Friday, July 31, 2009

Looking for reccomendations

>This morning the internet was not working. I asked my computer for help, and it told me, "

Windows has confirmed that this computer is currently experiencing a network connectivity problem." Sooo not helpful!

Anyway, that and a chat with a friend yesterday has me thinking I need a little technology free vacation. I am thinking maybe a lake in Vermont or New Hampshire, or the beach in Maine, or Cape Cod. I am looking for somewhere we can camp.

Any ideas?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hybrid Cookies

My friend Brittanie introduced me to the idea of using beans as a substitute for butter- shh, don't tell the Barefoot Contessa, she would be terribly disappointed. I got a little carried away at first, but I think I have found a more moderate approach. I think bean cookies are best as oatmeal cookies or with lots of chocolate. I have been working on this one for awhile, and my kids have no idea they are eating beans.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 Cup pureed white beans
6 T Butter (softened)
2-3 T applesauce
1 Cup brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
2 1/4 Cups flour
1/4 Cup Cocoa
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup nuts

I have a magical oven that turns on and off on a whim, so I am a little nervous to recommend a temperature setting. I have not yet had my anual oven temperature tested, as Martha recommends, but about 350 for 7-8 minutes sometimes works for me. Do not overcook, or they will be too cakey.

If you try them and you don't like it, you can always just throw them on the floor the way my husband did when he found out I had tricked him eating beans again!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A hat for Peter?

Peter found a hippo hat that he wore as an infant. He has been wearing it around lately and can not be convinced that it does not fit.

The hippo hat has now gone missing. Peter climbed up on my lap today and told me in his most sincere voice that he really wants a hat "he can wear." He is pretty sure he needs one, and it seems a reasonable request for a little boy that is totally in touch with what it is that little boys need.

Here's the thing... I have some concerns about what I put on my boy's head. So... I have this thing... An almost uncontrollable urge really. Whenever I see someone with a big Blue (or "maize") "M" on their head or chest I HAVE to heckle them! Apparently, it is only appropriate to heckle strangers at sporting events and parades in which sporting events are represented on floats, but I still want to. It's an issue for me. Going to the airport is a huge execrsice in self control. I always see at least one "M" in every airport, and I can't always control myself. In one moment of weakness I almost heckled a boy with an "M" on his head. That really shook me, I realized he couldn't possibly have made that choice, he couldn't possibly know. Not to mention the fact, that is in never o.k. to heckle children! And, yet for one small moment I still wanted to. I am not proud of it, but it was in that moment I decided I would dress my children with caution. I know that there are people out there that take sports way more seriously than I do, and the wrong letter on a hat on the wrong day, at the wrong time could be very bad. I have seen perfectly innocent cars get overturned and the only wrong thing they did was get painted blue.

So, a hat for Peter... Ideally, he would choose his own hat, but he if far to young to have enough information to make that kind of decision for himself. I mean what if he wanted a "Y" on his hat?

I was thinking maybe one of these.

Peter was born the week the Red Sox won the world series. I wanted to his middle name to be "Babe" but David said no. And, this is the hat of choice in our area. And he is quite skilled at t-ball.

For now, I think I am going to look for that Roots hat we got in Montreal. I can only think of one person that hates Canada. It is a little small, but defiantly safe.

What do you think?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Haircut insight

I was thinking about Abby's new haircut when I remembered that we watched Roman Holiday a few weeks ago. Suddenly it all became clear.

Coincidentally, or not, she has developed a sudden interest in tricycles, and has learned how to ride this week. I really can't blame her, the movie has a very significant impact on me too. Maybe next time, we will have to skip that, "shorter, shorter, shorter" haircut scene. What is life without taking risks? If Abby and I go missing, you all know where to find us.

I think I will hold off on "Breakfast at Tiffany's" she is way too young for smoking, changing her name, climbing out windows, and standing in front of Jewelry stores windows, longingly.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Look away children, look away!


I heart Manhattan!!!! I love the beat of the city. I love that you never know when you will see Elmo getting interrogated by the police, or when you will walk right past John Krasinski.

Peter also loves the city for the easy access to two of his favorite things; trains, and hot dogs. He even learned to hail a cab from a recent episode of Reading Rainbow (you should totally ask him to show you if you see him, hilarious) I really can't get over how educational television is for children!!!


There is one image that was unfortunately preserved only in my mind. We got on the subway, Peter insisted on holding one of the poles a short distance from where we were sitting. He was standing there, enjoying his ride when a couple rushed onto the train. They sat down directly in front of Peter when the man reached into a bag, pulled out two lollipop, gave one to his girlfriend, and they popped them into their mouths. About 2.5 seconds later they realized a very adorable 4 year old boy, 2 feet in front of them, was watching them eat lollipops. The looks on their faces as they realized what they had just done were seriously PRICELESS! They glanced over at us, and suddenly became very embarrassed! The man started to apologize to us, and assured us he would have shared, but he only had two. I burst out laughing, and I so wanted to take a picture of this adult couple eating lollipops,the man shielding the little white stick from view with his hand, like he was trying not to get caught smoking a cigarette at church. Fortunately everyone appreciated the irony and humor of the situation, except maybe Peter, but taking a picture might have been crossing a line (especially so soon after crossing that line by taking that picture of Elmo's embarrassing encounter with the police.)

You just never know what's going to happen in the city...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I knew this day would come...

And if you have met Abby, you probably did too.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Miracle of Miracles!


We grow food! Yesterday I went outside to check on the garden, and I was shocked to find green beans. I know I probably shouldn't be shocked that food is growing in our garden, but I totally am!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Residents Day!

It is July 1st, the day that new residents start. Very exciting (if you are one of them.) This is our 6th July 1st in Connecticut. David is officially Chief today. Congratulations!

If you can avoid going to the hospital for awhile, I would. Absolutely no elective surgery for at least 3 months. If you do need to go to the hospital and you are approached by a very nervous, sweaty palmed doctor with a very bright white, well-pressed coat, make sure you ask if it is his/her first time sewing someones arm back on, or whatever the procedure is that you require.

So good luck to all you new interns, chiefs, and everyone in between!

And the rest of you, be very safe!