Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
- In a blender or food processor, blend lemon juice, wine, mustard, garlic and rosemary until well combined. In a large zipper-topped plastic bag, throw the chicken in and add the lemon juice mixture. Keep in the fridge for at least an hour (or do this in the morning and have it well marinated that night).
- In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of the chicken broth and cornstarch until dissolved; set aside.
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken (reserving marinade) on each side, about 4 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet and cover to keep warm.
- Now add reserved marinade to the skillet and, using a wire whisk, stir in the cornstarch mixture and the remaining broth. Bring to a bowl, sirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Return chicken to skillet, heat through and serve with sauce.
- I didn't use fresh lemon juice - just the kind from the little plastic squeezie bottle you buy at the grocery store.
- I didn't have dry white wine, but I did use a sweet dessert wine.
- I used the Gluden's spicy brown mustard for the dijon.
- I reduced the garlic from 3 cloves to 1 (I followed another recipe of hers where she called for 4 cloves of garlic and it was simply too much).
- I also didn't have rosemary so I subbed in thyme.
- I found that 4 minutes was not NEARLY enough time to cook the chicken and I only used 2 breasts.
- Follow all of the steps up through the marinade.
- At that point, I plan to add the cornstarch to the entire cup of chicken broth, combine with the chicken and marinade and bake in a 350 or 375 oven, covered with foil, about 30 or so minutes until the chicken is done.
- Then serve over egg or fettuccine noodles.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Holy cow, it feels like just yesterday that I wrote the post for 9 months. I can't believe 2 months from today, he'll be 1 year old. :(
- Pulling up to stand on just about anything he can use for balance
- Making new sounds (ga-ga-ga is his newest sound)
- Casting things aside when playing with toys - it's very deliberate and super funny
- Stands in his crib (this isn't really new) and throws his binks on the floor (it's a bink graveyard when we go in to get him after nap time)
- Champion waver and does it really fast now. It used to take quite a bit of prompting to get him to wave back but now it does it almost instantly
- Transitioning from an army crawl to an all fours crawl. He's doing it more and more every day.
- Anywhere from 6-9 months to 18 months. It really depends on the brand and what he's wearing. Pants are most definitely 9 months (Children's Place & Baby Gap make pants in size 6 to 12 months that fit him awesome) otherwise they're much too short or much too long. Shirts are 9 months to 18 months (the 18 month ones are a bit baggy but fit).
- Size 4 shoe (but they're a bit loose, but any smaller is too little) and he doesn't really wear them at all.
- No hats. He pulls them off. I have to find hats with a chin strap for winter.
- Just about anything. Loves: plain yogurt with applesauce & cinnamon mixed in for breakfast; toast with mashed banana; tortilla; spaghetti; tortellini soup; avocado with mashed banana; any veggie (but not super excited by potatoes and HATES peas); toast; Cheerio's...not a big fan of chicken yet.
- Teeth (I keep thinking he's totally teething but...nothing yet!)
- First words (he says "mama" and "dada" but I think I've said before that I really don't think he's directing them at us)
- Standing on his own
- That his hair is darkening up (and it is getting kind of long for him - he has total bed head after naps)
- His friendliness
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Goal #1: Get my house clean, organized and to stay tidy every day.
Original Status: So far, so good. I started this the middle of last week. I assigned myself specific areas to clean every day and so far I've stuck to it. I also made a mini-goal of keeping the rooms I've already clean tidy for the rest of the week so when I get back to that room next week, there isn't as much to do.
October Update: Failure and success at the same time. I've since abandoned my prior method of keeping the house up and recently have started this Operation Purge & Simplify. So far the master bath and bedroom look pretty amazing and I've gotten rid of a lot of stuff. Ben's room always stays clean, as I help him pick up his toys in there several times a day. Our kitchen/dining room usually look like a war zone, as our island tends to be a dumping ground for just whatever. I'm working on it! :-) Less stuff = less to clean up!
Goal #2: Try something new every month.
Original Update: This month is full of new things. We already took Ben on his first camping trip which was an overall success. Next up for this month are going to a concert with some girlfriends.
October Update: Awesomely! Our summer has been pretty busy and we're doing lots of fun stuff! I had forgotten this was a goal but I'm glad to know I've been keeping up with it! Ha!
Goal #3: Make baby food myself.
Original Update: Awesome! I've made applesauce and carrots so far. As soon as he runs out of the boxed rice cereal I already bought, I'm going to make my own brown rice cereal.
October Update: Well. Again on this one is both success and failure. I made all that food listed above and he wouldn't eat it. He gagged on the applesauce (I think it was too chunky for him then) and refused to eat the carrots, so I went back to using the jarred stuff. Recently, as he's been eating more table food and less jarred stuff, I've been whipping up some things of my own. I made my own peach applesauce (I used some store bought, sugar free applesauce and then defrosted a few frozen peaches and blended it together) that he seems to like, along with some other things. I'm hoping that by the end of the month I've used up all the jarred stuff I have and don't need to buy any more.
Goal #4: Clean out the clutter & live more simply.
Original Update: Just started. I've gone through some of my stuff and boxed up the nicer stuff to share with Susan. The rest I'll donate
October Update: AWESOMELY!!! I have gotten rid of SO much stuff just this week and I feel SO good about it! Usually I have regrets about throwing something about like the instant it hits the trash can but not this time! I'm being ruthless and 100% honest with myself. There is no point in holding on to clothes that I simply do not wear for one reason or the other. It's not all stuff that doesn't quite fit, it's just stuff I don't wear and have to dig through to find the things I DO wear. Our bedroom is all clean and on my way to a goal I posted outside of this and that was to redo our bedroom. It's getting there!
Goal #5: Spend less, save more.
Original Update: Haven't started. July is the month. We're going to try going Monday - Thursday of each week without spending any money. I've made a list of our most commonly bought grocery items to stock up on at Costco and see if I can't reduce our shopping from every week to twice a month. The last week of the month we're going to eat strictly out of our pantry to use up any straggling items so they don't carry over to the next month for infinity and beyond.
October Update: Oh super major fail. This is a constant work in progress that I'm not sure we'll ever achieve. Nick and I have no self control and we suck for each other in this department. He gets paid, we spend money stupidly, then we're broke until next payday. That payday rolls around and we spend stupidly again, excited to have money again to spend....and repeat. It's a vicious cycle. I'm trying to break it (because one of us needs to step up and be the money Nazi) so we'll see......
Goal #6: Tackle some of those "I'd love to do ______" projects.
Original Update: Haven't started. We need to plan exactly what it is we want to do (travel to Ireland, travel to Florida, remodel our bathroom, plant a edible garden, etc) and do an honest cost approach for each and start SAVING. Then our dreams can become realities.
October Update: FAIL. See above. And honestly, I'd forgotten about this one too. Something to work towards until my next goal update!!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
So, what's a stay at home mama to do on a Saturday night? Leave the kid with a babysitter and go party it up like the days of old (I make it sound like I was such a barfly back in the days before babe)? Nope. Instead, the baby is tucked away in his crib, dreaming sweet dreams of pulling my hair and stealing my glasses off my face (which reminds me that I really do need to call the eye doctor and reorder some contacts....such a simple thing to do that I've been putting off for months) and I'm standing happily in the kitchen with my husband, chopping vegetables.