Friday, May 27, 2016

A week of firsts.

This has been a big week for the Chan man!
 
He slept all the way thru the night (once - he hasn't repeated it, lol), got a new tooth on the bottom and ate rice cereal for the first time.
 
I think he's pretty proud of himself - and we're pretty proud of him!
 
{Picture Below - After he slept through the night Tuesday.}
 


 His little face looks red, but it was just the poor lighting in the bedroom.

He's slept for 6 hour stretches before, but Tuesday night he slept from 8:30 pm to 5:00 am - and I won't lie, it was awesome!

....the tablespoon of rice cereal before bed that night may have helped too...

;)

And while he hasn't repeated it yet this week, I think it's a good sign that he did it once and I now we just need to figure out how to help him do it again.  Sleep is so important, and all three of us wake up feeling better when we get a good night of it.
 


And a video of his new tooth - you kind of have to picture it for yourself, lol. 

 I was away from home at a DD meeting in Sumpter this week, so I didn't get to see the tooth until Thursday afternoon but Clint said he thought he saw it Wednesday, and Pam felt it Thursday so it cut through sometime in that time period.  :)  You wouldn't have known it though, because Clint & Pam both said he was a happy baby both days! I feel pretty lucky that he is so relaxed with everything, including teething....hopefully he keeps that up!  The tooth is still pretty little and he is ACTIVE right now (which I'm sure he'll keep up for the next 18 years, lol) but I thought it was a fun little video to share. 

We sure love this little guy, and getting to be a part of his "1st's".

Friday, May 20, 2016

Breeding in Baker.

We were in Baker City last weekend AI'ing for a new ranch customer and it was the best time!



All the way home, Clint and I talked about what a nice weekend it was.  We bred a lot of cows & heifers, and had a long day on Saturday - but everyone was in such a good mood and kept such a good pace that the cattle seemed to fly by.






 


There was a point in the day where I thought we were going slow (not too slow, just not rushed) and Clint said we were breeding 100 head/hour.  We've done that before, but it felt rushed.  This time - it felt fun, and that's a good feeling.





Plus, Chandler was AWESOME in the AI barn, and just in a good mood all weekend.  He didn't sleep super well at night (he had a touch of a cold), but did during the day and in between breeding groups I'd take him to the guest house where we stayed to play.  He is always so happy, and laughing and rolling....and I just LOVE how cute his rolls and pudgy little self are right now.  :)

We're headed back to this same ranch Memorial Day weekend to breed another set of cows, and I hope that weekend is just as fun as this one was!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bath baby.

"Rub a dub dub,

Chandler's in the tub."



It's what I sing to him, over and over, at night in the bath tub.

Sweet baby, I hope you'll always smile at your mama. :)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day.

My first Mother's Day was just the sweetest.


Chandler himself is the best gift I could ever ask for, but as we were flying home from my cousin Alicia's wedding in Iowa, he gave me a great present - he was good all the way home.  :)



 



This sweet guy really is a great traveler, and he proved it again on the plane and thru the airports.

Clint didn't forget the special day either, and we walked into the house to be greeted by a gorgeous spray of pale pink roses and a happy balloon that still cheers to me "Happy Mother's Day" from our bedroom.  :)



I'm sure a blessed mama.  On Mother's Day, and on all days.



Also, a special Happy Mother's Day to my mom too!  She is the best, and such a good grandma to Chandler too.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Bountiful Baskets - April

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April's Bountiful Baskets did not disappoint!

Our baskets come every two weeks, and the first week our basket had grapes, zucchini, cucumbers, purple cauliflower, rainbow chard, butter lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, grape tomatoes, celery, and a mini watermelon.  The second week our basket had cucumbers, tomatoes, oranges, apples, a pineapple, fennel, onions, carrots, romaine lettuce and baby bella mushrooms.

I also always order the salad pack & lunch pack - and the first week I got the tropical fruit pack and sourdough bread, and the second week I got the Cinco de Mayo pack.

Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese Soup
 
I followed this PW recipe loosely...I had a head of cauliflower left over from my box in late March, so I combined that with the 3 smaller heads of broccoli I got in my early April box.  Also, I didn't have enough milk/cream, so I used what I had and added 2 cans of chicken broth and it turned out just fine.  :)
 
 
Asian Rice Bowls/Lettuce Cups
 
Gina at Skinnytaste posted this recipe this month and I loooove the sauce and dressing recipes.  I tweaked it to use ground beef and after browning it with garlic, I simmer the sauce in with it.   (If I have water chestnuts, I throw them in but if you don't have them you won't miss them.)  The dressing I make to add on top of the rice bowls, or the lettuce cups.  For both, I let prep all of the ingredients and let everyone make whatever they want. Obviously you can tailor the add-on's to what you have - this is what I used this month from what was in my box.

Rice Bowls - rice, shredded lettuce, shredded carrots, thinly sliced red onion, cilantro, thinly sliced bell pepper
 
Lettuce Cups - butter lettuce leaves, romaine leaves or iceberg leaves (separated), shredded carrot, cilantro, bean sprouts


Homemade Vanilla Extract

The tropical pack I got the first week had two vanilla beans in it.  Last year, Amy Raymond gave me homemade vanilla and I only had about a teaspoon left in the glass jar, so I cut the two beans I got in half, added them to the two beans already in the jar and filled it with vodka.  In 6 months, I'll have homemade vanilla extract!  Dallas and I were talking about making this while we were waiting in line for our baskets, and she said you could use rum too - or even vanilla flavored vodka???

Creamy Pasta w/ Veggies

This is a QUICK dish, that you can use whatever veggies you have in the fridge left over.  The key is to having some sort of protein (I use frozen diced ham, or chopped bacon), filled pasta and cream on hand.  This month, I used Costco's cheese tortellini (the ones found in the refrigerated section) and threw in some diced asparagus with them to boil.  In a separate skillet, I sautéed in a bit of butter some diced onion, sliced zucchini and chopped ham until cooked through.  Drain the pasta & asparagus, and combine with the skillet ingredients.  Then just drizzle a bit of heavy whipping cream in (you don't need a lot, just enough to wet everything) add plenty of cracked black pepper, and sprinkle with parmesan.  Quick, convenient and somewhat healthy.  ;)


Tomatillo Salsa

I would never have thought to use tomatillos before, but after making this salsa and serving it on top of our scrambled eggs I make every morning, I think tomatillos will be in rotation at our house!

This salsa also helped me use up a jalapeno pepper, onion and cilantro I got in my pack.

Cowboy Caviar

I had a bunch of randomness left over, and it was my turn to host Bunco which happened to fall on Cinco de Mayo, so I made tacos and cowboy caviar.  I love how you can add whatever you want, and then just add a simple dressing (see below) to it all and serve!  My salad had kidney beans, canned corn, diced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, diced bell pepper and diced onion.  You can chop and layer everything ahead of time, and then dress an hour or so before you're ready to eat it.  It would be great with avocado (add that right before you serve) too - but I was rushed and didn't get it mixed in.
Dressing:
4 Tbs red wine vinegar
2 Tbs olive oil
3 Tbs chopped cilantro
1 lime, juiced
Salt & Pepper
Shake in a mason jar w/ lid and pour over the cowboy caviar.
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What good things did you make this month????

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