Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This Red Sox Wife is headed to the Boston Marathon in 2012!

ballboy and the kevs: first battle.









21+5... am i really that old?

This is the time of year where I apologize to my poor mother for putting her through labor for 17 hours.
It is so interesting to me that everyone congratulates you on your birthday when really all you did was passively cause your mother an extremely large amount of pain. 
[And you hope to make up for it years later... that is, after the tumultuous teenage years are over and ESPECIALLY after going through labor yourself.] 
Thanks, mom. Good to know it wasn't too bad for you if you went on to have 3 more, right?
Last year's birthday was spent with my littlest doll, Surah :) 
can't wait to have her back here for two weeks!
The hardest part of my birthday last year? Having to work 8 hours.
This year will be the best birthday yet because even if I am turning 26, I get to spend every waking minute with the littlest love of my life.
Flashback to 2009 I was newly prego and my parents came into town for thanksgiving/my bday and even though the sight of turkey day food made me nauseated, it was wonderful to have all the girls together! It doesn't happen often enough. Also, Michelle had a pie for EACH person. So there were like 20+ pies. AWESOME.
2008 we were so young, so naiive and carefree and full of energy and I can't quite remember but I am pretty sure I had a full night's sleep and no bags under my eyes on my 23rd birthday. But... our family [even with the Kevs] was not quite complete.
Here's to being just slightly older than 21 this year...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

gangstah tuesday

6am: Dropping it like its hot? Check.

Monday, November 28, 2011

omelettes and muffins: what I'm making monday!

Seriously, it's what's for breakfast: VEGGIES!

I love finding new ways to sneak in veggies, especially before noontime :)
Here is one of my favorite breakfasts: two eggs, slice of provalone, a few cubes of tofu [to add some soy, and by itself it is tasteless... it just absorbs the flavors around it!], mushrooms, tomatoes, and avocado. [all that is missing is spinach!]
 Everything in cubes... little known fact: this was my first attempt at a REAL omelette. I usually get too freaked out that the egg will not cook so I just end up doing my "omelettes" scrambled!
 And I always top it off with fresh tomatoes and avocado... the perfect meal in my book.
And Anabel Karmel [who else??] had this muffin recipe I just "perfected"... the carrots and pineapple make it SO moist it almost tastes--dare I say it--buttery!: [anything crossed out is the original recipe and what follows is my variation of AK's Carrot and Pineapple Muffins [makes about 13]:

1 c all purpose flour
1 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger nutmeg [I never have ginger, and nutmeg always compliments cinnamon well!]
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c vegetable oil applesauce [I learned from Bananas that you NEVER have to bake with oil if you replace the same amount with unsweetened applesauce! Brownies, cake, bread tastes just as good and are much healthier!]
1/3 c sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 c carrots, finely shredded
1-8oz can crushed pineapple [I also put it through the food processor so there would be no chukiness in the muffin]
2/3 c raisins  I omit this since nobody likes raisins baked into food in this family :)
[I also added chocolate chips to a few of them for variety... which DK actually loved!]
To Do:
Preheat oven to 350'.
In large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, ginger/nutmeg, and salt. Beat the oil/applesauce, eggs, sugar together till well blended.
Add grated carrot, pineapple, and raisins.
Gradually add the flour mixture, beating just enough to combine all the ingredients.
Pour batter into muffin pans lined with paper muffin cups and bake for about 25 minutes or till golden.
[after the first time, I realized it they are so moist that they stick to the cups, so I spray the liners/pan too]
Om nom nom.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

when christmas comes early

Abueli and I decided that with little d's growing separation anxiety with me, it would be good to get him a "lovey", or stuffed animal to get attached to and give him security so that I can actually start leaving him with other people without starting a trail of tears. The most logical place to go? "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" AKA the Disney Store... guess who wanted one of every Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto in stock?
 One Mickey was too small, one was too big but this one was just right.
 making Mickey wave to all his adoring fans at the mall
 So Mr. Mouse is the newest addition to our [club]house. Even the Kevs is starting to like him.
Thanks, Abueli Astrid!

