Tuesday, May 25, 2010

to whom it may concern

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I love this baby.

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This one right here.

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Yes. Yes I do.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

seriously. no really, you must.

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I know, techically it's not "soup weather" anymore.

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This post begins my quest for delicious real food. No gunk. I'll keep the photos and recipes coming.

Wild Rice Soup

5 tbs butter
1 finely chopped onion
1 c. frozen or canned corn
½ lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 large carrot sticks, sliced
¾ c. all-purpose flour
6 ½ c. chicken broth (can use 7 bouillon cubes plus 6 ½ c. water)
2 c. cooked wild rice
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (this is optional)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp curry powder (or a bit more, because I love curry and you should too)
½ tsp mustard powder
½ tsp dried parsley
½ tsp black pepper
1 c. slivered almonds
2 c. half-and-half (I used 1 cup fat free half&half and 1 cup skim milk, still good)

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, corn, and carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté 3-4 minutes more. Then add flour and stir well. Transfer mixture to a large pot. Over medium heat, gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly until all has been added. Bring just to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let simmer.

Next add the rice, chicken (if using), salt, curry powder, mustard powder, parsley, ground black pepper and almonds. Allow to heat through then pour in the half-and-half. Let simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Do not boil or the roux will break. Delicious served in a bread bowl as well.

Yield: 8 servings

You're welcome.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Dear Reader,

This morning I woke up to find my 4 year old shirtless, eating cereal at the table, swinging her legs.

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Where's your shirt? I asked.
We needed it. She replied.


I went up stairs and got ready. She finished her granola and followed me around, opening drawers, putting on lipstick, filling up the sink up with water and sticking her feet in.

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We grabbed all of the laundry and started a load.

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Time for all naughtly little girls to put on their shirts. I said. Let's go find it.

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It's for the prince. She said.

Monday, May 3, 2010

love and flowers

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I love where I live. How could you not when this grows in abundance everywhere.

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I love these kind of sessions. Taking pictures of little ones is my absolute favorite. I could chase them around forever.

Until I get a cramp in my prostate. Then I'm out for the day.

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This one makes me laugh everytime I see it. She's so golly darn cute even when she's hopping mad.

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And whos heart doesn't weep for baby necks? They're pretty much the best thing in the world.

Happy birthday Miss. J.