Monthly Archives: November 2010

Salt Dough Ornaments – Baby’s First Christmas

A few weeks ago I posted about how easy and economic it was to make salt dough ornaments to paint and give away as homemade Christmas ornaments. This is an ornament I made for one my nieces.  Hopefully it will be one of those ornaments that she treasures because she loves her wacky, crazy, foul-mouthed Auntie SO much.

 

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Beef and Bacon Meatloaf. Awesome..awesome.

 

Beef and Bacon Meatloaf, taken once again from Epicurious.com. And altered slightly. To Make It That Much More Awesome/Because I Didn’t Have Exact Ingredients. This was so delicious. Dustin loved it, and Lily even ate a few bites of  it. Tomorrow? World Domination.

ingredients 

1 12-ounce red onion, coarsely diced
3 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/4 pounds ground beef (10% fat)
1/2 cup ketchup, divided
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
7 slices thick-cut bacon, 5 coarsely chopped, 2 halved crosswise
4 slices white sandwich bread, torn into pieces – I had to settle for crackers again. Damn I need me some bread crumbs.
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F. Blend onion and garlic in processor until onion is finely chopped. Transfer to large bowl; add beef, 1/4 cup ketchup, and next 3 ingredients.

Add chopped bacon and bread to processor. Using on/off turns, blend until bread is chopped. Scrape mixture into bowl with beef. Add parsley; stir gently to blend well. Transfer mixture to 9x5x3-inch metal loaf pan. Arrange bacon-slice halves crosswise atop meat, spacing apart and tucking edges down sides of loaf. Spoon remaining ketchup between bacon slices. Bake meatloaf until cooked through and meat comes away from sides of pan, about 1 hour I BAKED MINE FOR 90 MINUTES, it was still pink at one hour…. Let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Slide spatula under 1 end of meatloaf. Tilt pan; slide loaf out onto platter. Slice and serve.

YUM.


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Book Review & Giveaway – Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton

Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton (With Sing-A-Long CD)
Published by Barefoot Books

I’m absolutely positive some little dude or gal out there is going to LOVE this book. Another book published by Barefoot Books, Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton is absolutely gorgeous. It’s full of nursery rhymes (which are tons of fun!) but then the illustrations are pictures of felt shapes sewn together to create amazing scenes and images with thick, lovely stitches – I love this kind of art, there’s something very nostalgic and cozy about this book!

Lily of course will look at a manual for a blender for an hour, so she really liked this book. She loved pointing out the animals she recognized on the pages, and asked “WHAT DAT!” of the animals she didn’t. She listened politely while I belted out the nursery rhymes but I don’t think she can yet appreciate the  notes I can hit.

WIN THIS BOOK. It’s free. It’s awesome. It’s Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton. To enter, just leave a comment here and tell me what your favourite nursery rhyme was as a kid. Or, if you can’t remember, tell me how to potty train my child.
Winner to be chosen by Random.Org on December 8 2010. 1 Entry per day!

***We didn’t take the sing-a-long CD out of the wrapper, so that when the winner receives it there is no damage from shipping. Please note WE (I) DID SING ALONG, just very poorly and off key.

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Trimming The Tree.

This was Lillienne’s first year “decorating” the tree – AKA putting all the ornaments in one pile at the bottom of the tree.

She likes to go up close to the shiny balls and check out her distorted face.

And point to all the “NO-MAN!” decorations on the tree. (She obviously means snowman. S’s are Silly!)

Same goes for the “NO-FLAKES!” decorations.

Each morning she demands “Christmas tree, on!”, which of course means turn on the Christmas tree lights.

She hasn’t yet figured out she can eat the candy canes – more for me.

Yes, I know it’s still pretty early to decorate a Christmas tree. But Lillienne was super cranky one night last week, and we needed a very big, dramatic, entertaining and a Never Been Done Adventure! so we could all keep our sanity and make it to bedtime. IT WAS MAGICAL, PEOPLE.

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Toilet Training 101

The approach we are taking with potty training is pretty slack. We purchased a potty (Which is the dumbest word) a couple of months ago, and she peed 2 drops in it once. Sometimes, we would try to get her to sit on the potty before her baths, but she never really wanted anything to do with it. I did not want to make a huge deal of it since she was still pretty young and we had plenty of time. I also did not feel like traumatizing her and possibly giving her a complex and making my daughter the next serial killer.
Lately, she has been wanting to go on the potty by herself. I will be changing her diapers and she will run half-naked to the can shouting “GO PEE!” And she will gladly sit on her little toilet. Always willing to sit, but nothing ever comes out. She doesnt want to sit there for longer than 2 minutes, no matter how many books I give her or song we try to sing, and the duct tape isn’t strong enough to hold her down anymore. Maybe like, I should, like, read like, a potty like training slash like parenting book, like.

