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Roll It Up & Throw It in a Pan!

I admittedly have gotten pretty lazy about certain things over the past two years. The way that I cook has definitely been one of the things that has taken a backseat on my priority list. Pre-Addison, I used to be much more willingly to make things from scratch… where now, I definitely cut corners when I can. 😉 Cooking with Haden was actually a big part of his preschool experience, like when we made Avgolemono or Sachertorte. We used to make pizzas ALL. THE. TIME. My struggles with juggling two children kinda put an end to those things though, and cooking became this thing I just had to get through in order for us to eat. Not that I exiled him from my kitchen, but my interest in involving Haden dwindled. Today we baked cookies together, albeit not from scratch, but from a Betty Crocker bag. 😛 At which time, Haden informed me that he needed to be cooking more, so that he could learn the right way to do things in the kitchen. I must say, my boy can sure be convincing, since he wrangled an agreement out of me to plan one cooking project for us every week. I am even considering including Addison in these exploits, which means I have officially LOST MY MIND. Now… to get to my point. I think I would like to explore bread making for these cooking projects, and I have never, not even once, made my own bread. There. I admitted it. Oh, the shame! So, my bread-making-friends… Recipes? Tips? Pointers?... read more

Avgolemono <—- I have NO idea how to pronounce that.

Our cooking project for this week! Avgolemono – Greek Egg & Lemon Soup It was not very appealing to the eye but it was to the tummy! It reminded me of egg drop soup, flavor wise. We paired this with a Greek salad. As Haden and I say when we are excited, “What! What!!!” I think this may have been my favorite so far. I can see myself making this one again. We learned…. Greece is made up of a mainland peninsula and 2,000 islands. They are famous for olives, which have grown in Greece for over 2,000 years. The highest point in Greece is Mount Olympus. It was thought to be the home of gods in ancient times. And “Hello” in Greek is “Kalimera”. There is your mini Greek lesson of the day.... read more

Sachertorte

This was the most pain in the ass cooking project yet! 😛 Good thing the internet was down all day so I had ample time and no distractions to get it done. The final product didn’t taste too bad either. It was thicker than a brownie and pretty rich. I highly doubt I will eat any more of it. Sachertorte  is a cake from Austria. It was first made by a cook named Franz Sacher, who made it for an Austrian prince. Austria is famous for the Vienna Boys Choir and Lipizzaner horses, which are pure white horses that perform in shows in Vienna. They speak German there and “Hello” is “BruB Gott”, which is pronounced groose gott. Go figure… So maybe I didn’t love the cake but I did try something new for dinner & I did LOVE it. Super yum. It will definitely make it onto my dinner menu in the future. It is bok choy & green beans stir fried & covered in a teriyaki tofu dressing, served on top of jasmine rice.  Oh and toped with sautéed sliced onions. The most exciting part of the whole dinner was that I made the rice in my new Rice Cooker Plus that I earned for FREE from hosting a Pampered Chef party at my house. The rice was perfect and it took 10 minutes to cook. That is almost as exciting as the 8 minute cake. Almost. I haven’t shared this with anyone other than my husband yet but I do believe I am going to make a cook book sometime in the future. I have no definite plans for when I am going to start but it is something I would really like to do. I cook. A LOT. And I am always trying new stuff and the things I try I generally change to make it better, per my opinion. 😛 My friend, Karen wrote a cookbook. One of my favorites! And she self-published it. So I am going to aspire to try and do one myself. One day. Michael bought Haden a new piggie bank that talks and adds up the money put into it so Haden can see what he is putting in and how much it is. It is pretty cool. So now he is getting an allowance. Oh, he is so grown up. 25 cents a day, unless he does something exceptional to lose it. He is quite excited about it.... read more

Homemade Baby Food Maker :P

SO… although I have been reluctant to continue down the path of being a homemade baby food maker, mostly from laziness… 😛 I decided to keep pushing forward and gave making pears a try again. That time I actually cooked them long enough so they pureed just fine. Then I thought… this isn’t so bad if when you get done the food is actually edible. Today I made butternut squash puree. I was surprised at how tough it is to cut through a butternut squash. lol. It isn’t something I have ever tried making before. I wasn’t even sure how to cook it so I had to Google. LOVE that Google. You cook it in the pan with the “meat” facing down in about an inch or 2 of water. Then I just scooped it out with a spoon and tossed it in the blender. Addison made little happy noises while she ate some so I guess that means she likes it! Spooned it into my ice trays and then froze it. Easy Peasy. My friends did tell me so. 😛 Michael is off right now picking up Haden’s very first bed! I am so excited. I know he is going to be thrilled when he wakes up in the morning and sees it. Hopefully that will inspire him to actually sleep in it. My fingers are crossed. I can’t wait to take him shopping to pick out his “big boy” bedding for his new bed. Oh, and Addsion has her first tooth coming in! Looks like the one right next to it will be making an appearance soon as well.... read more

Tabboule

Our cooking project for this week was Tabboule, which come from Lebanon, on the Eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea. It is made up of cracked wheat, tomatoes, cucumber, green onions and herbs. Tossed in a lemony dressing and served on top of lettuce. My little world book didn’t include too much information on Lebanon. I did learn that they speak Arabic there and “Hello” is “Salaam a alaykum”, which I know I will never remember. Seems kinda long just to be “Hello”. 😛 I did find it interesting that people have been living in the city of Byblos for about 9,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest... read more

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