Monday, February 22, 2010

Roasted Veggie Sandwich with Pesto and a Few Other Random Bits of Information

Throughout the years I have dabbled with different ways of eating. Always "healthy" (or so I thought) but sometimes all organic, all vegetarian, vegan or going raw. Although going completely 100% in any one of these areas is really hard, it was our goal to stick to these at least 80%. Right around the time that hubs and I got engaged and were planning our wedding we went raw, and I am telling you, I have never felt better. But, since then, trying to work (at the time), two pregnancies and now having two small children we have often fell off the bandwagon.

Since then, we have always longed to go back to our vegetarian/vegan/raw, all (or mostly) organic lifestyle. About 3 weeks ago I saw an Oprah episode that highlighted the movie Food, Inc. I went out and rented it that weekend for hubs and I to watch and Oh. My. Goodness. It has literally changed the way we look at food, the food industry and what goes into our bodies. We are back on our bandwagon of eating fresh, organic fruits, veggies and grains. And although I am not totally going to eliminate eating meat in our diet, I want to considerably downsize the frequency that we eat it and for majority of the time it will be organic or at least grass fed. Again, trying to stick to this way of eating at least 80% because it's just too hard to go 100%. Especially with kids.

My goal of this post is really to just give you a WONDERFUL recipe that I tried a few days ago and can't get enough of, but a little background of why I actually made this recipe was in order. It's not my intention to sway you one way or the other of how to eat, but only to encourage you to watch the movie (and if you are a reader then read Skinny Bitch) and decide for yourself what is right for you and your family.

With that said, I am stepping down from my soap box now. On to the recipe. I am salivating just thinking about it.

This recipe is for a roasted veggie sandwich with pesto that I found online. If I remembered where I found it I would link to it, but I can't for the life of me find it so I will write it out from memory. It's pretty easy. I have never made pesto before and was so amazed at how simple it was and how incredibly yummy!

Pesto:
2.5oz of fresh basil
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of pine nuts
1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped up a bit

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy.

Sandwich:
Eggplant
Zucchini
Red Bell Pepper
Portabella Mushrooms
Tomato
Avocado
Spouts or Spinach Lettuce (optional)
Focaccia Bread (or whole grain rolls)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
Cut all veggies (except tomato, avocado and sprouts/lettuce) lengthwise and place on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Drizzle (or brush on) olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper to taste. Roast in oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees turning halfway through.
Brush pesto on bread (I warmed my bread in the oven for a couple minutes before hand). Slice tomato and avocado and place on bread. Pile on roasted veggies and top with lettuce or sprouts. YUMMY!!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Keeping Your Santity: The Doctor's Office

Yesterday I had to take Madelyn to the doctor's office to get checked out. She has been MISERABLE this past week with a runny nose and a whole mouthful of teeth ready to pop out. I just wanted to be sure that nothing else was going on like a ear infection or sinus infection so I made an appointment for her to be seen by the pediatrician.

All us parents know that a trip to the doctor's office can be struggle with one kid, let alone two or more. It is inevitable that they leave you waiting. Our appointment was at 10:30. They brought us back to the room at 10:35, took all the vitals and politely said, "the doctor should be only a few minutes." They closed the door and we proceeded to wait. And wait. And wait. Until finally around 11:00 the doctor came in.

Now if that was just me waiting in a room by myself, heck, I would love every single silent minute of it, but with two kids, stuck in a room the size of my coat closet, with nothing but a chair, a sink and a table, those 15-20 minutes of waiting can seem like an eternity.

We have always brought small cars or trucks along to help pass the time, and even a few small books to read. But recently I started carrying a small box of crayons that we got from a restaurant in my diaper bag. I have often found random situations where we are around paper that Kaiden asks to color on and I don't have anything except a pen from my purse. As I was trying to maneuver two kids in this minuscule space it dawned on me to pull out my crayons. What better way to waste time and use that long sheet of paper on the exam table then to color on it!!! Thanks to that I was able to keep my sanity intact and keep Kaiden busy!
And, yes, I brought my camera to the pediatrician's office :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Craft Exchange

You have all heard of a cookie exchange, right? During the holidays I have participated in one for the past three years and had a blast stuffing my face sampling new recipes for bars, cookies, biscotti, etc. to use the following year. Well, today the mom's group that I am in organized a craft exchange. Same concept as a cookie exchange but done with crafts for the kids! What a wonderful idea to have a bunch of ready to make crafts on hand for when you are looking for something to do with the kiddos!

