Thursday, February 26, 2015
the oven, that is! Like much of the country, we have been experiencing some pretty intense, cold weather. And I think I can pretty much speak for most people in our area that we are so.over.it.
However I also know that we've still got quite a few weeks left of these frosty temperatures so I'd better just suck it up and deal with it! That being said, since it is so cold outside, might as well do a little baking inside.
here, mint chocolate chip Neiman Marcus bars from here, and whole wheat blueberry muffins from here. Let me just tell you--the house smelled divine! The minute the Noodle walked into the house she took one sniff and said "You've been making granola, haven't you?". The kid knows.
Neiman Marcus bars are for a certain someone who has a milestone birthday that we're celebrating on Saturday. The granola is pretty standard fare around here--great for breakfast, lunch or a snack. As soon as it runs out I usually make more. The blueberry muffin recipe was a new one, but I make the banana whole wheat muffins all the time and so I'm sure these will be good as well.
Baked anything good lately?
Thursday, February 19, 2015
|Watching the dancing|
|Waiting in line for the balloon bendy man|
|I spy calligraphy|
|It is FREEZING out!|
Cheers to a happy and prosperous new year!
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Got any fabric scraps lying around? Looking for the perfect project in which to use them? Have I got an idea for you!
this and thought--totally cute! I could do that.
this and was completely smitten! I mean, c'mon! Love all those colors!!
I decided to tweak it a bit though, and make it a bit more personalized to our family. Not that I don't love the good ol' U.S. of A., but I thought the map of China just might fit the bill.
I basically followed the directions here just using China instead of America. The directions are easy to follow and, best part, there's NO sewing involved!
In order to help my own brain plan, I colored each province.
Now, by no means is this an exact replica...since I did this by hand the provinces aren't perfect. If you're looking for perfection, then perhaps using a cutting machine would be the way to go?! I love how it turned out though!
So gather up all your scrappy fabric and go to town!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The experience was totally different from the Noodle's--I guess that's true of any delivery, though. A whole bunch of families from different agencies and even different countries were all milling around the Civil Affairs office...waiting.
There was a smaller room next to the big one where all the nannies and children were waiting. The door was open, so families kept going and peeking in. Such excitment!!
We were the last family to be called and by that time, the anticipation was killing us! She walked out slowly, holding the hand of her nanny, but came right over to me and was curious. After we got to know her, we realized that she was pretty nervous because she kept sticking out her tongue and licking her bottom lip. She did that a lot while we were in China and was feeling uncertain or fearful (good news: she hasn't done that here in months and months!).
Saturday, February 7, 2015
I don't think there's a mom out there that isn't thrilled when their family is given a book for the children. Colorful pictures? Sweet story? Main character in which you can relate? All wins! When the story revolves around China, Chinese culture or adoption it is even better. A few years ago I even wrote a post about just that--see here.
Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles. The character, Mei Mei, is turning six and as she awakens on her special day, she knows that she'll be helping prepare her special meal with her mama.
What's on the menu? Lucky birthday noodles of course, since in the Chinese culture, noodles symbolize having a long and happy life. Yum!
Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles by Shan-Shan Chen. Happy reading (and slurping!).
**This post was sponsored by Tuttle Publishing, but all opinions are my own.
Just added: We had lucky "gotcha" day noodles for Mei Mei last night using this recipe and everyone LOVED them! It was super easy and quick--a perfect weekday meal. Enjoy!
...when J and the Noodle were super excited and all dressed, ready to go to her Daddy/Daughter Brownie dance.
Then they got to the venue and it was completely dark. Empty. No one around. Hmmmm??!?
A frantic phone call home and another check of the invitation, which revealed that Mama got the dates mixed up--the dance was the night before. Eeek! Oops! Sorry!!!. They made the best of it though, and still had their date--over ice cream instead of the booming bass. I know they both loved the time together ;)