Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Bunny Hunt

That's right, we didn't type it wrong.  This was not an Easter EGG we hunted for the bunny, found him, and never left his side.  The neighborhood egg hunt was scheduled for Saturday March 23rd; temperatures were in the 20's and we were expecting 10"+ of snow that night.  What a perfect day for an egg hunt.  We bundled up in our winter digs and went anyway.  When we arrived they had decided to have the hunt inside...not a good idea.  I appreciate their efforts for trying to please the families, but they should have had some better planning.  They had 0-8 year olds in one room (the gym), and 8+ year olds upstairs and some outside.  Liam didn't have a change.  The poor kid didn't get one single egg.  Gavin on the other hand went outside with the big kids and had a great old time in the cold!!  Thank goodness for all the other parents, Barb was solo and running in 2 directions wasn't happening.  Gavin was good and followed the crowd, then found us later.

 Woody was Gavin's prize.  The funniest part of the day is the baskets.  Check out Gavin's tiny basket compared to Liam's.  I think we sized them up wrong when we bought them last year.
 Nothing but love for this fuzzy white ball of fur.  Liam chased him all over the place and hugged him every time he saw him.  Bunny Love!

Never easy to get 1 kid to look at the camera, let alone 2.  At least no one was screaming.

Thanks to Cedar Creek for the pancakes, sausage, and orange juice!  Despite the crazy hunt, we had a good time.  We're going to have our own egg hunt on Easter!  Cross your fingers for some sun!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

15 Month Stats

As big, and strong, and thick, and heavy as we think Liam is...he's weighing in at only the 30% for his age.  He is officially our small fry, but his smallness does not stop him from trying to be a big boy.  He runs, plays, laughs, and argues the best he can with Gavin.

Liam 15 months
Weight 23 lbs 4 oz (31%)
Height 31.14" (52%)
Head 18.9" (74%)

Gavin 15 months

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Scrumptious Sundays

Shadow Glen Cooking Class = aka Date Night
(I have recipes for all if anyone is interested)

Double Tomato Bruschetta

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates (that we put in the salad)
Goat Cheese Date Salad

Butternut Squash Risotto
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Tarte Aux Poire

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Scrumptious Sundays

Pasta Primavera
Fresh & flavorful, this pasta primavera chock full of vegetables makes a lovely entree for spring.  A combination of equal parts milk and cream, half and half creates a silky, full-bodied sauce.
Yields 4 servings (2 c. ea); 9 WW points plus
Every time I see this picture I want to make this recipe.  So colorful, and tasty!

2 cups green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise
2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup (1-inch) slices asparagus (about 2 ounces) $
6 ounces uncooked fettuccine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
2/3 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Cook green beans in boiling water 1 minute. Add broccoli and asparagus; cook 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from pan with a slotted spoon; place in a large bowl. Return water to a boil. Add pasta; cook 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and add to vegetable mixture.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup onion, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper; sauté 3 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Add peas, and sauté 1 minute. Add tomatoes; sauté 2 minutes. Combine half-and-half and cornstarch, stirring with a whisk. Reduce heat to medium. Add half-and-half mixture and salt to pan; cook 1 minute or until sauce thickens, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over pasta mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with basil and cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Information
Amount per serving
Calories: 338
Calories from fat: 29%
Fat: 10.8g
Saturated fat: 4.7g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.4g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
Protein: 13.7g
Carbohydrate: 49.6g
Fiber: 7.1g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Iron: 2.9mg
Sodium: 607mg
Calcium: 205mg

Friday, March 1, 2013


We recently went to Washington to attend Grandma Jane's memorial service.  Although the occasion was sad, it is always great to see family.  It has been a very long time since everyone was together like this.  Pictures were taken in Grandma's backyard.  We miss you Grandma