5 sweet moments from our week

I wanted to write these moments down for myself because the days are flying and I don’t ever want to forget.

1.  On Tuesday I picked up Peanut from daycare, scooping her up and kissing her all over before setting her down to collect her things.  When I set her down, she looked up and me and touched her fingers together, signing “more.”  I nearly died, scooped her right up and kissed her all over again.

2.  Peanut’s been having a little trouble understanding that hitting hurts someone (I know this is more of a cause and effect moment for them), so when she hit my face with her toy early in the week, I said, “Ouch! That hurts!”, got up, and walked away from her.  She looked confused for a moment, then followed me and asked to be picked up.  I picked her up and she tried to hit me again, laughing because she thought me saying “ouch” was hilarious.  I set her down, closed the bedroom door, and stood outside the door for 30 seconds.  When I opened the door, she looked at me, completely confused  Wednesday I was down on the floor, playing with her and she ran up to me with her hands raised as if she was going to hit me again.  I cringed and waited, but she patted my face softly, looking me straight in the eye for approval.  I hugged her and told her “yes, gentle touch.”  I’m sure that the hitting phase isn’t over, but I can see that we can make a difference without yelling at her and that gives me hope.

3.  Monday evening Peanut decided that she wanted to read some books after dinner.  She walked over to her chair, collected a book she liked, brought it over to me, handed it off, then climbed into my lap and settled in, waiting for me to begin.  I melted.  Then read her the book while she snuggled.

4.   Wednesday evening I was cooking dinner while Peanut was rearranging my Tupperware (she loves trying to fit the tops on all the containers).  When she noticed that I was making Zucchini fritters (her favorites), she walked over to me, pulled on my pant leg and said, “mama! mama! mmmmmm” and signed “eat.”  It was too sweet, but I resisted giving her any raw ingredients (eggs are involved) but just barely.

5.  When picking her up from daycare one evening, I set her bag (with my keys in it) on the ground and went to collect her things.  When I turned around, Peanut had pulled the keys out of the bag and was standing by the gate that blocks her exit to the door, saying “mama, mama, ahhhh” (out).  I hurried through the rest of the things and smothered her with kisses.

She’s growing up so fast.

Chicken and brown rice lettuce wraps

It’s no surprise for anyone that I’m a bit of a healthy food seeker, so when I come across a recipe that’s healthy and promises to taste delicious, I’m game!

I originally found this recipe in my new cookbook, American Heart association Quick & Easy Meals.  But since I’m allergic to following directions, it turned out nothing like the original recipe, but super delicious.  The fact the my husband (who may be allergic to healthy food) ate at least 3 servings speaks for itself.

I thought for sure that he would end up staying as far away from brown rice as possible, but he actually scooped a hefty amount on each lettuce petal, covered it with the chicken mixture, and gobbled it up.

I loved the combination of the warm chicken and rice, coupled with the asian-inspired flavors, on top of the cold and crisp lettuce leaves.   The crunchy stuff on top is totally optional.

Chicken and brown rice lettuce wraps
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Healthy and delicious lettuce wraps topped with chicken and brown rice.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, finely diced
  • 3 medium green onions, sliced
  • 3 medium sized celery, thinly cut
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • Iceberg lettuce leaves
  • Chow main noodles (optional)
  1. Prepare the brown rice according to directions (1 cup of brown rice to 3 cups of water, cooked covered for 40 minutes).
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet, then add the chicken. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, tossing occasionally until the chicken is cooked.
  3. Add carrots, celery, onions, soy sauce, and vinegar. Cook on low for a couple more minutes.
  4. Cut the iceberg lettuce head in half and peal off the leaves. Rinse and pat dry.
  5. Serve by topping the lettuce leaves with brown rice, chicken mixture, and chow main.