Thursday, August 30, 2012

baby hungry post #2

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I know it's not for two more hours...

But happy birthday to my wonderful, lovely, ever-youthful mother!!! We love you so much and can't wait to see you in October... It cannot come fast enough! :)

our budding photographer and first lacrosse game

little d has taken to the camera lately and really enjoys snapping photos. recently:
 still working on mastering the shot that includes the face...
 and keeping his finger out of the flash
 on another side note, we had a fun visit to harvard's football stadium where we watched our first MLL lacrosse game as a family. The boston cannons were winning when we got there and little d was completely into the game.

Then we started losing and he started to get restless...
 until he completely checked out midway through the fourth quarter, so we did too. But a fun experience and a good outing with the inlaws!

Monday, August 27, 2012

make it: crockpot buffalo chicken lettuce wraps and chocolate croissants

I found this recipe through Pinterest of course, via Skinnytaste. I was looking for an easy crockpot chicken recipe that would make for a quick and yummy meal for me and all the boys around here.

I didn't even know buffalo chicken was that bad for you in the first place, but I love shredded chicken and gave this a try... you should too! The only thing I will do differently next time is that I put the hot sauce into the crockpot while it was cooking and never drained the chicken broth (which you are supposed to do). This led to only a mildly spicy (instead of a good kick, which I guess was good for my mild taste buds) and a bit of a watery chicken. That's what I get for always skimming directions instead of following them to a "t". Still, however, delish. Here's how it looked immediately post-cooking. We also chose to cook all day at low (9 hours) so I would try the quicker cooking at a higher temp next time too.
 Here's how to make it, taken directly from skinnytaste:
Servings: 6 • Size: 1/2 cup chicken + veggies • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 147.7 • Fat: 0.1 g • Carb: 5.2 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Protein: 24.9 g • Sugar: 1.7 g
Sodium: 879 mg 


For the chicken:

  • 24 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 16 oz fat free low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup hot cayenne pepper sauce (I used Frank's)

For the wraps:

  • 6 large lettuce leaves, Bibb or Iceberg
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 large celery stalks, cut into 2 inch matchsticks


In a crock pot, combine chicken, onions, celery stalk, garlic and broth (enough to cover your chicken, use water if the can of broth isn't enough). Cover and cook on high 4 hours.


Remove the chicken from pot, reserve 1/2 cup broth and discard the rest. Shred the chicken with two forks, return to the slow cooker with the 1/2 cup broth and the hot sauce and set to on high for an additional 30 minutes. Makes 3 cups chicken.

To prepare lettuce cups, place 1/2 cup buffalo chicken in each leaf, top with 1/4 cup shredded carrots, celery and dressing of your choice. Wrap up and start eating!

 Here was our spread and the final product. I don't think I will ever use another buffalo chicken recipe ever. I love this!!
 Also... if anyone knows how much I love chocolate croissants, shame on you for never sharing this recipe, also found on pinterest. You just take those pillsbury crescent rolls, cut each one into half, cover with a tiny bit of "I can't believe its not butter" and cinnamon and a few chocolate chips....
 bake at 350 and ten minutes later, cover in frosting and there you have it... the cheapest bite size croissants you will ever eat! Betcha can't eat just one!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

the baby hungry post #1

Since his second birthday, I have been looking over photos, especially from the first year of little d's life (you know, when I actually used my nice camera to snap photos all the time instead of being lazy with my phone) and have been getting terribly awfully baby hungry. I look at those cheeks and think, gosh we made a cute baby. Is it really pressing our luck to try again? We shall see. Here comes the first of a couple throwback thursdays.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

little d at 24 months

color: blue
movie: finding nemo
show: 3 way tie between blues clues, curious george and mickey mouse
meals: bagels with cream cheese, noodles, PB sandwich, cereal
sport: golf
snacks: teddy grahams, fruit snacks, M&M's, carrots (bunny food), guacamole (with a spoon), Bobgurt, any fruit, cookies "too-tees", chocolate milk "tot-let moo malt"(but only the organic kind that has the happy jumping cow)
song: "call me maybe". seriously he sings it ALL THE TIME. Knows almost all the words to it.
activities: swimming in his baby pool or in a "big one" (friend's real-size pools), baseball, golf, riding his bike (from Darsi and Mike), talking on the phone, grocery shopping (especially at Roche Brothers where they have kid-sized shopping carts), watching videos of himself, playing at the park (slides, not really swings), singing to himself
animal: cats, dogs, fish, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits... the boy is a regular dr. doolittle. LOVES animals
also still fascinated with putting things inbetween his toes.
This boy has turned into a talking machine. He will talk your ear off and then keep talking to you. I catch him talking or singing to Kevin all the time and think, wow that boy needs a playmate! We have started to get better about playdates but it is still tricky. He usually has to be around older children to get the intellectual stimulation he craves (it frustrates him when small kids don't talk. Kevin on the other hand? He has a little voice he uses claiming its him!). Sometimes you can literally see the wheels turning as his mouth continues to move "umm! and! ahh!" while his brain catches up with all the stuff he wants to say.
"do it like this? that."
"have fun at _(nap/school/work)_!"
"go team baby!"
"dinner-tiiiiiiiiiiiime!" (for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
(when he climbs up to a high place, like the couch) "mom, say 'careful me! careful dussin! is dangerous! get down!'"
"it won't work/ is not working"
"say more (makes the sign for more), say please (makes the sign for please)"
"I want more butt paste"
"I wanna do it mysself"
(to kevin) "hiiiii haaaa-neeee!/hiiii swee-hardt!"
"peace out"
"watt me" (watch me)
"I do flip! I oh-yimp-it (olympics) boy!"
"soop-man! (superman) 'pider-man! (spiderman)"
"watt my mouf." (and proceeds to slowly say a word we have been working on with him like "cory")
"a need to taaaaam dowwwwn (calm down). talm down or.. time out!" (he told this to a playmate who was crying at the time... funny how he picks stuff like that up from me!"

