Saturday, February 28, 2009

Preparing for a Party

Tomorrow we are hosting a party to celebrate Aliah and I surviving at least 100 days of kindergarten together. To go with our theme, the girls baked cupcakes with Daddy, which will be arranged in a big "100." Aliah counted out 100 pennies.

Annabelle choose to count 100 rubber-bands, since her favorite obsession right now is fixing her hair. Aliah helped her make 10 piles of 10 rubber-bands:

Aliah picked out 10 items for her 100 trail mix and the girls made a couple of pre-party mixes. The put 10 pieces of 10 different foods in the mix:

Annabelle didn't want me to take her picture:

In other news, it snowed almost 4 inches today. Guess I shouldn't have packed up the snow suits yet. Violet got her shoes out and took them Daddy, saying, "shoe, outside, snow!" Here she is after she came inside. She didn't want me to take her picture either:

Daddy's "Special" Pocket

Aliah was helping me fold clothes downstairs today when she started yelling up to me: "Are these Daddy's panties? They have a pocket in them!" I was amused by this so I egged her on my asking her what he should put in his "pocket." She said he could keep his IPhone in there. I was laughing so I went to get the camera to take a picture. That was when I shot this:
"Here's Daddy's special pocket:"

"Hey, there is another hole in here!"

"I can put my whole hand through there!" (laughing hysterically)

Update: Check out these comments:

Pam Spicer said...
How does Ricky feel about having his skivies on a blog?
February 28, 2009 3:09 PM

Melissa said...
Does Ricky know about this??
March 1, 2009 8:45 AM

Christie said...
As long as this post is still up, it would be safe to assume Ricky hasn't seen it yet.
March 1, 2009 10:17 AM

robyn said...
THIS IS TOOOOOOO FUNNY......I cannot believe in all my years of dealing with young children I have never, ever heard of such a thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO much for sharing and brightening my snowy day :)
March 1, 2009 4:21 PM

Woodworker (Ricky) said...
Ricky lives with four girls, so he has accepted that his skivies will be blogged about:)
March 4, 2009 8:27 AM

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Gooey Caramel Apples

Grandma Susan brought the girls over a surprise today- caramel apples. So after supper Ricky and the girls had their treat. Yummy!

Don't you like Mr. Rick's tongue? Sticking it out a tad helps get sticky caramel off of toddler fingers.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Toddler Sabotage

This morning we started an art project. The girls were going to paint zebras. So we cut out the zebras and put up paper to protect the walls. We started taping the zebras on the walls when Violet came over to see what we were doing. She promptly ripped a leg off of each zebra. The big girls' anger quickly resolved when Violet mumbled "Sorry" in her cute baby way and toddled off. So I announced we wouldn't paint until Violet went down for a nap. In preparation, I poured the paint into the cups and set them on the counter until nap time.

Then while I was washing dishes, Violet comes over and tugs on my pants. When I finally look down, I realized she has gotten the cup of black paint off the counter (I forget how she can reach up there) and has gotten it all over herself, me, the kitchen cabinet, and the floor. "No, no" she says, already reprimanding herself.

"Who me, cause trouble?"

What's the first thing Violet did when she got up from her nap? She went over and admired her sister's painting with her hands and got herself covered in paint.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Baked Kale Chips

If you like crunchy salty food like I do, you might like baked kale chips. Really, I am serious, give it a try. You might be surprised. Kale is a superfood since it is chock full of nutrients. It is a low carb high protein vegetable. While researching kale, I also discovered that it contains 150 to 200 mg of calcium per serving. I am always looking for extra calcium since a common side effect for thyroid cancer patients is osteoporosis.

Here is the kale as you buy it. This is the curly variety that is known to be less bitter.

Pull of pieces, leaving the central stalk (see picture below). I usually make about as much as will fit in my large salad spinner.

Put the pieces on a baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. From here you can either toss with EVOO or spray the kale with cooking spray for a lower fat version. Season with your choice of seasoning. I have used kosher salt in the past. Today I used taco seasoning. Other times I have also sprinkled paremesan cheese.

Bake for about 15 minutes at 375, until edges are brown and kale is crispy when moved in pan.

