Cline Zinfandel

Jon and I went out to a local Wine Exchange store and picked up a few bottles of wine to enjoy after Peanut was born.  This was one of the selections recommended to us.This is Cline Zinfandel - 2008. First off, we all know that we love a deep red Zin, so this was already right up our valley.This wine is full of flavor!  You can smell the dark fruit and spices before you even take your first sip.  After opening the bottle, we each poured a glass and let it sit for a couple of minutes.  I love taking the time to just smell the delicious flavor before I take a taste.The wine tastes as good as it smells.  It's rich in flavor so beware if you're not into that kinda thing.  I love the complexity of the wine, allowing you to almost taste two different flavors - the fruit when you first take a sip, and the oak when the flavor stays with you after you finish. This is definitely a great choice to have with dinner or all on its own. … [Read more...]

Friday Five – Simple dinners

This is something anyone can benefit from - super simple, quick, easy dinners.  Especially us.  So here we go.1.  Tasty Kitchen's Crock Pot Pulled PorkThis one's courtesy of Tasty Kitchen, which I adore.  Personally, I think anything that can be prepped in under 10 minutes and put in the slow cooker is a-ok by me!  This recipe is super simple, easy and has only 3 ingredients.  What could be better if you're a wicked busy with, say, a baby.2.  Good Housekeeping's Chicken Romano MeatloafMmm meatloaf.  And even better, chicken meatloaf.  I almost always substitute chicken or turkey for ground beef or pork because it's a healthier option.  So this is right up my alley and hopefully yours.  Delicious.  One side note - I make a dent in the middle half-way through and load it with cheese for a cheesy middle.  That probably negates the whole healthier option with choosing chicken but hey, I love cheese.3.  Pillsbury Cheesy Sloppy Joe PizzaTechnically, unless you're making the dough (and I don't, I buy mine at Stop & Shop), any pizza is pretty easy to throw together.  But Sloppy Joe pizza?  Holy droolfest.  On a side note, I just love Pillsbury recipes.  I think it's my favorite site for delicious quick and easy meals, especially appetizers.4. Pot Roast in a slow cookerThis one's mine, but trust me, you won't be sorry.  This is so super simple with almost no ingredients and the result is … [Read more...]

My new workout

We were so excited to celebrate Peanut's 1st month of life yesterday - we celebrated her accomplishments and her growth.  And to top it off, yesterday Peanut woke up a new baby - a 1 month old baby.  She was suddenly smiling more, gurgling with me all morning, and listening attentively to anything I was saying.  She also learned another new trick- a brand new cry.  Actually, I think it is better classified as a "wail" than a "cry."  She will look right at you and wail at the top of her lungs until her face and eyes get so red that you don't know what to do.  And the best part?  Once she started wailing, she didn't stop (she comes from a family of very stubborn women so I can't blame her).I tried everything - feeding her, holding her, putting her down, playing with toys, giving her a pacifier, swaddling her, turning on the sleep sheep, adding an extra layer of clothes, changing her.  The list goes on.  After about 3 hours of wailing, she finally tired herself out so much that she passed out for the night. I chalked it up to a day of fussiness and let it go.Then I woke up this morning to the wailing.  I changed her, fed her, dressed her, played with her, but she kept being fussy.  So I tried another trick I heard of.I decided to try "wearing" Peanut.  I pulled out the Baby Bjorn carrier that our neighbors generally gave to us and I stuck Peanut in.  (Actually I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to … [Read more...]

Peanut – 1 Month

I can't believe I am about to type this, but Peanut is officially 1 month old today.I need a moment.So here's a quick summary of the 1st month:Addison is generally a very content baby; she can spend an hour just laying and looking around or nappingOther times, she has her diva moments; those times we can usually calm her down with a pacifierAddison had her first bottle from daddy at 2 weeks; we gave in with the paci the first night homeNot sure if it's on purpose or not, but Addison has been smiling at us and gurglingShe smiles and laughs in her sleep a lot; sometimes she cries tooAt two weeks Addi rolled over from her belly to her back for the first time; we thought it was an accident so we put her back on the belly and she did it again; she's done it a couple of more times sinceShe's wearing Newborn size clothes, although the past couple of days we've started to use some of the 0-3 months outfitsAddi's favorite non-sleeping/pooping activities include hanging out on our chest and looking all around, chillin' in her swing, listening to us read to her (in English and Russian) and being walked around the whole housePS- Excuse the hair, we just had a bath … [Read more...]

Spaghetti with cream sauce and artichokes

Alternative title: Pasta-with-whatever-you-located-in-your-pantry-and-fridge.Pioneer Woman has this amazing recipe for Spaghetti with artichoke hearts and tomatoes that you can find here.  I've made it a whole bunch of times and it's been a huge hit with the hubs and my friends. Then I started getting lazy.  And I didn't want to go shopping for all the perfect ingredients.  Instead, I just throw most of the stuff together into an absolutely delicious pasta dish.  I'd totally follow her recipe to start, but something about making it your own that makes it extra yummy.Here's what I found yesterday.Good enough, right?Start by dicing up the onion and cooking it for a minute or two.Then throw in some garlic, tomatoes, and drained artichokes.Swoosh it all around for a couple of minutes, then add half-and-half (or cream or whatever).Add salt, pepper, and, if you're like me and love all things delicious, red pepper flakes.Cover and turn the heat down to simmer the whole thing.Now put a pot with some water to boil.  Then, once it's boiling, add a little olive oil and salt, then throw in the pasta.I love pasta.  I prefer whole wheat pasta, but there's no convincing Jon to eat anything that's even remotely healthy.Check on Peanut.Peanut is still sleeping soundly in her swing.  If you don't have a Peanut to check on, you can come check on mine.Now pull out this stuff.It's for the finishing touches.After the pasta cooks, drain and throw it in with … [Read more...]