Saturday, January 30, 2010

Baby Bootie Superbowl (UPDATED)

It's the Baby Bootie Superbowl, and you can play!

In my shop are 2 pairs of football cleat booties, one for the New Orleans Saints and one for the Indianapolis Colts. Whichever one has the MOST views at 9am Mountain time on Tuesday will be marked down to just $5 for one day! You get to decide which pair of booties goes on sale, so spread the word!

UPDATE: The Colts have won, 89 pageviews to 58! Get your $5 booties before 9am MST on Wednesday Feb. 3!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

How is a raven like a writing desk, Part 2

Princess finally figured out what "oxygen" is. It is a rhombus shape. When Knuckles wanted "a sandwich like oxygen," he wanted his sandwiches cut in the shape of a rhombus. Unfortunately for him, even if we'd known at the time what he meant by "oxygen," I don't think you can cut a sandwich into rhombuses without a lot of waste.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

How is a raven like a writing desk?

Knuckles is getting really, really frustrated at us because he keeps asking for "a sandwich like oxygen." Whatever that is, we're unable to give it to him, and every moment that we don't give it to him his frustration is building. When we ask him to show us "oxygen," he places his forefingers and thumbs together to make a diamond shape. We asked him if that meant he wanted his sandwich cut into triangles, or squares, but that wasn't it either.

What the hell is "a sandwich like oxygen," and why is it so vital to the mental health of a three year old boy?

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Mom's Sage Advice #54127

Don't eat the snow; it's made of dinosaur pee.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Recipe: Creamy Ham and Leek Soup (milk-free)

I just adore leeks. A mild onion flavor, without the tears. Before the allergy diagnoses, I used to make this creamy ham and leek soup that was just divine, great food for a cold snowy day. This isn't vegan, of course, because of the ham. But if you don't like ham, you can put whatever you want in it. And if you want it with the real stuff ("leaded" as we put it in our house) you can use milk instead of soy milk and put some Swiss cheese in it instead of the miso and nutritional yeast, and omit or cut back the cornstarch. The soup is fine without the cornstarch; I put it in because today we're eating it in bread bowls, and for that it needs to be thicker or else you end up with soggy bread with ham and leek topping. You can also thicken it with additional potato flakes, but that turns it into more of a ham, leek, and potato soup, which is pleasant, but not what I wanted. Since I was trying to duplicate a recipe I liked, I just didn't want any more potato flavor than it already had.

Creamy Ham and Leek Soup

1 bundle leeks (3 leeks)
4 Tbsp. margarine (I use Nucoa)
6 c. chicken broth
6 c. soy milk
2 lbs. cooked ham, chopped
1/3 c. nutritional yeast
1 tsp. miso
2/3 c. instant potato flakes
salt and white pepper to taste
3 Tbsp. cornstarch, + water (optional)

Wash and chop leeks; melt butter in bottom of 8-qt. stockpot. Saute the leeks in the butter until they start to become transparent. Add chicken broth, soy milk, ham, yeast, and miso. Stir well to dissolve miso and yeast. Heat until hot, stirring occasionally, then add potato flakes. Adjust seasonings. If thicker soup is desired, whisk 3 Tbsp. cornstarch with an equal quantity of water, then add to soup while stirring. Makes one 8-qt. pot of soup.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Conversations with Knuckles

Knuckles: Sun's up!
Me: And Knuckles is up too! What will you do with the sun?
Knuckles: (puzzled look)
Me: Will you play with the sun? It looks like a ball!
Knuckles: It's not ball!
Me: It's not?
Knuckles: No, it's CIRCLE!
Me: It's a circle?
Knuckles: Yeah, it go up and down!

Well, there you have it. The sun is a circle that goes up and down. :)