Wordful Wednesday –

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Last night while laying in bed, Razz started to doodle before dozing off. She first showed us just the head and hair and then she finished it off w/the face. pDaddy helped her w/the eyes b/c they were just little dots. Still, pretty good for an almost 2.5 year old, right?

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Kinda reminds me of Sid from “Sid the Science Kid”:
sid from "Sid the Science Kid"

OR

Wybie from the movie “Coraline”:
wybie from the movie "coraline"

PS – I HATE being sick!
I hate being sick.

WW – It’s Beginning to (FINALLY) look a lot like Christmas…

We’ve had our tree up for a few weeks now, but didn’t finish putting all the ornaments up until late last week. I usually have some sort of color theme/scheme for our tree (duh…doesn’t everyone?).

We’ve had some kiddie craft sessions and so can you guess what our theme is this year? Why, YUP, it is Kiddie themed. We decorated it with their foam craft ornament creations and accented it using some old red ball ornaments, snowflakes and icicles I’ve used pretty much every year since I moved out of my parents’ house in 2002. You’ll also see their “first year” ornaments and some Dora and Rudolph ornaments. Couldn’t find Frosty ones 😦

I present to you, our CHRISTMAS TREE v.2009 🙂
Christmas Tree 2009

I, actually, really, really, really, REALLY like it 🙂 It’s fun, festive and showcases the girls’ creativity! At first, I thought of getting a small tree for them and then still keep a more fancy-schmancy theme on our regular tree, but really? We have no room for a smaller tree and besides, I really like it (did I say that already?). I think this is the best tree we’ve ever had! Great job to my girls, cousin T and Auntie Chris from TX who was took some time out of her schedule to help craft w/the girls!

Here are some close-ups of their creations…Santa by Razz & Mommy; Rudolph by Beans & Mommy; Yellow ornament by Beans:
Santa Rudolph Yellow

Red by Beans; Yellow by Razz; Green by Beans; Yellow Ball w/sequins by my 14 yo SD (and an old icicle that’s been with us forever):
Red Yellow & Green yellow ball

Here’s the set-up. pDaddy actually did the putting up of the tree this year – by HIMSELF! BIG Round of APPLAUSE, please 😉 lol I was feeling exhausted so he actually done did it all by his lonesome…

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LOVE this pic of Razz (and yes, she’s obsessed w/her tutu):
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Putting up and then staring at their works of art:
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Yes, my 1st round of decorators did an A-OK job 😀 :
after putting up the tree

And here’s just me w/the girls:
Me and my decorators My Beanster
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A Lesson in Aesthetics…in cooking

I need one. Or maybe I should have titled this “A Lesson in Presentation” instead?

pDaddy’s really the chef around here and cooks most of our dinners during the week. Yes, I know I’m a lucky gal 😉 There are times when I get into a cooking whim and I go and make things I learned from Mommy Dearest or even venture out on new recipes I find via the internet or PDub’s Cookbook (which was given to me by the ever so thoughtful, MissZoot, for donating to her TnT efforts…go ahead go, read and donate, I’ll be here when you get back 😉 ).

So welcome back…Where was I? Oh yes, the food turns out great and it tastes yummy – as everyone says…Of course, they could just be being polite, but I digress. Anyway, they say it tastes great, but I need a lesson in presentation. The food is good once it’s eaten, but it doesn’t necessarily look yummy.

A couple of weekends ago, I cooked a feast fit for Thanksgiving – sans Turkey. Why? Well, my SIL and her fam were headed back to TX on Monday after a 3 week visit and it was their last weekend here. We were going to go out to eat, but forecast was snow and we decided it was best to stay in. On the menu? Siomai (pork & shrimp dumpling type things), Nilaga (filipino soup), Asian Beef in the crockpot and Baked Salmon w/mayo and tomatoes.
The spread

EVERYTHING turned out YUM! But again, not so appetizing looking…

These right here are the Steamed Pork & Shrimp Shumai. I must have steamed these puppies too long b/c the wrapper wasn’t sticking. Then again, I think I just realized that I doubled the recipe, but didn’t double the egg…hmmm…that could be it too. Maybe that missing egg was what I needed to hold everything in place.
Pork & Shrimp Steamed Siomai/Shumai

Over here is the Baked Salmon w/mayo and tomatoes. I took the foil off too early so the mayo looks all burnt, but it was still YUM and was all gone (I had 2 trays of this, by the way).
Baked Salmon w/mayo and tomatoes

This is Beef Nilaga w/beef bone marrow (so not healthy)…This is a staple Filipino soup and is even more yum during the cold winter months.
Beef Nilaga

I also need to get nicer serving dishes, tablecloths, serving spoons, etc… I just don’t have the space to store it all (our basement isn’t finished and I would hate to have to go up and down to get what I need, but maybe that’s what it takes). Then again, we don’t have the spare cash to get nice ones anyway…ah such is life…Still, note to self: bigger kitchen w/lots of cabinets for our next house – whereever it may be.

On a separate day, but keeping with the subject, I made Prairie Moons (pDub’s cookbook calls them “Egg in a Hole”). I have been making these for years now, but still can’t make them look pretty. Maybe I have the burner on too high? Maybe I need new pans?
prairie moon aka egg in a hole aka a gazillion other names

Well, hot damn, now I’m hungry. Think I want me some of that Beef Nilaga soup to warm up…Girls are a bit under the weather and soup is good for them…Too bad our freezer is looking pathetic. Do I even have all ingredients for this – namely the beef? lol Actually, I wish we still had leftovers! That was good food and I need to just remember to make it look good for next time 😉