September 2008


James had his first veggies today . . . green beans!  I always though baby food beans looked pretty gross (and I still do) but they smelled quite nice!  I haven’t been brave enough to taste them, but James LOVED them!  He likes the pablum, but these beans are clearly the best thing that ever happened to him.

He reached for the spoon with his whole body – arms, legs and lips.  A baby reaching with his lips for something he badly wants is the very cutest thing.  Ever.  He grabbed my hand and the spoon with both chubby little hands to pull it in faster, and banged away on his tray when I took it away to get more. He ate half the jar!

Absolutely a success! (Assuming he doesn’t have tummy issues, of course!)

While cuddling on the couch, my son stuck his tongue up my nose.

In other news, we had a lovely time at our friend’s wedding, it was James’s first!  He was so very handsome and stylish in his new sweater vest!  We left at about 10:30 when it seemed a meltdown was very near.  He was pretty good considering the noise, teething (of course) and lack of naps.  James especially liked dancing with all the ladies!

I know, weird shadow.  I don’t know where it came from :p

He found a delicious new drink, as well!

I can’t believe it’s the end of September!  James and me are flying home at the end of the week for Thanksgiving!  I’m so excited to see my family again, it’s going to be wonderful, and Grandma is so excited to see her little grandson.  He can’t wait to show off his new tricks, either.  His particular favourite right now is sticking his feet up in the air, grabbing them in a sort of infant triangle, then tipping onto his side.  Looks boring to me but he can’t get enough of it!

So here’s my short menu plan for the week!

Monday – rice and lentil casserole (I love this, and haven’t had it in ages!)

Tuesday – Italian sausage, potatoes and carrots (we have loooots of carrots!)

Wednesday – Pasta with pesto

Thursday – Paul’s home, he can make it

Friday – Home!  Mom and Dad are cooking 🙂

I’m excited about joining photohunt, it looks like such fun!  I had trouble picking my favourite “view” pictures, I took so many from my window in Switzerland, and the view from there is the best I’ve ever seen!

So here’s the village of Glion and Lac Leman from my bedroom window:

and this is from further up the mountain.  You can see Montreux, Vevey, and other villages and towns further along the lake.

Sigh.  Makes me a bit homesick, really!

. . . that my poor boy is still wearing a sock on his little hand?  Every time I think it’s healed and I unwrap it, the little fingers go into the mouth and he breaks it open again!  It’s so pathetic watching him try to grab his rattle or blocks with a hand that he’s only just figured out how to use well, only to find that it won’t work for him again!

Boo.

So James is having an awesome nap today, which means I can make my list of cards to send and addresses too!  Yahoo!  I’m doing this all on mycomputer, the last thing I need is a binder hogging up more space in my already cramped little house!  I’ve become a big fan of putting everything on the computer in the last few years, especially with school becoming more and more technologically based!  I have 25 people so far, and most of their addresses.  I’m emailing for the rest!

90 more days!!!!

Oh! And I found an excuse to buy more diapers!  Christmas!  What better way to say Merry Christmas than a nice, fuzzy new diper for the little bum?  His favourite thing in the world is to have a clean diaper, it’s perfect!

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

We made James bleed 😦

James’s nails are so sharp, his little face looks like it’s been mauled sometimes.  And they grow so fast that it seems I’m always having to trim them.  I held him while Paul (nervously) cut his little nails.  Thumb – good.  Pointer – good.  Middle – ouch!  Blood everywhere!  How can a little finger bleed so much?

So anyway, we learned *not* to put a band-aid on a teething 4-month-old.  He nearly ate that.  So now he’s got a cotton ball slathered in Baby Polysporin, gauze around that, forcing his little hand to stay in a fist, and a sock over that for good measure.  (I tried using just Kleenex, but of course he ate that)

Here’s a picture of our little invalid . . .

. . . eating his hand, of course.

Clearly he knows what he wants!

We did some baking yesterday too, a yummy gingerbread cake with lemon sauce.  James was a big help, of course!

I’m loving menu planning!  I always know what to make, and if I don’t feel like it, I can always have something else.  I stuck pretty closely to my plan this week, although I bought some squash and sweet potatoes to make baby food and decided that half of it was going to soup for us.  I looooooove butternut squash and sweet potato soup.  It would be in this week’s plan if I didn’t just have it yesterday!  And there are leftovers frozen for lunch.

I’m really looking forward to this week.  It’s odd that I’ve never thought about what our favourite meals are, I just make what I’m in the mood for!  So here is a small sample of our favourite things to eat!

Monday – Danish Meatballs with potatoes and steamed garden carrots

  • 2lbs hamburger
  • 3/4c chopped onion
  • salt& pepper
  • 1/2t nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • flour
  • ¼ c. shortening
  • 1c beef stock (or water with oxo)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • combine beef, onion, salt, pepper, nutmeg & eggs. Shape into meatballs
  • mix flour, a bit more salt and pepper, roll meatballs in flour mixture
  • brown on all sides in hot shortening (or butter), add bay leaf
  • cover, cook slowly for 20-30 min. Remove meatballs
  • Blend 3T flour mixture with pan drippings, brown. Stir in 1 ½ c. water. Cook until med. Thickness, stirring constantly.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes. Yum!

Tuesday – Curry with naan bread

  • Meat (chicken, beef, whatever you like)
  • Can of tomatoes
  • Cream
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Cardamom pods
  • Cayenne/chili pepper

Nann bread

This is my husband’s job! Basically, you chop up the meat, and onion, fry it in a pot. Add the tomatoes and spices (about ½ t of each, it’s to your taste, reall). Simmer until nice and thick and flavours are blended. Add the cream near the end, just enough to make it taste good! Serve with rice, naan bread, or both!

Wednesday – Oven Fried Chicken Parmesan, with zucchini (I still haven’t eaten it! Good thing they keep well!)

  • 1c. soft fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3c. grated parmesan cheese
  • 2T minced parsley
  • ½ clove minced garlic
  • ¼ t pepper
  • 1/2c. melted butter
  • chicken pieces
  • preheat oven to 400F
  • butter a baking dish
  • combine 1st 5 ingredients, place in pie plate (or shallow dish)
  • put melted margarine in another pie plate
  • dip chicken in butter first, then crumb mixture
  • put in baking dish, pour rest of margarine over chicken & bake uncovered for 35 min
  • baste with pan juices occasionally

I freeze a big batch of the crumb mixture in a baggie (using garlic powder) so this is super quick to make!

Thursday – Cheese toasties and beans (this is my husband’s favourite. He’s actually a six-year-old)

Friday – leftovers, husband’s away

Saturday – at a wedding, no cooking for us!

Sunday – Salad with hard boiled eggs and other yummy things

Ooooh!  Alternately . . . . big fry-up!  I’m sure hubby would be ok with this!

It’ll be interesting to see what other people came up with!

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