Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Dance Moves

Recently Liam has been working on his dance moves. It is hard to catch it on camera, because once he sees the camera he stops what he is doing and gives a big cheesy smile. This video I was able to get some dancing and some cheesiness. It is so nice because Liam really seems to understand what we are saying now and follows some instructions. I feel like he just soaks everything around him. He is becoming such a big boy now. Well enough writing. Enjoy the video.
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My Apple Pie

Roland and I have been watching the show Pushing Daises, and have been craving pie. So I made quiche the other day and had some extra pie crust so we decided to make an apple pie. It turned out so well. I haven't made a pie in a long time and it was fun to make something other than cookies for dessert. So here is my pretty apple pie.

Keeping Cool

Because Dallas is so hot we have been looking for various ways to keep cool. We have gone to various lakes, the pool, and a spray park not far from our house. The weather is pretty hot, but it is nice to know we have places to go to cool down a bit. Liam loves the water and so he enjoys all the trips to the pool and lakes.







Sunday, July 18, 2010

Operation Try New Foods


Over the past few months I have felt the desire to try new foods. Some of the reasons are:
  1. I feel like I make the same meals over and over again
  2. The need to incorporate more vegetables and fruit into my diet
  3. Just for a fun thing to do
I talked this over with Roland and we decided on our weekly grocery shopping trip we
would pick one vegetable or fruit that we had not tried or had not had in a while. Depending on the food chosen we will either plan a meal that includes it or just try the new food. I also decided it would be fun to blog about it. So each week I will feature one item and how we chose to eat it.
Also when after I have made a dish our whole family will rate it out of 5.
Week 1: Cauliflower!
Cauliflower is a food that I have definitely tried before and used to eat a lot when I was younger, but have not included in my diet for a long time. Although it is a lot like broccoli it is really fun to have every now and again. So I decided to look up a recipe that featured the wonderful cauliflower. Here it is:

Cauliflower Cheese Bake (Found at About.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, cut into flowerets
  • ***Sauce***
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Cheddar cheese, mild or sharp
  • ***Topping***
  • 1 cup soft fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons melted butter

Preparation:

Boil or steam cauliflower in water until just tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Grease a 2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350°.

In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir until smooth and just bubbly. Add salt, pepper, and milk. Cook the sauce, stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Add the mustard and cheese and continue cooking, stirring, until cheese is melted.

Combine the cauliflower with sauce and spoon into the prepared baking dish.

Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over the cauliflower mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the casserole is bubbly and topping is browned.
Serves 6.

I liked this recipe a lot because first of all it was super easy and I had all the ingredients. It turned out really well too. The cheese sauce was yummy-yummy and the cauliflower was the perfect vegetable to go with it. It would would best as a side dish, but Roland and I had it as the main course with a salad and it filled us up nicely. One other recipe I would really like to try is cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes.

So here are the ratings:

Andrea: 4/5 I liked it, but it reminded me of macaroni and cheese which is not my favorite thing. It was nice and easy though and it turned out well.

Roland :4/5 Roland said it tasted a lot like broccoli, and it would taste better with a little more topping.

Liam :4/5 Although he made a face when he first tried it he kept asking for more and ate everything we gave him.

So this is Operation Try New Foods. I think it will be fun. I hope you enjoy reading about it.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Hampshire!

So we are back! Liam and I finally have joined Roland again in Dallas. We had a wonderful trip to New Hampshire where we were able to do a lot of fun things and see a lot of cool people. The pictures are kind of out of order, but I will try to make sense of them. July 2nd. Fireworks in Hancock. We had quite the crew. Liam was not a big fan of the loud noise.
Were the fireworks were held. Isn't New Hampshire beautiful?

Swimming with Grandpa. Liam loved swimming in Center Pond and Granite Lake, as I thought he would.
Liam in his super cool floatie!
I love this picture because Liam and Geoffrey are almost making the same face.
Grandma and Liam
Beautiful view from my friend Molly's wedding reception.
My best friend Molly got married and I got to be there. I was a great ceremony and I had a wonderful time. I am so happy for her and her new husband Pedro.
The happy couple. Most of my pictures were kind of blurry.
Liam "feeding" himself.
Crazy baby
I got it all under control Mom

Liam with his great-great grandma. She turned 99 when we were there. Amazing woman. Liam was not very happy in this picture.

Lets go down the slide!


Demon baby with the red Popsicle.

My brother Peder graduated from high school. What a stud!
The Siblings (Minus Gretchen. Wish you could have been there sis)
The Graduate and Liam

Uncle Jimmy and Liam being all matchy-matchy
So basically we had a wonderful time. We did so much more than these photos document, but it was great. I love going back to New Hampshire. It is a beautiful place with some really great people!