One on One

Aug 21, 2014 by

me

Yesterday  I stayed home with Jake.  I was called to school the day before to pick him up early due to a fever, and he was just so blah and un-Jake like.  Sad, actually.  When it came time to make the call to keep him home for the day, his warm forehead did the talking.  A day at home nursing a sore throat and fever were on the agenda.

After we dropped Livvy off at daycare we stopped by my parent’s house for a little while.  It’s funny- Livvy will have been with us for a year next month, and having Jake all alone to myself for the day felt so strange! So different! And at times? Nice.  I can count on two hands the amount of times I’ve seen him over-react a little bit, act out, or just plain beg for attention from me when Livvy is around.  And who can blame him? A tiny baby really demands your attention like nothing I’ve ever seen.  Jake was used to being the top banana, and now here he is, trying to compete for Momma Time with his cute, needy, sweetly little sister.

Lunchbox Help!

Aug 14, 2014 by

Calling out an APB to my crafty, not so crafty, Pinteresty, recipe clipping Mommas out there!  I neeeeeed HELP!  Lunchbox help!  My daycare announced this week that they will no longer be providing breakfast, lunch, or snack.  (OMG NOOOOOOO!!)  That was my lifesaver!  My no brainer of the day!  And they always served the best hot lunches around!  Jake ate everything, and often asked for seconds, and Livvy has been sampling a bunch of new taste sensations like raisin bread, mixed veggies, chicken, and yogurt, with total success.

So to say that I’m sad about this is really putting it lightly.  *SIGH*

I don’t mean to sound uncreative here, but here’s what I’ve got for ideas:

Breakfast:

  • Pancakes- make a batch, freeze, and grab one, heat it, and eat it.
  • Mini bagels
  • Frozen waffles- toast and slap some peanut butter or cream cheese on it.

Cooking With Kids- Summer Three Bean Salad

Aug 7, 2014 by

jake2

One of my favorite things to do with my kids is get them excited about cooking.  Mixing, chopping, stirring, pouring, scooping, baking, and tasting.  My mother, my Nonni, and my Grandma all cooked and baked, and when they did, they loved sharing their talents with me.  I’ll never forget the time my mother had a cold, and was napping in her bedroom when I had the bright idea to bake chocolate chip cookies.  Without a recipe.  Recipes are key.  They remind us to add important ingredients, like, um SUGAR.  Whoops.  But, I will tell you that my Grandma ate that cookie up, and complemented me on my delicious baking skills. (BLESS HER HEART).

jake3

 

Pancake Mix Muffins

Jul 31, 2014 by

As Jake is getting older, I’m finding more and more ways to have him help me out in the kitchen.  I’ve always loved cooking and baking, and pre-kids, my oven had quite the workout.  Last weekend I had the chance to try out a new recipe with him, and WOAH was it a big hit!  And Mommas- it is super easy, and I’m willing to bet you already have every single ingredient in your kitchen at this very moment!  Enter, Pancake Mix Muffins!!  Jake helped out by stirring the batter and scooping a tablespoon of the mix into mini muffin tins.  While we waited the 15 minutes for them to bake in the oven, he got to stir the cinnamon and sugar used to toss the muffins in, fresh out of the oven.  It was a win win for all- I got to get my bake on, and he got to do his favorite thing- mixing up batter with a huge spoon.  Livvy even got in on the action, and couldn’t wait to get her four teeth into a little muffin.

I am that Mom.

Jul 24, 2014 by

In my younger days, the first sign of Spring was marked by my mailbox overflowing with invitations to my friends’ bridal showers.  I spent the better part of my Summer weekends attending beautiful showers at banquet halls, trendy restaurants, and well-maintained homes.  I would arrive at my seat to find a cute little favor- usually a sweet treat like a box of handmade truffles, a bag of jordan almonds, a cake pop, or a decorated sugar cookie.  I tucked it away in my bag to save for a snack later that night.  Some times I would notice another girl grabbing an extra off the cake table to take home- “For my kids!” she would say, sweetly.  Secretly? I would be thinking, “Is she nuts?! This delicious little ball of chocolate dipped cake pop heaven?  I’ll be devouring that myself while watching CSI reruns on the couch when I get home!!  For the kids?! Oh hell no!”

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