strep throat. check.
a severe case of strep thoat that wants to hang around for fun. check.
new daisy troop leader. check.
don't know what the hell i am doing or if i have enough time to do it. check.
crazy sock and hat day at school. check.
spiderman beckham. check.
real sticky spiderman hands. you know, the real thing. dude, i'm a mom, not a magician.
beckham not happy with this answer. check.
which meant no make-up, mole, black boots and the hat was iffy at best.
it's been fun around here for the last couple of weeks. all of us have been a bit under the weather during this time, but when the mama goes down...well, let's just she goes down. as does the house, the shopping, laundry,...
so it's been a game of catch-up. but how i've missed you. i wanted write make a quick post before i did a load of laundry while indulging in some real housewives (seriously though, i hardly enjoy this version of the show. i find it completely inapplicable to my life, but who am i kidding...i can't really relate to any of them, but they are a fun way to fall asleep!)
halloween was exciting and fun for the kids. i loved watching them get ready and head out. this year, we had to cancel hotdog/chili night with our neighbor friends because i was under the weather and that was sad, but the saddest part was watching my kids walk away with daddy, gido, and friends to go trick-or-treating without me...
i caught up with them for the last ten minutes, but they didn't seem to notice i was missing. ha.
gido and sito saved the day by coming in and helping out with the kids and my house that weekend. it's always special when they are around. we love and appreciate them so much.
we dug through the candy, checked it for anything weird and let the kids have a couple of pieces. when the doorbell kept singing, it was peyton and beckham who took over and it warmed me up to see how happy it made them to hand out treats to the other little costumed- up darlings at our door.
they sat by the door for quite awhile...
it was one of those nights that was just all about family and our little ones doing what they should be doing on that night. bouncing off the walls and talking our ears off about the excitement of the night! it was great!
being home, confined to your bedroom for a few days really lets you 'see' things. it let's the little things soak in longer making it easier for us to notice what is important and what really isn't.
days of feverish rest, forces you to slow down, lose control of all the things you may be trying to keep control of. it's when we have stop juggling so many balls and let ourselves be taken care of... if we are blessed enough to have people to help out and love us when we really need it.
while it's no picnic being sick, my head felt like it was floating above my body most of the time, i did find a silver lining. maybe a dull silver lining, but i did find it and i didn't have to look very hard for it.
this little guy was constantly waking me up to see how i was doing.
"mama, how you doin' mama?"
he wanted to know if i wanted pancakes, water, soup, medicine, an ice pack, ...
he is so nurturing and the boy loves his mama.
and our girl was just as sweet. one day, jeff took the kids out to play so i could hibernate, and peyton drew this pic for me on her easel and then dragged over to me so i could look at it when she was gone! she said it would make me feel better.
i hope she knows how much it did. enough for me to take a pic!
they kept daddy busy...
and sometimes all you really need is...
homemade chicken soup!
a hug or a sympathetic smile.
thank you, linnie.
the morning you showed up, i almost cried when i looked at your face, so i turned and walked away so i wouldn't. sometimes a grown-up still needs her mama, or something like it...
i needed you. i love you.
and now, some recipes that i have been meaning to share. no, they are not the art party recipes. promise i am working on those.
i wanted to share a recipe for grilled chicken that i am absolutely loving right now. i know grilled chicken may not sound warm and fuzzy for you northerner right about now, but if you pair it with some pasta or some some white bean chili...you will get your protein in and i promise you will love this.
i made this chicken with polenta smothered in bolognese sauce and a green salad with gorgonzola and toasted pine nuts.
adapted from a light recipe
2-3 tablespoons of evoo
2 -3 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (tenderizes the chicken)
4 chicken breasts
kosher salt & pepper
in a ziploc (i place mine over a bowl and flip the sides up. it holds it in place for me)
salt and pepper the chicken and add all ingredients to the bag. add chicken. marinate chicken in the fridge for an hour up to overnight.
grill for a two minutes on each side or until done.
fabulous and healthy!
Green Salad with Gorgonzola and Toasted Pine nuts
baby greens, butter lettuce. whatever you like.
salt and pepper
toasted pine nuts (in a dry pan for a few minutes)
gorgonzola blue cheese
*this is a healthy salad, but not a low fat salad! my friend leslie hooked me up with the dressing recipe and it is so good and refreshing.
put salad in bowl. squeeze lime over greens. add a couple tablespoon of olive oil. salt and pepper to taste. toss it all together. add at least two tablespoons of chopped cilantro to top of salad. gorgonzola to taste.
i personally like to add avocado to mine. it's so good.
this salad is also really good with just the greens, salt, pepper, cilantro, and lime. i jazzed it up for this recipe though.
enjoy. it's addicting!
and for dessert:
Fresh Strawberries with Sweet Ricotta Cream
growing up my mom and dad would take a huge bunch of strawberries, clean and trim them, and put them in the biggest bowl we had...which was huge-mongous!
they would let the berries float in a concoction of fizzy red, sweet wine, sugar, and lemon juice.
it was such a treat for us kids. we would drink the liquid joking that we would get drunk, not believing our parents when they said it wasn't possible for us. we thought we had a plan and would one day show them that we would. well, that never happened, but the memories of it are some of my favorite.
instead of staining my house with red wine and filling my kiddies with melted sugar, i opted for this instead.
a bunch of strawberries, cleaned. tops cut off if you wish.
1/3 cup of ricotta cheese
half cup whipping cream
5 tablespoons of powdered sugar
a really cold metal bowl to make the whipped cream in.
make some homemade whipped cream beating the whipping cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. use mixer to whip it into stiff white clouds. super easy.
mix your ricotta cheese with your whipped cream
put a dollop or two over berries! enjoy!
and now a few pics to make you laugh. or melt your heart. whatever.
hmm, i wonder if he'll notice if i put my hand on his knee? i'll try it.
lainey and beckham went to My Gym the other day. i think they thought it was a date instead...
you thought he loved you, but he really loves me, auntie heidi.
lainey, if you're not going to eat it, i will.
oh, it was sweet. he held her hand every step of the way. he protected her. it was precious.
okay, i am off to bed. a giveaway is coming in the next week. one for followers of the blog and one for commenters. just a little blog 'love.'