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Take off!

March 31, 2011


We took off and flew! I have to say that for a little guy there is nothing quite as thrilling as an airplane. With wings. Or as my little guy kept saying, “WWWWiiiiiiggggss!!”

Even when you got up at four am, had no breakfast for lack of appetite and time and were on very, very little sleep. Even when you’re being carted around on Mommy’s chest while she is weighed down like a pack mule with the ridiculous amount of toys, snacks and books she thought an 18 month old would like for a 2 hour flight. Even when you’re so sleep deprived and exhausted that your eyes are bleary and red rimmed, you can still find it in your heart to wave bye bye to every single person on the plane as they enter and exit.

Yes, flying is amazingly thrilling when you’re 18 months old.  The roar of the engines, the rush of the wind, the lift of take off and the look to Momma of, “Oh my goodness what was THAT!!”

We have arrived.

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Daddy Work

March 30, 2011


Daddy has been a busy boy. Every day he leaves for work before we rise, walking to the train station to take mass transit to work so Momma and baby can have the car. Everyday he works hard at a great job to provide for his family and then comes home to work on his craft. For he is a crafter just like his wife, and working on art is very important to him.

I wanted to share a sampling of his space, his creative talents and his amazing prints. I hope you love these as much as I have, and please feel free to see more on his Etsy Space.

This Moment

March 29, 2011


This moment: A special moment I want to savour and remember. A moment that captures the heart and soul, a moment that says it all.

Please leave me your moment if you are so inspired!

March 28, 2011


I have to confess that I love beans. I love the taste and texture, smell and nutrition of beans. Black beans are often a favorite in this house, with spicy soup, dips and just plain ole frijoles making their way into our weekly menu.

This week I wanted something a little more interesting, a little different. I had seen others make black bean burgers but had never tried them myself. So, why not!

I prefer to use dried beans in all my cooking simply because it is less expensive and tastier. The canned varieties tend to lose flavor and texture, no to mention the nutritional loss when pressure canned into aluminum.

I wish I had a better photo of these wonderfully tasty patties, the patties that my carnivore of a husband proclaimed would eat any night of the week. We made, cook and devoured the patties so quickly that the camera was forgotten until it was time to freeze the leftovers! SO I apologize for the unappealing photo, it was the best I could do!

Black Bean Burgers

3 cups cooked black beans

1/2 finely diced onion

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp red chili flake

1 cup dried bread crumbs

1 egg

salt and pepper to taste

Place cooked beans into food processor and puree. Move to bowl and add minced onion, oregano, basil, red chili flakes,1/3 cup  bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Mix well and taste. If seasoned to your liking add egg and mix thoroughly. Form into balls and press into patties. Roll in breadcrumbs and place on tray. Refrigerate for 20 minutes till firm. Heat 2 tbsp veggie oil in a skillet and fry until golden brown.

Yum!


Vintage means so much to so many people.  For us it is about the story, the history behind an object. When we acquire an item we wonder about who owned it, what it was used for, what it meant to them. Did they like it? Was it special to them or just something that was put away for someday?

Recently Rudie’s grandparent’s home had an estate sale and we had the privilege to be able to go through the house and pick up various items that spoke to us. We were fortunate to be able to do this and were able to find treasures.

These beautiful paintings were done by Rudie’s Great-Grandfather and brought over from Germany when his Grandparents moved here in the 1950’s.  It means so much to us for the historical and familial context but also because they are lovely. The image of the woods with the tranquil river running through, a stone bridge and the changing trees – it all brings a sense of tranquility to the room.

Having these paintings by family brings us a lovely touch of our heritage, of our son’s heritage to our home. We look at these every day and remember them in a small way – with each brush stroke, each memory, each color blend the painter we never knew is with us one more time.

{Into the toolbox}

March 22, 2011


When you least expect it, it seems that homeownership catches up to you. Earlier this year it was the garage door spring that snapped and rendered it useless. Last night, it was the dryer that refused to heat.

I won’t tell a lie and not share that our first thought was to go out and buy a new dryer. Yes, we spent many hours today researching dryers and cubic feet, options and cycles. But after many hours of looking and searching, we starting thinking of just seeing if possibly we could do something to make it work on our own.

On our own is a term I have come to love. Not only as homeowners, but as a young couple, on our own is something we don’t hear very often anymore. Most of our generation is of the mindset that if it breaks we must go out to Best Buy and get a new one – or at the very least call the repair man to fix it. Rarely  do we have the gumption to do it ourselves, to really delve in to the problem, research and try to fix it.

I am so proud of my husband  for the fixing of our dryer – for trying to find the problem, getting dirty and shocked a few times to save a little money and really have the pride of ownership in our home. While many of you might find this redundant and silly, for us it is a huge ego boost and kind of a big deal.

Yes, things are getting fixed in this little house – and we have Daddy to thank for it!

Heavenly Cookie

March 21, 2011


I might have found the perfect cookie. While I am well aware that this is a lofty statement, I promise you that I this is no lie. It is an addictive combination of peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate – and I can’t seem to stop eating them.

The craving for peanut butter cookies hit early last week and after four days of contemplating the “need” of peanut butter cookies the craving won out.

This is an amazing cookie with rich salty peanut butter, grainy oats and smooth mini chocolate chips. The original cookie recipe called for walnuts and dried cranberries (which I am sure would be fantastic!) but for my family we prefer no nuts in our cookies.

My only regret is that I just ate my last one. Hrmm, another batch might be in order on Sunday!!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

(adapted from Better Homes & Gardens 75th Anniversary Edition)
(Makes 4 dozen)
3/4 cup Butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup Peanut Butter (I used Natural)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups Rolled Oats
2/3 cup dried Cranberries,* chopped (I omitted these!)
2/3 cup Walnuts,* chopped (I omitted these too!!)
2/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Beat together butter and peanut butter until well combined. Add sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Beat until combined.
3. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in flour. Stir in oats, cranberries and nuts.
4. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown around edges.
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