Friday, November 30, 2007

Today is Yohboh's birthday


Yohboh, with one of his many alcoholic birthday presents.


Yohboh's birthday dinner.

He is 29.

Addendum to feet stink

Yohboh thinks that it is the encasement, either socks or shoes, of the feet that causes the stink.

Ava first time in a walker


Clearly, she loved it.


She calmed down later.

Liquor Store Rant

I love liquor stores. I LOVE liquor stores. It stems from a couple of things. It still seems verboten to go into one (I have a sad sad rebellion problem--it stills feels rebellious to drink a Coca Cola), and I really like pretty bottles. More importantly, I really like MY liquor store. It is large, the prices are very reasonable, the employees know me and I know where everything is.

OR I USED TO KNOW WHERE EVERYTHING IS!

My liquor store has MOVED everything!

I do not frequent to liquor store as I did in my employment days, because well DUH but I went there today to get Yohboh's favorite brown drink ever. I knew EXACTLY where it was. First aisle, next to check cashing, in front of the single malt whiskeys (I like Dalmore by the way). WELL IT WAS NOT THERE! They had moved it! They also had moved where the whiskeys, vodkas and cordials were.
Also, did you know that Godiva makes a caramel liqueur (this was a weird word to type by the way)?

Sigh, I feel like I am not a regular anymore.

Also, I feel I should add I am a poor drinker. As in I act like I am 17 when drinking. But I do love all things alcoholic.

Addendum to Feet Stink

Stinky, my sister believes that feet stink comes from socks.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ava said Dada

Ava's Busy Day


My Beatles look!


At Whole Paycheck


CUTE


Ava on her Grandma


I like this face


Arlo the impressive


Three generations of Smitty. Genetic Dominance Minjenah!


Yohboh, showing off his new boobs. Aren't they shiny and silver?


It's like looking an a freaking mirror


Twins, I swear


This bunny has a good idea.


Ava followed suit.

Acrobatics

Ava is very squirmy when changing her. I have actually broken a sweat from all this activity.

Changing a diaper, my form of cardio.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Stink of Feet

Ava's feet sometimes smell like feet. Which is surprising because she rarely wears shoes. It leads me to postulate that feet stink is intrinsic to feet, not as I have thought before--feet stink comes from shoes.

GFZ and Pigtails

It was a Grandma free time. WONDERFUL. I also told one grandmother that she was driving me CRAZY and we agreed once a week is more than enough.


Sigh, so it starts.


This is me pivoting.


PIGTAILS!

Picky Eaters

I have always thought that a picky eater is a thin person. But I have recently discovered, you can be a picky eater and corpulent. Just because you don't eat a lot of different kinds of things does not mean you eat a LOT of the things you choose to eat.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ava can't open things yet


Like containers of Cheerios.

I want to to be as it was before

I wonder if I could get both sets of Grandmothers to see me once a month?

Oh, it is but a humble dream.

People who I think look alike

Nate Fillion and Gale Harold

Unrelated Foodie Thoughts

1) The term "Well Seasoned" means that the food is well salted. It has nothing to do with any other seasoning but that. It is amazing how much difference one pinch of salt can make.

2) "Scented" means the ingredient is in it. Lemon Scented Quinoa Salad is a Quinoa salad with lemon in it.

3) Flavor Profiles are bullshit. Your tongue only can taste like four things, or five depending on the recognition of MSG. Your nose tastes most of your food.

Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle

Five pounds of sweet potatoes
Two sticks of butter
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 tablespoon cinnamon
10 gratings of fresh nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup brandy or cognac

For the topping:
Marshmallows
Pralines (I sometimes make these but I can buy them too)

Bake the sweet potatoes in an oven until they are mushy. I do this for about an hour. When I am making this, I am normally making other things in the oven so I just put them in a pan at the bottom of the oven while I make cornbread or whatever.

After the potatoes are cooled, slip off the skins and make sure you get all the syrupy stuff that comes with them. Mash them with all the other ingredients. Yes, it really does take two sticks of butter. You can melt the butter, but the potatoes are so hot that the butter will melt.

Put in a 9X13 pan. It does not need greasing. Add the topping. I do 1/3 marshmallows and 2/3 pecans.

Bake 350 until the marshmallows are puffy and golden.

It is interesting to see who goes for the marshmallow (in my mind, the kiddie side) as opposed to the praline side (more adult).

Yohboh likes to tell everyone about the cognac.

Full of Shit

Ava pooped six times during midnight to four AM. Each one was a diaper buster. Each one was very heavy.

I think she lost three pounds to poop, at least. That is more than ten percent of her body weight.

My baby is awake

My baby has been awake since 12:30. She has been fed, changed and all the other things that I am supposed to do. But she will not sleep.

