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Sunday, January 22, 2012

This week....January 22, 2012

This week we....


....finally got some snow...Helena is off for a sledding date with Blythe in a few moments.


And I....


....did play with the girls, both of them, and it was rich and lovely. 7 year-olds are so great at creating complex games full of silliness. 4+ month-olds can giggle at the simplest things, like eating mommy's nose. This will make every week's to do list


....finished a crocheted hat, meant as a Christmas gift, but it will be ready for Valentine's Day.


....picked up another crocheted hat I started last year, and hope to finish it over the next week...


....stood by and observed with joy tinged with bitter-sweetness as my biggest girl took some big steps toward independence. And I spelled for her many of the words used in her journal entries and knew that the day when her thoughts are no longer always an open book to me is coming, faster than I want it to.


....fully accepted how tired a mama juggling sleepless nights with full days can get, and spent most of a day in bed. And the world kept spinning....


....acknowledged that my expectations for what I can accomplish in a day have long been unrealistic, and even more so now.  Tried less, was frustrated less, and enjoyed more.


....was read to by my daughter as much as I read to her, wow!


How was your week?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Time for Play

This morning I woke up feeling blah-sy...
I woke up feeling reasonably rested, made some tea, turned on the computer, and looked at my sticky notes on the screen (I love these, by the way, so GREEN!). It looked something like this...


- Pay business card when xxx check arrives
- complete application for Lucy's health insurance
- Revise Vermont proposal
- Follow up on medical billing.....


you get the picture....I think I may need more vitamin D...I'm sure I need more fun....


Not that I don't enjoy my days, and I do my very best so savor the richness that is my life all the time with these sweet girls, this amazing husband, this wonderful family and group of friends....
But sometimes, a midst all of the to dos, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning, the driving to and fro, there just needs to be time to play. Really, there always should be, but I get bogged down, am the first child in my family, the responsible one, and so I forget. But I've been looking at my oldest daughter, the first in our small family, and thinking there is much I am teaching her by default....and I need to teach her to make room for play and those things that she loves, to prioritize them, even, or she might forget too.


So this morning, after looking at above list, I put these two on the top:


- Play HARD & LOUDLY with the kids!
- Get your crafty on this week! (which is grown up for play for me).


So here's to play time and wishing you time to play your heart out as well.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Couple of New Favorite Recipes....

I mentioned briefly on Sunday that I had made gluten free, dairy free brownies, but feel like the recipe deserves a  bit more attention...


DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
From Gluten Free Goddess, these brownies are really incredible, and I will be making them again, just because. My favorite brownies are the rich, fudgie kind, and these were exactly that. I used buckwheat flour in place of the rice flour because that was what we had on hand, and they were still great. The coconut oil adds a bit of coconut flavor, which I loved. I'll be making them this coming week for our friends who just had a new baby.....Papa happens to be gluten and dairy free, how convenient, will need to make a double batch :-)


ROASTED MUSHROOM AND GREEN BEAN FARRO SALAD
From Kevin, at Closet Cooking. I have to admit to never having eaten Farro before, and needing to look it up to even know what it was. It's a grain, apparently similar to barley, grown in Italy. I used Millet in place of the Farro in this recipe, once again, because I had it on hand. I don't imagine it was at all like Farro, but the salad was excellent anyway. I'll look for Farro and try it again that way. I think it would also be great with Quinoa. I don't think I had ever roasted green beans before, and they were lovely this way...will cook them that way again just to eat plain. Kevin's blog has a lot of really yummy recipes I'm looking forward to trying.


Happy weekend!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Two Types of Lasagna

This is our garden, put to bed for winter. Last year we tried "lasagna", or layered, no dig gardening, and although we didn't plant a lot, due to my pregnancy and the need to set up the garden space, I was thrilled with the results. At the end of fall, we covered it up with the leaves  that had fallen and it is waiting for spring. We also planted fall garlic, which we should be able to harvest in early summer. I've never done this before, so I'll let you know how it goes. I bought Romanian Garlic bulbs at Agway...large cloves with a medium flavor...



