There's nothing like alone time in my own house. Even if Vera takes a long nap, I still feel like I have to tip-toe around and don't feel like I get a lot done. This morning though, Ben so kindly took Vera and Boone for a hike, and I took full advantage. First I set itunes to play the entire LATIN genre and then got busy cleaning like crazy - laundry sorted and started, floors swept and vacuumed, recycling/trash taken out, toys picked up. I even had time to sit down at the end with some mate and got some letters written. So nice :: love you Ben!
Anyway, I get to offer my friends and family [and their friends and family] a 15% discount! When you order off their website, just mention the code "redbutte" at checkout. Like I mentioned to a friend, this isn't like my Girl Scout cookies that you feel obligated to buy: I'm just excited to be able to share this awesome brand [with a bit of a deal] to my friends! Fun :)
**these little jumpers are so cute - and really easy to layer with. Vera had this one and I loved it**
**the kimonos are so adorable on a litlte little one. Vera had one with the starburst/dandelion. I want to get her something with the horse :)**
**the little tees are so soft and perfect for layering under stuff**
don't forget the code: redbutte
I also bought these plastic frames for pictures of her with me, ben, both sets of grandparents and her best buddies. It didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped and looked a little cluttered. Three of them fell off the wall that night anyway. So I'll keep working on it, but thought I'd share a fun idea. Look at the twins' for a more successful example to follow :)
Tonight was going to be a second attempt, but dinner was ready 1 1/2 hours after her bedtime. Man though it was good!! I made Ina Garten's [yes, her again] chicken pot pie from this great food site. Wow, it was amazing. Please please make it. Be forewarned it has a ton of butter. I didn't add as much as it called for and substituted a little olive oil - I'm usually all for full-fat, but this one was over the top. ok! Sorry, long post. By the way, if any of you good friends have some good recipes you want to email on over, I'd love it :)
*I also meant to note/remember that a couple weeks ago she saw my mate gourd and signed mom - and the day before she saw a beer bottle and signed dad :)
It's a reminder that I should really speak to her in Spanish as much as possible to get those Spanish sounds wired in her little brain [like the other day we listened to my Latin club mix and practiced our "Movimientos Sexi" - um before I realized that's probably not appropriate...]
Anyway, right now she's in that classic baby phase of talking - like when you were little and would pretend to be a baby:
baba = bottle
mehmeh = milk/more/mama?
caca = cracker
doodoo = dirty
dohdoh = Dollie
papa = pumpkin/grandpa
ba [points to diaper] = I pooped
saaaaaaahhh/meemee = sam/amelia :)
She's got some other ones too that I wouldn't know how to spell phonetically. I keep trying to get a video but she doesn't cooperate. Here's a picture from when I was trying last night:
So downstairs I saw her doing this and thought oh cute, she's folding the wipes like mommy!
... but she was really setting it up to be a pillow. Her good friend Amelia taught her by example how to play naptime.
Then she showed off her new color sorting skills! I kept wondering when she'd figure it out:
Then I thought we could play with the homemade playdough our friends gave us. She was repulsed, scared and wouldn't touch it for anything. At one point she even hid behind the bookshelf. Sorry, Jenny :)
Then we made soup.
Italian sausage, 2 trays cut up into 1 1/2" chunks
(regular or spicy) [I only used 1/2 and it was plenty]
chicken broth (3-4 qts.)
(I use Knorr bouillon plus water)
4 crushed, minced garlic cloves
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/4 tsp. fennel seed
1/2 tsp red chile flakes
10 medium potatoes, peeled, cubed large
3 bunches of kale [I don't know if she meant handfuls? I bought 2 "bunches" and have A TON of kale]
1 pt. half and half or 1 cup whipping cream [I used whole milk plus a bit o cream]
1 tbsp flour
Cook sausage in 2 tbsp. of oil until browned. Pour off most of oil. Saute garlic and onion in olive oil until clear. Add sausage and chicken broth. Stir in Italian seasoning, fennel, and chile flakes. Bring to boil, then turn down to simmer. Cook for 30 - 40 min.
Add potatoes and cook for 10 - 15 more minutes. (Be careful to cook potatoes until just pierce-able. Sometimes I forget and it's not much fun eating potatoes that are already dissolved!)
Thicken milk with flour by making a paste in a small bowl. Add 1 cup of heated broth to bowl, whisking to blend. Stir mixture into the soup and heat through.
Just 5 or so minutes before serving, add kale (I like alot because it's so healthy, so I'll usually put in 2 bunches, saving the third for the next meal.) and heat to wilting.
You could add red bell pepper for color.
We'll call you and Ben later tonight.