Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sleep Potato Depravation

Skipped a couple of hours sleep last night to prepare this morning breakfast. It was worth it. Elliott enjoyed her sweet potato pancakes.

Sweet Potato Pancakes (8 months)

2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup cooked sweet potatoes, mashed
1 egg (or 2 egg yolks)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (use graham flour for a nice taste.)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk (or more)

Mix sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl with egg. Stir in the flour and add the baking powder. Add up to 1/3 cup of milk while stirring. Stir in 1 tbsp butter.
The mixture should have the consistency of thick, lumpy sauce like an "instant" pancake mix.
Place a non-stick or heavy iron skillet over medium heat on top of the stove and add 1/2 tsp butter.

Spoon batter into the skillet and cook until bubbles rise to the surface of the pancakes and break. Approx. 1 to 2 minutes.
Using a spatula, flip the pancakes and cook another 2 minutes.
Remove pancakes from the skillet and keep warm on a covered plate in the oven. Freezes Well.


Monday, June 29, 2009

If You're Happy and You Know It`

Elliott learned how to clap today.

She clapped in her high chair,
She clapped in the tub,
She clapped while she nursed,
and she clapped herself to sleep.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vacation Before the Grind.

A few weeks ago now, Jeremy was offered an internship. It was great news since we had endured months of searching that was really wearing us out. The internship is virtually a perfect fit and Jer can leverage both his Business and Technology education. A draw back is that the commute is an hour both ways. Elliott and I both miss Jer a lot. We are used to having him around during the day from time to time, class ending early etc. so this whole job thing is going to take some getting used to. What is really great was that he had two weeks before his start date which meant stress free summer play for the family. We did a pretty good job staying busy. Jer and I took a motorcycle ride, went into the North End for pizza, BBQed, chowed down at the best salad bar in town, celebrated fathers day and had a nice relaxing time as a family.

As I munch on Elliott's Cherrios I am thinking about what she has been up to lately. She has been eating...which is awesome on multiple levels. It is great because eating = longer stretches of sleep. Good for mama. Also, it just feels great to see your baby eat good food. Today she ate salmon. Miss thing is becoming a bit of a foodie. She eats sweet potato, b-nut squash and zucchini roasted with olive oil, pepper and a bit a salt. She eats avocado - and likes it rolled in cheerio dust (easier to pick up that way). Tri colored pasta, riagatoi, refried beans, chicken, black beans (but not too spicy please) (oh yes, if some foods make you go mmmm we are upping her calories hence the olive oil and refried beans). This week she has started to insist on feeding herself, allowing me to help if she misses. Elliott has also started to dance. Put on some music and she will bounce up and down. I have heard some more distinct "mamamamamamama" along with some "gagagagagaga". And I am helping her learn all the names that she should know. "mama, dada, grandmasharon" :) Elliot is FAST and is starting to get into EVERYTHING. Did you know that we had a mini wrench under the radiator? Elliott did. Elliott crawls over to daddy's guitar and bangs and strums. She likes to pull on the carbon monoxide detector and make me nervous. She is enjoying shaking her maraca, getting into drawers and making a mess in general. I like seeing her taking things out of boxes. Socks and blocks - she reaches in and tosses them out (maybe stops off for a chew or two). Elliott has got her top teeth coming in - in in - and she has favored me with a bite on the arm and neck, vampire style. Finally, Elliott LOVES other children. She is a people person. We have play dates, the playmate will play with the toys Elliott plays with the playmate, and by play I mean pull, tug, suck and climb - very playful and so very cute. Which reminds me of this .

Once I figure out our camera doo-dad I will upload some pictures for you. Nighty night.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Flag Day

Saturday made for a great flag day. The weather was incredibly cooperative. To start the day off we headed out to go strawberry picking. If you don't know already, Rachel loves strawberries, and I love the strawberry rhubarb pie we get at Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA. I think Elliott might take a liking to strawberries pretty soon too.

- I think I hear Elliott saying "give me some of that mama."

- After the tractor pull Elliott wanted to continue onward.

-On the way home we ran across a kite convention of large proportions. It was happening 5 minutes from our house.

- Some of the kites present cost upwards of $6000.00.

-I like this next shot.


- Needless to say I was tired, but Elliott had just woken up from a nap.

- After the kites we got a call to help a friend move. I grabbed my shoulder dolly and helped for 4-5 hours. After which we met up with other friends to go to the Quincy flag day parade and fireworks.
- We happened to be standing right in front of the mayor, so we got to have the performers turn toward us. They were the best "seats" in town.

- Video to follow with more parade and fireworks action.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Push Car Toy

Our little girl is growing up so fast. Soon, she'll be asking for the car keys.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Elliott likes the tub

Rachel took this great picture this morning as Elliott was waiting her turn to come into the shower. I really like this picture. I played around a little bit with it in iPhoto to make it look a little more vintage.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Let the Games Begin!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Elliott is an early aficionado

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

splashing in the tub

I no longer have access to Final Cut Express so I edited this in Quicktime Pro, which does not have transitions.