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 … [Read more...]

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   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins   Healthy and delicious lettuce wraps topped with chicken and brown rice. Author: Kat, adapted from American Heart Association Quick & Easy Meals Recipe type: Entree Serves: 4 Ingredients 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 … [Read more...]

Quarterly Top 5 Photos

I have a love/hate relationship with choosing a "favorite" photo to submit for any kind of photography link up. Love because I love looking back through my photos, remembering the moments and watching my little Peanut grow up picture by picture.  It also helps me see things in a new perspective - perspective that I took with photos, clarify or lack thereof with certain settings, interesting angles and edits.  I can look at them with a new eye and judge my photos a little, learning each time. Hate because I can't pick just 5! I'm going to change my mind at least 5 more times before I hit publish, I know it.  But here it goes...   I love my little nug's eye lashes.  Something that I always wanted to capture to remember them and to show her when she is a teenager. Another moment that I want to share with her when she's older - the messy eater stage!  I love the eyes in this photo, the pensive look. Our first vacation with the baby - not only was it amazing, but I'm so glad that I learned to use my camera in Manual mode before our first vacation so I could capture moments like these.  I love the reflection of the sun in this photo. Another beach photo - I love the way she points her little toes like a ballerina and I love the shadow on the sand. This one, although so simple, is one of my favorites.  It shows a candid moment - a daddy with his baby, playing with legos.  I love the angle of this shot and I love Peanut's curious … [Read more...]

An update on the sippy cup transition and other tidbits

1. First and foremost, I think it's only fair that we talk about the sippy cup thing. I've had a ton of things going through my head - we just do it, we wait, we take it one at a time, we take it all away at once. And here's where we are: we give Peanut a bottle in the morning and before bed and we give her a straw sippy cup during the day. The daytime sippy is a toss up in this household - some days she will give in, grab one and drink a couple of ounces before tossing it aside; other days she cries and screams and pushes it away. When she pushes it away, we leave it within reach but don't push it in case she decides to drink some. When she drinks some, we do a little (quiet) happy dance. A couple of weeks ago we stopped giving daycare any bottles, but we hear that Peanut just throws the sippy cup whenever they try to give it to her. The thing is that I don't know any adults that are still drinking out of baby bottles (don't go there...), so we're really not pushing it. When she's ready, she's ready. (Unless she's 15 months and still not ready...then we'll probably just take it away). 2.  My iPhone fell into the bath tub yesterday.  I was chasing the little one around (she decided to add a new step to our bedtime routine where she runs around naked, laughing her litle nakey tush off), so I stuck the phone in my sweat shirt pocket.  When I finally caught her, I didn't think twice before I bent over to put her in the bath.  Right around the time that her feet touched the … [Read more...]

Spinach, artichoke and ricotta cheese pizza

Before we get to the good stuff, let's talk about the fact that tonight while getting Peanut undressed for her bath, I dropped my iPhone in the tub. That's full of water. The end. Just kidding - I think it's going to be ok.  So far it seems to function the same way, except the speaker on it sounds very fuzzy.  I fished it out immediately, removed the cover, shook it dry, and put it in rice.  Per your feedback online, I'm leaving it there for a while.  :::Sigh::: Moving on.  To pizza. I actually made this a couple of weekends ago but haven't gotten around to posting it yet.  Making pizza is one of my favorite things, especially now that I've figured out the trick to the crust - buy the whole wheat kind at Stop n Shop, roll it out with your hands with the help of some flour, and then put it on a cookie sheet that has a light base of olive oil. The best thing about pizza is that you can be as creative as you want and it still comes out delicious (like the time I made pizza with broccoli and hot dogs).  I usually just buy the crust at the local grocery store and then use whatever is in the fridge and/or pantry. What do you like on your pizza? 3.0 from 1 reviews Spinach, artichoke and ricotta cheese pizza   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Spinach, artichoke and ricotta cheese whole wheat pizza - healthy and delicious. Author: Kat Recipe type: Entree Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 whole … [Read more...]