Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Now, I have often said my kids grow up too fast. They were all born within a couple ounces on one side or the other of 9lbs. The problem is it's like they are on some kind of Super Growth Hormone ever since. As Jonathan was first nearing the 6' mark, our pastor was concerned about him outgrowing his own ....ahem...."limited" stature. One day he asked him what his mother fed him to make him grow so fast. Jonathan's answer, "ummmm....children's vitamins?"
It would seem my children need more junk food in their diets as they all seem to be shooting up around me....literally.
I have felt like I was shrinking over the past year and now I know why!
Jonathan is our measuring standard as his growth (at 6'6"), has slowed the most, though he felt a full foot taller when I first kissed him after not seeing him for 4 months.
Michael and Maria are almost the same height here....both approx. shoulder height to Jonathan.
Michael has shot up a full head, leaving Maria behind but wait! Jianna has almost caught up to Maria in the past 6 months!.
Maria went in to over drive and is now catching up to Michael...and they have both almost passed me, (actually, if I didn't have to lift my head to see over Jianna, you'd see that Michael has slightly passed me). Speaking of Jianna, she was at Jon's belly button a mere year ago!!! At this rate, the next time we take a family picture...with the shortest in the front...it will be this 5'9" Mommy who is front and centre!
Does anybody else find this rate of growth mildly alarming?!?!?!?
Eat more Junk Kids...Your Mama's heart can't keep up to you all!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Isn't this the greatest little basket?
This morning, this adorable little basket was filled with Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I knew I should have taken a picture....if you look closely, you will see the grease evidence on the red napkin. There were a minimum of 6 dozen cookies in this basket, I kid you not.
It was oh so cute too, the girls and I felt like Little Red Riding Hoods....just wishing we could deliver these to Grandma.
Who does this to a perfectly good cookie!?!?!?
Scavengers I tell you!
Well, since there were no grandmas within delivery range, the girls had friends over to go sledding and Mike had an overnight Gaming Buddy....and this is what is left of my sweet little basket of cookies.
We were thinking of you.
Now, you all understand why Christmas Baking must be frozen in this house if there is any to be left for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Even still, I am afraid to look in my cookie containers stored away in the freezer....I have noticed a lid or 2 sitting helter skelter on more than one occasion.
Now, these little guys....were made by my ever so artistic daughters yesterday. There is a replica of every family member including Kallie and Tutter, (our pets).
Heaven forbid that anyone dare to touch one of THEIR creations...
WHO ATE MARIA!?!??!?!??!
hmmm.....Jianna appears to be missing a hand as well!
Nothing is sacred in this house I tell you!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This is one of those wonderfullly simple recipes that just screams "SUMMER". Mind you, looking at the photo right now....I am thinking this is going on my list of Tree Trimming Party Foods this weekend. Actually, if it wasn't 10:38 at night, I think I'd be heading to the grocery store to buy the ingredients to make it right now....Soooooo Yummy....and guilt free!!
- 8 Ripe Tomatoes
- 1 Med Onion
- 1/2 Seeded Jalapeno finely chopped
- 1 Fresh Lime
- 4-6 Cloves of Garlic
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Bunch Fresh Cilantro chopped
- Chop onions and tomatoes and toss together in med sized bowl.
- Add chopped Jalapeno and chopped garlic.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- Squeeze juice of lime into the bowl. (Microwaving the lime for 20 or so seconds will enable you to squeeze more juice)
- Add chopped Cilantro, stir together.
- Let set in fridge for 1 hour if possible before serving.
I know, on first glance, you are thinking..." what in the world?!??!?! I am NOT making that let alone eating it!'
This is just one of those times where you are going to have to do a wee bit of self talk, "Has Jen EVER posted a recipe that was lacking in flavor? Has she led me astray even slightly when it comes to taste?"
Believe me, these babies are incredible....I served them to 10 people the very first time I made them. Six of which were kids....there was not one unhappy tastebud in the bunch. In my world, if a main course passes the multiple kid test....it is worth repeating.
I served them with Fresh Pico for which I will post the recipe following this one. It's simple, fresh very healthy and Divine.
In my family of 6, only one child and myself like fresh tomatoes...ALL of my family loves this stuff and eats it by the cup full.