Mar 1

Sun '15

Getting fancy in the kitchen

Ever since getting cable a couple weeks ago, I’ve basically been watching the food network non-stop. Maybe that’s why I’ve been hungry constantly for the past couple weeks LOL. 

Anyway, I’ve also found that it has sparked my cooking interest. I’ve made quite a few new recipes in the past couple weeks. It’s a good thing because Peter and I were falling back into the habit of grabbing fast food for supper. Bad on the wallet and the hips. 

A couple of the new recipes have been winners that I’d make again, but couple are one timers.  

I made Gordon Ramsey’s Red Mullet and sweet chilli sauce. I subbed in haddock because that’s what I had in the freezer. The peanut coating didn’t stay on the fish too well, but the chili sauce was fantastic. I will definitely make the sauce again. It paired so well with the fish. I didn’t take a picture because the fish looked so bad with the coating coming off. Anyway, I even bought a mortar and pestle because Gordon “told” me to. Apparently it’s an essential kitchen tool. Haha, I’ll have to start grinding some spices and dressings. 

I made Rachael Ray’s Riggies with charred tomatoes, sausage, kale and ricotta and it was fantastic. It will definitely be coming into our regular rotation. I took more liberties with this one because of what I had in hand. I used penne instead of rigatoni, zinfandel wine instead of dry sherry, onion instead of shallot, turkey sausage instead of pork and baby spinach instead of kale. So delicious.

Riggies with charred tomatoes, sausage, kale and ricotta

Finally I made Jamie Oliver’s Pukka yellow curry. After I made the curry paste I realized it was much too spicy for our household. So when I put everything on to cook, I added the juice of a lemon and a can of tomato sauce instead of the water. It cut the spice down greatly, but this one was not a favourite. I won’t be making it again. Maybe I’m just not a fan of curry unless it has coconut milk in it. Who knows. Peter didn’t like the chickpeas in it, but I did. 

Pukka yellow curry

Then I tried Roger Mooking’s Miso marinated ribs. The recipe called for a lot more orange than I put into it because I really didn’t want the miso flavour to be hidden. Well maybe I should have put more orange in because the final product was super salty. My tummy hurt afterward. Also, in a stupid move on my part, I opted to bbq the ribs instead of baking. Well the sauce basically just burned right away so most of the outside of the rib was black and inedible. Gross. Won’t be making these again because I figured out I prefer bbq sauce on ribs. No picture because the ribs were so badly burned. 

I wanted to make another one of Rachael Ray’s recipes this weekend, Penne alla Senese, however, I never did. Peter was sick with the stomach flu and I have a cold so our household was not feeling 100%. I’m hoping to make it sometime this week as I have all the ingredients in the fridge. 

I don’t have anything else planned, so I better watch some more cooking shows to get some more recipes! 

1 Comment

Feb 17

Tue '15

Cable anyone?

m4s0n501

Last week our internet service provider called and offered us a home bundle package. We usually always say no to these sales pitches because they just don’t strike our interest. However, the ISP must have caught me on a good day because I was suckered in. They offered a pretty good deal. For $5 more than what we were currently paying for only internet, they offered a home phone line, basic cable and a faster internet speed. The offer was good for 6 months and then the price would increase afterward.

I thought it was a pretty good deal. Plus, 6 months is a fair amount of time to try a new product out! Also, our ISP has done away with their 30 day cancellation notice. So if we want to, we can cancel the day before 6 months is up with no penalty. That was my initial plan because I seriously didn’t believe we would want to keep the cable or phone.

However now that we’ve had the cable for a week, I seriously don’t know if I’ll want to give it up. I’ve literally sat on the couch for the past week watching TV. Although really, I’m only watching the food network. Oh and a show called border security. And Dragons Den and Rachel Ray. Ugh. Okay I need a life. I even talked our ISP into providing us with a free PVR so we can record shows. So I’m recording so many and am able to skip all the commercials. That’s one of the reasons I hate cable is because of the commercials. Problem solved!!!

The home phone however is utterly useless. We are so used to using our cell phones for everything that we don’t need the land line. I’ve given the number to my Mom and that’s about it. Haha. It might come in handy if we have to call long distance anywhere, but that does not happen very often. So it will definitely go at the end of the 6 months.

I might eventually get tired of watching the food network, but for now I love it!! I feel sorry for our poor Netflix account. No actually, Peter still watches it everyday so no worries!

