Monday, June 30, 2008

swim lessons

Curtis and I are learning to swim. Actually my lessons are now over and he is still learning.

I never really learned to swim as a kid. Mostly we spent time in the ocean where I grew up in NJ and I was always a touch anxious in pools for some reason. So I signed up with the city for lessons and a young college kid taught me how to tread water, float on my back, and yes...I learned to do the forward crawl. I'm pretty good at it now after 2 weeks of lessons but I don't have much endurance. I feel successful though because I just really wanted to be more confident in the pool, since I now live in FL the state where every other house has a pool.

Curtis was kind of nervous for his first two lessons but now, in week three, he is very confident and has even come very close to floating by himself. You can't beat these lessons as they are 4 days a week and two weeks for $25 for city residents.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

wist list

I'll add to it many times I hope. I keep forgetting these great ideas or suggestions I get so maybe this will help.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day

Father's day was a little like mother's day around here. First, I got to sleep in (I have the best husband). Secondly, Curt took Curtis canoeing on the Wekiva River, so I got some good Mommy/Baby bonding time with Clark. Thirdly, we got take out so I didn't have to cook!

Curt did get some cool things too. I made him white cupcakes with white icing, per his request. He also got the aforementioned canoeing trip. On top of all that he got this cool hand made frame and foot and hand print casts.

It was a good day for all!


Friday, June 13, 2008


Amaranth is an ancient grain that the Aztecs used to eat. Apparently some of them also used to mix it with blood from sacrifices and make little voodoo dolls of it so the settlers banned this grain in hopes that it would stop the sacrifices. Luckily for us a few of these ancient people keep growing it in secret or we wouldn't have it today. It is full of protein and, the reason I'm experimenting with it, is gluten free.

A local mom just had baby #4 and she is gluten free so I made this amaranth with mushroom tomato sauce for her. The recipe called for spinach too but it really tasted good this way too and I was out of spinach. Next I plan to try to pop it as I've read you can pop it like popcorn and it is much more nutrient dense then corn is.

This is a chocolate torte I made. It's basically a big round chocolate brownie with chocolate glaze on it. It was definitely not gluten free, but sure tasted great with whipped cream.


Friday, June 06, 2008


I started sprouting now. The pics are a little blurry, but basically I took one after day 1, the middle is from day 4 (the last day), and the last is some on my sandwich for lunch today. It was so easy and amazing really to watch how much just a little tablespoon of seeds makes. My new Pediatrician told me to do this. He said they are packed with nutrients and I'm eating them and I'm going to try his suggestion of blending them into a puree and adding them to the kids food (and maybe the hubby's too but don't tell).


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Petting Zoo

Sorry I've been MIA. Just not having much time to blog lately.

A friend of ours had a petting zoo at his house for his 4th b'day party. It was fun. Here we are with a poney named Sissy.