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March 23, 2015 / daryleverett

Catching up

It’s been a while.  I apologize.  I start posts from my mobile devices and then never get them completed. I guess that’s mom life.  My posts go on my to do list with my laundry, mopping, cleaning, and replying to emails for two weeks or more before.  These days my life is full. Full of activity. Full of laundry. Full of tears. Full of dishes. Full of joy. Full of “Can I say something Mommy? I love you.” Full of “Mumumum! Mu. (milk)”

I feel like I’m just eeking by some days.  Other days I decide to let the house go and spend the day (or the week) outside enjoying the beautiful Spring weather while it lasts.

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Tonight I have been reading through some old posts here. Tonight it full of tears. Tears over how far I’ve come in my battle with depression. Tears over how many feelings I had when my son was a toddler are echoed in the thoughts I have now. Tears of happiness that I have grown and don’t compare my toddlers but, mostly, accept their uniqueness.

I’ll catch you up on more later but for now, I’m off to bed before speech therapy and Pre-K learning need my attention alongside nursing and changing diapers.

Until next time, keep your head up!

~C2’s Mommie~

November 25, 2014 / daryleverett

Chicken soup on the fly

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I needed to use up some thawed chicken thighs and make something tasty for lunch in the yucky weather. Here’s what I came up with:

4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
4 cups homemade broth
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1/2 onion, sliced
Roughly 2 tsp garlic powder
Roughly 1 TBS Italian herbs
Himalayan pink salt to taste

Combine everything in a slow cooker. Cook on low for about 6 hours or until done. Reduce to warm until ready for serving.

This recipe got approval from both the baby and the big kid in my house.
Try it and let me know what special twist you put on it!

November 22, 2014 / daryleverett

Shredded chicken in a mixer!

Who would have thought! I was on the verge of selling my Kitchen Aid mixer because I had no use for it in my wheat-free, egg-free kitchen. I posted about my sorrow over selling such a nice item for $187 in a Facebook group for decluttering (40 Bags in 40 Days). Someone mentioned using hers to shred pork. I was shocked! This saved the mixer from the garage sale. Here is our first attempt. About 1 minute on “stir” yielded this beautifully shredded chicken for enchilada casserole.

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October 28, 2014 / daryleverett

Corn Soup

After roasting a chicken in the slow cooker, I used the bones to make broth. I only had enough bags for freezing half of my broth so the other half went into the refrigerator for soup.  Since there hadn’t been a soup on my menu, I needed to pull something together from the end-of-the-month ingredients on hand. I decided to put a bag of frozen corn into my broth and then go searching for a recipe.  A bit backwards I admit.
A quick internet search produced quite a few results. I decided to use this one that claims to be simple, quick and vegan as my jumping off pace.

I just kind of tossed things in, but for your sake I will try to share a somewhat precise process.

Corn and Potato Soup
6 cups broth (I used homemade chicken broth)
1/2 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed (if you don’t plan to blend your soup, mince or rice the garlic)
1 bag frozen corn (about 16 oz.)
5 small-medium yukon or other thin-skinned potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for sautéing garlic and onions
Taco seasoning for sprinkling in bowls
Cheese or cheese sub for garnish
Chives for garnish

Chop potatoes into equally sized chunks. If they are small, you can just quarter them.

Warm oil in a pot. Add onions and garlic and sauté. 
Add potatoes,salt and pepper, and stir them around in the onion-garlic mix. Cover them and let them steam for 5 minutes. I did all of this in a pan and then dumped the potato-onion-garlic mixture into my pot of broth.
Combine potato-onion-garlic mixture in a pot with broth and corn. You could measure out some taco seasoning here and mix it in if you wanted to season the whole pot at once. I used about 1/4 teaspoon per cup serving in my bowls because I wasn’t sure how it was going to taste and didn’t want to waste the whole pot if it was not appetizing. Adding it in the serving bowls also lets you omit it for little kids or picky adults plus it looks nice sprinkled on top.
Bring the broth mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender.

