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Avocados. Healthy, slightly exotic (at least in Canada!) without being weird, GOOD FAT!, also naturally green, and just tasty. They’re pretty much fantastic. And my favourite way to eat them?

Guacamole.

Guacamole.

And guacamole.

Oh and also these dee-licious tacos.

But mostly, just guacamole.

 

My in-laws, bless their heart, are from the south. Now when I say south, I don’t mean the REAL south. I mean the south that’s getting real close to Mexico and also California. The south that has Mexican restaurants with Irish sounding names. (Carlos O’Kelleys? Really?) The south that knows how to make good guacamole. I am glad that I am intrinsically connected to these people, because without them, I would never have had good guacamole. In fact, I probably would never have even eaten an avocado in my life to be honest, but that’s another story.

But the reason for this tangent? Because my little Buddy Bear can’t eat no milk. (I did that on purpose, I do know how to use good grammar, I just think I’m funny). And a little boy growing at the rate he is, needs FAT in his diet. (What a predicament, eh?) And a non-allergic child, well we would just stuff him/or her full of full-fat cheese, and cream in his oatmeal, and fatty yogourt for breakfast. It would be the life. But, we can’t do that. So, our pediatrician and I sat down for a brainstorming session to figure out how we can get more fat in Buddy Bear’s diet. The doctor’s prescription? More gravy. Extra olive oil on his food (Would deep-frying work?). And avocados. I wish I was this kid. He has got it made right now.

So, we tried the olive oil thing. He thought it was gross. I can’t blame him.

We’re not a meat and potatoes kind of family, so gravy is like a Christmas and Thanksgiving thing. Not happening.

Hmm… Avocados.

Not his favourite thing in the world, but he was willing to try them. But he’s just a small fry, so he’s not going to down the whole avocado in one sitting. Maybe half.

So what am I going to do with all these extra halves of avocados? I tried throwing the diced pieces in a Rubbermaid and keeping them in the fridge. The result? Brown nasty chunks that were probably still good, but looked very unappetizing.

The internet suggested a few things to help preserve my little avocado halves:

  • Put lime/lemon juice or vinegar on the avocados to keep them greener
  • Keep it in the fridge
  • Keep the pit (or stone?) with the avocado to delay browning
  • Not salting the avocado until right before you plan to eat it
  • Covering it with plastic wrap

OR

Make guacamole for Mommy & Daddy.

That’s my great idea.

Because its healthy!

Try it. You’ll love it.


My In-Laws’ Guacamole Recipe

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 to 3 tbsp diced/minced onion
  • dash of salt

Directions: Mash ingredients together. Eat. Repeat.

 

See? I told you, you’d like it! You could even skip a step and just make guacamole for the baby to eat/share. Done and done.

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And Me Mommy is having problems with the internet right now which means unfortunately we aren’t able to upload any new posts. This makes us sad BUT we are hoping to get ourselves up and running soon. Feel free to browse our “old stuff”, send us an email at info@andmemommy.com or check back next Monday (July 18th) when we hope to be up and operational again.

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Talk to you soon,

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Smart, thrifty, baby cuddling mama/papa seeks comfortable carrier to hold baby, go lots of places, and wash easily. Preference given to carriers that are not the most expensive of the world.

Does this sound like you? Then I have a response that you’re gonna love.

You see this? This exceptionally long piece of fabric? Its gonna change your life. Not in a E-Harmony, my life is complete now, change your life. More of a baby-lugging, wallet-saving life.

Let me explain…

Required Items:

  • Very Sharp Scissors
  • Exceptionally long fabric (At least 5 yards (15 feet) though I think an extra yard would have made it easier for Mr. Man to use)
  • A friend with a discount card for fabric for extra savings(or maybe you are this person already, then nix that step)
  • A friend who has a baby in some form (or maybe  you don’t have a friend to share with, or maybe you want two carriers for yourself, or… you get the picture)
  • Instructions

I could not find the cotton knit with curling edges that the instructions suggested, mainly because I am helpless in a fabric store. BUT I did find a lightweight cotton-type material that curled on the edges (read: does not need to be hemmed). Mr. Man says it looks like the inside of his gym shorts. I said I didn’t care, because all the little holes make it way cooler than a jersey-type wrap. That’s what I said anyways, I have no proof either way. But once we bought the material we simply cut it in half lengthwise so we had two long-narrowish (about 30 inches a piece actually) pieces of fabric and we were done.

Yes, that’s it.

Ok, maybe wash it too.

Especially if your baby likes to suck on everything like mine does.

If you have 2 and a half minutes, 3 minutes if you’re a slow cutter and $20 (less if you are a better dealfinder when it comes to fabric) and you have a completely functional and super comfortable baby wrap. Perfect for schlepping that darling little one from here to there and back again. If you get a nice manly colour, then you can pawn baby off on daddy when  you are schlepping around together.

