Saturday, December 29, 2012

Menu (10)

Now that we're back from our Christmas vacation, I'm all set to start cooking again. I have leftover turkey from my mother-in-law to use up this week.

I'm also planning to make two slow-cooker meals to freeze. We've only got a few meals left in the freezer.

So here's what we're eating this week:

Seafood fettuccine (We are visiting my parents and they are making my favourite meal for my birthday.)
Birthday cake

Slow Cooker Chicken and Spinach Lasagna (from the freezer)

Turkey Club Pie (I'm going to make my own Bisquick using this recipe.)
Steamed broccoli and carrots

Slow Cooker Beef Stew (making extra to freeze)
Cooked peas and carrots

Stuffed Peppers 

One Pot Chicken Dinner (I only have a hard-copy of the recipe)

Slow Cooker Chili (making extra to freeze)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Three Months

 Mary is now three months old. She is such a big girl!

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Bath time with Daddy
• Dancing
• Being swaddled
• Toys, especially her doll Wendy
• Sucking on her hand
• White noise
• Going for walks in her Baby Bjorn
• Her Winnipeg Jets soother (she now refuses all other soothers)

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Getting out of the bath
• Being bored

Milestones this month:

• Learning to laugh
• Learning to bear weight on her legs
• Learning to hold her head steady
• Meeting Uncle Paul and Uncle Mike
• Flying on a plane
• Travelling to Winnipeg

Mary now weighs almost 14 pounds.

We love you Mary!

Watch Mary grow:
One month
Two months

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (27)

1. Here is a conversation Mary and I had at mass today:
Mary (very loudly): Goo! Ga! Goo! Ga! (Translation: More singing! Less listening! More dancing! Less sitting!)
Carolynne (very quietly): No, Mary. It is Fr. Tom's turn to talk. I will tell you when it is your turn.
Mary (even more loudly): Goo! Ga! Goo! Ga!

2. Today, I accidentally locked Mango in the food cupboard. I could hear her meowing, but I didn't realize she was meowing for a reason because she often meows for no reason. When I finalized realized what had happened, I freed her and told her the story of the Cat Who Meowed Wolf. Hopefully she learned her lesson!

3. In unrelated Mango news, the most-orange-of-cats has a new hobby: stealing Mary's toys. Every morning I wake up to toys scattered around our bedroom. She is just so proud of herself. I guess this is better than bringing us mice!

4. Yesterday, Mary had her fourth professional photoshoot. Her first was her newborn photoshoot that our friends from Ottawa gave us as a gift. Her second was the photoshoot with two other babies for the front cover of the Prince George Citizen's Babies of 2012 special edition. (The babies of employees get to appear on the cover.) Her third was her Santa photoshoot. And the fourth, yesterday, was a gift to my parents from me and my siblings.

5. In breaking Mary news: Our little daughter has put herself on an eating schedule. She now eats every four hours, except at night when she only gets up once to eat between 8:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. I am so thrilled with this new routine!

6. Mary got an early Christmas gift earlier this month: a Bumbo. Doesn't she look very grown-up?

7. Yesterday, my sister asked me and Peter what was the most surprising thing about becoming parents. Peter said he was most surprised by how natural it was and how normal it felt to be Mary's Dad. I said I was surprised at how much I enjoy dressing Mary up and also how much I love staying home to take care of her. I love having this time off work and school, but I know I'll be ready to go back next September.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Menu (9)

 Last week I stuck very close to our menu. We ran out of carrots and broccoli, so I had to switch up some of our side dishes.

I made six new recipes this week, beginning with the One Pot Chicken Dinner, which was amazing. We also both loved the Spinach Pesto and Pasta. I'll definitely make that again.

I think I messed up the Garlic Chicken recipe somehow. It was good, but not as good as when my friend made it. I think I'll try it again and maybe use a slightly different recipe.

I also made Green Bean Caesar, which I loved and Peter thought was mediocre, and Spinach and Rice Casserole, which Peter loved and I thought was mediocre.

We don't have much to use up this week. We only did a small grocery shop last week so our fridge was almost empty by Friday. We do have a lot of food in the freezer that we will be eating up this week.

So here's our menu:


African Peanut Soup (I'm using my mother-in-law's recipe but the one I linked to is similar)
Sourdough bread (made by my dad)

Chicken Caesar Salad
Garlic Bread

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches (from the freezer)

Sole with Lemon Spinach
Broccoli and Carrot Casserole 

Slower-Cooker Lasagna (from the freezer)
Cooked spinach

Italian Parmesan Baked Chicken
Steamed Carrots and Broccoli

Friday, December 7, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (26)

1. I took Mary to meet Santa at the mall today. I wasn't too optimistic about the photos because she wouldn't sit still or smile during the photoshoot but I was absolutely thrilled with the result. Peter convinced me that we needed Santa photos and he was right as usual. I'm so glad I listened to him. Here is my favourite:

2. I found the best gift for Mary today. I was planning to get two board books for her stocking — one about cats because her mother loves cats and the other about football because her father loves football. The football book I ordered from Chapters was sold out so when I was at the mall I went to the bookstore to see if they had any there. They didn't have any about football, but they did have NASCAR ABC. I was so happy! Peter loves NASCAR almost as much as he loves football!

3. Mary and I are going to see the latest Twilight movie at Stars and Strollers next week with our mom and baby friends. But don't worry, I'll give it a good feminist critique for her afterwards.

4. Our house is all decorated for Christmas. This is the first year in a long time I've been in a festive mood. While I was in law school, I was completely worn out by Christmas and felt more like sleeping than celebrating. This year I am definitely in the Christmas spirit. Plus, I only have one more present to buy!

5. Tonight Peter is doing the colour commentary for the Spruce Kings radio broadcast. He brought our iPad to the game with him to look up the out-of-town scores and other information. Unfortunately, we have a little girl who always falls asleep listening to the white noise we play off the iPad. She has a Sleep Sheep but the noise is slightly different and she doesn't like it as much. What a demanding baby!

6. My sister's sister-in-law/sister-in-law's sister had a baby boy yesterday! I am so excited to meet little Max. Laura and Andrea are so lucky to have both a niece and a nephew.

7. Here is a glorious editorial about Peter. Read the fifth and sixth paragraphs!

More quick takes here.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Menu (8)

Last week I made two new recipes: Chicken and Broccoli Casserole and Stuffed Peppers. The first one was not good at all, but the second one was delicious. I think Peter liked it better than anything I've ever made for him before. I will definitely make that again!

This week my main goal is to make smaller portions. Most recipes are for four people and so I end up with double the amount of food I need. Then we end up constantly eating leftovers for lunch and it gets boring. This week I'm only going to make enough food for two people for each meal!

The only thing I have to use up this week is carrots.

I make my menus starting on Saturday because that's the day we grocery shop. So here's what we're going to eat this week:

One Pot Chicken Dinner (I got the recipe from one of my mother-in-law's friends at my bridal shower.)

Spinach Pesto and Pasta (I got the recipe from a magazine, but the one I linked to is very similar.)

Perogies and Sausages
Spinach Salad

Garlic Chicken
Steamed Carrots

Broiled Sole Parmesan

Spinach and Rice Casserole
Steamed Carrots

Slow Cooker Spaghetti  (from the freezer)

More menus here and here.