And this is the Lasagna I made, following Rosaria's recipe here. It was the best Lasagna I've made or eaten...and freezes really well. Rosaria's blog, Loving Real Food, has some wonderful, simple recipes, often with an Italian flair. Check it out.







Try the lasagna with some Razor's Edge Cabernet if you can find it. It was recommended by our local wine shop and it is some of the best wine we've tasted....many friends agree. We got the 2006 initially...now we can only get 2008, but it's also very good. From the McLaren Vale region in Australia.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

This week....January 8, 2012

This week....

I learned that my tiniest girl has ticklish ribs...

I taught my bigger girl to play Do-Re-Mi on the piano and smiled when she played it 4 times for our dinner guests later that day, and thought that she'll soon surpass my playing....

We also worked on blowing bubbles with bubble gum.....we're still working on that.....

I made gluten free brownies in honor of our gluten-free dinner guest Sandy....and they were amazing. I would eat these again.....

I breathed in and out and was calm and managed to get the necessary work done when Helena was home sick after two weeks vacation....marveling at the delicate balancing act that is my life, and that calm is always a better approach to all situations....

Took several long, sweet naps with Lucy, and we were both the better for them....

I stroked the chubby cheeks of my baby girl and the lean, silky cheeks of my bigger girl and was struck once more with how rich it all is, and how fast it all goes....

I began to ponder what needs to be child proofed in this how (oh so much!)...Lucy is a mover and will be getting around before I know it....

I wondered if winter, which in past years I've dreaded, will ever actually arrive this year....it was fifty degrees yesterday...

Drank the last bit of eggnog in my morning latte and said good bye to the holiday season....

Waited with so many other loving friends for AnneMarie and Rusty's little boy to arrive....thought he was coming Friday, but he'll  be here soon....and their lives will deepen in ways that can't imagine yet....

These were some of the many sweet moments of my week....if you're inspired to do so, post a comment or leave a link in the comments to some of yours.


My view of the world looks much like this....much of the time....these days...and it is good.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Some New Recipe Favorites...

Good morning! Good, restful sleep is such a beautiful thing!


Here are a couple of new to us recipes we've been loving that you may enjoy trying...


Baked Quinoa Patties, recommended by Lori, thank you! And found here. These are light, delicious, and filling. The seasoning is reminiscent of falafel, but they're lighter and legume free...important for me these days, since legumes seem to hurt Lucy's tender little tummy when I eat them...ahhh, but I really do miss them. I served them topped with yogurt, yum! I also used dried herbs...about 2 TBSP dried chives and 1 TBSP dried dill, in place of fresh.


Eastern European Vegetable Stew
From Moosewood, found here. Not sure what it is about this recipe, but all that root veggie goodness just really hits the spot. I've served it to my parent's and siblings a few times as well, and it's always a huge hit. Serve with some crusty bread and maybe some red wine?


Biscuit Topped Chicken and Root Veggie Stew
This is a bit more decadent, but another great root veggie recipe. Patrick and I both agreed that the biscuit to stew ratio was a bit heavy on the biscuits. Next time I'll double the stew portion or halve the biscuits. Find it here.


Happy Thursday and happy Eating!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Theme for the New Year...

I really want to make time to post more here in 2012, and I've determined that in order to do that, I need to accept a couple of things:


1) My posts need to be brief...my time, as the homeschooling, part time working, mother of a nearly 4 month old and a 7 year old, is broken up into pretty small bites.
2) My posts need to be pretty low-frills. Not a lot of time in those bites for adding the perfect photo or other "bling."


So, here's a stab a brevity...


2011 was an intense year, full of big challenges and bigger rewards. One thing, at 40, that I'm getting a handle on is this...


I have to work with what I have....and that requires acceptance. 


This, perhaps, doesn't sound like such and epiphany, but for me, the ability to truly understand and integrate this is just that. 


I have spent a lot of my life fighting was it (or was), sure that if I just pushed hard enough, I would get away from the unwanted place or state (wrong job, wrong body, wrong feelings...fill in the blanks). Come to find out, it doesn't really work that way, and even when it does, it's a hard way to live.


So my theme for this year...Work with What I Have


More on this later....


Thoughts, anyone?