Thursday, August 23, 2012

This Moment

:: This Moment::

A friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see

Inspired by Amanda from  Soulemama

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 

Joining Ginny from Small Things

It is complete! The Shoreline Lace Shawl that I have been working on for weeks is finally finished. I had a flubs along the way but all in all it looks pretty good. I really like it and can't wait to take it on vacation with us next month. I promise that I will have much better pictures next month. But here it is for now....

I have started work on a hat for our sweet little baby. This is the first time I am using circular knitting needles and I love them! I am also working on little animals for the girls but haven't progress this week so no pictures to show for now.

On the reading front, still working on some parenting books and I am currently reading The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine. It is really funny, a little sad but all together a good read.

Happy Knitting! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Montessori at Home

:: Montessori at Home::

Today was the first day that I began to implement the Montessori at Home program I bought online a few months ago. It took awhile to get everything set up and organized but we made it. This is my way of homeschooling our 3 year old. I am a teacher by profession but gave up that to stay at home and raise babies. The time has made me realize that I want to have a big part of my child's early education. With that being said, if there was a Montessori school close to our home, I would send Miss E there in a second. But alas, there is not. So, I am giving her the next best thing. I love the Montessori at Home program because it is exactly what it says it is, Montessori at home! We are taking it slow and only doing a little bit each day but I can already see the results and Miss E loves the one on one time with Mama. ( Baby CeCe naps) 

Here is a bit from today...

Rice Tub activity: pouring, sifting, and measuring out rice into different size cups and bowls

She was experimenting with a funnel. It didn't work so well. 

Threading Beads

I add a little of my own work into the afternoon too. We read a book about our bodies and hands.  Also, this week is  the letter "A" week.

Overall, we have had great success this week. I know some people may "poo poo" the idea of homeschooling but I am unwavering in my beliefs and unapologetic about my methods of child-rearing. ( don't worry she gets plenty of socialization with other children)  As my husband always says, "Everyone has a journey!" It is our journey and blessing. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bits from the Weekend and a Case of the Mondays..

:: Sharing some bits from the weekend::

Saturday, we went to visit James' brother who was in town with his squadron doing some training. I will not try to explain what he does or what these aircraft are or how they work. Nevertheless, we had a great time hanging out and watching all the happening on the air strip.

The girls with dad and Uncle Alex

Mama with the girls and Uncle Alex

The girls loved running around the empty hangar. 

Miss E knows that hearing protection is important. 

Sunday, we had a quiet day of our usual routines with a little crafting mixed in. It was craft time with dad while I held up in the sewing room for a bit. 

Another little dress for baby

Homemade Finger Paints ( recipe in "recipe" section) 

Some works in progress. 

:: Case of the Mondays::

My complaint section ( read at your own risk):

This is perhaps the first time all day I have sat down and actually breathed aside from eating meals. It has been the Mother of all Mondays. Have you ever planned out the day so perfectly and it all goes down the toilet within hours of waking up? Yes, that was my day. We had an unfortunate breakdown in the front room that resulted in the spilling of paints on carpet. Which led to me overhauling the front bedroom of our house that serves as part quiet play area and part sewing room. My sweet little baby got a hold of a glitter bottle and decided to cover herself with "pixie dust" and the shelves I just bought 4 months ago have been relinquished to the garage for the dump. I wanted to get angry but I just sat down and had a teary moment then I got up and cleaned like a mad woman. Of course, this pushed back laundry and all sense of routine in our house. And on top of it all, I broke my glasses tonight. This is a big deal because 1: I have really terrible eyesight which means I have to wear contact lens or glasses all the time. 2: they have expensive to replace and 3: they were my favorite accessory. I hate breaking in new glasses. Now, I know that the day could be worse and people have bigger problems than mine but sometimes you just have to complain to feel better. I think the underlying problem is that I just can't seem to get adjusted to our new home. We have lived here for 4 months now and I feel like we crammed into a tiny house with no backyard for the girls. It feels like a fishbowl. I think I just need to pray on this feeling and seek some peace.


Homemade Finger Paint ( from my cousin, Andrea)

3T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. cornstarch
2 c. water

Combine ingredients in small saucepan. Warm until mixture thickens. Cool and pour in containers. Add food coloring to create colors.

