Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chocolate Medicine

A few nights ago, I was having a rough evening. Through a mismanagement of time and resources, my baby ended up only having one meal during the hours I was at work. After I got home, she was absolutely miserable. She was clinging to me like a little monkey. She wouldn't let me sit down, wouldn't let me put her down, wouldn't let me cook, wouldn't let me do any of the many things I need to do in the hour between arriving home and getting dinner on the table.

I finally got so frustrated that I set her down in the excersaucer, sat next to her, and just said, "Look. You need to calm down for a few minutes! I can't handle this!"

My soon to be three-year-old came up to me with a Kit Kat bar in her hand and said, "This will make you feel better." She then proceded to occupy and entertain the baby for 10 minutes while I took a break. I relaxed, the baby calmed down and started giggling, and in fact, I did feel better.

How many toddlers do you know of that can prescribe chocolate medicine when needed?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pasta Bake

Another recipe for moms:

Pasta Bake
1lb ground sausage
1 onion
2 carrots
1tsp Italian seasonings
salt and pepper to taste
12 oz pasta
1.5-2 jars basil and tomato pasta sauce
4 C shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown the sausage in a pan with the onion and carrots. Add seasonings and salt and pepper to taste.

Boil pasta to al dente texture. Do not over-boil as it will continue to cook in the oven.

Mix sausage, vegetables, sauce, and pasta together in a large pot or bowl. I used my pasta boiling pot for this.

In a 9x19" pan, lay down a layer of pasta mixture, top with half the cheese, lay down a second layer of pasta. Bake at 425F for 20 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil, add remaining 2 C of cheese and return to oven for 10 minutes.

One of THOSE Moms

I swore I would never be one of those moms who:

goes out in public:

  • on day three without a shower
  • with a toddler with uncombed hair and chocolate smeared across her face
  • carrying a baby whose nose is so runny it's crusted over
  • wearing her slippers
  • in a mis-matched outfit
  • with snot on both shoulders and sleeves

BUT, yesterday, there I was, toting the baby, dragging the toddler, unwashed and uncombed. It's amazing what being a parent of two under age 3 will do to your personal-hygiene standards.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

GroBaby Revisited

I posted a few months back about wanting to try the new GroBaby bio inserts on our littlest daughter. I figured it was time for an update!

I received inserts in size 1, which is the smaller of two sizes, as M is on the middle setting of her Grobaby shells and is around 15 pounds. These seemed to fit very nicely into the shells and I was very eager to use them.

After trying them out on short day trips, I decided that I liked them. they're a bit more complex than the Gdiaper inserts (which were my other option for disposable inserts in cloth covers.) They have nice elastic leg edges and adhesive pads on the backside to keep them in place. They never leaked on us which was impressive as at the time, M was EBF and her poo was like explosive gravy. Standard disposables NEVER held it all. Way to go, Grobaby!

Flushing them was an entirely different experience, however, than what I expected. I was hoping that they would be as easy as the directions made it out to be. "Tear open one edge and dump the absorbant inner material into the toilet." Um, yeah. Tearing the edge was a challenge when the biosoaker was drenched. Getting the innards out was yet another challenge! HOWEVER, when compared to the 500 years in a landfill that disposables take to decompose or scrubbing poop off cloth diapers by hand, really, it wasn't much of a chore.

I did give the biosoakers a longer test-run while on a road trip. Compared to travelling with cloth diapers, it was a cinch. No diapers to wash, no dirties to store until we reached a washing machine, and best yet, less bulk in the baggage.

Overall, biosoakers are a great option for those of us who choose to use as few disposables as possible.

Info on Grobaby and biosoakers can be found here:


Also of note, the original biosoakers I tried were donated to me as part of a pre-production trial run. I did not pay for them.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pork Tenderloin Recipe Success

I'm always trying to find new ways to cook pork tenderloin. It's always a favorite cut of meat in our household because it comes vacuum packed, giving me a few extra days to get around to cooking it before it goes bad.

I can't take credit for this one, but can't find the link either, so here it is, without me taking any credit.

Maple Pork Tenderloin
1 tenderloin
splash of oil for pan
1 tsp sage
salt, pepper

3T maple syrup
3T vinegar (apple cider or in a pinch rice wine)
1t dijon mustard

Rub the tenderloin with the sage, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brown the tenderloin in a pan with a splash of oil to keep it from sticking. This should take about 6 minutes on med-hi. Lower the heat to med-low and cover. Cook an additional 10 min or so until temp is 150F. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Wisk together 2T maple syrup, 2T vinegar, and dijon. Place 1T vinegar in pan and heat until bubble, scraping the pan to bring up brown spots.

Add maple mix to pan and heat until it thickens, return pork and turn for an additional 2 min.

Remove pork from pan. Add the additional 1T maple syrup, heat, and pour the juices over pieces of pork.

I served it with polenta and butternut squash and was tempted to make a cranberry sauce for it. Maybe next time.

Friday, October 9, 2009

An 8 Months Pictorial Comparison

While posting pictures in one of my diapering forums, I posted the following two pictures of my girls, taken at roughly the same age. Despite their differences in appearance, these two pictures really struck me as showing their similarities. I think it's the smile that does it for me. Enjoy!