Friday, December 31, 2010

Recipe: My Favorite Salad


I don't really know if this is a recipe so much as it's a list of ingredients.  I am so in love with this salad right now.  I'm like Julia Roberts in 'Eat Pray Love', as in I was having a relationship with it the other day.  I had gone to the store specifically to get the ingredients and then practically drooled all over the cutting board while preparing it.

Ingredients:
- Freshly chopped romaine lettuce
- cucumber
- roma tomatoes
- crumbled feta cheese
- dry roasted sunflower seeds
- freshly cracked black pepper
- sea salt
- oregano
- extra virgin olive oil
- red wine vinegar

There are no measurements.  You just chop and layer as you like, season, and then drizzle the olive oil and vinegar to taste.  Toss and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Recipe: Christmas Leftover Casserole

This is a great recipe that's super easy and quick.  You can use leftover cooked turkey, ham, or chicken.  It's the perfect way to use up yummy holiday leftovers so they don't just get tossed.  You can even use leftover veggies if you have them!

You'll need:
- 4 cups uncooked extra-wide egg noodles
- 2 cups chopped, cooked meat (turkey, ham, or chicken)
- 2 cups cooked or frozen veggies (chopped broccoli, peas, or green beans all work)
- 1 can Campbell's Broccoli Cheddar soup
- 1 can ^ full of reduced fat milk
- 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
- freshly cracked black pepper
- sea salt

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place a large pot of salted water on the stove and set on high.  When the water comes to a rolling boil, add the uncooked egg noodles and cook as directed on the package, stirring occasionally.

Step 2: As the noodles are cooking, chop your choice of meat and veggies.  For this recipe I used leftover honey ham from Christmas and frozen broccoli florets I had on hand.


Step 3: When the noodles are finished cooking, drain them and return them to the pot, but off of the hot burner.  Add the meat, veggies, can of broccoli cheddar soup, and can-full of milk.  Mix well.  Season with salt and pepper at this time and give another quick toss.

Step 4: Lightly spray a meduim/large casserole dish with cooking spray.  Pour casserole mixture into the dish and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.  Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, uncovered.  Enjoy!

Monday, December 27, 2010

White House Tour


In my previous post I mentioned that we were lucky enough to get to tour the White House.  It was so pretty all decorated for Christmas.  We moved through rather quickly because Dominic was not as excited to be there as I was, but I still got a few good pictures.  The decorations were all real!  How cool is that?  Real sticks and leaves, real trees, real fruit, etc.  Almost everything was then painted and glittered making the whole place sparkle.


Myself, one uncooperative boy, and the dog!


We did let Dominic do a little exploring, which he liked. 


His favorite part, by far, was the flutist chior.  They were fantastic! 


My musically inclined boy just wanted to stand and listen to them play.  This turned out to be a problem as the tour kept moving.  It was pretty funny how he would "complain" everytime they would stop playing and go silent the second they started back up.  I think the conductor got a kick out of that.


All of the trees were so big and pretty.  And, because they were all real, it smelled wonderful.


The red room..


Real apricots!  So neat.


Awesome to see this..


As a special token of our appreciation, Dominic dropped his pants upon leaving.  The highlight of the night for sure.  We're walking about 30 feet from the door of the white house and I hear my husband (who is holding Dominic's hand behind me) say, "Come on Dominic.  I know you can walk faster than that."  I turn around to see my poor kid with his pants around his ankles.  He walked right out of them in the 20 degree temps.  LOL.  Obviously my hub scooped him up, fixed his pants, and carried him the rest of the way to dinner, but it was good for a laugh.  I, of course, did not get a picture because I was more concerned with my freezing boy.  haha.



This allows me to cross #62 Tour the White House off my Day Zero List :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tidbits

I have been terribly behind on blogging lately.  So much has happened lately on top of the general holiday craziness.  Our house is all festively decorated now.  The tree is up, the stockings have been hung with care taped to the living room mirror, and I have a ton of gorgeous holiday cards on display. 

All of our presents are bought and now all I have left to do is wrap most of them.  Dominic got so many toys for his birthday that we mostly got him pajamas, socks and other clothes, and other practical things.  We did get him a couple toys and my favorite childhood book, The Giving Tree.

