Friday, January 30, 2009

A Week with a Baby Bird

I just got back from spending a week with my niece, E, who is officially a big sister. She is pictured above, giving a concert for me and Papa Bear, of the Berenstain Bear family. Periodically throughout every day we had to look for Papa Bear, and he was usually found sitting in this room. So, naturally, a couple of songs were sung. Heaven forbid if Aunt Di sat at the piano, though!

I had such a great time with E reading, playing grocery shopping, coloring, painting and squishing play dough. Her imagination is running at full blast, so it was amazing to see what she would some up with each day. There's nothing quite like reading with a little one on your lap, is there?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Little Love

Check out this website - so much fun, and a great lead up to Valentine's Day. Perhaps the poor man's Valentine present this year? Very sentimental, fun and FREE! These hearts are few of the "more thans" I submitted. Here's the whole list:

I love you more than hotdogs with mustard.
I love you more than warm feet.
I love you more than homemade bread.
I love you more than reading.
I love you more than moonlight.
I love you more than common sense.
I love you more than underwear that fit.
I love you more than old movies.

What a fun way to spend a few minutes thinkin' about the one you love. See if you can come up with some good ones! Just email them in to, then check the site with anticipation to see your very own hearts.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Something Yummy

Well, I've been a little slowed down here, probably since iTunes software killed the mouse on my computer (ho boy, there was some gnashing of teeth). But I got that all fixed up and I'm trying to combat the winter blahs. How is it a lack of sunshine can just suck the energy right out of a person?

Well, here's something so easy and delicious, it's bound to cheer you up, at least a little. Homemade tortilla chips, baked in the oven.

It seems to me, there's always more tortillas in a package than can be used - then again, there's just two of us at home, so I imagine not all families have this problem. But if you do get a hankering for chips and salsa, and don't have chips, this a quick fix.

-Preheat your oven to 400, and slice up 3-4 flour tortillas into chippy shapes (more or less, of course, depending on just how snacky you're feeling).

-Coat a baking sheet moderately with cooking spray, then lay your tortilla pieces in one layer on the pan, pressing them down to make sure the bottom is coated in the oil.

-Spray the top of your soon-to-be chips lightly, sprinkle on some salt, and put them in the oven.

-Depending on your oven, and the thickness of the tortillas, they should come out golden brown, crispy and delicious in about 6-8 minutes. Seriously - that's all it takes! Make sure to re-coat your pan for subsequent batches.

Now, watch out, cause these are pretty addictive. I found they're particularly good with hummus. And since they're baked, you can feel not quite so bad about eating a boat load. We'll just pretend white flour isn't a carb rich food, agreed? I've never tried it with corn tortillas, but I can't imagine it wouldn't come out just as good.

Well, I feel more chipper already - ugh, bad pun not intended...