Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekday Meals (2)

I'll be doing a couple post on this theme in the next while! 

Here are some meals I typically pull out on weeknights. I make no claim that they are healthy or that you/your kids/your spouse/your cat will like them. What you see are not the full recipes. If you'd like the full recipe with measurements and everything, just send me an email! 

What are your go-to weeknight meals?

Beef & Broccoli

- Head of Broccoli
- Beef strips (or steak to cut up)
- Raisins
- Sunflower seeds or cashews (or nut of your choice)
- General Tao Sauce (should be able to find in the Asian sauce section of the grocery story)

Cut beef into strips if you didn't buy strips. Dribble some oil in a pan and cook beef for a few minutes. Cut up broccoli into small pieces. Put those in the pan with beef. Add sauce and cook for a few minutes until broccoli is tender. Add raisins and nut(s). Stir to coat. Serve with rice.

Patty Melts

- Ground beef
- Onion
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- Handful of cilantro (fresh or dry)
- Half a palmful each  of oregano, cumin
- Salt & pepper
- Swiss cheese slices
- Lime juice

Grate about 2-3 tablespoons of onion and mince/crush garlic. Add that and spices to ground beef and mix well with your hands. Split into patties. Cook in pan on med-high for 5 minutes. Flip. Squirt each with lime juice and top with cheese. Cover pan with tinfoil and cook for 3-5 minutes until burger is done to your liking. Serve on nice bun/break (I toast them quickly in the over) and with coleslaw or other favourite salad.

Beef Dip Sandwich

- Beef roast
- Rosemary
- Garlic powder
- 2-3 bay leaves
- Soy Sauce
- Water

Crock pot fun! Put the beef in the pot (I cook from frozen). Add as much garlic and rosemary as you'd like and bay leaves. Add 1 cup of soy sauce and 6 cups of water (or enough water to cover beef). Cook all day :) When you get home, shred beef with two forks, and serve on a bun with salad/fries. Use leftover liquid as dip (au jus) for sandwich.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

- Pork tenderloin
- 2 cans of root beer (or Dr. Pepper)
- Water
- BBQ sauce of your choice (I use a hickory smoke)

More crock pot fun! Put tenderloin in pot (frozen or fresh). Add root beer. Add enough water to cover the pork. Cook all day :) When you get home, shred beef with two forks. Add enough BBQ sauce to coat. Serve on a bun with salad/fries.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Actions are not Judgements

I think as a general rule, we (myself included) need to remember that someone's actions are not judgement of our own.

Here are some personal examples that have come up in my life:

- Just because I had a natural home birth, doesn't mean I think anyone who had an epidural or a c-section is weak.

- Just because I had a stroke doesn't mean I'll minimize your health issues or concerns.

- Just because I hated my PhD and left academia and speak of the "hazards", doesn't mean it won't work for others.

- Just because I have 2 children, doesn't mean I judge you for having a different number (including zero)

- Just because I like to dress up for work/school, doesn't mean I judge your preferred style.

- Just because I eat meat, doesn't mean I think vegans/vegetarians/etc are crazy.

- Just because I don't believe in God or pray, doesn't mean I don't value other belief systems.

What it comes down to is we each have our own set of experiences and values, and we make decisions based on what's best for us. If it works, that's all that matters!

What are some examples that you've been accused of, or have witnessed?

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Soother Reliance

I know there are a lot of parents out there who have gone through this, so please post any advice you have!

Carter does not have very restful sleeps at night. He wakes up a few times (even up to 10 times!) at night, but seemingly just wants the soother put back in his mouth. After one of us gets up to do that, he goes right back to sleep. But, with it happening so often, it needs to change. Even though we're only up for less then a minute, it still interrupts our sleep and we're not sleeping nearly as well.

Did you have a baby/child with a soother reliance? How did you solve the issue? Did you go cold turkey, or did you try a more gentle method?


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Six Months of Carter

Six months ago, Carter came into our lives at a very reasonable time (2pm) after a relatively quick (about 4 hours) and pretty uneventful home water birth.*

I know every parent says this about their child(ren), but I cannot believe how much he has grown and changed in such a short period.

He had a pretty big temper in the beginning - he did not like waiting for food, and he would often pound his fists and wail while he waited. Six months later, he's a happy, go-lucky kind of kid.

He gives smiles to anyone that gives him any attention, and he gets so excited when he's included in family activities. He's even happy and excited if he wakes up in the middle of the night (cute, but not so much at 3am). He laughs freely and easily - it just brings a smile to my face to even think of how joyful he is.

He's so strong and solid. He rolled over back-to-tummy just after he turned 5 months old, and now does it constantly. He can sit on his own for a few minutes at a time. He's working very hard on crawling. Once he's able to move an inch, we have a feeling he'll take off.

He adores playing with toys, especially in his exersaucer. He loves getting read and sung to.

He showed us he was ready for solids a couple weeks ago by taking a handful of lasagne and a piece of garlic bread off of DH's plate at dinner. He now gets really excited about any food we put in front of him. He prefers to sit on our laps during meal time instead of his high chair.

His sleeping could be better, but only because we were/are so spoiled with Evan's crazy sleeping ability. He typically goes to bed around 10pm and sleeps to 5-7am. Sometimes he wakes up a few times at night so we have to put his soother in his mouth. He has 3-4 naps a day. He seems to like napping in bed beside me, which is great for me because it forces me to lie down and relax (or even nap myself!).

We got through the newborn phase alive,  and will now seeing him start the transition from baby to toddler. It's amazing to watch him learn about the world around him. He's so interested in everything, especially his older brother and the cats (oh, they are in trouble once he's mobile).

Carterpiller, we knew you'd be different from your brother, and it's starting to become apparent how. You love people, and you don't mind loud sound or surprising things. You can just chill out by yourself, or just take in what's going on around you. You're not super great with night-time sleeping, but you nap like a champ during the day. We are excited to see how you become YOU in the months and years to come.

*I realized I haven't written about this experience, and not sure if I ever will.