She loves Daddy’s bike magazines.

 

UPDATE I wrote this post while she was napping. When I went into her room after she woken up, she was holding out her pants to me saying “Pants! pants!” I then realized she had also taken her diaper off, and peed on her pillow. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

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Chicken Parmesan with Pasta. Get out your Carb Lovin’ Sweatpants Again.

This is probably the most complex recipes I have attempted thus far.

A few years ago my mother compiled a family recipe book for all the girls in the family. (I know, she is totally sexist!)

This recipe was submitted by Holly, my cousin’s wife. I remember looking at it when I first got the recipe book and thinking “^((^%&@ Stars Batman, that’s alot of work!”

And it isn’t really. And it’s beyond amazing. Seriously. I could eat this every night. And it was the first time I ever made a really yummy homemade pasta sauce.

 

For the Tomato Sauce:

2 cans 798ml tomatoes
1 carrot
1/2 stalk celery
1/2 white onion
2 cloves garlic
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tsp. each oregano, basil, salt & pepper
1/2 red or green pepper
1 jalapeno (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil

Finely chop onion, and in medium-sized pot, saute in olive oil for 5 min until lightly browned. Puree all other ingredients other than the onion and olive oil in blender. Add pureed ingredients to onions in pot and boil over medium heat, adding 1/4 cup olive oil. Continue to boil 10-20 min over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce and cover, allowing to simmer.

Making the Chicken Parmesan:

Chicken breasts (as many as you want)
eggs (1 for every 2 chicken breasts)
flour (to coat)
fine or medium bread crumbs (I just used crushed soup crackers!)
fine grated parmesan (about  1 tsp  for every chicken breast)
oregano and basil (1/8 tsp for every chicken breast)
butter
tomato sauce (see above recipe)
grated mozzarella

On a cutting board, place chicken breast between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Using flat side of a meat tenderizer, gently beat each piece of chicken a bit being careful to keep it in one piece.
Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs in 3 separate bowls. Combine parmesan, oregano and basil with the bread crumb mixture.
Coat chicken breasts thoroughly in flour, then egg, then crumbs. Melt butter in pan on medium/low heat. Fry chicken in butter, adding more butter as necessary. 4 minutes each side (flipping twice) or until nicely browned with no pink remaining.
Preheat oven to 275F and place cooked chicken breasts in oven safe tray. Spoon tomato sauce over each breasts and top with grated cheese. Bake in oven until cheese is melted. Cook with your favourite pasts and serve with chicken on top of pasta with remaining tomato sauce.

 

 

I didn’t even get a photo of the plated result because I was too starving and excited to eat. But it looked delish and tasted 5437987654X better.

 

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Sunday

I had a wonderful Sunday.

We all slept in until 10:30, then I went and got Mocha’s and breakfast from Tim Horton’s.  The day was pretty much FABULOUS by that point already.

We lounged, played, and I got ready for a photo shoot I had at two.

After that, we took Lily for a ride in her little wooden sled my Mom bought her for Christmas last year. Last year, Lily hated it and would cry and fuss every time we attempted to take her out in it, although I think this is from what I call “The Michelin Man Effect”. This is where your baby has so much snow gear on that it’s impossible for them to bend any limbs or even at the torso- therefore, her sleigh rides were always spent nearly horizontal.

After the sleigh ride, played a bit more outside on the “snow slide” I made for Lily.

Then it was time for hot chocolate. I deemed Lily more than old enough for her first MUG of cocoa!

By the end she was practically gargling it like it was Scope mouthwash (Thanks for teaching her that, Daddy!) so we stripped her down, and of course, when the shirt comes off, it’s painting time.

After cleaning up from that wonderful idea, I made supper. Roasted garlic chicken breasts with potatoes, gravy and garlic bread. IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME.

After supper, picked up Grandma and went to the Enchanted Forest. Lily loved it, although I think it should be a walk through event instead of a drive through deal.

After all of that, we came home, gave Lily a bath, put her to bed, and then Dustin and I drank a case of beer and partied like it was 1999. Or that’s what I would have done if I wasn’t so exhausted.

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