TADA!

If this is your first time using a non-structured wrap, PLEASE make sure you are tying your wrap correctly before putting baby in it. There are lots of tutorials and instructions online. You can just youtube videos of the different ‘carries’ or if you are a visual/text learner like me, I found Wrap Your Baby was excellent for a step-by-step guide for tons of different carries.

Try it, see if it works for you, love it, report back.

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Bacon. It is a foundational food in our home. Not that we eat it all that often…if every day is not that often. Just kidding 🙂 not that often at all. But bacon is one of those lovely little treats that make a weekend breakfast all the better or a Sunday evening dinner much more fun.

The thing I hate about bacon (and there aren’t many things!) is the mess it makes when you fry it. Bacon grease splatters everywhere. You get little pock marks on your arms from bacon burns. Your stove top becomes a slimy, greasy, splattered mess. Seeing as we don’t have a butler we have to clean it ourselves. It takes some of the fun out of bacon.

Have you ever seen the episode from NBC’s The Office where Michael burns his foot in his George Foreman grill? It is classic. I watch it every time I need a little chuckle.

Michael’s Foot

And then when we were done laughing we thought “you know that’s actually not a bad idea.” Because we have a busy toddler running around we are obviously not going to set up the grill beside our bed so we can wake up to the fresh smell of bacon buuuuuut once we are up it all makes sense.

Just throw a couple (and of course I mean more than just 2!) of strips of bacon on your grill.

Clamp down the top.

Flip once in the middle to ensure even, yummy crispiness. And we love our bacon crispy…that’s how we do it!

And then sit down to a plate of evenly cooked, succulent bacon. Revelling in the fact that you don’t have a huge mess to clean up AND that most of the bacon grease has drained off. That makes bacon practically a carrot stick!

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Our little family decided to go overnight camping.

Just the three of us.

To relax.

I can hear you laughing all the way over here.

Yes, I thought that I would relax by frantically buying groceries 45 minutes before I wanted to leave, doing laundry, rushing all over the house to get our stuff together, then trying to fit it all in our car (no more kids for us, they won’t fit!), so we can drive for 2 and a half hours (Google told us 90 minutes! They didn’t account for my lack of navigational skills apparently), during those two and a half hours Buddy Bear screamed like he was dying for a good 60 minutes, WITH.NO.BREAKS. And then we finally got to the camp site and we couldn’t setup our tent because there was approximately 62 bazillion feet of pure gravel/concrete/un-penetrable mass under the tent spot. Tempers flared. And then we had smores. For supper. And slept on the cold, hard, unforgiving ground that costs $25 dollars a night.

That’s my idea of a relaxing family vacation, how about yours?

I have learned many things from our little adventure. I will share several with you.

In list form of course.

I love lists. I may have said this 17 times before.

Its still true.

Because Buddy Bear is at/nearing the age where I need to be an intentional parent and not just a diaper-changer/milk-dispenser, this list will include a moral. Kind of like a fable, but without any talking foxes.

1. I am terrible at packing. For example, I planned to make breakfast burritos, but forgot the spatula for the scrambled eggs, salt & pepper and all the condiments for said burrito.

Morale of the story: Make a list and check it twice. Or delegate someone else to do the packing. Someone not in my family, because Mr. Man forgot the pillows…

2. Which brings me to my second point. You can never have too many diapers. This was our first overnight trip with Buddy Bear (I know, I like to make things hard on myself) so I wasn’t sure how many diapers I would need. So I packed 16 diapers for the less than 24 hours that we were going to be gone. I only changed Buddy Bear about 6 times. But those extra pre-folds I packed? They are excellent jack of all trades, because they  also served as makeshift pillows (not the best idea), impromptu diaper changing pads and even stood in as oven mitts (forgot those too).

Morale of the story: You can always use extra diapers, so bring ’em along.

3. Babies (at least my baby) love camping! So many things to see, smell and TASTE. At one point I had to dig a 1 inch rock out of Buddy Bear’s mouth because he thought it would taste good. But he thought everything else was absolutely fantastic!

Morale of the story: Next time bring a playpen to contain the little guy. Or just expect his diet to include more minerals…

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I just love summer! Has that been mentioned before? For the last 3 days we have made every dinner on the BBQ. It’s yummy, doesn’t heat the house and we don’t do it in the winter. I decided to jazz it up a little tonight with a side of coconut rice. Ever tried it? Ever ate it at a restaurant and dreamed about it for months after?

We love rice at our house. It’s one of things that drew Beardie and I together, a love for a good dish of rice (that and watching international sumo wrestling). Happily we discovered in each other an affinity for REAL rice…no Uncle Ben’s, no Minute Rice. Good rice only. Rice that you buy in a 20 lb bag in the “Asian” food aisle. And Beardie even had a rice steamer when I married him, that played a large part in me saying yes. The Boo is also a rice fanatic. So we all know, if rice is on the menu we are happy.

