Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Rotisserie chicken from Costco, shredded
Black beans (or other fave bean) mom-you may omit the beans; I know you're "allergic"
Avocado, sliced or diced (guacamole is also yummy)
Cheddar cheese, grated
Grape tomatoes, halved
*Drizzle with Salsa-Ranch dressing (just stir together your favorite salsa and ranch, using more salsa than ranch) If you're from "Sac" or live close to a Safeway, my absolute fave is Safeway brand salsa
*Top with crumbled tortilla chips
"Chico's" Breakfast Burritos:
Burrito size flour or corn tortillas, (Costco has some great uncooked tortillas)
Black forest ham
Hash browns, shredded or cubed (cook according to bag)
Eggs, scrambled with melted cheese
Salsa spooned inside or on the side for dipping
*Hash browns will make burrito a lot bulkier
Warm tortillas on a skillet, then layer all ingredients in this order. Fold sides in and roll up.
"Pedro's" Extreme Nachos:
Bake chicken breasts in the oven and 350 degrees for about 20 min. They won't be finished cooking. Then, dice the chicken while it's still hot and finish cooking in a skillet (sprayed with nonstick spray) rotating so they cook evenly. When the chicken is almost finished cooking, sprinkle with a little taco seasoning. Drain juices.
Spread chips on a baking sheet and top with:
(any other desired toppings)
Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
Bake at 350 just until cheese is melted. These are way better than Kip's (on Napolean) "DELICIOSO!"
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I was hoping that she would make it to 8 months before I lowered the crib, but when she started standing and leaning out, those plans quickly changed.
In her crib, Gretel is now most commonly found standing at the railing. She is always standing there when we put her down for a nap or for bed for the night (she hates to see us go!) And most of the time we will find her there after naps or in the morning, excited to get her play on once again.
Gretel has taken and applied her new techniques to other areas of the house. Favorite standing spots of hers include: the coffee table, the dining table chairs, piano bench, dresser in our room, etc... the list is quickly expanding. Here is a little clip of Gretel getting into some mischief with the coffee table.
Thats our little climber in a nutshell. I've already started looking through the REI catalog for Gretel's Christmas mountain climbing gift...
One last video... This is another new little "treat" from our little gumdrop - while eating she occasionaly likes to spit food back at Chels. I think she spares me because she feels bad for spitting up onto my face and in my mouth when she was younger... it was gross...
So anyway - this is a little shout out to all the Grand's out there (and other fam).
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Johnny gave me this phone a couple of years ago for Valentine's Day, and my sister Hailey gave me this awesome pink glittered nail file!
Thanks Mom and Dad for my favorite Juicy umbrella! I like to use it as a parasol, too!
They save my life (or just my eyes) when chopping onions, because my eyes are so sensitive! My favorite miracle kitchen gadget!!
Hab also blinged up these items for me: a 3-hole punch and a stapler! Who says you can't feel sexy while using practical office supplies?
These dried mangoes are the best treat ever, and you can find them at Costco. Now my brother Teal can't live without them!
I've been hosting crafty nights-here are a few of my friends who have come over to make hair clips and headbands with me: Heather, Katie, Bee and me
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Unfortunately, Johnny had to miss the first half of the week due to summer school, but he joined the group for the last 3 days. Here are some highlights of the week:
-We had TWO EARTHQUAKES!!! (Sunday 4.7, Monday 4.1) It's been my biggest fear, ever since I was a child. Somehow, we all survived....freaky!
-Ate lunch at my favorite place right on the beach at "Beachcomber" and I got my salad I've been talking since the last time we ate there 2 years ago. Yummy!!! Also, I dipped Gretel's toes in the ocean and sand while we were there!
-We took Gretel swimming for the first time!!! She looked so cute in her little swimsuit; I love a wet, slippery baby in the pool! She didn't really seem to care either way about swimming. But it was really fun for us!
-We went to see the Disney's "Earth" movie which I thought was horribly sad. I left the theatre hating the "circle of life." How sad for little kids to see this, even though it's reality. I feel guilty about the In-N-Out burger I thoroughly enjoyed today.
-Went shopping at Fashion Island and visited the pet store there. Caitland and I were very tempted to buy new puppies; I had my eye on a very sweet-looking, tiny white Chihuahua.
-We celebrated Devon's birthday and ate Cheesecake while watching the American Idol finale!
The next few pictures were taken at Balboa Island: