Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lanna-isms



The many phrases of Lanna Anne:
"cock-a-na-dial" -- crocodile
"sfweepin'" -- sleeping
"baby wangdon" -- baby Langdon
"kanga-ree-oo: -- kangaroo
"dis-custin" -- disgusting
"top it {insert name}" -- stop it
"ckared" -- scared
"tee-wa-yah" -- Tiraya
"wube" -- love
"nuggle" -- snuggle
"sfwing" -- swing

Other fairly obvious ones:
"pwincess"
"NO"
"Mommy said NO"
"eww gwoss"
"hungry"
"'nack"
"I wike it"

There's more but of course I can't think of them as I try and type this post. She can pretty much talk almost as well as Tira.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shwimming at the Pooh

Translation: Swimming at the Pool!!

Today was the second day we've to go the Murray Park outdoor pool. While Yai Yai stayed home to take care of the squishable baby Langdon (of Utaholics) Papa and I bravely took the wild ones to the "pooh" (both Tira and Lanna pronounce it like that). After slathering them in sunscreen, stuffing them into UV rash guards, and sticking hats on their heads (which stayed on all of 3 seconds once they got in the water) we were ready for the pool.

The great thing about the Murray pool is that at least a 1/3 of it is shallow enough that Tira can stand with her head above the water. There are big mushrooms that sprout water and of course a twisty-twirly slide! They don't let you have any type of floaty so no arm floats but that doesn't stop the girls from thinking they can swim (which they can't they both sink like rocks). Today started out with just me in the water with the girls and every time I stopped looking at Lanna to look at Tira, two seconds later when I turned back Lanna would be face down in the water flailing . The first time I thought she had slipped, by the third time I was suspicious so I asked her what she was doing and she said "shwimming". Ohh duh, because drowning and swimming are the same right?

Both girls love to stand on the edge of the pool count to three then jump in. Tira can usually swim back to the surface by herself but needs to be grabbed as soon as she does because after that she sinks. Lanna can't. Lanna also doesn't wait for the "OK" she just flings herself into the water trusting that someone will be there. She was put in time out a number of times. 

And of course both girls LOVE slide. It was super windy today so waiting on the platform was not fun, but sliding down with the babies was. 

Lanna must not have gotten enough sleep last night because she turned into the whiny-monster-from-you-know-where after an hour. Then fell asleep on my lap. Tira probably could have gone all day but we stopped after another hour. 

I don't know how these other mommies get so many great pool shots because even with Papa in charge of one baby and me with the other, I need both hands free. Maybe my kids are just extra naughty...

More Food!! Nomnomnom!!

I'm calling these Tanya's Ultimate in honor of Tyler Florence's show on the Food Network. Here are some of our FAVORITE food and recipes so you can make them too!

The most amazing blueberry muffins (try them with some lemon too!). The recipe is from allrecipes.com and is aptly name To-Die-For-Blueberry Muffins.



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Restaurant style salsa. I HEART going out to eat at sit down Mexican restaurants just for the chips and salsa they give you! I can't get enough of it. Typically I get full from snarfing down the chips and salsa before my food is ever brought to the table. But that's ok because salsa is just glorified veggies right? And you can NEVER find the same type of salsa in the store to bring home, so you need to make the most of it while at the restaurant. NOT ANY MORE. This salsa recipe, courtesy of the amazing Pioneer Woman, Rae, rivals ANY Mexican restaurant's table salsa, no problem. Just FYI I doubled everything except the tomatoes (on accident the first time and on purpose every time after that) and it's super delicious!



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Notice the lack of jalapeƱos? Yeah that's because I didn't remember that we need any until we're driving out of the Win-Co parking lot. It was still yummy just not as HAWT.



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No-name Egg/Bacon/Cheesey Goodness Breakfast Muffins. I think the name says it all. I made this for the first time this morning. I'm pretty sure I'll make it again for breakfast tomorrow if I can get my lazy butt to the store tonight to get some english muffins. This recipe is ADAPTED from Mrs. Rae (again) over at the Pioneer Woman. She has a whole farm to feed, and while it seems like the girls are going to eat me out of house and home sometimes, I didn't think I need to use a whole dozen eggs for their breakfast. 


Ingredients:
4 eggs - had boiled, peeled and chopped
6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup grated cheese (maybe more I didn't measure this)
1 HEAPING tablespoon of mayo
salt/pepper
garlic powder
4 whole english muffins, split


Directions:
Combine everything in a bowl, spoon on to english muffins, then broil until hot and golden!! Eat quickly before anyone in the house realizes the goodness you've made.
Before going under the broiler




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After!!




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More soon to come! Ohh yeah and maybe some posts about the lovies ;-)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Food - Yum!

I love food... all food... ok maybe not brussle sprouts or lima beans but those hardly count as food. I also love to cook and hate to do dishes. It's in my blood - both the love of food and cooking.

Thankfully the girls for the most part have inherited those loves. They are always eager to help me in the kitchen and mostly eager to try new things. They're better than me in that they like most veggies and tofu (gag).

Here are some of my/our recent food adventures:

Poached eggs and sweet potato hash:


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Total-from-scratch-Spaghetti-Carbonara (ala Aunty Rissa):


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Beignets:


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