“That’s not poop, it’s a raisin!” – Said with relief after Ava kept saying, “poop, poop, poop” and pointing at something beneath my chair. “Take the ducky out of the toilet, now please.” – Said after Ava decided ducky needed a swim. “Get your hands out of the toilet.” – Said on numerous occasions now when Ava decides to go exploring in the “waawaa.” Are you sensing a pattern here? Ava is fascinated with the toilet lately. Not going potty on it, but sticking her hands (and other things) in it. We’re doing our best to keep the bathroom doors closed, but I don’t alwaysRead More →

I did a maternity photoshoot for a friend this weekend. Although her 15 month old daughter wasn’t excited about being in many pics, I still managed to get some good captures. They weren’t the sweet ones I had visions of getting with the daughter resting her head on or kissing mom’s tummy, but, as I’m learning in the business, you gotta go with the flow. ;) At the end of the session, while I was packing up my things to go home, my friend called to her husband to get out the checkbook. I asked her what for and she said “to pay you.” IRead More →

I’m not sure where I picked up this first recipe. (My apologies in advance to anyone I may have snagged this from since I don’t know whom to credit. If I did get it from you, let me know so I can link ya here.) No pics of this one, but it’s a nice colorful (and tasty) lunch and super easy to throw together. Chickpea Lunch 1 can of chickpeas sliced cherry tomatoes feta cheese lemon juice olive oil balsamic vinegar dried oregano salt pepper Toss together and serve. ———————————————- The second recipe is for Kentucky Fried (Baked) Tofu. I got this from Running2Ks, whoRead More →

We had Ava’s 18 month check-up yesterday. She’s nearly 19 months now, but hey, at least I got her there. ;) The appointment went marvelously. Ava is healthy and doing very well. She’s at or above all the developmental milestones for her age. The normal number of words for a child her age to have is 3 to 50 and she has at least 75 (and I keep thinking of more words I didn’t yet count). The doctor was quite impressed that she’s been doing somersaults on her own for the past three months. Yep, she’s our little monkey. Ava was very cooperative during theRead More →

I made Miriam’s “Pseudo-Indian Dinner” for dinner the other night. It was my first time cooking with or eating Swiss Chard and I have to say, I really like it! :) This is Miriam’s recipe, but I added in amounts that I used of everything because I’m anal like that ;) and it will help me to make it again the next time. Pseudo-Indian Dinner 3 cloves garlic 2 T olive oil 1/2 C chopped onion 2 C water 1 large potato chopped 1 can garbanzo beans 2 large spoons of tomato paste 1/2 t cumin 1 t coriander 1/2 t tumeric 2 t curryRead More →

I’m very pleased that we’ve been eating vegetarian meals around here for the past week without a problem. I’ve found several new recipes to try and have been enjoying eating new, delicious foods. (Will post some recipes I’ve tried recently soon.) The problem is, Ava is not as excited about all of mommy’s new recipes as mommy is. ;) I don’t think being vegetarian is bothering her – the only meat she was fond of in the past anyway was fish. The problem is, I think, the dishes I am making are too “exotic,” for lack of a better word, for her. Here I amRead More →