Stories of life in the suburbs with Husband and our daughter Squishy and son Button!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Weebles Wobble...

But Squishies fall down. 

That's right. Squishy fell and hit her head for the first time. She was in the sitting position between Husband and me next to the coffee table. The coffee table in question has a shelf. Well, Squishy was looking for something on that shelf and she found it...with her face. 

She tipped into the shelf and hit right between her eyes. 

We then come to something called the delayed scream. This is different from the morning wake up yell, the diaper rash gripe, or the hungry whine. This is a fuck you/get away from me/cuddle me scream that turns the palest little red head's face the color of an eggplant. It's only reserved for days with pain or surprise.  

So after some daddy cuddles and distractions away from the big, bad coffee table, a bump and yellow bruise formed right between Squishy's eyes. Let me tell you, this shade of yellow is not her color. 

I'm sure there will be many more falls. Even since writing this post there have been catches and little head bonks here and there. I haven't thought about extensive child-proofing since we have such a small space, but since Squishy is more and more adventurous each passing day. That sense of wonder mixed with the fact that I'm not allowed out of her sight line is the reason I am no longer allowed privacy in the bathroom. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Recipes: Kale Chips

Ever since My Love/Hate Relationship with Kale was "on-again", I realized I haven't made anything with kale other than just sauteed. Therefore (drum roll, please...)

Kale Chips
1 bunch kale
1 T. olive oil
1 t. salt
1 t. brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 
  2. Rinse and dry kale stalks. 
  3. Tear kale into pieces, remove the spine.
  4. Toss kale with olive oil until lightly coated.
  5. Place kale on a baking sheet in a single layer (you may need 2 pans) 
  6. Sprinkle salt and brown sugar evenly over kale. Do not over salt. 
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy.
Rinsed and dry. 
Torn into pieces, spines removed.
Coated with olive oil.
Sprinkled with salt and sugar.
Baked for 25 mins. Brown is okay.
Whole bunch fit in this cereal bowl. Yummy!

Started eating them right off the pan! The sweet and salty together was really yummy, the chips with more sugar on them were especially good. I would try a bit more brown sugar next time. I've seen recipes with just salt, salt and pepper, or any seasonings really. These are a wonderful substitute for crackers or potato chips. I ate half the bowl just sitting here typing, and I don't feel like I ate half a bowl of anything. Really tasty treat!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Distractions and Applications

I've been Crafty McCrafterson the last few days. One of my friends had a baby boy, and I fashioned him a green hat much like one we saw in a photography book at a kiosk in the mall. I also made Squishy a hat for this fall. I love it, but that's just me. It might be like a pug hat: so ugly that it's cute. I'm really just trying to use up some yarn to make room for new yarn!

I'm also starting on another hat for Squishy using the pink tiny tiny yarn I used to make her hats while I was a Stir Crazy Preggie.

Hmmm...all this crafting lately...I wonder if that's why the kitchen isn't clean. And that laundry pile over there is getting big.

A green knitted beanie with button detail.

Pink design with ribbing, almost finished. See others here.

Anyway, I'm getting back into the groove of knitting, it's helping curb my snacking habit. Also, I applied to school! I hope my 4.0 gets me in, and that all my existing credits transfer. Who knows, I'll take anything at this point. I'm just really excited to get started.