Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy Birthday To You

"How Old Are You?" is something that we've been asking Maevri a lot lately.  Her reply: "1, 2, 3, 4...5!" Close, but no cigar.

It's so hard to believe that Maevri Kate is two!

(My friend Kelley compiles a Labor of Love series on her blog. You can see Mae Baby's delivery story here!)

Mae was a pretty mellow baby.  We had to wake her up to feed her and encourage her to coo and talk.  You could say that she has come out of her shell.  She lets you know when she's hungry now and she definitely has no problem singing you a song or telling you about her day.  She loves to sing and dance around.  

I caught her performing in the hall one day...

Some funny things from Mae's journals I've written down for her:  

"Son, sshhhh" and "No mam!" are things that you've told Deacon when he is loud or if he accidentally hits you.  

"See you later alligator" is "Bye-bye gator" for you.  Forget the rhyming. 

I told you to tell Deacon "night night." I put him on the changing table and you chased after us yelling, "noooooo... kiss.. kiss!" You were upset because you didn't get a chance to kiss your brother goodnight.  

Something funny you sing a lot: "ABCDEFG, uuup above the world so high, yike a dimon in da ky, tinkle, tinkle little star, how I wonder what you are."

"Testing the Potty Training Waters, Day 1/2: Big girl panties were put on.. an accident on the floor happened. Almost!  Day 1: Was prepping your duck potty when along came a poo... on the floor. One down, several to go." Day 3: You poo'd and peed in your panties this morning. We'll practice the 'run to the bathroom' bit when you feel the urge thing..." We've put potty training on hold for a bit now ;)

Mae singing the ABCs, minus XYZ.

We're so thankful for Maevri and being able to raise her.  It's amazing to see how our kids grow and it's rewarding to witness what they learn each day.

Here's a video that my husband made of Mae's first steps.    

Happy 2nd Birthday Maevri!
One of Mae's hobbies ;)

 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

Friday, June 22, 2012

Crock-Pot Charro Beans

I promise I don't eat and blog about food all day.  Here's another recipe I've been meaning to add for a while now!  Along with Spanish rice, my mom also taught me how to make beans in the crock-pot.  Good combo, huh?  We like beans.  We like beans a lot.  We eat them often in our house because they're easy to make, tasty and cheap!  I always think of that rotisserie cooker commercial: "set it and forget it!" It's convenient to jumble a bunch of food together, throw it in the crock-pot and come back to a cooked meal.  Enjoy!

1 16oz pkg pinto beans
1 can mild Rotel or diced tomatoes
1-2 cups beef broth
bell pepper (optional)
bacon (optional)
salt, pepper, cumin, garlic salt
brown sugar (not so secret anymore ingredient)

Sift through the beans to take out any rocks.  Soak in a bowl of water for 15-30 minutes and rinse.

Dice onion, bell pepper, and bacon and add to crock-pot.  (Some people might prefer cooking the bacon a little bit in a skillet before adding it.)

Add broth, then add water until it reaches a couple of inches from the top of the crock-pot.  You can add more or less water depending on the consistency you like. I like a lot of "juice" because I like to add a little bit of butter to it when I eat them. 

Add desired spices, sugar, salt and pepper to taste.  (I know there aren't many measurements of ingredients in this recipe; I usually "eye" everything, sorry!)

"Set it and forget it!" Cook 6-8 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high.  I think it's hard to overcook beans, so even if you forget about them, they should still be good.

*Add the Rotel or tomatoes the last 30 minutes or so of cooking.  The tomatoes might become rubbery if they're in the crock-pot the whole time.

If needed, add more spices to taste.

Enjoy with tortillas or cornbread.  This makes a lot of beans, so we'll usually have them the next day for leftovers in burritos or a taco salad.  We like to call our daughter, Maevri, our little beaner.  She can definitely put away a couple of servings of beans for a meal.  Maybe your kiddos or familia will like them too!  And it's okay, she's Hispanic, so we can call her that ;) 

(There are two, 16oz bags of beans cooking in this picture if it looks like a lot!)


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Salmon Patties

Tod and I have been trying to eat more healthy food (ultimately trying to increase our fruit, veggie, and greens intake).  We will still eat beef occasionally, but it's nice to try other "meat" options.  Aside from tuna and mayo, I haven't always been a huge fan of eating fish, especially if it's not fried.  I'm finding that it's not too shabby though.  We've had a lot of wild salmon (canned, fresh and frozen) because the diet we refer to suggests eating wild caught fish.  We've made salmon patties a few times and have surprisingly enjoyed them.  If fish is your friend, I hope you enjoy!

2 (6oz) cans wild salmon, drained
1-2 eggs
1-2 slices of bread
3 tbsp mayo
garlic salt
2 tbsp coconut (or veggie) oil for cooking

Mix all of the ingredients together.  You can use one or two eggs and slices of bread, depending on the consistency that you like.  If you use too many eggs, it may be runny and harder to fry.  I used one egg recently and it seemed to be a good consistency and not too dry.

Form the mixture into round patties with your hands.  I got three, thicker patties out of the two cans of fish, but you can definitely make more small ones.  

Heat up coconut oil in skillet on medium-high heat.  Just put enough oil to give the patties something to slide on.  One of my least favorite things to do is fry food, so I try to knock out all of the frying in one round and use a minimal amount of oil.  (My husband loves bacon, but I'll usually ask him to fry it...) Don't get me wrong, it tastes great, but I always seem to get burned.  The coconut oil makes it a little healthier too and doesn't pop in the pan as much.

Slap those patties on and cook.  I'll usually let it sit on one side for 5-7 minutes.  We like them a little crispier.  You at least want to make sure that the patty is hot in the middle. Every time we've cooked them, they've come out looking different, but still tasty ;)

Have it with a side salad and enjoy!

Thursday, June 7, 2012


While we were in Corpus, we went to the Texas State Aquarium! We will definitely be visiting more often because my parents got a membership (woohoo!). Mae really enjoyed looking at all of the animals.  It's fun because she is at the age where she knows and recognizes all of them.  The aquarium has a new water park too, so we appreciated being cooled off in that hot weather.

Deacon enjoyed strolling outside. He also playfully screamed along with the parrot during the bird show...

It was a long, but fun day ;)