I’m warning you that there is no cohesion to this post at all.
Randomness #1: Christmas is ten days away, y’all. Countdown is on and we are busy busy around here. Presents are purchased, but I’ve got A LOT of wrapping to do, and the cards remain un-mailed. For some weird reason, Jude is just as fascinated with the reflection of our tree as he is with our actual tree. Weird kid, that one.
Randomness #2: I made red velvet cookies this weekend. They are very good. I have 2 left in my fridge.
I will eat one tonight with a glass of chardonnay and NO APOLOGIES. I got hungry while writing and already ate one.
Randomness #3: We are coloring here sometimes. We try to color everyday, and sometimes he really gets into it and feels all proud when I ohhh and ahhhh over his lines and shapes. But mostly he just likes to carry the crayons around the house. Not doing anything with them at all, just carrying them.
Or other times, he tries to eat them. Purple and yellow are his favorite colors in case you wanted to know.
Randomness #4: Today he put the right pieces in the right place on his little farmyard puzzle, and I freaked out in classic over-reacting, stage mom style. JUDE!! OH MY GOSH!! YOU ARE THE SMARTEST BOY EVER! YAY YAY YAY! YAY! JUDE! I heard myself and am fully aware of how ridiculous it sounded, but I don’t care. There are moments that feel pretty phenomenal, even if every other mom has that same moment.
Randomness #5: Why does my kid try to eat everything? [He is fourteen months old today, and I swear he’s been doing this since month four.]
I mean everything. (Yep, that’s a Christmas ornament.) And then when I give him a little kid’s toothbrush to chew on, he looks puzzled and offers it back to me or carries it around the house but doesn’t dare put it past his lips?
Randomness #6: I’ve been wearing the same perfume for 10 years, and I want something new. Any suggestions? I hate florals.
Randomness #7: I love how bath time is like a reset button for the day. No matter how cranky or tired or cooped up and stir-crazy we feel, bath time is always pleasant.
It is a little weird that he likes to chew on a washcloth though. I have to bring 2 cloths in the bathroom – one to wash with and one to give him to chew on while I’m cleaning him.
Randomness #8: We had a little playdate last Sunday afternoon, and I was overwhelmed with the cuteness. Watching two kids interact can be so funny sometimes.
These two are less that three weeks apart in age, and we mamas already betrothed them long before they were born, but I need to work on little man’s chivalry. Jude came on a little strong.
Randomness #10: That same mama sent me a great recipe a while ago that I have used and frozen again and again. So when she told me that she’d been experimenting with different ingredients, I couldn’t help but try to mix it up a little. The result was a parmesan-veggie-nugget-type-of-thing that Jude is loving.
- vegetables (use anything, but I used yellow squash and zucchini with some leftover potatoes.)
- about one cup of breadcrumbs (I used Italian.)
- 2 eggs
- about one cup of shredded cheese
- Grate one green zucchini and one yellow squash. Place grated vegetable in a colander because it’s watery and needs to drain for about 30 minutes. Squeeze out remaining water
- Melt a little butter in a pan, saute the vegetable for a few minutes to flavor and soften it. (At this point, I added a small serving of leftover mashed potatoes from dinner the night before, just to use them. Totally optional, but a great way to use leftovers.)
- Toss vegetables in a bowl with grated cheese, breadcrumbs, and 2 beaten eggs.
- Stir and mix it all together until it’s combined.
- Make small ball and squish it flat so it has more of a cookie shape.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.
These freeze pretty well and are really versatile. (Hence my loosey-goosey recipe.) Use any vegetable you want. The main idea is that cheese, breadcrumbs, and egg will make anything stick. I did mine somewhat large, by the way, so he could eat one as a snack or side to lunch or dinner. You could do them a lot smaller though – like traditional chicken nuggets, for instance.
Thanks, Samira, for the original recipe and inspiration!
Randomness # whatever we are on, I’ve lost count: It’s freezing in Atlanta and across much of the country, from what I see. A heavy fuzzy blanket, house slippers, and un-addressed Christmas cards are calling my name. Stay warm!