Sunday, March 29, 2009

Busy Weekend and a new title (if I am able to bestow titles upon myself)

Whew what a weekend! My oldest brother Mark, came in from England. He is here for some training in Dayton and he was able to spend the night with us on Saturday. We were excellent hosts and showed him how efficient the city is at snow removal. Yep that's right we got a wee dusting of snow (about 6 inches or so). His visit was much too quick, so quick in fact that he was a blur and I wasn't able to get any pictures (You're welcome Mark) After Mark headed off to Dayton we played in the snow because I am sure this is it until next winter. I hope mother nature is listening.





As for the new title. I am starting to think of myself as an amateur foodie. Why a foodie? I have cooked so many new meals this year (some more successful than others) and I am actually planning my menus for the week. I still have to figure out a way to eat leftovers (besides pizza), I am just not really a fan of them.
I made bread twice this week (one honey whole wheat and on french bread that I will definitely do again).
But the real reason I am bestowing the title upon myself is because for the first time, in the history of man, both Madelyn and Nate finished their dinner and they LIKED it! What, pray tell, do you feed a 3 year old who thinks the food groups are chocolate milk, Doritos, chicken nuggets and pop tarts? And a 30 something man that eats plain meat and potatoes? How about Savory Braised Short ribs and potatoes (which Maddy insisted were yucky until she actually tried them). Now you see I have a more adventurous palate (at least compared to those two) My potatoes were a very delicious Balsamic Shallot potato but I digress.
Now I know some of you remember when Maddy was a baby and she ate EVERYTHING- the thing is I bragged about it and honestly felt quite smug that I, a first time mom, had mastered the secret of raising a non picky eater. How foolish I was! Every meal for the last year or maybe two has been a struggle. I know I know I am probably celebrating early and tomorrow will be another battle of wills but tonight I am victorious!
For those of you that want to share my title as amateur foodie here are the links to my recipes this week. Thank you Recipe Zaar and La Fuji Mama Blog and Heavenly Homemakers Blog.















Got a chocolate craving? This are the easiest bestest fastest brownies ever! I recommend eating them warm.




Or you can eat the batter right out of the bowl... that's good too!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ribbit Ribbit

Maddy has been trying to hop around on a beach ball lately so I finally found a hoppity ball. Here she is with no instruction, she just figured it out.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

St Paddy's festivites







We went downtown on Saturday to watch the dyeing of the river. It was interesting. I don't know if you've ever seen the pictures but usually the entire river is green, like this:


But for some reason this year it looked like this:
I just don't think we waited long enough or who knows maybe because of the economy they could only do a little bit. Whatever the reason it was disappointing. I thought we would be festive so I got all of us green shirts (and green socks for me), I was a little worried that we would be conspicuous with our green. Boy was I wrong, there were people with green feather boas, green hats, green hair, green from head to toe. Then there was this guy, hopefully you can see him he was jogging so he caught us by surprise.


Then we were off to find the parade, it wasn't near the river, it was down by the park so we started off with the throngs of people (most of them on their way to being completely toasted). The parade route wasn't really obvious so we meandered a while and finally gave up.

It doesn't really sound like we had fun but I did, mostly. It was disappointing about the river and now Nate will probably never want to go again, because we've seen it and it was less than spectacular. On the bright side the weather was fantastic! In fact it was so nice we decided to hop on the train and head downtown again on Sunday. Our original plan was to hit the Field Museum but I think it must have been a free day because it was packed inside. I didn't really want to deal with the crowds so we walked along Lake Michigan toward Navy Pier. The lake was still frozen in places but it was really pretty. It was a great chance to just look at the architecture and enjoy being outside.









Monday, March 9, 2009

Swimming Lessons

Maddy started swimming lessons today. She was so excited when she woke up this morning. Last night I convinced her to go to bed because she had swimming lessons "tomorrow". When she woke up she told me "it's tomorrow I get to go swimming!" Too cute.






















Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Painting

I decided that Maddy needed a more creative outlet, so we went out and bought painting supplies. I've been meaning to do this since I got her this easel for her birthday.




Maddy has also started speaking with an accent. I can't tell if it's the Chicago accent or a southern accent. But let me tell you, it's freaking hilarious. I keep trying to get it on video but she knows something is up and she just won't talk. Maybe I talk funny to her? (I know some of you are recalling the way I say measure, so I know I sound funny to you all) I feel bad because she will be talking with her her Southern/Chicago accent and I am totally cracking up. She is at that age where if I am laughing at something (even if its her) she starts laughing too.
As I am typing this she is making me a pretend snack of Dora Soup, Chicken, fries, cookies, tea and water. Maybe I should get crackin' with dinner, I think she is trying to tell me she is hungry.