Monday, July 19, 2010

We're here!

We are finally in our new place! As soon as we finish some more unpacking (and I find my usb cable) I can post a few pictures. It's so HUGE compared to our last apartment, it's amazing. I am not dreading doing dishes now that we have a normal sized dishwasher, and I love that there is a washer and dryer!!! I'd wear my clothes at least 3 times before I washed them *is gross* because it was so expensive.

Ethan is getting used to his new room finally, I think we need to get him some decorations up so it's not so bare. The first night he slept in it he woke up probably every 1.5 hours and cried until finally I just brought him to bed with us...which made Craig sleep on the couch since Ethan kicks Craig all night lol. I think Ethan doesn't want to share a bed with daddy. Last night he slept much better, only woke once...and he's napping right now! So after this post I am going to attempt to install some child safety locks on the drawers so the contents will actually stay IN them. Ethan already pulled a bunch of pots and pans out of the cupboard at oh 6:45am before I could stop him....I'm sure our downstairs neighbors love us <3

We went to Babies R Us yesterday to get some gates (which we are returning since they don't fit right bah) and they had Halloween stuff already! I love Halloween, not the creepy gory stuff, but the cute and vintage stuff. Ethan was touching all the costumes on the rack until he found a fuzzy monkey costume that he pulled off and carried throughout the store, hugging and cuddling it lol. He wasn't happy when we put it back.

At 12:30 we find out the sex of the baby!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Apricot Balsamic Glazed Salmon

On Father's Day I made Apricot Balsamic Glazed Salmon from the book Cooking For Two: Efficient and Delicious Meals. I was so looking forward to it, and I hate to say was disppointing. There just wasen't much flavor at all. Ethan ate a bite, Craig didint like it it was a negative :( It sounds so good though! Next time I would marinate it, although I'm not sure what would go good with this. I would love to try it again though.

- 1/4 cup apricot preserves
- 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 (6oz) salmon fillets, skin removed

Heat oven to 425F

Line shallow baking pan with foil, spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In small saucepan, heat preserves, vinegar, ginger, garlic and salt over low heat 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cool slightly.

Place salmon fillets n baking sheet, top with apricot glaze. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until salmon just begins to flake.

Swaps, Amis and Iced Coffee

I haven't been able to post much between needing a new router (we had no internet), having no usb cord to upload pictures.....and taking naps with Ethan instead of posting lol.

We're moving on the 15th! The place is AMAZING! It's huuuuuuge compared to this place, 3 bedrooms (1 downstairs though which sucks), townhouse style, a FULL SIZE dishwasher, it's just awesome. We couldn't be more excited!

I created a prototype for a White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry drizzled with Strawberry Cream that I'll be selling in my Etsy shop, but it's not exactly perfect. I don't like the wave in the white chocolate (I thought I would) and there needs to be more area that's dipped. But here is a picture!

The "One Tiny Sea Creature" Swap from Craftster is also complete, so I can post pictures. I crochet "Willy the Whale" pattern from Shop With Denise. The pattern didn't include any information on yarn size or hook it took me 2 attempts to get the whale down to a smallish size! I normally use a G hook, but it's still bigger then I wanted. I wish I knew what size hook she used to get that cute little whale. I also crafted a starfish out of felt, fishermans netting and embroidery pearls.....and eh it didn't turn out how I wanted. I was kind of rushed and I couldn't get the starfish to glue together all the way...but it's close!

I was super spoiled by my partner, Rippledwater! She painted a box with my username on it, and inside is a sculpy octopus with stitch markers of my favorite sea creatures! It's amazing and I love it :)

This is totally random but here is a great iced coffee recipe:

- 1 tsp instant coffee
- 6oz warm water
- 1 tbs vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp sugar

Mix the instant coffee with warm water, then add pudding mix and stir. Add the milk and sugar with some ice and drink up! It's so good, no need for me to run to Starbucks now when I need ice coffee!