Monday, April 30, 2012

Hearts for breakfast! Eggs in a french toast cage.

Here is another cute idea for breakfast. My kids love french toast, and they love eggs, so I combined them. Here is what you need:

12 eggs
8 slices of bread
some salt
syrup of your liking

Yep. It's that easy!! And I had all the ingredients at home.

I cut out some heart shapes on 8 slices of bread (2 each for my family of 4). I whisked 4 eggs to dip the bread in. 

I used 2 pans, one for the caged eggs and another for the french toast alone. I cracked 1 egg inside each cut-out slice. Add some salt to taste to the eggs and cook for about 2 minutes. Make sure to turn them over if you like them 'over-easy".

Again, my kids usually don't like mixing sweet and savory, so they got their french toast with chocolate syrup on a separate plate.

This took me maybe 10 minutes in the morning, and it is yummy yummy!!!

They got some extra protein in their breakfast, and Mom got praised for how big her heart was. Win-win!!

Do you have a recipe with hearts?

Rossana G-A

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Breakfast treat - Pancakes!

Last weekend I made some pancakes for my family. I had not made any in a while, and I knew it was time to make some. I grew up eating pancakes on the weekends as a treat. It was a whole production since we were eight, but when it comes to making pancakes for four people it isn't as bad as it sounds.

I also feel that buying the ready made kind is a waste of money as the recipe is so easy, and making it from scratch keeps me within budget. Most ingredients I have at home all the time.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl you sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. You poor in little by little the milk, the vanilla extract, the egg and melted butter; mix until smooth. You can do this with an electric mixer at medium for about 2 minutes.

I personally opt for a whisk most times as I want to surprise my kids without waking them up, and it just takes me a minute or two extra.

Then you heat a griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. I like using butter to grease the griddle to add to the flavor, and I don't have to give my family any extra butter to spread once ready.

Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle if you want regular sized pancakes, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. I like making "dollar pancakes" which are bite sized and avoid some of the mess of having the kids cut them up. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

This recipe makes 8 servings, but my bunch is a hungry one, soI have to make more than just pancakes. I add some protein with some eggs sunny side up and some turkey bacon. I like the turkey bacon because it doesn't shrivel up as much as regular turkey does as it has less fat. Win-win in my book.

Turkey bacon is almost done, and eggs need a few more seconds.

My kiddos don't like mixing sweet and savory, so they eat their eggs and turkey bacon in one plate and their pancakes in another. Maple syrup or strawberry syrup is used in my home, but I'm sure any syrup would do.

As you can probably tell, the turkey bacon is nowhere to be found on these pictures, and that is because I was too slow to take a picture and they had already devoured it. I have some happy campers here!!

What is your breakfast treat?

Rossana G-A

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Not with my kid you don't!

Being the parent of an ADHD child and the spouse of an ADHD adult I can say with confidence I have learned to be more patient and understanding. That has transcended over to other aspects of my life. I am now more patient and understanding with other people, because I practice it so much at home, and also because I truly believe you should do on to others what you would have others do on to you.

And then there are the things I wish others would STOP doing on to me/us. I say this understanding that many times these actions are not with ill intention, but rather due to lack of knowledge. I also know that many parents wish other people would follow their same parenting rules, but when it comes to children with ADHD, not doing so has dier consequences.

Children in general need consistency, but children with ADHD depend on this to thrive.

Here are a few examples:

  • "Your Dad said you needed to do homework at 3:30pm, but since you are still playing we can wait till 4:30pm". 
    • Wrong- This will only lead a child to break a pattern already established, which took weeks if not months to establish, with no lack of complaints. You have now invited more complaints at home that will go something like this "but so-and-so let me wait till 4:30pm", then come 4:30 pm they will complain about not being able to do whatever other activity they had become accustomed to doing.

  • "Your Mom said you couldn't eat oranges or applesauce at school? You are not allergic and they are healthy? Here, have some!"
    • Wrong- All ADHD medication is absorbed less into the system if in combination with high does of vitamin C. This means the medication will not last as long, and the child will be without medication for the rest of the day. You do not want to see my child without medication! Just ask her 1st grade teacher!

  • "Your Dad doesn't let you jump on the bed at home, but you can do it here".
    • Wrong- This doesn't apply to just jumping on the bed, but any rule a parent has implemented at home with an ADHD child. Once they break a rule/pattern, regardless in the company of whom, they will insist on doing it again, and the way an ADHD child insists is not something you want to be present for. And you think that saying "you can do it here" helps?? Oh no!! That doesn't stay with them. That disappeared from their consciousness as fast as you were finished saying it. All they know now is they can do it, and do it they will.

  • "Your Mom should buy you that sugary cereal! My kids ate it when growing up and they grew up just fine" (very common from older people walking by us at the supermarket cereal aisle). 
    • Wrong- An ADHD child is hyper enough. You don't need added sugars to aid in that. Also, ADHD medication is appetite suppressive, and it is very hard to keep your child well fed. Why feed them all the wrong stuff when they DO want to eat?

Nobody likes others questioning their parenting, but with ADHD children its not a matter of liking it, you are flushing down the toilet what was long and stressful days of hard work and consistency. It isn't easy for an ADHD parent to remain steadfast, but the people around us aren't making it any easier. Knowledge is power, so I do my best to inform people about ADHD. Maybe the people I am informing are not the people making things harder for my kid, but maybe, just maybe, I have helped them to avoid making those mistakes with other kids. Those other kids may not be ADHD, but I'm betting those parents would appreciate you following their rules.

Do you break other parents' rules?

Rossana G-A

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

Essex Upholstered Bench
$249 -

Howell Wingback, Linen
$1,898 -


Velvet Tub Chair

Wilmot Green Wool 3 Seat Sofa
£1,250 -

Anson Leather Chair
$2,199 -

Z Gallerie - Royce Sofa - Charcoal
$1,699 -

Bloomingdale's Aria Sofa
$4,100 -

Anson Sofas
$1,999 -

Anson Chair
$1,349 -

Button Tufted Upholstered Ottoman Footstool Quartz
$20 -

I have been looking to re-decorate my home from head to toe. What can I say, I'm fickle! I had always had a tendency towards more with clean lines, but now I have noticed that as I walk through furniture stores, flip through magazines, or even browse through the internet I keep coming back to tufted furniture.

It started with headboards, then long sofas, and now chairs and ottomans.

Some pieces look more ornate, and others still have a more linear look, and yet the tufted look still makes me think it has an old-fashioned feel. Or maybe not.

What do you think?

Are tufted furniture pieces old-fashioned or can they be more contemporary?

Rossana G-A

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Working for the Weekend

Working for the Weekend

Since it is Friday, and I have a hint of warmth in the air, I went for some bright colors and a cute skirt. I had been afraid of bright colors in the past, but now I love pairing them with neutrals. I am not ready for color blocking yet.

How do you wear your bright colors?

Rossana G-A

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