Thursday, February 26, 2009
We were introduced to them while in London and Jordan LOVED them. A couple of years ago I got him a panini maker for his birthday. One of the best gifts I've ever given him. We use it all the time and I thought I'd share our favorite panini recipe (that we made up). It may be a little out there for some of you so I thought I'd let you know that a regular PB&J sandwich or turkey sandwich is also super yummy in the panini maker too.
In case you don't know what a panini maker I've put a picture below. I'm pretty sure this is a picture of the one we bought. It basically squishes your sandwich and grills on both sides. You could also use a grill pan with something heavy on top like a foil wrapped brick.
Yummiest panini ever:
Ciabatta Roll (we like the little square ones from Costco)
1 Red pepper that's been grilled and the skin taken off
1 Portabello mushroom that's been salt/peppered and grilled on both sides
Fresh basil (optional)
Pesto (or we've done olive oil too)
Brush the cut sides of the Ciabatta Roll with either olive oil or pesto. Layer the Red Pepper (it needs to lay flat so cut up one side), Portabello mushroom, Basil (optional), mozzarella cheese.
Quick trick for the red pepper. Once you've grilled it and it's pretty black on all sides put in a plastic bag right off the grill and seal it up for 10 min. The steam will make the skin come off super easy. I usually slit up one side, take out the insides and stem and then flip over and take off the skin. Works really well and grilled red peppers are really delicious. They can be expensive so we usually split one between the 2 of us or they were on sale the other day so we each ate one.
Put this in the panini maker until it's crisp. The flavors of the pesto, red pepper, mushroom and cheese blend perfectly together to make one yummy sandwich. We ate this the other day with a simple pasta salad that used up leftover vege's from the fridge. Super easy dinner and really filling. The most suprising part is that we've learned that Matthew likes mushrooms, at least Portabello ones. He surprises me all the time with what he'll actually eat.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Granted he does have a rash on his tooshie from some yucky poops lately so I'm hoping maybe that's why. We'll try again next weekend.
I know he's smart and can do this I just need to convince him of that. I can't be changing diapers of 2 kids for the next 6 months. Please steer me in the right direction for some research or post what you did.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Jordan finally went to the Dr. today and has strep so now we are pretty housebound for the weekend as he's contagious. I am going to go out soon and run some much needed errands. We are working on potty training Matthew and I'm going to get big boy underwear so wish us luck. He's also been opening up doors to the outside and our garage so I have to go get door knob covers to prevent him from going outside. He just doesn't understand what could happen.
I also feel the need to get a ton of layouts done of Matthew before this baby comes or I know that I'll be WAY behind. I had all of these cute sleeping pictures of Matthew stored and created a cute layout the other day and I had this great pic of Matthew at 3 months old. I can't wait to use flower paper and lots of pinks and purples on layouts. I do love the blues and greens for Matthew but am excited about scrapping our newest addition.
Matthew was always trying to get up on his knees at an early age and did great holding his head up high early on. It will be interesting to see how this girl is in comparison.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
We are almost done for the day at our event and I have a bit of a lull so I thought I'd post. I can't wait to head to the plane tomorrow at 3 pm. My back and ankles are killing me and I'm ready to see my family, be home in my nice comfortable bed, and eat a nice big bowl of homemade peanut butter ice cream w/chocolate syrup. Seriously some of the best ice cream we've made in awhile.....and it was made even with organic pb from Costco-yum!
I have a few things to do on Monday, but mostly I think I'll be taking it easy and resting my body and brain.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
We picked up some sheets on Saturday while doing errands and I washed them and got them ready today for the big night and Jordan put together the bed when he got home. We've really been talking up the big boy bed for the last several days so I was hoping he would be excited. He took a bath tonight and then was all over helping Daddy put together the bed. It was pretty cute! He loved playing with the drill (no bit). We did get some side rails from someone at work so one side is on so he doesn't fall off the bed in the middle of the night.
Of course the first thing he did was start jumping on the bed before we even had the sheets on. Such a typical 2 year old BOY! He thought that was super fun so I'm sure there will be nights of that ahead of us. He didn't take a nap today because 1-he went to bed late last night and woke up late this morning, 2-I wanted him tired for the big night and 3-I was washing his crib sheets to get ready for the baby since he was going to transition tonight anyways.
My plan worked pretty well. Once the bed was together and the sheets were on Jordan read him books in his bed and then it was time to go to sleep. He wanted Mommy and Daddy to lay by him and so Jordan went in there with him and laid down by him (there is no way I could get his pregnant body out of his bed once I got in-it's too low to the ground). He conked out in about 10 min. I could tell he was tired by the redness around his eyes.
2-We've been having lots of problems with Matthew eating proper food and not just crackers or chips. I decided to draw a hard line and not let him snack in between meals. Yesterday he did pretty good, but today he did really well. He's not a big eater at breakfast and so by the time we ate our late lunch I think he was starving. He ate a hot dog (1st thing), some pudding, 1 1/2 bananas and then I let him have some crackers. He didn't eat many of those because by then he was pretty full. At dinner he wanted some chips but we told him he had to eat his quesadilla first. He ate most of it and then we gave him some chips. He ate a few but not a ton once again because he was pretty full. I guess I'm just going to have to be a meanie if we're going to get him to eat properly. I knew we had gotten into a bad habit of snacking but didn't realize how bad it had gotten. Just goes to show that if he's hungry enough maybe just maybe he'll eat the things I want him to.