!! It was great.
I was too busy enjoying myself that I forgot to take photos. Luckily, Sue snapped some shots on her iphone and emailed them to me.
This little girl was born 2 days before Milo!
This is us…Sue, Me, and Suzanne.
Milo loves Thanksgiving food. She also has started trying to use a spoon. I load it up for her and she eats it. It just happened overnight.
So, I know you all just made thanksgiving food, but believe me–this is so good that I sometimes make it for Christmas too. I usually make a big batch and freeze some to have at random times during the year. Its delish. So the turkey is super simple.
Remove giblets, lay on a roasting pan.
In a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup olive oil with 1tsp each of salt, pepper, and other herbs of your choice (I usually use sage and or thyme).
Rub the oil mix inside cavity. Place 1 Tbsp of salt inside the cavity. This year I got a little crazy and added an onion quartered, smashed garlic cloves, and a quarter of a lemon. Apples would have been nice, but I didn’t have any. You can just do the salt though if you want
Rub the rest of the oil mixture all over the turkey. Don’t forget underneath.
Cook in oven at 350 for 1 hour.
Turn oven down to 180 then bake one hour for each pound the turkey weighs. So, I had a 13lb turkey. I baked at 350 for 1 hour then 180 for 13 hours for a total of 14 hours!!!
Save the drippings for the dressing.
Cooking it that long may seem daunting, but its always juicy and delicious.
This is the exact email from my grandma:
Prepare 1 recipe of cornbread from Martha White Cornmeal Mix according to package directions
5 or 6 slices white bread, torn into 1” pieces
1 cup fresh celery, chopped finely
1 cup finely chopped onion
(sauté celery and onion in 1 stick butter or margarine)
1 large can Swansons Chicken Broth – or more
McCormic Rubbed Sage to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Crumble cornbread into large baking pan (disposable aluminum pans work well)
Add white bread, celery and onion mixture, chicken broth, drippings, salt and pepper
Add sage. I usually start with 1 Tablespoons.
(The secret is that Sage will intensify in flavor, so add enough to almost be the flavor intensity you want. I buy a new bottle every year and discard what I don’t use, because sage gets an old taste really fast.)
Dressing should be soupy
Bake in 350 oven about an hour until top is brown and dressing is “set”
The only things that I do differently are using Jiffy cornbread mix and I always have to use more Chicken broth. If you are concerned with calories you can use less butter–I did this year and it was still yummy. So, if you are feeling a little festive and want to have your own thanksgiving meal sometime other than thanksgiving, give these a try. And watch How I Met Your Mother while you are at it. Their slapsgiving episode is one of my favorites.
Since starting baby led weaning, I have become more conscious of what I eat….because thats what Milo eats. I’ve tried to be more adventurous….eating things like leeks, beets, parsnips, baby corn. I remember seeing a poster somewhere about how different color vegetables give different nutrients….so be sure to get a variety of colors. Plus who doesn’t love colorful food. Did you know that cauliflower comes in white, green, and purple?! Well, Now you do. These are created by selective breeding (not genetic engineering). There is your fun fact for the day 🙂
I’ve gone back to juicing in the morning for breakfast. This was my wonderful colorful breakfast this morning. Kale, Cucumber, Beets, Blueberries, Celery, Lemon, Lime, Raspberries… It was actually very yummy.
And on another wonderful wednesday note, I am happy to report that I weighed myself and was shocked to find that I am below my pre-pregnancy weight… I am one pound lower than my lowest weight (since highschool). I don’t really know how it happened. I think its from chasing Milo around, eating no fast food, walking a ton more, and of course nursing. But yay!… just had to toot my own horn… toot toot!!!!
So, I haven’t gotten out much since having Milo. I love that little girl to death and the mama bear instinct hit me hard. Now that Milo is going longer in between feeds, I am feeling better leaving her for short periods. I knew that I had to go see Breaking Dawn.
If you know me, you know I L-O-V-E twilight. I mean, I’m completely obsessed….well, I was–before I had Milo. I went with my new friend Sue to see Breaking Dawn last night and JR watched Milo. I know, He’s the greatest…..and I am so glad Sue came. She probably thought I was crazy, but it was nice to have someone to talk to and to travel with.
I felt so free going out… getting ready I didn’t have to worry about wearing a top that was breastfeeding friendly or baby friendly. I didn’t mind putting on make-up and lip gloss because I knew Milo wouldn’t be rubbing her hands all over my face and messing it up. I even carried a purse!!! I usually just carry the diaper bag.
Don’t get me wrong–I love being a mom…… but every mom needs a break now and then. That’s one of the hard things for me to do. I am feeling better about leaving her, but I feel bad having to get JR to watch her. Luckily, we have met some great people here so far. They have already offered to keep her when I am ready.
Anyway, I felt like a model. All done up–without the carrier strapped to me or pushing the stroller. You better bet I strutted my stuff like I was walking the runway on my way to the train station. I don’t even know if anyone was noticing, but I don’t care. I felt great…. I felt like a woman….
“CAUSE I’M A WOMAN, W.O.M.A.N., I’LL SAY IT AGAIN”
You know you were singing it too.
