Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Medical Emergencies

F "hurt" himself this morning (the most minor of scrapes, barely 1/8" in both width and length).

F: Dadda, I hurt myself.
Me: I see that, bud. Want me to look at it?
F: No, we need to get some leeches!
Me: What? why?
F: To suck out the bad blood!!
Me: isn't that a little extreme??

Another one of those situations where I have no idea where he gets this from...

Chicken Pot Pie

Last night we were trying to think of things we could make for supper; my wife said, "What about a chicken pot pie?"

And from the hearth room, where the little one was playing with Legos, we heard, "Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot piiiiiee...."

Asparagus Basil Frittata

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 red potatoes
asparagus (a bunch, whatever quantity that is)
¼ cup of green onions (I use about three stalks)
2 cloves garlic
6 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 Tbsp mustard powder
salt, pepper to tas
1 container basil/tomato feta cheese (whatever size container that is – 2oz? 6 oz? I don’t know…)
1 bunch of fresh basil
Healthy But Non-Vegetarian Option: Package of (6) turkey sausage links

If you’re going to add them, set up a small skillet and brown the turkey sausage links per directions on a back burner.

Dice the potatoes. In a 10” oven-safe skillet (I recommend cast iron, about Size 8), heat the oil and sauté the potatoes for about 10 minutes on medium heat.

While that is cooking, snap the asparagus stalks at the natural breaking point. Put the bottom half in the compost bin and chop the upper half into bite-sized pieces. I cut mine at angles because I’m fancy; obviously you don’t have to do that. Chop the green onion and dice/press the garlic, while you’re at it. These three prepped items can be kept in the same bowl/plate. (I always organize my cooking by what ingredients are added at the same time, FYI.)

Crack the eggs into a larger metal bowl (shells to compost bin). Add the milk, mustard, salt, and pepper and whisk well.

When potatoes are done, add the asparagus, onions, and garlic and sauté for another 6-8 minutes or so. (Like my vagueness? I only do that when I’m cooking and I get it from my mum.) While those are cooking, dice the sausage (if adding). When potato/veggie mix is done, add sausage and mix up well.

Pour egg mixture into skillet. Occasionally push down the side of the pan with a spatula and tilt the pan to get runny egg mixture into the gap for better cooking. When there is still just a bit of uncooked egg on the top, add the feta cheese to the top of the mixture.

Put in oven on High broil for 3 minutes to finish cooking the top part and melt/partially brown the feta cheese. While the frittata is broiling, roll up the basil leaves and cut them into thin ribbons.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with the basil. Cut into slices and serve.

Take picture of awesome easy and fast dish and post on favourite social media platform.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

He's almost got it...

Last night, I was cleaning and putting away the cutting board and the large curved pizza cutter. It was given to us as a "cheese cutter" by Dana's uncle, so when Finley asked what it was, I told him it was a cheese cutter and explained that you use it when you're cutting the cheese.

The first person to laugh at that phrase was not the 4.5 year old boy, who, as it turns out, wasn't aware of the euphemism. It wasn't even the 41 year old boy, who knew exactly what he was saying! It was the mom/wife (age undisclosed) who snickered. When Finley wanted to know why she was laughing, I explained what the phrase meant. He of course thought it was hilarious.

Finley had his first dentist appointment this morning. While we were waiting for Doctor Mike, we played in the kids' play area...

F: *giggle*

Me: What's so funny?
F: I just cheese cutted. *laugh*
Me: I think we need to work on our euphemisms, Bunny.

He doesn't usually mix phrases up like that, but I love how he takes recently-learned knowledge and puts it right to good use (yes, even when it's recently-learned potty knowledge).

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The View From Finley's Room...

Last night I was folding laundry in the bedroom when I heard the following come from Finley's room:

Finley: Look, momma! It's a full moon!
Dana: That looks more like a rocket to me!

I thought about it for a second and then called out:

Me: Is he naked??
Dana: Yes.

I wonder what kinds of stories parents of little girls have that I'll never get to experience.

I've been sitting on a few other stories that happened recently, wondering if I should put them down for posterity or if maybe parents who only have girls are better off not knowing just what kind of fun they're missing.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Buying Gifts For Yourself...

Finley and I were in the play area at the mall while Dana shopped for some work clothes yesterday.

A little girl, who was too big for the play area and kept bothering Finley to play with her, came up to me and said, "WE'RE here at the mall because MY dad is going to buy ME some headphones."

I turned to her and asked, "Do you like to watch the movie Frozen when you are in the car?"

She grinned and nodded, "EVERY time we drive ANYwhere!"

I smiled sweetly and said, "Then the headphones are for your daddy, honey."

I looked up to smile at her dad, but he was too busy on his iPhone to notice her daughter talking to a complete stranger.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Kilted Woodworker - The Next Generation

The other day, Finley wanted to come down into the shop with me and make some boats.  

I cut off a nice piece of pine for a larger boat bottom and then cut up a bunch of smaller pieces of wood (pine, cherry, walnut, mahogany) for use as cabins and such. Then Finley dug through the wood trash box I keep by the door to the shop, which is where I put plane shavings and wood waste at the end of the day, and pulled out some scraps of wood he thought were cool.

I got a coping saw (now his coping saw) and showed him how it can be used to cut curves.  It has a nice old thick blade on it that resists snapping much better than the newer blades.  I might even touch up the teeth on it with a file to get it back to "very sharp" and just keep that blade on it, because I know he'll snap the newer blades in no time.

By the way, wearing the kilt was completely his idea. I picked out the London shirt, and then put on my own t-shirt that says "London" on it to wear with my kilt. He liked the continuity.

We cut the pine blank into the shape of a boat bottom and then I showed him how to use his block plane to smooth the cut.  I was the one doing the planing, because it was an unusual shape, but I'm sorry I didn't take any pictures of it! I was amazed at how well that old block plane works still. Those old blades take and hold an edge very well. 

Then we laid out the pieces where he wanted them and I helped him glue them up. For expediency's sake, we used a hot glue gun - they're just quick wooden toys, so I'm not worried about them lasting very long. When we build anything meant to last longer, we'll use Elmer's white glue (which is, incidentally, what I use in my box making - it works just as well as "wood" glue and costs much less. I wait until stores are having Back To School sales and buy it in little bottles, so I don't ever worry about it going bad.

I couldn't get him to not make a goofy face - he was just really excited to be in the shop, making stuff with dad. I can accept that...