Saturday, January 30, 2010
But here is one we have violated many times (as evidenced by this blog) since he was like 6 months old!
"Keep your child away from tractors, lawn mowers and all0terrain vehicles. A child should never ride on a lawn mower, tractor, or an all-terrain vehicle, not even with an adult."
Yep, we do that....he's ridden everything and Uncle Billy even taught him how to START the 4-wheeler! He's also ridden in a backhoe, on a snowmachine...yes, this list could go on! I think the issue is that you have to SAFE about this, which we are. It's not like we let the kid drive himself around (which he'd love to do!).
Adam loves to help! As you can see he started out with Daddy's shovel and then moved to his own, but still had fun! He's addicted to snowballs right now as well. Adam doesn't care much for getting dressed - its boring to him, but he LOVES to help get dressed to outside! He tells you first "shoe," then "coat," then "hat," and finally "gloves." He even holds out his hands to help with the gloves! Today he even laid right now on top of his snowsuit - he wanted to go out!
Friday, January 29, 2010
We made Oven-Baked Herb-Crusted Chicken for the main dish. This one was very good and would make a great base for any chicken dish with the leftovers. I plan on using my leftovers (I didn't do the entire 12 breasts, but I still did more than I needed) for fried rice. Ray really enjoyed it and Adam ate some as well.
Modified from Robin Miller
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder [I didn't have onion powder, so I combined the onion powder and salt and used 4 tsp of onion salt]
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 (5-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Put all the spices in a large bowl and then dredge each breast in it, shaking off excess coating. [She used ziploc bags, but that seems like a waste to me...I can see why you'd want to in an industrial kitchen.]
Transfer chicken to baking sheet and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
Serves 4 with leftovers for other dishes. [she always provides these recipes, I'm just going with my own.]
This came with a parsley oil sauce for it, which we made (I have it fresh in my aerogarden), but it was pretty bland and useless - we really didn't use it so I didn't post it.
To go with this we made corn risotto in the crockpot. I've made risotto in the crockpot before and it is very easy. This was also very easy and there is nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't special. You can always impress your guests you made risotto and they don't have to know it came from the crockpot. This is also a "quick" recipe for the crock pot - only 2 hours, so can be thrown together at the last minute as an additional side. It would also be very pleasing to kids as it is very simple.
Modified from A Year of Slow Cooking
1 1/4 cup arborio rice
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
1/4 of a small onion, minced [she originally used onion powder, which I don't have...I just used real onions]
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth [and I just used bouillion cubes]
package of frozen corn (16 oz)
1 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, depending on taste [I just used the 1/4 and you could really taste it]
1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream [I used half and half]
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Put the tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of a crockpot, and swirl the rice and onions in it. Chop the garlic and add, along with the salt and cayenne pepper. Add the frozen corn and the broth. Stir well. Drop in a pat of butter. Cover and cook on high for about 2 hours, checking every 45 minutes or so. This is done when the liquid has absorbed and the rice is tender.
Unplug, and add the cream and parmesan cheese. Cover for 5 minutes, or until cheese melts completely.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
He finds eating the luggage from the airport funny!
Then Tuesday I wake up, excited because it has snowed and so have big outdoor plans for me and Adam and start get sick....and sicker...and sicker....and because the pain was all in my side and back, I was terrified it was Andrew. So I call the doctor, then Ray, who comes home and says it is the doctors NOW or the ER. So we went in to my OB and they decide I have a bladder infection (or kidney stones....oh, please just be the first one!). Andrew was fine, though, thank God! Andrew actually has been moving well during all of this, which is very reassuring. But I spent yesterday in major pain as the medicine started to kick in and Tylenol (which is pretty much all I can take) did very little to help. Being pregnant, of course, I can't take anything that actually WORKS. I finally got to sleep last night about 1-1:30 and then Adam was up at 4 AM, for no reason. So Ray went up, but that didn't work, so I got up and got in bed with him for awhile (as my side had finally quit hurting by this point) and got him back to sleep. He did sleep in this morning and I'm not in bad pain anymore, but still not doing well. I'm just exhausted, slightly nauseous (medicine, not eating well, etc.) and overall just slow. So Ray, who had to take some sick leave yesterday, is stuck skipping class tonight as I can't manage until 10 PM alone.
So hopefully our week gets better....doesn't seem like it can get much worse! (knock on wood)
Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
There was, of course, an airline on the list. My biggest gripe with the airlines currently is baggage costs. Just raise your blasted prices $15 instead of charging us at the gate! It is ANNOYING!! I have several gripes with this issue:
- It lengthens wait for check-in (as many people don't pay online like we do). It also leads to problems when things are done wrong, like what happened to my parents in Honolulu - they couldn't do their boarding passes themselves because of a luggage screw up and had to wait several hours for a person to arrive to help them.
- It encourages people to carry on more rather than less (I see more and more people hauling baggage as a carry on and then wondering why it won't fit in the overhead!). This lengthens the time it takes to get on and off the plane and people are still bringing on the weight they are trying to cut. CHECK YOUR BAGGAGE PEOPLE!!! It is one thing to carry on work you are going to do in the airport/airplane or things you need while travelling (and I admit with a two year old, for us that is a lot and we try anymore just to bring his stuff and then a book each!), but don't carry on your clothing for a ten day trip!
- It falsely advertises prices as you have to look at the ticket and then compare luggage prices to get an accurate picture (which they are trying to do - trick you).
We just used Continental for Hawaii. We usually use Northwest (who I HATE - they have absolutely NO customer service) simply because they are convenient for where we go. I really liked Continental (aside from that they charge for luggage - see points above - and they didn't have a relationship with our island hopping company so we had to lug bags in Honolulu which with a two year was a MAJOR pain). First, their stewardi were very friendly and helpful. Second, they actually still serve food and drinks (and NORMAL stuff you can eat!) as part of your ticket price. Third, they do all credit cards for extra services (like headphones, movies, etc.) so that you don't have to worry about correct change. Fourth, they actually run ON TIME!! So anyway, if you can, I actually recommend Continental for travel plans.
I'm trying to hit the times I know he pees - like right after nap. So I got out the potty chair and had him sit on after nap the other day, but he was not pleased with this. Anyway, so I let him get up and rediapered him and went off to do something. I came back a few minutes later and Adam had completely shut the potty chair (put down the pee guard and cover) to clearly say I'M DONE.
Adam really isn't behind in this issue, but everything THINKS he is because he's so tall - drives me nuts! He is NOT three! Wearing 3Ts does not make you a three-year old!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Well, off to convince Adam to fold clothes before tubber time.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I'm current watching the men's, but I do know who made the team and there were no surprises there: Jeremy Abbott, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir. Lyascek won the world's last year and Abbott has been performing really well. Weir is always a wild card, but is still a great skater. Women's and Ice Dancing still to come!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Our first stop was a beach a little past Kona.
Mom and Dad