Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Today, two of our four new appliances were delivered and installed - the fridge and mircowave. The dishwasher was supposed to be installed, but there was a measuring issue and it didn't fit. lovely. Micah already made a trip back to Lowe's to order a different one. It is a special order and will take a few more weeks to arrive. We are hoping that the stove will be delivered next week. Fingers crossed. We are hoping to have everything in by December 19th, we are hosting a Hanukkah party that evening.
Posted by Jennifer at 8:35 PM
Friday, November 20, 2009
So taking the leads from my aunt, i'm listing some of the recipes I'm planning on making next Thursday. In addition to the traditional menu items, I'm also doing a few new ones, including a new starters and a new dessert. I found the starter recipe while watching the Food Network last weekend. It was a Sandra Lee show, I don't normally like her recipes, but this one caught my interest.
4 tablespoons butter
1 Vidalia onion or other sweet onion, diced, about 3 cups
1 box (15-ounce) refrigerated pie crust (recommended: Pillsbury)
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups half-and-half
1 (1.3-ounce) envelope golden onion soup mix (recommended: Lipton)
1 tablespoon fine herbs (recommended: Spice Islands)
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Unroll pie dough 1 at a time. Use a 2 1/2-inch round cutter and cut as many rounds as possible (about 14 to 16), reserving scraps repeat with second pie dough. Gather together scrap dough and cut out as many rounds as needed to make 36 in total. Fit dough rounds into cups of mini muffin pan. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, golden onion soup mix, and fines herbs. Set aside.
Divide onions among tartlet shells, about 1/2 teaspoon each. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon of cheese. Stir egg mixture and fill tartlets. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
The next recipe is for my brother-in-law, Miles. He requested pumpkin pie for dessert. If you've ever been to Thanksgiving dinner with our family, you'll know that pumpkin pie is not a speciality of ours. So I've been looking for recipes and this one looks yummy. It is from http://www.kraftfoods.com/.
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 HONEY MAID Graham Pie Crust (6 oz.)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. chopped PLANTERS Pecans, divided
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup cold milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
Pour 1/4 cup caramel topping into crust; sprinkle with 1/2 cup nuts.
Beat dry pudding mixes, milk, pumpkin and spices with whisk until well blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP; spoon into crust.
Refridgerate 1 hour. Top with remaining COOL WHIP, caramel topping and nuts just before serving.
Posted by Jennifer at 9:53 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'm a sad excuse for a hotel in McHenry, Maryland. For those of you who are familiar with Maryland, it is in the tail of Maryland, near West Virginia. I'm here because I have a presentation tomorrow morning at a high school at 8 am. And I'm about 3.5 hours away from home, much too far for me to try and do it at 4am. So I'm in very creep hotel, but I'm trying to look past it since I'm only here to sleep. I'll be out in less than 12 hours.
I'm so looking forward to the weekend!!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It is 10:40pm. I got home about thirty minutes ago.... I'm so tired. It was a long day. Sorry for the lack of a meaningful post. But I'm tired, my brain is fried. I promise for a 'real' post soon. To these lame posts cost as me posting on the blog each day? Probably not, but at least I'm attempting, right.
Posted by Jennifer at 10:43 PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I'm out of things to say today. It has been a long day of meetings.It has already been an really long week and it is only Tuesday. I always feel that the week before a vacation week is really, really long. Only five more days of work before we head to Nashville to visit with family! yeah!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
A friend of mine writes a blog on Jewish family living. She posted a great post last Friday that got me thinking. She asked her readers, how are you making Judaism an important and meaningful part of you life and identity??
See I told you, it is an thought provoking question. I've asked myself this question before. What do I do? We celebrate the Jewish holidays, have shabbot dinner with family and friends when time allows. We joined the JCC and plan on enrolling Abby in the daycare/pre-school when she turns two. We gave our daughter a Hebrew name, and it was important that her name was the same in English and in Hebrew.
