Friday, June 11, 2010
The boys are growing in leaps and bounds! Justin is now 10 and is out of school next week for the summer. He can hardly wait. He will spending some time with us the end of June. Big fun awaits us all!
Jacob is now 2 and he is going through that period where he seems to always be tripping over his own feet. A split lip, a bump on the head, leg caught in a slid and sprained his knee and foot, scraped knees....poor little guy. But he just gets up and keeps going!
This happened today! Callie has already been trying to pull herself up on things to stand, and also trying to figure out how to get on her feet to stand while she is on the floor crawling. I stood her at the end of the bed, and she held on to the wood frame and she stood there by herself. then she let go with one hand and remained standing on her own. she amazes us! She's such a strong little girl.
Callie eating yogurt. Gotta love that face!
This makes David and I smile and laugh - she is so cute when she is eating. She reminds us of a baby bird. Open beak stuff food in!
Our shared garden with Theresa and Shawn is doing very well! The late rains and cooler temperatures were great for the leafy green vegetables. Here is some lettuce picked recently...so tender
The arugula is growing crazy good and it tastes so peppery...love it!
The spinach has been doing really good too. I think it is a bit bitter raw in salad, but delicious cooked. so beautifully green....
There have also been a ton of radishes as well. So looking for everything else to be ready to pick and eat!
It's been many months since I have posted here. The biggest thing that has changed in my life is that I have become a Soldier's Angel. I have been looking for the right volunteer work for me since moving to this area 10 years ago. Soldier's Angels is the perfect fit for me!
I have 3 official adopted soldiers, 1 unofficial, and I write letters and cards to many. I have become "pen pals" with many of them as well. I also send one time care packages to many and of course I send a couple of them a month to my adopted.
To give you an idea of the work I have have done - in the past 49 days I have sent 37 care packages, 457 letters, and100 plus cards. I have heard form so many of out deployed heros and enjoy getting to know them through letters. Ecven email someitmes for those in better living condition areas.
It's intersting when you find the missing link in your life, how all the rest of it comes together. Healthier lifestyle changes not a struggle anymore. This is what has been msising in my life, and I am so glad that I learned about this organization. It has rounded out my life.
If you are interseted in being an angel to our deployed, wounded and veterans, check out this amazing organization at www.soldiersangels.org There is such a need out there. At lfirst I wonder if they really care about the lettersand packages I send, and then the letters and emails started coming in --"thank you for taking the time to write someone you do not know..." or "I felt like a kid on Christmas when I received your package...," "thank you for keeping me company...." "Thank you for writing me, I really enjoyed reading your letter......"
Family and friends - if you would like to help me with my work, please send me an email or leave a meessage here, and I will tell you how you can do that.
WE ARE THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.
Love to you all, and I will try and kleep my blog up better!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Jen and teri
Jen, Dyan, Moi, Cathy, Teri
Always so much to share and catch up on!
Food, drink, talking, laughing, music, chick flick...
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 package frozen chopped spinach
1 tablespoon butter
6 small crimini mushroom caps
1 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Romano or Pamigiano
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1to 1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
Place breasts between sheets of wax paper and pound form the middle out with a meat mallet.
Defrost the spinach easily in the mnicrowave. Wring out all the water. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
using a nonstick skillet, heat it until hot, then add butter, mushrooms and garlic. Season with pepper, and saute about 5 minutes. Transfer mushroom mixture to a small food processor and pulse grind, then add to mixing bowl. Add the ricotta and grated cheese as well as the nutmeg. stir to combine the stuffing. Return the skillet to stove over medium high heat.
Place half the stuffing in each of the breasst and wrap and roll breasst over the stuffing. secure with toothpicks. Add 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan; add breasts. Brown on all sides, cooking chicken 10 to 12 minutes. The meat will cook quickly because it is thin. remove breasts; add butter to the pan and flour. Cook butter and flour for a minute, whisk in wine and reduce another minute. Whisk in broth.
If not serving immediately, return chicken to the pan. reduce heat and simmer until ready to serve. Serve breasts whole or sliced on an angle and fanned out on dinner plates. Top stuffed chicken breasts with generous spoonfuls of the sauce.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
We watched Callie Rose a few hours yesterday for Theresa and Shawn. Happy Grandad and his Callie.
Callie didn't take her morning nap at home so she had a meltdown for the first half of our time with her. We were warned this would most likely happen. She fights sleep already! I'll tell you this little girl has a apir of lungs on her and she is stubborn!
Grandad finally got her to take her bottle and she fell asleep drinking it. Grandad dozed off for a few minutes too.
Content baby girl now........so precious and sweet!
Monday, February 15, 2010
I decided this year to set up a small table for two in front of the fireplace to eat our Valentine's Day dinner.
I brought out my Mom and Dad's silverware to make the table settings special.
Small candles clustered to set the romantic and cozy mood.
Fun champagne flutes paired with crystal wine glasses.
Our side was roasted asparagus served at room temperature topped with shavings of reggiano-parmagiano. I garnished the asparagus with baby heirloom lettuce leaves.
The entree was lemon pasta with shrimp. David raved over it and even asked to have the leftovers for dinner tonight. David doesn't usually like to eat leftovers, so that says a lot. We had a nice bottle of red.
David loves dark chocolate brownies, so I baked some earlier in the day. In over-sized margarita glasses I scooped some vanilla bean ice cream. Placed two brownies halves standing up around ice cream. Topped with dark chocolate syrup and fresh raspberries we were in chocolate heaven. (The raspberries made it healthy, right?)
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Theresa made some of this caramel corn and shared with us. It is some of the best caramel corn we have ever had. I have been making it since. easy and oh so buttery caramel delicious.
6 quarts popped corn (I use air popped, and also use 7 to 8 quarts of popped corn)
Boil for 5 minutes in a saucepan:
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
Remove from heat and add:
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir into popcorn in a very large bowl. Put into 2 jelly roll baking pans and bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Also switch oven position of pans every 15 minutes as well.
Cool in pans on baking racks; stir while still hot, then start using hands to break up more.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Jen and John needed to do some things at Jen's Dad's house Friday so they dropped Jacob off earl yin the morning. Granddad David set the train up for him. He spent the first part of the morning laughing as he watched the train go round and round and tried to feed all the cats some of his Jr. cheese puffs.
He thought the tunnel Granddad created with a dining room chair was fun.
I know this is where you turn the train on and off. When I wasn't looking, he turned the speed all the way up. The sound it made and how fast the train went scared him. He left the controls alone after that. Smart boy.
Sharing Poopie's water with him. Ugh!
Jacob then decided he wanted to rearrange my walk-in pantry. He has good taste; he started with the Ghiradelli and Scharfen Berger baking chocolate shelf.
He loves to arrange things. Also put things into a bowl, then take them out and stack them. then repeat, repeat, repeat. he spent a lot of time pouring miniature marshmallows from plastic cup to plastic cup as well.
Zooming around the house on his race car with his favorite blankie.
We took a walk to the park, and then we walked over to Auntie Theresa's house where we played out in her big backyard with Hula the pug, and Jacob had fun inside with a wind chime and Uncle Shawn's telescope. Well, looking At the telescope, not through it at this point. (I was not good at snapping pictures this time around.)
Monday, January 4, 2010
Jacob ate his dinner early. he was so tired from their San Diego trip he took a long nap that afternoon, and then he went to bed very early.
Steamed asparagus with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Jennifer's festive table and the food waiting for the diners.
Jen marinaded and John grilled New York steaks.
Baked Shrimp Scampi. (See recipe in post below)