Yummy Food

The past week or so we have tried some new and very yummy recipes. I thought I would share so you guys can try them, too!

Cajun Chicken Pasta (this one was so good, I have made it twice in less than two weeks!)

4 ounces linguine pasta
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced into thin strips
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
4 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 green onion, minced
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add linguine pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.

2. Meanwhile, place chicken and Cajun seasoning in a zip-lock bag and toss to coat.

3. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute chicken in butter until no longer pink and juices run clear, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add green and red bell peppers, sliced mushrooms and green onions; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat, and stir in heavy cream. Season the sauce with basil, lemon pepper, salt, garlic powder and ground black pepper, and heat through.

4. In a large bowl, toss linguine with sauce. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Chocolate Mint Cookies (I have made these before. They are SO easy and SO yummy!)

3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
36 Andes Mints

1. In a large pan over low heat, cook butter, sugar and water until butter is melted. Add chocolate chips and stir until partially melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted. Pour into a large bowl and let stand 10 minutes to cool off slightly.

2. At high speed, beat in eggs, one at a time into chocolate mixture. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients, beating until blended. Chill dough about 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

4. Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. While cookies are baking unwrap mints and divide each in half. When cookies are brought out of the oven, put 1/2 mint on top of each cookie. Let the mint sit for up to 5 minutes until melted, then spread the mint on top of the cookie. Eat and enjoy!

Orange Creamsicle Pops (I really like making homemade popsicles for Lea. The possibilities are endless!)
1 cup of milk (I used organic, whole milk)
6 oz of vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup of orange juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
handful of ice cubes
1. Blend first 4 ingredients together in a blender until well blended.
2. Add ice and blend more.
3. At this point, you can either drink immediately as a smoothie or pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
I hope you'll try these easy and delicious recipes. Enjoy!


Happy Father's Day

Dear Kevin, You are the BEST daddy any little girl could ever dream of. Really!

I love that you take time out for your family, even when your work is utterly exhausting and time consuming. I love that you work so hard so I am able to fulfill my own dream of staying home with Lea. I love that you read children's books in character (even though Grover often sounds like he's from Tijuana!) and that you read the same one over and over and over, again. I love that you care about teaching things to Lea while you play together. I love that you help with bath time and bed time. I love that you help with getting dinner on the table. I love that you sing to Lea (even though it's so out of tune and you are obviously, slightly embarrassed, because you sing so quietly). I love how much you care for your family and want what's best for us.

You are not taken for granted. You are a fabulous husband & daddy and we are lucky girls to have you in our lives. Thank you for everything you do for us. We love you more than words can express!

Happy Father's Day, Daddy!!!

Swimming on her own!!!
Trying to get her to blow bubbles...

Best daddy ever reading a bed time story. :)


Talking and talking and talking

Lea is talking SO much these days. She tries to say just about anything and everything. Sometimes it sounds correct... and sometimes I have no clue what she's trying to say! She is also starting to put words together (other than "all done", "night-night" and "bye-bye"). When we took Kevin to the airport earlier this week, she said "Daddy, airplane". And, yesterday, my mom & grandmother swear she said "Bailey eat cracker"! I'm not sure I believe them, though. lol

I've signed Lea up for some fun activities this summer. This month it's soccer. She has two soccer classes with about 10 other children. I think she's the youngest in the class, but she was one of the best behaved. The instructor had them "warm up" by touching their toes, jumping and marching. Then they got to practice kicking the soccer ball across the room, balancing their foot on the ball and kicking the ball into goals. Their "cool down" was playing with a parachute. Lea loved that part! They tossed the parachute up in the air and then climbed under it before it came down.

In July she will take a toddler "dance" class. It's four classes (one a week) and I am really looking forward to it! I think Lea will have a blast. She loves to dance around the house and she LOVES music. August will be basketball and then starting in September, she will go to "Wiggle & Worship" at the church. hehehe I just love that name... Wiggle & Worship! I image they will just be running around singing "Jesus Loves Me" and stuff. ;)

Lea's Great 'Gamma' is visiting right now and Lea loves the extra attention. I think it's so great to have FOUR generations together in one room. Really special.

Here are some pictures from the past few days...

Checking out the dinosaur at the Natural Sciences museum.
My happy girl in her favorite Elmo jammies!

Playing with Great Gamma

Working on their lawn mowers.

Helping mommy in the kitchen.

Balancing on her soccer ball!