Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Sucky Advice

Well, I did it.  I finally convinced my 2 year old daughter that her sucky is lost forever.  And honestly it is lost.  All 5 of them are lost and I refuse to buy more.  She is surprisingly fine with it.  Except when she is mad at me, of course.  When my daughter was born, she came out screaming, and didn't stop till about 10 months old.  During my last night at the hospital, I had asked the nurse to take her from my room so that I could get a solid 2-3 hours of sleep, since she would not settle.  The nurse was kind enough to take her for about 6 hours and woke me up in the morning with a very content baby, sucking on a disposable nipple stuffed with tissue.  Apparently they had run out of actual soothers, and out of desperation, made one.  Thus started the days of the "sucky".

Don't get me wrong, I am open to the idea of soothers.  They worked well for both of my kids.  But by the time they were 2, the suckies had to go.  So here are my tips for getting rid of the sucky:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What A Find!


Have you seen these?  I stumbled upon these "glasses" at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo in Toronto.  They are a must have for summer at the cottage or on the deck.  They look and feel like real glass, yet they are made out of BPA-Free polymer.  You can drop them, squeeze them, toss them in your picnic basket.  They will NOT break.  They even have a neat little thumb notch for easy gripping during that long walk from the wine cooler to the lounge chair ;)  You can find a retailer or purchase some from here.

Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just Dance!

I recently purchased Just Dance 2 for the Wii.  This game is such a good workout for everyone.  My neighbours probably think we are all nuts when they catch a glimpse of us dancing in the front window, but it is so worth it.  Here are my kids dancing to their favourite song, the Monster Mash.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Salmon Cakes

I was so amazed at how well these turned out.  Even the kids thought they were wonderful!


2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 can of salmon, drained, boned and flaked (or you can use boned and skinned salmon to save time)
2 dashes hot pepper sauce (optional)

Boil potatoes until tender.  In a large bowl, mash potatoes with butter until smooth.  Stir in parsley or cilantro, mustard, salt, lemon juice, pepper.  Mix in egg, salmon and hot sauce.

Heat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat.  Add Canola or olive oil.  Using a large spoon, scoop mixture into roughly 6 patties, onto hot skillet. Shape and flatten with a fork.  Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side.  Serve with tartar sauce if desired.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Crochet Dish Cloths - Free Pattern

5.5mm hook
50g cotton yarn, medium #4

Ch 5, join with sl st to from a ring.

Round 1 - Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc throughout).  [2 dc, ch 2 (dc 3, ch 2) 3 times] all in ring.  Join with sl st in top of ch 3.

Round 2 - Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp.  Dc in next 3 dc.  Repeat around.  Join with sl st top of ch 3.

Round 3 - Ch 3.  Dc in next 4 dc.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp.    Dc in next 7 dc.  Repeat to last ch 2 sp.  Dc in next 2 dc.  Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bossy Pants


Good Hump Day Morning!

Yesterday I was so excited to finally get my Tina Fey book in the mail. So excited in fact, I actually skipped washing the supper dishes, just so I could start reading it.  I literally laughed out loud at most of the first and second chapters.  I have been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember, and she is just as funny in the book as she is on T'.V.  I have only read a few chapters, but I highly recommend picking up a copy, just to have some good laughs.

I hope everyone has a wonderful sunshiny day!


Friday, May 6, 2011

The Not-So-Missing Salty


I think everyone recognizes this little guy from the Knorr Sidekicks commercial.  If not, let me explain.  Knorr has started to remove salt from their products.  The commercial has this sad little Salty wondering the streets, sobbing in the rain, looking for a new home.  

I am thoroughly convinced that he lives in my house.  I try my hardest to buy healthy food and snacks for everyone else in my house, but when it comes down to my eating habits, I will always choose the salty one.

I crave salt like a person craves nicotine.  I know what that feels like, since I smoked back in the day.  Sometimes I wonder if I should go and but a salt-lick, just like you see cows licking in the barnyard.

The good thing is, I don't generally add salt to food on my plate.  I just eat the prepared salty food like nuts, chips, popcorn and so on.  The bad thing is, my fridge is full of fruits and vegetables and I ignore them.  I am an educated person and should know better, but I can't seem to stop myself.  

So my question is, how do I kick this habit?  I am in a rut!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cheese Crisps with Minted Avocado Dip

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I couldn't wait to make these little appetizers with help from The Pampered Chef.  Start out making Cheese Crisps.  All you need is a cheese of your choice.  I used Old Cheddar.

Preheat oven to 375F.  Slice cheese into 24 pieces approximately 1/4 inch thick, and about 1"x1".  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread cheese slices evenly.  Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until bubble and "lacy".  Move to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Minted Avocado Dip

1/3 cup sour cream
2 tsp freshly squeezed lime
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 tbsp  fresh or dried chopped mint
1/2 tbsp cilantro
1/4 tsp salt
3 dashes of hot sauce, or to taste
2 large ripe avocados

In medium bowl stir sour cream, lime juice, garlic, mint, cilantro, salt, and hot sauce.  Cut avocados in half and remove pits.  Scoop out flesh into a small bowl and mash slightly with a fork, keeping it a bit chunky.  Add to sour cream mixture.  Mix well.  Add more sour cream if desired for a creamier dip.  Top cheese crisps with a dollop of dip and serve.  Dip can be kept in the fridge for about a day if covered with plastic wrap that is pressed into the dip.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Taking a Stroll Thursday Twitter Hop

The Things We Find Inside

Come join the hop!  Follow Me and find some new friends on Twitter.  We love new friends!

It's Alive!!!

I am pretty excited that these seeds actually started to grow (see Fun Flower Pots).  I am not a good "plant parent".  I kill can plants by just looking at them.  My son has been really excited about these sprouts, and he reminds me everyday to water them.  If it was left up to me entirely, we would just have 3 pots of dirt.  Or 3 pots of dust, like the rest of my indoor plants.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I Am Humbled

Here it is 1:27am and I am feeling very...shall we say "blah".  Last night I watched the President confirm the death of Osama Bin Laden, which I am happy about. But now I am spent.  Why?  Because I spend the majority of the evening alone.  There is no adult conversation in my house.  We are entering week 4 of my husband's crazy evening shift work schedule.  No days off.  Not one.  Therefore, I have no one to reflect with.  So I am turning to my blog.

 As I watched Obama's speech, I found myself lost in in the same emotion that struck me the day I witnessed the Twin Towers collapsing on T.V.  I was getting ready for work, and was brought to my knees watching CNN, as was the rest of the world.  The rest of the day was a blur.

Last night I silently cried for all of the people lost on 09/11 and on every other day since the beginning of this war.  I am not an American, but I felt the pain just the same.  I hope that there will be a positive outcome after all of this, and I hope the troops can all come home to their families.  I can not imagine being without my loved ones, so here is to all of the men and women who sacrifice so much:

Someone like me is always thinking about you, and I am very thankful for what you do.  God Bless You All!