Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dancing Queen!

Laynie performed her Halloween dance for us was a delight. She certainly does not mind being in the spotlight.

Why is she the only one spinning you wonder? I asked myself that question also...

She and her friend Kate were both witches!

And a bow at the end of course!!
In other news...can I just say that I am so thankful to have a friend who is a pediatrician who calls me in August to tell me to sign up for the H1N1 study THAT DAY! I did, and Addison and Laynie got the swine flu vaccine in the first part of September! Now almost everyone we know has had it (or something like it...) but my kiddos, nothing! Even KELLY was sick this week-- he was sure our house was freezing at one moment, and then he was sweating the next! He could do nothing but sleep for two whole days! But I still have healthy kids (knock on wood!) So, not only did the kids get vaccinated, "they" also got money! and no, I did not give it to them OR put it into their college funds (does that make me a bad mom?) but we DO contribute to their college fund every month :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WE *** LOVE *** FALL!!!

We are soaking in the last few days of warm-ish weather! Hailey is obviously particularly happy to be outside! She continues to be the best and happiest baby around! She has started talking just like any other girl: non-stop! She has quite a few words that are very clear (At least to her family!) She LOVES her daddy and says that word the most, she asks for her "binker" (pacifier), she tells me she is "all done" when we're eating, and she tells Addison and Laynie to "STOP" when they are bugging her! But my favorite thing she has learned is to sing "oh, oh, oh, oh, ooohhh" in 'Welcome to the sixties' from the Hairspray album- It's Adorable!!

Don't you just want to eat her up?

My attempt at an "artsy" shot...go ahead and critique it dad...

Laynie is doing great with preschool and week is their Halloween performance in ballet. We have seen little glimpses of the dance this week- it should be cute! Pictures to follow I'm sure...

Addison was so excited when the leaves started to fall- every year of his life we have raked leaves and jumped in them! The leaves that fall in this yard however are a far cry from the amount of leaves that fell in PA. But that didn't get him down, he raked and raked and....

JUMPED! Happy Fall!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What's For Dinner?

The question "What's for dinner?" is not my favorite...only because it is almost always followed up with (imagine your whiniest whine...) "Ahhh mom, I HATE that dinner!" I've come to expect the response, and hardly ever anymore do I give the lecture about how 'when mommy works hard to make something yummy...blah, blah, blah.' At least when I expect a bad reaction, I am pleasantly surprised by the good ones! So, here is what WAS for dinner at my house last week, some of our FAVS!

Fettuccine Alfredo with grilled Chicken, Focaccia bread, and green salad
The recipe for the focaccia bread and the Alfredo sauce is most important here...everything else you can figure out I'm sure!

Focaccia Bread
1 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 TBS yeast
(let sit for a couple of minutes)
1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp. salt
enough flour so it's not sticking to your hands
Let it rise until doubled, roll it out flat and sprinkle Olive oil and Parmesan cheese on top
Let rise again and bake hot= about 425-450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes

Alfredo Sauce (my sister will cringe at this's not for the health fanatic)
1/2 c butter
1/2 c cream
3/4 c Parmesan
Melt butter and cream together on low, add Parmesan and cook on low until completely melted, stir every couple of minutes.

Chicken Broccoli Soup in Homemade Bread bowls
The recipe for the bread bowls is the same as the focaccia bread, but instead of rolling dough flat, roll into medium-sized balls, let rise and then bake for about 15 minutes. After bowls have baked, carefully cut a circle shape off the top and then scoop out bread from the inside of the bowl with a spoon.

Chicken Broccoli soup
3/4 c butter
3/4 c flour
4-6 cups milk (depending on how thick you like it)
2-3 cups cheese (depending on how cheesy you like it)
1 head broccoli
2 chicken breasts
sat and pepper to taste
Bake and cube chicken breasts. Steam the broccoli and cut into small pieces. Melt the butter and whisk in the flour, add milk and cheese. Cook on low until cheese is melted. Add broccoli and chicken. Cook on low for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Rice and Beans
So easy, and so tasty! Warm up some black beans and put a couple of heaping spoons on top of some sticky rice. Pile high with cheese, tomatoes, green onions, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and crushed tortilla chips. This is my fall-back dinner when I only have a few minutes to come up with something! It will be ready to serve by the time the rice is done cooking!

Chicken Parmesan with fresh Marinara, Focaccia Bread and Green Salad
Usually a Sunday dinner, but it was Kelly's birthday!

Chicken Parmesan
Pound chicken breasts (or I like to use tenderloins) flat with a rolling pin. Dip in melted butter and then this mixture:
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan
1 tsp. paprika
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Fresh Marinara (a great way to use up tomatoes from the garden)
1/4 c olive oil
20 medium-sized tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. salt
Blanch and skin tomatoes, (may also use canned tomatoes!) cut up and dump into olive oil. Add garlic, basil and salt. Cook, covered, on low for as long as you can. Then to thicken it up a bit, remove cover and boil until you reach desired thickness. Unbelievable taste!

Veggielicious Pizza with white sauce
I have lived Papa Murphy's Veggie Supreme since I had it for the first time. This is my attempt at re-creating it at home. The pizza crust guessed it, the same recipe as the focaccia bread, just roll it out thinner.

White Sauce
1/4 c. Ranch dressing
1/4 c. buttermilk
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
Blend in Food processor or blender until smooth, spread over crust.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of sauce and then pile with favorite veggies: tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, artichoke hearts, spinach, etc. Top with another 1/2-1 cup mozzarella.

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'll admit that it took a long time for me to figure out why "X-country" meant "cross country," but I've got it now.
So when Addison brought home a paper about joining the cross country team, I was thrilled! I was feeling a little guilty about not having signed him up for soccer or T-ball or some other extra-curricular activity, and now here it was: one hour practices after school (requires no extra driving), 2 meets at the local park, and best of all? FREE!
Addison and 2 first grade friends before their first meet!

Out of about 35-40 first graders, Addison took 13th place! He would have done even better than that if he wouldn't have stopped 20 feet away from the finish line to wave at his mom who was video taping! GOOD JOB ADDISON!! We are proud of you!

Friday, October 2, 2009

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!
29 Amazing Years!
Sweet husband-
Happy Happy birthday to you! I LOVE celebrating this day that brought you here to the earth! Thanks for being the B.E.S.T. ever!!