I won’t give anything away in the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it yet or read the books. I will say that I loved it. I want to watch it again right now…. and then again tomorrow. I hate that I will probably have to wait until the DVD comes out to see it again. It was awesome. I just sat there the whole time smiling, tense with anticipation to see what happened next. That may seem really dorky, but oh well. Breaking Dawn was my favorite book of the series. The movie kept a good pace. I feel like if you didn’t read the books, you might not understand every little detail. I mean, they don’t really spell everything out, but I guess that’s how the other ones were too.
It all looked great. Everyone’s hair/make-up/wardrobe was on point. I saw this awesome jacket and wanted one…
Then I googled the brand Belstaff and it costs about $750. Umm, have I mentioned my cursed expensive taste???? Maybe I can find something that looks similar. First I am in the Market for new shoes. I have Uggs, rain boots, and 2 pairs of toms that are falling apart…. Great excuse to go shoes shopping. I’ve been eyeing some high tops…like these or these.
I thought the sound track was good. They used a lot of music from the past movies. I thought they finally showed a little bit of the fun humorous Edward, which they never captured in the past. Of course, they don’t have the time in one movie to get all the little details and goodness that is the twilight saga. All in all, It was great and I loved it.
Maybe later I will write what I think about specific parts of the story, but I don’t want to ruin if for anyone. So, later–after I watch it again. 🙂
It was great and I am so thankful that I got to go. The hard thing about living far from family is that We can’t go out as much as we would like–so it makes the times that we do super awesome. To hold myself over, I might just read Breaking Dawn again (for like the 5th time). The next part doesn’t come out until November 16th, 2012. Why would they do that?! I mean, they already filmed it. Why can’t it come out in the summer? It’s just wrong.
Who saw it? What did you think? And for those of you who didn’t see it, Are you crazy?! Go see it:)
One of the hard things about being away from home is missing all my family and friends….But, it’s also hard because my family and friends don’t get to know Milo. Sure they see pictures and read about the new things she can do, but she has developed such a little personality. So, since you can’t see Milo on a regular basis, the best I can do is tell you a bit about all her cute quirks.
Her hair is 5 inches long–I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t measured it myself.
She loves bouncing racket balls
She loves to drink water out of a regular cup
She loves the sound apples make when she bites into them. She just keeps chomping and pushing the apple into her mouth until her cheeks are completely full.
When you put her down for bed or a nap, she likes to be bounced while you hum the Bear Necessities soft and slow. She always falls asleep leaning on my right arm.
She is getting to be a fast crawler….and a loud one. It’s like a herd of baby elephants when she books it down the hall.
Milo’s favorite veggies are broccoli, brussel sprouts, and avocado. Her favorite fruits are grapes, watermelon, and apples.
She used to love being thrown up in the air until JR missed catching her and she face-planted into his shoulder. Now she gets all nervous when you throw her up.
She now prefers the mommy tower of terror (as JR likes to call it). I hold her and drop her down (while still holding her) really quick. She loves it when JR does it too.
She is learning to wave hi. She holds both hands in the hair and does the grabby hand wave. She waves at everything….She waves hi and bye to me and JR like every 5 seconds.
She puts a blanket over her head and plays peek-a-boo with you. Well, really Peek-a-whoooo….that’s what she says instead of Boo.
I’m trying to teach her how to blow kisses. No luck yet.
JR and Milo play hide and seek in bed. He covers up with pillows and calls for her. She lifts up the pillow and peeks around inquisitively. Then they both start laughing. I probably shouldn’t mention that JR used to play this game with Oliver, our dog. lol
When she finds something intriguing, she says oooooooh in a really deep voice.
When she is determined to get something, she pushes her lips out then starts sniffing loudly in and out of her nose and goes for it. Its bizarre.
When Milo and I are in the bath and JR comes to get her out, she frantically goes to the opposite corner of the tub and climbs up on my shoulder trying to get away from him. She loves bath time.
She loves giving kisses….especially slobbery open mouth ones. And she likes to suck face… literally–particularly my chin.
She has this really annoying High pitch whiny cry. It means she wants you to pay attention to her. It’s usually followed by Ma Ma Ma Ma
She thinks everything is funny…. Like she will randomly laugh. Just one short ha to herself.
Look at that mischievous look. I feel like I can see her future in this picture.
She prefers to ride facing forward in our carrier and she pushes the stroller. She hasn’t quite mastered steering yet.
She has hit that phase where she wants to feed me her food. Luckily, she eats regular food so I don’t mind. But she shoves it into my mouth…..even after I take a bite, she keeps trying to get me to eat more. She’s just looking out for me.
When you lay her down to sleep, she immediately rolls over to her tummy and tucks her legs in. That’s how she sleeps all the time.
She now finds it funny to use JR’s belly as a drum. I am proud to say, I taught her that. “Under the Sea” is the usual jam.
She has started this head shaking thing. Like whipping her hair. It’s hilarious.
Her current favorite toy is her walker. She pushes it around all day…then gets mad when she runs into things….and backs that thing up.
