Monday, February 6, 2012

Superbowl munchies

We had our parents (some of them) over for the Superbowl yesterday.  I decided to make homemade sweet and sour meatballs - super yum.  And these:  (remember I'm a sweets junkie)

They were truly heavenly and super easy to make.  Here's the link to the recipe:

I'll definitely be making these on a regular basis.

New Year! New You!

In an attempt to follow through on my New Year's Resolutions (aka NYR's) I'm making an attempt to start posting on my blog again. 

First, I usually don't make NYR's, but for some reason I did this year.

Two, I think my NYR's are pretty attainable, hence the reason I made them.

And three, well there's no three.  I've just been reading many other blogs lately and they have all motivated me to document our life again.

One of my NYR's is to provide more wholesome meals for my family - more meals made from whole foods and from scratch as much as possible.  Although anyone who knows me knows how much I love sweets so I've got to include those too.  I'm a bit of a novice foodie and love to try new recipes as well so why not make my meals more healthy too, right?

The other night I made a fantastic-ly good, and easy recipe I found on my Whole Foods app.  Even my kids liked it.  Can't say they loved it, like I did, but they did eat some of their veggies - double plus.  Of course in typical fashion I do not have a picture of this dish.  Maybe some day I'll post pictures of my dishes to this blog.

Asparagus and Portobello Farfalle

Serves 4

This pasta dish is light, yet satisfying. The liquid from the cooked portobello mushrooms adds a rich flavor to the pasta and goes well with the crisp spring asparagus.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups sliced portobello mushrooms

1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth

3/4 pound (dry) farfalle (bowtie) pasta

1 bunch asparagus

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt

Ground black pepper

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts


Heat olive oil in a saute pan and cook garlic and sliced mushrooms over medium-low heat until mushrooms are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Trim asparagus, cutting off the woody stems and steam just until tender. Drain and cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces. Toss hot drained pasta with the mushrooms, asparagus, goat cheese and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.

Give it a try.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A day in the life of Curren the Terrible!

This post is dedicated to all things Curren,  little devil child.  (But one only a mother could love!)  He's in the throws of the terrible twos!  UGH, Double UGH and Screaming UGH!

Yesterday morning, I got him out of bed and dressed then told him to head downstairs to play with his brothers while I changed into my workout clothes.  I found him standing by our fireplace with a large bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal.  He had pulled the cereal out of the pantry, carried the box along with the step stool over to the cabinet where his bowls are stored.  (Thank heavens he can't reach the milk!)

About a half hour after breakfast I found him with a granola bar.  He once again got into our pantry grabbed a granola bar and grabbed some child scissors from the "craft" cabinet and opened the packaging.

Note to self:  Must buy lock for pantry door.

Later that morning we headed to Kohl's so I could buy Aidan some new church shoes.  We walked in and I proceeded to grab one of their shopping carts that have the child seat attached, but the first one I grabbed happened to have two seats.  Since neither Kellen or Aidan need to sit in one of the seats I started to grab a single cart.  However, Curren had other plans and wanted Kellen to sit in the two-seater with him and when I said no he started SCREAMING at the top of his lungs.

Like a good conscientious mother that I am grabbed him kicking and screaming and walked out of the store until he calmed down.  A few minutes later we headed back in the store and I decided to let him run around the store like a wild banshee.

It's now getting close to lunchtime and I still need to go grocery shopping so I decided to take the kids to Chick-fil-a for lunch.  They happened to have balloons for the kids and of course Curren is more concerned with where his balloon is stored for safety than eating lunch.  And then once I finally get him eating he remembers there is a child's play section and jumps down from his chair and walks over to the entrance of the playroom.  Thankfully Kellen was about done with lunch and took Curren in there with him.

Being the kind mom that I am, I let them play in the playroom for a little while, but Curren for the first time has figured out how to actually climb the climbing contraption that they have and is now at the top of the play structure refusing to come down and is of course afraid of the slide.  Thank heavens for older brothers because Aidan climbed to the top and pulled Curren down from the structure.  While I'm at the bottom bribing him with ice cream.  (I was not planning on buying them ice cream, but now must because I'm an honest mom as well.)

We now finally head over to the grocery store where Curren loves to ride in those obnoxiously HUGE kid-friendly shopping carts.  However, like a typical obnoxious 2 year old wants to get out of the cart halfway through my shopping and insists on helping me pull the cart.  I'm thankful for his help, but I proceed to practically run him over several times.  At least there was no screaming involved.

Later, after naptime we go outside to play with our neighborhood friends.  He really loves playing with the boys his age, but like a typical 2 year old doesn't enjoy sharing and always wants what his friends are playing with.  We have a few screaming fits that afternoon as well.

That evening I gave Curren and Kellen a bath.  While I changed into my pj's Curren decided to dump water out of the tub.  Fun times!

We had donuts for our FHE treat.  It was a 2 donut night for me.
Love the kid, but the terrible twos, threes and fours are not my fav!

Leprechauns have foiled us again!

Well we tried, but the leprechauns escaped their trap and wreaked havoc on our house.

The leprechaun trap Aidan made.  (Kellen made the rainbow.)  It was a great trap, but those leprechauns are pretty slick and got away.  They even took the coins we put in the trap to entice them.

It looks like Chula got in a tousle with one of the leprechauns.  They also overturned our couch pillows and scattered paper and placemats all over the downstairs great room.

We'll get them next year!

Green belt

A couple of weeks ago Aidan tested for his green belt in martial arts.  He was really excited and also a little nervous to test, but he did great and was presented with his green belt at the following class.

Way to go Aidan!!!

We're your Backyardigans!

Yep, that's right the older boys love the Backyardigans almost as much as little Curren.  And I have a picture to prove it!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cabo San Lucas...yes again!

Last week we took the kids (and my mom and step-dad) back to Cabo San Lucas, MX.  We just love it there and since we finally broke down and bought a timeshare there we thought we'd escape the cold temps and snow for a little while.  Plus, with purchasing the timeshare we also received some bonus points so it allowed us to stay in one of their penthouse rooms.  It was HUGE with great views of the ocean and pool.

The kids had a blast playing in the pool as well as the beach.  It was Curren's first time at the beach as well as playing in "real" sand and he couldn't get enough of it.  The water...not so much.

Most of the time was spent at our resort, but we did take everyone out to some great local taquerias, down in to Cabo San Lucas (we now stay just north in San Jose del Cabo) to Pedregal to see some whales on the Pacific side as well as a local beach Chilleno where we usually go snorkeling.

It was a great trip!  Nice and relaxing and a good amount of time for the kids.  By Friday (the day we left) they were ready to head home to their normal surroundings.  We did have a snafu with our flight, which could've been least from a mom perscpective, but thankfully turned out well.  As the flight was taxiing on the runway the pilot told us they were having problems with their electrical system.  Of course Curren was napping at that time and I was hoping he's sleep a good portion of the flight.  (It's only 3 hours.)  To make a long story short, we sat on the tarmac for 3 hours while they tried to fix the problem and ended up taking off from MX when we were supposed to land in Denver.  UGH!  But the kids were troopers and behaved well.  Thankfully it wasn't a full flight so it was easy for them to get up and move around.  The pilot made up some time, thankfully and we got to Denver in 2 1/2 hours.

Can't wait to go back again!  It's nice going to a place we love and a place we're familiar with too.  It's easy for us to navigate through town and we know some great, but inexpensive places to eat.  Plus it doesn't hurt that Rick's BFF lives down there with his family too.