Friday, April 18, 2014

End of Week Randoms

Happy Good Friday!

I have had a wonderful Spring Break so far! Lots of snuggles with my parties set to the Frozen soundtrack...a few new movies...lots of party prep for Rebecca's bridal even a few dates. One day when Connor had school, Mr. Howard and I took Aiden and Isabella to sushi and then got them some ice cream. I joked on instagram that we must be doing something right, because when Isabella's food came, she exclaimed loudly, "Mama, I LOVE sushi!" Kids after my own heart...
I have been experimenting with quinoa and I think I've got it down. Upon the recommendation of my friend Diana, I tried to find a pre-washed quinoa, but I couldn't find an organic one at the store - so I googled it again and saw someone suggest soaking it. I did that for about five minutes and wah-lah: no bitter quinoa! Even the kids ate it with chicken the other night. I have served it in stirfry, as a side dish plain with a little sea salt, in salad, and I even put some in a soup. I'm a believer! =) My next goal is to figure out how to incorporate chia seeds in our diet! I've seen all sorts of articles about the health benefits of them including their healthy omega-3 fats and fiber! I think I'm going to try them in smoothies first. If you have anything you love chia seeds in, let me know.
The kids had school two days this week. One of the days we were invited to go see them do their Easter egg hunt. Look at their baskets! The kids painted and made the basket part and then their teacher braided the fabric handles and did that part! Aren't they amazing?
They also made these adorable bunny hats and sang an adorable Peter Rabbit song.
 Hubby and I were both trying to take a picture at once. Aiden's looking at me and Connor and Isabella were looking at Daddy.
 Connor Cottontail Rabbit
 And Isabella Lynn and Aiden Patrick:
They did a little performance outside by the garage before we did the Easter Egg Hunt.
Here are all their preschool friends. Connor and one other of his friends will be going to kindergarten next year. Everyone else will have return next year. 
Aiden had absolutely no interest in the Easter Egg hunt. I'm not even sure if he got one egg. When their teacher counted down, 3...2...1...Aiden made a run for it right to the playhouse and there he stayed the entire egg hunt. What a crack up. Isabella and Connor got eggs, though:
Today I have to get the kids going - so we can run several errands to finish a few last minute touches for the bridal shower! I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your families!


J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So cute!!
I rinse my uncooked quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Then, dump it into a pan, toast it/dry it out for a couple minutes, then add the liquid and cook.
Chia seeds I have been trying to eat more of, too. You can throw them into any smoothie you make. Or also add to oatmeal (with a bit more liquid, since they absorb a lot). Add to yogurt, too. You can also add to milk (dairy, coconut, or almond, etc.) and let it set up a bit in the fridge for a tapioca-textured pudding. Or add some to a glass of fruit juice or coconut water, and let it set for a bit, if drinking that partially-set-gelatin texture doesn't weird you out - that is what those Mama Chia drinks they sell are, basically.

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The gelatinous texture freaks me out a bit. Hubby bought a drink that had them in there and I was NOT a fan of the gooeyness of them. What were those drinks everyone used to drink in college with those gel balls (boba?)? Yuck! Reminded me of that! But I think I'm going to try it in smoothies and I think I could do it in yogurt! I hadn't thought of that!

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha, yeah. TOTALLY like boba! ...That is what tapioca pudding is made from, too.
I know, it is weird. Yeah, try that! I've actually never done it, but it just occurred to me!

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