Its Fall! Time for cinnamon apple scented candles, hot chocolate, gingerbread latte’s, and PUMPKIN! I didn’t like pumpkin until a few years ago. I bought Milo a little pumpkin this year
…and pumpkins keep FOREVER. But, I thought it was time I put that little pumpkin to good use. So, for those of you who have a pumpkin sitting around that you need to use, or just really like pumpkin. Pop a squat and check out these great and yummy ideas.
ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS:
Cut the top out of the pumpkin and scoop your guts out 🙂
The seeds should separate really easily from the guts. I threw all mine into a strainer and rinsed them off. Save those guts ladies! Once they are rinsed off, Simmer in well salted water (like 1Tbsp) for 10 minutes. This will really help to make them crunchy!
After they have boiled. Strain, then spread them out on a paper towel and dry them off. Transfer to a bowl and add the seasonings…
Per 1 cup of seeds:
Pinch of cinnamon
Dash of Cumin
Sprinkle of Paprika
A few shakes of Salt & Pepper
A Smidge of Cayenne (if you like it spicy;)
1 Tbsp of Honey
Spread out on a baking pan–its great if you have a nifty silpat mat.
(I want to hug the person who invented them)
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool and enjoy… I couldn’t wait. They were too Yummy to wait.
Let’s see what we’ve got left…
On to ROASTED PUMPKIN….
Slice your Pumpkin into wedges or cubes. (I did wedges so they were easier for Milo to handle, but I would do cubes next time).
Mix your seasoning:
1Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp White Pepper
Dash of Cayenne if desired
This seasoning is so so so so so YUMMY… It smelled amazing.
Drizzle or brush the pumpkin with olive oil. Sprinkle seasoning over the pumpkin. I used about half of the seasoning…and it was so yummy I wound up adding extra after I took them out of the oven.
If you use cubes, you can put the pumpkin, olive oil, and seasoning in a bowl and stir it all together.
Bake at 400 for 30 minutes…. I love lining pans with foil so I don’t have to wash them….especially on days when I am doing a ton of cooking.
Delish! I used the leftover seasoning I had for some roasted sweet potato slices today. I think I am going to mix up some of this to keep in my cabinet at all times!
PUMPKIN FACE MASK
Now, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the Guts. Then I stumbled upon this mask on one of my new favorite blogs Crunchy Betty.
Now, I did my own version because I am lazy and wanted to use the ingredients I had on hand.
Dice your pumkin guts really really fine. You can use a food processor, but I am too lazy to clean it. Add 1.5tsp honey, 3/4 tsp Cinnamon, 1Tbsp evaporated milk. Mix it all up and smear it on. Leave for 10 minutes then rinse with warm water.
My face felt so soft and the mask smelled so good I wanted to eat it. So I did.
I didn’t really measure this, but it was something like:
leftover face mask (1/2 cup)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Cup Ice
1/2 Cup Milk
Then blend it up and enjoy. I should warn you that I think some people are sensitive to raw pumpkin. I discovered I am one of those people. This smoothie was yummy, but I didn’t feel so hot afterwards. If you are unsure, you could always make it with cooked or canned pumpkin.
So that just leaves us with the stump… or top…or whatever you call it.
I decided I would be all crafty and make a stamp….you know, like a potato stamp.
Isn’t it pretty?! Then I realized it’s backwards…. fail…lol
Then, because I happened to have some canned pumpkin, I made one of my all time favorite Pumpkin recipes. Kasey, my sister-in-law first introduced me to them. This is a delicious recipe I found and tweaked.
CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN MUFFINS
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 to 1.5 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 C Chopped Walnuts (or pecans)
Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another (except chocolate chips and nuts). Then add the dry to the wet, mix, then add in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
Cut in half, add a little butter, and enjoy. Confession: I ate 4 in a 24 hour period!
I also shared some with my neighbor. This is what happens when I run out of Ziplock bags….
I think I am going to turn into a pumpkin at midnight….
This gentleman greets you as you enter the former Roman Catholic chapel of St Charles Borromeo. It was built 1835……1835!!! This church is right down the street from my house. More photos to come later from our visit.
So today is take 2 of the Virgin Media installation. Please pray they actually get it in this time….for their sake 🙂 I have been without TV or internet of my own for forever… I’m bound to go crazy on them if they don’t get it done. (we all know that I am too nice to actually go crazy, but I could possibly be a little rude 🙂
This, my friends, is my amazing 21st century husband….. We definitely aren’t perfect, but when I walk into the living room and see this–it’s hard not to feel blessed.
Milo is getting so big. Looking like a little girl instead of a baby. She is almost 10 months old…which means she’s almost a year old….which means she’s practically 18 🙁
Whenever I look at Milo and she looks like she changed overnight, I know it’s time for a photo-op. For some reason, when she woke up yesterday, she looked older. Bigger. So I forced her to cuddle with me a little longer than usual and then took some pictures.
Don’t you just want to squeeze her. I know I do. I feel like Elmyra Duff…
I’m going to hold you and squeeze you and call you my squishy!
Sometimes I think I’m going to squeeze her to death.
I think the change is in her eyes. She seems like she knows what’s going on and she is always thinking and studying. She has learned how to wave. This is mid-wave.