Saturday, January 30, 2010


...that maybe, just maybe, we're soon to reach the end of the bouncy-seat days.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Kitchen Tools.

Here are some things I really love recently. One I bought for myself, and the other was a Christmas present.

This is the Kitchen Spritzer from Pampered Chef.

You just pump the top to build up pressure, then spray. It's endlessly refillable, and I can always tell how much is left. And I never have to go to the store to buy Pam or figure out how you properly dispose of aerosol cans. I have one for olive oil and one for canola/vegetable oil.

Most recent cooking success: I've made oven fries several times lately, and I just spray the baking sheet, slice up the potatoes, place the slices on the sheet, and then spray the slices and add seasoning. Yum!


This is my new pan. I've been using a great set of Calphalon hard-anodized pots and pans that we received as a wedding gift, and they've been wonderful. However, recently the nonstick surface of the saucepan I use most often has started to come off, and I thought it would be a nice opportunity to try stainless steel.

Hence... this pan. This is the 3-quart version.

It's not a super-de-duper expensive pan (at least I don't think it is), but it works wonderfully so far. Yes, things cook differently than they do in a nonstick pan, but I don't have to worry about scratching the finish when I wash it. I also don't have to worry about someone dropping metal utensils in it. And it has a cool little grommet in the lid that seems to allow enough steam to escape that it hasn't boiled over on me yet.

Tree-Takedown Thursday.

Since I neglected to do Wordless Wednesday, here is what we got to experience on this rainy Thursday as I took the lights off the Christmas tree. (Yes, we know it's almost February.)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Family Christmases.

The Elsea side:
Larry, Andy, Garret, David, Hueston
Janet, Gracie, Sarah, Katrina

The Cowley side:
Tom, Carol, Mike, Carol Anne, Ed
Nara, Lucy, Sara, Matt, Emmett, Katrina, Hueston, David, Dick

Our best Christmas gift

We ate a lot, played some games (Beyond Balderdash and Scrabble), talked a lot, played with toys, survived two airplane rides with relative ease, read books, watched movies, listened to the Christmas story, went to Christmas Eve candlelight service, discussed Crazy Love, ate some more, and took a lot of pictures. We even squeezed in an anniversary dinner date (eight years!).
We're thankful for our families (and quite a bit more)!
All in all, it was a great way to close out 2009.

...and Sweet Potatoes.

Baked a sweet potato in the toaster oven (400F for an hour), scooped out the yummy insides, pureed with a little water (thank you, Magic Bullet!), and stuck in a spoon!
Froze the rest in an ice cube tray, pending enjoyment of the first round...

I think he probably ate a couple of teaspoons or so...

The aftermath.

For those of you keeping track, no, I did not adhere to the "four-day-wait" rule. I didn't think the rice was that much of a success, so we're going to pretend the sweet potatoes came first.

Rice, Rice, Baby.

We tried homemade rice cereal yesterday with the following results:

It tasted like grits to me (without the butter and salt, of course). Ground brown rice in my coffee grinder (clean, of course) and cooked it with water (1:4 ratio), then mixed it with a little milk.

Sweet potatoes are next. Maybe they'll be more successful.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Six Months.

We're actually past the six-month mark, technically - Christmas Eve was the big day. The pictures were taken on January 2 (six months, one week, three days) and H's checkup was yesterday (six months, one week, five days).

The stats:
BIRTH - 7 pounds, 5 ounces - 20 inches
2 DAYS - 6 pounds, 11 ounces
1 WEEK - 6 pounds, 9 ounces
2 WEEKS - 7 pounds, 3 ounces
2 MONTHS - 11 pounds, 4 ounces - 22.25 inches
4 MONTHS - 17 pounds, 10.5 ounces - 27 inches
6 MONTHS - 20 pounds, 10.5 ounces - 27.5 inches

We think they over-measured his length at four months, so that should explain why he seemingly only grew half an inch in two months.

Papa(razzi) took these while we were in Panama City for Christmas. More pictures are forthcoming!