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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore
3 1/2 pounds of chicken pieces with skin on
2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
1 medium onion diced
1 yellow pepper diced
1 orange pepper diced
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of chopped tomatoes
1/3 cup chicken stock or white wine
In a large skillet saute onions and peppers in oil until onions are translucent. Add chicken with the skin side facing down and brown. Salt and pepper to taste. Add garlic, tomatoes, and stock and simmer on medium low heat for approximately 40 minutes. Chicken should be cooked all the way through and be almost falling off the bone. Serve over rice. This dish is like taking a trip to Northern Italy. My boys love this dish. You can even add carrot if you like.

Friday, January 29, 2010

January in Review

January
It's snowing
It actually did snow this month. Enough to close school for the day, but not enough to build a snowman. Roman and I made our own snow by making this polar bear snow globe. When we finished it he shook it up and exclaimed, "Wee! It's snowing!" The month has gone by quickly. The boys both recieved trophies at Chess club. Winston for being the 2nd grade blitz champion and Harris for being the 5th grade class champion. Harris gave a report on Charles Lindberg and boy did he look cute in his aviator hat and goggles. Roman has discovered the computer and is actually pretty good at navigating his way around, but I think I will still try to keep him off it as much as possible. Roman has been saying a lot what's that or Where is papa and down the list of family members. Frank is almost better! Pneumonia can really knock you out. As for me, I lost 10 pounds this month. I am looking forward to Orlando next month with my cousins and our spring break trip to the mountains in Arkansas.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Corner View "Favorite Hangout"

While we love to be out and about traveling the globe, ultimately though there is no place like home. For more corner views please visit Jane at Spain Daily. You can find her located to the left in my blog roll.

Braces

In the words of Harris, "Just call me metal mouth." Yesterday, Harris got his braces on. He was so excited! He has been waiting for this day for a long time. Unfortunately, he needed them because when he was 17 months he broke his two front teeth by climbing on top of the toilet and falling. They tried to save them, but in the end they needed to be pulled. Without anything to guide his teeth the teeth came in crazy directions. He had some plastic like things attached to the braces, but I am not exactly sure what they are or for. I guess I better ask next time we go. Anyway, he choose the colors of the German flag. He has also had an expander placed in his mouth which every night you have to turn with a little key. Poor kid woke up this morning with his teeth hurting. He couldn't eat his cereal, but managed to eat a yogurt and applesauce.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Hunger Games

I just finished reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Wow! This book was fantastic! While normally this is not my genre, I found the book interesting. The book takes place in futurist United States. The country is ruled by a group of people called the Capitol in a city called Panem located some where in the Rockies. The United States has been divided into 12 regions and one region can not communicate with one another because of rebellions. Why this has happened is because of wars and devastation. Anyway, because of the rebels each year two people in the ages of 12-18 from each region are picked to participate in what is called the Hunger Games. Nothing like the Olympics either because the objective is to kill all the other opponents off until one is left standing. The winner will receive fame an glory for it's region along with prizes that will benefit their family. The Capitol does this to remind the people that they are in control and to remind them how bad things were without them. I can't wait to read the sequel Catching Fire. This book is perfect for the teen age group and above. It reminded me of another book while not exactly the same called The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book would make for the perfect book club discussion because you would not be without something to talk about. Have you read this book?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

I love chocolate hence the profile name likes chocholate. Yes, I do know it is spelled wrong. The darker the better, but as of late I am enjoying Lindt's Sea Salt Excellence. It is wonderful! Dark, but still creamy and as it melts in your mouth gives you a little taste of salt. I know I am on a diet right! I haven't given up and as of two weeks ago I have lost 7 pounds, and I haven't given up chocolate I just eat it in a much smaller quantity.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Choice pick for Dec/Jan Movies

The Young Victoria was fantastic! I give it an A+! Emily Blunt did a fantastic job playing Victoria. While I thought Sandra Bullock deserved a Golden Globe for her performance in The Blindside. I thought Emily deserved one for this roll too. It is the perfect romance story. The movie is never boring, and the costumes lovely. If there were to be one movie worth going to see right now this is my pick!Leap Year was cute, but this is only a movie you should go to if you are bored and have nothing else to do like me at the time. You might as well save your money and wait for it to come on DVD. Once again at time the movie seemed far fetched as if they were looking for stuff to fill up time. The landscapes were gorgeous and if anything that would be worth seeing. I spent the first 15 minutes not buying the story. First the guy she wants to marry is ugly and the guy she meets who you know she is going to hook up with is kind of a jerk. However, eventually you buy into the plot and end of liking the movie by the end.Sherlock Holmes was my least favorite movie even though I was really looking forward to it! The only thing good about this movie was Jude Law and yet he didn't win the Golden Globe but Downey-go figure! The story line was totally far fetch and not believable It was also very disjointed and at times left me confused or say What! I didn't like how before a fighting scene the movie would pause and Downey told us what he was going to do the the opposition. This is a totally a guy flick!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Corner View "What I am wearing"

