Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Huntin for Easter

For Easter, we had all the neighbor kids over for an Easter Egg hunt. Then, the next day, our neighbor had us over to do an egg hunt in their backyard. What a great neighborhood we live in!!! Unfortunately, not all these kids live on our street ALL the time... two of them were visiting cousins in town for Easter. But it was certainly more fun to have more people. Characteristically, Madi would not look at the camera for any of the pictures. Oh well. I work with what I've got. :)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Five minutes in the life of Madi

I wrote this email to my mom a couple months ago. Kurt found it today as he was cleaning out his emailbox, so I thought I would post it b/c it made me laugh.

Five minutes of Madi’s life transcribed in “real-time” by her mom

(this is Madi talking to herself)
Mada, where are you?
I’m here, Nora.
Starts singing random song (made up?)… about a potty and a mailman
Hmm… (stands in front of the fireplace, listening to the sound it’s making) Can you turn it on, Mommy?
(is kind of scared, starts laughing when I turn it on)
Kneels down next to fire, picks up fat crayons, starts using them as “lipstick”
“Hey, witch! I found some more.”
(lays crayons out in a row on the carpet)
“Hey, witch, I will step with you. That’s Elmo’s world (sung).
One for you, one for me. Here you go, witch.
(wanders over to me)
“Here you go, witch.” (I am now the witch)
(wanders into the kitchen)
“I need help with the last one”
(wanders back into the family room)
(continues to line crayons up)
“Mommy, can you turn the fire on, please?” (I turned it off b/c it was making a funny sound)
“Let’s see what the fox is doing. What’s the baby fox doing?” (starts singing a made-up song)
Finds one of Max’s toys, starts tapping it on the fireplace.
“Let’s see what the fox is doing.”
Finds the computer cord.
“I think the fire is hungry.”
When she discovers that the cord won’t reach the fire to “feed” it, she uses it as a belt instead. Then, she plugs it back into the computer, then she steps back and forth over it for a while. Goes to get her babies.
“Here, baby June, stay with your Mommy. Here all of you guys (to all her dolls), you stay with your Mommy (piles dolls on my lap). Do you want a blanket? Here, here’s a blanket for you (as she tries to put a blanket over all her babies, then climbs up into the little space between my legs and the computer in between all her babies she’s just put in my lap). “Mommy, can I sit in your lap?”
Kurt distracts her because hey! I'm transcribing her life!
“Daddy, let’s have a picmic, Daddy.” (repeats until he acknowledges her)
“You want to have a picnic? Ok (says Kurt)”
“Ok, I will get an orange.”
Opens fridge, opens produce drawer.
“Nope, no oranges here.”
Opens other produce drawer.
“Nope, no oranges here.”
Kurt helps her find an orange.

I had to stop there because I was laughing so hard and I could hardly keep up. This is what she does when she's bored... she just wanders around trying to find something interesting enough to hold her attention. And if she can't, that's usually when she enlists Mom and Dad, which you can see happened about 4 minutes into this. :)

I love life with Madi.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


I'm working on a midterm right now, but I had to post this recipe. We had it for dinner tonight and I just went back for seconds (three hours later) and it was still AWESOME!!

I really like fish (IF it is not overcooked), but my husband usually makes a face when he finds out that we're having fish for dinner. HOWEVER, this was a hit with the whole fam. We all loved it! And it's so easy and so fast. Here you go:

Pistachio Encrusted Tilapia Filets
1 pkg pistachios (abt. 1 1/2 to 2 cups??)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
honey mustard

Grind pistachios in food processor or put in ziploc bag and pound them with a meat mallet until they are in small chunks. Mix pistachios with oregano, thyme, and garlic powder in a shallow dish. Rinse filets and pat dry. Add a little salt and pepper. Brush honey mustard on each filet (be generous... this is what holds the pistachio mixture on). Put filet in the nut mixture and scoop the mixture on top. Heat pan on medium low and add oil. Add the filets and cook about 3 minutes on each side. YUM!!!!!

Wish I had a picture, but it was gone too fast. I served it with a side of seasoned bowtie pasta and snow peas with proscuitto and pine nuts. This is only my second experience with proscuitto, but I don't think I like the taste very much. I was trying to use up the package.

Let me know if you try this recipe and have any tips. My pistachios got a little blackened toward the end and a lot of them fell off the fish. Let me know if you have solutions for this.

Ok, back to work.