Let’s Cook!

Me: “Ellie what are you making?”

Ellie: “I’m making ‘wunch for dinner!”

Me: “Alright then. What’s for lunch?”

Ellie: “Jollof Rice!”

– A candid conversation in the kitchen, August 1, 2012

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Ellie loooves to help. Especially in the kitchen. I used to have to drag our heavy coffee table over from the living room just to create some space for her to help me out in the kitchen, but since I got us some new dining chairs I drag one over and let her stand on it where she can reach counter height to help me wash things.

She’ll wash everything from potatoes to mushrooms; with a brush if you let her. By washing I mean the bit of water I put in a bowl for her ends up EVERYWHERE; on the floor, on the walls, on her clothes…and the veggies will go from the bowl to the counter, to the sink, and back to the bowl again about 12 times.

She gives the best sous-chefs a run for their money. Come on, anybody you know shredding brush-scrubbed mushrooms by hand? Didn’t think so.

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Oh and she’s an excellent sauce taster. She does all the official sampling around here. On this particular evening we made some curry and rice. From the looks of it, it passed her delicate taste pallet.

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Truth is, it’s easier to let her help me cook than use tactics to keep her from being underfoot. Plus we have fun doing it together, despite the inevitable mess.

So far, she knows how to spread the peanut butter on her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, wash veggies and fruits, peel her own bananas, mix pancake batter, bake cake, ask lots of questions and “run fast” when I switch on the blender.

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I prefer Breakfast Dates

breakfast date at panera bread

One recent morning ellie and I were on our way to my doctors appointment. We had just gotten off the elevator as a mother shuffled on with her slow moving toddler and infant in big stuffy stroller. She took one look at me and my swollen midrif and said, “Oh how cute! Enjoy it now, two kids are a whole ‘nother ball game.”
I have an inkling that soon my life will change so drastically that grabbing a somewhat peaceful breakfast in a cafe with one child will be a welcome break.

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10 more weeks to go…

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Ordinary Days and Vegan Eats

The weather these past couple of days have kept us outside. Just the way I like it. Somebody even got to take her tricycle out for a ride.

toddler tricycle fun

She could pedal all by herself—downhill. She still working on steering so Evans had to keep pulling her out of grassy ditches.

Tricycle time

I love when I capture shots like this. There’s always a lovefest around here, but my camera is nowhere to be found when it’s happening. I just bought a a cool sling camera bag that will hopefully enable me to take my camera EVERYWHERE.

black father and daughter

Yes, she hoards rocks and pockets them. When I hear horrible noises coming from the washing machine or dryer, I know missed some of her pockets.

toddler pocketing rocks

I went for a walk today, in a forest–y park. I was terrified, but I needed the exercise. I needed to get off my butt. Sleeping through the night has been difficult for me, Baby Bannor #2 can’t get comfortable enough for me to sleep well, so I figured I’d try to tire her out too. I’ll do a pregnancy update soon. I can’t wait to meet her. I wonder if she’ll look like her big sister. The park turned out to be peaceful and tranquil, and even though it didn’t seem like it, there were people there walking their pets…and their children, so I wasn’t alone. I turned around when I saw a sign that depicted a rattle snake and some other creatures to be found in the nearby marsh. Rattlesnakes?? No sir-ee!

verdant park

I successfully replicated the vegan BLT sandwich I enjoyed at Aux Vivres in Montreal last year. It was good!

Vegan BLT sandwiches Aux Vivres style

All that’s in it is a tablespoon of agave nectar and a tablespoon of liquid smoke and salt (to taste) over about a 1/2 cup of shredded coconut (bought at a health food store). Then I toasted the coconut in the oven for about 5-7 minutes at 375°. Came out like this on my second try. I burned it the first time around. The sandwich is on wheat bread topped with fresh tomato slices, romaine lettuce and vegan mayo. Yum!

toasted coconut flakes

toasted coconut flakes burned

I found this neat little scarf at an estate sale recently. It has pretty little (heavy weight) pearls stitched all around it. It’s gorgeous and it will be in my Etsy shop soon.

thrifted pearl lined scarf

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