Thursday, August 26, 2010

A House Isn’t a Home Without a Dog

 Hannah’s Papa and Demi (that’s what she calls her Grandma) surprised her with a new little house this week.

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When we go outside to play in it, she always asks for her apron and oven mitt.  She loves to dress the part. 
She told me that she needed to clean her house.
(I have absolutely no idea where she gets that.)

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Even Louie, our English Sheepdog wanted to get in on the action.  He thought it was a new dog house. 
Sorry, Lou. 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stuff It! Easy, Healthy Zucchini

A friend of mine gave me this zucchini from her garden.

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It’s huge.  It’s monstrous.  I’ve got big plans for it. 

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The beauty of this recipe is that you can be creative and flexible with your ingredients.  You really can’t mess it up.  You can even sneak in a few extra veggies…
This morning I told Shawn that tonight’s dinner included zucchini and he said, “Oh! Are you gonna fry it?”  Not exactly, honey.

What I used:
1 zucchini
1 lb. ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Approx. 1 tbsp each of basil and oregano
Approx. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 can of diced tomatoes (I prefer fresh, but this was all I had)
Approx. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Combine turkey, onion, garlic, basil and oregano and cook over medium heat until meat is almost browned.

I cut the humungous zucchini in half and set one piece aside.  I cut the other piece in half long ways and scooped the center out with an ice cream scoop.  A melon baller works great for this also.

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Next I cut out more of the “meat” of the zucchini and chopped it into small bite sized pieces.

When turkey is almost browned, transfer it to a bowl and add the remaining pieces of zucchini, bread crumbs, parm cheese and tomatoes.  Mix well.  I added some more bread crumbs to make it a bit thicker. 

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Place your zucchini into a baking dish and fill it with the mixture.

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The most important part of this recipe is to put about 1 inch of water into the bottom of the dish.  This will allow the zucchini to steam and get soft, but not mushy.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. 

Sprinkle with parm cheese, serve and enjoy!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Girls Day!

I am married to The International Man of Mystery. 
No, not this one.
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In the last two weeks, my husband has been to Switzerland, then on to Russia, back to Switzerland and is finally headed stateside as I type.  Ya know what that means? 

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 There’s nothing better than getting surprises from Daddy when he is traveling.  He sent us this super beautiful bouquet that arrived while we were still in our jammies.  I put them up on the counter and when Hannah saw them, her reaction was priceless.

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After we calmed down from the excitement of the flowers, my little baker iced some cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  She insisted on wearing her chef hat for the occasion.

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Normally I am up, showered and dressed before Hannah wakes up, but on this particular day I got moving a little late.  So after we ate, I brought her into the bathroom with a few books and her bath toys while I showered.  It cracked me up when she started putting bath toys in the shower with me, telling me, “Here’s some toys for you, Mama.  You play with these.  I’m sharing my toys with you.”  I love the moments when I catch her in action, demonstrating the lessons that I’ve worked so hard at intentionally teaching and modeling.

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So, what else did we do while Mr. International was away?

I finished up this little dress for a friend’s baby shower gift.

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I started a “Big Sister” shirt for another friend who is due with her second baby this month.  Hannah created some art that was all kinds of fabulous!

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Later in the week, we headed off to a park a few towns away for some fun.

We rode on a Ferris Wheel.

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Hannah flew her first airplane. 

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And we rode on the Carousel.  One of the best moments of the evening was riding with my grandma, Hannah’s Gigi.  The three of us giggled the entire ride.  Unfortunately, my camera was misbehaving so we didn’t get a good picture of all of us.

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And now, 2 weeks worth of girls days are coming to an end. 
So, welcome home, Mr. International Man of Mystery.  We couldn’t be happier to be back to our party of 3.

 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This Place is a Zoo

One of the things on our to-do list this summer was to go to the zoo.  We did better than that, we went to two zoos!

We pretended to be penguins…

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Fed baby goats…

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Crossed a wobbly bridge made of rope…

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And checked out tiny critters in a cave.

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Hannah rode a pony for the first time.  She was all smiles.  She said, “Somebody get me a cowboy hat!” 

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We also rode a train.  After only a few minutes, Hannah said, “I’m ready to get off this ol’ train.”

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One of Hannah’s favorites – turtles!

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She’s also a big fan of the elephants.  This one was a wee babe whose tusks are just starting to grow in.

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We watched the tigers lounge in their pool.

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And rode a carousel. 

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our New BFF

 

When you have hair like this:

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You need a BFF like this:

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Thanks, Aunt Chris!