She will not sleep.

AVA GO TO SLEEP!

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's Monday


Merry Fucking Christmas


I hate it when Mom does the hat thing


Yohboh

Re enactment


KC, this one is for you

People I think look alike

Amy Adams and Isla Fisher

Sunday, November 25, 2007

GFZ

Today was a GFZ.

Let's hope more come in the future.

My sanity may go bye bye otherwise.



Sigh


I have no idea what Mama is futzing about


Seriously, I have a huge following!


Look at my cuteness.


It cannot be contained!

Blondie

So I like to bake. I like to bake a lot. As I have chronicled more than once, I hate to clean. These two forces tend to oppose one another. Flour is a messy messy substance and to spill it can be troublesome. Same goes with eggs. And I hate to have that grit of sugar on the floor. Also, I really dislike having to dirty more than one measuring cup.

Also, I hate to wait. And sometimes, I like being spontaneous. If I want to bake something, I want to turn on the oven and start making dough. By the time the oven is hot, I like to pop the dough in the oven. But some fiddly recipes require everything to be at room temperature. Or the butter has to be softened. ANNOYING.

I have found a great recipe. I found it here. It requires one bowl, one measuring cup. It meets all my requirements for minimal mess. In addition, by the time I have melted the butter and added the sugar, I am halfway through. By the time the oven is at 350 degrees, I have popped the pan in the oven. So it completes my need for spontaneity as well as fuel efficiency. Oh and it is DELICIOUS! The only thing I do differently is I add a bit more salt than Deb did. I added three fat pinches of Kosher salt because I have found that I like my cookies a little salty. It seems to make them more addictive. I also add a handful of chocolate chips to the blondie. Because a cookie is fine but one with chocolate is SUPREME.

More Jello

I am exploring the Jello site and I find this formula chart on how to make different colors. Like brown and black.

I find this funny for TWO reasons:
1) Someone wrote into Jello complaining that they could not make BLACK Jello.
2) Kraft paid someone to formulate this recipe. They probably have multiple degrees in food science or chemistry. Their boss came to them and said "There is a demand for black, brown and navy blue Jello. This is a top priority. I want a memo by Thursday."
They were probably wearing lab coats and goggles while figuring this shit out.

Weird Obsession

I was introduced to Jello in elementary school lunches. I never had them at home.

I have discovered that Jello is not ONLY a dessert but also a SALAD?

A quick google search shows the following:

Congealed Chicken Salad


Congealed Vegetable Salad

Gazpacho Salad

I had to actually mention some recipes:
CONGEALED TUNA SALAD

1 pkg. lemon Jello
1/2 c. boiling water
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped nuts
1 sm. Onion
2 tsp. vinegar
3/4 c. mayonnaise
2 cans tuna
1 sm. can chopped pimento

Dissolve Jello in hot water. Drain tuna and mix all ingredients. Add cooled Jello and mix well. Pour into lightly oiled mold and refrigerate. Serve with your choice of crackers.


Asparagus Congealed Salad

Hands on: 20 minutes
4 1/2 or more hours, including chilling time

2 envelopes gelatin
1/2 cup plus 1 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can asparagus tips, drained and cut in
1 inch pieces
1/2 cup hand-broken pecans
1/4 cup chopped pimentos
1 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons grated onion
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup water and set aside. In a saucepan, heat 1 cup water, vinegar, sugar and salt until sugar dissolves. Add gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool.

When cool, add the asparagus, pecans, pimentos, celery, onion and lemon juice. Pour in an oiled mold and chill. Refrigerate for 4 or more hours.

120 calories (percent of calories from fat, 26), 2 grams protein, 22 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 4 grams fat (trace saturated), no cholesterol, 232 milligrams sodium.

Sweet & Sour Cucumber Aspic

Hands on: 20 minutes
4 1/2 or more hours, including chilling time

1/2 cup cold water
2 envelopes plain gelatin
1 cup water
1/2 cup champagne vinegar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 scant teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups peeled and seeded cucumber, cut into 1/4 inch dice
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion, white and green parts
1/2 cup celery, cut into 1/4 inch dice
Vegetable oil (optional), for greasing mold

Put the 1/2 cup cold water in a small bowl, and sprinkle over the unflavored gelatin to soften. In a nonreactive saucepan, put the 1 cup water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until very hot and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the softened gelatin.

Allow to cool completely. (I recommend stirring over a bowl of ice water until quite cold and just beginning to thicken.)

When vinegar mixture is completely cooled, stir in the cucumbers, green onion and celery. Pour into a 6-cup nonreactive mold that has been lightly oiled or rinsed with cold water. Wrap the mold with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

When ready to unmold, dip the mold briefly (10 seconds) in a bowl of very hot water. Invert mold onto a serving dish.




