Thursday, January 27, 2011

I don't feel like cooking today

So am thrilled to have remembered the tuna in my pantry. People, I love me a good tuna sandwich. Not one of those boring slippery wet tuna sandwiches ensconced in mayo. (Seriously, what is mayo really good for??) My father's recipe is our tried and true favorite, thick and bulky with added ingredients, and perfect on a sandwich with melted cheese and tomato. Yes, there is some mayo, but not much. I used 4 cans of tuna this morning and about 4 tablespoons of mayo.

3 cans tuna
spicy brown mustard (a little)
hot sauce
sweet pickles, chopped
onion, diced
5 hardboiled eggs
celery, chopped (optional)
garlic powder
black pepper

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas is so exciting with little ones - I had so many projects I wanted to do and books I wanted to read and stories I wanted to tell, but Christmas came so quickly upon us, that it seemed I didn't get to do much of what I had planned. And then there was the matter of our beautiful little tree - any of the other years I've been anxious to get the Christmas decorations down and "move on" - but I so loved the ambiance in our home. So Luke and I decided to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. (People, you know that they are actually the 12 days following Christmas, right?) We didn't do any of the "five geese a-laying" stuff, but we did do something Christmas-y on each day. For example, on the 2nd Day of Christmas we watched Mr. Kruger's Christmas together, another day we savored German chocolate Santas I had found in a post-Christmas reduced-candy sale at the grocery store. And I loved having the excuse to keep the Christmas decor out until Twelfth Night. I think this tradition is going to be a keeper!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Playdoh Masterpieces

I've been trying to be more creative and build in more focused learning times for Laurel since preschool is beyond our budget this year. She found a pyramid book at the library and Luke thought creating pyramids with Playdoh would be fun. Kitchen implements cut great stairs! And check out their fly sarcophagus!
Note: Check out the rural/whimsical photo I picked up from a local photographer; the gang of cows always makes me smile when I walk by.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Dino's First Word

A clear, emphatic "Mama" at 9 1/2 months.

Our little Sunbeam

She's been in nursery since she was sixteen months old - this seems like a big milestone! This picture captures her "fists of excitement".

How did you celebrate the New Year?

I took Laurel and my neighbor, Rosalee, to Heber's finest Championship Bullriding! Laurel was so stoked to see the daddy cows that jumped - she literally shook with excitement.