Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This casserole surprised me. Honestly, I chose it because of the name and the fact I could use my food processor to slice everything up. It's easy to make and can be a really healthy dinner if you use brown rice and lean turkey. There are a bunch of versions online but this one is from the book Hot dish heaven : classic casseroles from Midwest Kitchens by Ann L. Burckhardt. I found it while browsing the library shelves after story time. (btw, why is story time only 6 weeks long? As soon as the parents and babies start to recognize each other, it's over. Don't worry...the next session starts in January! Really, does it take that much work for the children's librarian to get together a 20 minute program for babies once a week? If it does, someone please tell me why!)
Back to the food. I prepared all the ingredients and brought out my round 2.5 quart casserole dish. I started the layers and decided there was was way too many fillings to stuff into this dish. The recipe calls for one 2 quart dish. I ended up using two round dishes - a 2.5 and a 1.5. Another option might be using an 8 1/2 x 11 glass dish. I am pretty happy though because now I have a casserole in the freezer for another night.
1 medium onion, chopped or sliced thin
2-3 medium potatoes, diced, grated or thin sliced
2 carrots, grated or thin sliced
1 lb regular or lean ground meat or turkey, raw, crumbled
1/3 c. uncooked white or brown rice
1-2 ribs celery, sliced
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper to taste
1 can tomato soup
1 c. water
Heat oven to 350 degrees. (325 for glass casserole)
Layer the vegetables, meat, rice and beans in the order given in a 2 quart casserole, seasoning each layer lightly with salt and pepper. Stir soup and water together and pour over the layered ingredients. Cover and bake for 1.5 hours. Use a fork to test vegetables for doneness.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Over the past week we have had some big milestones. Not only did William start eating solids he also got his first tooth! So far he's eaten rice cereal and pumpkin. You're supposed to wait four days before introducing a new food so that if the baby has an allergic reaction you'll know what it's from. Tommorow he gets to try something new...apples? bananas? avacado? It's so much fun watching him taste things for the first time. So far he's taken to it like a champ. Below are the frozen pumpkin cubes he's been eating.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
We went on vacation over Labor Day to Savannah, Georgia and stayed at probably the greatest, biggest beach house on Tybee Island. We have been planning this trip since before William was born and the anticipation was starting to get ridiculous.
The trip consisted of 5 couples from...Tampa, Charleston, St. Louis, Chicago & Cleveland. Each had a baby in the past 6 months and St. Louis also has a 2 year old. Add a Savannah couple and their 9 month and 2 year olds. That's a lot of babies!!!
We flew in Thursday night. We got our car, put the car seat in and drove to the Savannah couples' house and then downtown to check into the hotel. We hung out at the pool there and then went out to dinner. That first night it was only 3 couples. The Dads went to The Rail to re-live some SCAD days while the moms (and sleeping babies in strollers) sat in the hotel bar/lobby area and chatted.
The next day we got some food and drove around looking at the dads' old college apartments and talked about much the city has changed over the years. We then headed out to the beach house and picked our rooms. The rest of the weekend we swam in the pool, ate, drank, talked loud, floated on noodles and laughed a ton. That was pretty much it! We didn't even make it to the beach. All the babies were gorgeous and sweet and perfect. We are all such lucky parents.
Monday we stopped at River Street for some oysters and shrimp before we got on the plane home. It was a great trip and it was so wonderful to see our friends and their babies. It was a little sad to say goodbye but now we know we can still keep the vacation tradition alive - even with an army of kids! We will just need to rent a small town or something.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
1 pound ground beef
1 pound bacon, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
2 cans Bush's baked beans , 28 ounce/any flavor/undrained
16-ounce can lima beans , drained
16-ounce can butter beans , drained
16-ounce can kidney beans , drained and rinsed
16-ounce can black beans , drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup water
1 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons dry mustard
Cook's notes: The recipe calls for simmering in a crockpot and overnight refrigeration. If time is limited, skip the overnight step and simply serve hot the day it's prepared.
Brown the meat: In a large skillet, cook beef, bacon and onion until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Set aside.
Combine, simmer ingredients: In a large crockpot, combine all ingredients. Start on high until ingredients are hot, then reduce heat to low, and cook for 6-7 hours. Refrigerate overnight.
Reheat: When chilled, remove any fat from the surface. Reheat on low setting for 3-4 hours.
Presentation: Leftovers freeze nicely.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
During the last 3 months I have...
- changed many, many diapers
- ordered lots of take out
- read "A Walk in the Woods" by night light
- been spit, peed and pooped on
- stopped using an alarm clock
- realized that a trip to Target is now considered going "out"
- felt very lucky to be married to my husband (if you're reading this...I love you!)
- started wearing a glow in the dark watch
- wanted to pull all my hair out in the car
- rocked, swayed and bounced in all possible directions
- shed tears of frustration and joy
- lost 40 pounds and got back into my Luckys
- watched seasons 1-6 of Sex and the City (and the movie)
- used an entire bottle of Shout
- been amazed by our baby every single day
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Aren't you supposed to replace dry spices after 6 months? I feel like I need to pitch them all and start from scratch.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Film Fest update - films I have actually seen:
Return of the Cuyahoga
The Planet (I napped a bit during this one)
Gone with the Woman
And I will see American Teen on Sunday
Baby update - I am 37.5 wks today. My doctor said I could have this baby any day now. She actually thinks the sooner the better because he/she is getting BIGGER by the day :)
Friday, March 07, 2008
Since the film fest falls during Spring Break I have the entire week off! I will be volunteering for the FilmSlam program and then seeing as many movies as I can handle.
Tickets purchased so far...
Return of the Cuyahoga
One Bad Cat
The Pixar Story
Kidz in da Hood
Friday, February 29, 2008
We decided to both get our lunch from the same station so we wouldn't lose each other. The burger/grill station was our pick! All the burgers, meat and kabobs were in a cooler, like at the grocery store, and then made fresh to order. E was being healthy and ordered a rosemary chicken breast, baked potato and green beans. I (not being so healthy) ordered a cheeseburger and side of pesto pasta that had chunks of cheese tossed in. We also each had a chocolate chip cookie.
Really, everything in the place looked delicious. The longest line was at the soup/salad station so that's where I want to head to next time. There are booths and long tables for seating - we sat in the middle of a long table with a bunch of other people because it was quite busy by the time we got ourselves and our food together. You can also very easily get anything to go.
We really liked it and I'm sure will be back for lunch again soon!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday we went to WV. Kevin rode with us. Adam was sick so he stayed home. Mom was sick but went anyways and stayed in the room the whole time and was miserable. I felt really bad for her. Mamaw looked good. She was pretty quiet though. I guess she can't see really well anymore. I gave her a hug before we left and she said good luck with the baby. We drove home on Sunday and stopped to see this Big Bucket for an adventure. Then dad ran out of gas and we luckily saw them on the side of the road. Ian got to be the hero of the day :)
We got home and then went directly over Cec & Chris' for Addison's b-day party. It was fun. She was super cute. We stayed over till about 10 and watched some of the Oscars with them. We haven't just hung out with them for so long and it was nice to visit.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
My birthday party at Malley's .
Shower cake - yum!
Weekend away at Honey Run Inn (my Christmas present).