Monday, September 23, 2013

I can carry it myself!

Sophia likes to carry things.  Particularly, she likes to help carry things inside.  So, I've been using her allowing her to carry things for me.  Quite the nice change from carrying her and my stuff.

Carrying a package (containing clothes for her)

Helping bring the shopping bags inside

Carrying her lunch box

Bringing her leftover container in.  Side note: it was adorable seeing her carry her container out of the restaurant and to the car.  



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pizza Casserole

Another yummy recipe!  This one originated with Jordan, and then I modified it into what you see here.  The idea was to make something that tasted like pizza, was filling and easy like a casserole, and didn't have fifty bajillion calories.  As an added bonus, I got to submit this recipe again, so be sure to check out the link at the bottom for the original post!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 12 ounces marinara or pizza sauce
  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks (or get the super-chunky sauce)
  • Two tubes of crescent roll dough (seamless is best, if you can find it)
  • 1lb ground beef
  • Pepperoni
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder (garlic salt will work just as well)
  • Italian seasoning

Steps:


1. Brown the beef and drain away the fat. Add in the marinara sauce and tomatoes and stir.
2. Open the first tube of crescent roll dough and line the bottom of a casserole dish with it. If yours has seams, pinch them together.

3. Pour on the beef/tomato/marinara sauce mixture and spread evenly.
4. Spread the cheese evenly over the top.
5. Put the pepperoni on top of the cheese (just like a pizza!).

6. Open the second tube of crescent roll dough and put it on top of everything (again, pinching seams if necessary).
7. Using about a teaspoon-size amount, evenly coat the top with the butter.
8. Add garlic powder and Italian seasoning to taste.

9. Bake at 350, 15-20 minutes, or until the top dough is golden brown (cook times may vary with oven).
10. Enjoy!





This will go equally well with sausage (though I would probably leave off the pepperoni if you did that), or even a Hawaiian-style: sub cubed ham for the beef, and add some pineapple.

Here's the original post I did:  http://b-inspiredmama.com/2013/09/easy-recipe-pizza-casserole/

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lunch time!

Sophia appreciates her food.  Particularly at lunch time.  On her daily reports from daycare, I always see she has second and third helpings most days.  Growing and playing is calorie intensive!  We have only recently started ordering Sophia her own order when we go out.  Previously, we would just let her eat off our plate.  But, she was eating too much of our meal!  We went to A&Ts the other day, and this was the first time she got her very own order there:  1/4 a chicken.  The owner (who is awesome and knows everybody by name) didn't believe that she would finish it all.  She is a petite little thing after all.  So, I present you with a before and after:

Tearing up the chicken.

Using both hands to shove it in her mouth.

And the after: those little pieces she finished in the car.

So, yes, she can eat an entire 1/4 chicken all by herself, meaning she can eat more than her Meme.  :)

Searching out puppies

As I've mentioned, most evenings we go for a walk around the cul-de-sac near our house, and Sophia gets to "woof" at all the dogs that live around us.  She also tends to frantically make the sign for dog, which is amusing.  The other night, we took a snack to-go for our walk, to (a) keep her occupied and (b) hold her until supper time.  In case she would starve to death in the ten - fifteen minutes it took to walk.  You never know.  
One "wheel" in each hand.

Sitting down.  Snacking is serious business.

Teach them young: the perfect accessory is a pair of sunglasses on the head.  That, and these don't quiiiiite stay on her face yet.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Vintage bonnet pattern up-sizing

While free patterns for crochet/knit hats abound on the internet, do a search for crochet (or knit) bonnets, and you get....almost nothing.  I stumbled across a beautiful vintage bonnet pattern, but, alas, it was for a newborn and I needed it for a 1 year old.  But, I was able to modify it to make it bigger, and voila!  Seeing as the original poster was kind enough to share hers, I decided to share mine (with permission!).  I'm new at pattern writing, so if there's any glaring errors in phrasing, stitches, etc, let me know!

Here's mine in action (Thank you Awe Snap Photography for sharing this photo!)

Here's the original image from HattingMadlyCrochet.


Magic circle, ch. 2, 10 hdc in circle.
Row 1: Ch. 2 (does not count as first hdc), 2 hdc in each st. (20 hdc)
Row 2: Ch. 2, *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next*.  Repeat ** around.  (30 hdc)
Row 3:  Ch. 2, *1 hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next*  Repeat ** around (40 hdc)
Row 4:  Ch. 2, *1 hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next * Repeat ** around (50 hdc)
Row 5:  Ch. 2, *1 hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next*  Repeat ** around (60 hdc)
Row 6: Ch. 2, hdc in next 53 st.  Ch. 2, turn (53 hdc)
Row 7: hdc across.  Ch. 2, turn.
Rows 8-15: repeat row 7
Row 16: hdc across, ch 1, turn.
Row 17: Sc, *sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next, sk next 2 sts, sc in next*.  Repeat ** around.  Finish off.

Ribbon:  Cut 2 x 24" white satin ribbon for sides.  Loop through corner, pull ends through loop, and straighten out.

Lace:  Cut 40" of lace and thread through hdc spaces in last row.  Trim ends even

Thank you to HattingMadlyCrochet for allowing me to modify and publish this pattern.  She has the original, newborn size pattern here:  http://hattingmadlycrochet.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/free-vintage-bonnet-pattern/.

