Thursday, January 28, 2010

"name your bean" hummus


Lunch (for me) is SOOO boring at out house lately. The boys are happy as ever scarfing down a rotating menu of turkey/cheese, peanut butter/soy butter and grilled cheese. I mean happy! Actually, Xavier would eat cream cheese and green olives on toast everyday if I would let him but that is a recipe for another day!! Anyway, the thought of yet another lunch of pretzels dipped in peanut butter for me was less than I wracked my brain for something different that I could make in say, 2 minutes. Hummus came to mind. I usually have an assortment of canned chickpeas on hand for days such as this but today I was out of luck. I did however, have some cannellini beans that I thought would do the trick.

My general hummus recipe goes something like this:


1 can chickpeas or other bean, drained and rinsed
1 clove garlic
2-3 T. tahini
1/2 t. cumin
juice of one lime or 1/2 lemon
2-3 T olive oil
dash of hot pepper flakes or cayenne

Place in food processor and process until smooth. Add a couple of T of water if it is too thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


I happened to have some green onions on hand so I threw a couple of those in there too and blended them up just for fun. I put some in a tortilla and topped with some cilantro and a little more green onion and lunch was served. If I would have had some pita bread, cucumber, sprouts and maybe a little red pepper it would have been divine!! Regardless, it sure beat peanut butter! I made it again with black beans the next day and it would have been great on some tortilla or pita chips....if I wasn't too lazy, I mean busy, to go out and get them!!

Will the kids eat this?? Xavier, of course! Dax? Not a chance. NO WAY! Not even with a GOOD bribe.

Speaking of bribes..... the other night our conversation went something like this.

ME: Dax if you want this...


then you have to eat your broccoli!

DAX: Tan I have tetchup?

ME: For what???

DAX: For my brotowee.

ME: What??

DAX: For my brotowee! (said loudly and slowly)

ME: Sure...whatever it takes. (Ketchup is a food group in our house. At least it is made from a vegetable...or technically a fruit, right?!?)


DAX: I'm finished!!! Can I have my 'anana trit?

ME: What is this....?????


DAX: I only like the tops. That is the brotowee. The bottom is not brotowee.....can I have my 'anana trit pwease?

You have got to give him credit for trying!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

a blanket of fresh fallen snow

is the perfect canvas for snow angels! Last week when we endured frigid temps here in KY, the boys were seemingly unaffected. We bundled up and headed outside every day. Here they are on the first day of the fresh fallen snow.



Xavier stands back to admire his work.


"It's missing something!!" he exclaimed.



Man, I LOVE this child:)

He proceeded to adorn Dax's angel with a halo as well.


A coaching moment on the intricacies of the perfect snow angel.


It is almost is perfect.


Now this is my perfection.