Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Well, I went to Eastview today to return yet another item that I purchased from Banana Republic online. Why can't they carry petites in all of their stores? We are the most underserved demographic for sure! I was informed by the sales clerk that the BR stores in Buffalo and Syracuse carry petites. So why not Rochester? Really bugs me!!

Anyway, while I was shopping, I decided to go to Williams-Sonoma. I had a gift card and I needed a few things.

I decided to by a jar of their signature pasta sauce. I thought I would give it a try to see if it's any better than other high-end jarred sauces.

I needed more vanilla, so I purchased the Nielsen-Massey (a.k.a the "good" vanilla by Ina Garten). I also got a jar of cinnamon sugar for toast. Chris is loving cinnamon toast and I got tired of mixing it myself and then throwing away the unused portion. This should make life alot easier!

All in all, a good shopping trip!
Boy do I feel underwhelming these days. Said I was going to make some time to keep this blog going during my maternity leave and I can barely do a post a week!
We have been so busy lately that I never make time to think about blogging, let alone actually do it.

We are enjoying the fall-like weather here in Roch. It gets pretty cool at night, say in the 40's, but nice and sunny and low 70's during the day. Perfect if you ask me.

Great for taking long walks with the baby!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yum! Fishies!

I wish I could take credit for this one, but I got this idea from Christopher's teacher. Miss Sarah decided to do something innovative with Jello. Their monthly theme was "undersea creatures" and all of their projects corresponded to water, the sea, an the animals that lived beneath.

They decided to make an edible "bowl of fishies" using Jello and Goldfish crackers.

Christopher was so excited about this! We had to recreate the experience at home.

Well, unfortunately I didn't have any blue jello on hand to serve as the water. I only had raspberry. I also only had the multicolored goldfish, and Miss Sarah used just the gold colored crackers.

But, nonetheless, Christopher really enjoyes making the jello and putting the fish in it!!

I can't say that I'm looking forward to tasting it once it sets, though :-))

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Baby Joe is already 3 months old!

It's so hard to believe, but it's true. Little Joe turned 3 months old on Sept. 7. He is so cute I can barely take my eyes off of him. He is such a little love. He is really growing, and is definitely doing more these days than just the usual routine of nap-eat-nap-eat that had been previously filling up our days.

Joey's first smile happened on July 24. Since then, he's been smiling and laughing so much! His recent accomplishments include reaching for the toys on the sides of his crib and grasping them with enough strength to pull them toward him. He can also roll from his back to his side.

Very impressive!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Maureen's Scones

Christopher has become quite the little baker recently. Our new Friday after-nap tradition is to get in the kitchen and bake up something together. He is really great with following instruction!! I am also enjoying this time together with him. It gives us the opportunity to do something special with each other, and it's also great for taking up some time during the day when you're just about tapped out of ideas for keeping a toddler occupied.

Today we decided to make some scones (Chris calls them "stones"). He had been pretty excited about this all week.
When we first brought Joseph home from the hospital, Maureen, our lovely neighbor, came over to our house with gifts for the boys and a batch of cream scones for Greg and I. They were SO good! She gave me the recipe and I have to say the first time I made them, they weren't so great. They tasted pretty good, but looked awful! I thought for a minute that maybe Maureen "forgot" to put a key ingredient on the list so that my scones wouldn't be as good as hers (a la Marie on Everyone Loves Raymond- when she purposely gave Debra the wrong ingredients for the pasta sauce...). But then I realized that I am just a "scone rookie". Today's batch came out better than the first. I am thinking that maybe one more time at it and they will be good enough to give to a neighbor for a special occasion!!
Here is the recipe for Cream Scones: 

Oven: 425 for 12-17 minutes

2 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
3 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 Tbs chilled, unsalted butter cut into cubes
1/2 cup currants (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
Cinnamon + Sugar mixture to sprinkle on top

Place dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and blend.
Add in butter, and will paddle attachment blend into the dry ingredients.
(Or cut butter into the dry ingredients with 2 forks, or a pastry cutter).
Stir in currants if using, and then add in the heavy cream.
Mix until just blended.
Transfer dough on to a floured surface and knead a bit.
Roll into a circle, and cut into 8 pieces.
Place scones on to an ungreased sheet pan.
Add cinnamon and sugar mix on top of each scone.
Bake for 12-17 minutes.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

It's that time of year again- ALREADY?

It's just barely September and one member of the household is already sick!!! I was hoping we could have held out a few more months before the viruses were in full swing!

My poor hubby had been suffering from allergies as it is, and he has now developed a fever with chills and an upset stomach. He went to the doc, and received that familiar diagnosis of "it's a virus. it has to run it's course. there's nothing I can do".

I am so not ready for the cold and flu season to begin. I hate it when the viruses start going around in Christopher's preschool. I remember his first year in daycare. He was sick every two weeks and then my husband and I would get it. Now Christopher's immune system seems to be stronger, but hardly iron clad! And now I have little Joey to worry about. I don't want that poor little baby to get sick!!!!

Here we go again!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Fall Fashion Must-Have's

Over the last few months, there have been a growing stack of fashion magazines on my bedside table. They have been there waiting patiently for me to open them and really read them, not just carelessly peruse the way I have been. I just don't seem to have the time for things like that anymore. Makes me wonder why I think I'll have time for this blog.....but anyway........I finally got the chance this weekend to spend some quality time with Bazaar and Vogue (July/Aug/Sept. Issues!!!). The fall fashion outlook has really made me excited to go shopping!

Here are a few of the things I really need to get for the upcoming fall and winter season. This is a running list. Care to help me add to it? I would love to hear what you are buying this season!

1. "Shoetees"- A combo of the lace-up boot and shoe-"Anyone who's anyone"(ha) is wearing these. I have seen some great looking ones in the department stores already!
2. Platform Pumps - I've seen many in the mags that look like they'll go with black/brown/charcoal . I need versatility with my wardrobe.
3. Black patent tote
4. Trench- I have many, but I think it's time for a refresh
5. Black cashmere sweater- I have a beautiful Ralph Lauren with a ruffled neckline that is looking rather tired these days. I need a new one!

What's on your list for fall?

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