Me and My Boots photographed by Butler Photography
I don't like the cold, but I sure love wearing these boots!!! They make me happy. I hove how the pom poms swing on them.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Children's Museum Atlanta




Roman had so much fun last week playing with his friend from church at the Atlanta children's museum. There was so much to do and see he actually had a hard time focusing on just one thing. He had a blast. The museum is bright and colorful and has plenty to spark a child's imagination. The museum is actually called Imagine-It which is a perfect name for this museum. Currently they have a Curious George exhibit which is going to leave next week. I am not sure what is going to be in its place, but I am sure it will be just as equally fun! Roman enjoyed the pretend fishing the most along with feeding balls into tubes that went around on tracks. I am not sure why it has taken me 6 years to get down there, but we will for sure be going back!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Coffee Cake!


This recipe has to be the best recipe I have found for Coffee cake. The dough is moist and not overly sweet and the crumble is generous. I have been making this cake for years with rave reviews. The recipe comes from Martha Stewart via her good friend Sara Foster who is also the owner of Fosters Market in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I have also been to this market/cafe and the food was excellent.

Coffee Cake
2 Tablespoons of oil
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup sugar

First mix all wet ingredients then add sugar and then slowly add in flour and other dry ingredients. Place batter in a greased square baking pan. Then mix crumble
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup or two sticks of butter
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
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Mix ingredients together until forms a crumble like consistency. Place on top of the other batter in clumps around the surface top of the cake. It will seem like a lot, but use up all the crumble. Bake at 350 degree for 20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Should look golden brown. For an additional effect you can dust top with powder sugar. However, is just as yummy without. Enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2010

The 39 Clues

The 39 Clues book series are the hottest books out there and they are not just for children. While my 10 year old loves them, I have just as equally enjoyed reading these books or even more. My 7 year is also reading them, but right now he is more into the Captain Underpants series so I think it might be a while before he catches up. I have read all six books in the series and can't wait for #7 to come out in 2 weeks. What are these books about? Well, they are a combination of National Treasure, The Amazing Race, and The Mole all wrapped up in one. If you enjoyed reading the Da Vinci Code you might enjoy reading these books. The story begins with two children Amy and Dan whose grandmother has died. The are requested to attend the reading of her Will. There the relatives are given an option of taking a million dollars and walking away or take the challenge to hunt for 39 clues that will lead the winner to power and riches. The stories take you all over the globe starting out in Boston then leading you to France, Austria, Italy, Russia, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Australia, and Jakarta. I have learned things about Ben Franklin, Mozart, Opal Mining. Chemistry and Math. The books even have a good dose of pop culture in them. These books are an exciting read!!! Once you pick up one you will want to continue on the hunt for the rest of the clues.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

corner view "holiday"

The days have been very very grey and very very cold. I have been in kind of a funk the last couple of weeks. Recovering from being sick, trying to potty train an almost 3 year old, and I started a diet after realizing I was beyond just curvy. I guess that is why I am looking forward to the next holiday-Valentines! Well the good news is that I am no longer sick! I have lost 3 pounds since last Thursday!!!! However, the potty training isn't going so well. He just doesn't want to go. He knows how, but will not go. Today I thought I would buy him some big boy underwear. We came home from the store. He put them on and within two minutes he pooped in them. Ugh! He also doesn't seemed to be motivated by candy or a sticker.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Zoom, Zip, Swish

I love these photos that were taken of my boys skiing. I love how one of Winston's ski's are crooked. He is learning. Before you know it they will be Zooming, Zipping, and Swishing down the mountain faster and better than their dad and I. I will not have a chance. I need someone who likes to landscape ski as my husband calls it because I like to look at the landscape as I ski. I love looking at the vista from the top of the mountain or the shadows the sun creates as it passes over the mountain. Each run the view is different. All equally beautiful. Skiing is not about speed or the number of runs. I would probably like cross country skiing better for that reason, but I am too lazy. Oh well, I don't have the heart to take away their joy. The joy of speed.

