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Two Lazy, yet Delicious Meals

Meal One: I dreamed of soup

All weekend my friend Shana and I talked about a soup with turkey sausage and kale, like to the point where it was all I could think about.  Snow was in the forecast so I went out to the store before all the crazy bread and milk people got there.  I didn’t get the turkey sausage I wanted, but I found a nice precooked Organic Mild Italian Chicken Sausage.  I put everything in the pot and let it simmer on the stove while we went sledding and shoveling.  Peeling off all the wet clothes to lay on the radiator and then diving into a steamy bowl of soup with crunchy rolls, was pretty much spot on for the day.

03.17.14 - 76/365 - dream soup
03.17.14 – 76/365 – dream soup… little fingers going for the bread STEAL

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365 Updates – Day 59 to Day 75

02.28.14 - 59/365 - city hall 02.28.14 - 59/365 - city hall
02.28.14 – 59/365 – city hall
Down at the municipal building for paperwork. We love the friendly city and it’s awesome they support local business growth right back. We made the local paper too! DNR headline reads “Brewery Gets Boost From City”
3.1.14 - 60/365 - cellar dinner After a happy morning spent celebrating lil guys 2nd birthday, we left him with his auntie and went to a friends for a beautiful dinner and a huge bottle tasting from their cellar. It was heavenly. Lots of Upright, BFM of years past, Stillwater, Schneider Weisse, Russian River, and too many others to count. I couldn't keep up w Untapped. Which is fine because it was great company, idea sharing, dream building and happy friends. We ended with a 41%, palate crushing Sink the Bismarck. I could only handle a quick swirl!
3.1.14 – 60/365 – cellar dinner
After a happy morning spent celebrating lil guys 2nd birthday, we left him with his auntie and went to a friends for a beautiful dinner and a huge bottle tasting from their cellar. It was heavenly. Lots of Upright, BFM of years past, Stillwater, Schneider Weisse, Russian River, and too many others to count. I couldn’t keep up w Untapped. Which is fine because it was great company, idea sharing, dream building and happy friends. We ended with a 41%, palate crushing Sink the Bismarck. I could only handle a quick swirl!
03.02.14 - 61/365 - kitten All curled up in a sunny window
03.02.14 – 61/365 – kitten
All curled up in a sunny window
03.03.14 - 62/365 - not impressed Once again 20 minutes of getting ready to go outside and about 5 minutes actually spent outside.
03.03.14 – 62/365 – not impressed
Once again 20 minutes of getting ready to go outside and about 5 minutes actually spent outside.

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Mini Mini Meatloaf for Your Mini Me: egg free, green packed and bite sized

My little guy has an egg allergy, so keeping him fed does have some challenges. After a particularly bad episode of chicken nuggets that spread across his fingers, mouth and then swelled up his eyes, I’ve been packing lunch!

There are lots of egg subs you learn about online, this resource is helpful:

Vegan Egg Substitutes for Baking and Cooking.

and this vinegar/baking soda substitute was a win for cupcakes at our recent 2 year old birthday playdate:

Georgia’s 7th Birthday and the Egg-Free Chocolate Cake — Juggling with Julia.

One recipe that has become a staple in our house is egg free mini meatloaves.  Little guy likes them so much that he usually marches into our house after day care demanding “meats” or “eat balls.” Yes you can laugh that he says “eat balls,” we do. Truck and Fox are also funny words my toddler says.

You can find lots of different recipes for mini meat loaf (or taco cups or quiches), but I take a step further using a mini muffin pan, a 24 count vs the standard 12 count muffin tin.  These bite sized minis make an easy pack-able meal that I can cook on a Sunday and have pre-made, healthy lunches or dinners for the rest of the week.

Another toddler friendly recipe we like is the porcupine meatballs from Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table: Jenny Rosenstrach

loves his meats
loves his meats

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Historically, play dough has not been a friend

So we’ve had a pretty snowy year. As a first time mom I get sparkle eyed visions of taking my little one out to make snow angels and sled, then come inside for soft blanketed snuggles and cocoa.  In reality, the more time it takes to wrestle a two year old into snow gear, the less time he or she will actually spend outside. Especially if it is still snowing and the flakes touch their face.  Toddlers kept home from day care on a snow day are also primed to empty every kitchen cabinet, put refrigerator magnets into your toilet and unplug all technology devices from walls. And when you hear “uh oh,” chances are whatever they just broke was not entirely accidental. Continue reading Historically, play dough has not been a friend

19 & 20 of 365 – the window and wild things

01.19.14 – 19/365 – why do you stand at the window abandoned to beauty and pride
“Oh darling of angels, demons and saints and the whole broken-hearted host. Gentle this soul”
Leonard Cohen – The Window

01.19.14 - 19/365 - why do stand at the window abandoned to beauty and pride
01.19.14 – 19/365 – why do stand at the window abandoned to beauty and pride

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1.15.14 – 15/365 – lil green sprouts

Healthy, green and crispy crunchy, David Chang’s Brussels Sprouts and Rice Krispies recipe is divine and very easy to make or modify.  You can get it in the Momofuku cookbook or here: Cauliflower or Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette (Momofuku Ssam Bar) – Momofuku Recipes – TIME.

I didn’t have all the ingredients tonight so I improvised. Continue reading 1.15.14 – 15/365 – lil green sprouts