Jun 30, 2012

{jicama & roasted potato salad}

jicama & roasted potato salad.

thank you all for the sweet comments & for sharing in our excitement with isaac!
it is really SO much fun to watch his faces as he hears things. he is still really overwhelmed - we had expected that. & is a lot sleepier that usual, so it will just take some time for him to get used to everything. i don't even know where to start with him. i've taken him on a home tour & talk about all of the noises he is hearing. we'll be doing that a lot, i think.

so otherlywise, this is an old family favorite recipe, if you can even call it that.
it always reminds me of summertime.

its one of those foods that we forget about for awhile, & then make several times a week once it's been thought of again.

its very delicious.

jicama {pronounced hee-ke-mah} is a sweet, crunchy root veggie. a bit potato-like in texture, but you can totally eat it raw & it is delicious. & another weird fact: you can peel them by hand if you really want to. i did it. its kind of fun.

to make this yummy salad you will need:

a bundle of spinach
4 small red potatoes. chopped.
1/2 a jicama. cut into bit sized pieces
your choice of spices for the potatoes

wash & dry spinach. toss potatoes in 1 1/2 tbs of oil {i use coconut. always a fav}, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cumin & salt & pepper. bake in oven at 400 degrees. turn potatoes every 5 minutes until crispy. i don't have an exact time for this. maybe 10 minutes? i'm not an incredibly precise cook.

& that is seriously your salad. it seems very simple, but its enough.

we have also added:
snow peas
sautéed red onion
diced granny smith apple

& the most fabulous dressing recipe for this is coming tomorrow. or the next day :)

Jun 27, 2012

{a hearing man}


so, i am well aware that little man doesn't look thrilled about his new super ears, but its only the first day.

its already SO much fun to see him look over at us when we walk in the room. or to hear himself talking. i feel so spoiled. & blessed.

you can see just a snippet of what we taped today below. his response was totally different than i had expected, but so so sweet...

Jun 26, 2012

{a listening party}


raptor baby is getting his hearings aids TOMORROW! for reals.
his little world is about to explode in a world of sounds & i cannot wait.

we will totally be taping this. & i'm hoping to have it up tomorrow afternoon sometime.

& to celebrate tomorrow evening we are celebrating with family by having a listening party. as well as an eating party.
each person gets to pick a song to add to a playlist we're making for him to hear.

if you all have anything to add to it, leave a comment below!

Jun 19, 2012

{big boy foods}

we're finally starting to feed isaac people foods. & contrary to the photos, he seems to like them very much. a lot of kids with FA have feeding tubes, so we're grateful so far that he doesn't seem to have any kind of aversions to solid foods. so far we've tried sweet potato & banana. carrots are up next today...

also, little man propped himself up onto his elbows for the first time yesterday. we majorly freaked out & clapped his hands & kissed his face a hundred times. we could have a little army crawler soon. i think i'm ready...

Jun 18, 2012

{raw caramel dip}

oh golly. i don't know where this stuff has been all of my life!!!
what am i talking about?

raw salted caramel dip.

i know, i know. you've been lied to before about these things.
a frozen banana and cocoa powder does not taste just like ice cream.

its good. don't get me wrong. but definitely not ice cream.

well thats what i thought when i read this recipe - lies. there is no way dates could possibly taste like caramel dip. and its not spot on, but it's not too far off, folks and it is delicious!

but you can use this for so so much more than dipping crispy apples. i've done toast topped with this dip & bananas, smeared on top of muffins or scones. its like the new nutella in my mind.

i know. thats a big thing to say. but it is that good. & guilt free.

maybe just the thing you need to get you thru your sugar free month, eh?

recipe here, via my new roots. one of my all time favourite blogs so you should maybe just check it out!

is anyone still seeing gibberish letters for all of my posts? thats been happening a lot lately and i don't know how to fix it. kind of a bummer! is that happening for anyone else?

Jun 14, 2012

{slow cooker asian short ribs with rice}

daniel says this is one of the most fabulous dinners i have made.
we don't take those sort of compliments lightly around here.
& i also never liked ribs before this. ever.

it doesn't look super pretty, but guys…it is SO good!!!

you will need:
1/4 cup of braggs liquid aminos {LOVE this stuff. but you could also use soy sauce}
1/8 cup of honey or maple syrup
1/8 cup of rice vinegar
2 cloves of garlic. peeled & smashed.
1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
2 beef short ribs {1.5 or so pounds}
4 carrots. sliced longways.
1 small red cabbage. cut in quarters.
1 tablespoon of arrowroot
2 scallions. thinly sliced.

this is all in a crockpot, which is AWESOME.

1. combine {in your crockpot} liquid aminos, honey, vinegar, garlic, ginger & red pepper. add short ribs, carrot & cabbage. in that order.

2. cook covered on high for 4-5 hours, or low for the day or until meat is tender & falls off the bone.

3. ladle cooking liquid into a bowl & wisk in arrowroot powder to thicken & serve over rice of choice {i forgot the thickening part when we made it, but i think it would be nice for a thicker sauce.}

adapted from a real simple recipe.

  • {you could also substitute another cut of meat in place of the short ribs, for whatever its worth. & let me know how it goes!}

Jun 7, 2012

{still waiting to hear the birdies sing}

sorry for leaving everyone hanging with isaacs hearing aids. this is actually the first chance i've had to post anything!

well, the short of it all, is that he still doesn't have them yet. we're having to wait another two or so weeks. a little disappointing, but i think we had also expected this to be delayed just a bit, but hopefully very soon. i absolutely cannot wait to be able to point out sounds to him. trains chugging & birds chirping outside our window. & the neighbors dog barking & the crunching sound our feet make as we're trampling thru the weeds that grow SO fast in our backyard.

in the meantime we snuggle up with him with stacks of books & read into his ear, & he can hear a little bit of something, i think. every so often he will turn around & smoosh his face into our mouths - maybe because he can hear a little better that way? we like to think so, at least. otherlywise: did anyone end up going sugar free this month? i still have a LOT of recipes to post for you!