State of the Union

I hate to post about politics again but it’s just so heartbreaking, the direction we’re headed.  Trump is forging ahead, doing whatever he wants.  I don’t understand how the “checks and balances” system isn’t preventing this absurdity.  We’ve always called ourselves the “melting pot” and had such pride in our diversity.  All of that has come crashing down.  Refugees do not equal terrorists.  Trump’s agenda is one of discrimination, prejudice, and hate.  My heart breaks for what is happening.

The only hope that we can cling to is the new sense of urgent political action and activism that we’re seeing across the country.  We started with the Women’s March on DC, which spread into sister marches across the country.  Now protestors are filling up our airports, demanding the release of US citizens being detained.  Donations to the ACLU help them continue to fight our basic civil liberties.  Now is the time to act.  We must fight for what we believe in, regardless of political affiliation.  We do not agree with Trump and his extremism, racism, and bigotry.  This is not the time to be quiet or still.  This is the time to take a stand.

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Onesie Wednesday

Today’s onesie brought to you by PuddleKicker’s Etsy shop.  This is totally fitting for Ellie right now, who has learned that she can kick and scream when she doesn’t get what she wants.  Toddler-hood should be fun.

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Heaven forbid I serve sweet potatoes for dinner rather than bananas.  Or how about forcing clothes onto Ellie so she’s nice and warm…How rude. 😂

Mushroom and Gruyere Bruschetta

Made this tasty little appetizer the other day.  Delish 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pint cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 pound shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 Tbsp cooking Sherry (or Marsala)
  1. Lay ciabatta slices onto a nonstick baking sheet.
  2. Mix melted butter and garlic, then brush onto pieces of ciabatta.
  3. Generously layer shredded Gruyere cheese onto ciabatta slices.
  4. Dice mushrooms, and sauté in skillet with Sherry.
  5. Layer mushrooms on top of Gruyere.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Serve HOT and enjoy!

THIS is What Democracy Looks Like

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Although a registered Independent, my values and beliefs align much more with the Democratic party than with the Republican.  Like many Americans, I was completely disgusted by the recent presidential election, and horrified by the results.  While Hillary was certainly not without fault, she was by far a better candidate than the racist fascist who is now our leader.  Thanks to the outdated and ridiculous process of the electoral college, the popular vote meant nothing.

Yesterday marked a remarkably important and crucial event in American history.  Hundreds of thousands of women came together across the country and world to unify as one.  We took a stand against racism, sexism, and hate.  We stood up for our basic human rights.  We demonstrated that we will not participate in a bigoted, one-sided, and sexist agenda.  We took a stand.

I am proud to say that I marched, along with my husband and our seven month old daughter.  It was a long and tiring day, but I am proud to say that I was a part of history.  I am proud to say that I am one of those “nasty women” who Trump needs to watch out for.  We will not be silent, we will not back down.  Do not curse the darkness.  Be the light.  ❤

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Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls

Last night’s dinner: one of my favorites, baked southwestern egg rolls.  Thanks to Nutritious Eats for the original recipe and awesome photo.

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Here’s my version with a few edits…

  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 package (5 ounces) fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne red pepper
  • 1 package egg roll wrappers
  • 1 egg beaten for sealing egg roll

In a large bowl, combine everything but the egg roll wrappers. Place ~1/4 cup mixture in the center of one egg roll wrapper. Fold bottom corner over filling. Fold sides toward center over filling and continue to roll tightly to seal (see directions on egg roll wrapper). Using your finger, moisten remaining corner with egg. Repeat.

Place seam-side down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush tops of egg rolls lightly with olive oil. Side note, don’t use too much oil!  I made this mistake a few times.  The rolls came out a little slimy and not as crunchy!

Bake at 425 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until lightly brown. Turn them halfway through baking.  Serve warm.

65 Baby Finger Foods

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As Ellie approaches eight months, I’ve been scouring the internet for good finger foods to introduce.  There’s lots of information on baby led weaning and which foods to start with.  It was exciting to start her on purees around month 5, but now I’m looking forward to something new.

Here are 65 ideas for finger foods to start with baby…

Fruits and Veggies

  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Cooked, cut up asparagus
  • Cut up green beans
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Steamed cauliflower
  • Steamed carrot slices
  • Cut up cucumbers
  • Cut up avocado
  • Cooked sweet potato
  • Cooked Squash
  • Steamed zucchini
  • Cut up celery
  • Cut up tomatoes
  • Diced cantaloupe
  • Diced peaches
  • Cut up grapes
  • Cut up grape/cherry tomatoes
  • Cut up strawberries
  • Blueberries, cut in half or slightly mashed
  • Raspberries, cut in half or slightly mashed
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Diced watermelon
  • Cut up fruit crepes
  • Cut up plums
  • Cut up prunes (to aid with digestion!)
  • Cut up Kiwi
  • Cubed mango
  • Cut up Cuties
  • Cut up cherries
  • Dried cut up cranberries
  • Diced apples
  • Diced pears
  • Olives (diced)
  • Chickpeas
  • Raisins
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Freeze dried fruit/veggies
  • Hummus on crackers or veggies

 

Meats

  • Cut up turkey
  • Mashed meatloaf
  • Cut up meatballs
  • Cut up chicken strips/nuggets

 

Grains

  • Diced soft cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, colby)
  • Diced whole wheat bread
  • Cut up quesadillas with cheese or meats
  • Cut up pancakes
  • Cut up waffles
  • Cut up muffins
  • Rice
  • Oyster crackers
  • Cut up spiral or elbow pasta
  • Cut up cheese tortellini
  • Guacamole with crackers
  • Cheerios
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Small pieces of cooked spaghetti

 

Other Ideas

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Yogurt Dots
  • Graham crackers
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Cut up boiled egg
  • String cheese

 

I know I’ll blink a few times and it will be time to start these with Ellie!  It really is true that the time flies by.  Yesterday Brian and I were discussing daycare options!!

And as always, consult with a pediatrician before implementing a new food regimen.  Don’t you love how everything has to have a disclaimer these days? 😛