June 30, 2011

Code red: Foo Foo

If you’re not a family member or close friend of mine…you’re probably wondering, what the heck is a “foo foo”? It’s a made up name for a baby’s blanket (aka a security blankie).

When my sister was a baby she had a foo foo a term my mom made up and it’s stuck around ever since. Well when the LM (lil man) was born we were given a little blue blanket as a gift from a dear friend. It’s a felty material on one side and a silky material on the other. She told me that I should sleep with the blanket for a few weeks before giving it to the LM so it would smell like me. I did just that and gave it to him around 4 months old. It was like a little piece of miracle fabric…every time he had it in hand he would instantly put his thumb in his mouth and calm. From that point on he was hooked…and so was I. We never left the house without the foo foo and I actually ordered a few extra to keep on hand…

As LM grew and got older and wiser he started playing a game where he’d throw the foo foo and cry till you picked it up. I quickly learned of these snap strings that they sell at buy buy baby which I attached to his car seat and stroller to avoid this sticky situation. Well guess what? He has now learned how to unsnap the foo foo from this gimicky string…

So yesterday we were having a fabulous day. We went to the park and had a lovely lunch at Shake Shack while enjoying the absolutely gorgeous weather. On the walk home the LM got a bit antsy to my surprise since he was well fed and it was nap time…and wanted out of the stroller. I went to pick him up and noticed – the foo foo was GONE. I frantically turned around to try and find it and I could not see it on the dirty streets of NYC anywhere. Normally this wouldn’t be a huge issue because I would go home and pull out one of my extras…but over the past few months we had lost two and the one extra…was at the house, in the laundry. Oh My Lord I thought. I’m dead. DEAD!

We get home and I immediately call the company who makes this foo foo – comfort silkie. I ask if they can be found anywhere in NY. They say NO. I ask can they ship over night? They say YES. Thank you lord. So I ordered 4 to ship overnight and called back after placing the order online to ensure the package would ship and got a tracking number.

Though I was extremely nervous, we made it through the night without the foo foo. But I’ll tell you this…it was touch and go and God bless the comfort silkie package that arrived today because boy LM was happy to be reunited with his little friend…and so was I.

That’s right…he wears it on his head as well as uses it to comfort his soul…hey, what can I tell ya?

xx, solidhex
categories: Little Miss Mommy
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June 27, 2011

A little bit of peanut butter chocolate crescent roll heaven

By now you may have heard of this site called Pinterest. My sister introduced it to me and I am fully addicted. My Aunt said it best tonight “I’m going to have to go to Pinterest rehab”. It’s such a fantastic site where you can browse photos that people have uploaded and you can “pin” them into your own boards which allows you to organize your images however you’d like and keep everything on file online. Very cool and a great way to get inspiration for parties, ideas for recipes, style, kids, etc.

So as I was browsing last week I came across a picture of Pillsbury dough crescent rolls spread with peanut butter and it immediately caught my interest since I’m a huge fan of both…

When you click on a picture on Pinterest you can find the website that the picture came from. This picture was from a site called For the Love of Cooking. Such an fantastic site with great recipes. I was so excited to try this recipe since it’s beyond easy and I had all ingredients on hand I whipped it up for breakfast the next morning.

First, you preheat the oven to 375. I then took a tube of crescent rolls and laid out the triangles on a non stick baking sheet. I slathered each with creamy peanut butter, sprinkled with some milk chocolate chips and rolled up as you normally would. I cooked for 11 minutes and they came out golden and oozing with gooey deliciousness! Now…just think what else I could stuff into these flakey treats?! I’ll have to get creative and keep you all posted on the results.

xx, Seri
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June 25, 2011

Gardening with the LM

My new favorite mommy and me activity is gardening. What great fun for the LM! He really gets involved by shoveling the dirt, helping me plant and watering the flowers. Today we planted hydrangeas. Super easy and they look absolutely stunning.

LM took great care of each plant that we put in the ground by going around giving all the flowers a really good drink of water…

He then took a sip of the water for himself…just to make sure it was OK for the flowers.

And voila! End results…though we’ll be planting one more to even the garden out on the right.

For the kids – this turtle tote set is fantastic from Melissa and Doug.

xx, solidhex
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June 24, 2011

A tropical night’s dinner

Tonight we had a very tropical meal packed with tons of fresh flavors, fruits and fish. On the menu:

Mango salsa

Salmon pineapple skewers with pepper glaze and lime creme fraiche

Grilled shrimp with cilantro, lime and peanuts

Grilled zucchini

Cumin baked sweet potatoes

I had found all of these recipes online and in the Small Bites cook book that I have but I basically just used the recipes for inspiration and then made them my own…

All recipes below were made for 4 people.

Mango salso:

1 mango diced

1 tomato seeded and diced

2 spears of pineapple diced (these will be leftover from the pineapple you use for the skewers)

1/2 red onion chopped fine

handful of cilantro chopped

Juice of 1 lime

salt to taste

Mix everything together and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Salmon pineapple skewers with pepper glaze and lime creme fraiche

For the paste:

1 jalepeno pepper

1/2 yellow onion, chunked up

6 cloves garlic, un-peeled

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

4 tbsp brown sugar

good pinch of salt and pepper

In a nonstick pan cook the whole pepper, onion and garlic (un-peeled) till they are nicely charred, about 7 minutes. Remove the pepper and place into a ziploc bag for at least 5 minutes. Let the onion and garlic cool. Remove the skin, seeds and stem from pepper and skin from the garlic cloves and add to blender or food processor. Add the onion, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and blend. Reserve for skewers.

For the dip:

To one container of creme fraiche add the zest and juice of 1 lime along with a handful of chopped cilantro. Place in fridge till ready to serve.

For the skewers:

1 pound salmon

1 pineapple

8 metal skewers (if you use wood make sure to soak them for at least 30 minutes prior to threading)

Cube up the salmon and pineapple into 1″ chunks. Thread pineapple and salmon onto the skewers and brush with the paste. Spray your BBQ with oil and head to medium high. Cook the skewers until the salmon turns pink. Serve with the lime creme fraiche.

Grilled shrimp with cilantro, lime and peanuts

Grilled zucchini

*didn’t change these recipes – took right from Martha Stewart’s website.

Cumin baked sweet potatoes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 2-3 sweet potatoes into wedges and place on a baking sheet. Cover with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with cumin seeds. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

xx, Seri
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June 23, 2011

Perfect pork

After a long day of working and errands plus throw in some gardening…I thought I’d try my hand at a super easy but delicious sounding recipe. Well, that’s just what it was. Easy + delicious. And as always, I have Martha to thank.

I went to my butcher out east, who I frequent quite often and I adore, and asked for some bone in pork chops. He said no problem…and came back from the industrial size fridge with basically…a pig. It had to be the freshest, tastiest piggy I’ve ever eaten. I don’t make pork often because I typically over cook it. But not this time…the pork turned out to be perfectly seasoned and incredibly juicy.
Follow this recipe to a tee and you will not be disappointed….I paired with a butter lettuce salad and some simple Jasmine rice.

Grilled pork chops with spice paste recipe ~

4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grates
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarse salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
4 bone-in pork loin chops (3 pounds total)

In a bowl, mix together garlic, oil, sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, and cayenne until a paste forms. Coat pork chops with paste and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 3).
Heat grill to medium-high; clean and lightly oil hot grates. Grill pork, covered, 5 minutes per side for medium. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

xx, Seri
categories: Little Miss Foodie, Pork
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