Liz' s Musings's

Liz's musings on life – mostly her kids though.

04/21/08 Monday and Earth Day April 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 9:11 am

Sarah doesn’t want me to sleep I am sure of it. I can deal with having to get up in the middle of the night to feed her. But when she wakes up 45 minutes after I put her to sleep, just so I can give her a binky, that’s just plain mean. So much for my final couple of hours of sleep. Oh well, if she hadn’t woken me up, some idiot would have called to wake me up so it’s just as well that she did it. Now here I sit watching the Today Show and reading (and writing) blogs.

I am off work this week. Apparently my company thinks it is better that I don’t work at all rather than work about half time. Where is the logic in that? I am going back to work full time next Monday. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

So is today Earth Day? I thought it was the 19th. What have I done for Earth Day? Nothing that I don’t do every day. I recycle everything that I can think of (we can’t recycle 6’s here which is a bummer). I put food waste into our compost (just so the d*mn dog can rummage through it). But then I negate it all by using disposable diapers.

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04/19/08 Exercise April 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 4:08 pm

I have started exercising. Nothing dramatic just 20 minutes on the treadmill every morning. I have to start somewhere and it’s something I can do without leaving the house. I am not a fan of exercising in front of other people. Why all of a sudden? Well I’ve been wanting to for years. For some reason this blog gave me the get-up-and-go to get off my ass. I am also journaling what I eat. I want to become mindful of what I put in my mouth.

I have to go feed Sarah … I hope to get back to this later …

 

04/17/08 A joke April 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 12:20 pm

I am watching the Martha Stewart Show and Joan Rivers is on making chocolate covered matzos with Martha. Joan made the funniest joke …

“There are three holidays where Jews have fun … Chanukah, Passover, and a Saks sale.”

Oh go ahead and laugh, I did. 🙂

 

04/16/08 Dinner this week April 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 7:18 pm

Last night we had ribeye steaks that Thomas barbequed (they were on sale at Safeway), garlic bread (he barbequed that too), and spaghetti squash with pesto. It was all delicious.

Tonight we had chicken picatta using this this recipe. Rather than make the brown rice with lima beans from the recipe (both items I don’t like) I made orzo pasta with peas. The chicken was good but the pasta was sort of bland. Thomas suggested maybe adding some herbage to the pasta. I thought maybe some thyme.

Tomorrow Thomas has a Relay for Life meeting so it’s just me for dinner so I’ll probably have leftovers.

Thursday we have the boys and I am making pot roast. It’s my mom’s recipe and I just love it. You use the pressure cooker rather than the crock pot. You cut the meat into manageable pieces and brown it in the pressure cooker. You add thyme, marjoram, bay leaf, a can of beef consomme, a half a can of water and a half a can of wine. Then you pressure cook it for 20 minutes. Then you add an onion, a few potatoes, and a few carrots and pressure cook it for 8 minutes. Yummy!

Friday I think we’ll have the Boboli pizza I got.

What are you having for dinner this week? Anything good that I can have the recipe for?

 

04/15/08 Tax Day and a Clean House … Not!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 5:40 pm

Remember you must have your tax return (and any taxes owing) postmarked by midnight tonight. I did mine in late February so we’re good.

I am not usually motivated to tidy up for guests. I have someone clean my house every other week and I continually tidy up after everyone in the interim. That should be good enough. But should I feel compelled to do so, these are some handy tips. They are quite sensible and I do a lot of them whether I know I have 15 minutes or all day. The only person who notices any dust in my house is my mother-in-law and when she comments on it I hand her the Swiffer.

I keep forgetting to post this. Here are Sarah’s stats from our trip to the doctor last week:

Height – 23 1/2 inches (90th percentile)

Weight – 13 lbs 9.2 ozs (97th percentile)

Head Circumference – 15 3/4 inches (75th percentile)

Her next appointment will be June 9th. Stay tuned …

[edited to add photo on 4/16/08]

 

04/11/08 Chicken Soup … a recipe not to use April 11, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 5:31 pm

I’m a little behind in my O Magazine reading and I was finishing up the October issue. There was an article on soups and the picture for the chicken soup just looked really good. I decided to try to make it. Now I have never made chicken soup before. This may surprise you. What Jewish girl has never made chicken soup? Well this one! I only learned how to make split pea soup a year ago January. Until I moved up here I never really was a soup person. I suppose moving to a colder winter climate will make you a soup person. But I digress. Let’s move on to the chicken soup. The recipe is in two parts, making the stock then making the soup. Last Sunday I get all of the ingredients needed for the stock and soup.

