Today was the last day of Phil's staycation. We had a boring sort of morning. Z went off to school to await his final studio presentation of the semester. I agonized over whether or not to bake a cake for Z's birthday and that escalated into a full-blown flavor/color disagreement in my head. Suffice it to say - I really shouldn't be baking when I'm not sure what it is that I'm trying to make. Long story short - a yellow cake, made with Muscato wine instead of orange juice, divided unevenly into thirds so that part could be white, part could be chocolate, and part could be pink and strawberry flavored...while Buzz was crying behind bars...then a defunct timer (more like a defunct timer setter - but I'm not accepting any blame at the moment) led to slightly overdone, oddly domed cakes in pans whose sides were decidedly not straight which made it hard to stack the cakes in any semblance of a layered cake.
Eventually I gave up and handled the situation in a creative way. Tiny single serving cakes. Z doesn't like cake anyway, right?! I mixed up a batch of pink almond flavored frosting, stuck the layers together with some jam and just like that there was birthday cake. Haha, just like that. Right.
Buzz stayed up for the fun and he sure got his moneys-worth from that one candle show.
Speaking of Buzz, he showed off a new trick today - while snuggling with me in the couch for a mid-afternoon nap, he started blowing kisses at me. Well, not exactly blowing them - but he made kissing noise with his lips instead of just clicking his tongue against the roof of his mouth. It was adorable! Then when I kissed him on the top of his fuzzy little head he got so excited and did it more.
We also accidentally left the gate in 'open' position and Buzz made his way out of the living room and closed the door behind him with an enormous grin on his face - only to realize that he was now locked 'out'. At this point he panicked and tried desperately to squish himself through the bars INTO the living room. I really never thought I'd see ~that~ one. (I caught some of it on video so if you're interested feel free to enjoy it.
Thankfully Z's group presented their project today which means that tomorrow Z has a day of vacation! It's so exciting - especially because it's his Hebrew birthday which means that we have an excuse to do something fun!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
We've been pretty busy. The weather was great last week and we took advantage by spending most of our time out of doors. Well - out of the house anyway. We visited Sara at school, we went shopping, and we played in the sunshine.
All of last week (and this week) Z has been super busy working on his end of semester studio project. It's a group project so he couldn't do his usual 'slack & freak out' approach. It did mean that Buzz and I spent loooong days together with no Abba to break up the monotony.
Our 'feed the kid' campaign has been going well. Buzz refuses to eat cheese, he also doesn't like meat (including but not limited to: chicken, turkey, beef, and fish) Thankfully he's happy to eat fruits and vegetables. He is also a HUGE fan of chicken soup.
If you hadn't heard - we put a our fancy baby-safety-gate across the living room opening. At first Buzz thought it was a fun toy but. He soon realized that it had a much more sinister purpose. He now spends much of his time crying at the gate and trying to squeeze himself through between the bars. (He does this even when we are sitting with him in the living room...super smart kid.)
Ok - I can do this! But first - lunchtime!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
pumpkin bread recipe and asked me if I thought that it could be made as muffins instead of loaves. That got me thinking - 'gosh, I really want some muffins' - and so it began... An excursion through the freezer yielded enough butternut squash puree for half of a batch. According to my memory, the puree was watery so I opted to not add any water to the batter, instead I added a few tablespoons of pareve-cream. I swapped barley flour and some extra gluten, then stirred in about 1/3 cup of oats to help bulk and 'fiberfy' the mixture (and to absorb any extra water.) I cut down on the oil a bit too. Finally I divided the mixture into two bowls then stirred chocolate chips into one and white chocolate chips & craisins into the other.
Tomorrow - the rest of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and finally if all goes well - Shabbos. I'm excited because hopefully I'll get to read my book for book club. I'm VERY hopeful *hint hint - nudge nudge* *ahem Z...*
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Z left the laptop Home so I finally have a chance to get some pictures posted. I hope you enjoy them!