Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thirty One Weeks with Chicken Nugget

Maggie - 31 Weeks

Maggie is officially crawling and it is adorable. There are a jumble of legs and arms as her body scoots along. She's making it places with amazing speed. Nothing is safe. 

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I also got Maggie's eyes checked through the InfantSEE program. She has a slight stigmatism and is farsighted in one eye. Both of these things will probably be outgrown but the eye doctor suggested that we get her eyes checked again in a year. She got some cool shades at the end of her visit to wear home since her eyes were dilated. They made me giggle a lot. 

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This week we tried out two new babysitters, played in the backyard and spent some time with friends. The end of the week brought some hard news. Poppa (Grandpa B) went into the hospital with an infection. The whole family visited on Saturday and Maggie was entranced with all his tubes and wires. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Kale Caesar Salad with Fried Chicken

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There is a salad that I crave. It's delicious and hearty and so good! I discovered it while pregnant with Maggie. I was out with Molly and famished. We stopped at Skillet for lunch and as I pondered their deliciously carb heavy menu, I noticed this Kale Caesar Salad. It was Low-Carb! I was intrigued and ordered it. I had them throw on some chicken to really fill me up. Now I secretly tempt Scott with visits to Skillet so I can order this salad. I decided to try to make my own so that I don't always have to go out for my fix. This was also the perfect salad for the over abundance of Kale that I have growing in my garden.  


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I adapted my salad recipe from The Skillet Cookbook and I think I got it pretty close to the real thing. This doesn't mean that my visits to The Skillet are going to fade anytime soon, they have plenty of delicious items on their menu for me to sample. I added some sriracha for a slight kick to the dressing and the fried chicken is an old family recipe that I've been making since I was a kid. I've always loved fried chicken. 


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Kale Caesar with Friend Chicken

by Rebecca Mongrain
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (1-2 large salads)
    Croutons
    • 2 cups day-old bread cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    Caesar Dressing
    • 1 small cloves garlic, minced
    • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon dijon-style mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha
    • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1⁄4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
    Salad
    • 1 pound Kale, stems discarded and leaves cut into ribbons
    • 8 plain anchovy fillets
    Fried Chicken
    • 1/2 lb chicken breast, cut into strips
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • olive oil
    Instructions
    Croutons
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Toss the bread cubes with olive oil, salt and pepper until well coated.
    3. Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
    Dressing
    1. In a large bowl, mash the garlic with the salt until it forms a paste.
    2. Add the anchovy paste, lemon zest, lemon juice, dijon mustard, Worcestershire, sriracha, mayonnaise, parmesan and pepper. Stir well to combine.
    Fried Chicken
    1. Slowly heat olive oil (or vegetable oil) in a deep skillet to 350F.
    2. Sift the flour with the baking powder, salt and pepper; set aside.
    3. Whip the eggs with the milk; set aside.
    4. Coat the chicken with the flour mixture and set aside.
    5. Mix the remaining flour mixture and egg mixture together. Coat the chicken again with the flour/egg mixture.
    5. Deep fry a few pieces of chicken at a time until golden brown, making sure to flip the pieces occasionally. Drain well on paper towels.
    To assemble the salad
    Toss the kale with the dressing. Scatter croutons and chicken strips over the kale before topping with anchovies. Enjoy!
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    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    The Wednesday Links from Around The Web 7.23.2014

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    10 Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights! I had a great stash of freezer meals built up when Maggie was born and this list is a great guide for my replenishment plans. 

    How to Load the Dishwasher *twitch* *twitch*

    Photo Storage by Personality Which one are you?


    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Seven Months with Mag-Pie (and 30 weeks with Chicken Nugget)


    Maggie,

    You are a master squirmer! This month you have mastered backward crawling, pulling up from sitting, sitting from laying down and you are finally rolling around. You so desperately want to walk but you are not there yet. Well to be honest, you just don't have the muscle strength yet but soon my child, soon!

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    I often see your little face peeking over the edge of the couch or ottoman at me. You also get stuck in the standing position after pulling up on the ottoman. It would be cute if it wasn't so loud.

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    Summer has been in full force here in Seattle so we've been hanging out at the wading pools, the beach and the pool. Your sister has been taking swimming lessons so we've been hanging out on the pool's edge during her lessons. You've been taking swimming lessons on Saturday with the whole family. You love the water but get so tired and have to leave before lessons are over. I'm still hoping you'll be a water baby like your sister! 

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    It's been so hot around here that you are enjoying cooling off in the wading pools. We recently enjoyed a picnic with your buddy, Vivienne and her sister (your sister's bestie), Norah at the Greenlake Wadding Pool. It was a fun evening and another item knocked off our Summer Bucket List

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    It's been fun watching you get more mobile. You love playing with your sister and her toys and now that you are mobile, you can really get in to everything. Molly is not as excited about these recent changes you are. 

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    You also graduated to the shopping cart seat! Now you and your sister get to ride in the front of the cart at Costco while your Dad complains that the cart weighs a thousand pounds. 

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    We took a family hike to Discovery Park on the Fourth of July. It was quite an adventure. There was a lot of crying, excitement and sleeping. You were a great hiking buddy though and I look forward to our next hike. You continue to be a pretty stellar sleeper though the last week has been a bit rough. You are working on your first teeth and that wakes all of us up. You look so sad but settle down when I bring you to bed with us. Then your Dad moves you back to your bed which causes more crying and back you come. I sense that we'll be working on this situation if it doesn't resolve itself once your teeth come in. 

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    We've also been spending a lot of time with my parents. Grandpa is sick and so I go over to help him and Grandma out. He really enjoys spending time with you and all your smiles. You are just such a happy baby. I'm happy that you can bring him some joy while he's not feeling well. I also feel blessed that you get to spend some time with him now even though you may not remember him when you are older. But I'll have the memories and the photos. 

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    Thank you for being such a bright, shiny person. You are the sunshine in my day. I hope you continue to spread joy as you grow. I love spending my days with you. 

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    Stats at 7 Months
    Weight: 20+ (I have no clue as our scale is broken and you haven't been 
    to the doctor since your six month check-up)
    Likes: Sleeping, Sister Molly, Standing, Sitting up
    Dislikes: Getting stuck standing up, when Mom leaves the room, being alone 

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Spicing up Seattle

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    I love living in Seattle especially on days like today. The sun sparkles as it hits all the bodies of water surrounding this great city. The smell of sand, salt and food is almost always in the air. That's the best part, the food. This city is packed full of fantastic restaurants, great food writers and photographers. This is a city where you can really enjoy a good meal.

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    I follow a lot of Seattle Food Bloggers and know where they get their inspiration from. This city just provides tons of it from the Pike Place Market to all the fantastic farms within a short drive. Of course this means I have a ton of recipes that I'm dying to make but no good place to collect them. I was excited to recently learn about Kitchenbug which is a smart recipe collector that shows dietary and nutritional information on any recipe from any website. The other awesome thing about Kitchenbug is that you can adjust the size of your recipes. This is great for me since I have two adults, one toddler and one sometimes I eat food baby eater. I don't need a dinner that makes enough for 6 people. I like to adjust my meals so we have the right amount of food.

    This was from the kid's menu! It was delicious but so much food. We helped Molly finish it.

    I've been hard at work collecting some of my favorite Seattle recipes on Kitchenbug in a collection box named, "Spicing Up Seattle". I have a few favorites and a few recipes I'm dying to try in there. Come check it out and tell me, what are your favorite Seattle recipes?