Sunday, October 31, 2010
Remember a few weeks ago when we had a raccoon bothering us on the roof above the family room?
We climbed up to the roof and removed the garden tool that he was dragging and playing with… this was his revenge:
He wreaked havoc on our yard. And chewed up a few balls. What a rotten raccoon.
It’s amazing to see how much damage this animal can cause in one night.
This means war, Mr. Raccoon.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 2 teaspoons sauce)
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1. Arrange fish in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Combine orange juice and next 9 ingredients (through garlic); pour over fish. Let stand 15 minutes.
2. Preheat broiler.
3. Sprinkle fish with paprika; broil 15 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Drizzle sauce over fish.
CALORIES 225 ; FAT 6.6g (sat 1.5g,mono 3.4g,poly 1.2g); CHOLESTEROL 85mg; CALCIUM 30mg; CARBOHYDRATE 7.5g; SODIUM 486mg; PROTEIN 34.8g; FIBER 0.4g; IRON 1.3mg
6 medium carrots, halved lengthwise, cut into 3x1/4-inch strips
3 medium onions, cut into 1-inch wedges
4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary, divided
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup honey
Heat oven to 425 F.
In large bowl, combine parsnips, carrots, onions and 2 teaspoons of the rosemary.
In small bowl, whisk together oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle over vegetables; toss. Place on 17x12-inch rimmed baking sheet.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until vegetables are lightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally. Drizzle with honey; stir gently. Bake an additional 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons rosemary.
- Cleaned my house. Lots of times. And watched it get messy again after about a few hours. Or a few minutes.
- Cooked a lot of meals. Cleaned up those meals. I have a few recipes to share tomorrow that were a hit.
- Played with my kids. One day last week, I purposely didn't schedule anything so we could just play at home without feeling rushed. It was hilarious playing duck duck goose with these sweet boys. Charlie and Eli liked being the geese rather than the ducks, so it was kind of a haphazard game, but so so funny. Hide and seek is hilarious too. Charlie does not know how to stay quiet when we're hiding together and Eli is looking for us. The anticipation gets him every time.
- Took a shower while Charlie unrolled the toilet paper a few feet away from me. This happened multiple days. I need to be smarter and put the toilet paper up high out of his reach. I thought we were past this stage, but apparently this has renewed appeal.
- Survived the crazy Midwest wind storm this week with 60 m.p.h. winds. Our 85-year-old windows were shaking so much that Charlie had a hard time napping with all of the noise.
- Refinanced for the second time on our house (we've lived here a little over two years now). The title company was nice enough to come to our house, but holy cow the woman was weird. Glad that is behind us and extra glad to have a lower interest rate.
- Tried to get organized for our upcoming anniversary trip to Mexico. Have I mentioned that our original flights were screwed up because the airline went bankrupt last month?? And Expedia never notified us? That company is not on my good list.
- Went to a photography workshop.
- Photographed five babies/families. Edited a lot of photos.
- Edited a friend's business school application essays.
- Saw the cows, horses, chickens, roosters at Wagner Farm with the boys.
- Took them on another day to the Morton Arboretum to see pretty fall colors. Pictures to come sometime soon.
- Got pulled over by the security guy at Morton Arboretum because I was driving 32 mph on one of the driving loops. Full story to come sometime soon. The security guy was ridiculous.
- Baked a cake with the kids I used to take care of when I was a nanny (this my gift to Caroline's for her 6th birthday). They were so cute. It's crazy to think it's been 3 1/2 years since I was there nannying and making treats with them.
- Got the flu vaccination for my kids and myself. Ben's in charge of himself :)
- Attended a local interfaith religious leaders meeting because I am STILL doing public affairs for our stake (three years+). I attended with my kids. Bad idea. Charlie wouldn't stop jabbering through the meeting and Eli drew all over his hand with red marker. Not our finest moment and I think the other people there, i.e., the rabbi, pastor, minister, etc. all thought I was a little nuts. And like the stereotypical Mormon young mom with little kids. Ahhhh.
- Attended our ward Halloween party. There were SO MANY children there. Our ward has so many kids. It is unbelievable to see them all when they are in one big room together. Pictures to come.
Friday, October 15, 2010
In case you've forgotten what the real song sounds like, here it is:
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Autumn time in the Midwest is so beautiful. We’ve had more unusually warm weather this week (in the high 70s) and we’ve gone on lots of walks, enjoying our pretty surroundings. We stopped at the golf course to look at the different kinds of leaves and run around a little. Last night we finalized our pumpkin carving templates for this year (a spider and a Mickey Mouse). Initially though, Eli told us he wanted, “A rabbit stuck in a tree and a firefighter rescuing him.” That would have been a complicated pumpkin to carve :)
Charlie is still so cuddly and is like a little koala, always wanting to be up in my warms, hanging on my hip. He is sweet and soft, but throws so many fierce tantrums. Including any time I try to buckle him into the booster seat at our kitchen table. He does NOT want to sit in that seat with the tray and a bib. It is a big fight. But he’s too short to sit in a regular chair, and Eli is often possessive of HIS chair. I usually strap him into the booster seat, then he starts screaming, and if there is any food on the tray, he’ll throw it. So now I know to wait to put any food on there until after the tantrum, which can last up to 10 minutes.
We may have to get Charlie his own chair like Eli’s so our mealtimes can be a little more peaceful (We bought Eli’s secondhand, but it’s an old version of this one from One Step Ahead and much cheaper than the awesome but pricey Tripp Trapp chair).
Eli was making bunny ears with some leaves that he found :)
Charlie was throwing a tantrum on the ground… he’s always very dramatic when he gets upset.
Charlie was mad because I stopped him from exploring the forest area after he picked up an old beer can that someone had tossed into the woods and put it up to his lips. It was empty, but still! I’m not letting him play with that.
Back on our walk in the stroller, the boys happily munched on their usual snack, apples.
We walked to the beach, where I unsuccessfully tried to get a shot of the two of them near the art center. Charlie was not in the mood for a group shot.
But cheered up when I let him wander around on his own.
We walked down to the beach and played at the water for about an hour. It was such a beautiful morning and we almost had the beach to ourselves. It’s crazy how every time we go, I think this will be our last great beach day. But then the weather surprises us and it’s yet another perfect day to spend at the beach.
Eli’s shorts were soaking wet after not too long. He loves running in the water!
Throwing sand is always fun too.
My friend Krista met up with us with her youngest little one, Anderson, who is 9 weeks old. Isn’t he so sweet? Her two older kids were back at home with her husband.
Charlie borrowed a pink bucket from some other kids on the beach and it was fun watching him fill it up with water and struggle to carry the heavy pail onto the sand.
Here’s Eli’s hand full of sand, ready to launch into the water -
Blowing bubbles (not drinking) in Lake Michigan -
Charlie’s shorts were wet and heavy, so I stripped those off and he was much more content there at the edge of the water.
A one more of sleeping Anders -
I am still kicking myself for not being done with the darn photo blog. It’s one of those things where I wait to work on it at night, then it takes a little time to get back into where I last left it, and then I’m interrupted or I have sessions to edit or things to do for church. BUT I plan on finishing it this week so I can post some samples of what I’ve been up to over the last few months!