Monthly Archives: March 2012
I posted a photo a month ago or so titled “everything in our house is covered in baby” As you can clearly see this problem has gotten much worse. Like any disease this one is getting worse by the week. And from what I am being told it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets any better. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE our daughter and my ability to maneuver around our already small house is much more keen, now that every inch of floor space is filled it offers a nice challenge. Who would have thought that a little baby could have such an impact on a home! Being 6’3 and 250lbs. I feel a bit like a bull in a china closet.
So if you’re sick of all that free time. Clean and very adult home décor. Or just love the stuff out of baby crap swoon everywhere. By all means have a baby, if not have one anyway, their worth every inch. Truth be told, I like and use everything shown here, except the Boppy. Back saving MamRoo, and the Bumbochair do “rock” in my opinion. She looks so cute sitting in the chair, and it helps them build thier neck muscles!.
Ok game time; see how many baby things that is in the photo. I just gave you three. The correct answer gets nothing except the glory of being right. It’s a lame prime prize but a prize just the same! HoweverI may know some people that I swear that glory drives thier life. My daugtuer has curred me of that as well. Enjoy Your Day!!!
During some pre baby days my wife and I were searching E Bay for funny gifts. We came across this fan for .99 cents and pressed Buy it Now! 3 weeks later this gem of a “toy” entered our mailbox from China. The absolute best part of this item was the packaging. Please read both sides as it maybe some of the funniest copy I have ever read. “100%best Toys for the children” It’s a fan and clearly is not a good toy for little ones. By the way wearing this will make you look like the most ridiculous person in your area.
Disclosure, By no way am I trying to make fun of any cultures here it’s just fun.
The incredibly wise and insightful Isla White of http://www.islawhite.wordpress.com has chosen my blog to be nominated. Thank you Isla! White!
Frankly I could not be more excited and honored. Like most new to blogging, I often wonder who if anyone actually reads my posts. That is besides my mother and wife. Someone smart once said “the most generous gift you can give another person is your listening” I always liked that one. It is inside of ones’ listening for another that actually creates the other. Let me give you an example. When someone always interacts with you as you’re an ass, it’s pretty hard to want to be pleasant to that person. When some always treats you with love and positive vibes, it’s easy to be the same way around them. If we can all “listen” each other with utmost respect, we create and give space for the magic of that moment.
It is in that space where people allow themselves to be the people they truly want to be ,and already are.
So THANK YOU ALL for your generous gifts of listening. And thank you again Isla for the nomination! You made my morning.
I order to be considered for this prestigious award I must make public 7 random secrets about me. Here you go.
- Mr. Snuffleupagus has been and will always be my favorite Sesame Street character. He’s imaginary and eats cabbage.
- When I was young we heated our house mostly by wood. It was built in the late 1700’s. We had 5 wood stoves that I was to keep stocked and burning. In the dead of night, and winter usually with 2 feet or more of snow on the ground. I would sleep walk all the way down stairs, outside and through the snow to bring in an arm load of wood. This was done several times while wearing Spider Man P.J.s I always felt a little weird when I awoke to a pile of wood on my bureau.
- I gain an attachment to certain things I own. I am in LOVE with my Husqvarna snow blower and Lawnmower. I love anything Husqvarna. I call my Snow blower the pride of my town.( Blatant hint for sponsorship)
- I saw Star Wars the movie 27 times in the theater when it came out. This was the 70’s and there was no such thing as a VCR. Want to see a movie go to the theater kid.
- I only wear Nike Air Max sneakers. (Hint for free sneakers from Nike)
- I do NOT have A Facebook page.
- Clownes make me feel strange. Except Wavy Gravey
In the spirit of admiration and listening it gives me great pleasure to nominate these following blogs for the Versatile Blog Award. In no particular order the nominations are: The Ugly Moose, le zoe musings, Going Dutch, The Domestically Impaired Guide to the Kitchen Arts, Domestic diva, MD, Dongshow Productions. Check UR backside.com
Ok hang on this maybe a little rough. As I’m sure your all sick of hearing about my back issues since bringing the little one home. We decided to look into a new couch for our media room. This has become the room where we go once our daughter has fallen asleep. It in our basement so it’s far enough away and with the baby video monitors it works out really well. This is where we relax; watch TV shows like Boardwalk Empire,. And generally relive everything our daughter did that day. Anyway it’s the closest thing to a man cave I have.
Which brings me to this following rant. Me, Mommy and Baby in the car driving by that big named store that always is having their 2 day sale every day. You know the one that buys more TV air time than Coke, Pepsi and Subway combined. The one that seems to have eaten every other local furniture store in your area that you can remember. You know the one that can’t stop spending money advertising the fact if you come in and buy an entire Mc Mansions’ worth of furniture, You won’t have to pay for it. Or at least for a year or a year and a half. Oh Yeah did I mentation there is no interest for those first 12 months….