5 Comments

Feb 8

Sun '15

Letter to Ezri: 3 months old

3 months old

Dear Ezri,

You are the light of my life. Who knew there could be so much love in this world? You grow more and more each day. As much as I want you to grow and develop, I already miss the little newborn I held in my arms only 3 short months ago. I will probably say this in every letter I write to you, but it has to be said again: time is flying by so fast.

You’re my growing girl! I am so impressed with how strong and big you’re getting. Your neck muscles are super strong!! Size wise, You are still wearing newborn diapers, but not for too much longer. We will finish our current box and then move you up to size 1. Sad, but also cheaper because more size 1’s come in a box than newborns! We’ve also officially retired most of your newborn outfits. You are in 0-3 month outfits and they fit pretty well. However there is still some room to grow in them for a couple months, I’m sure!

You’ve begun to drool A LOT!! One day you soaked through 2 outfits before I was smart enough to start putting a bib around your neck! Who knew the drooling would start so early?! I can only imagine what it will be like when you are teething.

Your little excess piece of umbilical cord, that just didn’t want to detach, finally let go. It had worried us and lead to your first trip to urgent care in your second month. However, it was nothing to stress about. Your belly button is healing nice and is probably set the way it will look like the rest of your life. You have a cute little innie button.

You have not officially rolled over yet, but your Dad and I can tell that you really want to! You have half rolled over from your back to your front about 4 times, but you just can’t figure out how to get past your arm. It’s always in the way. We are hoping you will figure it out sooner or later. We propped you on your stomach and arms and you rolled to your back 3 times, but really we think you just fell over 3 times. It doesn’t count as officially rolling over! Keep up the good work and I am sure you will figure out where to put your arms soon enough to actually roll.

You “slept through the night” for the very first time!!! Previously, your longest recorded sleep was 6.5 hours. This time, you were asleep for 8 continuous hours!!! I couldn’t believe it. I woke up 3 times during that time because I was so used to getting up more often. You just kept on snoozing, so I let you do your thing and it was wonderful! It has only happened once, but I am hopeful for the future!! You are also now sleeping in your cradle every night. There is no more fighting to get you down and out of my arms. You may wake up a little bit at first, but if I put the soother in your mouth and keep my hand on your chest a bit, you drift back off to sleep. Good girl!! Speaking of sleep, you are also napping a bit better during the day out of my arms! We are getting you to sleep in the playpen and you seem to be fine with it.

It is very unfortunate, but you have started to HATE driving in the car. As soon as I start backing out of the driveway, you start to cry. Then you continue to scream and cry the whole journey. If you can keep it in, you seem to be okay while sucking on your soother. However, you always drop it out of your mouth and that makes you sad. I stop the car to put it back in, but as soon as I’m driving again, it’s out and you’re crying again. Even if someone is sitting in the back with you, you are still upset. Why?! You used to love car rides so much and would fall asleep almost immediately. Your daddy and I have tried so many things to try to make you happy. We are stumped. Our next step is to probably buy this mirror because you love lights and we’re hoping it will help. If that doesn’t work, then we may never leave the house again. Not really, but it certainly stresses me out each time. It hurts my heart to hear you scream and cry when I can’t soothe you.

This was the month that I had to take you for your immunizations. I even had to have an updated shot as well. I definitely took them harder than you did because I didn’t know if you would have any reactions after the shots. Luckily you were a trooper. You cried after you got poked, but then you nursed right away and calmed down. You did not get a fever or anything so we didn’t have to give you tylenol. Still, your mama is not looking forward to the next set of vaccinations.

Daddy had to go away for 5 days this month to Orlando for a business trip. It was tough on me being a “single Mom” for a few days, but we survived. There were some tears and ups and downs, but we made it. Boy are we ever lucky to have your Daddy around! Your Grandma and Grandpa also went away this month and you only got to see them for a few days. You made sure to smile lots for pictures so we could send some to them. You even sang Happy Birthday with me in a video that we sent to Grandpa on his birthday. He loved it so much. They missed you a lot while they were gone!

You got to meet your Great Aunt and Uncle and two Cousins that came for a visit from Ontario. They sang lots of fun little songs for you and you smiled lots for them. They made some delicious meals for the freezer as well. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful family!

We had a couple get togethers with your friends from our baby classes! It was great to see all the babies and find out how everyone was doing. Despite being the oldest of the group, you are definitely the smallest baby!

Please continue to be the cutest and best daughter in the world!!

Love your Mama

Ezri 3 months

Previous letters: 1 month, 2 months

8 Comments

© Carolynne 2002-2015 / HTML5 & CSS3