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Archive for June, 2011

camelbeach

We spent a fun-filled day at Camelbeach!  When we first got there, Macy was a little apprehensive but I tried to put on a brave face and go in the cold water with her.  As soon as we were climbing the steps, the huge tub of water at the top of the slides tipped over and soaked us!  NOT a good start.

As the day warmed up, so did her enthusiasm towards the water park.  She had a blast and so did I (even got a little bit of tan!  whoo hoo!)  We shared a pizza for lunch and then headed home for naptime.  It was so much fun.  We will definitely be back- especially since I splurged for the season pass, hoping she would like the park.  Who wants to come next time??

i want my baby back, baby back…

baby back ribs!

I used to hate ribs.  I thought they were so gross with the bones and everything (I also sometimes have a hard time eating wings sometimes because of the bones).  I don’t like when it is so obvious that the food on my plate used to be part of an animal.  Anyway, about a month ago I had ribs at Brad and Mercedes house and they were so delicious that I didn’t care what animal they came from!

Baby Back Ribs

  • Ribs
  • Pork seasoning
  • BBQ  sauce

Cover the ribs in pork seasoning, wrap in foil with a little bit of water, and bake on a cookie sheet at 275 degrees for 4-5 hours.

Once they are tender, transfer the whole rack to the grill and brush on BBQ sauce.  Repeat on both sides and then enjoy!   Our ribs were so tender and falling right off the bone.  Yummy yummy!

On the side: potatoes (yes, I’m still on my potato kick), fruit salad, macaroni salad (for Macy Moose), and corn on the cob.  Another delicious summer meal!

fruit smoothie

Macy and I made smoothies for breakfast.  I blended frozen peaches, frozen bananas, strawberries, Greek yogurt, and juice to get the right consistency.  What a great way to start off the day!

no bake cookies

Tonight I made a batch of no bake cookies.  They are so simple to make and one of my favorites.  I have actually been thinking about these cookies for over a week now, so it was about time I finally made them!

No Bake Cookies

1 stick butter

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup cocoa

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups oats (old fashioned or quick cook)

Combine butter, milk, cocoa, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils.  Boil for 1.5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add peanut butter, vanilla, and oats.  Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan or drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper to cool.

I usually add a little extra peanut butter, because it’s just so good.  I also prefer to use old fashioned oats because they are a little bigger (and sometimes size DOES matter).  The only bad thing about these cookies- I can’t resist eating them!  I’ll probably eat 1/3 of that pan tonight.  Oops!

feed the fish

Today we visited Paradise Trout Hatchery for Macy to feed some fish and visit with her Grandma.  Blake’s family used to own the hatchery, and his mom still works there, running the fish and pay lake.

Macy had some fun feeding the fish.

She wanted to catch one, but I’m not much of a fisherman, so we’ll have to make another trip back with Daddy for that.

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing outside, and judging by the amount of dirt on her face, I would say she had a pretty goood time 🙂

guide to buying organic

Eating healthy is an important aspect of our lives and I want to instill the significance of taking care of our bodies in Macy (and baby #2).  I try to buy organic fruits and vegetables when they are available.  When I was making baby food for Macy, I bought just about everything organic, even though it was more expensive.  I also always buy organic milk and meats for our family.  This is something that is important to me, especially with a two growing girls to worry about.  Organic products are more expensive, but I believe it is worth a little extra money to protect your family.  Why expose them to pesticides, steroids, and other hormones if you don’t have to?

So, below is a  guide of which fruits and vegetables are best to buy organic, while others you can get away with eating non-organic.  This list helped me when I first became interested in buying organic, but didn’t know much about it.

 

The Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables that are the most contaminated with pesticides.   These are recommended to be bought from organic farms to reduce pesticide exposure.

Fruits:

  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • dormant blueberries
  • nectarines
  • cherries
  • imported grapes

Veggies:

  • celery
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach
  • kale
  • collard greens
  • potatoes
Then there are the Clean 15.  These do not absorb as many pesticides, so it is not as important to buy these fruits and vegetables organically.
Fruits:
  • pineapple
  • mangoes
  • cantaloupe
  • kiwi
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
Veggies:
  • sweet peas
  • eggplant
  • onions
  • sweet corn
  • asparagus
  • avacado
  • cabbage
  • sweet potatoes
  • mushrooms
Instead of memorizing the whole list, I usually just remember that if you are eating the skin of the fruit or vegetable, it is more likely you will be exposed to some pesticides, since that is where the chemicals are applied to the plant.  Hope this helps you out a little bit on your next shopping trip!

birthday kiss

Tonight we had another bbq with our neighbors, but different food and different neighbors this time.  It was our neighbor Marty’s birthday, so we stopped by to wish him a happy birthday and ended up staying for munchies and a little bbq action.

I had a spicy sausage off the grill, which was delicious.  Let’s hope I’m not reminded of how great it was later when I lay down…

Macy even gave Marty a birthday kiss when we left!  What a lucky guy!