Wednesday, March 25, 2009

4 months...

19.3 lbs.

27.5 in.

4 months today!

Totally worth it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

change of plan...

Sleep deprivation is a cruel, cruel thing.

My plan, when I found out we were expecting,
and after the morning sickness dissipated and I could regain
my normal thinking, was to be a "greener" mom.

I mean, I was already somewhat "green" to begin with...
I just wanted to be "greener".

So, it was only natural for me to research
and start buying cloth diapers.

Only to be hit with the reality of the cost of these suckers.
I was going to have to test them out before purchasing
the lot for baby Jude's diaper career.

Famous last words:
"I'll only use disposables for the first few months or so,
then I'll switch to cloth!"

ummm... yeah!

Then I discovered something...

Disposable diapers are different from what I remembered twelve years ago.

They're cloth like... soft!

Not as bulky as either.
They certainly fit in my purse better for a
quick errand away from the house...
and, if we do have an accident, I can just toss it!

In fact, today's disposable diapers ARE more earth friendly!

My husband likes the disposable diapers best!

My recent ad on Craigslist read:
"Sleep deprived mom decided not to go with cloth... I'm sticking with Pampers!"
"I barely have time to do my own laundry, let alone diapers too!"

I sold them to the first bidder!


Friday, March 20, 2009

lets eat cake...

Spring is HERE!
Spring is HERE!!

Lets all run out our front doors, breath in the
fresh air and do cart wheels in our fresh new grass...
that is, if you've got any yet!

In honor of this new season, where everything
is new again, lets eat cake!

In fact, lets eat some Vanilla Cake with,
are you ready for THIS?...
Key Lime Buttercream Frosting!

Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy... pass the fork right now!

If you're a fan of Key Lime Pie,
then you're gonna love this!

I couldn't stop licking my fingers on this one!

And the cake... I'm not gonna lie to ya.
Mine got a little too done... I think it's my oven or
my sleep deprivation (please note: I'll probably be blaming
all my mishaps on that for the next year... or twenty!)

Anyway, aside from a little well done, the cake is delicious.
Even the cake batter is to die for... not that I would know anything
about THAT. It's just something I heard. :)

You could totally make this cake for any occasion
and frost it with any flavor of frosting.

Now, go celebrate Spring and bake this cake NOW!

~Vanilla Cake~

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
3 cups CAKE flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk

~Beat sugar and butter at medium until creamy and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
~Add eggs, one at a time, beating until yellow disappears after each addition.
~Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.

~In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
~Add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and
ending with flour mixture.
~Beat at medium-low speed just until blended after each addition.
(Batter will be thick.) Use immediately.

~Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees in 2 greased and floured 9-inch round
cake pans for 30 to 35 minutes, checking with a wooden pick for doneness.

~Key Lime Buttercream Frosting~

1 cup butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (32-oz) pkg. powdered sugar
4 to 5 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. Key lime zest
3 Tbsp. Key lime juice.

~Beat first three ingredients at medium speed until creamy.
~Beat in Key lime zest.
~Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with milk and Key lime juice,
beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition.
~Beat in up to 2 Tbsp. additional milk for desired consistency.

Happy Spring...
and Happy Birthday to Amy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

happy st. patrick's day...

As I reminisce about where we were

and what we were doing

last year for St. Patty's Day...

Visiting some dear friends that live in a suburb of Chicago.

I can't help but reflect on how our lives are so very different now...
It's all good.

Hope everyone had a fabulous day...
I even got to enjoy some beer THIS year
and wasn't nominated as the designated driver!
Well, that's because we stayed HOME! :)


Thursday, March 12, 2009

roasted garlic...

What does one do with a bunch of garlic?

Grab your knife and chop off some heads!

Find an old pan and coat it with olive oil.

Drizzle olive oil over the garlic.
Salt and pepper too.

Pop in a 375 degree oven for about 30 to 40 minutes.

While the garlic is filling your house with a fabulous aroma,
take a few pictures of something you love.

Then use the freshly roasted garlic in your mash taters
or spread it on some bread with butter... mmmmmm

You're welcome!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

parmesan oven fried zucchini...

Hello friends...
I realized it's been almost two weeks since my last post.
I bet you were wondering where I got off to.
Well, no where in particular really... I wish that were the case.
Time just flies, or rather the days just sort of run into each other,
when you're severely sleep deprived.
Anyway, I've got a few posts up my sleeve...
lets ignore the laundry and hope baby Jude cooperates
long enough for me to share.
This here is what I call, Parmesan Oven Fried Zucchini...

If you have zucchini lovers in your house, then you, like me,
are always trying to find new ways to cook it up.

I came up with this last week... and it was delicious.

I also came across this dipping sauce and thought it would be fun.

And it was!

Parmesan Oven Fried Zucchini

2 to 3 zucchini, halved and cut into slices
1/4 c. olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 c. Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

~Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

~Mix together in a shallow dish the salt, breadcrumbs,
Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper.

~Coat the zucchini with the olive oil then with the breadcrumb mixture.

~Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Apricot Dipping Sauce

1/4 c. Apricot jelly or preserves
1 tablespoon water
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Dash Tabasco sauce

~Mix together all ingredients in a dipping bowl.


Be back soon... promise!