Saturday, February 25, 2012

Does your child growl?

I have two growlers. And I'm not talking about those big jugs of beer that you get for a screaming deal at local brewers. Although I think we have a about five of those sitting empty on the back porch. Both girls started out growling before talking. Today, one talks so much we cannot get a word in edge-wise, and the other just growls. She has a total of five or six words, but prefers growling as a form of communicating. Especially when she is being naughty. I think our dog has been a big influence in their language development.
Our dog has more influence than she believes!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pancakes for Supper

At some point in our lives, we come to accept that we must either embrace the chaos we live in, or we live a tortured life.

Well for me, I suppose, it's not always either/or - and it depends on the day! But mostly, with two extremely healthy kids, a big scary dog and two annoyingly needy cats, life couldn't get any better. Oh, and my super human husband who cooks AMAZING food every day!

Today after doing a swap-er-oo between work and kids, my Super Human Husband (SHH) mentioned pancakes for dinner. I was a little surprised because it's not something he ever says to me. I grew up having breakfast for dinner as a treat and especially when we didn't feel like cooking. But my hubby always has a plan. One night it's Pan Mee noodles, or it's homemade chinese shu mai and won ton soup, or maybe it's Korean bbq ribs or Filipino Adobo or Lasagne or..

Some of the amazing ideas come from the likes of Cooks Illustrated or existing cook books such as Moosewood. All in all, we love our resident chef.

So why pancakes? Well, he explained that today is Mardi Gras. Really? Already? Geesh time flies. So it's time to clear out the fridge of eggs and milk before lent. Although, we'll probably still have eggs and milk during lent...

So for dinner we are eating French Pancakes. Can you drink wine with breakfast when it's dinnertime?
Favorite $9 bottle

French Pancakes (From A Taste of Oregon)
1 1/2 cups flour   
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 Tablespoons powdered sugar
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups milk
2/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sour cream, butter, jam brown sugar, and fresh fruit
Powdered sugar

Sift together first four dry ingredients. Beat eggs Add milk, water and vanilla to eggs and beat together. Make well in dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients. Mix lightly, ignoring lumps. Pour onto hot griddle (batter is thin). Put sour cream, butter, jam, brown sugar and fresh fruit in bowls as toppings. Roll up pancakes and sprinkle powdered sugar.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Who needs Kleenex?

Who needs kleenex to wipe their nose? Certainly not my 1 year old. Any old thing will do. My sleeve, my pant leg, my pillow... And the list goes on.
Both kids have shared a nasty cold and now we big kids have it, too. All in time for Valentines Day. "Have a little runny nose on that bite of mochi, mom". I said sarcastically, as she was sharing it with our green-nosed monkey. Nope, she wouldn't listen to me. She ate it. And now she is suffering from a cold, too!