Here's how it works:
-First you will choose a craft to make. If you need some help coming up with something there are tons of websites that have great ideas.

-Next, gather up all of the materials required for the craft (enough to make one for each participant), and do any cutting, making templates, etc that is necessary. I made two different crafts to give out since I have two kids and even though Madelyn is not old enough now, I wanted some for her to hold on to for when she is ready to get crafty. Here are my supplies:
-Finally, bag the materials for one craft together with the instructions on how to complete it, the name of the craft and who made it labeled on the outside. Here is one craft all completed and bagged ready to give out.


The crafts don't have to be anything too elaborate. These are toddlers we are talking about. Here are the crafts that I planned for everyone: A magnetic clothespin caterpillar
and a hand print butterfly
-At the exchange, we passed out our craft kits to each participant, so that each person goes home with one of each craft that was made. We had 13 kiddos (including my 2) that participated so I now have 13 different crafts to pull from when we are looking for things to do!!!


I highly recommend putting together a craft exchange with your friends. There are even websites like Oriental Trading Co. that you can purchase pre-packaged crafts. Happy crafting!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: On The Move

Okay, so technically it's not Wednesday and well, technically this is not totally "wordless" but I wanted to get this up yesterday but being that I had a house to clean and two kids that were hanging on me all day, I didn't have time. So just go with me on this.

I was totally done trying to upload a video to Blogger only to have it a) never upload after a full day of "trying" or b) giving me a "error" message so many times that I forgot to count. So here we are trying YouTube which already seems to be a whole lot more user friendly to those of us who are technically challenged and lack a bit of patience. Who me?

Here is Miss Thang doin' her thang. She is officially all. over. the. place. And, of course, getting into all things that she shouldn't be, i.e. Paco's dog bowl. Which has given hubs reason to use his ShamWows. And good thing we have 16 of them.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lullaby

It was a tender moment last night as hubs was changing Kaiden's diaper, putting him in his pajamas while singing him the lullaby that the "Pajanimals" sing.

Kaiden to Daddy: "No la la, Daddy. No la la."

Where do they come up with these things?!?!?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dump

I have so many thoughts going on in my head lately and haven't had time to write a "real" post so I guess I am need of a true brain dump.
  • My precious baby started crawling last week. I know, where did the time go? She is almost 8 months old and tearing around this house like no body's business. She is also slightly trying to get herself to a kneeling position while she holds onto items. I think she will be an early walker for sure.
  • I would post a darling video that I shot on my camera of her crawling, but for some stupid reason blogger takes forever to upload videos (or it never happens at all) and I don't have the time (or patience) to mess with it all right now.
  • Speaking of where did the time go....I signed my other "baby" up for preschool for the fall semester. A local Christian school just started a 2's program last year, so Kaiden will go in that program starting in August. They work on colors, shapes, numbers, letters, have a "Jesus and Me" time, and even potty training. I think it will be great for him to have two mornings a week to get out while Madelyn is napping and learn, socialize and play. Sniff, sniff. I suppose it is preparing Mommy for the day when real school comes.
  • I think I finally found a reliable, trustworthy babysitter. She is a high school senior that will be going away to college in the Fall so I only have her for a few months. But she came over last week to meet the kids and sit down with us to chat. I seriously felt like she was my age rather than 17. I think she will be fabulous with the kids and finally hubs and I can have date nights or I can get a afternoon off to go run errands whenever I want!
  • I woke up yesterday morning with a huge pimple on my chin. It's absurd. I am an early 30 year old woman and I am still breaking out like a 13 year old teenager. Friggin' hormones.
  • Hubs and I alternate mornings to go to the gym before the kids get up and he leaves for work. I was supposed to go this morning, but I told him to go instead cause I had a pimple. Seriously. I didn't go to work out because I had a pimple. It's that scary.
  • I am feeling so overwhelmed lately. Like everything that I do around here is pointless. I clean up the toys and 5 minutes later they are everywhere again. I do the laundry and that night there is a pile forming again. I do the dishes from breakfast and 2 hours later there are more dishes piling up. So, I feel like "what's the point?" It's a funk that I go through every once-in-a-while. I'll get over it, but until then I like to wallow in my sorrows.
  • Oh my goodness. I am on the last book in the Twilight series. Oh. My. Goodness. You know that part when Bella and Edward....and Jacob.....and Bella and Rosalie...oh my goodness. So good. So good! I don't want it to end.

Okey dokey. I guess I better get back to my dishes and laundry and dusting and vacuuming and....