Friday, May 30, 2008

And They Say You Can't Reason With a Two Year Old...

So, whoever said that you can't reason with a two year old was actually wrong. You just have to reason with them in their world and on their level.

For example, Jane adamantly wanted to hold her baby doll in her high chair while she ate her breakfast and at first I tried to reason with her in my world saying, "Jane, you can't hold your baby while you eat breakfast because she will get messy." Jane didn't like that reasoning very much, so I tried a different approach. "Jane, your baby already had breakfast and she is SO FULL! Plus she wants to spend some time in the Exersaucer, so why don't we let her do that while you eat breakfast." She immediately agreed and was actually very excited about the whole thing.

Another example of this new found concept for me is Jane likes to play tea party and feed her babies and stuffed animals. So, I give her some utensils and some empty bowls and cups and she goes to town. Sometimes she asks me for real food or drink to put in her cups and bowls and I first try to explain that this would be too messy so we can't do it. She is not on board with this answer or this concept. So I step into her world and say, "Jane, do you need more juice in that cup?" and she enthusiastically says, "Yeah!" I then proceed to pretend the remote control (or whatever is closest to me) is a pitcher of juice and I make the pouring sound effects and everything and Jane loves it. She just moves on with her playing as if she has a full cup of juice. It's pretty great.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Chili & Corn Bread


1 pound of ground beef
1 packet of chili seasonings
chopped onions
1 can of diced tomatoes (with juice)
1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of red beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of chili beans (with sauce)
1 can of corn (drained)

Directions: Brown ground beef with chili seasonings and chopped onions.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Put cheese, green onions, and sour cream on top of the chili.

Corn Bread

1 1/2 cups corn meal
1 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
1 can cream style corn
2 eggs
1 cup chopped chilies

Directions: Mix all ingredients together except cheese. Stir in oil, corn, peppers, eggs, milk, and 1/2 of the cheese until blended. Pour into greased pan and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Notes: For sweet cornbread mix 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix and 1 box of yellow cake mix. Mix separately according to individual boxes then mix together. Bake according to cake box.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Beautiful Fruit Pizza


-1 yellow cake mix
-1 egg
-1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

Mix cake mix, egg and margarine together and spread on greased and
wax papered large pizza pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.


-4 ounces cream cheese, softened
-1 cup confectioner's sugar
-4 ounces Cool Whip topping
-fresh fruit (blueberries, kiwi, strawberries,
peaches, mandarin oranges, bananas, etc.)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Your Very Own Flower Girl

I just wanted to do a quick post about the wedding flowers I did for Erika's wedding. I had so much fun doing them, I forgot how much I enjoy working with flowers. I was nervous at first because it has been so long since I have done anything like this, but it all came back very quickly. Anyway, here it is...

The food table arrangements.

The six sitting table center pieces.

The cake.

One of the father's boutineers (sp?).

One of the mother's corsages.

One of the bridesmaids clutches, small versions of the bridal bouquet.

The bridal bouquet from the front.

The bridal bouquet from the top.

Let me just say that I love working with calla lilies, the really hold their own. Just in case anyone was wondering, Erika ordered her flowers through and we got really beautiful flowers and it all worked out really well.