(THE GIVING TREE) BY SILVERSTEIN, SHEL (Author) Hardcover{The Giving Tree} on 07 Oct-1964

We had an interesting day yesterday.  Hubby, Dominic, two of our good friends, and I got to tour the White House.  It was neat to see it all decorated for Christmas!  The trees and garland were just beautiful.  Dominic, however, was less than impressed with the slow pace and quiet mood of the tour.  On second thought, I'm not sure we should have brought him with us.  I really wanted to see it as a family.  We accomplished that, but it was a near-disaster.  At one point he was screaming and flailing because he wanted to go back to the room where they had a flutist choir performing.  Cute.  You know how high ceilings echo.  Of course he regained his composure right as we rounded out the tour and were headed out the door.  He was as happy as a clam as we ate dinner afterwards at the always delicious Old Ebbitt Grill, so I guess he redeemed himself.

Dominic, my sister, and I spent a couple days last weekend in Delaware for a family Christmas celebration. It was nice to see family who, for the most part, we only see once a year.

Speaking of my sister, everyone please send nice thoughts her way.  This afternoon her boyfriend was in a bad car accident on his way to see her.  He ended up being taken by helicopter to a Baltimore Shock Trauma and is still in surgery as I type this.  I don't know all the details, but she is worried sick waiting to hear that he'll be ok.

I'll be on again soon to share pictures from our White House tour :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The ALMOST Friday Blog Hop

The ALMOST Friday blog hop is Co-Hosted by Caterpillar Family and Rogue Poags! Please join in! The linky will be posted each Thursday morning at 8 am, EST and will be open until Friday at 11 pm, EST. Questions? Concerns? Suggestions? We love feedback! Feel free to contact either co-host :)










Rules:

1. Follow the Co-Hosts of this hop AND the featured blog. We are listed in the #1, #2, and #3 spots of the Linky. (Leave us a comment and we will follow you back!)

2. Include this button in a blog post or somewhere else on the main page of your blog.

3. Enter your linky below. (please link to the main page of your blog. links to advertisements, facebook or twitter will be deleted.)

4. Check out the other blogs you see here and follow the ones you like!

5. Leave a comment here if you'd like to be considered for our "Featured Blog" #3 spot next week.
 
 


This week's featured blogger is Mandee from The Bear Naked Truth! Welcome Mandee :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas


 our tree is up and glowing

 an ornament from our first Christmas as Husband and Wife (2007)

and a pic a la Jeska @ living our love song ;)  hehe.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The ALMOST Friday Blog Hop

The ALMOST Friday blog hop is Co-Hosted by Caterpillar Family and Rogue Poags! Please join in! The linky will be posted each Thursday morning at 8 am, EST and will be open until Friday at 11 pm, EST. Questions? Concerns? Suggestions? We love feedback! Feel free to contact either co-host :)








Rules:

1. Follow the Co-Hosts of this hop AND the featured blog. We are listed in the #1, #2, and #3 spots of the Linky. (Leave us a comment and we will follow you back!)

2. Include this button in a blog post or somewhere else on the main page of your blog.

3. Enter your linky below. (please link to the main page of your blog. links to advertisements, facebook or twitter will be deleted.)

4. Check out the other blogs you see here and follow the ones you like!

5. Leave a comment here if you'd like to be considered for our "Featured Blog" #3 spot next week.
 
 


This week's featured blogger is Bonni from Let's Make a Difference! Welcome Bonni :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Party

Our son's second birthday party was a crazy event, but totally a success!  The cake:


The shirt (on the boy!):


The food:


The gifts:


The special surprise present:


Aaaaand the cool ride:


Most importantly, the house was jam-packed with our wonderful family and friends.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, we have the best friends anyone could ask for.  It means so much to us that they love our son and enjoy celebrating his milestones with us :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

His Day

We celebrated Dominic's actual birthday by having our close family over for dinner and ice cream cake.  My sister made his favorite meal.


Spaghetti!


He ripped into his presents excitedly.


He was given some really great things!  He got a lot of Melissa & Doug toys, which are favorites in our house.

He got a bunch of musical instruments, which is totally his thing right now!  He is loving his new harmonica.  So cool :)


Then we sang to our happy boy.

Yum!


In case you're wondering, his custom guitar bib (w/ his name on it) came from Brownies n Butterflies, so go check her out!

Friday, December 3, 2010

the time I dropped my kid

Or something like that.  I may not have dropped him, but I guarantee you 9 out of 10 people in the hair salon thought I did. 

So I've been growing Dominic's hair out.  I like it long but it was starting to get a little out of control around the edges.  The goal is to have his hair nearly even in length, so we have to trim the bottom to let the top catch up.  All of this is beside the point.  He hadn't had a haircut in a long time.  He won't let me near him with scissors so I made him an appointment at the salon I get my hair done. 

