Monday, March 29, 2010

What are you doing, Mama?

Last Saturday, I bought a smoothies for Audrey in the Mall. She was not very fond of it since she did not drink much before we got home. At the lunch time, she tried to dink again while I was preparing for some lunch. When I came back to the table, I noticed the straw was out of the cup, and the wall behind her seat was dotted very well with brownish smoothies. How can't I be angry? After cleaning the mess, I sat down to eat.

Audrey: What are you doing, MaMa?
MaMa: Eating!
Audrey: You mad at me, too?
MaMa: No, how can I now?

Friday, March 19, 2010

It is Spring Again!

Heavy snow on the ground seemed evaporated over night. The whole week are sunny and warm. Tulips, daffodils, crocuses are coming back to lives. We are also coming out of the house and enjoying the fresh air.

We have hard time putting jackets on Audrey now. She regained the freedom that heavy snow jacket and pants deprived from her all winter long. She was eager to let her little arms get some sunshine on.

Last Tuesday afternoon, she ran around in the yard after coming home from the day care. Barely two weeks ago, who would ever thought we could go out without a snow boots and winter jackets on? But now it is the reality. Enjoy the warm days when we can.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blueberry Scones

We picked so many blueberries last summer that we still have a couple of gallon ziploc bags of them in the freezer. I therefore look for proper ways to eat them. One day, I came across this one. Flax seeds, oat meal, non fat yogurt, egg white.... all sound healthy and tasty. Most importantly, this recipe did not disappoint me at all. Everybody loved the scones. My 2 years old daughter ate two in no time!!!! I also baked another batch using black raspberries (also picked in the summer!!!), yummy yummy. My husband and I agreed that they were the best scones that we have ever eaten.

Quinoa with beets and Brussel sprouts

Quinoa is a relatively new food, but very trendy. I have been wanted to cook it for so long, however, I kept forgetting to buy some. Finally last weekend, I bought some in the bulk fruit/grain section in Wegmans and it is organic!

Tonight, I forged this dish in my head by playing colors. I cooked the Quinoa in chicken stock, so I got this yellowish hue. Brussel sprouts were boiled in water then sauted in olive oil with garlic and a little bit mushroom. Beets were from a tin, so I simply rinsed them and added to the veggies. When the Quinoa was done cooking, I added it to the mixed veggies, topped with some toasted pine nuts and ready to serve. (I forgot to add the pine nuts before I remembered to take the picture.) It was very health and pretty tasty.

I will definitely make this dish again, with whatever veggies in hand, and I will add some meat, too. Because my husband thought I forgot the essence of a meal for this dish. :-) Guess I will never become a vegetarian.

Friday, March 12, 2010

I am Toddler!

Last night, Audrey was sitting on my lap watching a show with me. We had a very interesting conversation, yes, with a 2 year and 4 months old.

Mama: Are you Chinese?
Audrey: No
Mama: Are you American?
Audrey: No. I am Toddler!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Use Scissors!

Yesterday afternoon, while Audrey was watching DVDs, she tried to pull up the zipper on her jacket. However, the zipper was stuck half way, and the lower part was yanked open. I offered to help. Unfortunately, it needed some work. I could not pull it down in order to zip it properly, either.

When I was pondering what to do, Audrey offered me a suggestion: "Mama, scissors!" This made me burst into laughter. This is the logic that only a 2-year old will have.

In the end, I did not follow her suggestion, should I? but managed to undo the zipper, align the 2 pieces properly and pull all the way up in one smooth action.

Oh boy, I had a good laugh. Zipper was stuck, Use Scissors!