Saturday, February 16, 2008

Long Week

We are all feeling better. The flu seems to have hit Peanut the worst. She is still pretty worn out and grumpy. We are hoping that she will start feeling like herself again soon. I can't believe how quick it hit us all. I sure hope none of you get it. It's so bad around these here parts that a school had to close down because so many staff and teachers and students were sick. YUCK! Wouldn't it be nice to open the windows and let the house air out? Spring IS coming...tulips, walks, open windows.

This has been the strangest winter. We've been hit with snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, thunderstorms, rain showers, floods, and other havoc from Mother Nature. Tonight we're supposed to get freezing rain turning to heavy rain showers all day tomorrow. That means our community may very well have a flood again. The river that runs through town has flooded twice now. It is crazy.

Here are some pics from the week.
Mama and Peanut sick together!
Sick Mama and Baby

Art in one of his many sleeping positions.
Sleeping Cat

Peanut LOVES talking on the phone. She has loved this for a LONG time. She wanders around chatting away on it. We have been letting her talk to Daddy or I on it now when one of us is at work. It's so funny and helps so much when we are away at work. This is her talking to Daddy today when he was at work.
Talking to Daddy

Here is Peanut in the hat that Grandpa got for her when she turned one. She loves wearing it around the house these days. I think it makes her look like a kid so I don't let her wear it too much! Ha! :)
Kiddo

I added a link list on the side to sites that offer ideas of activities to do with toddlers. Tonight Peanut and I made a rain bottle (put rice inside a bottle) and a bubble bottle (added water, dish soap, and blue food coloring to a bottle). There are some great ideas on these sites.

Lastly I wanted to share a recipe from Rachael Ray that I have made a couple of times. It's so yummy.

Mini-Cannelloni Bake
1 lb. ziti or ditalini (I use the whole grain pasta)
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 - 2 lb. ground beef, veal, or chicken (I used ground turkey.)
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
2 boxes of frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed of excess water
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 c. milk
A few grates of fresh nutmeg (I didn't have that.)
Salt and pepper
1 c. grated parmigiano reggiano cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place large pot water of salted water over high heat and bring it to a boil. Cook the pasta to al dente. Drain and keep in pot.
While the pasta is cooking, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 T. olive oil. Add ground meat to pan and break up. Let brown about 6-7 min.
Add onion and garlic to pan and continue cooking until has onion softened, 6-7 minutes. Add spinach and cook about 1 minute to heat through, then season mixture with salt and pepper.
While the onions are cooking, place a medium sized pot over medium high heat and melt butter. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and the cook the mixture for about 1 minute. Whisk the milk into the butter-flour mixture and cook until the liquid has thickened up. Season the sauce with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
Add meat-onion mixture and sauce to pot with pasta and stir to evenly combine. Transfer to casserole dish and sprinkle cheese over top. Put in oven and bake until cheese is melted and golden brown about 10 minutes.

The last time I made this I only used 1 box of spinach and half a bag of frozen peas. We liked that combo in it. So good and Peanut likes it too!

-Mama

1 comment:

Joy said...

Yum! This post made me hungry! So glad you're all feeling better. Dawson & I were sick, but we had bronchitis. I LOVE that Cora likes talking on the phone! Too cute!
I miss you!