Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Where’s Sammie???

I’m still here, just been super busy the past week.  Between babysitting, Christmas and Charlie having the last 6 days off, I have had quite a full schedule.  I thought that I would have time to say hello to you all in the evenings but that seems to have turned into our family gaming time. I can’t miss out on that, seriously – it’s a blast. 

Here are some pictures of my little sweet tart on Christmas. 

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D’s favorite gift was the Nintendo DSi from Santa.





He got more Star Wars stuff too. 




Our living room is now busting at the seams with so much stuff.  I’m excited to play with all the games that he got.  We’ve already played Sorry Sliders and Uno Flash – both are cool. 

So here is the deal. Posting with the D man around is really getting to be tough.  As I am typing away he is sitting next to me, begging me to put together his new Bionicle.  How did I ever post so many times during the day before???  He is on school vacation ALL week so looks like there will not be any break for mommy. Well daddy does have Friday off, WOO HOO!!!!  I will not be posting as much as I was in the past but I will still be around.  I think that the blog needs some changes.  Possibly something for the new year. I need to think on it and decide what direction I want to go in. 

Sorry this is so short but my attention is needed elsewhere before he flips his lid.  I hope you all had a great Christmas.  Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sitting for My Sis

My sis asked me to stay with her kiddos today while she has an appointment to attend.  D is thrilled that he gets to greet Rocco and Mackenzie off their school buses.  Rocco is in AM kindergarten and lunch is not served at school so I will be feeding him when he gets home. I will pack lunch for me and my sidekick to take with us, that way he and Rocco can eat their lunches together.  D is really looking forward to hanging with his best buddy today.

Breakfast this morning was a bowl of pumpkin oats which I sweetened with NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia.  I actually did taste a subtle hint of vanilla (the last time I used this I did not) and the liquid stevia is much less potent than the powder.  I really do think that I prefer the liquid stevia in my oats over the powdered variety.  Although, I do like the powder in my coffee. 




I cooked up 1/2 cup oats with water (cinnamon and stevia were added with the water). I mixed in 1 cup Libby’s pumpkin at the end and then topped it off with a banana and PB2. 




So good and so filling.  I really love my oats. 




Time to get my sweet tart dressed and pack up our stuff.  I would like to get some laundry going before we leave.  If I don’t do a load or 2 every day the piles start to take over the basement.  I hope you have a great day. 

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Secret Ingredient

The D man got me up super early on Sunday which usually would not be all that bad but this weekend I was rather ill and in need of extra zzzzz’s.  For some reason he had pancakes in mind for breakfast. I staggered into the kitchen and broke out my trusty America’s Test Kitchen binder of recipes. I can always count on ATK for a winner.

I’ve never been a fan of pancake mixes since whipping up batter from scratch takes no time at all.  I have made my fare share of pancakes but never have I made ones as fluffy as I did yesterday.  The secret ingredient – BUTTERMILK.  At least that is what America’s Test Kitchen says. 




D requested white and semi-sweet chocolate chip pancakes.  I was in no mood to argue so that is what he got.  I ended up with 7 decent size pancakes – we made extra so daddy could have some too.  Charlie is not really the biggest fan of pancakes but he admitted that these were the best ones he has ever had.  He kept commenting on how fluffy and light in texture they were.  He tends to find pancakes too dense for his liking and after just one never wants seconds. That was not the case with these babies.  He gobbled up 2 with a big smile on his face.



From now on, I am going to make sure that I use buttermilk when making pancakes.  It really does seem to make a big difference in the final product.


So we ended up with a whopper of a snow storm. I am pretty sure we got over a foot of the dreaded white stuff.  I was way to sick to go out and romp in it with D yesterday but he and daddy got all bundled up and had some wintery fun.  I am still feeling a little under the weather but not as bad as I was feeling yesterday.  Hopefully the germs are planning on heading out soon. 

I hope you guys had a great weekend. Let the countdown to Christmas begin – right?  I know D is super excited. 

Friday, December 18, 2009

Glazed Irish Tea Cake

The girls seemed to really enjoy themselves at the Girl Scout Christmas party last night.  My sister brought streamers for them to decorate the lodge with which ended up being a HUGE hit.  Picture 17 ten year olds running around with rolls of colored paper.  Streamers were hanging from the rafters like a giant spider web waiting to trap someone.  There were streamers everywhere by the end of the meeting.  There is just something heart warming watching them have so much fun.  We really have a great group – such little sweeties!!! 

