Caprese! Hooray!

Another recipe that looks fancy and is SO simple.  My favorite!  And this is great sitting on the deck with a glass of wine food, can’t wait to share with friends this weekend!

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You need

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3 ripe red tomatoes  (I like Bushel Boy – Minnesota love!)

1 log of mozzarella (or two balls)

Package of fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Heat your balsamic – not balsalmic, I learn something new every day – vinegar on med high heat.  Slice up your tomatoes, slice ’em up real nice, julienne will not work here (that’s a Friends joke).  Slice up your mozzarella – or buy Culinary Circle brand, and it’s already sliced (what whaaaaaaat, that was a nice surprise!).

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Arrange on your pretty plate, mozzarella, basil leaf, tomato.  Mozzarella, basil leaf, tomato. Is your vinegar boiling?  Turn it down to a simmer till it’s reduced to about half.  Warning: I did an awful job with my reduction, my mom will probably comment and tell us all the right way to do it.  Anywoo…

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Drizzle with your reduction when it gets nice and syrupy.  I was afraid of burning mine, so I turned it down, and then I got impatient, which is why it’s so runny – it should fall on your salad in nice lines, rather than running into the tomatoes.  It still tasted yummy, but I think it would have been sweeter had I done it right.

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Drizzle with olive oil if you wish.  In my opinion this was extra calories for not that much extra taste, but some people love it – although, I guess when your recipe is over 1/3 mozzarella, you’ve maybe already lost the calorie battle.  Give your arrangement a sprinkle or two of salt and pepper.  Tada!!  Delicious, beautiful, and SO easy!!

The Most Delicious Salmon Scrambled Eggs

I wish I could give credit to the creator of this recipe – unfortunately, all I have is my scratchings on a post-it I brought home with me from a bed and breakfast Joel and I went to in northern MN for our first anniversary.  So to whomever came up with this deliciousness – thank you!  Fancy enough for entertaining during breakfast or brunch, easy enough for copping out on cooking real dinner 😉  Seriously though, it is DELICIOUS.

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I do find it funny that it’s Friday night and I’m sitting on the couch alone blogging about eggs. Five year ago me would be horrified.  At least Dudley is here, and I’ve got a glass of sav blanc and Mama Mia on – nothing makes me smile like watching Pierce Brosnan singing SOS.  Seriously, what was he thinking?  Anyhoo…

Salmon scrambled eggs!  So delicious!  Here is what you need:

2.5 oz butter

4 green onions, chopped

8 eggs (cage free, vegetarian fed!), all mixed up

4 oz smoked salmon (YUM! wild caught) cut into small-ish pieces (see pic 2 below)

1/3 tsp pepper

3 oz cream cheese, cut into small-ish pieces (see pic 2 below)

1. Melt butter.  Add half of the onions and saute until soft.  I love Amanda Seyfried, even when she isn’t predicting if it’s already raining.

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2.  Add the eggs and pepper, scramble till almost firm.

3.  Turn the heat down and add the cream cheese and salmon.  Man, if Meryl Streep would quit singing for a minute, Pierce could tell her he loves her.

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4. Keep the heat on low and fold in until the cream cheese is melted.

“Say I doooooooooo, I do I do I do I do I do….”

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If you don’t burn your butter like I did, your eggs won’t have a brownish tint.

5. Serve up, and sprinkle with remaining green onions!  The more the better I say, I love the extra fresh crunch.

While fabulous, this little concoction is super rich, so not a bad idea to serve with some toast and blackberry jam (or whatever flavor you meant to buy if you were paying more attention than I was at the grocery store).  I want to go to Greece, it looks beautiful there.

Enjoy!!

Teagie’s Progress – April Round-Up

It’s been a pretty eventful month for us.  T had surgery to correct her lazy eye, as well as her six month assessment.  And she gave us a surprise – she started crawling!  More about that in a minute…

For the last few months, we’ve been eye-patching Teagan for five hours a week (which, contrary to what the picture below may lead you to believe, she HATED), hoping her lazy eye would correct itself – it didn’t.  So last Thursday we went in for surgery.

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In the surgery, they weakened the outer muscles on both eyes – they can’t just do the lazy one, because then it would have to work harder than the regular one and the regular one could become a problem.  Who knew?  The worst part of the day was when she was playing in the waiting area before surgery and fell and bonked her head.  And I suppose she didn’t like the gas mask much either, but that was pretty quick.  Surgery took about 45 minutes, and then the doctor (Dr. P from Northwest Eye Clinic/Children’s – GREAT doc) came and told Joel and I it went beautifully.  Took another 45 for the anesthesia to wear off.  She was so sweet, cuddling in her bed, finally getting something to drink after having to have an empty stomach before surgery (Auntie P – see how much she loves the blankie you made her?).  Then we went home, and she got to eat her favorite pancakes :-).

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She was a little irritable for a day or two, but I did enjoy the extra cuddles.  We saw immediate results – her eye isn’t drifting anymore, and she started watching TV, which she had never done before.  I put on the Lion King Friday morning because she didn’t want to play, not really expecting her to watch because she never really does, but she snuggled in next to me and paid attention.  We knew her eye drifted when she was looking at something in the distance – now, I believe it was hard to focus on the TV before.  Not that I want her to turn into a television addict – but OMG it is so nice on a lazy weekend morning to have her snuggle in and wake up for a little bit.

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And on to progress…crawling.  We’d pretty much given up on it…she’s army crawled for a long time, pulling herself on her elbows and pushing with her right leg, usually dragging her left…but with all the walking progress she was making, we thought she would just be one of those kids who didn’t crawl.  Then Kristin (special edu) said well, I’d really like her to crawl, it’s so good for wrists and coordination, and can affect things like handwriting later in life.  So, a week and a half ago we put her on her belly and tucked that left leg up under her and…off she went!  And she is SO fast!!!  I’m not sure if she just didn’t realize she could crawl, but she’s all over the place now – it’s so fun!

Her teachers/therapists seemed very excited about her progress.  Physical therapy always seems to be the best – we’re going to continue working on stairs (she can get up about three on her own, and probably more if she had the motivation) and walking without her push toy or us supporting her.  Fine motor we’re working on drawing and using utensils  as well as feeding herself a drink with a straw cup and an open cup.  For communicative, they’re happy to see her giving signals when she wants something – for example, if she’s sitting on your lap and wants a horsey ride, she’ll look at you and wave her arms up and down and go “ahh ahh ahh” – can’t believe I don’t have a video of this.  And she makes a lot of sounds – ma ma, da da, b’s, p’s, v’s…so we will work on turning those into words, and adding more sounds.  For cognitive, we’re going to work on puzzles and other toys – they comment often about how good she is at figuring out cause and effect and how toys work.

So right now, we’re feeling pretty good!  She was happy to be in her swing again for those 3 nice days we had, and the neighbors have put up the trampoline, which she loves.

Oh, and thank you so much everyone for the support during her surgery!  One hundred and twenty six likes on the “surgery went well” status – ya’ll know how to make a family feel loved <3.