Archive for February, 2010

Sing Me!

While I was changing his diaper, Gideon just sang, “Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z. Now I said A,B,C. Next time won’t you sing me!” He repeated this about 4 times!

I did not know he knew the ABCs so well, the last bit anyway.

It almost made up for the fact that he pooped in his diaper without telling me.


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That’s Not a Pocket

Gideon has developed a decidedly boy habit.

He will walk around and shove his hands down the back of his pants and into his diaper. He modifies this occasionally and shoves his hands in the front of his diaper as well.

While doing this he says, “Hands in pockets.”

That is not your pocket and I do not want to see what you found in there.

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Recipe: Ham and Egg Cups

This recipe is modified from the Gourmet Cookbook, which is my favorite all purpose cookbook. I added a few things and changed the cooking time.

This is surprisingly easy. Gideon had fun helping me make these. We had them for dinner last night with fruit. You can change around the ingredients to suit what you have laying around. The vegetables I used were leftover from pizza on Friday.

Ham and Egg Cups

    16 pieces thinly sliced ham, deli or lunchmeat
    1/2 c. diced green pepper
    1/2 c. diced onion
    1 c. sliced mushrooms
    1 tbl. butter or margarine
    shredded cheese: monterey, cheddar, or colby
    8 eggs
    Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400.

Saute the green peppers, onions, and mushrooms in the butter until the mushrooms have shrunk and onion is transparent. Set aside.

Generously grease a regular size muffin tin. (You will need a muffin tin that holds at least 8 muffins for this recipe. Adjust accordingly if you only have a 6 cup tin.)

Overlap two pieces of ham and place it in one of the muffin cups so that the ham acts as a liner for the cup. Repeat this for 8 total muffin cups. At the bottom of each cup put about 2 tbls of the vegetable mixture.

Place a pinch of shredded cheese on top of the veggies.

Break one egg into each muffin cup. The egg will barely fit so be gentle.

Salt and pepper the tops of the eggs.

Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. The yolks will be a little runny. If you want them to be more firm, after 20minutes, reduce the temp to 250 and cook until desired doneness. I left ours in for about 10 extra minutes and they were a bit too done, though they tasted fine.

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Almost 22 months

Gideon talks a lot. All the time. About everything. I have no idea where he got that from. He likes to be bossy too. Some of his current favorite phrases are:

“Mommy, whatcha doing? Whatcha doing, Mommy?”
“Where are you, Daddy?”
After I tell him to be careful: “Fall down. Hurt yourself.”
“Go away, Mommy.” (or puppy dog or Daddy)
“Read (fill in the blank).”
“Come on. This way.”

Over the weekend, I gave Ries a kiss and Gideon asked to be picked up too. I picked him up and then leaned us all in for a “family kiss.” Gideon now demands a family kiss all the time and will push Ries’ head and mine together while he leans in making a kissing noise. He then leans back and laughs and repeats the process a few times, each time saying, “family kiss.” Hilarious and very sweet.

Gideon just crawled up to me and said, “Mommy, love you.”

Gideon loves music and animals. He loves to read and be read to. He adores his Daddy and needs Mommy. He plays with Pullo all day, using him as a horse and a step ladder. Gideon’s favorite playmate is Caleb, which Gideon always pronounces as “Cable,” who is his size, but about three months younger. It is fun to watch them interact.

I know one day very soon, Gideon will be a stinky teenager, so I am trying to imprint this sweet smelling baby on my brain.

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To Boldly Go…

As you know, if you have been reading my blog or take note of space news, the NASA Constellation program has been canceled.  This was the only vehicle in the path to replace the Shuttle when it is retired this year.  I know this sounds dramatic, but I don’t think it is much of a stretch to say that killing this program will mean the death of the American human space program.  If you care at all about this you can go to http://www.goboldlynasa.org/ where you can generate and send an automated letter to Congress that shows your support for NASA’s human space exploration.

I understand some of the issues people had with Constellation, but to kill the entire program without preserving some aspects (Orion, new spacesuits, heavy launcher) is a huge mistake.  Unfortunately, I think Obama has some very poor advisers pushing their own agendas right now.  He has better things to do right now then initiate this battle.

–Ries, tune in Washington.  Are you listening?

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Recipe: Tomatillo Sauce

I love tomatillo sauce. Love, love it. I have not made it in forever, but I was thinking about food for a party we are having in march and I think I may have to whip up some of this for the fajitas. This sauce can easily be eaten as salsa on chips, used as a marinade, poured over fish, or poured directly in your mouth.

There are different ways to roast the tomatillos, which will roast like a tomato in the oven. You can slow roast them at 225 for three hours but who has time for that? I have gone with a faster approach that will serve the purpose.

Tomatillos, for those uninitiated, look like green tomatoes with a husk.

Tomatillo Sauce

1 lb. tomatillos
2 garlic cloves
2-4 jalepeno peppers (to taste), seeded
1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
1-2 limes
salt to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Remove the husks from the tomatillos. Cut them in half, coat them with olive oil, and lay them, skin side up, on a baking sheet. Put the garlic cloves, still in their skin, on the sheet as well. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.

Cool the tomatillos and garlic. The skins of the tomatillos should come off fairly easy. Place the tomatillos in a food processor. Squeeze the garlic from their skins and into the processor. To the tomatillos and garlic, add the jalepenos, cilantro, and salt. I would start with one or two peppers and add more from there. Add the juice of one lime.

Mix/chop until well blended. Taste and add more lime juice, salt, or peppers depending on your preference.

Serve cold or room temperature. This sauce keeps great in the fridge and is better the next day. Be careful as the heat can increase with time!

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For Keeps

This happened a couple days ago.

Me (holding Gideon and squeezing tight): I love you, Gideon. Will you be my baby?
Gideon (earnestly with his little cheek next to mine): Yes. Keep you.
Me (melting into a puddle): Aw, Baby. I want to keep you too. Can I keep you?
Gideon: Yes.

I think my heart just exploded.

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