Simple Summer Corn Soup with the Minimalist Baker

October 27, 2014 / daryleverett

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

IMG_8765fbYesterday was pumpkin carving day at my house.  We don’t celebrate Halloween, but we do celebrate Fall and carve a pumpkin.  It’s Daddy’s thing he wants to do every year. Every year he complains about how difficult it is and then the next year he always asks for another pumpkin. It’s very cute actually.  I can’t decide if he forgets that he gets annoyed or if the experience with our kids is enough to make it worth the hassle.  Either way, I get the seeds every year to roast because freshly roasted pumpkin seeds are completely worth the effort.

I always like to experiment with the flavors.  This time I found a recipe for salted caramel pumpkin seeds on The Comfort of Cooking.  I’m not one to follow directions well.  I’m more of a free spirit I suppose.  I used her recipe but I didn’t soak them and I skipped the caramel sauce and instead sprinkled the hot pepitas (pumpkin seeds) with pink salt.  They are delightful. They are sticky. I’ve been snacking on them all day, C2 snagged a few bites and Sister got to lick the scrumptious coating off of one. Please visit The Comfort of Cooking and read the full recipe there. Maybe show her some love and tell her that I sent you if you have a hand that isn’t sticky while you eat these.

~D~

October 19, 2014 / daryleverett

Growing and learning

"I love mom" written by 4-year-old

I’m feeling rather introspective this week.  It has been a good week. A week filled with thoughts and experiences.  A week filled with frustrations and giggles. A week in which I looked at my children and saw all the potential in their lives.  A week  in which I wondered how I would make it to bedtime without breaking down into tears of frustration.  It’s been a week of challenges like every week but one in which I have been able to step back and realize that it’s not a bad life, just a bad day.

One thing that I have been reminded of this week by my children is that when I am continually find myself feeling frustrated with one of them, it is usually because he or she has reached a new developmental milestone that I haven’t adapted to.  I remember that when my son was a toddler and I was constantly frustrated, I  found new things for him to play with to challenge him and he wasn’t so needy for a while.  Recently I have been at my wit’s end with his behavior in public and toward his sister.  I know that some of it is the adjustment to having a sister, but it has been 8 months and at some point I can no longer just write it off as that and assume it will fix itself.  I began to consider the situation and discuss it with some of my online mama groups. I don’t know where I would be without them.

I have made a concerted effort to listen to C2 this week. You know the saying “listen to the little things so that one day they will tell you the big stuff because to them it has always been big stuff.”  That’s been resonating with me lately and as a result I’ve been trying to listen to him more. It’s hard. He talks incessantly. In really stopping to take the time to attend to his voice, I have discovered that he is hungry to learn to read.  He is reciting the titles of books and the predictable text from books as he finger-points accurately.  C1 didn’t understand that this is a big deal.  It is and I almost missed it by being caught up in life.  I could go on but I will summarize by saying that I am grateful that in this crazy week of ups and downs, I took the time to notice my boy and what he was telling me intentionally and not so intentionally.

What things have you almost missed with your kids because of life?  I’m sure I’m not alone in this crazy world of motherhood.

July 10, 2014 / daryleverett

I just read “Grow It, Build It, Save It! How one family saves over $11,000 each year, and you can too!”

I grabbed this book for free last night. It took about 30 minutes to read without ding the activities. It has some sounds ideas ranging from menu planning and cable to clothes and insurance. If you’re just starting on the journey and don’t know where to start, it’s a good place to start. For those who have already cut out many things, you may not find much new material. If you can scoop it up for free it’s worth tge read but I’d advise those who have been in the game a while to pass if it’s not on sale.  Grow It, Build It, Save It! How one family saves over $11,000 each year, and you can too! by Ross, Britni on Kindle for Android! http://www.amazon.com/kindleforandroid/

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