So as fast as possible Me, Mommy, and Baby ran through the new building that is so big it probably should have its own zip code. We stealthily located our sofa and love seat of choice, while being prayed on by several sales sharks with shear desperation in their eyes. Oh no we were the only ones in the store. Or fish in the water. That all said this could end up being a blood bath.
Me: “How much does this set cost if I buy the couch and the love seat together”?
Me: “How much does just the Love seat cost”?
Sounds like two very simple questions to answer don’t you think? Wrong!
Salesman: (who was wearing more cologne than my high school vice principle?) “Well that depends on if you’re a preferred customer” Ok this isn’t going to go well for you I thought. I was under the impression that walking in and being a customer would automatically elevate me to a “preferred” customer status. Ok once again “how much is the sofa and love seat”
Salesmen, “Well if you buy the protection plan I can sell you the whole thing for this #.”
Right, great I don’t care about a protection plan, it’s a leather love seat. How much is the love seat without the protection plan. “If you use our credit card and become a VIP preferred you won’t pay any interest and be entered in prize drawings” Then you can pay this #. And you automatically get the protection plan.
Look sharky sales guy. I want to buy this love seat. I have an American express card that I will pay the whole thing off right now. Better yet see that bank, I will go withdraw the money and pay you for the love seat. Now, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?!!
Salesman: Hold on a minute I just have to go talk with my manager.” WHAT THE FUDGE” is going on here? That was our queue to get the heck out of there. Since when does buying something take so much effort? How does a store stay in business when you don’t have to pay for anything you buy for a year? Things sure are changing, except in my media room same old crappy love seat. Good news I decided to sell myself a preferred, VIP, protection plan. So now I can rest easy.
Parade Sausage Peppers & Onions
This type of weather makes me think of street food, and parades! New England warm spring afternoons were made for Sausages, Peppers, And Onions! Here is a simple, fun way to make your own outdoor food fest for you and yours.
One red onion sliced
Half White onion sliced
3 cloves garlic sliced
2 precooked turkey bacon strips
Nice pile sweet peppers sliced
Cup or so chicken stock
Shake of hot pepper flakes
Shake of oregano
8-9 Sausage links of your choice. I used an organic Caprice chicken one from Costco with basil and tomato and was very pleased.
Heat a little olive oil and a bit of water in a Pan. Drop in Sausages. Cover and steam heat for about 5 or so minutes Drain most of the liquid out and fry sausages till brown. Set aside for later, in that same pan drop in onions, peppers, garlic, bacon pieces, and drizzle with olive oil and sauté till clear. Deglaze with the chicken stock and scrap pan bits and reduce. Also at that time add the paste and all other ingredients and stir together. Bring to a slight boil and reduce heat. Bring sausages back in the pan and simmer on low for an hour or more. When the sauce looks right serve that stuff!!!! If possible consume with beer outside with the ones you love.
My wife finally convinced me to pop on this crazy baby item known as the Mamaroo. It’s by a company called 4 Moms. Remember when I said our house is over run with baby, its spreading pretty much on a weekly basis. Now we have of course, added to our growing inventory the new Mama roo too.
OK this thing ended up being pretty darn cool. First off my wife put the whole thing together while I took a nap. That was just the start to the wonderful bliss that has become the Mamaroo. How does it work? Awesome! It has like 5 settings from car ride to ocean. Babies really like to be moving constantly. And this thing achieves this type of motion without effort. I can also attest that my back dosent mind its constant presence in our living room.
Actually it is really neat. Looks like a super space chair and has an I pod jack so we load it with her favorites, and she cruises nice and smooth. Great for a nap time as the motion will most times rock her back to sleep without issues. I almost felt guilty the first day or so as it worked so well it gave daday a couple nice breaks. After this you will begine to wonder if they make one of these for adults.” I wanna rock all nice and chill to music in a space chair”.
I thought I would do a post on it in helps to inform anyone else that may be on the fence on the purchase. We are glad we bought ours. and our daughter really does love it so thumbs up for the Mama Roo. So yes we do MamaRoo. I do do do..
Ok…I just really wanted to put that pic up, sorry Honey….
Please just hang in there and let me get this out to you. Yeah you all know, I want to heal, through laughter. Create and allow connections, pollinating that which we all we touch with a positive vibration. Such that any other life form that comes in contact with our vibration will be able to sense there is something good “here” and have an attraction. It would seem to be simple, but it has been my experience that these paramount values continue to be elusively attained in our ever so ME and MINE society.
Given this, I think it is only prudent that individuals, companies, and the like should pay us our fees of spreading good will. Think of it as a clean air credit, a credit a company buys to offset their pollution footprint. We could call it?… perhaps a “But Munch Credit” or as Bill Mahr would put it a “douche bag credit”. Anyway thanks for listening to that rant.