I wish we had the time, or more like made the time to do shabbot dinners every week, went to shul on a regular basis, even kept kosher. But I guess at the moment, these actions are not as important to us as other things. Most Friday nights, Micah, Abby and I spend the time together. We have dinner, play and begin our bedtime routine. Many times over the past couple of months, we have be on the road, visiting family and friends is cities far away, because it is important to us to spend time with the ones we love.
My follow-up question would be, do not doing or doing these activities/religious practices make me more or less Jewish? I consider myself Jewish, it is something I identify with, and if asked, I would consider myself a Jewish American rather than an American Jew. Regardless of how 'practicing' I or my family are, or how many of the 'rules' I adhere to, I'm still a Jew. I've morphed the religion to fit my needs at right now. In the future, I might need more, but for now, it works for me. It works for us.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
As we are melding many families, I'd like to have at least one dish that is a favorite of each person. There haven't been too many off the wall requests. So here is my request to all my blog readers, answer this question. Thanksgiving wouldn't be thanksgiving without....
Saturday, November 14, 2009
A couple of weekends ago, Micah and I painted the kitchen/den (one might call it a great room). The room is almost complete. Pictures are hung, curtains are up. Now all we needed were new appliances. But consider that done. After two painful hours at Lowes, a new fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher have been ordered and will be delivered next week.
All of the appliances, with the exception of the fridge, are the basic, bottom of the line. So the upgrade is very welcome. And even better, I got to pick them out, so they are what I want and what I like. :)
The two most important items for me are the fridge and oven. The fridge is a three-door model, french doors on the top with the freezer on the bottom. And stove is a flat-top electric with a convection oven. I'd love to have gas, but since that isn't an option, this was the best I could get. Micah was more interested in teh dishwasher, and we did get a quieter one, which is important since we spend most of ourtime in this one room and when the dishwasher is running, you practically can't hear a thing.
They all come next weekend. I'll be sure to post pictures once everything is in and in its rightful place.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I'm also addicted to the iPhone. There is so much cool stuff to play with. I can play games, check my email, use facebook and even update my twitter account ( yes, I have a Twitter account. I've posted twice
and gave something 10 followers. They must be waiting with baited breath for me to update.)
With all these cool devices, I feel that I might be too connected. Do people really care what I'm doing right now? Do they always need to know what my status is? Is what I ate for breakfast that exiciting that someone might want to know how it taste?
I think for the first time, technology has surpassed my interest.
Guess I'm off to tweet about tweeting.....
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Two simple words that are not said enough. Thank you to all the men and women who have served, representing, defending the honor of our country. Thank you to my brother in law, Miles. Thank you to my father-in-law and grandfather. Thank you to the thousands of sons, daughters, wives, husbands, father, mothers, aunts and uncles that leave loved ones behind to all us the freedoms we enjoy everyday.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My beautiful neice was born just about three weeks ago on October 17th. I can't wait to meet the newest member of the Sizemore/Miller family over Thanksgiving. Only two more weeks until I can hold this beautiful girl!
Welcome Molly Gwendolyn Miller!
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Last night was my ten year reunion for high school. I wasn't able to attend, but from the pictures on facebook it looks like everyone had a good time and we had a pretty good showing from the class. I can't believe that it has been ten years since I graduated from high school. I feel so old, but then I look back and I've done quite a bit since high school - went to college, moved to Boston, attended game 2 of the World Series in Boston (2004), worked with Diana DeGarmo (American Idol runner up), met Micah, moved to Baltimore, got married, realized that I love working in healthcare - specifically non-profits, sold and bought a house (something I don't think like to do again, but sure I will), had Abby, went to London, became an aunt. This is just a quick recap, I'm sure I missing some things.
And in honor of my reunion, here is one of those 'quizzes' from facebook.
Here's one I've not seen before.... Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!!
1. Did you date someone from your school?
Yes. Jeff Carpenter
2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
3. Did you car pool to school?
No. Unless bringing Jill and Chris counts...
4. What kind of car did you have?
Mom's mini-van or the cavalier
5. What kind of car do you have now?
Mini-van (odd how ten years later, I'm still driving the same type of car...)
