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?
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. 😛
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. They have been doing it together everyday when Michael gets home from work.
Addison has an obsession with apples now. She loves gnawing on them. I think it feels good to her mouth but they seem to just make her generally happy. She is a happy girl when she has an apple. So now I find myself buying tons of green apples because they are harder and giving her slices and freezing some of them too. She has gotten really good at working them down now though, especially since her 2 front bottom teeth are growing in pretty good. I have to watch that sneaky girl.
For the first time EVER Michael and I will be apart for a night. We don’t even sleep in the same bed right now because of the kids being in the bed but I know his not being here will make it hard for me to sleep that night. 🙁 He is going to New York for a day! Fun for him. I never get to go anywhere cool. He is flying with his boss on Monday. It is a great opportunity work-wise. His boss wants him to be a part of some big meeting going on. Recently Michael got moved over to another project and it is starting to make money for the company! His boss is very happy with him and has flat out told Michael “If you make me money, you will make more money.” So we are hoping that this is the beginning of great things to come. Finger crossed. 🙂
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. 🙂
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 cities.
Addison woke me up at 6:30ish today with Haden following suit around 7:15 so it was a up and early day for us. This has been happening more frequently. I am actually considering working myself into a new bedtime and giving up my late nights. 🙁 I’m really not a morning person but I guess it just one of the sacrifices I am going to have to make for the kids because they seem to like the mornings now. Blah! 😉
I am actually having a really awesome day. Both of the kids seem to feel loads better even though we still have some snotty noses going on. We may have been slackin’ and out of our groove all week but I think we have been making up for it today. I feel excited and not stressed about the move because everything is right on track.
So for lunch we made pizza!
Haden kneaded the dough.
Haden put slices of plum tomatoes, green bell peppers & mushrooms on our pizza. Well, mushrooms only went on my half because Haden insists that mushrooms are gross! 😉
The finished product! It wasn’t half bad either.
Italy is home of the pizza! Buon giorno is “hello” is Italian. Parmesan cheese comes from around a region in Italy called Parma… Haden really LOVES parmesan cheese. And Italians are very passionate about soccer & have some of the best teams in the world. 🙂
Addison is 6 months old today! My sweet little girl is growing SO fast.
Some of my enthusiasm has left me now that I have found out that the people that were supposed to be helping us move have bailed out at the last second. Just freakin’ great. Why can’t things just go smoothly for once???!!! Is that so much to ask?
I had a great day today. I stressed minimally about the move & did very little to actually get ready for it. Not sure where that came from. We have a week and one day but for some reason today I am just not getting all worked up about it. I am even making plans to spend a nice chunk of Saturday at the Atlanta History Museum enjoying the Opening Day of the Lincoln exhibit.
This week we decided to make fried rice with vegetables and learn a little about China. “Hello” in Chinese is “Ni hoa”. China is the 3rd largest country in the world but is the most populated one. One fifth of the world’s population is Chinese.
I totally let Haden wield a real knife today for the very first time. He cut up the mushrooms for our fried rice. I was very proud. He was MOSTLY very responsible while using it. 😉
The finished product! The rice included mushrooms, bok choy, scallions, peas and bean sprouts. And of course some soy sauce!
Sorry for the crappy quality photos lately. My camera is in our car, which is usually with Michael at work & I keep forgetting to get it out when he is at home. Like right now would be the perfect time to go grab it since I am thinking about, except he is over at a friend’s house working on his new motorcycle. Yes. I said motorcycle. I think somewhere along the way I became the cool wife because I so was not down with the idea a few years ago when I was approached with it. 😉
Miss Little Butt is pulling up on EVERYTHING! Getting herself into lots of trouble too, when she falls. I guess from here on out we are going to be looking at lots of bumps and bruises. She seems her happiest when she is loose in the floor with tons of interesting objects surrounding her so that she can have her pick of what she wants to entertain herself with. I am seriously enjoying being a mommy to two. Now that I am more adjusted I am starting to have doubts about weather or not I am actually done having babies. SHHH!!! Don’t tell Michael. He will have a cow. I still think I don’t want anymore for a while… LOL.
Funny for the Day: I put eyeliner on after dinner because we had to go to karate class. When Haden saw me he said, “What did you do to your eyes?” I said, “Put some eyeliner on. It makes me look less sleepy. Why? Do you like it?” He said, “Yeah. It looks nice. Daddy is really gonna like your eyes.” Ha! He looked very pleased with the idea.
It is looking more and more like cooking will be a big part of our homeschooling adventure. When we recently went to the Homeschooling Expo at Cobb Galleria, I found this awesome book called The Usborne Children’s World Cookbook. It is separated by countries and has recipes for authentic dishes that are popular there. Today for our country/cooking project we made Lamingtons, which are little cakes covered in chocolate icing with coconut flakes that are from Australia.
I let Haden add ingredients & mix stuff up. Lately I have even been letting him (with help) put eggs in things after I crack them.
A little sweet for me but Haden deemed them DELICIOUS!
Whenever we do these, we alway learn some facts about the country that the dish comes from. I use a book called My Picture Atlas, which is made by Priddy Books. Today we learned that 65% of Australia is made up of the “outback” and Australia is famous for the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest living thing on Earth.
I have been perusing my copy of the book Super Baby Food that I bought about a year ago when I saw it at Goodwill for a $1.50. I heart buying books from Goodwill! I thought this week I would give making some rice cereal a try or as she calls it in the book “Super Porridge”. 😉
Addison just got her highchair from my mom today. She seemed to really like sitting at the table like a big girl. Haden was totally jealous because he wanted to sit in it REALLY REALLY bad.
Haden helped me put the rice in the blender and let it grind up for me. He loves the blender because it is loud.
The finished product! I added breastmilk after this picture because it was too thick.
Addison’s first adventure with TRYING to eat solids. She wasn’t really much interested. There was a lot of tongue thrusting and I am not sure she actually swallowed any of it. I may try again tomorrow while my porridge is still good but I think most likely we will be waiting a while longer to start solids.
She is totally sitting herself all the way up from crawling position now. Go Baby GO!
Last night after our fun day out, we came home and made a Danish Smorrebrod, which is an open sandwich made on rye bread. You butter the bread and then top it with whatever you want. On ours we put swiss cheese, lettuce, shrimp, red onion & topped it with pepper and some lemon juice. It was pretty okay. 🙂 Although, I enjoyed mine more than Haden. Haden just ate the shrimp off of his pretty much.
We also learned a few fun facts about Denmark. Like… Denmark is made up of a peninsula and over 400 small islands. They are famous for their pork products. And Legos were invented by a Danish carpenter.