Tuesday, August 28, 2012

.....the first box......

.....my neighbors have been so wonderful to drop off all of their boxes from grocery and diaper deliveries.....I had no idea the means of transporting our belongings would provide such ample entertainment for the little ones.....who needs a babysitter when I have 25 different sized boxes lying around?......

....although, after a few hours of being held hostage in several boxes twice his size this morning, Brody was over it.....the girls played peek a boo, hide and seek and magician (their favorite) all while making Brody be the one to cram into every box....


.....by dinnertime, however; he had gained some respect from the sisters and staked his territory......


.....and speaking of dinner, I am not sure what has gotten into me, but I am craving time in my kitchen this week......breakfast, lunch or dinner- it doesn't matter what meal.......I am doing it big because I am savoring it all; every last mix, chop, stir, fry or blend in my favorite place of our apartment......Stefan and I have cooked so many times in the kitchen and have had some of our best memories in the little 50 square foot space that has brought so much joy.....

.....add a little wine, some friends who are also hungry, some little girls who love to be our helpers and a 16 month old who wants to taste everything and all of a sudden, we have ourselves a feast prepared with love.....


.....this easy chicken and black bean tostadas recipe can be found here......

.....and if you are feeling extra healthy and are in a salad mood, you can throw these homemade croutons on your plate to feel a bit rebellious.....Stefan makes a mean chopped salad and then add these babies and you are good to go......for the record, he adds a secret spice recipe to his croutons that isn't listed in the recipe I included......I'd tell you, but then he wouldn't let me blog about him anymore; so I need to let you run with your own spicy concoction......his spice combinations are the real deal, though......come on over and you can try for yourself.....


.....I have lots of catching up to do on the second half of our Texas trip......all four children in Stefan's family, their spouses and the 9 grand children surprised Stefan's Dad for his 70th birthday at a quaint little lake house we rented for three nights....it was magical......it was hectic.....it made a memory he will never forget.....


.....this picture makes me smile.....

......what also makes me smile is all of your support and voting for the Top 25 NY Momma blog votes sponsored by Circle of Moms...........thank you so much for allowing your voice to be heard......you can vote once per day for another two weeks, so please rock the vote!.....

.....click here to cast your vote......

....more Texas memories to come, as long as you can peel me away from packing and cooking.....

......good night!......

13 comments :

LuAnn Braley said...

Ohmigosh, those tostadas look GOOD! Can I invite myself over for dinner when y'all are settled in your new place? *lol*

You have a beautiful family and extended family. I'm glad you had such a good time on vacation. What a SUPER experience!

Last, but not least, I voted for ya. You're on top by 25 votes!

EC Stilson said...

I LOVE the pictures with the box LOL! Darling children :) It's funny at birthdays and Christmas how kids seem to like the boxes more than anything.

Thanks for the recipe too--that sounds delicious.

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

King of the world!!! =) Pix of grand babies with grandpa is SWEET!!!

CelticLady said...

All those wonderful grandchildren...grandpa looks so happy!!!...

Eli@coachdaddy said...

Awesome things happen to take place in the kitchen, in my opinion. I love when my girls come to help cook, too. Especially when the recipe is a bit of a challenge, and takes teamwork.

Boxes are the great timeless toy of all time. I brought some home to pack up yardsale stuff in, and I think only a couple made it for that purpose - the rest became cars, racetracks, and houses.

Great stuff! I'm going to subscribe to this puppy.

mail4rosey said...

Who needs toys when you have a box? And the picture you posted w/all the little ones made me smile too: AWESOME pic!! You should enter a contest somewhere with that one. :)

Sharon Ruggieri said...

Oh, I'll bet grandpa luvd having all the little ones around. and you're right on about boxes being a great babysitter! :)

Michelle G said...

Is there a "Like" button??? I LOVE that last picture with grandpa and all the kiddos!

Lisa Fyfe said...

the picture in the box made me smile. I swear you don't need to buy toys for kids! just boxes.

Lonna said...

Some of my favorite memories include cardboard boxes!

bn100 said...

Cute family pictures. The food looks tasty.

Libby's Library said...

Aren't boxes just grand!
So glad to have found your blog.
Voted = Good Luck!

Donna George said...

I've always thought of the kitchen as the heart of a house. I can tell from your photos that this is true in your house as well. Good luck on your move.