I have been thinking about the lessons of allowing lately. Everything in our lives right now is not really trying as much as allowing. When baby first learned to suck mommy’s milk, she for the first time had to allow that to all happen. Our primal human first need. Allow myself to nourish. On the moms side, She is allowing her baby to do so as well. It’s a scary feeling this “allowing” It starts with a flutter in your chest from your very life force. That feeling of something exciting and strangely right. That’s you telling yourself …allow it’s for you. I see these emotions play though my Daughters’ eyes when I am feeding her. Once calm humans can relax into the flow of life and let it provide all it needs. But trusting in that fluttery feeling of chance and wonder is the scary but necessary porthole to the lesson of allowing.
While holding my daughter yesterday we were looking out the window when we saw a wonderful red cardinal in our back yard. His bright red color and sharp black markings cut an almost high definition scene against the pure white, glitter snow beneath him. It’s March here in New England and it is the first time we have had snow in our yard all year or at least since the 14 inches in October that nocked our whole area dark for over a week. Super fun by the way with a 7 month pregnant wife.
Watching the cardinal, it made my mind drift to summer and all the colors that go along with some of my favorite activities. Growing, canning and eating food, delicious fresh food, like the cardinal we humans need the real thing too. Watching him forage for something to eat it had me remember simple fresh ingredients make the BEST food. That’s my cardinal rule.
So it’s March with snow on the ground Daddy A. What Gives? I tell ya what gives…Canning it gives all year long my friend. One long day or so in the summer will result in the best tasting food all winter long. Want to smash your carbon footprint to pieces? Try canning; just imagine the resources it takes to bring that can of imported tomatoes from Italy to your table. The fruit from the sun of your back yard or local farmers market will be better I guaranty it. You will want to start with a bushel or maybe just a half to get your feet wet, and cans too. Tomatoes, apples, can be done with a simple hot water bath. Anything else you will want to invest in a pressure canner. I have a great one I got at ACE for under $100. It will allow you to do other foods that require more pressure and time.
The smell that envelopes your home when you crack one of these cans in the dead of winter is like pure summer sun. We can a bushel of sweet corn every year and when we make our corn chowder it pops with that summers’ sweet corn flavor. Nice!
There are no real preservatives associated with canning. It is just water and a little salt, or lemon juice. That’s it. As far as healthy eating goes, and saving money over all on excellent food. I haven’t found a better way to nourish my family. I also get to take pride in being a local hero supporting our local farms. No Farms, No Food. No Food? Oh No!
So I think I am going to start planning out my garden, come up with a good plan for doing something more with all the other stuff I grow. Hey what are you going to grow? Why not think of canning this year? Now is a great time to start. I will do a follow up with some step by step, but until then feel free to ask any questions on the subject.
The cardinal flew away looking for his mate with the bright beak, but not without leaving us with his little gifts…The cardinal rule. Be grateful for what food lies at your feet!
I feel lucky today! My baby slept 12 hours!!! Last night. I feel like my old self today. Mommy and I even stayed up for 2 whole hour’s baby free. We watched Boardwalk Empire episodes on DVD and I drank like 4 beers. So in the spirit of fun, here is a neat recipe that will entertain the young ones and the rest of you weary eyed parents on these last days of winter. This is a fun one for everyone.
Below is a follow up to my Snowblind Mac & Cheese recipe from last week.
Really it is my favorite part of making that dish. The next day for lunch or an easy after work dinner it’s a crowd pleaser… I make a quick simple homemade red-pizza sauce for dipping, and with the Italian bread crumbs and it is a completely different taste from the night before.
I would also like to credit Alton Brow from the Cooking Network for being the inspiration to this fried Mac recipe however; as always I have made some changes.
The Sauce recipe is mine. And now yours too!! Enjoy!!!!
- One can pealed Italian tomatoes.
- One teaspoon fresh or dry oregano.
- One clove minced garlic.
- Third of a red onion chopped.
- Two shakes of red pepper flakes.
- Drizzle of olive oil or so.
- (Optional) piece of already cooked turkey beacon or pancetta chopped
In a sauté pan heat up oil med to med high, drop in onions and garlic. Try to sauté and not fry, no browning the garlic. If you’re a meat person drop in the bacon or pancetta. Once onions run clear, sprinkle in red pepper flakes, oregano, and any basil for that matter. Open and drain tomatoes and mash. Or better yet a quick food processer of blending wand really rocks for this. Add all together and bring to a quick light boil and back down and simmer for 15 min or up to an hour.
Fried Mac Ingredients
- Leftover baked macaroni and cheese, refrigerated for at least overnight
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 egg beaten with 2 ounces water
- 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
- Oil for deep frying, preheated to 375 degrees
Cut refrigerated macaroni and cheese into slices or bite size pieces. Season the flour with salt, pepper and cayenne. Dredge each piece through the flour and gently tap off excess. Dip in the egg wash and then coat with the bread crumbs. Allow them to rest for 5 minutes so the crust can set. Very carefully drop into the oil and fry until golden brown. Remove to a baking sheet fitted with a rack and rest for 2 minutes before serving.