5/2/12

lately...

We have a fairly eventful spring happening over here and although we are sort of trading one busy month for another, I am ready to greet May with open arms. Edwin is 5 months old this week and it already seems like he is growing up so fast.  He spends so much more time playing and interacting.  Currently, his favorite things are grabbing his toes, touching our faces, practicing his rolling, jumping in the jumperoo, and throwing toys around.  We catch glimpses of the little boy he is turning into and it is so rewarding.  I will say this over and over again, but I love being a mom.  In many ways my life just makes more sense now that I have a little one to take care of.  But, it definitely has its stressful moments - being a mom who works full time is quite humbling and I seem to flip-flop back and forth between loving the challenge of it and being so exhausted and cranky from it.  I'm hoping I find my groove soon and I'm sure as soon as I do, something will change...

In other parenting news, we are in the midst of some serious dog training.  When we emerged from the first few months of our "baby bubble" we realized our dog was super naughty.  Not cool, Walter, not cool.  But I'm hoping that a bit of training will get him back on track to being his lovable hound self again.  Cross your fingers for us. 

On a more random note, have you been noticing the amazing dogwood trees?  I officially want to replace every tree in my yard with them - they are so, so gorgeous and remind me how much I love spring time.  But this year I am really looking forward to summer.  I will have a lot more time to spend with Edwin and hopefully catch up on a thing or two around my house.  I also can't wait for the farmer's market and berry picking!  It's been tricky keeping healthy meals on the table when I'm short on time.  Last week my pantry got frighteninly low, but I somehow managed to whip up a delicious batch of pancakes.  I never keep buttermilk around so I made my own concoction using yogurt and water, blended up in my newest kitchen gadget, a baby bullet!  Next month I'm hoping to use it to whip up a few things for Edwin...he'll be starting solid foods.  Yippppeeeee!

Yogurt Pancakes
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2/3 cup yogurt (I used full fat greek)
1/3 cup water
1 egg

In a blender (or baby bullet) puree yogurt and water until smooth.  Add egg and blend.  In a seperate bowl, mix dry ingredients together.  Fold yogurt/egg mixture into the dry ingredients until combined.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles in the oil.  Fill a 1/4 cup. measuring cup almost full and drop batter into the hot skillet.  Cook for 2 min., flip, and cook for one additional minute.  Top with berry sauce and powdered sugar.

Strawberry Sauce
2 pints of strawberries, sliced
2 t. lemon juice
5 T. sugar
2 T cornstarch
2 T water

In a small sauce pan, simmer berries, lemon juice, and sugar for 10 min.  In a seperate bowl, disolve cornstarch and water.  Mix into the berries and cook 2 more minutes.  Turn off the heat and let the sauce thicken as it cools.  It tastes like summer!

(Also, for any readers who check in on us, I've decided to start doing monthly blog posts.  It justs seems like a nice blogging rythm for me right now.  I would love to keep posting  family photos and updates as well as occaisional crafty projects and recipes.  Stay tuned!)
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