with giggles of relief and anticipation of a special under-the-pillow treasure, peyton ran into the kitchen and yelled,
"mama, daddy...i think my tooth fell out!"
the celebration began...
with phone calls to family and friends and talk of a morning visit by the tooth fairy who, according to peyton, has some major magical powers because she told me she was going to ask the tooth fairy for some wings so she could be a fairy. then, quickly changed her mind because birds eat fairies and she didn't want to take the risk.
our sweet girl, she keeps on growing!
thinking quickly..."a mermaid! I'm going to ask the tooth fairy to turn me into a mermaid and i want her to give me a magical necklace that will turn me into a mermaid when i want and back into peyton mae when i want!"
"cool, peyton. i'm not sure the tooth fairy works that way, but if you see her when she comes in tonight, you should ask her!"
yes peyton, the tooth fairy will use her magic to lift your head off the pillow.
no, she will not forget where you live. promise.
i'm not sure how she get's into your room, but she will. promise.
i love you, goodnight.
the loot was a nice touch, but fairy dust kept her believing in the magic of it all...
however, i was told that she will be telling the tooth fairy, "No, fairy dust next time because it makes my room a little messy. do you think that will hurt her feelings, mama?"
peyton, we are so proud of you. what a big girl you are. love you, sweetheart.
every once in a while, i start to crave my mom's cooking. my mom cooks italian food the most, but also ventured out a little with other dishes that we came to love and find comforting. one of my favorites was stuffed peppers. she always cooked them in a rectangular pyrex and never made enough of the sauce to go on top. the polleti girls like their sauces!
so, with the craving kicked in, and without the metabolism of a 16-year old, i decided to make a healthier version instead of denying myself something i enjoy. they turned out really, really good!
healthy stuffed peppers
preheat oven: 400 degrees
2 red peppers, 2 green peppers, 2 yellow peppers
more than a pound of ground turkey
1 cup cooked whole grain brown rice (cooked in water with half chicken flavored bullion cube)
1 red onion, chopped
1 large can, peeled plum tomatoes, dice tomatoes & save juice.
two cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon light extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons worchester
1/4 cup hand grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
**to add a little sumthin sumthin to the top of each pepper:
1 tablespoon ketchup, a dab of dijon mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, mixed with the remainder of the tomato juice from the plum tomatoes.
i chose to cook the turkey before i stuffed them for this recipe because i think it makes it more simple.
*first, heat oil in pan and soften the onions and garlic in a pan for about 4-5 minutes. add turkey meat and cook until done, make sure the turkey is crumbled up well. add the diced tomatoes and half the juice into the pan. season with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and worchester sauce. let simmer over low heat for ten minutes.
cut and clean your peppers. cut the top off, and use a knife and your fingers to clean the seeds out of the pepper. turn the pepper over and slice an X on the bottom of the pepper. you also may need to shave a bit of the bottom off so that the pepper will sit upright.
taste your meat. does it need more sea salt or cayenne pepper? if so, add it. you can also add fresh herbs such as thyme or oregano as well.
add cooked rice to meat and mix together.
place peppers in a pyrex or baking sheet and scoop the mixture into each of the six peppers. add your salty hand-grated cheese to the top (not much, just a little for depth of flavor and remember that we are trying to keep these healthier than the originals).
**you have a few options for the topping of these peppers...
1. pour the remaining juice from the plum tomatoes on top of each pepper and your done.
2. pour campbells cream of tomato soup over each one (my mom does that).
3. what i did:
in a bowl quickly mix together the remaining tom juice, ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar.
pour some on top of each pepper...pop the dish in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
i served with green salad.
a while ago, a couple of friends and i were enjoying a rockin' brunch of bacon, waffles, coffee, and friendship. simple and perfect.
i notice that my friend was wearing a beautifully made necklace that held the finger prints of each of her children. i noticed how her hand would find it's way to the charms that hung from the chain as she spoke of her chldren. she would touch each charm without even knowing she was doing it. finally, i got a closer look...
they are so sweet and meaningful that i knew immediately what i wanted for my next birthday present.
tina steinberg of tina steinberg designs creates simple, classic, and most importantly; truly unique pieces of jewelry that represent the most precious people in our lives.
her pendants and charms are made with sterling silver and your loved one's fingerprint. oh, i love them and i can't wait until i get mine in a few days.
one of my fave pieces is from the love touch collection...
tina also designs a line of lockets...
tina has generously offered to give one of my readers some free lovin': a single love touch pendant valued at $135! holla!!!
what do you have to do to get in on this action?
it's as easy as leaving me a comment...leave me some love and tell me about one thing that inspires you to get motivated in the morning? what helps set you off in the right direction and mindset. what gets your creative juices flowing...
the problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
~ dee hock
could be a cup of coffee with enough cream and a dash of cinnamon. maybe it's a song that gets you moving.
maybe its a morning conversation with your little innocent one. the purring of the washing machine; the way the sunlight enters your home in the morning; a morning run; a pair of jeans that fit just right...
yes, tooth fairy magic is special, but we are at the mercy of little dangling teeth, so her visits are few and far between so sometimes we need to seek out what inspires us in our lives. if you look around, you are sure to find what that something may be if only for today.
tina was inspired by her children and a dream to begin her line of treasures; the beauty of life and the memories that keep us young. i love that. that girl is a doer, a passionate and creative mama that just does what's in her heart and that is some good inspiration! you can also check her out on her facebook page here.
are you following me? simply comment and inspire the rest of us to a more fabulous day! let's face it, sometimes we need a little pick me up. hell yes, we do!! nothin' wrong with that. ha!
here's to you finding your magic and, making it through these first few weeks of school. holy busy we have been.