Wednesday, October 29, 2008
5-10% of women in their child-bearing years have PCOS, and it is not always easily diagnosed. My OB admitted that this was the last thing on her list when she was considering the cause of our losses. It just goes to show that things do happen for a reason, and thankfully, if I ever want another baby, we have some options.
And speaking of babies, Jack Rigsbee Barsotti was born yesterday just before noon and is the spitting image of his daddy. Welcome to parenthood, Nick and Sarah! May it be a lovely ride.
Monday, October 27, 2008
We're all fine, aside from some bruises (and the driver of the car in front of me had a nasty cut on his forhead). The driver who hit us was driving with a suspended license was driving someone else's car. He was completely unapologetic, leaving the deputy in charge to whisper to me that if I happened to kick him in the shins, the deputy never saw a thing.
I never knew how much I loved my mini van until I saw it all broken. Moment of silence for my wounded soldier. And speedy labor vibes to my sister-in-law!
I got the idea at one of my favorite websites, No Time for Flashcards. Allie has the best ideas (and of course, I like the way she spells her name!). Emily had fun using the crayons, and Ava had fun with all of the glueing (the google eyes in particular).
Last week was a rush of baking, playgroups, and hunting down the last bits and baubles for Halloween costumes (the girls are going to be ballerinas - pictures to come!). Emily had her 15 month check up (the results - she's perfect, just as we have always known), the girls got their flu shots, we went to our friends' annual Halloween bash, and we did some reorganizing of the toys, since they had once again taken over the entire house.
1 ¼ c all-purpose flour
Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, melted butter, and egg. Fold mixture into dry ingredients. Spray or grease a skillet and heat over medium heat; pour in ¼ cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side. Serve with butter and syrup. Makes about six 6-inch pancakes.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
And yes, I made those shirts. You can too - just click here. And if you're cool like me, you have a friend like I do who decided that our playgroup should do this at her house while the kids were distracted by a tea party with her fancy china. Brigitte, you're a much braver momma than I am! Martha would be so proud.
Friday, October 17, 2008
That would be the pink balloon she got at the restaurant where we ate lunch. Apparently, she's in love.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Of course, Ava could not be outdone by her younger sister:
Mommy should have known what would happen next when this look came across Ava's face:
Tackling your sister...Is never a good idea.
Lest you all think it's homemade-organic-free range-hands on-age appropriate-learning here 24/7...
The air is cool, the season is fall.
Soon Halloween will come to all.
The ghosts ar after things to do.
In fact, a ghost brough this to you!
"BOO" shields you from the witching hour.
Just hang it up and watch its power.
On your front door is where it works.
It wards off spirits and evil jerks.
A treat came with this crypted note.
They're yours to keep, enjoy them both.
The power comes when friends like you
Will copy this and make it two.
Then others here among our friends
Will give warm fuzzies that will not end.
We'll all have smiles upon our face.
No one will know who "BOO"ed whose place.
Just two short days to work your spell
Or a big ZAP will strike your tail,
And don't forget a nifty treat
Like something cute or something sweet.
Please join the fun, let's really hear it
And spread some "BOO"s and Halloween spirit.
Since I'm the president of our chapter, you'd think I would have been able to figure out who BOO'd me, or how the BOOing got started! Oh well, it was such a welcome treat for the kids and I during a long day.
Today after school, Ava and I made some candy corn cookies and filled some cute Halloween containers with them (and the copies of the BOO note) and delivered them a few members of our MOMS Club. What a fun little tradition! I think that this is a cute idea to do in your neighborhood or with a playgroup or other organization, and really could be adapted for and holiday.
Our candy corn cookies:
Our BOO bags:
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I had a momentary freakout when my favorite website was down for some reason on Monday - it's where I get a lot of the patterns I use (they're all organized by seasons, holidays, and other themes). Luckily, they were back up by Tuesday morning, but the pumkins that Ava and I decorated on Monday just weren't as cute as the ones she did today with her friend Scott (using the handy pumpkin pattern!).
Here are a few of the cute projects that the girls (and their friends) have worked on this week:
Some of the art above the girls' play kitchen. The thing in the center is a leaf that I cut out of a huge page that Emily finger painted:
Ava says that this is supposed to be a chicken. I think it kind of looks like one if you squint:
Ava and I made this cute hanging pumpkin out of extra strips of scrapbooking paper. I found the idea here:
What kinds of crafts are you doing with your family for the fall holidays?
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Ava helped me make the best black bean soup ever in the crock pot first thing in the morning. If you have young kids who like to help cook, the crock pot really is the best invention ever. I chop everything up, and Ava dumps everything into the crock and gets the feeling that she made dinner all by herself. I've also found that it gets her excited about different foods (especially foods that she wouldn't otherwise touch with a 10 foot pole). She even got to set the timer. When Daddy came home, she got to brag about the soup that she made. All by herself!
We also made a few loaves of pumpkin bread, beer bread to go with our soup, the yummiest muffins I've ever had, some scones, and some granola bars. The pumpkin bread will be taken to a play group later this week, and the muffins, scones, and granola bars will go into the freezer and be healthy snacks for school and breakfasts. Ava mixed the beer bread and muffin batter all by herself and when I dropped her off at school this morning, she told her teacher that she'd baked her own snack.
3 c whole wheat flour
1/4 c sugar
3 T baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 bottle or can (12 oz) beer (room temp)
2 T butter or margarine, melted (I used Smart Balance and it worked just fine)
Additional butter or margarine, if desired
Heat oven to 375. Grease bottom and sides of 8x4 or 9x5 inch loaf pan with shortening or spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in beer and 2 T butter just until moistened (batter will be lumpy). Spread in pan. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top is light golden brown. Brush top of loaf with additional butter. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
Playgroup Granola Bars
recipe yield: 24 granola bars
2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups granulated sugar
1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil and orange juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.
Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Ayelet's notes: I used whole wheat flour and homemade applesauce for the oil and sugar. I didn't ahve frozen cranberries, so I used dried. This is SO good toasted and spread with a little cream cheese or ricotta. YUM!
Outside of the baking realm, Emily has a new tooth, and Ava is finally starting to like school. She was having a rough time, between completely dropping her nap and being in the same class with her best friend (and together, they have been quite the little exclusive clique! I thought that stuff didn't start until high school!). Her teacher and I have had several conversations, and it seems that simple solutions like "make a new friend day" to seperate Ava and her BFF are all that have been needed. Joel finally won a fantasy football game, and I'm busy as ever with MOMS Club and being a room mom at preschool.
This afternoon, I am hoping to make some Halloween decorations with Ava for the house, and get a head start on our Halloween cards. Here's hoping Emily (who is working on yet another new tooth) takes a good nap!