Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
We hosted my parents this year and had a nice relaxing day. We started with early appetizers of shrimp cocktail, crab dip and scallops wrapped with bacon. Then, we put the turkey in and hung out and chatted. After a little while, I made the creamed corn while Husband made the stuffing. Husband miscalculated the amount of stuffing and made enough for like 12 people. We have enough stuffing for weeks. Right before the turkey was supposed to be done, I stuck the potatoes in the oven to heat and rolls. Then, the turkey was... still cooking. The turkey took about an hour longer to cook than expected. Around 7PM, dinner was ready! It wasn't late, just later than expected. Little Miss, at that point, had crawled onto the couch, put her head down with her piggy and fell asleep. This only concerned us because she hadn't eaten much all day, but she also hadn't napped all day so she was beat. After all the playing at the table, it was sad she couldn't sit with us. On the other hand, we had a nice dinner with no food on the floor.
After dinner, we were stuffed. So, we split up the pie to eat later (later meaning I may have a piece for breakfast). We chatted for a little while longer and cleaned up. Little Miss finally woke up and wouldn't eat any of the Thanksgiving dinner. So, she just had her weight in dry cereal. It wasn't a battle I wanted to have and, if she had a full belly with something somewhat healthy, I was fine with that. A little after her makeshift dinner, Little Miss led Husband to her room and asked to be put to bed. We said goodnight to my parents and just relaxed. I moved things to make room for our Christmas tree and read a bit of my book while Husband watched the football game. Then, I went to bed so I would be ready to get our tree.
Our post-Thanksgiving tradition is to have brunch and get our Christmas tree so we have a long weekend to decorate.
I hope everyone had a great holiday and gave thanks!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Moroccan-style Rice Salad Recipe
10 oz / 300 g brown rice
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 ripe avocado
14 oz / 400 g tinned, cooked kidney beans
½ red chili
4 sticks celery
1 yellow bell pepper (paprika)
2 oz / 50 g pine nuts
1 medium bunch fresh coriander
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and leave to cool.
2. Grate the zest of the lemon before slicing it in half and squeezing out the juice. Put both the zest and juice in a large bowl.
3. Cut open the avocado, take out the stone and cut the flesh into small cubes. Scoop these carefully out of the skin and mix with the lemon to prevent discoloration.
4. Wash and drain the kidney beans; deseed and finely chop the chili; and wash and cut the celery and pepper into small cubes.
5. In a dry saucepan over a medium flame, toast the pine nuts until just golden brown, turning frequently. Roughly chop the coriander.
6. Stir the kidney beans, chili, celery, pine nuts and coriander in with the avocado and lemon mix, then stir in the rice.
7. Finally, mix in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
8. Serve immediately at room temperature or chill in the fridge until needed. Also tastes good the next day.
Tip: The recipe uses brown rice, but can easily be made with couscous instead. This typical Moroccan ‘grain’, which is made from the starchy inner part of Durum wheat and is the country’s national dish, usually comes semi-cooked. This means it only needs to be covered with boiling water and left to soften for a few minutes. This will cut down the cooking time considerably. Follow the instructions on the packet for exact amounts and preparation instructions.
The copyright of the article Moroccan-style Rice Salad Recipe in Moroccan Food is owned by Cecily Layzell. Permission to republish Moroccan-style Rice Salad Recipe in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.
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On Saturday, we had a good day. Husband woke up early to work again. Little Miss and I ate breakfast. Then, we took a walk to the mall to pick up some Christmas items and grab lunch. She took a good nap. Then, she went with the In-Laws to church and to spend the night. Husband came home from work, and I went to Movie Night. We watched Casablanca and ate Moroccan food (more on that in a later post).
On Sunday, we had a lazy morning. Then, I picked up Little Miss and went out to my Parents' house. We met with Sister and Nephew. Then, Mom and Sister and I saw The Blind Side while Dad babysat the kids. We fed the kids, and then I went back home. Little Miss slept very well last night as she always does after spending the day with her cousin.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
or wear these ...
you are not allowed to buy or wear legwarmers. Period. You should immediately be turned over into the custody of the Fashion Police if you ever buy these ... See, babies do not fall into either of the top two categories so they do not need legwarmers. Seriously, it is a population of humans who can wear footie pajamas. Why do they need legwarmers? Spend your $14.50 on something better or put your knitting needles to better use and knit warm things for charity.
Maybe this is what happens when children born in the 80's start having children. We children from the 70's wore some pretty horrendous things and you dont' see our children decked out in plaid patchwork.