6. It's Friday night...where are you? (then)
Hanging out at Jen's house
7. It is Friday night...where are you? (now)
8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
Working at Valley Home Center and a very short stint at Dunkin
9. What kind of job do you do now?
Community Relations and Hospital Services Manger, The Living Legacy Foundation
10. Were you a party animal?
11. Were you considered a flirt?
12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
13. Were you a nerd?
Yes and I'm proud of it!
14. Did you get suspended or expelled?
15. Can you sing the fight song?
Did we have a fight song...
16. Who was/were your favorite teacher?
17. Where did you sit during lunch?
In the hallway
18. What was your school's full name?
Hillsboro-Deering Co-operative High School - I think
19. When did you graduate?
20. What was your school mascot?
21. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
22. Did you have fun at Prom?
Loved Junior prom... senior program was all right
23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?
24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
If you have one...
25. Do you still talk to people from school?
Only through facebook
Saturday, November 07, 2009
I'm only seven days in to this challenge of posting everyday and I feel like I've run out of this to say or even post about. This is sad. My life is very boring...
So here is a few pictures of Abby in the HUGE tub in our hotel room in Atlanta a few weeks ago. She didn't know what to make of it at first, but by the end, she was kicking and splashing like normal.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Chocolate peanut butter cookies!
These days I normally make cookies from scratch (it honestly isn't that much more work and they taste SO much better). However, when you are in a pinch and need a quick sugar rush, Betty Crocker cookie mixes work well.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
I'm always on the look out for quick, easy and nutrious meals to good during weeknights (and weekends to be that matter). Some recipes I make exactly, most of them I adapt to our likeing. This one comes from CampbelKitchens.com.
Creamy Dijon Beef with Mushrooms
(served over rice)
1 cup of rice
2 cups cooking liquid
3/4 lb beef (I used a sirlion already cut into chuncks)
1 med. onion
2 cups mushrooms, sliced (to cut down on time, I used canned mushrooms)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
2T dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups broccoli (steamed)
First start the rice. I used a short grain white rice, but you could use any rice of your choice. When cooking rice, I almost always use chicken broth, it gives to more flavor. Here I used one cup of rice in two cups of chicken broth, brought to a boil, then covered, simmered for 20 minutes. (A quick note: don't peak, just let the rice cook for 20 minutes and then fluff with a fork.)
Serve over a bed of rice. I added broccoli, which added great color and a nice crunch.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
This will be a short blog post.... I'm tired, it was a long day of traveling (it took me more than 3 hours to get home from Philly).
This is a very funny twitter account. I'm sure all my English major, writing friends will enjoy!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
To help get my creativity juices going, I did a quick Google search for writing prompts and found this very interesting site and tool, the impagination prompt generator. One of the prompt I got (yes, I admit I clicked it a few times until I found a prompt that inspired me) was list my 10 favorite sounds. So here goes... in no particular order
10. Joe Castiglione's voice - there is nothing like listening to Joe's voice calling a BoSox game on a warm summer night.
9. Peepers on a warm summer night - one of the few sounds that can immediatly bring me back to my childhood, trying to fall asleep during warm summer nights.
8. The sound of rain on the window at night, the soft tapping of rain drops often lulls me to sleep on raining nights.
7. The sizzle of chicken in a hot pan. I love to cook (and bake). It is a way for me to be creative. It is a way for me to relax.
6. A snow plow outside early in the morning. Growing up it normally meant that school might be delayed or even better, cancelled. And when I pull back the curtain and peek outside, I know I'll see a blanket of white covering the ground.
5. A text message ding - I like getting text messages. They are normally from family or friend and mostly a funny message from my good friend Lauren.
4.The sound of the front door opening and Micah saying hello after I've been home alone with a baby and a very friendly dog for week. (Am I bad mother for admitting this?)
3. The sound of thunder - It reminds me of warm summer nights watching thunderstorms on the backporch with dad
2. Camp songs - I loved camp and nothing says camp more to me than camp songs. We sang them all session long. Micah and I even sing them to Abby now. It always surprises me that we went to two different camps many miles and years apart - and yet we still know many of the same songs.
