February 15, 2012

let's get cooking.

a little late with this post, but we've been so busy lately. did mention that we are heading to italy tomorrow?!  for a short {but sweet} visit.  we'll also be celebrating seba's birthday over there.  
lots to do little time do it. i  haven't even packed yet.  i had so many photos and posts planned for this week. i should learn to stop setting such high expectations for myself, that way i don't feel like a loser when i fail to meet them.  imagine how awesome i'd be if i had no expectations?
anywho, i do kinda feel bad about this week's failures.  actually you know what makes me feel worse?  my 365 minutes with stinky project:  i have a zillion videos on my phone that were taking forever to upload and so i kept recording videos, but failing to upload them.  i actually have no more space on my phone and so now i'm forced to transfer all the videos, upload them and bombard you with probably what will add up to a hundred minutes of stinky. simultaneously. ha.
totally straying off topic here.

so like i was saying, being busy never stopped anyone from eating.
this is what we ate last week:



i should say: monday we ate out... something.. i honestly can't even remember what we ate.  stefano had volleyball and i went to my parents' house with seba.  friday: seba and i had soup, but stefano made this baked fish dish... i have a photo somewhere.. but i think i'm just going to do a post with recipe for that one.  it's pretty yummy.

my plan for this week?
monday: i made butternut squash gnocchi. so damn good guys.  i'll do a recipe post for that one... you're definitely going to want to try it.
tuesday: we celebrated love day at omi sushi, downtown toronto. so good.
wednesday: no idea what i'll make tonight. i still have to pack!
thursday: plane food. yummo.
friday: ITALY! oh god guys.. i have a most wanted list of food i must eat on this trip!

food for thought:
Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables.  They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.  ~Elizabeth Berry

February 9, 2012

365 minutes with stinky: minute ninety.




this video is a couple months old, but it was too funny not to post
seba has since learned to give up his hockey stick but only to read his hockey book
and the stick is usually not too far away
ps. look at his face near the end of the video. the child kills me.

February 8, 2012

daddy's blog post: The story of the mean mommy and the two good boys.

our lunch situation is usually a little something like this: i make dinner, stefano gets the yummy leftovers and i'm left to fend for myself.
so last thursday i made shutterbean's sausage, spinach and kidney bean soup for dinner.  the next morning i opened the fridge expecting to see two bowls of soup separated {for each of our lunches} however there was only one tupperware bowl -- i hesitated: should i separate it and leave some for him?  i looked at the time - shit i'm late. i grabbed the whole container and left thinking "well, it's his fault he should have separated the damn soup and then he'd have some for lunch".  
but i did feel guilty for leaving the boy "starved and lunchless" at home {i should mention that starved and lunchless means no leftovers, no already prepared meals -- not actually without food}.
soooooo... around 2:30pm i get this email from stefano:

So, once upon a time....
there was a mean mommy who had stolen the soup form the fridge!

Daddy and Seba went down and found the "deserted" appliance, so they were not sure about how to survive.
Daddy said "let's get junk" and Seba replied "no, you cook bitch"... and his was a better idea.

So daddy found a leftover big piece of dough and here it comes the idea... what are going to cook when you don't have anything to cook? Well, you'd better find something!


So they started rolling the doe singing "the weels on the bus" and here it is the result:


... at least the fridge wasn't so bad and the basic ingredients are always there. 
so let's just get some margarine and some sage from our plant....


...wait for the gnocchi to be ready and mix them...


...i had a bad feeling, but the rule "if you mix stuff you like you should like the result" is never wrong, and apparently i am not the only thinking so: 



...or better:




ps: we clearly left some for mommy... also if Seba didn't want to...

{note from the bad mommy: this is actually what they left for me... 9 gnocchi -- who does that?!}

pps: after a good lunch, ready for the nap, clearly in the most comfortable position for daddy...


ppps: if the others who ate or soup are also reading this (granpa, patriciaaaa), you should feel guilty TOO!

 for Mommy: you can steal everything from this post, and you can also delete the parts where i said "mean", we'll love you anyways! Seba added "only because daddy is a hero".


the end.

February 7, 2012

let's get cooking.

dinner should always be a full sensory experience
see
hear
smell
touch
taste
savour the experience and appreciate it
every single time

food should always be taken seriously.
               {sausage soup recipe via shutterbean}


friday's missing: we went out for dinner.  I had a clam chowder soup and a smoked salmon plate.  stefano had escargot and a lobster, shrimp and scallop platter.  seba shared with us.

my plan for this week?
well it's already tuesday and gasp! i don't have a plan!
seba and i have been under the weather lately
not to mention TIRED. very tired.
i'll just wing it this week and post photos on sunday
ciao for now


food for thought
As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices:  take it or leave it.  ~ Buddy Hackett

February 6, 2012

montessori monday.

and so in challenging seba, i challenge myself.

i heard about this montessori monday link-up from randalin over at harvesting kale.  her blog is by far one of the most inspiring and motivational ones i read.  i always feel challenged after reading one of her posts.  always feel so inspired to try some of the fun lessons she creates for her son kale.  she's awesome.

so for the past few weeks she's been linking-up to Montessori Monday.  it's basically all these montessori moms/dads who post links to a montessori activity they've tried with their child during the week. 
try, test, learn, repeat. voila. every monday.
let's do it?
i'm going to try an activity this week and post it.  it seems you don't necessarily have to post it on monday, just as long as you link-up!

while we're on the topic of montessori,  here is a list that i received at the info session at seba's school.  i think these are awesome ideas.  everyday activities that can be incorporated into even the busiest little lives:

Practical Life
* choose between two options of clothing and allow toddler to dress with minimal assistance
* try not to always be in a rush -- allow your child the time to put on/take off his own shoes and coat
* have a low coat hook so toddler can hang up his coat 
* cooking - wash vegetable and fruits
* cooking - pour ingredients into a bowl with assistance
* wipe up spills with a small sponge
* water plants with pre-measured amount of water
* dig holes and plant seeds
* help with making the bed

Sensorial
* child can pair socks from laundry - talk about colours
* taste new foods
* .listen to music, nursery rhymes, books on tape
* while cooking, smell different spices
* discuss textures while washing vegetables and fruits
* tidy toy area
* go for a walk in the rain, snow, sun, and ask what child sees
* finger pain with different materials { pudding, applesauce, shaving cream, etc.}

Culture
* listen to stories about family celebrations
* listen to cultural music
* use different containers to play in the bath
* go on nature walks to find leaves, flowers, trees, birds, animals, etc.
* visit a pet store or zoo to learn names of different animals, etc.
* visit the library, post office, grocery store, community centre, etc. in the local community
* play outside daily

Language
* listen to oral stories
* listen to read stories and/or poetry daily
* sing songs
* play eye spy games with objects
* invite child into dinner conversation asking about his/her day
* watching parents read
* look at family photographs and say names
* draw pictures for thank-you notes, birthday cards, etc.
* listen and engage in daily conversation with your child

Mathematics
* count paired socks with assistance
* count stop signs while driving
* play with blocks
* matching - match stickers on a page
* talk about times of the day - when things occur {i wake up in the morning, i go to bed at night, etc.}

if you're interested, you guys should definitely check it out and link-up!  don't have a blog?  
this is a great excuse to start one!




Montessori Monday

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