The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and Cooking through My Grief

Taking it one recipe at a time. 2013 will be mainly focused on "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook," by Dinah Bucholz, and how doing what I love, cooking, being with my family and reading Harry Potter will help me process my grief associated with loosing my 3 week old daughter, Ruby, on November 18th, 2011.
Join me for a "culinary magical masterpiece" throughout 2013!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scripture for the Day

"Organize yourselves;
prepare every needful thing, and establish a house,even a house of Prayer, a house of Fasting, a house of Faith,a house of Learning, a house of Glory, a house of Order,
a house of God."
D&C 88:119

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Its Just a Phase(I Hope)

My sweet baby girl who very frequently surprises us with new adorable little faces, or new words, or while driving in the car repeats "I love you," over and over again, has also just started some not so cute patterns of behavior that I hope do not stick around for long! One of them is that she just discovered a higher pitched scream that she love to pull out while we are driving in the car. Of course to get her to stop I attempted scolding her or giving her legs a little squeeze, but it would not really help out the situation. So, yesterday I decided to just ignore the behavior. I hoped that if she did not get a reaction from me then I would not be reinforcing the behavior and causing it to continue. Sure enough it helped. She did not completely stop screaming but she didn't do it as often or for as long, (I also got some earplugs in the car which just help to block out the high pitch's of her scream, but allows me to still focus on driving and not going mad, and still be aware of everything around me.) If you have a screamer perhaps you can try this technique and see if it helps.
The second and much more annoying habit that has been learned by my little angel is that she loves to push, shove and hit. The other day I was at story time at the library reading Rose a book when a little girl came over to hear the story. Before I knew it was going to happen Rose had pushed this little girl in the face hard enough for her to stick out her bottom lip and get teary eye'd. I felt so bad and somewhat like I am a bad Mom because I have not taught my 18 month old to get along with other kiddo's yet...but then again maybe all 18 month old children go through this phase and the parents each go through the mortification of trying to figure out how to fix the problem before you have enemies everywhere you go because your child is the mean one. We have tried time out (we put her in her crib for 1 1/2 minutes) but she tends to really enjoy her crib time and doesn't even cry, so time out is a happy place for her, and a happy place for me to have her be, when war breaks out between my angel daughter and her angel friends.
What are techniques you've done with your children to teach them the art of being kind to others?

Friday, September 24, 2010

The 12 Dollar Sandwich

My Husband and I went on a beautiful walk tonight for our date. Next to the entrance of the walking path was a cute little place to eat with quite a few people there. We decided to stop in to look at the menu and decide if we were going to eat their or not. The waitress handed us the menu and when we saw that a Grilled Cheese Sandwich was $12 we decided that it probably wouldn't be the best choice for us. Not because a $12 Cheese Sandwich doesn't sound delicious, but because we can think of a whole lot of other things we would want to spend $12 on. Its so great being tight on cash, when you get to spend that time with your best friend! What have you done with your hubby for cheap/fun date nights? We are open to ideas! Especially once the weather turns cold and we can't go for walks anymore.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Inspirational Quote

"It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself,
that determines how your life's story will develop."
President Uchtdorf, "Your Happily Ever After."
April 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

If you were a Spice...

If you were a spice, and I don't mean if you were one of the "Spice Girls" which would you be. I am meaning a cooking spice that you absolutely LOVE to cook with. My most recent addiction is"Rosemary." I LOVE Rosemary and add it to recipe's that don't even call for it because deep down I know that it will just make my dish amazingly delicious! I even bought a Rosemary bush at the beginning of the Summer and planted it right outside my front door so that all who come to my house will smell the welcoming aroma of Rosemary...the plant just hasn't gotten very big yet because I keep going out and taking off the little leaves to use in my cooking. Maybe next year its great scent will assault my visitors and make them stop and just smell the refreshing scent of Rosemary before they knock on my door.
I need some more spice addiction in my life, so really share with me what your spice addiction is.