1. Abby's laugh. I love it when she laughs. The laugh that comes from deep in her belly and then the slight sigh she lets out when she is done, trying to catch her breath.
That was a lot harder. Now it is your turn...
Monday, November 02, 2009
Bet you thought I wouldn't make it to even the second day of this month long challenge. However, I squeeked in with two hours remaining. And I'm even doing my blogging from the comfort of my hotel room in Philly. I'm here for a conference on hospital development. (I know you are all thrilled to know that...) In my two plus hour drive up, I had thought of just about a million different things to post about, but know that I'm sitting in front my computer, and it being 10 pm, it has all gone from my head.
So you might ask, why did I drive up to Philly so late?? That is because I couldn't leave until Micah came home - which didn't happen until 7pm. I was going to write a scathing blog post about how hard I work at being a mom and wife, all while having a successful career, but then thought that wasn't worth it. Every woman is superwoman, supermom, superwife. I don't do any more that the average mom, either working or stay at home, I just do it in a different way. I'm not going to complain, I'm just going to take this day like everyother and put on my pants one leg at a time (how many cliches can I fit in to one paragraph???).
It's late. I'm tired. 6:30 am will come calling sooner than I'd like. I promise to be a bit more positive tomorrow (or at least I'll try...)
Sunday, November 01, 2009
I've made a commitment to myself, well and those at the offical National Blog Posting Month site, that I'd post something on my blog each day for the entire month of November. It is the first day of the month and I'm already at a lost for words. Not sure where I should begin...
I'm sure over the next 30 days, I'm sure I'll be posting lots of recipe ideas, (I've already have a handful of recipies I want to share with everyone), pictures of Abby and hopefully some of my creative writing (wish has gone by the wayside since the arrival of the newest Gelman).
So, because I can't think of anything else to write at the moment, here is a quick recap of our weekend, which can be done in one word. Painting. We painted the 'great room' - the room with the kitchen and television. And before many of you already say it, yes we just painted the room when we moved in just two years ago. However, it was a very light green color, which made it seem a little cold. Since we are planning on getting new applicances (fridge, oven, dishwasher) for Hanukkah, we thought it would be best to paint now if we wanted to change the color. So in just under 48 hours, we went from a very light green to a very bold gold and soft cocoa brown. It was a drastic change, but makes the rooms look much warmer. And with a new rug, a few new paintings and draps, it feels very homey. (I'll post pictures soon, I'm just too tired to get the cord to plug in the camera.)
Late yesterday evening, we finally got everything put back together and I got my kitchen back (and if you've ever been without a kitchen with a 10 month old, you will understand how excited I was.) This afternoon, after I went grocery shopping, we put the finishing touches on the rooms and have just a few more things to add before we can label this room complete.
Oh, and on top of it all, we celebrated a soggy Halloween. The weather held off the tricker or treaters and we only got about six visitors, which was disappointing. But we did have the cutest little leopard stop by. They are rare, but we did have a spotting and here are the pictures to prove it.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I haven't done a restaurant review in a while, actually it has been a whole year with out a review. (I wonder why... I think a new addition is to blame :) ) My in-laws came down last night to allow Micah and I some time alone to go out for our anniversary. And to The Black Olive we went.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Posted by Jennifer at 7:41 PM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
In our house, it takes three of us to load the dirty dishes into the dishwasher...
Reese has always helped with the dishes. It is his thing. He can be sound asleep upstairs and if he hears the water running in the kitchen, he comes running. A lot like Misty and the tuna can. (hehe). And now that Abby is mobile, she like to help too!! So now in our house it takes three of us to do the dishes... or at least monitor the situation.
Monday, October 05, 2009
I can't believe it is October already. I feel like Labor Day was just yesterday. I won't bore you all with details of what we have been up to... it includes a wedding, the Jewish holidays and several long weekends without Micah... so here are some pictures of the Abster.
