Friday, June 01, 2018

Falafel

In baby sleep news....
The other night Lil' Squirrel slept from 7:30 PM to 3 AM. I just about shit my pants. It was the first time in ALMOST 6 MONTHS that I slept more than 4 hours at one time. FanTAStic. The next night, he was back to his hold tricks...but if it happened once, it can happen again!

In more recent news, tonight he took the dreaded 6:00 PM NAP Duh duh dunnnn! At 8, I gave him his last bottle (which is still too late, but that late nap screwed everything up) and after 10 minutes of giggling and 10 min of crying, he managed to put himself to sleep! (Okay, 1 time I went in there to make sure he wasn't stuck- and he was) but I'm still pretty proud of him for putting himself to sleep.

And who needs a flashback picture? (Major Cutie Reporting for DOODY- GET IT??! He's around 2 months here)



and NOW! Look at his big head! Pictures are not to scale.



Back to the falafel, I made some from a mix! (I had the ingredients for making it from real food and making it from the box, but with the baby, yeah right.)

Here's the bowl with the mix and the little flat patties.




The fun part about this oil in the pan picture is the clock. 8:26!?! I bet you never thought I'd eat dinner so late...well, you can thank Will.



Here is a boring video of the falafel cooking.



The sides: 


And dinner is served:


TGIF,
Ms. Non-Sequitur












Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cake

I made a cake today for 3 reasons!

1. Yesterday was Lil' Squirrel's 4 month birthday!



2. Today could very well be Heidi's 2 year old birthday! (Mid- April!)




3. AND it's MMD's friend J's actual real birthday today! (Not that he'll probably get a piece since I'm sure he's doing his own thing. But that's okay, I'll eat a piece in his honor!! )

Back to the cake.

Here is a still life photo of the cake preparation:


























MMD recently bought this:



Which, since I'm such a baker and all, I should be using, but it scares me. So instead, I decided to buck the system and mix it by hand




I decided to be brave and use the mixer for the frosting! I added too much vanilla...but it didn't turn out too bad! I decorated the cake how Grandma Edith used to decorate every cake she made!



The End
Ms. Non-Sequitur







Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dinner

Holy crap I made dinner, but before I tell you about it, here are 3 things I do differently now that I'm a mom!

1. I take long showers (I mean, let's not get crazy, long means MAYBE 10 min?! HA) I always used to take super fast showers to save water and the planet!

2. I put my jeans in the dryer after a lifetime of hanging them to dry. I'm happy to report they didn't shrink!

3. I drink tea and eat cookies every day. Not necessarily at the same time. Sometimes it's this lactation tea, sometimes it's black, or green or herbal- I mix it up. The cookies, well, I'm not sure that's totally different from before...

The most common meal I cook is this Indian Chicken Curry that I make from the depths of my memory. It always turns out so mediocre, so I thought I'd mix it up by making Chicken Tagine (Moroccan)...which is basically chicken in spices and broth...pretty much the same as my curry :)

Here's how it went down:

Brown the chicken



At least 1 got brown one! (See the red arrow!) I got sick of waiting.

Take out the meat and then cook onions and spices and broth and stuff.

Then put the chicken back in, which you can see here.

























At the end you're supposed to add dried apricots which I didn't have so I substituted dried mangos, which, was kind of weird, but not too bad.



And the finished tagine



Lil' Squirrel was impressed! (sorry the pic is a little fuzzy!)


And for dessert, a delicacy of the highest regard:



Remember what I said before about the cookies?  :)

And to close, the best peek-a-boo screams you've seen today! :) If you can hang on til the end, he saves the best for last!!







Ms. Non-Sequitur








Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mom-ing

Well, I started back to work! I'm super tired, but it hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be!

That sentence above I wrote 2 weeks ago. I must have gotten distracted. Everything is going pretty well with being a mom except for the sleeping thing. Gosh darnit. I go back and forth between thinking...."he'll do whatever he does" to..."I can control the situation" but regardless. I don't want to think about it anymore today so I'm going to go shopping at the mall, which I haven't done probably since he was born.

Now that venting is over I can commence posting some cute pictures!

Here's our family from when we went to the Kissers kid friendly early show on St. Paddy's Day!



Here's Will in his super cute High Noon Saloon onesie we got from C and R!




We also got the crib up, but so far he's just playing in it, we tried one nap, but it was a disaster and then I read you should do nights first! Which...I'm not ready to try yet haha!




What else can I say about being a mom? Well, it's easy when there's a good dad around. :)  I'm also really good and snuggling him and attempting to buy cute clothes (although I'm currently buying him things too small and then he only wears them for a week!)  Eventually I'll have to cook something again! So stay tuned! 

Have a good day! 
Ms. NS







Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Double Batch

I'm breastfeeding/pumping...YAY, it's not easy, but it's free food for my baby and is nice sometimes! :)

I bought $20 lactation cookies at Target (A box of little bags) They weren't bad, but $20 was kind of bad. So I decided to make my own!  For fun, I made a double batch so I could give 1/2 to my super awesome lactating friend HotLips.