I think I would like to make a PHO version of a congealed salad. But I would not eat it. BECAUSE IT IS WEIRD!

Cutting them off

I am really thinking about cutting both sets of Grandmas to NO visits this week.


I WISH!


Or really, I dream!

Turkey Eggs

I was wondering why there were no turkey eggs around. You see quail eggs and duck eggs but no turkey eggs. I googled it and found an answer. The internet, the fount of knowledge of the useless.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

My ONE THOUSANDTH Post


This is Sessoms. My mother In Law said he was hot. I think he is Sessoms.


Look how big A. is!


Ava is sitting in a rocking chair. It is Grandpa Marty's rocking chair.


I just like her face here.


At the bakery


CLOSE UP!



Having a baby makes me prolific.

Lola the gourmand part two

Lola has developed a taste for baby cereal. She will lick Ava's high chair tray repeatedly. She has a problem with Cheerios but likes the mush they become after the fact.

I have a weird little neurotic dog.

New Foods

Have you ever smelled baby food with meat in it?

It smells like cat food.

Shudder!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Aunt Cindy

My jahgun gomo (youngest aunt on my father's side) goes by Cindy.

She came by today with my mother. To bathe the baby.

Yohboh thinks that it weird that I did not know that my aunt is Cindy. I told him I only knew her as jahgun gomo.


I liked Cindy.

Anti GFZ

The holidays are like the Anti Grandma Free Zone.


HALP!

When people say

Do you want me to hold her? They really are not being altruistic. They just want to hold your baby.

People who I think look alike

Missy Peregrym and Lorraine Collete Petersen

The Breakfast Joint on the Beach I could not remember

It is Martha's Corner.

Here is the Citysearch link.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Photos


Ava and her Daddy


Ava, the center of attention


The other girl is two years old.


Deep Fried Turkey Goodness

Happy Thanksgiving


This was Ava's first Thanksgiving. She even ate turkey puree. It was very tiring. I would write more but all this activity has made for a cranky baby cakes.

More pictures tomorrow.

Tired

Ava did not nap today until five o'clock. That means she was awake for EIGHT hours. When she did sleep it was like fighting a demon. She was just so tired that she did not know what she wanted.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Somethings I have been craving

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

They had this Black Forest Blended Ice Drink that was like 750 calories with 50 grams of fat.

Also, this breakfast joint in Redondo that I loved that I cannot remember the of with the REALLY AWESOME French Toast. It is not the Kettle, although I loved the Kettle a lot. Good Reubens.

And of course--MECCA

Oh for a burger with the grilled onions.

I don't know why people think that Angelenos are so healthy. They had some of the best junk food I have ever eaten.

Two Things

1) Last season, Heidi Klum used to say Project Wunway. She does not this season. Can you see the producers going to Heidi and saying, "You need to go to a coach to learn how to say the title of the show. We know you are a gorgeous supermodel entrepreneur mom of three but you cannot say R to save your fine perfect ass. You sound like Elmer Fudd."

2) Two people I think that look alike, Joyce Carol Oates and Flannery O'Connor. Especially when speaking.

Prison Blues

Someone commented that I have been taking a lot of photos of Ava in her high chair and wanted to know why.

SHE MOVES TOO MUCH!

More teeth are coming in! My poor poor nipples.......



Snark!


Climbing mama!


Okay, I will hold still.


Thinking Face!


Mama! I am sick of these pictures!

Ava's new things

Ava can wave bye bye. (She has been doing this for two weeks)

She says MMMMMMMMMMMMMM. (Three weeks)

She likes to fall sleep holding my hair.(Since she could grab)

She gave me the scrunchy face and then kissed me. It made my morning.

Food Prep

So it is the day before Thanksgiving. We have Thanksgiving at Grandma K's house. Yohboh makes a couple of side dishes. I make the sweet potatoes. Yohboh is working late tonight so I am making the side dishes. So far I have made:

Apple Cranberry thing that Laverne makes
Cornbread
Corn Pudding
Sweet Potatoes

All before noon.

I also grocery shopped, dealt with my mother who likes to shoo me out of my own kitchen (BITCH) and put the baby down for a nap.

BEAT THAT MARTHA!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

So much to eat, so little time

I am also going to have to eat everything on this list as well.

I wonder how we all survived before lists.

White People's Hair

Ava does not have hair that is like mine. My mother only knows about hair like mine. Ava has White People's Hair (WPH). I have tried to explain that the constant combing of the WPH will make it more fluffy. She does not listen. Ock thinks that Ava's hair will obey if combed long enough.


See how fluffy!


When I let it be.

Remote Comparison

Taken November 20, 2007





October 16, 2007


September 16, 2007



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June 8, 2007


April 17


March 15