Violet enjoying a kale chip. She always asks for more. The big girls finally got curious enough to try some after seeing us eat it several times. They like to dip them in ketchup.
UPDATE: This was featured on the This is Why You're Thin blog! Try this with sprinkling vinegar, Hidden Valley Ranch powder, and fresh dill before baking- delish!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Violet is 16 Months Old

My baby is now 16 months old. She is not much of a baby anymore, since she wants to try everything her sisters do. But she is quite attached to her Mommy and I still get lots of "hands on" time holding, snuggling, and kissing her, thank goodness. Here she is "jumping" off the couch like she saw her big sister doing.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Annabelle's Valentine Party

Today we celebrated Valentine's day with Ms. Deanna's class. This is the 3rd year the girls and I have had this pleasure since Aliah was in Ms. Deanna's preschool class for 2 years before Annabelle. Violet is in training for when she turns three and can join the class!
Circle time with Ms. Deanna- playing the which Valentine is different game:

Annabelle takes pride in fixing her own hair everyday now:

It never fails, give my kids a shiny plastic juice pouch and they will suck it dry in one big slurp:

Annabelle and Aliah's good friend Riley:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"P" is for Penguin

We are just wrapping up our lessons on the letter P and our penguin themed unit. I got the girls black helium balloons so that they could make their very own plump penguins. Aliah worked her magic with some construction paper and tape (her very favorite craft supply that I rarely let her use).
Here she is batting her penguin around:

Tilapia and Oven-Baked Brown Rice

Last night for dinner, I made broiled tilapia parmesan and oven-baked brown rice. I have been hearing about all of the health benefits of brown rice, but was never able to successfully make it until I found this recipe. Now it comes out perfect every time.

Makes 4 cups

1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 1/3 cups water
2 teaspoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Adjust the oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread rice in 8-inch square baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Bring water and butter or oil to boil in microwave; once boiling, immediately stir in salt and pour water over rice. Cover baking dish tightly with doubled layer of foil. Bake rice 1 hour, until tender.
3. Remove baking dish from oven and uncover. Fluff rice with dinner fork, then cover dish with clean kitchen towel; let rice stand 5 minutes. Uncover and let rice stand 5 minutes longer; serve immediately.

I have some shots of my tilapia parmesan as I am preparing it, but you can click the link to see the full recipe. Here are the tilapia fillets before I added the cheese mixture:

the cheese mixture (I substituted low fat mayo):

perfectly broiled and ready to be served:

This was a meal that was kid and husband approved!

A Day Outside!

Today was one of those days I was so glad I am a stay-at-home Mommy because I could be outside. We spend the morning at the park with friends and had a picnic lunch. Miss Violet is very independent on the playground equipment, she climbs up by herself and even goes down the slides by herself, including the tall twisty slide. Keeps me on my toes, that's for sure.

After nap we played in the driveway. When the big girls jumped on the tire swing, Violet decided it was time for her maiden voyage. Glad that tire swing seats three!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Anniversary Celebration

Yesterday I dropped the kids off at Grandma's and picked up Ricky at work to go celebrate our anniversary in Parkville. Our 13th anniversary was in January, but I was on my low-iodine-cancer-testing diet so we delayed our celebration until now. We had the run of the Bed and Breakfast and the nicest suite so it was great. Last night we splurged on a good bottle of wine and got takeout from a local Italian restaurant. This morning after our yummy and filling breakfast we hiked some nature trails just across the street from our bed and breakfast. We had originally planned to go to the Metropolitan Lawn and Garden Show, but we couldn't justify being inside when it was 70 degrees outside. It was a relaxing and romantic 24 hours away.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Something Up My Sleeve

This afternoon I made the girls one of their favorite snacks- a yogurt smoothie. This has all kinds of ingredients that I can feel good about. Plus one that I feel extra good about. In addition to the frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, and mango) I also toss in some frozen spinach. They never know the difference. Yes, if you look really closely, you can see little tiny green specs, but the dark purple specs from the blueberries makes it hard to detect.

Some of the ingredients pictured: organic whole milk plain yogurt (all 3 of my girls can use the extra fat), organic vanilla flavored soy milk, and wheat germ. Other ingredients: orange juice, honey, frozen strawberries, blueberries, mango, and spinach.

Here is a video of Violet chugging her smoothie and slamming her cup on the table like it is a big mug of beer. Sorry it is sideways- I didn't have the time to edit it tonight.