Saturday, May 31, 2008

Pat Update

Pat is still in the hospital, but is doing a little better. They have gotten the heart problem fixed with medication, now they just have to work out the medication as she's on medication highs. Too much, too fast then too little, etc. She's been on a medication roller coaster. They are trying to work it out and figure out what the levels should be and how to get her there safely now.

Controversy?

Look what was on Yahoo! this morning:
We never thought scarves could be "controversial," but then again, we've never had our neckwear critiqued by millions of people. Rachael Ray wore a fringed scarf for a recent Dunkin Donuts ad, and a blogger pointed out that scarf was similar to "the type typically worn by Muslim extremists." Others voiced their opinions and pretty soon, Dunkin Donuts pulled the ad. The New York Times recaps this textbook example of the Web's massive influence.

I'm sorry, but complaining over a scarf? How stupid!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Quick Update

Ray's mother is in the hospital again. She's doing better now, but the doctor's are still working on figuring out her medication. That's about all to report from here - got to go try to get Adam to calm down.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Mom and Grandma leave tomorrow, but Grandma made cookies tonight. We were trying another new recipe and this one I think Ray will LOVE. Ray will be home tomorrow morning - he's been helping his father redo their deck. I will be making these cookies again!

Lemon Sandwich Cookies
Modified from Land o' Lakes container

Cookie
¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 egg
½ tsp lemon extract
1 2/3 cups flour
¼ tsp ground cloves (optional)
¼ tsp salt

Filling
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp lemon extract
1-2 tbsp milk

Combine butter, sugar, egg and lemon extract in large owl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speedy to low; add flour, cloves (if desired) and salt.

Divide dough in half, shape each half into 8-inch log. Wrap each in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours).

Heat oven to 350 F. Cut logs into ¼ inch slices with sharp knife. Place 1 inch apart unto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. [You can also sprinkle ½ the cookies with coarse sugar if you like…I don’t.]

Combine all filling ingredients in medium bowl; adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Beat on low speed until well mixed.

Spread about 1 tsp of filling onto bottom of each cookie [if you sugar, use the unsugared ones for this and the sugared ones for the top]. Top with remaining cookies.

Makes 30 sandwich cookies.

Some Interesting History Posts

This wrinkled bust of Caesar was found.

Last Week's Recipe Carnival

I never got last week's recipe carnival up, but here it is finally!

NASA Spacecraft Lands on Mars

A NASA spacecraft landed on Mars and is going to be digging down in the permafrost to look for the building blocks of life.

Talking to Greatie

Doesn't it look like he's talking to Greatie?

Let's Go On A Picnic!

This week's recipe carnival is about picnic ideas. I don't know about you, but is gorgeous here today and with tomorrow being Memorial Day (remember to take a moment to honor the fallen heroes as well all those currently serving), it is a great season to picnic! So get out your picnic basket and try out some of these great recipe ideas!

The Phoenix Blog recommends Texas-Style BBQ and World Famous Recipes also has a BBQ recipe - nothing like BBQ in the fresh air!

I personally recommend my Oriental Chicken Roll Ups for a great picnic lunch.

Nerd Family Food has a wonderful Poppy Seed Salad Dressing that doesn't need to refrigerated - just great for a picnic!

Laura has a great guacamole recipe that she got from her daughter.

Martha at Thrive! has some great fruit recipes to share.

Deb at Increase Metabolism and Live Healthy says that every picnic needs pickles and she tells us how to make our own!

As a great snack, Bill at Famous Recipes sent in Refrigerator Bran Muffins.

For dessert, Kathee at Recipes Recipe sent in Chocolate Almond Bars or you can take these great fried apples from Slow Cooker Recipes.

Our hard-working editor also shares some recipes from the book, Good Day for a Picnic by Jeremy Jackson.

Now for a few additional recipes:
  • Diabetic Recipes has a great Mushroom-Barley Stew you can make on a rainy day and picnic inside!
  • The Expatriate's Kitchen has great brunch ideas if you plan to stay home for this holiday weekend.
  • For something fun and different - Melanie shares how to make Greek Yogurt!
Enjoy this lovely long weekend as summer really takes off! Have a fun day - no matter what you do - with your loved ones.

You are what you eat

Father's homily today was about the Eucharist and that "you are what you eat." So that if you go to Communion regularly, you should reflect that - I just thought it was a great thought and wanted to share.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Adam's Book

Adam is getting better with grabbing things so we got this little book today with a handle and he's been holding it! Also eating it, but hey, he'll get it eventually!

Adam at the Library

I had to give tours at the First Ladies' Library today and so Mom and Grandma came with me and took the baby while I did it. This is Adam having lunch there first!

Adam with Great-Gramma Weber



Deck Construction

The supervisor...Adam checking out the work!
Adam and Dave working on the deck

Adam and Daddy

Adam checking out Daddy

Adam Playing Cards

Adam helping Grandma play cards!

Adam in Michigan

We went to Michigan yesterday for the day. Ray is up there helping his parents redo their deck and we just went up to visit for the day. We had a good visit, but got a flat tire on the way home on the Turnpike! Luckily Grandma had Triple A and they came out and fixed it as we had three women and a baby in the car at midnight! We also had roadside assistance stop and stay with us (put up cones, etc. by us on the side of the road) as well as a trooper before the Triple A guy showed up. Definitely made you feel like someone was watching out for you! The Triple A guy put the spare on and we got home (we were actually only like 20 miles from home at the time!). We were a little later than expected!
Adam and his Grandmas (two great-grandmas, two grandmas)
Adam in his walker in Pat's kitchen
Adam and Pat

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Picnic Ideas

I'm hosting the recipe carnival this week and the theme is picnic ideas. So if you have any, send them in. Here is my contribution - Oriental Chicken Roll Ups. This is a good recipe for picnics as it travels well (just wrap each one in cellophone to take on a picnic) and doesn't have any mayo in it.

