Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
So with my husband's help he expanded my library. He put up two shelves in the shape of an "L" above the door frame in the hallway. Shelves have been instrumental in my home for making more space in unexpected places.
This helped open some space on the shelves above my desk so I could clean up.
And now my space has everything back in it's place and can be utilized for putting photos in albums/library/quiet place/napping/sewing/knitting/crocheting/journal writing/drawing/puzzles/doing homework/origami/reading/putting cards away/gathering materials for fabric projects or quilts/embroidary work.... ok I guess you get the picture.
The real reason for this is to have a space of my own to gather materials for my thoughts. Some projects or reading may be done very soon or not for a very very long time from now. Either way it's been a peace of mind to have half a wall to call my own. As a mom many of us can relate that we can lose ourselves once our little ones come along. I see this little corner as a place for myself so that I can be a better mom. The space can be a room, half a room, a wall or a corner with whatever you want in it. All that really matters is that there is a place for a mom to save her sanity.
But I should warn you almost every My Space has a hacker.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
First to get done was in my kitchen around the herb garden windowsill the art sudio. It's a place for our art materials, crafts, paper, writing and drawing tools, play dough, clay etc. We keep a variety of the typical children's arts and crafts but we are working towards adding more of the real art materials.
Today food shopping. Finally some veggies in the fridge!
This tasty dish is brocoli rabe with fresh bread and a slice of provolone cheese. The brocoli rabe can be bitter sometimes but it will always energize. Take a bunch of brocoli rabe and wash. (I cut off the thick stem because I don't like the taste.) Put in a pan add 1 chopped garlic clove, drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Toss, cover with lid and then cook on medium to high heat for about 5 minutes or until the it wilts. Serve with fresh bread or over pasta.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The whole gang Sophia 3, Valentina 5, Stefania 6, Gianfranco 8 and Melania 1 (in the wagaon).
Sunday morning chocolate chip or apple pancakes.
Sunday at the beach day before grandma's.
Fishcakes with tomato and spinach salad, rice and broccoli.
What to read next? Favorite part of my birthday the smiles, fresh air and thoughtful writing.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Jodi Piccoult's books:
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This is a great way of how he uses the previous night's dinner and turns it into a completely different meal. The previous night this was a rotisserie chicken, white rice and a side of steamed vegetables. Tadaaa! It's fried rice. What's needed for this dish:
day old white rice
steamed vegetables (we used broccoli and sweet snap peas)
cooked diced chicken
It's the dough and onions that we need for this recipe (tofu and rice are for the sushi).
Part of Asian night I was going to make sushi but that turned into the following night's dinner. What I like about making sushi at home is that I don't use raw fish. I'm not a fan of raw food. I create my own versions this one includes baby spinach, carrots, cucumber avocado and tofu. The rice is flavored with a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar and salt and then sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Morning muffins and carrot cake for this week's homeade treats. These 2 recipes are under construction they taste good but I have to rewrite them to see what I did. I tried a new variation of each of these and they are both allergy friendly (no eggs and no milk but still tastey).
Friday, September 11, 2009
I'm surprised how theraputic it is to get my hands dirty in some soil, potting and regrowing. Mama's sometimes need that little something in their day even for just a moment to rejuvinate.
Reconnecting with a loved one
A smile or laughter from a child