May 29, 2013

Homelife

Hello lovely friends. How are we all today? Is it still spring? It is still spring. Even though I think of it as summertime after Memorial Day. We've been having a lot of soup, because we love our soup around here and the weather hasn't been particularly warm. My child could enter a soup eating competition. She will eat things in a soup bowl that she would never ordinarily touch. I made Jamie Oliver's Spring Poached Chicken, which is sort of a soup, chicken stew type of affair. You have to make this horseradish cream sauce to go with it or it won't be good, Jamie Says. I always listen to what Jamie says. It was very good, the horseradish cream stuff was amazing, but still think Jacque's veggie soup is faster, easier and better. But it doesn't have chicken like Jamie's does, so there's that. Don't get me wrong, Jamie's soup was awesome, but there was a great deal of prep.

After we finish up 'Charlotte's Web', we 're going to start on 'The Magic Faraway Tree', which I will cover more in depth after we actually read it.

What else. Growing green things, me in the kitchen which is where I photograph 95% of everything I photograph. Pokemon continues to be an enduring theme in our household. I was awakened the other day by my kiddo crawling into bed with us and then 2 seconds later she had her plastic Picachu shoved in my face as she crooned, "Oh Mama, isn't Picachu the CUTEST?" (Yes, just not at 6:12am.)

School is going to be ending for the summer soon. I navigate between FREAKING OUT and being SO RELIEVED to not be packing a school lunch for a couple months, and I'm not sure which side is winning, the freaking out or the relief.

19 comments:

  1. I'm the only one in my house who likes soup. Boo hoo! Maybe someday I've have a champion soup eater too.

    How is your sweetie enjoying Charlotte's Web? We started it, but Miss C. quickly lost interest. I think I need to wait another year or so before trying again.

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    1. She loves Charlotte's Web! We're reading it to her, and sometime she reads a few bits of it to us. I read it on my own when I was about 8. I definitely think that one is good to wait on a bit. I read a really interesting article the other day, can't remember where it was from, but the gist of what they were saying (i think they were polling educators and writers) was that reading a book too early can be worse than not reading the book at all. A wild idea huh? It made a big impression on me. I realized that I don't necessarily want to read every classic to her and have nothing for her to read on her own when she's 9.

      She really wants to read the first Harry Potter, and the first Narnia book b/c other kids on her class have supposedly done so. But my feeling is, unless her reading is at the point where she can read the first 3 books on her own (and it's not at that level), then she should wait.

      The other thing the article was saying that just b/c a kid has the ability to read the words, that is a very different thing than being able to fully comprehend the story.

      Sorry for the novel! :)

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  2. I checked that exact Jamie book out of the library last week (I have a different one on my kitchen shelf)! Your poached chicken looks divine--like healthy spa food, but yummy. Also, we have very similar (if not the same) dishes. These similarities are getting out of hand.

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    1. Parallel lives!! :) That's a very good description, yummy spa food. The horseradish cream was a really essential ingredient. Which probably rendered the whole thing slightly less virtuous, but it was really good. I'm still using it on sandwiches!

      From that book, I've made the stew, a few of the pastas, the sausages and mash, the chicken pot pie (GREAT), and the stewed fruit.

      Oh and I have 4 cookbooks coming to me on hold from the library! I am SO excited! I love the library so much. :)

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  3. That picture is so peaceful! I want to run away there and hide. :D

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    1. Me too Shannon! I purposely look at it when I need a moment of zen :)

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  4. Chicken soups are the best soups. I am drooling just looking at that photo! I don't know about horseradish sauce but I love horseradish mashed potatoes!

    Oh summer will be exciting. My boy has one extra month of school though thanks to his school's special program for this summer! The babysitter is happy, let me tell you that :P

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    1. the recipe used radishes ~ I had never in my life cooked with a radish before. :) they were good! :)

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  5. I need to read Charlotte's Web to the girls. I read it to Big Sis at bedtime when she was younger, but she doesn't remember it too well. We own the live action movie version somewhere, but it's lost. I know, because I wanted to show it to Little Sis, because random strangers keep coming up to us to tell her she looks like Dakota Fanning, and she has no idea who that is. Dakota Fanning hasn't made many kid-friendly movies, but I thought we owned one of them. Alas, the case is empty. Sorry, I'm rambling there.

    We have an old Pikachu nightgown that we got as a hand-me-down. The girls take turns wearing it, but they have no real idea what Pokemon is. I still remember when my little brother was an avid Pokemon (then Yu-Gi-Oh) collector. He's a decade younger than me, and I remember going to the mall with him when he was 11 so he could go to card swaps. He liked to do all the voices, too. Jigglypuff was my favorite.

    Okay, I'm chatty and need coffee. I shall stop writing now. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Just watched the Dakota Fanning version! both the kiddo and I really liked it a lot. Very faithful to the book. I cried at the end. Julia got mad at me. She won't let me read the end of the book to her, she wants Andrew to do it, b/c she hates it when I cry at stuff. I cried during Disney's Tarzan movie, which both J and Andrew found incomprehensible. :)

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    2. HAHA! The girls think it's funny when I cry at stuff. I swear, they went through a whole summer of watching Toy Story 3 everyday just to laugh at me.

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  6. Thank the heavens and Praise the Lord for not having to pack school lunches for three months!!! That is in all sincerity the biggest reason I'm looking forward to summer... and I wondered a little bit if that made my kind of crazy, so I'm really glad to hear you are happy about that too. :)

    I'm so impressed that Julia's a soup eater... my kids don't like their food mixed up, the stinkers! Kit is better than the boys.

    Charlottes Web is such a terrific read aloud. It's one my mom read to me and I've read to the boys... I just love it (and bawl like a baby at the end). Now I'm wondering about the article you read (and referenced in your reply to Michelle) because I think I often read age appropriate chapter books to Dax while Avery is too young for them, but still is there listening since they share a room. I think Avery enjoys the reading time too... but lots of time he falls asleep during the chapter. I hope I'm not doing harm by reading things he's not ready for yet! I hadn't thought of it...

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    1. yeah you know, I wish I could remember where that article came from ~ i think of it more as, not doing harm per se, but more like a waste. like if they're not ready for it, you've just wasted everyone's time and they didn't get the full joy from a book that they might have loved just 2 years later. or something like that. I definitely think that's the point of reading with parents, you can expose them to a higher vocabulary range and text density than something they might pick up on their own. and that's a good thing!

      i'm often surprised by what my kiddo will go for or not. we had a really text heavy fairy tale book (but with pictures!) that I thought for sure she'd turn her nose up at, and she loved it.

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  7. Your spring poached chicken looks DELICIOUS.

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  8. Sounds like a sweet wonderful life.

    I heart Jamie Oliver.

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    1. He's so cute and sweet and seems to just adore his family! Therefore I think he's the bees knees :)

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  9. Well, here's an embarassing occurrence! I thought I left a rather huge comment here last night... all about the introducing to early thing...perhaps you simply deleted it because I am unable to be succinct.

    Anyway, the cliff notes version is I think we may have introduced a couple of classics a bit early with Lilac...she eventually read them on her own in school and seemed totally unaffected/ unaware even that she'd heard them before... so I think you may be onto something with the waste of time sort of thing theory.

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    1. Miss Whitney! Nope, never saw that comment! I checked my spam folder, not there either. Maybe it happened within a dream....:)

      I am going to read Stuart Little with Julia this summer or fall....just to ensure that it gets read....because it's my Favorite Book of ALL TIME! xoxoxo

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