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Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year '09

Cool Chinese New Year Crafts from Martha Stewart has a few as well.

This Lo Mein Recipe that tastes like I picked it up at Chinese Take Out--it's awsome. We make it with chicken.

General's Chicken, that my sister in law said is YUMMY.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

No longer my Magical H. Potter school...

I was so excited to think that Tate might attend this school. It is right behind our house, and I took the picture from the seat I am sitting from in the office. I told Paul that it looked like a building in Harry Potter, so we called it the Harry Potter School. We were excited.
Tate went for ONE DAY. Let's just say, it wasn't a fit for us.

He is now going to the Spanish-English school that is down the road and went solo for a few hours for the first time today. Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! He had a good time, and fell asleep immediately at naptime.

As for the rest of the day.....

Planning on doing lots of this:
and this: (figuring out plane tickets for my brother to come here at Spring Break)and this: (figuring out requirements to get my quarantined kitty back to us!)maybe even making these: (requested by Tate.) Listening to this: (Yes, sadly. I think I am 13.)
Wearing this: (Read above. And it looks much better on than you may imagine. And the fur is faux!)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Roman Holiday

1. Food was amazing. I know, not a big surprise. Do you think Tate got tired of spaghetti?? Nope--he requested it again for dinner yesterday.
2. The Roman ruins were really impressive. Yea, I had seen photos, but up close you see how incredibly giant it all is. And the detail in every little piece...crazy to think when and how it was created.
3. Vatican--same comment as #2.
4. Looking for comfy cool boots? This was the place to find them. (Bethany!!)
5. Not all Gelato is created equal. But I'm not complaining about any of it.
6. Tate wants to live in a hotel.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Holiday Break Update

I have barely left the house in the last 3 days...and it is wonderful. Ok, besides the bickering between Tate and Paul, it has been great.

Random Tidbits:
1. I'm in love with this stuff. My face is super clean and, every night when I use it, I feel like I am getting a decadent face massage.
2. I have not scrapbooked at all. Wish I had!!
3. Paul is addicted to facebook poker.
4. Experimented with Mushroom Risotto. It came out AMAZING! I got the fresh mushroom mix from Borough St. Market. I didn't even recognize some of the mushrooms that were in the packet.
5. I am NOT READY for Tate to start school on Thursday. Nope. NOT AT ALL. Every day attendance just seems like a lot for a 3.5 year old. And I will miss the playgroups.
6. On the school thing, I'm bummed that Tate can't go to the Waldorf school. It is such the right fit for us. I just can't do the 40 min bus/walking trip daily for him to be there just 3 hours!!
7. I still need some freaking local friends, besides the shop keepers and the fruit and veg guys.

Mushroom Risotto Recipe
6 cups chicken broth, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 pound white mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 shallot (minced)
1-2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a saucepan, warm the broth over low heat.
Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms and their liquid, and set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet, and stir in the shallots and garlic. Cook 1 minute. Add rice, stirring to coat with oil, about 2 minutes. When the rice has taken on a pale, golden color, pour in wine, stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup broth to the rice, and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, and stir in mushrooms with their liquid, butter, chives, and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.