Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Stuck up know it all.
This burst of spring has me questioning our decision to move to this little smalltown. The neighborhood kids have come out to play, toy machine guns and all. Seven year olds who are allowed to walk on the street all alone to talk to bigger boys on bikes. This isn't Mayberry, and I'm starting to notice.
Ella and I did a drive by at a house for sale. It is about the same size as our house now, but it looks so tiny from the front. It only has one bathroom. Chicken friendly but not goat friendly. It does have a lot of character and the sweetest new tin roof. The elementary school is in sight and there is a farm across the street and a plant nursery just a few doors down. John's office is five minutes away. I'm not seriously shopping, just getting some ideas out there. It is also in a school district that would work for middle or high school.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Saturday we joined the family for a chilly walk in Williamsburg, lunch at Berrets, and an afternoon of playing with the kids. Granny fitted Ella for her new colonial gown, and both kids were wearing tricorns with feathers and cockades. Sunday we headed back to Appalachia via Charlottesville and Route 29. Not to continually obsess about food, but we had lunch at Sakura on NW 14th in Charlottesville, and it was fantastic. The kids were gobbling up seaweed salad, udon noodles, sushi, and rice like little starved puppies. The waitress was wearing pants that were eight inches too long and those japanese flip flops with tabis, the white socks. When she wasn't smiling at John and Ella she was doing sodoku.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Circle Time: Comparing and contrasting whales and fish, comparing and charting whale sizes, teeth versus baleen, learning about whale tails, discovering how whatles stay warm (blubber and migration)
Small Group: subtraction word problems, math workbooks, phonics workbooks ( beginning sounds -f and -g), journal writing
Story Time: As Big as a Whale, A Symphony of Whales, Baby Beluga, The Whales, Big Blue Whale, Amos and Boris, Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?
Week Two More Whales and Dolphins
Discovery Time: dolphin hand puppets, dolphin pod collages, rainbow fish, identifying and coloring whales and dolphins
Circle: Understanding whale dolphin families, communication and echolocation, identifying different types of dolphins
Small Group: recognizing and creating 2-D and 3-D patterns, math workbooks, phonics workbooks (final consonants -m.-d, -f, -g), journal writing
Story: Friendly Dolphins, The Rainbow Fish, I Can Read About Whales and Dolphins, The Magic School Bus and the Ocean Floor, dolphin/whale video excerpt
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Today I worked on the basement and organized the playroom. I added a few clotheslines to the Ella Gallery and did some urban renewal on the island of Sodor. I cleaned two castles and a theatre. Art supplies are organized, and I have some supply bags going for the marble run we are going to make.
There are still miles to go, but I think we have a fresh start going. I realized how hard it is to move into a new house with a six month old, and we are really just starting to dig into some darker corners. Now if we could just get a bed in the guest room and start our ebay store for the comics and books.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
This recipe isn't from the Lee Brothers, but it is worth a try.
::Fish Cakes with Paprika Lemon Mayo::
3 cloves of garlic
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 large egg
1/3 cup fine dry breadcrumbs or 3 slices of good bread run through the cuisinart
2 T mayo
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1.5 pounds skinless hake or cod, cut into 2" pieces
6 T olive oil
3/4 cup mayo
1 tsp finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 T fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp hot paprika or 1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp salt
In cuisinart, chop garlic, add onion and puree until finely chopped, add coriander, egg, crumbs, mayo, cumin, and salt and pulse to combine. Add fish and puree until finely chopped. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and form fish into 8 patties. Heat 3 T oil in a large skillet until hat and cook four cakes, turning once--about 6 minutes total. Keep warm while frying second batch. Serve on a bed of fresh spring greens with lemon mayo.
We had these with roasted potatoes with parsely and red cabbage cole slaw. They were devoured with relish by children and adults alike. The leftovers made a great sandwich at lunch the next day on toast with the cole slaw.
I am trying. I must have the late winter food blahs because everything I've made since Christmas seems tired and blah. I keep thinking that I just need some inspiration. I have been reading Vegetarian Times and I just subscribed to Cooking Light. Maybe we can make it though on coleslaw till spring. We joined a CSA for organic produce and that starts in late April, and I'm sure I'll be inspired by some fresh spring greens.
This book arrived on our doorstep this week. It is gorgeous, beautifully bound, all the good stuff. Then, another big box arrived a few days later. I'm just going to plagiarize Amazon for a minute.
For the first time in audio publishing history, all of Shakespeare's plays are available in one extraordinary, definitive collection. Based on The Complete Pelican Shakespeare, here are all of the master's 38 plays, complete and unabridged, fully dramatized on CDs with an original score and sound design for each play. A monumental project that spanned five years and cost $3 million, The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare represents the collective vision of four people: Shakespeare scholar Tom Treadwell, film producer Bill Shepherd, BBC director Clive Brill, and composer Dominique Le Gendre. Together they have assembled the 400 great actors of the British theater and produced a landmark digital recording with a sophisticated layering of sound that immerses the listener in Shakespeare's world.
The english major in me is hyperventilating. Imagine how much of this the kids could absorb. I'm looking forward to a road trip.
Thanks Joe and Ren.
2 pounds linguine, cooked
sesame oil, start with maybe 2 tbsp
balsamic vinegar or chinese black vinegar if you have it, 1-2 tbsp
chopped spring onions, one bunch
finely grated fresh ginger, one or two tablespoons
1 tbsp hot oil or ground cayenne to taste, the heat will increase with time
adjust sesame oil and vinegar to taste
let "marinate" overnight
3 garlic cloves
2/3 bunch cilantro
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp soy sauce
5 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp sherry
1-2 tbsp chili oil (sometimes, if grown ups are going to eat this i'll throw in a seeded serrano or jalapeno)
water to thin while processing
Process in the blender or food processor. Go ahead and double the recipe because it keeps indefinetely. I made the noodles, peanut sauce, and chinese tea eggs for Ella's birthday celebration in October, and it was a huge hit. I serve it on a huge platter using the noodles as a "nest" with the beautiful eggs in the middle. I sprinkle the whole thing with chopped cilantro.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Ella is still on antibiotics, and big John is still looking skinny and pale. He is still hacking like a tuberculosis patient. That was a bad bug. It laughed at my teas, laughed at my ginger, garlic, and leek soup. The baby seems fully recovered and has even taken to saying a few words this week. Today he held up a finger and said, "ONE".
Ella played with Sasha this morning. She is anxious to get back to school as she only had one day last week. We walked down to the library yesterday and got a nice pile of books. On the way back we picked some pussy willow branches for a vase. The wind was strong but warm on our walk.
I thought I'd accomplish so many things while my mother was here, but I really didn't. Nothing got painted, but I do feel mentally refreshed and ready to tackle some projects. I want to work in the children's room, and I have all of my supplies. They are getting white walls with white trim, new curtain rods, and Ella's bed is getting some vintage inspired scallops around the canopy.
We did make it to the fabric store out in Floyd, and I got some more fat quarters of that great little cat playing the banjo print as well as some other thirties inspired prints. I'm making Ella a name banner of quilt squares for her room. Ri is sewing the children matching sailorish outfits in white and navy. So many projects in the works--that I swear to not buy a single new supply until I catch up.
There are a lot of good things going on here.