Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What We Ate For Dinner: Peach Chicken and Asparagus

As a follow up to my meal plan, I thought I would let you know how dinner turned out.  Last night I made chicken in the crock pot based on this recipe.  It was delicious, but I did make a few changes.  First, I only made half a recipe, I used peach jam in place of the apricot preserves and my onion soup mix was homemade.  I was super easy so I have no doubt that we will make it again.  I roasted the asparagus in the oven at 450 after covering it in a little olive oil, kosher salt and some garlic.  It was perfect.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekly Meal Think

Here is what I am thinking of making this week.  I say thinking rather than planning because sometimes I change my mind.  If there is a plan and I deviate I feel like a failure, if there is no plan and I deviate then I feel creative. No need to set myself up for failure.

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken (but I will use peach jam instead) and roasted asparagus
Lettuce wraps with Asian crunchies
Mongolian Beef (with Elk) and steamed broccoli
Chicken Spaghetti casserole with Country green beans
Stuffed green peppers with tomato basil cream sauce (but I don't have turkey so it might be Elk)
Homemade pizza

You might have noticed that all the veggies are those from the Bountiful Basket this week.  Well, except the broccoli.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Toddler Job Charts

I've been wanting to start a chore chart for Kimball for a few months.  The new year finally inspired me to get things rolling.  I found a chart that I liked HERE and I have been using small stickers that my Mother-in-law gave me.  I started with one page for Kimball (age 3) and he liked it so much that I went to a second page.  Stan (17 months) loves it too, so he has his own.  I mostly let him put stickers on it since he doesn't yet understand the reason for the stickers.

A few thoughts if you are going to do a chore chart for a three year-old.

  1. Put a thing or two on the chart that the child is going to do anyway and even something he likes doing.  This way he will start to understand how it works.  
  2. Include things which the child is struggling with behavior wise to incentivize better behavior.  
  3. Put something on the list that he is not doing, but you would like him to learn to do.  For me this was going to the potty.  Everyday he tells me that he will do it when he gets bigger.  I figure we'll get there eventually.  At least with the chart he knows it is expected of him.  
  4. Put something on the list that you yourself need to remember to do.  For me this was practice piano.  I was always forgetting to help him do, now I remember too.  The chart has also helped me get all of us, kids and hubby included, to pick up toys before bedtime, which is a huge help to keeping Mommy a little saner.

I realize that the hardest part is remaining consistent.  But overall the chart has been awesome.  I love that I can threaten to withhold a sticker if he doesn't brush his teeth when I say it's time.  Finally a threat I can follow through with!  The best part is, since the chart is blank I will be able to adapt it over the next few months/years.  (Is it even possible I can keep this up for years?)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book Review: The Cookbook Collector

The Cookbook CollectorThe Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's been so long since I've devoured a book.  I really enjoyed reading this one.  It was all the more delicious since I have been prose starved.  The characters were wonderfully real and multifaceted.  I would recommend to anyone looking for a satisfying read about what makes life worth living.  Just so you know, it's not really about cookbooks.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Discovery

I was cleaning up the kitchen tonight and I had a little trouble.  I couldn't find the lid to the peanut butter.  I looked in the fridge and look what I found.  My Honey had put the lid on a regular mouth mason jar of apple sauce!  I never knew that they would fit.

You can see just behind the apple sauce that there is a jar of peaches with a white lid.  This is a Ball brand plastic lid for wide mouth jars.  You can buy them for regular mouth too, and I was planning on picking some up, but now I don't have to.  Yay for serendipitous lid discoveries.  My Honey just saved me about $5.  Hey, 5 bucks is five bucks.


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