Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast

We just finished our Thanksgiving Feast.  This year I found a wonderful article in Family Circle magazine that laid out an entire meal of recipes and included a time-line to follow.  I only had to make a few modifications to make it dairy free; and included some dairy add ons for those who wanted it.  It was a great meal for our small family.  There were foods that everyone found delicious, and it made the perfect quantity of food for tonight and leftover lunch tomorrow. 

So, here's what we had...

Roast Turkey Breast with gravy
Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Potatoes & Carrots
Herb Stuffing with Dates
Pomegranate Pear Salad with Blue Cheese crumbles  
Dinner Rolls
Almond Pear Tart with whipped cream 
Welch's Red Grape & White Grape sparkling juices

Happy Thanksgiving!

Got up this morning, enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee, watched the Macy's parade with my kids and did a little homeschool lesson on the history of Thanksgiving while making our Thanksgiving day craft.

Cate's first Thanksgiving!

Bella is thankful for: Mommy, Cate, God, Daddy, Jesus and William

William is thankful for:  fruit, friends, sisters, Jesus, Daddy and Mommy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cate & Vito

Cate and Vito are best friends.  They gravitate towards each other.  So lucky to have our children raised with pets from birth. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Black Bean & Lime Crusted Tilapia

This is one of those recipes where the ingredients are very specific and not something you'd most likely just have on hand, but adding the couple extras to your grocery list is sooooo worth it.  Honestly, this is the best fish I've ever made!!  And it makes me even more giddy that it's something I came up with on my own :) 

not my actual fish, but a good representation

4 4-oz tilapia filets
1 egg, beaten
2/3 bag of Beanfields salt n pepper Bean & Rice Chips
1-2 tsp. Persian Lime Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Place chips in gallon ziploc bag and crush into fine pieces.  Place beaten egg in shallow bowl/dish.  Dip each filet in egg and then place in ziploc and shake until coated.  Place a wire rack on a cookie sheet and coat with Pam.  Place fish on the wire rack.  Drizzle each filet with 1/4 - 1/3 tsp of the Persian Lime EVOO.  Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, or until fish is opaque and flakes easily. 

Serve with a chunky mild salsa of your choice, if desired.  For a complete meal, I served with a side of broccoli slaw salad tossed with a vinagrette made from the Persian Lime EVOO; and tortilla chips and salsa. 

You can buy these chips in the natural/organic section of your supermarket and the oil is available at specialty/gourmet food shops.  

11 Months

Cate turned 11 months old today.  She is now pulling herself up on furniture and has 3 teeth, with a 4th one to emerge any day now.  She says "uh-oh" and loves to dance and "sing" along to music.  She is super-smiley and happy and is showing a lot of determination and focus.  It is so much fun to see her personality develop.  I think she's gonna be a girl who knows what she wants and won't allow others to push or deter her from her goals. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Carving

Well after a few year hiatus, we carved pumpkins this year.  I let William pick out the pumpkins in the store and then each child got to pick a special non-scary Disney template to put on their pumpkin.  Oye, those templates may look easy, but it's a lot of work to transfer the design to the pumpkin and then carve it.  3 1/2 hours later, here's our results...    The kids gave up after 1 hour, which was just as we were finishing separating the seeds from the goop.

William chose the Toy Story alien as his design

Isabella chose Princess Elsa for her pumpkin

Friday, October 3, 2014

Catriana is 10 Months

wow, time is flying by soooo fast!!  I can't believe I almost have a 1 year old!  Where's my baby?!  This last month has brought on a flurry of growth.  Cate got her first tooth in, she learned to crawl, she now pushes herself up into sitting and down dog, she's starting to pull herself up on furniture.  We've gone from strictly pureed food to soft chunks of food; her favorites being whole grain bread, puffs, cooked lentils/beans, and soft bits of fruit and meat. We're still trying to master the use of a sippy cup, right now she'd just rather chew on the spout than drink from it.