Trip to the park

Over (last) weekend, we took Sophia to a local park that has bunches and bunches of places to climb, and slides and twirly things and and and....basically utopia to a VERY ACTIVE toddler.  As an added bonus, there were dog sightings, and she tried to chase one down that was going for a run with its owner.

Woof woof!

Equally amusing to Sophia was the mulch and the gravel.  I think she almost spent equal time putting individual pieces of mulch on a bench as she did running around in the play ground.  Each to their own, I suppose.  

Climbing over the bench

Going up to the slide with daddy

Jordan and I discovered we didn't fit through the "halls" and tunnels and doors of the playground near as well as we did a few years ago (yes, just a few, thank you very much!!).  

Hi there!

SLIDE!

Wheeee!

Ever since the children's museum, Sophia has loved going down slides.  Little ones, or big ones. She'll try any of them.  If she is taking herself down, she rides down on her belly.  Or, if I think it's a biiiiit too tall, I'll put her down on her belly.  But, if it's a short one and Jordan's helping her, she goes down on her butt.  The coolest thing to me is that once she goes down, she remembers how to get back up to the top to go down over and over again.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Pet awards

I hereby nominate Rummy, domesticus caticus, for the world's best cat award.  I also nominate him for the world's laziest, fattest, and dumbest cat award, but these are but secondary to the primary award, and probably play into it to some degree.

Reason:
Sophia has now discovered cats are pretty cool.  Onyx is smart enough to hide from her, as is Sweetie.  Or at least stay juuuuust out of reach on the stairs behind the gate.  Nemo runs from her, but likes to be out and about.  Rummy....is Rummy.  He doesn't escape, or run, or try to jump the gate.  No, he just sits there.  Or, moves approximately 3 feet away and gets jumped again.  That being said, he also just lays there and takes it.  No claws, no biting, no freaking out.  Hence, one awesome cat.

Evidence:
Rummy, the pillow.

I looooove you.

Oh, look, you have a nose!

Rummy, the horse.

Yes, Rummy wins the world's laziest best cat award in a landslide.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Changing times + a yummy recipe

What started out as a blog to document Sophia's growth (and spare Facebook-land with all these updates!) is now wishing to morph into a how-to-documentary-crafting blog.  Don't ask why, 'cause I don't know.  There's things I wanted to share here, but didn't, because it wasn't immediately Sophia-related.  So, for you readers (*cough* mom *cough*) who are here for Sophia updates, never fear!  They'll still be here.  But, you might have to sit through a recipe or two, or even a craft tutorial, just because I feel like including them.  I realized how much fun they are to write when I got the opportunity to write a guest post for a mom-community blog, sharing, what I think, is a pretty awesome recipe that I made up.  And then I thought, why don't I share it here?  So, share I will.

It's for cereal-crusted French toast (for the bigger kiddos/adults) or French toast sticks (for the littler kiddos)

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Fruity cereal (think Flinstones-themed fruity cereal)
  • 3 eggs
  •  ½ to ¾ cup of milk, depending on preference
  • Texas toast (for sticks) or regular bread
  • Non-stick spray (optional)

Here’s what you do:
  1. Smush up the cereal.  This is a great job for kids to do.  You'll need between 1-1.5 cups, depending on how much you're planning to make.
  2. Mix up the eggs and milk in a low sided but wide tupperware-esq container.  This makes for easy dipping of the bread.
  3. Pour the smushed cereal on a plate or other flat surface.  The counter may get a bit messy if you chose that, though.
  4. Dip the bread first in the egg/milk mix, coating all sides thoroughly.  If you're making French toast sticks, cut a piece of Texas toast in thirds, and coat each stick separately.  
  5.  Spray a pan with the non-stick spray, and have it hot and ready on med-high.  Put the coated bread in the pan
  6. Flip when the cereal starts to caramelize
  7. Cook the other side until caramelization.  For the sticks, you can cook each side.
  8. All done!  Eat! (once they're cool, that is.)

I mean, seriously?  This may be my new favorite way to eat French toast.  Though, dripping in butter with about a pound of powdered sugar is still a close second.

Check out the food photography skills!  

Sophia approved! 
(ahem, just ignore that super messy counter in the background.  That is not the droid you are looking for)


Want to read the post I wrote? (disclaimer: it was an advertisement-type post)  Check it out here.  Sophia's basically famous now, but luckily my messy counters aren't!




Sunday, September 1, 2013

Get 'em "hooked" young....

Sophia is my little shopping buddy, and has started to grab things off shelves (when walking) or try and jump out of the cart (when in the cart).  So, I often give her a thing or two to carry.  This past shopping trip, she decided to work on her "carry more than one thing per hand" skill, and carried three things.

I got these, mom.

Let's go!

She also enjoys playing with her purses.  Yup, you read that right.  At 15 months, she has two purses.  One, a purchase.  The other, a birthday gift from bonus seester the second.  Even though she likes carrying them around, the contents can be quite amusing.

I mean, I carry a 25' tape measure in my purse.  Don't you? (I actually do carry a 4' tape measure in my backpack....)

Um, bonus aunt?  What does this do?

Putting something in her purse.

I don't know if I can handle the amount of sass portrayed in this picture.  She's carrying two pairs of sunglasses, but if she had a phone in her left hand rather than a pair of sunglasses....I don't know if I could handle it.  (yes, my hallway is messy.  No, I don't particularly care)

Someone come rescue me when she turns, oh, 12.  I get the feeling I'm going to be in biiiiiiig trouble.