Tuesday, March 20, 2012


You've gotta get with the program. You're killing me here.

In other news... Lily's home from Florida!!! I missed that little bug!!

We went for a walk and hung out on the stoop.

And the cheese man at the grocery store gave her a cheese treat this morning. Her favorite!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Good Day!

It's been such a nice day so far! I made banana pancakes for breakfast! They are so good! I didn't need syrup on mine!

I even made it to lunch with friends! Not a bad day at all!

Banana Pancakes:
1 scant cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp sugar
mix dry ingredients and set aside
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp melted unsealed butter
Mix wet ingredients and combine with dry ingredients.
Slice in 2 bananas (and then mash them a bit with a potato masher or pastry cutter)

Cook on a lightly greased griddle or skillet like you would any other pancake!

They freeze well too (if there are any leftover). This recipe is halved and it made about 8 pancakes.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Have you tried Ugli Fruit?

Lily's family turned us on to this great produce market that we've been shopping at for a few weeks now. They have a huge variety of items, some that I've never even heard of.
Yesterday when I was there something compelled me to buy an Ugli Fruit. The small description explained that it was a hybrid of pineapple and orange and that sounded delicious!

It was big like a grapefruit with really tough but easy to peel skin. The fruit was light yellow and sweeter than an orange. It only had the slightest pineapple flavor. It was pretty good!
Maybe I'll get something else new next time I go!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Me? Hiking?

Yes indeed.
We went with our friends John & Fiona (and their new dog, Pliny). They hike a lot and offered to take us along today. I made it! Bryan was sure I could go at least as long as the baby dog.
We hiked the Blue Hills just south of Boston.

Lunch on the hillside.

Boston in the distance.

The harbor in the distance.
It was so sunny and about 60 degrees. A perfect day to spend outside!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I don't know if you know,

But I'm pretty good at drawing.

Lily and I are working our way through the alphabet. Every day we write our letter and think of things that start with that letter. We look for that letter all day and go back to our drawings during lunch time (we can see the easel from the table) for review.

Anyway, back to my drawing abilities...
I feel like I'm an alright drawer. I can always get my point across. I can draw anything from looking at it, but from memory I'm a bit of a loose cannon especially when it comes to animals!!!
So we came to the letter of the day and it just so happened to be "M."
We drew mama, milk, a mouse, a muffin... And a 'monkey' in the loosest sense of the word, mind you. Well, here: just see for yourself.

He's doing 'the creep.' Why are his arms like that? Why is he tip-toeing? Why is his tail bushy like a squirrel's? Oh, the shame.
I drew him and then cried I was laughing so hard.
After Bryan said he had T-Rex arms, I figured I could come up with a way to fix him.

And because I like to keep it real, here are a few other animal gems from the alphabet files:

Oh, boy. If by 'gorilla' you mean 'special-pig-bear', then yes it does resemble a gorilla.

That horse is a little wolf-like and may have a broken jaw.

I think my iguana is quite nice, actually. Please note the shading and use of several well-blended colors.

I know this kangaroo looks wrong, but I genuinely have no idea what I could have done differently here.

The owl looks afraid.

I guess my pig is okay. By comparison he's practically photo-realistic!