Sunday, September 26, 2010

fun foods - edamame

edamame can be lots of fun.
edamame is also good for you.
edamame can help a child with their fine motor skills.
edamame can occupy kids little mouths that won't be quiet.
edamame can teach probability.
edamame can teach counting.
edameme can teach trajectory. 

::we learned a lot tonight just by eating::

i am joni lane and i like to say the word edamame over and over and over and over again.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

it's potty time!

you've been warned.

{picture this}

running man in slow motion.
add in a little roger rabbit.
throw in 3 snaps in a z formation just for fun.

that's right. i'm excited.

it's "potty" time at lloyd mountain.
we are all about under-roos for the 2 year old and screaming in delight when the little man declares it is "time to go!"

we are talking about 5 trips to the potty today for numero uno and some very serious bowel movements.

i'm delighted.
i thought i should share my joy with you.

i am joni lane, and you can thank me later that there are no pictures associated with this post.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

it was all peachy until...

(alternately titled)....SON OF A PEACH.

Tonight's dinner was a little like a crazy roller coaster ride. 
So hang on for this doozy of a story.

It started like this:
I found a saliva inducing recipe in Better Home and Garden.
We had all of the ingredients.
We decided to make it.

Cheddar Stuffed Burgers with Peach Ketchup

Steve started preparing the meat while I went to work on the crack.
I mean, er....the peach ketchup.
It was easy.
Like easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.
(i even recall exclaiming..."peach ketchup, where have you been all my life?)

Steve is now outside grilling. 
(and subsequently burning off part of his eyebrows and eyelashes)
I had a quick break to have one of {those} talks with a certain 5 year old.  The one that goes something like, "It's time to set the table, this does not merit a full blown tantrum....etc, etc, yada yada."

I re-enter the kitchen where the 2 year old, beautifully handsome boy has been left to his own devices.
Do not call CPS.
There were no knives present.
I promise.
He is smiling.
So sweet.
I have a brief moment of, "I'm the luckiest mom in the world!" and then.....THEN....I see what he is smiling at.

My crack.
My peach ketchup.
My little bit of sweet-heaven-on-earth.
With a raw egg cracked on top of it.

(i will admit that a certain 31-year-old grown woman had a teensy weensy full blown tantrum...)

There is a peach still hiding in the fridge.
Sweet Jesus.
As I'm cursing under my breath I whip a new batch of straight sin.
People, it is THAT good.

Dinner is saved.
Dinner was darn good.

Here is the recipe:
4 medium peaches, peeled pitted and cut.
1/4 c. sugar
2 T cider vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
dash of cayenne pepper

2 lbs ground turkey or beef
2-3oz white cheddar or havarti cheese; shredded
hamburger buns

1. For peach ketcup, in a blender or food processor combine cut up peaches, sugar, cider vinegar, chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper; blend until smooth.

2. In a large bowl lightly mix ground meat with 1/2 recipe of peach ketchup, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper.  Divide into 8 balls.  Make an indention in center of each ball and fill with some cheese.  Shape meat around cheese. Flatten into patties.

3. BBQ until desired doneness. 

4. Serve on lettuce lined toasted buns with additional cut up peaches and remaining peach ketchup.


i am joni lane and i think life's a peach.

Kousa's what we had for dinner a few nights ago.

Sounds a little suspect though, doesn't it?
There was no way I was serving "Kousa" to a 5 and 2 year old.
So they were renamed.
And more importantly, they were EATEN.

Let me warmly introduce you a Lebanese favorite of mine:


these are so simple.

Here is my recipe to make 4 beef boats.

2 large lebanese zucchini cut in half and seeds scooped out.
1 cup of cooked rice.
1 lb of ground beef or lamb (we used beef)
1/2 onion finely chopped
2-3 fresh tomatoes
1/2 jar favorite spaghetti sauce
parmesan cheese

Mix in a bowl with your hands:
beef, cooked rice, pepper, cinnamon, salt and allspice to taste, and onion.

Lightly stuff into squash.
Top with fresh cut tomatoes and drizzle with spaghetti sauce.

Place in a glass baking dish with a small amount of water covering the bottom.

Cook at 350 in the oven until beef is cooked through and squash is tender. (approx. 35-40 mins)
Remove from oven.
Top with grated parmesan cheese.

i am joni lane and i think food should not have scary names that sound like a kissing disease.