Oriental Chicken Roll Ups
Modified from Paula Deen/Applebees

1 bag of romaine lettuce (or you can just buy romaine and go from there)
small onion, chopped
10 chicken nuggets (or you can use leftover chicken of any type)
1 (3 oz) pkg ramen noodles with seasoning pack
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
4 flour tortilla (burrito size)

Cook chicken nuggets according to package. Let them cool and then dice them (see why you could use leftover chicken here). Preheat the broiler. Clean lettuce and dice onions and place in large bowl. Toss in sesame seeds. Crumble noodles into a broiler pan broil for 1-2 minutes (watch it or it will burn). Cool and then add to bowl.

In a jar with a tight lid, combine oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and ginger with contents of seasoning pack. Cover the jar and shake well to blend the dressing. Pour the dressing over the salad and then toss to combine.

Place 1/4 of salad on one of the tortillas with 1/4 of the chicken. Roll up burrito style. Repeat with other three. Serve cold.

Serves 4.

Adam Hanging Out

Adam and Greatie
Adam and Mommy

Adam's Overalls

Grandma and Greatie brought the hat.

Camo Adam

Look at how this fits compared to the first time he wore it!

Grandpa's Look Alike

Adam in his little shirt like Grandpa Stannard - with the pocket in it!

Preppy Adam

Adam in his Ralph Lauren outfit that his cousins gave him (Stefanie and David).

Adam eating at Perkins

Adam's meal at Perkins!

Adam and his Bear

Adam is just now starting to get toys - grab for them and whatnot. This was him yesterday playing with his Bear.

Like my frame and picture?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

2:30 AM

It's 2:30 AM, Adam's asleep, so why am I writing? Well, I had just got to sleep when Adam woke me up (peed his diaper good and couldn't get back to sleep) and now I can't get back to sleep. Instead, I was just lying in bed worring about gas prices and inflation, so I decided I'd better get up and do something.....

Picture Frame

Our friend, Micki, sent us this picture frame for his baptismal picture. I was doing up picture frames today - we sent out pictures to Wal-Mart. We tend to forget sometimes that pictures come in forms other than digital!

Bath Time!

Grandma and Great gave Adam his bath last night. Grammy Weber already has had this dubious pleasure!


Adam out for a Walk

We made Grandma and Great walk with us yesterday. Grandma complained, but not Great!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Antipasto Squares

Auntie Sue made antipasto squares for Adam's baptism that were just wonderful! Kind of tastes like pizza and they work great as appetizers. Plus they are easy to make and almost anyone likes them.

Antipasto Squares
From Auntie Sue

2 pkgs crescent rolls
1/4 lb ham
1/4 lb provolone
1/4 Genoa salami
1/4 lb Swiss
1/4 lb pepperoni [the big stuff you buy from the deli]
2 large jars of roasted peppers - drained
3 eggs
3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/3 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a 9 by 13 pan. Press 1 pkg of crescent rolls in the bottom of the pan. Layer meats and cheese in order given. Place roasted peppers on top. Beat 3 eggs with grated cheese and pepper and pour over peppers. Reserve 3 tbsp to glaze top. Place 2nd package of crescent rolls over the peppers and brush with remaining egg mixture. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10-15 minutes more until brown. Let set 10-15 minutes. Eat hot or cold.

Corn Casserole

The new corn casserole recipe I was making for Mom and Grandma came out really well. It is simple and tastes nice - kind of sweet.

Corn Casserole
Modified Paula Deen

1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix
1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup butter, melted
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar [I just used enough to cover the top]

Preheat to 350.

In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.

Adam Update

Adam went to the doctor's today. He is now 16 lbs, 14 oz and 25.5 inches. He's a big boy!:) He had three more shots and another oral vaccine, poor baby. But he survived it. The doctor says we can start him on cereal next month (so at 5 months) and then if that goes well, slowly start veggies, then fruit. So by the time he comes to Alaska in June, he will be eating some real food. He's a good, healthy boy, though and doing really well.

Alaska Tulips

Grandma and Grandpa's Tulips are up in Wasilla!

Adam and his women


Adam and the Webers


Adam and his Auntie Sue


Family

Adam and us before his baptism

Adam and Grammy

Adam in his christening gown (his daddy's) with Grammy Weber

My fashion statement

Before the baptism, I wanted to feed Adam one last time, but was trying to save my dress...hence this fashion statement of Ray's t-shirt over my new dress.

Adam's Cake

Me making Adam's Cake for his baptism party. I made the same cake and frosting my mother always made for my birthdays.

My New Headboard

My father-in-law, Dave, and Ray put together my new heardboard in the master bedroom.

Four Generations


Adam's Cousins

Cousin Emily
Cousin Stefanie

Adam Today

Adam in his cute new shorts outfit with Great-Grandma today.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Adam's Walker

We got out the walker yesterday -Adam LOVES it!! In the kitchen (where there is lineleom), he can actually move himself, although only backwards right now! Notice the shoes - he wore shoes for the first time today.

The women trying to put it together - Dave had to finish it!

Daddy's Tie is just a little big....


Adams' New Sucker

Auntie Sue got Adam this new little sucker. You put fruit or something in it and they can suck the juice without choking and getting any big pieces. We just have ice in it right now as he is still all on formula - we'll be asking the doc about cereal tomorrow.

Adam, Pat and Adam

Adam with his Uncle Adam and his Grammy

Adam's Fancy Outfit

Adam's fancy outfit from today - isn't he cute?

Family picture


Adam's Baptism

Pictures from Adam's baptism today! He was a perfect little baby all through it!