Monday, May 16, 2011

Dashel: 10 months recap

The past month flew by. Crazy fast. 
Month 10 proved a little challenging for me and little guy.
Let's just say that he has definitely discovered his strong will and determination. I am used to having a strong willed child (ahem, Oliver) but I've always considered Dashel my easy going/go with the flow baby. Well, time to buckle my seat belt, because these boys are some wild hearted ones.

Here are some things that Dashel fell in love with this past month.

1. Dogs- We dog-sat for our friends and Dash fell in love with chasing the poor little dog around. He actually started trying to say dog: "Da- ga". So sweet. It was a very entertaining 4 days.

2. Teething biscuits. Maybe he was vibing off of the dog being around, but he loves chopping and drooling on baby teether biscuits.

3. Biting. He loves to bite. Working on breaking that habit. 

4. Laughing at the word "No". He thinks it is hilarious when I tell him "No", of course saying it doesn't actually deter him at all from doing whatever he had in mind to do. But at least it stops him for a second and gives him a good belly laugh. 

5. Jumping. He loves holding onto the edge of anything, and violently jumping and shaking. So funny.

6. Music. This is my favorite of his new discoveries. He LOVES loves music. Especially beating and strumming on his daddy's or  his brother's guitar. He sings too. omg. So precious. 

7. Hanging upside down. If he had the choice I don't think he'd be right-side up anymore. 

8. Being naked. And just in time for summer weather too. We have a little song we like to sing at diaper changing time - "Air that booty out" It mostly started because he is SUCH a hassle to get re-dressed after a diaper change. It is really all we can do to even get a diaper back on him. Chubby little nakey boy.

9. He still adores the outdoors. Which has been fun for morning walks.

10. Snuggles. For a little bit it seemed like he was changing his tone of snuggling. But I'm happy to report that he is back in the cuddle zone. Which makes me infinitely happy.

You are my prize. I'm in love with you more everyday. I'm in love with watching you grow and change. It is breaking my heart that you are about to enter your 11th month, and you are not far from being a 1 year old. I cannot believe that. But I cherish every second with you, sweet boy. And no matter your age you'll always be my baby. Love love love, Your mama. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Veggie Burrito Recipe

I love mexican style food. Growing up in SoCal I got to eat authentic mexican cuisine. We frequented a mom and pop restaurant that made the best enchiladas and shirley temples. yum. 
As I've gotten older I've discovered that I like to experiment with classic dishes adding fresh ingredients and some unexpected flavor pairings. 
This recipe for Veggie Burritos came out of what I liked to refer to as a "Random Fridge Day"
which basically translates into... I need to go to the store but maybe I can pull something together with all the random things we have left.

So here it goes.

1 can rinsed black beans
3-4 sweet mini peppers. Sliced
( I mainly use these because they're a great size and I like the variation in color)
1/2 red or white onion. Chopped
1 medium sized butternut squash. Peeled and cubed.
(The pre-packaged ready to cook squash is good in a pinch, but I cut them down smaller)

Sour Cream or plain greek yogurt
Olive oil
Seasonings: salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder 
Good quality tortillas or some freshly made ones

Oh and some fresh Guacamole

For the guacamole I used 1 ripened avocado, smashed.  I seasoned with salt, pepper, cumin and a little lime juice.

On a cookie sheet toss together olive oil to coat squash. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until softened and lightly caramelized. Salt and pepper if desired. 

Heat rinsed black beans on med-low until heated through. 

Saute onion and bell peppers in olive oil on medium high until slightly softened. Try not to overcook- I think they taste better if they still have a slight crunch to them. Season with a little salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and chili powder. I always just season to taste so I don't have exact amounts. 

Chiffon mint leaves (I used mint from my garden) 
Heat tortillas in a large non-stick pan until light browned on both sides 
 Assemble the burrito however you like. 

I know adding the mint seems a little odd, but you should definitely give it a taste before you judge it. 

Viola! Dinner (or lunch!) is served.

This is such a light tasting but filling meal. It is perfect for a hot summer day when you want something that tastes super fresh and delicious.