They were supposed to bring a food that they made to share with everyone.  This would get them one step closer to earning a cooking patch.  Well most of them brought store bought goodies – oh well.  There was a TON of sweets which as you might guess added to the craziness of the festivities after they had consumed copious amounts.

My contribution was a Glazed Irish Tea Cake.   I know it looks like a quick bread but it really is a cake. 




I made a little change to the glaze that drizzles over the top.  The recipe says to use 2 tsp fresh lemon juice which I thought might be a little too tart for the girl’s palates.

Here is the glaze that I made:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp heavy cream to start, add more as needed

I mixed everything together to make the glaze but I ended up needing to add more heavy cream. I probably used closer to 2-3 tsp.  I was trying to get the glaze thin enough to pipe on using a small baggie with the end snipped off. 

I think the end result is pretty gorgeous. 



The girls mostly went for the cookies and brownies.  I did see one girl with my cake and she kept eating it so I guess she liked it.  The older crowd went for my cake and they raved about how good it is.  I was even asked to e-mail one of them the recipe.  My sis ate a piece even though she stopped eating cow’s dairy (she is a fan of goat milk) and she complimented my handy work a couple times.  She said that the texture was super soft and light.  I brought what was left home so that Charlie could sample it.  He was kind of bummed when I was leaving the house with it last night since the aroma from baking it was pretty darn amazing.  He said that it is kind of like a less dense pound cake. It is now on route to work with him so he can share it with his co-workers.  He said that it is too delicious not to share. 

If you need a holiday treat to bring along with you this season, give this cake a try.  I bet that it will be a hit.


Onto the happenings of my morning.  I was up and out the door at the usual hour of 5 AM.  It was so stinking cold out this morning (and it still is).  I really was not made for this weather. I need to be someplace where it is sunny and warm.  At the gym I did 30 minutes on the Elliptical, a 30 minute run, weights and ended with lots of foam rolling. 

Breakfast was a very blue bowl of oatmeal with a big dollop of pumpkin & PB2 in the center.  Instead of stirring the pumpkin into the mix during the cooking process, I placed it in the center of the bowl and scooped it as I ate.  It was fabulous and filling.




I am not sure what is on my agenda for the day.  I foresee some laundry and maybe a quick run to the grocery store.  We are supposed to get snow on Saturday night heading into Sunday morning so I should pick up a few necessities.  Actually, I have no idea if it is going to be a whopper or not. I should probably go check on the forecast. 

I hope you have a great day. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Trimmed the Tree (finally)


I am still here, just been busy hanging out with this goof ball. 




Even with a saucy face he is handsome.  My boy sure does love his pasta. 




It is a little tough to see but he gave himself a nice rug burn on the side of his eye horsing around in the kids room at the gym yesterday.  He was tough, no tears were shed but lots of Mommy kisses were needed.  I've go plenty of those for him. 




Last night we finally got around to decorating our itty Christmas tree.  It looks taller than it really is because it is on a riser (The Firms step to be exact). The star topper is WAY to big but we love our little tree. 




Yesterday when I picked D up from school he had a wrapped gift for me.  He did not want me to wait until Christmas to open it so I dug into it when we were finished hanging the ornaments on the tree.  He made me a paper plate & bowtie pasta wreath.  I LOVE IT!!!!  It is the perfect addition to the tree. Seriously, homemade gifts from D are my favorite.  This one is definitely a keeper for life.  





I even hang his first pair of bootees on the tree.  He was only 11 days old on his first Christmas so of course I had him all decked out in holiday garb. I even remember him wetting through the outfit (a one piece velour red & white stripe zip up number) and I had to resort to the backup clothes which were not as cute.  Oh those precious memories.





On a food note, I have been filling my belly with lots of yummy oats. 





And I tried eggs again.  They did not upset my belly so they are back on my menu.




Along with dairy- WOO HOO!!!  I have been having it in moderation and my skin & tummy are doing fine.  I am going to keep eating it and see what happens over the long run.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that it is a keeper. I do love mini whole wheat pita pizzas. They are fast to make but super yummy.  I always cook mine on a pizza stone and the “crust” gets very crispy.