As you can probably tell with that last quote, we have officially entered the terrible twos. Little d is no stranger to voicing his opinion and is extremely well versed at doing so which makes it even more frustrating when he throws a tantrum and I cannot understand why. There are the usual triggers like rapid transitions, not getting something he wants (usually chocolate milk, ice cream or his third gogurt of the morning), and waking up from his nap (which usually leaves him in a sour mood) but then there are the random bursts of anger and hysterical crying, which I usually leave him to sort out with a one minute time out. He has actually started to realize it as a good place (sometimes) and will occasionally request a time out while crying because he knows that's where he can go to calm down. A chair in the dining room has been working out for us, and occasionally he will ask me to sit with him till he gets his emotions together. The funniest part about his time outs are that since I will not let him out of timeout (although I always sit with him after the one minute is up, I'm not that cold hearted!) until he is calmed down and not crying, he will sometimes be still crying but through the tears tell me "I not twying (crying), I yaffing (laughing)!" and always manages a smile which just melts my heart and sure enough he does calm down.

We have been EXTREMELY blessed in the sleeping department (knock on wood). Sure he still gets up between 5:30 and 6:30 but I just don't get him till at least 6. He almost always wakes up from his nighttime sleep happy as a clam and ready to greet the day (I think that has been consistent throughout his life). When it is time for nap/going to bed, I let him know and he happily makes his way to the basement (our bedrooms) chirping instructions for us to "say, have a good nap, dussin! night!" And so long as I don't forget the prayer or to cover him with his "towel" (a thin receiving blanket he uses at night since he has to have a blanket and it is just too hot for that now!), all the rest of the bedtime routine can go right out the window. That being said, we can easily spend an hour taking a bath, reading books, and doing "flips" (summer saults) on the couch before bed on days we don't have much else to do, and he is easily down for the count by 8 each night.

Other random bits: I'm a little sad he hasn't shown any interest in drawing since right before he turned two, but hopefully that will come back soon. If not we can always try painting. little d has a miraculous memory, and still remembers where everyone lives or where they are at any given time. Has a better understanding of numbers and has stopped telling total strangers "I'm four!" when they ask how old he his. Has learned to keep all fingers but two down when he tells people he is two. Can count easily to ten, and if he is not distracted can go up to twenty, although he tends to get stuck on thirteen....thirteen...thirteen...., has a terribly good understanding of birthdays where he knows if there is a birthday there will be cake and presents involved and he LOVES those two things. Also loves getting mail (maiiiiiiiiltiiiiiime!) and opening letters. Also continues to ask where Uncle Blake is even though he knows he is on a mission. I think he supposes that is something like work and that he will be home "soon". Two years is sooooo long!

Monday, August 20, 2012

make it! easiest chicken marinade

Pinterest may have led me astray via that nasty funfetti dip (even saying those words puts a sour taste in my mouth!), but it's recipes like these that redeem it a million times over! Recipe may be borrowed but the pics are all mine!
after an overnight marinade... the only way to do it!
Credits to Sunday Baker. If I rotate this with Mager's jerk chicken (also a marinade), I could literally be eating chicken for every meal and be in heaven. No lie. This coming from a girl who used to loathe meat. And actually all this typing about the recipe made me hungry. Guess what we will be grilling tomorrow night??

The best way to eat chicken breasts in the summer is off the grill! This marinade gives the chicken a wonderful taste that's different than the usual old boring chicken breast. The longer you marinade, the better and stronger the taste. I like to marinade for at least 4 hours.

Grilled Chicken Marinade
1 c. olive oil
3/4 c. soy (or light soy)
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c. pure maple syrup (can substitute brown sugar)
1/3 c. fresh lemon juice
2 T. minced garlic
3 t. salt
generous dash of pepper

1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large dish. Submerge thawed chicken breast into the mixture, covering completely.