No School Cinnamon Rolls

Rolls:
1/2 cup butter melted
2 tablespoons dry active yeast
3 1/2 oz package of vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon of salt
6 cups of flour plus a little extra for rolling the dough out.
1 teaspoon of sugar.


Filling:
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 cups of confectioner's sugar
8 ounces of cream cheese

In a bowl add water, yeast, and teaspoon of sugar. Set aside and wait for yeast to bubble up to make sure it is active. In a separate bowl add pudding and make according to directions. Then add eggs and melted butter. Add these ingredients to yeast mixture and then add flour and salt. Mix and transfer dough to a greased bowl to rise. Takes about an hour maybe less depending on temperature in your house. The dough should have doubled in size. After an hour roll out dough on a floured surface. I made the mistake of not flipping dough over before adding the filling, so my dough stuck a little to the counter surface. In a bowl mix filling ingredients then spread out on flatten dough. Then roll the dough up. Cut into 1 inch thick pieces or 1/2 pieces depending on how big you like your rolls. Place into a 9x13 greased baking dish allow to rise once more about 25 minutes then back in oven for about 30 minutes. The photo above is made with just a confectioner's glaze because my children don't like cream cheese frosting. Yums and lip smacking were heard from throughout my kitchen. They were a huge success! The dough was so tender and moist!

School was canceled today because of black ice. The boys had fun sliding around on card board boxes. They spent the morning of at the Peterson's playing with their boys. The Colman's came too.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Priceless


1 $75 visit to the ER
5 visits to the doctor
5 rounds of antibiotics
Good Health=Priceless
Today, I finally scummed to going to the doctors because I have had the same crud as the rest of the family. While it turned out I didn't have a strep throat I have a sinus infection. You never really appreciate good health until you feel miserable. It is snowing lightly outside and I am hoping it will stick. I want to sleep in tomorrow.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Blank Pages

There is something about the blank pages of a calender that I just love. I am not sure if it is that I am a planner and I just love writing stuff down or that the pages are open for so many good things to happen. Maybe it is a little of both. Anyways, the last couple days I have been busy organizing my life. Somehow the stuff in my life started piling up around me and I was feeling over whelmed. I also come from the philosophy that less is more, or at least when it come to owning stuff. The stuff begins to own you! When you have to move it from one place to another, maintain it, or clean it then that might be a sign that you have too much stuff in your life. It steals your time away from which you can't get back. Windex has been my friend for the last couple of days and I have made good progress. Except for a few drawers everything is back in it's place, junk has been thrown away or recycled, and all is good with the world. I have also turned off the TV the last couple of weeks and gotten back to what I love-reading. I can't wait to tell you about some of the books I have been reading. So here is to a new year with blank pages of wonderful things to be written on them. Cheers!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 in Review

2009 in Review
We rang 2009 in Israel where Frank floated on the Dead Sea. What a beautiful country! February was busy will the children's school activities. March brought warmer weather. April brought a trip to Florida where we climbed around on an old Spanish fort in St. Augustine, and a visit with cousins. Family arrived from Germany in May and we had a wonderful reunion. Then it was off to Galveston, Texas with walks along the beach and delicious BBQ! June brought a trip to Maryland where we ate crab cakes along the shores and a beautiful wedding. In Massachusetts we played with family and ate our weight in seafood. In July, I picked up Harris from his Oma's house in Germany where he spent 8 weeks going to school, going to camp, making new friends, and playing with his cousin Marc. August brought us days at the pool, and hiking in the Georgia Mountains. Then it was back to school. September brought us a trip to Nashville and a reunion with an old high school buddy. While October and November we stayed at home, but we were never the less busy. Also, my good friend from Alaska came to visit. December brought us a ski trip to Utah and all around antibiotics for almost the whole family. We were able to visit with old friends and new. The boys have grown inches and become better readers. Roman continues to be in good health and is a much better talker than his brothers at this age. He is a happy and friendly child who loves to play with his friends. He loves Max and Ruby. Harris instead of wanting to be a video game designer or the owner of a six star hotel now wants to be a theoretical physicist. Winston thinks he is a pop dancer and is always breaking out in dance. We have been blessed! Looking forward to the adventures that 2010 will bring.