Here is a really yummy combo – banana, sunflower seed butter and lettuce on a brown rice tortilla – sounds odd but oh so good.  I love crispy romaine lettuce.





There have been plenty of salads consumed too.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and a few shakes of dried basil – PERFECTO!!!! 





D finally convinced me to buy him marshmallows (the last thing this kid needs is more sugar but I am a softy - you all know that by now). Last night I dipped them in melted semi-sweet chocolate chips for him.  Clearly he hated it :) We don’t mess around when it comes to dessert at our homestead. 





Today I have a little baking to do. We are having a Christmas party with the Girl Scouts in our troop this evening.  We are trying to get the girls to think about culinary traditions in other countries.  I am making something from Ireland or at least an Irish recipe that I found online.  Seeing as I have never been to Ireland before, I kind of have to go with what someone else says is Irish.  Since there is Irish in the title of the recipe, I am going with it.  I will share the final product with you later. 

Now I must go get my little doobie dressed so we can venture out and pick up our holiday cards.  Yeah, I am a little behind this year.  At least they will be in the mail before Christmas. 

I hope you all are well.  Have a great day.

Monday, December 14, 2009

I have a 5 year old?!?!?!

I can not believe that D is 5 years old today. The past 5 years really did fly by.  I always give him a birthday doughnut so on my way home from the gym this morning I stopped at Dunkin Donuts. 

We sang Happy Birthday to him and then he devoured that thing in no time.




I can still remember the first time I saw his little face. I had never seen anything more beautiful in my life.  He was only 22 minutes old in this picture. 




I have been smitten with him ever since. 




Being D’s mommy is amazing and I can’t imagine my life without him.  He is really a fabulous kid.  

Onto the other happenings of my morning.  I did a 7 mile treadmill run this morning.  No way I would have been able to run outside – it was like an ice skating rink out there this morning.  We had rain yesterday that froze over night – lovely New England.  I also spent some time in the weight room before hitting the road. 

Breakfast was a big bowl of Blueberry Oat bran. 




Time to go see what the birthday boy is up to.  Daddy is working from the house today so he is super excited.  I hope you have a great Monday.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

We Know How to Party

Yesterday was D’s Karate party where he and a bunch of his friends gathered for some serious chaos.  ALL of them had a blast.  I am so glad that we chose to have such an interactive party. It really allowed the kiddos to be goofy and just be kids. 

My mom was not able to attend so therefore I took TONS of photos.  Sit back and enjoy the show.  This is for you Mimi.



It is hard to tell by the picture, the kids were trying to run under and not get tagged by a rope that the teacher was swinging in a loop.  Lots of giggles during this activity.


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Each kid got to break a board.  It was really cute to see the reaction on their faces when the board finally broke it two.  It was like “WOW, I did that”.  



After working up an appetite it was cupcake time.  The Star Wars toothpicks were a huge hit.




Time for gift opening.  He got lots of Star Wars themed gifts, books, Legos and a few games.


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They sat still long enough and needed to return to their craziness.  I bet all the kids slept good last night. 



D really did have a great time and kept telling us how much fun his party was. 


Now what have I been up to? 

Sorry that there are not any food pictures for you. I have just been eating the normal “Sammie” things.  Although, I had some Wallaby yogurt yesterday and a piece of Swiss cheese and there were no evil demons on my face when I woke up.  I might be in the clear to eat dairy on a regular basis again.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 

On a running note, I did a nice 9 mile run yesterday and a 10.2 mile run this morning.  I decided to sleep in a bit today – 7:30, whoop, whoop!!  You all know that is late for this mama - I am usually up at 4.  So I had breakfast and coffee before I left – not the smartest idea.  I was not even a mile into my run when my bladder felt VERY full.  I was able to hang on for about 4.5 miles and make a pit stop at the Police Station.  After that it was smooth sailing.  Next time, no coffee before I run.  One of the good things about running super early (by that I mean before 6 AM), I never have coffee that early and never have that problem.  Lesson learned. 

This evening we are heading to my in-law’s for family gathering for the D Man.  He’s going to be partying for 3 days. Tomorrow is his actual birthday and we are bringing popsicles to school for yet another small celebration. 

I hope you guys have been enjoying your weekend.