Saturday, September 29, 2007
L is a picky eater but before you jump to conclusions about our eating rules, know that I don't fix her anything special for dinner just because I know she won't eat it. She gets what everyone else gets and has to take at least one bite of everything on her plate. She doesn't have to finish it but won't get any dessert if she doesn't and there are plenty of nights that K gets dessert and L does not.
I also was given a recipe for a side dish that K really liked and it goes great with just about anything. Take 1 can of corn (drained), 1 can of black beans (drained), and 1 can of diced tomatoes (can use Rotel if you want spicy). Mix them in a saucepan and heat through. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top. It was so easy and very tasty. You can also substitute the tomatoes with your favorite salsa and have a wonderful, sort-of-homemade, salsa. I wouldn't recommend heating it, though!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Yes, that's K wearing a robe and L wearing a princess dress...backwards.
In trying to see the beauty of every day life, I took a few pictures of things around my house. Now, I'm no photographer and I have no eye for light but I think they came out pretty well.
K colored on her hand with sidewalk chalk and water and put her handprints all over the wall by our garage door. I was about to get angry but realized that I had a real treasure in those prints.
K's tricycle in the yard next to our (overgrown) herb garden.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I wish I had more to talk about but I'm in survival mode this week, floating in a sea of dirty dishes, dirty clothes that need to be washed, clean clothes that need to be folded and put away, and general home maintenance. And what am I doing? Blogging. That's code for procrastinating. I'm very good at that. See? I've managed to get more sentences out because I don't want to clean. Ugh.
Enjoy the pictures!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I have zero pictures of the kids from this week. H is starting to sleep through the night with greater frequency and I'm lovin' it. The only problem is that he's very hungry throughout the rest of the day. I'm thinking it's time for some cereal or something other than a full liquid diet.
This week promises to be crazy, too, as S is going on his first work-related trip with his new job. Plus, I have agreed to help my mother-in-law with our church's Wednesday night meal. Add that to all the normal stuff we have to do and it's going to be one wild week!
Hopefully, I'll have time to take some pictures of the craziness.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Now, I consider myself a decent cook. I like to create things, to try new recipes, to please my family with food. Baking is really more my style while S likes to cook. We make a good team. And almost everything that he creates turns out wonderfully. Notice I said almost. Just ask him about the ricotta gnocchi. But this creamed corn was pretty gross. I ate it but I didn't want to save the leftovers. Fortunately, I still have lots of good corn left in the freezer to try a couple of other recipes. I'll let you know how they turn out. I have my eyes on a corn casserole recipe that looks pretty tasty.
So if anyone out there has a really good recipe for creamed corn, please share it with me. And I don't mean one you just found from allrecipes (which is where I found the recipe I used and it wasn't good). I mean a really good, been in the family for umpteen generations recipe. There's a good Southern word for ya. Umpteen. I love good Southern words. I remember the first time I used the word "tump" in front of S. He looked at me like I had two heads. It's a cross between "turnover" and "dump" and is usually in reference to accidentally knocking something over. It's a great Southern word.
That's it for now. I have some great football to watch today. It's September, after all!
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Among the many wonderful traits my father-in-law possesses is his need to find a deal. And it's not always the same thing. Often times, it's gasoline. He's always on the hunt for the cheapest gas. His most recent hunt is for the cheapest corn on the cob. This summer has not been a banner summer for corn. Or tomatoes for that matter. The ones I got from the local farmstand tasted just like the ones in the grocery store. I refuse to make a special stop for run-of-the-mill tomatoes. Anyway, back to the corn. Every time we see him, which is fairly often, he always mentions the price of corn. "It's $3 for 4! Can you believe it?!?" Okay, I'm exaggerating just a bit but it really has been more expensive this summer. And he has been on the hunt for decently priced corn. You'll just have to take my word for it.
So Sunday, after H's baptism, we all went back to their house for Sunday dinner as S and I wanted to have a little celebration in H's honor. As we're enjoying our lamb roast, homemade mac & cheese, homemade bread (thanks Gran!) and conversation, W (my father-in-law) mentioned that he had some corn for me. Wonderful! I'm thinking that's great since we haven't really had much of it over the summer. Conversation then turns to where he found it, how much it cost, etc. As we are leaving, he gets the bag of corn. I assumed that he meant he had, say, 4 ears for us. Not really. He had 12 ears for us. 12 ears?!? What am I supposed to do with all that corn on the cob? We are a family of five, one of whom is on a complete liquid diet, no solids allowed yet. Plus, there are two others who will eat maybe half of one cob at dinner.
Lest you think I'm wasteful, I figured out what to do with all that corn. I shucked every last piece of it and cut the kernels off to use in a myriad of ways. There's plenty to eat for dinner plus have some left to freeze for a later date. I found a recipe for homemade creamed corn (which is leaps and bounds better than the canned stuff) and corn casserole. I'll try the recipes and let you know how they turn out.
Oh, the best part is that I tried a new trick to get the corn off the cob. I heard somewhere, probably the Food Network, that to get the corn off the cob without making a huge mess you take a tube pan or an angel food cake pan and place the cob on the hole in the middle. Then cut the corn off with a knife and the kernels fall off into pan. It worked really well and creates another use for my tube pan. In the immortal words of Alton Brown, there's only room for one unitasker in the kitchen: the fire extinguisher.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
So, happy start of football season to you!