Sunday, June 27, 2010
One mom shared how she strikes up the "after school" conversation with her kids. Instead of just asking how was your day or how was school, she asks:
What is the best thing that happened to you today?
What is the worst thing that happened to you today?
What is the funniest thing that happened to you today?
What a great way to keep the lines of communication open! Aha moment -- specific questions require specific answers. As I make this a daily practice, I hope that the take-home message to my kids will be: I'm interested in your life, I want what is best for you, I won't judge you, I love you.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Laci - turned 3 in August. Energizer bunny. She is the perfect juxtaposition of tomboy and princess. Her favorite color is pink, loves dressing up, painting her fingernails, and is addicted to chapstick. She also loves exploring outdoors, playing catch, and rough and tumbling with Daddy and Jacob. Fiercely independent. Laci is a wonderful helper to Mommy, and a sweet sister to Jacob. Jason and I often joke that we could stock up the pantry and leave for a week...Laci would not only survive, but she would be able to take care of Jacob, too! Cntagiously happy. Laci has a smile for everyone, and brings joy to all she meets.
Jacob - 1 year old. All boy! He loves to rough and tumble, no matter how big his opponent! Tenderhearted. Jacob loves to snuggle, and is never too far from Mommy. He loves hanging out with Daddy, just bein' one of the boys. He and Laci are best buds! Content. His calm dimeanor and mild manners bring such a sweet spirit to our home.
Wow! Reading over these again, not much has changed in the last year.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
3 T. honey
1 1/2 T. rice wine vinegar
1/4 c. mayo
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. sesame oil
Blend all ingredients together in small bowl. Chill.
2/4 c. veg. oil (frying)
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. corn flake crumbs
1 tsp. salt
1.4 tsp. pepper
1 skinless chicken breast (I used 4 keeping the rest of the ingredients the same - and there was plenty!)
3 c. romaine lettuce, chopped
1 c. red cabbage, chopped
1 c. Napa cabbage, chopped
1/2 carrot, shredded
1 gr. onion, chopped
1 T. almonds, sliced
1/2 c. crispy chow mein noodles, optional
Preheat oven 350 degrees. In shallow bowl, beat egg and milk; mix well. In another shallow bowl, combine flour, corn flakes, salt and pepper. Cut chicken breast into strips, lengthwise. Dip each strip into egg mixture, then into flour mixture. Fry each chicken finger for about 5 minutes.
Prepare salad by tossing salad greens and carrots together. Sprinkle green onion on top of lettuce. Toast almonds in small skillet for 3-4 minutes; sprinkle over salad. Add chow mein noodles. Place chicken fingers on top of salad. Serve dressing on the side.
*I actually skipped breading and frying the chicken because I didn't have corn flakes. So, I sprinkled and rubbed in salt, pepper, & ginger on each side of the chicken breasts. Stuck them under the broiler for 7-8 minutes on each side. Ended up still really yummy without the calories of breading and frying. Although, if I had had corn flakes, I would have kept that step in because it's just so YUMMY!
My Mother-in-law made these next two recipes for us while she was up here. It is SO good!
1 stick butter, melted
1 onion, diced
1 1/2 c. rice
3 beef bouillon cubes
3 c. water
1 can mushrooms, sliced
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1-2 T. rosemary leaves*
garlic to taste
Melt butter and saute rice and onions. Add water, bouillon, mushrooms, rosemary, and garlic to mixture. Sprinkle in Parmesan. Mix & cover with lid. For white rice, cook 20 minutes. For brown rice, cook 40 minutes.
*Great tip she gave me: use a metal tea-steeper for the rosemary leaves. Leave it in while it bakes, and take it out when ready to serve. That way, you have all the flavory without having to bite into twigs.
1 c. bread crumbs, Italian seasoned
1/4 c. parsley leaves
1/4 c. parmesan cheese, canned
1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
In shallow dish, mix together the bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan, salt and pepper. Set aside.
1/3 c. butter
8-10 chicken breasts
Melt butter. Roll chicken in butter, then in bread crumb mixture. Place in casserole dish. Bake, uncovered, 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Cover; reduce heat 275 degrees and bake for 1 hour.
ENJOY! (I know I did!)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
At the close of the meeting, this little boy leaned over our bench and said quite timidly to Jason, hesitating between each word, "Can -- you -- tell -- Laci -- that" (pause)
Jason encouraged, "Yes?"
(quite emphatically) "she's BEAUTIFUL!"
Meanwhile, Laci walked around to his bench, grabbed his hand and said, "Come on, let's go!" And, off they went to primary, hand-in-hand!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Spencer and Hilary recently moved to UT. This is their 4-month-old baby girl, Blayke. She is a beauty!
The pictures just don't do her justice. And, no matter how many times I tried to turn his head, Cole insisted on giving us a profile at the last second.
Laci loves EVERY minute of being a big sister to a new baby!
So does Jacob.
Here we are at the Living Aquarium in Sandy. We went here when Jason's mom and sisters were here. It's been two weeks and I'm finally posting about their visit!