April 30, 2010
This month’s recipe benefits from seasonal spring vegetables to make for light and healthy fare. Don’t worry if you live in an apartment or if it’s still too cold where you live to be cooking outside. These recipes can be easily adapted for an indoor grill.
Asian-style Seared Tuna and Asparagus
4 Tuna Steaks (I usually find Ahi Tuna Steaks frozen for a great price at Trader Joe’s)
2 teaspoons grated ginger root
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 bunches asparagus, trimmed
1. Combine the ginger, garlic, sugar, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar with ¼ teaspoon of pepper in a shallow baking dish. Add the tuna and asparagus and marinate 10 minutes while you heat the grill to medium high.
2. Put the tuna and asparagus on the grill. DON”T MOVE THE TUNA AROUND! This will just result in tearing your steaks. Cook your steaks for 3-4 minutes on one side- turning them when they easily release from the grill grates and have formed a nice crust. Then cook on the other side for 3 minutes. If you want your steaks more on the well done side- cook them for a few minutes longer. I prefer my tuna on the medium rare side.
3. The asparagus is really easy to Grill. Put it on the grill lengthwise so it won’t fall through the grates and cook until it until it shows some nice grill marks.
April 29, 2010
If you have not seen High Society here is a little clip of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby singing my favorite, "Did You Ever?". A great movie (with great clothes).
Images courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum and Bridechic
April 27, 2010
Here is a little blurb about it:
While in Milan we found this cool idea that should come in handy for all of you young mums and dads out there. This interesting looking locker fits well in any bedroom and ensures that all the baby items are in one place. Diapers, bottles, clothes, anything small can be fit in the wall locker. We like the fact that it occupies little space as well as its opening system and the easy access to the stored items. It is not mandatory for the lockers to only be used for small baby objects. When the kids grow up, the storing cabinets can easily be placed in their room.
It does remind me a little of the changing tables in public restrooms but I could probably deal if I really needed the space. What do you guys think? A genius idea or just another pointless product to lure soon to be parents?
Image courtesy of FreshHome
April 26, 2010
Lillyana has always loved looking at books. We started buying her books before she was born and I was one of those moms that read to her when she was still in the belly. Lately she has been on a story kick. She will sometimes want 3 or 4 books a night. I thought I would share some of our favorites.
The Tushy Book by Fran Munishkin
Tushy really is fun to say. This book is all about tushies and how important they are.
Taking A Bath With the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy
by Scott Menchin
One little girl can’t think of what makes her truly happy so she asks everyone else what works for them. This is a fun book about how the little silly things are what can truly make you happy.
Big Black Bear by Wong Herbert Yee
This fun book is all about manners when a young bear stumbles out of the woods and makes himself at home in a little girl's house. Mess and chaos ensue until Mama bear shows up.
Other books we love:
Green Eggs and Ham
I Love You Forever
Guess How Much I Love You?
The Belly Button Book
Hop on Pop
What are some of your favorites?
April 21, 2010
We are not required to separate our recycling so everything gets tossed in together. These might be fun to just print out and stick in random places. Of course that would be wasting ink and paper which is harmful for the environment.
These would be great in a classroom or place to encourage kids to recycle just because they are so cute.
Image courtesy of Jinjerup
April 20, 2010
We made homemade English muffin pizza’s and enjoyed some brownies with ice cream. Here is the breakdown.
2 packages of English Muffins - $1.39 each (they were on sale for ½ off)
1 jar Prego spaghetti sauce - $1.19 (on sale)
2 packages of shredded pizza cheese - $.99 each
1 gallon vanilla ice cream - $2.59 (priciest item but worth it)
Under $10 for an afternoon of fun. This fed 3 adults and 5 kids who, by the way, got to make the pizza’s themselves. Fun for all.
It was worth it just for this end result....
How did you spend your $10?
Excuse the quality of these photos - my phone has been my go to photo source lately.
April 16, 2010
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April 9, 2010
Halsman holds the record for most LIFe magazine covers (101) and this exhibit features a series he called "Jumpology". When photographing famous celebrities and artist for the magazine he would shout JUMP and they did. The exhibit features 50 photographs such as Marilyn Monroe (above), Audrey Hepburn and even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
You can see more images and read about the exhibition here. To learn more about Philippe Halsman click here.
Celebrate this weekend and JUMP!
Image courtesy of the Laurence Miller Gallery
April 8, 2010
Have you guys heard of Kideos? It's You Tube for kids. All of the content is divided by age groups and you don't have to worry about some obscenities flying out of some punk kids mouth when you accidentally click on a video. Of course there are the cute cat playing piano videos and babies dancing to Beyonce but I would imagine that even a toddler would find that funny. You can even find lists of the top ten viewed videos on their blog.
April 6, 2010
So, now you know why my posting has been sporadic. Needless to say I have been feeling less than great, but seem to be on an upswing lately. So there will be lots more post coming your way. Come to think of it - there will be a little more baby related post in the future! We have a nursery to decorate and a little girls room to convert to a big girls room. Plus lots of new stuff in the garden to work on. I'm exhausted already.
April 2, 2010
On April 17 you can also visit your local AC Moore to participate in a create your own puzzle workshop. Help get the message across. Can't make it on April 17? Here are instructions on how to make your own puzzle at home.
Image courtesy of AC Moore
April 1, 2010
Image courtesy of The Purl Bee.