2. Marinade at least 4 hours in the refrigerator, rotating the chicken after 2 hours. Discard the marinade when ready to grill

The result is juicy, tasty chicken that is tender and delicious.  I like to make up a big batch and use the leftovers for different recipes throughout the week. The marinade can be made a few days before using-keep refrigerated.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

25 months

I know I haven't even really blogged about little d at 2 years, but this month I was watching him sleep and just had this incredible epiphany I wanted to write down so I never forgot.

25 months ago, little d was still a baby d squished inside me and whenever I see him sleep like this (most of the time) I just get this overwhelming love wash over me and I am completely amazed that my body grew that sweet boy. The female body is an absolutely incredible machine and I truly did not appreciate it for the miracle it is.

So while we start thinking about having a #2, I think my goal will be to focus on the positive. I was so overwhelmed with the weight gain, NICU scare and csection that I failed to focus on the positive from two years ago till now. How awful is that!! To only focus on the negative worst parts of such a ultimate sacrifice and miracle.

As we plan for the next phase of our lives, working our way from a family of 4 (kg is still a very big part of our family, regardless of how disgusting it is that he's eating ferrell wildlife on a regular basis) to a family of 5, I am going to focus more on the positive.

My body was able to grow and carry a beautiful child to full term, I went into labor on my own, I completely dilated and my water broke on my own and my unfortunate csection is just a side note to one of the best days of my life. I trust my heavenly father and my own body and look forward to embracing motherhood a second time.

Oh and as a side note, the question I get the most when we talk to other people about future siblings for little d is whether I prefer a girl or boy this time around. Last time I was dead set on girl, because that was all I knew!! Having a boy terrified me!! Now, having gone through the journey the last two years, I would happily have many more boys if they were all as good natured as little d. As strange as it may sound, we have referred to Kevin as little d's brother for as log as Ivan remember. He understands and loves the concept of "brother" and I love the idea of him having a little brother to play ball with... That being said I would ultimately love to have a girl, having grown up with sisters I am a little biased. So I can honestly say that this time around I am completely indifferent about the gender and yet so excited to find out.

So there you have it. 25 months of highs and lows and obviously the highs far outweigh the lows because I have never been happier with my life an am excited to continue to grow our little family, even with all the challenges (sleepless nights) will inevitably bring.

I love this boy and thank god every day for bringing my husband (and the resultant son) to me.

Seriously. So blessed.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Make it: biggest loser pancakes (day zero #15)

My goal was initially to perfect a healthy bread recipe, but then since reading the skinny rules I have discovered the Ezekiel bread and have no desire to go back.

I DO love pancakes and finally found a recipe that filled me up and tastes good without that unnecessary post-pancake-coma I am so used to with German pancakes (my favorite, but you know, moderation blah blah blah).

I love that this recipe makes about 10 so that is perfect for three pancakes a person (me and the hubs and a guest) and one for little d. :) at 181 calories total for ALL three pancakes, you can even splurge and use real maple syrup. Or throw in some chocolate chips (because who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?). But you know, not too much or you'll miss the yummy cinnamon-y taste!! I have eaten these pancakes plain and cold and they are still good! One of my most favorite recipes by far... Make it!


6 egg whites
1 cup rolled oats, dry
1 cup cottage cheese
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla


In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Heat a griddle or large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. For each pancake pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle. Flip when they start to bubble. Cook until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batches, spraying the griddle as needed. Makes about 10 pancakes.

Number of Servings: 3

Nutritional Info Per Serving (3 pancakes):
181 Calories, 2.7g Fat, 10mg Cholesterol, 361mg Sodium, 20g Carbs, 2.8g Fiber

Day zero #55: secret goal

Tried my first five guys burger today...delish. We will be back.

Oh and finally feel comfortable enough to wear a post-baby bikini. Hard work pays off, and I could not be happier (ok maybe with a little less extra skin , but you know, minor details)! Half a pound away!!

Yup, we're one of those families.

Ice cream and hats handpicked by our very own self designated little "red sox fan... Today!"

Go Red Sox!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Nose scratch: victim or instigator??

(don't) Make it: 3-2-1 cake batter dip

My very first pinterest fail.
Made the eat yourself skinny cake batter dip. Eating it while mixing it seemed promising but after it had chilled in the fridge... Yuck.

Don't waste your time. Not even chocolate chip cookies cookies could save this disaster.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

sunday best... because you know you wanted more

the boys in all the sunday glory you can imagine. (photo creds to Reza)
Since I got my phone, most if not all pictures come from that phone. If you see pictures that look more rectangular like the ones that follow, those are taken using our HD camera that Mr. D got me last year (which I love, I just don't always remember to bring it with me). So here are some more quality photos from that crazy photo shoot a few weeks back.
Kevin trying to get his close-up....

 Keeping little d happy?
 Hair in the face. Obv.
 Now comes the hard part...picking the best, most christmas card-worthy shot. Good Luck. Here's #1
 #8 (my fav. obv since it is the one non-fatty-arm-shot)
 Right. Good luck with that. Don't worry there were other photos taken that I'm sure are much better :)
Like this:

 Of course this:
 and my personal favorite for the winning christmas card picture vote: 
 BAM. Perfection.

happy sunday!
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