Disclaimer: we have yet to use them because Mama needs to buy freezer paper

Combination Fried Rice ( Wholesome Kitchen by Ross Dobson) 

1/3 cup peanut oil
4 eggs, beaten
16 raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. grated fresh ginger
1 onion, thinly grated
2 bacon slices, chopped
1 cup fresh beansprouts
1 t. white sugar
6 cups cooked white or brown rice ( long grain)
4 shallots, thinly sliced
1T. oyster sauce
1-2 T. light soy sauce
1/2 t. seasame oil
1/4 t. ground white pepper

Heat half of the oil in a wok or very large skillet set over high heat, carefully swirling the wok around to coat the sides  in the oil. When smoking hot , add the beaten eggs. Let the eggs sizzle in the oil. When puffed around the edges, use a large wooden spoon to slowly stir the eggs until they are just set. Tip the eggs onto a chopping board. Let cool and roughly chop.

Add the remaining oil to the wok and heat. When smoking hot add the shrimp and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, until pink. Remove from the wok, leaving the oil in the wok to reheat.

Add the garlic, ginger, onion, and bacon to the work and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, until onion is golden and the bacon staring to crisp. Add the beansprouts and sugar and stir-fry for a just a few seconds to combine and until the beansprouts have wilted.

Add the rice, shallots, oyster sauce, soy sauce, seasame oil, and pepper to the wok and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, until well combined and the rice has heated through. Add the eggs and shrimp to the wok, stir well to combine and serve immediately.


Chipotle Lime Tempah Tacos with Fire-Roasted Salsa ( Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny) 

2 T. canned chipotle in adobo sauce plus 1/4 cup sauce reserved
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lime juice

2 8-ounce packages of organic tempeh
1 package of organic taco shells
1 t. salt
2 t. coriander
2 t. cumin
3 T. agave
1.5 T reduced-sodium soy sauce

Lettuce, Tomato, Salsa, olives, sour cream, and cheese

1. Blend all marinade ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth
2. Using a hand grater or a food processor, grate tempeh until it resembles the texture of ground beef. Add tempeh to marinade and combine well. Allow to marinate for several hours or overnight
3. Place skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium-high heat and saute tempeh until heated through and slightly toasted. ( 4-5 minutes)
4. Warm taco shells according to package directions and fill with spoonfuls of the tempeh. 
5. Pass desired trimmings at the table 

Pizza Recipe (from a previous post) 

Pizza Dough- (courtesy of Mario Batali, Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking pg. 183) Why mess with a master? We love all things Mario in this house!

Product Details


Pizza dough recipe
Feta Cheese (crumbled)
Mozzarella & Provolone Cheese ( shredded)
2 medium vine ripened tomatoes
1 sprig of fresh basil- remove leaves and rough chop
3 cloves garlic- minced
dried crushed Oregano
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Make pizza dough according to cookbook directions minus the cooking part. Sprinkle cornmeal on cooking sheet or pizza pan. Roll out dough on counter-top and then form into shape of pan ( pizza round or cookie sheet rectangle).  Place dough on sheet or pan and place in oven for about 10 minutes to crisp up dough. ( it may be less, watch the cooking)

 Now the fun part, sprinkle /add as much crumbled feta and mozzarella/provolone as you desire. Slice tomatoes and arrange on top of cheese. Sprinkle minced garlic, basil, and oregano on top of pizza. Drizzle olive oil on top of pizza. Place oven for 20-25 minutes or cooked. Enjoy!

Bread Recipe ( courtesy of my mother in law, Lynelle Shaw) 

5-6 cups of flour ( all purpose, unbleached bread flour, whole wheat- part of this can be oatmeal, wheat germ, or whatever you like) 
2t. salt
2.5 cups water ( very warm, 110 degrees)
2 pkg. yeast
4 T. olive oil

Preheat oven to 410 degrees

in a very large bowl mix flour & salt- make a large well and add very warm water- add yeast and let the yeast do its job for about 10 minutes. Stir gently- by slowly incorporating flour. Add 4T. of olive oil slowly to the bowl. The best way to do this is by using your hands. Stir, fold and gradually incorporate all of the flour- knead bread in the bowl/ or on a floured counter top- put in bowl that has been coated in olive oil. Cover with cloth and let rise in a warm area (about 1-2 hours) - punch down and let rise again for 1 hour. Knead and form dough into loaf form and place on parchment lined cookie sheet or in shortening coated bread pan. Allow to rise for about 30 minutes before placing in oven. Cook and allow to cool after removing from oven. Enjoy!