Sometimes you got to mix it up a little. That is where coconut rice comes into play. The warm, chewy, satisfaction of a bowl of rice BUT with the added bonus of a sweet, mild, coconutty flavour. I recommend you try it…especially if you like coconut and rice. But even if you don’t maybe you should try it.

Also note aside: Coconut milk. I don’t know if it is healthy. 1/2 a cup contains 275 calories, 26 grams of fat. But also is high in fiber (2 g), protein and a bunch of other yummy nutrition. So may not be technically healthy but it is technically delicious! Thus it is a once-in-a-while treat for us.

Here’s how we make it. Crack open a can of coconut milk, stir it up because that stuff looks weird when it seperates. I do half a can of cocount milk (200 mL) for every 2 cups of uncooked rice. A subtle flavour you can adjust it for more or less depending on your taste.

Mix the rice, coconut milk and remainder of water (what I mean is the amount of water you normally do for your rice minus the liquid from the coconut milk. I do 2 cups rice, 200 mL/1 cup coconut milk and 3 cups of water…roughly). Cook your rice like you usually do. For me that is in the rice steamer for 35 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed and your house smells like a yummy, coconut factory.

I find the coconut rice is a nice compliment to really spicy dishes like curry, tandoori chicken, buffalo chicken, anything hot and spicy. We did not have those flavours in our house today so I just went with a tasty Honey Garlic chicken. I didn’t regret it.

Thaw some chicken, throw on some sauce, throw it on the grill, grill until done but not too done (like I do! The Burninator strikes again!)

A sweet side dish is grilled corn. Ever tried it? If you have you know what I am talking about. Yum! Maybe not technically healthy but technically delicious.

I brush the corn with olive oil and then throw it on the grill with the chicken. Just like that. Turn and flip the chicken/corn as you see fit. Once the bottom side starts to get brown and crispy (or after you discover that your toddler has figured out how to climb the bench in the backyard…every stage she keeps on getting up on higher objects! This week: step stools, couches, benches *shakes head* which means it is further to fall)

And the chicken and the corn get all mixed up together. Eventually the corn ends up tasting a little like honey garlic and the chicken picks up a corn flavour. It’s beautiful. Just like family. We all end up together and start to rub off on each other and are all the better because we pick up on each others qualities. Chicken + Corn on the BBQ = True family.

My corn and chicken took about 30 minutes on the grill, the rice took 35 minutes. Dinner is served.

Verdict: Loved by all! Next time I would be a genius and thaw my chicken the night before and then let it marinade in the sauce all day. That’s a good idea. It probably won’t happen 🙂

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Copyright held by Melvin E

 

“If Mama aint happy, then aint nobody happy.”

And

“The best thing you can do for your kids, is to love their father (or mother if applicable).”

10 points if you’ve heard one of these phrases.

50 points if you’ve heard both.

1000 points if you’ve managed to apply both of them.

Yeah, it’s easy to know that your mood affects those around you and a happy marriage fosters a safe environment for your kids. But its a heap of a lot harder to actually DO it.

One of the pieces of advice I got as a newlywed was to continue dating my husband. To take the time and intentionally do stuff together. Which is a great idea. In theory.

But I also know that quality anything doesn’t just happen, you have to be intentional.

Andg’s Guide to Dating your Baby’s Daddy

  1. Just do it. If you wait to feel romantic or until you have a good hair day or until you can leave the baby with a sitter, or until anything you’ll always be waiting for something. Which leads to…
  2. Dates don’t have to be just two people, babies love dates! If you have the option of going on a date and taking the baby, or not going on a date at all, bring Jr.! Yes, you can’t spend hours looking all doe-eyed at each other with baby in tow, but nothing kills the mood faster (at least for me!) then forking out $40+ so you can go out to and talk about how money is so tight!
  3. Date like you’re in high school (i.e. cheap = good). Denny’s and a walk in the park (with baby in the stroller) is way cheaper than dinner and a movie. Or even better an iced coffee (from home), a blanket and some sunshine.
  4. Capitalize. Do you have to go shopping? Grab hubby and call it a date. Yes, you won’t see “Romance in the Canned Goods Aisle” coming to Netflix anytime soon, but time with your man is important, wherever you can get it.
  5. Shared time = good time. Mr. Man doesn’t know it, but I consider our 30 minute drives to church every week a “mini-date” because time in the car, means “Quality talking time. LOTS of talking.” Take a look at your calendar for the holes/places where you and hubby are going in the same direction and carpool. Yes, it might be a little inconvenient to have to go tool around at the hardware store (his stop) so you can go to the library (your stop) but going together, means time together.

Now I’m not saying that we’re the authority on post-baby dates, but these are a few of the things that have worked for us.

What tips do you have to keep your marriage healthy and happy?  Am I still a naive little puppy and need to be set straight? Let’s talk!

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