I didn't know this was going to be post until I tried to make a double batch.  (so I don't have many pictures) Please note that I had confusions mixing the batter. Like I've ever used flax meal or brewers yeast before. Not. Order matters in baking, that's all I'll say. And the dough was super DENSE and I like to mix this kind of cookies with my hands. And my wrists were hurting because there was SO MUCH DOUGH and I had to eventually split it up into 2 bowls.  And my hands were really gross. Worse than usual. And I kept making "ugh" noises.

My phone was fuzzy, must have been some shit on the camera. Not literally.




I eventually combined the 2 bowls back to the 1 bigger bowl.




The cookies turned out better than expected. 




And here is my review. Sorry my hair is so bad. Bad hair on your head is better than bad hair in your cookies :) Sorry also for the chocolate chip in my tooth!



Ms. Non-Sequitur







Monday Dinner

If you read my blog regularly, you know about my wedding vow to make dinner on Monday nights. Well...I've taken a short/long hiatus.  I don't even know how many months of Mondays I've missed, but basically while pregnant, and these first 2 months with Lil' Squirrel. MMD has been kind enough to give me a pass!

Well, this Monday, I decided it was time to get back in there!

For my first meal, I decided to make this: Chicken Curry with Tomato Yogurt


To begin, I stared at the menu for a while, not reading it very accurately, eating these Indian snacks.



I washed the rice and stared some more at the recipe.



Then, I ate some more snacks.



I cut the garlic and chili, and then began the dreadded...CHICKEN CUTTING.  Duhn duhn duhn.
Yuck. I don't like touching raw meat. I know KTZ understands!



Here's a close-up



Somehow I missed the part about mixing all the spices and tomato sauce in a blender. (So I didn't actually need to cut stuff up as much as I did) And MMD had just purchased a new food processor. So he came to my rescue and I put the non-chicken stuff in there and mixed it up. I guess I didn't take a photo.

He was concerned about my cleaning his new machine (rightfully so) so he helped me out.


Then I poured a glass of wine:



and watched this guy:



While it was cooking I made a quick avocado, tomato and cucumber salad with lime/olive oil salt-n-pepper dressing.

 

And ended up with a tasty beautiful meal! I had doubled the spices, but in the end I could have quadrupled them because it was pretty mild. BUT not bad for my first time back in the game!



Cheers to Mondays!
Ms. Non-Sequitur









Blueberry Muffins

A quick and exciting post follows. I made blueberry muffins and they turned out really good! Here is the laziest post ever, told only in pictures! 










Ms. Non-Sequitur

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Pies and Dyes

I made a key lime pie, except I didn't use key lime juice- just regular lime juice! I guess it was a lime pie then. WHAT EVER. I made it because these pie crusts were on sale!
 
Super easy recipe, 4 egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk and the crust. I made whipped cream from some heavy whipping cream and it was delicious! 

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product-but I must confess my egg white crime. What do you do with the leftover egg whites? (put it in the comments!) I should have cooked them for a snack or something...but I assumed I could just pour them down the drain!  But did you know that eggs cook with hot water? (I'm sure you ALL DO!)  It never crossed my mind! As I turned on the hot water on to "wash them down the drain" all of a sudden I had COOKED the eggs in the sink and the drain plugged up- it was so crazy. I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but lesson learned. :) (Don't panic, I was able to clean the drain thing out, so major crises averted) 

In other news, I tried to dye my own roots today.

If you don't know, I don't like going to the salon. I love my hairdresser Angie, the owner of Rockabetty's Salon and Spa, but I hate sitting in the chair! I always feel like I have better things to do. So I decided to try doing my roots myself. As you can see in the picture I'm really excited about it! 

In general, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but I definitely did not get "all over coverage." I assume this is due to user error and has nothing to do with the product :) That said, it certainly looks better than before! Just pretend you're seeing highlights!

In cuteness news, two recent pics of Lil' Squirrel:



See you on the flip side,
Ms. Non-Sequitur








Saturday, January 20, 2018

Poop Cookies

If you recall, I am the mastermind behind a special dish called the Shit Pie (It was chocolate of course) Well, this time I have accidentally created these amazing Poop Cookies!!

I saw this recipe on facebook that was for cookies made of only 5 ingredients!! Perfect for a mom on the run! You make them with crushed up candy canes and a box of cake mix! I had such high hopes...but but whoa...

The cake mix made them super mushy, and it rolled off the pan as I removed them with the spatula. As you can tell, their name really fits!!!



The other dumb thing was that I didn't use spray on the pan cause my logic was... "there's oil in the cookies."   I mean, when I make chocolate chip cookies with all that butter, they come off just fine!

Look at the pan!!


So that sucked, MMD cleaned it for me, which was nice of him..

The second batch seemed to go a little better. Here is a picture of both batches.

 

But the dough was so gross after sitting there. I dumped this glob in the garbage and did not do a 3rd batch!



I still ate a bunch of them, but as soon as the Newman's O's appeared (have you had them??! They are WAY BETTER THAN OREOS! They blew my mind) any leftovers went into the garbage!

The miracle of the evening was that Lil' Squirrel kept himself busy enough that I was able to make them in the first place!!  This picture is care of Wendell and wasn't taken the day of the cookie making. I just love his outfit. He also gets an extra large picture!



Being a mom is way harder than I thought. But he is pretty amazing and I look forward to all our adventures.

Hugs and Bugs,
Ms. Non-Sequitur