Let's just say I owed my poor stylist a good tip.  He didn't scream, he didn't cry, he just found it amusing to wiggle his head around every time we'd ask him to hold still. Yep.  Little huss.  I'll give it to him, it was funny.  In fact, most everyone in the place had to come by and watch him to get their laughs in.  We rounded out the haircut about 40 minutes after his appointment time.  The fun didn't stop there.

I pay, get out to the car, go to lift him up into his seat, and realize that he's holding onto a little toy from the salon's waiting area.  Thief.  So as much as I wanted to say to hell with it... I'm supposed to be teaching him right from wrong.  At least that's what I read in all of the books.  Ugh.  So back in we go to return the toy that does not belong to us, when sh*t hits the fan.

I had to pry the toy out of his hand.  And seriously, you would have thought the kid had no toys at home.  In fact, I can guarantee you that if the same exact toy were to be in his toy box right now he would have nothing to do with it.  But of course, he turned two yesterday.  So I was about to get what was coming to me.  Cue the hysterics.

Toy is returned to the box (we're drawing a crowd now) and I go to pick him up, because it's clear to me that he has no intention of making it to the car on his own free will.  Just at the instant I almost had my arms around him, he does one of those dreaded backwards flails.  Clunk.  That's the sound of his head (luckily padded by a warm hat and the hood to his puffy coat) hitting the hardwood.  Aaaaaand now the crowd has doubled in size.  Great.  So he's not really that hurt, but the people who are now gravitating towards us don't know that what he's really wailing about is the toy.  I could not get out of there soon enough.

So that's the story of how I dropped my kid and now have to find a new place to get my hair done.  Fabulous.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The ALMOST Friday Blog Hop

The ALMOST Friday blog hop is Co-Hosted by Caterpillar Family and Rouge Poags! Please join in! The linky will be posted each Thursday morning at 8 am, EST and will be open until Friday at 11 pm, EST. Questions? Concerns? Suggestions? We love feedback! Feel free to contact either co-host :)








Rules:

1. Follow the Co-Hosts of this hop AND the featured blog. We are listed in the #1, #2, and #3 spots of the Linky. (Leave us a comment and we will follow you back!)

2. Include this button in a blog post or somewhere else on the main page of your blog.

3. Enter your linky below. (please link to the main page of your blog. links to advertisements, facebook or twitter will be deleted.)

4. Check out the other blogs you see here and follow the ones you like!

5. Leave a comment here if you'd like to be considered for our "Featured Blog" #3 spot next week.
 
 


This week's featured blogger is Kathy @ Bwak Bwak Blog!  Kathy is also my go-to girl for Scentsy.  She has a lot of great stuff for the holidays so be sure to check her out at https://kathsscents.scentsy.us/home OR click on her ad on my left side bar.  Welcome Kathy :)


Two Years Old

an excerpt from a poem by Teri Harrison

I remember the first time I held you,
Kissed you head, whispered your name.
You're changed our lives forever,
Our hearts will never be the same.

As a child you'll love this day
For all the sweets and presents, too.
As parents we'll love your day,
For the gift we got was you.

Each year we'll add another candle,
So proud to see you grow.
But always with the memory,
Of your first day long ago.

I can't believe it!  Our boy is TWO.  You blink your eyes and they go from this:


To this:


Dear Dominic,
I'm such a proud parent.  You amaze us everyday with how smart you are.  You pick up on new things so quickly.  You're very much the 'typical' two year-old, some days are more difficult than others- you definitely get the stubbornness from your daddy!  Even on the days when I could pull my hair out, you remind me of what a gift you really are.  

Here are some of the things that make your day:

"PUP"  He's your BFF and goes everywhere you go.  You need him to sleep at night :)


It's not everyday you hear a two year-old humming Beethoven. Oh wait... it is everyday in my house because of this show.  It's seriously one of the highest quality toddler shows out there and you love it!


You love any and all art supplies.  I love how creative you're becoming.  It's win-win.


Fleece footed PJs.  So comfy and they keep you warm as the fall nights get colder.


You love your mac-n-cheese!  You eat it almost daily.


And finally, you are loving music of all kinds now.  You sing along and dance to music whenever you hear it.

You are such a special boy and we feel so lucky to be your parents.  It's hard to believe it's already been a year since your first birthday.  We're so excited to see what fun this next year brings you. 

Love,
Mommy and Daddy
 

Instagram @jesscarbone