Thursday, March 5, 2009

Random Thoughts

I won another contest this last week! This one was a bracelet giveaway by Brenda for the Fitness Friday Time Capsule post! This handmade beaded bracelet is really lovely and I've already worn it several times since I got it in the mail last Saturday. Posting about it today, I've learned something: it is very hard to photograph your own wrist and not have the picture be blurry. I took thirteen photos trying to get a perfect one, then gave up and used the first one I took after all!

In other news, Andrew now scoots and spins on his back! I think he can only do it when he is under his play gym and can hold onto a handing toy, but now that he has had a taste of moving around it won't be long before he realizes he can roll and scoot on his own!

Speaking of Andrew, I have started to let him cry it out more at night. Last night, he woke up to eat at 4:00 AM, and after I fed him, he was having none of this whole "going-back-to-bed" thing. He has also been fighting me on his morning nap and at bedtime. He went from a baby who went down for 2-3 naps and bedtime with relatively no problems, to this super fussy baby after these ear infections. He is no longer having ear pain, and I am sick of constantly getting a crying baby who should be sleeping and rocking and rocking and rocking, so at 4:30 this morning, with the crying keeping us from sleep, I asked Jerry, "Should I let him work it out?" When his response was, "You're going to have to eventually." I knew it was the time. ::sigh:: I know it won't take long because he was putting himself to sleep before all the illness, and I know that he has to learn to sooth himself, but this is hard on a mama's heart!

Finally, I had written that I was wanting to add more coconut to my diet. I have been doing that mostly with coconut oil so far and have really seen my appetite regulate with this and my poor, abused metabolism start to come to life. I decided it was time to add a new thing, so I made Coconut Corn Soup for lunch yesterday! It was so yummy! I was talking with my mom before I made it and described it to her. She thought it sounded yummy, and I knew I would have enough, so I invited her to come have lunch with us. So imagine my horror as I served up my soup and my husband reveals through a look of horror on his face with his first bite that he doesn't like coconut!! What? Who knew? We have been married for 11 years and I had no idea he didn't like coconut. Unfortunately for him, he was at a table with my mom and kids in addition to me, and Aaron was balking at the soup too, so he had to eat it! I felt bad for him because it was obvious that he really didn't like it. However, now I have a dilemma - I am wanting to add more coconut, and my husband doesn't like coconut. This could be problematic! Anyway, try the soup - it's really great!

Coconut Corn Soup
  • 1 can whole coconut milk (not lite)
  • 4 cups chicken stock (I used homemade - yum!)
  • 28 oz. fire-roasted chopped tomatoes
  • kernels from 4 ears of corn (I used 2 c. frozen)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (I used marjoram because I was out of thyme!)
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste (I used about a teaspoon of salt and no pepper)
  • I added about 1 c. shredded chicken leftover from making the chicken stock

Place all ingredients in a large pot over medium heat, bring to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.


Lawanda said...

It looks YUMMY!!

Kevin despises coconut. And the funny thing is, I always forget he hates it! I don't know why! But maybe it is because it is so yum, I don't understand why a person would hate it??

Joanna said...

That is very interesting about the coconut. I don't really like coconut either but I'm going to bring up the coconut idea with Mom and see what she thinks.

Molly said...

Glad your bracelet arrived safe and sound and that you're getting plenty of use out of it!

I make a chicken dish with coconut milk and I just LOVE it.

I cook chicken breast pieces in a pan with a little salt and a lot of garlic and when they are almost cooked through I add half a can of coconut milk and half a can of chicken broth. Then I let it continue to cook until the sauce reduces. It makes the chicken really tender and infuses it with flavor. And the garlic and broth are a nice counter effect to the sweetness of the coconut milk. Then if you want to make rice to go with it, you can empty the rest of the coconut milk and chicken broth into a pan (and probably water if you're making rice for more than one person!) to cook the rice in.

Whoaaaa I just left a novel of a comment! Okay I think I'm done now. :)