Lots of little things to report on! First, I caught some cute pictures today while the kids were watching their favorite “show”- which is Daddy mowing the lawn. I decided to help them out and set up some chairs so they wouldn’t have to stand on their toys to see out the window:
Next on my list of exciting things, is that I made “Wee Nuggets” again, and the kids loved them even more than last time. I have to say that the only difference was that I used Progresso Italian Style Panko bread crumbs, instead of using the plain ones and adding spices. They were so much better this way- super crunchy, and NOT one ended up on the floor! I even gave the kids some honey mustard to dip them in and they knew just what to do with it!
(In case you want a quick version of the recipe: cut a chicken breast into slices/cubes, dip in beaten egg, then dip in panko bread crumbs. Bake on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes, at 350. (Although I have turned it up to 450 to make it cook a lot faster, and it worked just as well.)
It’s always very exciting for me when I find something the kids like to eat. I randomly remembered this “Spaghetti Pie” that made probably 5 years ago, and decided to try again. I originally saw it on the “Giada” show, (again, like 5 years ago) on the Food Network, but was unable to find the recipe so I just winged it. I know this is a lot different than the original, but it came out pretty good, and like I said, the kids loved it.
Since I “winged” it, I don’t have a specific recipe, but here’s a quick rundown:
Cook 1 lb of spaghetti, drain
Add “about”: 1 Jar spaghetti sauce, 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, 1 cup Ricotta, I pound browned ground beef
Roll out 2 sheets of puff pastry dough, and line the inside of a springform pan with the first. Fill with the pasta/cheese/beef mixture and place the other pastry sheet across the top of the pan “sealing” it up. I think you are supposed to cut around the edge and cut off the excess dough, but we love crust in this house so I just kind of rolled it up around the edges.
Bake for 60-70 minutes at 350, or if you are a speed-chef like me that waits way too long to make dinner, 45 minutes at 425:)
Again, that is my amateur explanation.. I am an ‘accidental chef’, and was just kind of lucky that this came out well. It’s just like a baked ziti with spaghetti, and a nice crusty outside!
See, I told you he liked it!
I had these from the other day too.. just some shots from a walk we took. Clearly I need to work our hat wardrobe. But these guys really pick their own hats these days.
I have to mention all the words that Lily is saying now.. in my next post all about her I will have to try and write them all down, if I can. She just names things, all day long. Things that I never expected her to know! Like she grabbed her lotion tonight and said what sounds like “ocean”, then walks over to the toilet, flushes it and says “flush”. She points to her eyes, nose, ears, knees, toes and names them all. She’s obsessed with grapes, or “bapes” as she calls them. When we watch the Backyardigans before bed, she points out dogs, flowers, balls, cars, cows (mooooo) and sheep (baaaaaaa). My favorite new thing that she does now, is says “Mommy”. Before recently, it was mostly dada.. but it’slike a switch flipped and now everything is “Mommy!”. I love it:) Her words are like music to my ears. And it’s rubbing off on the boys, as they are speaking more and more words too. Ben’s favorite word is still ‘shoe’, but he also says grapes and apple, banana, more (or mo’mo’mo’, as he says) and lots of others. Cameron’s favorite word is “baby” He calls everyone a “beh-beh”, grownups and kids alike. He also says a lot of car, ball, doggie, mama, dada, uh-oh. He’s still doesn’t say as much as the others, but that’s ok. He’s doing great and he will talk more when he is ready!
This week is a big Blog Party on Multiples and More! We’re going to be going to giving away hundreds of dollars in prizes, so stop by if you get a chance on Thursday and Friday!