Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I am using my mother's old Le Creuset dutch oven that she so kindly handed down to me at my request. If I wasn't using my dutch oven, I would be using my mother's hand-me-downed heavy bottomed big stock pot. If I didn't have a heavy bottomed stock pot, I would continue in whatever big pot I had handy.
I like it like that.
Heat up the olive oil in your pot in anticipation of the garlic and onions. How much olive oil did I use? I have no idea....I measure in splashes, dabs, and smidges. For some reason, I was concerned that I would forget to add the garlic (no squeezing the garlic in that little thing that makes your hands so smelly for this girl) so I just went ahead and stuck my 3 pieces of garlic into the cold olive oil. Remember, I'm not big on cooking rules.
At this point, Taylor decided to come into my kitchen and start a debate about Israel so I gave him the job of browning the onions and garlic. As you can see, he did a very good job.
As Taylor tended the stove, I got my beef broth ready. I really like this jar of "Better Than Boullion" that Taylor bought at Kroger. Me? I never would have paid $6 for beef boillion but it is MSG free, which I do like. Last time I made this soup I used vegetable broth in a box. Next time, I will probably use the frozen chicken stock in my freezer. But tonight, I will demonstrate to you the wonders of "Better Than Boullion."
Yes, I know what you are thinking
7 minutes of microwaving later, we have beef boullion. So, Laura, how much stock/boullion/broth did you use? Well, I used one big bowl of water and one big spoonful of "Better Than Boullion."
Add the beans.
Add your sweet potato or two and give your soup a good stir.
Bring to a nice rolling boil.
Add the lid and simmer until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.en
If you like, top off your bowl of black bean soup with a dollop of sour cream, a shake of cheese, and a few green onions. I did and I liked it!
Personally, this soup is entirely too watery for my taste. Will I eat it for supper? Yes. I am extremely hungry. But personally, I prefer a nice thick stew. However, the best thing about homemade soup is that it just gets better with time. By lunchtime tomorrow, this soup will have magically become a thick stew.
Mmmmmm. Oopy goopy goodness.
Friday, February 20, 2009
We will get results from the lead test next week....
Thursday, February 19, 2009
a. The "yes" to the question "Was your house built before 1960?" question led to a finger prick for lead in Henry's blood stream. For this I was glad -- I've been worried about lead poisoning since before I ever got pregnant....our house was built in 1949 and once the trim paint started to peel and crack, we sent a sample and a $30 check to the chemistry department at MSU. Our lead levels are above the federally mandated level. Now we wait for the lab results. I will keep you posted.
b. The finger prick went surpisingly well. No tears.
c. The aftermath of the fingerprick is where it got traumatic....Henry was immediately intrigued with the blue bandaid wrapped around his finger. As I studied his chart, like I always do when the nurse or doctor leaves the room, he went to work sucking that bandaid. Soon, he was eerily quiet.....not only had he sucked the bandaid off his finger, he was in the process of beginning to choke on that same bandaid. I swept the bandaid out of the back of his mouth, he gasped for air, and he was just fine. Thank you very much.
d. Yet, his finger still bleeds. Bleeds. Bleeds. Still bleeding after 10 minutes of applied pressure with a piece of gauze I found in a drawer. By the time the doctor gets into the room, I have decided he can just bleed on his hand-me-downed through several children outfit. By the way, he was still bleeding when I strapped him into his carseat for the ride home.
e. I get out my list of concerns to share with the doctor. She shares my concern for his full body rash and declares that this rash/dry skin is most likely the reason he is not sleeping well at night. She breaks the news that this rash is definitely uncomfortable and itchy. I am immediately devastated. He has had this skin issue for months now and I have done nothing more than apply aquaphor and insist that it doesn't bother him. Bad mother of the month.
f. All of my concerns (rash, coughing, wheezing, hoarse voice, sneezing) share the common thread of allergies. Why would I expect anything different from my child? He gets some sort of cream for the rash and medicine for the allergies. Hopefully it helps. It would be nice to sleep again at night.
g. I was told to expect his top two teeth any day now. His gums are very puffy and swollen.
Henry weighs 16lbs 12oz (50%). His head circumference is 44.5cm (75%).
Drumroll please....he only grew half an inch in the past 2 months....he is now 24.5in long, placing him in the 5th percentile!!! Looks like he will be a little bit like his daddy!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I decided Martha needed to rest without Henry's
This is the walking trail/playground/tennis court/ballfield/green space less than 5 minutes walking distance from Lizbeth's house. I tried go 'off road' to walk amongst the trees but Henry did not like all the bouncing and made his opinion known loud and clear, so I stayed on the sidewalk.
This boy loves strolling outside. and me. and all the attention I give him. and smiling at the camera. and exploring the straps on this new stroller. and this super cute outfit his Grandmama bought him.
Notice Henry's rapt attention to the left. A daddy was pushing his toddler in that swing. Not only was this man pushing his son's swing, he was also making a very loud business call on his bluetooth, totally ignoring the other other son sleeping in the stroller on the other side of the playground, and POOTING very loudly with absolutely no shame.........
By the time Mr. Pooter and family left the swings, I finally realized that Henry needed to lean forwards, not backwards, and he really started to enjoy himself.
Taylor: I bet Henry would love to have his new swing installed by the time we get back home this weekend. He is growing up fast!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
David is a proud papa--taking control of diaper duty.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
...I love playing with my stuffed monkey from Aunt Lizbeth...
...I am named after my grandfather and my great-great grandfather...
...I am cutting my first tooth at this very moment...although there is no visual indication of this tooth, my mama and daddy have felt it's sharpness on their fingers.....
...I went to my first birthday party and slept in the arms of a stranger for over an hour...
...my cousin, Martha, is due in 2 weeks... ____________________________________________________
...my mama bought me a cute new shirt from Make Mine Monogrammed....I would model it for all my adoring fans but it's still too big!
...our dog, Maggie, has a new home thanks to CARA and http://www.petfinder.com/...
...my mama and I are going to visit Grandmother and Granddaddy in Foley next weekend..,....even though I won't partake of the items in the picture below, my mama sure is excited about a shrimp po boy. She thinks the Stella Artois doesn't look so bad, either..... ____________________________________________________
...I now sleep unswaddled, wiggle and scoot all over my crib at night and prefer to sleep on my side...
....my daddy let me put up the star on top of the Christmas tree...
My mama has been a bad blogger of late, but she promises to do better...............