Monday, March 29, 2010

Mini Post Monday

  • Have you heard of or seen the show, "Jamie's Food Revolution"?  If you haven't, you really ought to check it out.  British chef Jamie Oliver is trying to wake up America to how our food choices are literally killing us and spark change in the way we eat, especially in the way we feed our children in the public schools. I know I do not eat perfectly and I could stand to lose some weight, but as a family we have decided to permenantly change our eating habits one at a time and have been doing that for almost a year.  We feel so much healthier and look forward to continuing to make new changes.  This is what he is all about. You can watch full episodes or clips from the shows here.
  • I know St. Patrick's day was a while ago, but I haven't really posted much here since then.  Even with our allergy restrictions, we managed to have a green breakfast, which the kids loved! 
  • Green apple pear oatmeal with green water.  Kinda bland, but the boys thought it was the best!
  • I had so much fun with Joanna last week.  I hope that someday we are able to live closer.  Until then, I dream about that cruise we are going to take when neither of us has children too young to leave behind.  Hey Jo!  I told Jerry that we should drive there with our four kids and that he and Del could stay at your house with your six while we cruise away.  I thought they could do home improvement projects together.  He wondered if there would be any projects done with ten kids underfoot, but I don't know - it sounds like a perfect plan to me!  Don't you think so?  I mean the older kids will be old enough to help with the younger ones, right?
  • Me and Jo fixing Sunday lunch together.  We spent a fair amount of time in the kitchen, and I must say it is much more fun to spend that much time in the kitchen when you have a friend along for the ride!
  • At this point the bathroom remodel is basically done, with only small finishing touches to take care of.  We got a mirror up!  Isn't it great?  The rest is really up to me.  I need to find something to hang on the wall above the toilet, a way to add a towel bar to the big tile wall, and a soap dispenser/tissue cover set that matches.  Then it's done!!  Jerry has already moved on to the next project.  He's ripped up the only remaining linoleum in our house and put down tile.  He still has to grout that tile, but then we are up to the other bathroom remodel.  It never ends, I tell you!
  • T-Ball is in full swing!  We are absolutely loving having the boys in T-ball.  We go to the practices as a family and while one boy is in practice, the rest of us are running around playing or working with the other older boy on ball skills.  They had their first games Saturday.  Aaron's team did really well.  He played third base, throwing the ball to assist in 2 outs and scored 2 runs plus had 2 RBI's.  Ethan's team has only practiced twice, and that showed.  Ethan was in the outfield, so he didn't see any balls other than the ones he hit off the T.  But his hits were great and he ran like a pro!  I do think that with some more practice, his team will get a win eventually.  Until then, it is like a comedy show for the parents!  We've never laughed so hard, and the neat thing is that the kids are having a blast, too!
  • Aaron's team just before their first game.  Aaron is the fifth from the right on the back row.
    A great hit from Ethan!
  • I've lamented before how much time I spend making pancakes for breakfast for my allergic family.  But I found a pancake recipe that I am super excited about.  Up to this point, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, we have had no options for breakfast other than oatmeal.  We like oatmeal just fine and it is economical, quick, and easy, but sometimes I get tired of eating it over and over and over.  I saw this recipe on a blog and gave it a go this past Saturday.  It is SO good!  It will become a permenant part of our menu!  Even if you can eat "real" pancakes, it is a great way to add whole grains and fruit to an otherwise nutrient deficient meal once in a while.  If you do try the recipe, I guess you should know that I used watered down coconut milk instead of the juice that was called for, and also added more of it than is called for.  I like a thinnner batter.


Joanna said...

Um...that oatmeal looks...delicious. :/

I saw Lawanda put a link up on her FB page (or however you describe that) and I was going to ignore it until I saw that you had recommended it, too. So I watched both episodes online last night. Very sad.

Hey, I think your idea about the cruise is DELIGHTFUL. I'm sure it will be NO PROBLEM whatsoever for the guys to remodel and take care of all 10 kids. Maybe we could get Tina and Marie to come also and that would be 17 kids and 4 men remodeling. I think that sounds like a manly plan.

Lawanda said...

hahaha Good luck with that whole leaving the men to watch the kids plan. :-p

I love that Jamie Oliver's show is in my back yard. Our school system's food choices are terrible. They have recently remodeled many of the school kitchens JUST with rewarming stuff and took out the actual cooking stuff. I think it is appalling.

Love the green breakfast :)

Your bathroom ROCKS! :)