Friday, November 25, 2011

DZ #65: bake a pie from scratch & #48: cook a true thanksgiving dinner


DONE.
I may have had a LITTLE bit of help from sous chef little d. :)


Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts (see below)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can NESTLE® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shells.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

Pie Crust:
Two cups flour. Add in chopped, softened two sticks (1/2 c each stick). Add in 1/4 c water then continue adding water by 1 Tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached. Chop dough in half, spread out by rolling pin onto floured surface, place crust in pie plate. Repeat with other half of crust.

Cooking a true Thanksgiving meal for me means learning to do everything but the turkey... that's for boys to worry about, anyways :) So while my dad worked on the turkey I made, with a wonderful amount of help, homemade pumpkin pies (with acorns made of caramels+chocolate+sprinkles), mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (see next recipe), corn, and green salad. And Mr. D took the part of looking super handsome post-workout. Seriously its not fair to the rest of us that he looks that good after running around for two hours while I look like death after a half marathon. Sorry for the serious red-eye.

Ellie Krieger's Sweet Potato Casserole With Meringue Topping

"My whole family oohs and aahs over this casserole because it looks so gorgeous with the poofed meringue peaks. I am always tickled that everyone requests it each year. And it has a third of the calories of your run-of the-mill sweet potato casserole." — Ellie, HOST OF HEALTHY APPETITE WITH ELLIE KRIEGER ON FOOD NETWORK

Prep time: 25 minutes 
Cook time: 60 minutes 

3½ lb sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
⅓ cup honey
1 large egg, slightly beaten
½ tsp each ground cinnamon and salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
2 large egg whites
¼ tsp cream of tartar
¼ cup superfine sugar

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Fill a large pot with 3 inches water; insert a large steamer basket into pot and top with sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil; cover pot and steam potatoes 14 to 16 minutes, until fork tender. 

2. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and cool slightly. Add honey, egg, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg to bowl. Mash with a potato masher or beat with a handheld electric mixer until mixture is smooth. Spread into prepared dish and bake 30 minutes or until potatoes are hot.

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl with an electric mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Add sugar 1 Tbsp at a time, beating for about 10 seconds between additions. Continue to beat 4 to 5 minutes until stiff peaks form and meringue is smooth and glossy.

4. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and place on a heat-proof surface. Using a spatula, swirl meringue over hot sweet potatoes to cover completely. Return baking dish to oven and bake 12 to 15 minutes longer or until meringue is set and lightly browned in spots. 

Makes 8 servings.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

what are you doing at 5 AM?

I am certain that for most normal [non-mom] people, the only thing they see at 5am is the backside of their eyelids. Lucky you. The last few weeks little d went from 7am wakeup... to 5am. Ghastly, I know. Thank you, daylight savings time.
After thinking "this must be a phase" for far too long to be healthy, I have finally accepted that this is the new norm and the best thing to do is enjoy it. Today, I am grateful for my little bug.
Happy Thanksgiving!
[These are also NOT the Christmas card, but more outtakes I think it are just hilarious... that first one I look like I am sitting on a pincushion and oddly distorted and little d looks like he's pooping! Good thing Mr. D is there to look normal and make the rest of us look bad. Also, to prove that with a baby it sometimes takes a bazillion frozen-faced photos to get a good one!]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

family fun time

teaching DK the secrets to beating super mario brothers 3Dland on his 3DS...
"....I do it"
 Showing him where to find all the cheat codes...
 DK.. still in shock that with little d's help, it only took him a week to beat the game! Success!
 Have you seen this movie?
You should. it is one of little d's favorites.
Here he is teaching grandpa and abueli how it's done:


IT IS SO HARD TO wait for my sisters to get out here... just a few more weeks to wait!
We haven't all been together since dad's 50th in [gasp!] march.
Last time Bananas was with [fattyhead] little d:
Last time Surah was with [baldyhead] little d:
Last time uncles were with little d:
ahahaha.... still one of my favorite pics of all time.
= I need all aunties and uncles to just come live in our neighborhood. 
Once we get a neighborhood of course.
Miss you guys!
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