Friday, May 20, 2011

Dinnertime! Pepper-Crusted Steak Wraps

There are some things I miss about receiving the daily Washington Post in print form. The thing I miss most is the food section. I can look at it online, but it's just not the same. This yummy recipe from the WashPo is great for a casual dinner or pool party. Summer is almost here! Pepper-Crusted Steak Wraps. It has some of my favorite ingredients: steak, fresh basil and avocado. Tater wasn't too keen on the wraps, but Monkey ate most of his. Go figure.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Garden in May

Spring is finally here and things are blooming and growing. The boys and I finally got around to planting a vegetable garden.
A few weeks ago, we sowed some mesclun lettuce seeds in an old under the bed storage bin and have enjoyed some delicious salads.

We used a small sandbox to plant beans (on the outside), radishes and carrots in the middle. The radishes look good- a great vegetable for the immediate gratification gardener, but I don't have much hope for the carrots. I built a small (4x2 ft) raised bed garden out of some old wood. We planted some peppers, butternut squash, cucumbers, and zucchini.

On the other side of the house in a small bed near the unsightly hvac and water meter, I planted few tomatoes - a gift of our green thumb neighbor. It's been raining a lot, so I hope we have a great crop. I planted a few herbs too: cilantro, basil and thyme.

Our lavender and mint has come back too. I love the wonderful mingling of aromas as I walk around the backyard. The boys are very excited and enjoy checking on the progress of our vegetables every day.

My lovely Siberian irises are growing. I divided them last fall and planted a big clump in the front. They did not disappoint. Twice as big as last year. I just love the way the purple just pops. These are in the backyard.


I used to love to cook, but I haven't had the time or the energy to whip up something fabulous lately. However, I have decided to get myself out of the recipe rut and start making more interesting dinners. Here's what we had last night...

The boys liked it all. Peanut butter with spaghetti?! What could be better!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tater's Ironman Bedroom and Monkey's Transportation Bedroom

I'm beginning to plan the boys' new rooms. I know it's months away, but surfing online is much easier than actually painting and moving furniture.

Tater loves Ironman, so I decided to use the colors (red and gold) as a theme. That way, if Ironman falls out of favor I won't have to redo his room. IKEA has some great bedding.

Luke's is this I like that they are similar, but distinctive. This is a poster I plan to hang in Monkey's room. It's from a National Book Festival we went to a couple of years ago. Jan Brett illustrated the poster, and I think its wonderful.More to come...

Pirate Festival and Nursery Plans

This past Saturday, we took the boys to a local Pirate Festival. We had a great time. I've been trying to improve my photo skills, and I took this one of parrots I really liked. Every pirate needs a parrot, right? I've been thinking of hanging photos of places we've been as art in the boys' room. Now, that we plan on have a third, I'll need photos for a nursery! That's right, I'm about 17 weeks pregnant. We'll have to play musical rooms with boys moving downstairs to separate bedrooms. #3 is getting his/her own room. I don't really have a theme in mind, since I'm just going to use stuff we had from the boys. I did a Classic Pooh theme, but painted over the murals. Just as well, I was getting sick of them. The bedding and other items had a color scheme with blue, green and yellow. I think those colors will work for a girl or boy. I think I'll include the parrots, since #3 came along for the adventure. Here's some of the things I'm planning in the nursery...

I love this cross-section green fabric, but not sure where to use it. Bed skirt, maybe? I'm going with a breathable bumper this time.
Our old crib was recalled and rickety anyway, so we're getting a Gulliver bed from IKEA.

Green fabric bins for our Closetmaid shelves.