On Saturday, Little Miss slept in a little. When she woke up, we hung out. Then, we had breakfast. She got dressed and ate lunch. We all went grocery shopping and then Little Miss took a nice, long nap (as did I). In the evening, she went to church with the In-Laws while Husband and I went to Alexandria to celebrate Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law's 30th birthdays. We had dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant and then went to their apartment to hang out. Sadly, we went straight to bed as soon as we got home (before midnight).
On Sunday, Husband woke up to start his football routine. I slept but still not sleeping as late as I wanted. I went to pick up Little Miss at the In-Laws and headed out to the mall to attempt holiday photos with Nephew and Little Miss. It was an adventure, but we got one shot each of them and one mediocre shot of them together. Both kids were great as soon as we left the photo studio. They ran, rode bikes and ran some more. Little Miss went all day without a nap but was in relatively good spirits. My grandmother and grandfather were at my parents' house and spent some time with us all. Then, my parents came home. Sister and I picked up Husband at the Metro, and we all had dinner for Nephew's Gotcha Day. Nephew was adopted 4 years ago even though it seems like yesterday! So, he had cupcakes and received presents. After dessert, we headed for home. Little Miss fell asleep on the way home.
That concluded a busy weekend. The last photo is from Monday. Obviously, Mondays do not have the same effect on Little Miss as they do on the rest of us.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Setlist:Fire on the Mountain
Give Me the Meltdown
Real World '09
Lonely No More
Sunday Morning, New York City Blue
Getting Late into That's Alright with Carolina Liar
Still Ain't Over You
Ever the Same
Something to Be
Fallin' to Pieces
I Am an Illusion
Feel so Bad
Smooth with Zach Filkins (OneRepublic)
This Is How a Heart Breaks
Monday, November 9, 2009
On Saturday, Husband left to golf, and I went to bookclub. We met at Cafe Deluxe and had a yummy lunch. Then, as it is attached, I had to visit Crate and Barrel and bought a tablecloth for Thanksgiving dinner. I hit Target on the way home to begin my Christmas shopping and pick up a bunch of other items. Then, I met Little Miss and Husband came home. We had a friend as well as Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law over for dinner during which time Little Miss wanted some potty time. She didn't actually go, but she likes to just sit and hang out.
On Sunday, Husband woke up very early to golf. Little Miss and I hung out at home and then went to the mall. We mostly went to Macy's where she really wanted the promotional Mickey Mouse, but I said no (which is not to say she won't get it eventually). I broke down and bought a Crockpot, my first. Then, we picked up some treats (lunch and ice cream) and headed home. I would have walked the mall more, but someone needed a nap (ok, two someones). Little Miss took a very long nap and then woke up, had dinner, a bath and went back to bed. We had dinner and then watched the season finale of Mad Men. All in all a good weekend.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Little Miss and I left early this morning to go vote. It's a fairly big election in Virginia. We elect our new governor this year. I get to our polling place to find it's closed. There was a map and directions to new polling locations. So, I turn around and walk back to the correct polling place (which strangely is my original polling place when I moved to the area until they reshuffled us). I voted and got my "I Voted in Arlington" sticker. Little Miss got her "Future Voter" sticker. I would have taken photos, but I left my camera at work by accident. As a treat for my running around (literally as I walked), I went to Cosi for peppermint hot chocolate.
Monday, November 2, 2009
On Saturday, I finished my bookclub book (a week early which is an all-new accomplishment for me). I also started reading my next book. I also took a nap on Saturday which was glorious but responsible for putting us back a little in terms of our Halloween schedule. So, we got to the mall to go Trick or Treating and met up with Sister, Brother-in-Law, and Nephew (also, FYI, Santa shows up in 4 days). It was a mad house as usual. Both kids were super cranky. The three of us stayed later. Little Miss kind of thought her ideal Halloween was going into the stores and picking out clothes as her treat. She did not get any though she almost did. Then, Husband, Little Miss and I went to Champps for dinner. Little Miss ate well and seemed to have a good time. She had a good time at my parents' house as well - probably because it was a small group of people and she got candy. We went late-night grocery shopping on the way home (Little Miss slept in the car while Husband actually went in to grab food) and then got home. Little Miss woke up and wouldn't go back to bed. She was very clingy. I think she was just glad to have some time alone with us.
On Sunday, we adjusted to the end of Daylight Savings Time and were pretty lazy. Little Miss took some time to play and color a little. Also, Little Miss and I did leave the apartment to go shoe shopping (she needed some holiday shoes, and I needed shoes because I've had my eye on this red plaid pair for awhile) and to pick up a few things at the grocery store. We had a relaxing evening and geared up for the work week.