Friday, February 25, 2011

jessica and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day (week)

i am all for looking at life through rose colored glasses. i consider my glass half full. give me a bag of lemons and i will be sure to give you lemonade. but this week...this week i just wasn't really feelin' it.

i will spare the details of the beginning of the week, because there are some male readers...but i will say it involved my boob + an infection + misdiagnosis = a little surgery. so needless to say i was feeling a little glum by wednesday. as i sat trying to nurse on my injured side trying not to be a baby, i started thinking that it would really cheer me up to put on my big sparkly engagement ring. i love this ring. it is special for lots of reasons, mainly because my husband used this very ring to ask to spend his life with me, and it would be special if only for that...but it also happens to be a diamond that was past down from my great-grandmother, to my grandmother, and then to me. 

as soon as my little hoover vac of a baby stopped nursing i slid (okay...jammed) the ring onto my finger. it was tight. but my golly it went on. for a fleeting moment i was so happy. i felt like my finger was finally clothed after a month of being naked. but then i i thought...this ring is a little too tight, i should try it again in a few weeks. and i went to take it off. the ring wasn't going anywhere. 

i tried real hard for a few minutes to slide the sucker off...but no. so i ignored the problem, thinking if i gave myself a bit of time and came back to it, i could get it. my finger slowly began to swell. i showed justin. he didn't know what to do either. so we went to bed.

i laid in bed trying to bend my finger, it felt hot and swollen like a bee sting. i asked justin to turn the light back on. we both stared down at my finger. was it looking a little purple? we got out of bed and tried a couple of other tactics, involving oil, then tape, then brute force...nada. the sucker didn't budge and my finger was slowly growing to the size of my big toe. it was time to hit the ER. 

so at 2 am i found myself driving towards the ER to see what they could do....
 notice anything?

 this actually hurt because the pressure was so tight as he cut

this is my sad face, and that is my sad stretched apart ring

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

yummy yummy!

justin turned 30 over the weekend. his birthday looked a little different than usual since our honored guests were a sassy two year old and a gassy new born. i made him a "birthday menu", allowing him to choose throughout the day different things to make his birthday special...for example; sleep in, no diaper duty, breakfast of your choice, open a gift...etc. it ended up being a fabulous day, and was topped off with a awesome birthday dinner supplied by his brother and sister-n-law. 

his birthday breakfast choice was delicious, it came from one of our favorite magazines, ready made. i thought i would share with you all our two favorites from this last issue...seriously you have to try 'em

Berry & Goat Cheese French Toast (birthday breakfast)
  • Orange Butter:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 T freshly grated orange zest, divided
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • French Toast:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c whole milk
  • 1 T freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 T honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 slices French bread, 1 inch thick
  • 4 T goat cheese, at room temp
  • 1 c mixed berries
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • Maple syrup, to serve
Make the butter by combining all ingredients (1 tbsp of zest) in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

1. In a shallow glass baking dish, whisk together eggs, milk, remaining orange zest, honey, and salt. Set aside.

2. Cut an opening that extends along the middle of each bread slice. Care-fully spread one-fourth of goat cheese into opening, then fill with berries. Gently press and repeat with remaining slices. Transfer to custard; let sit for 15 seconds on each side.

3.Preheat oven to 200°F. Heat 1 tbsp butter over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Once butter has melted, add two slices of the bread and cook about 2 minutes per side until golden brown. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while preparing the remaining two servings.

4. Serve with Orange Butter and syrup. Store leftover butter, covered, in the fridge and use within one week.

Variations: Sub cream cheese for the goat cheese; brioche or challah for the French bread; fruit jam for fresh fruit.

Pecan French Toast:
  • Pecan Maple Syrup: 
  • 1 c pecans, chopped and toasted until just fragrant in a dry skillet
  • 2 c pure maple syrup
  • Chai Butter: 
  • ½ c butter (1 stick) at room temp
  • 2 T honey
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ½ t ground cardamom
  • ¼ t ground cloves
  • ¼ t nutmeg
  • ¼ t allspice
  • French Toast:
  • 1¼ cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 T honey
  • ½ t vanilla
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • 8 thick slices whole grain bread

1. Make the syrup by combining the toasted pecan pieces and maple syrup together in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

2. Make the butter by combining all ingredients well in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet pan with parchment.

4. In a shallow glass 3-quart baking dish, whisk together milk, eggs, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add bread, flip several times, and let stand for 20 minutes. Transfer to lined baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve with Chai Butter and Pecan Maple Syrup.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

It Goes So Fast...

how many times have you heard that before? i swear, when mackenzie was born every other person (specifically mothers) i talked to said those words to me. and no wonder. as mackenzie pranced around the other night in her new bathing suit, i found myself picturing her all rolly and polly in her very first red swim suit. and the words echoed in my heart, it goes so fast. so here's to treasuring every fleeting moment, all the stages we swear are the best, the sleepless nights and the first steps...i'm so excited to do it again with miss addison!

 mackenzie, 6 months, zihuatanejo mexico

mackenzie, 2 years