Friday, December 30, 2011

resolutions report

at the beginning of 2011, i decided to keep my resolutions simple and within reach, so i chose a few things that would be easy to do but would make a big difference.  one was making the bed every day, not something e and i previously paid much attention to if no one was coming over.  i've been doing it, almost every day, and it makes such a difference every time i walk in our bedroom to see that at least one room in the house is under control.

and my other success, which i'm tentatively proud of, is giving up my nail biting and picking.  this has been an official and unofficial resolution for many years, but when i saw c chewing a finger one day, i knew i had to get serious.  it's been about a month that i've left them alone, but i'm not sure how long it'll take to undo this decades-long bad habit.

for this year, my goals are:

  • to make homemade pizza every week or two, until we perfect the recipe and method
  • to eat outside on our deck at least once a week
  • to actively pursue my creative interests.  i've already registered for a photoshop class, so that's a start.  and the photo above is from a photoshoot i drug the family on.
  • to increase my core strength.  with two scary back injuries since n was born, i've realized how important these muscles are.
now that i've made these public, i have to stick to them!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

holidays with kids

two months later, c still keeps saying 'trick or treating is over.'  i don't know when she'll realize christmas is over.  it is so much fun to celebrate with kids.  c loved the music, the lights, the advent calendar, the nativity, and of course, the presents.  my favorite part was when she discovered her 'playground'.

this girl could swing all day under this gorgeous sign made by her uncle.  in the back yard, she is one happy girl.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

first day of vacation

On Friday I finished another semester of teaching, so Saturday marked the first day of 5 weeks off!  We enjoyed a slow morning with a left-over-pizza picnic in the park, and the we bought our Christmas tree.  E, Cora, and I all got a good laugh when he pulled the car under the carport and we heard 'scrrrrape bump bump bump' and realized we had forgotten about the tree strapped to the roof of the car.  (Earl has to duck to go under the carport, so it's pretty low.)  Then we had to scrrrape back out so we could unload the tree!  It felt like a Griswold moment.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

a plea

Will you vote for C's room in the small kids, big color contest at ohdeedoh?

Thank you.:)

zucchini muffins

Overall, I have to say, C is a pretty good eater.  She loves lots of fruits, some veggies, eats the whole grain version of pasta, rice, and bread, and she has her favorite proteins.  But she's reluctant to try green vegetables, so I'm always trying to think of ways to get her to go beyond avocado.  One of the solutions I came up with is these zucchini muffins.  I make sure to put lots of the green skin in because that must be where the nutrients are, right?  To make it less dessert-like and OK as an everyday snack, I adjusted it from this recipe.  Here's my version:

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix dry:
1.5 c whole wheat flour
1/3 c cugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS wheat germ (optional)

Mix wet:
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c vegetable oil
1/4 c applesauce
1/4 c milk
1 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBS milled flax seed (optional)

Combine wet and dry ingredients.  Fold in 1 c grated zucchini (about one medium zucchini).  Bake mini muffins for 18 minutes, regular size for 20-25 minutes.  Makes 24 mini muffins + 6 regular.  Looking at this photo, though, I think I could have filled the cups more, making fewer muffins--they didn't rise much when baking.

The zucchini is still very visible after baking, so I don't feel like I'm being sneaky.  They're just that tasty that she doesn't seem to mind the green.  They freeze well, so I try to keep a bag of them on hand for snacks and school lunches.