INGREDIENTS

Stock:
1 whole chicken, halved and cleaned, plus 6 chicken wings
3 carrots, trimmed
1 onion, peeled
2 leeks, thoroughly rinsed
4 celery stalks
3 parsnips, trimmed
1 bay leaf
1/2 bunch parsley
1 whole lemon

Soup:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
3 carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch coins
2 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 Tbsp. chopped dill
1 pound egg noodles
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the stock: In a large pot, combine all ingredients and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to the barest simmer and cook 4 hours, occasionally skimming the scum off the surface. Strain stock into a large bowl and discard solids except for chicken halves; set those aside.

To make soup: In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery. Cook about 10 minutes. Add 6 cups stock. Cook 25 minutes, or until vegetables are very tender.

Meanwhile, pull chicken into shreds from reserved chicken halves; discard skin and bones. Add chicken to stock, along with dill and noodles and cook until noodles are al dente, 8 to 10 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper (the stock is unsalted; it may need more than you think). Serve hot.

The first thing I thought was weird was the lemon. But I went with it. The second thing was the dill. I am not a dill person so I didn’t bother to buy any. I didn’t have any extra wings so I didn’t bother with those either. And you can’t buy egg noodles at Safeway in any quantity other than 12 ounces so that would just have to do.

I proceeded to make the stock and after 4 hours tried to strain it. Well the pot is really big and I had nothing to strain it into. Also it was really freaking hot! So I used tongs to try to pull the vegetables out and into a separate bowl (most of them ended up going to the dogs). I strained some of the stock to separate the 6 cups for the soup. Then I strained the rest into a bowl. The chicken was so over cooked that it was a big lump in the strainer. And it was really freaking hot! It took a long time to get the chicken meat separated from the bones because none of the meat was in any recognizable form. I finally got that all separated while the onions, carrots, and celery were cooking in the 6 cups of stock.

When it came time to add the noodles I noticed that 6 cups of stock barely fills the dutch oven half way. So before I added the noodles, I added two more cups of stock. I added the noodles and then added still two more cups of stock. It still wasn’t enough so I added two more cups of stock. In reality I should have just added back all of the stock. Or I should have cut the noodles to half a bag. What idiot thinks that you boil a bag of egg noodles in a mere 6 cups of liquid?

Then it came time to add the chicken. It cooked so long that it didn’t really have much structural integrity left and it ended up just being strings of chicken in the soup.

Thomas & I had it for dinner that night and it was ok. The next day I took the dutch oven out of the refrigerator and the noodles had absorbed all of the remaining liquid. It was no longer soup it was sort of a stew. I fed it to my mom for lunch (after adding more stock) and she wasn’t overly impressed.

I’ve had good home made chicken soup, so I know it is possible. Julie, do you think Dave will share his recipe?

 

04/05/08 Good Advice April 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 3:04 pm

I gave this list to a woman I worked with. She had a baby about 5 months after I had Christopher. It’s still good advice …

Some tips and words of advice from one new mom to another …

1. Costco has the best price on Enfamil formula.

2. Everything changes, so if you can’t cope with this week, next week will be different.

3. Have lots of burp cloths.

4. Have lots of pacifiers.

5. Let the kids help, it’s good for you and good for them.

6. The world understands new moms. Let your friends come over and help, whether it is bringing you a meal, vacuuming or just holding the baby. It is amazing how satisfying something as simple as being able to empty the dishwasher is, when you know someone else is taking care of the baby.

7. Take the baby everywhere. You need to get out of the house.

8. Let daddy burp the baby. It gives him a special thing to do too.

9. Follow your instincts; we have them for a reason!

10. There is no such thing as too much love.

11. Print out your Target registry at the store and put the big barcode at the bottom in your wallet. If you need to return anything bought there, just let them scan the registry barcode and you don’t need the receipt.

12. Don’t open or take the tags off of everything right away. You may find you have too much of something and will need to return things. Use the refunds to buy things you didn’t get or forgot to register for.

13. Take infant Tylenol to the baby’s 2, 4 & 6 month appointments. They recommend giving it right after the immunizations to prevent a fever. It also helps reduce some of the pain of the shots.

14. The Complete and Authoritative Guide for Caring for your Baby and Young Child – Birth to Age 5 by Steven P. Shelov, M.D. and Robert E. Hannemann, M.D. is a great book. You can get it at www.amazon.com used for under $1 (plus shipping).

Number 13 will come in handy on Tuesday because it’s Sarah’s 2 month appointment. Glad I found this list again!