Posted by Jennifer at 7:51 PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Many of the moms (or moms to be) of some of the blogs I read are doing Jillian Michaels' 30 day shred. It is an intense 20 minute workout program that include cardio, strength and abs. One mom, Mayday, has had great results from it.
So last week, I won the bake-off contest at work. The prize was a $20 gift certificate. I decided to use it at Target and purchase "the shred" today. When I got home, put in the DVD. Holy moly - talk abouot a butt kicking!! I'm not sure I've ever sweated so much in a 20 minute in my life. I'm going to do it everyday or at least try. Over the next two weeks I'm traveling a lot, but I'm going to make a committment to work out at the hotel on those days.
Let's see what I look like in 30 or so days!
Posted by Jennifer at 7:02 PM
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I hate to admit it, but I love watching the "Tori and Dean" shows. Totally a guilty pleasure. The fourth season (I think) just started and I was watching it on Comcast 'On Demand' this morning. The entire episode was focused on both Tori and Dean trying to balance their professional life and being parents. Tori had the harder time with it. I think a lot of moms do - trying to balance being a mom and a wife while still trying to be true to herself. As a new mom, I can totally understand where she is coming from - trying to balance being a working mom. It is two full time jobs (add in being a wife - which is a part-time job at the minimum and it is surprise I have time to sleep.)
She was talking to a friend who is a stay at home mom, asking how if she missed it working. Her friends comment rang true to me as well. She said that she was just working until she was able to become a mom. Once that happened she realized that was what she was meant to do. When Tori looked at her, feeling almost guitly that she didn't feel the same way and how that might reflect on how she was as a mother, her friend told her that the choice to stay home was right for her, but is not right for every women. Tori than made a comment about her friend always looking so put together and asked her how she did it. Her answer: "Make-up. Make-up and lots of coffee." I'm sure every mom can agree with that statement.
Everyday I struggle with the same internal conflict that Tori Spelling did on this episode (and I'm sure still stuggles with today). How do I be fill the need to be a professional and be the best mom ever? There are days when I just want to cry. I feel like I miss so much of Abby growing up, but on the other hand I also want to be a successful working woman. Part of me knows that going to work each day helps me be a better mom because I'm doing something for me (plus with a second income, we are able to provide things with Abby ( and us) that we wouldn't be able to without it) . The other part wishes I could be with her every moment because I don't want to miss any part of her childhood.
Not sure I'll every overcome this struggle, just hope I can keep life balanced.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Yesterday at work, while we put pins are nearly 400 number bibs for today's Family Fun Run, the conversation turned to baseball. Baltimore is really only a two sports town - baseball and football. And some might say B-more is only a one sport town consider how bad the O's have been the past seasons (okay 15 years).
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Abby has been eating solid foods for a little over a month. I use the word 'eating' lightly. She isn't really a fan. Not sure if it is spoon or the taste of food. Although know that I think about it. She puts every thing else in her mouth, so I'm not sure that it is the spoon thing. Must be the taste.
Tonight we had carrots for the third time, and she didn't spit most of it back out at me. yeah! We've had success with oatmeal, bananas and sweet potatoes (however, sweet potatoes don't really agree with her, so we've moved that to the don't list). Things we don't really like yet are green beans, squash and peas.
I'll keep trying. I'm trying to get her to like more veggies before we start with the fruits cause I'm afraid that she'll like those and never go back. ;)
Posted by Jennifer at 5:46 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Life has been crazy and like my Aunt just wrote on her blog, I too have not abandoned my blog, it just seems that life has gotten in the way. I have tons of pictures and I swear, on my way to work, I think of at least 2-3 things to blog about. But by the time I get leave work, pick up Abs, get home, feed Reese, play with Abby, start dinner, change Abby, eat dinner, play with Abby some more, bath the Abster and then help Micah put her to bed after her bottle... I'm exhausted.
We've been busy and it appears the summer is shaping up to be just as busy. So here, for those you haven't heard, is what we've been up to. Over Mother's Day weekend, Abby and I headed up to NYC on the train to spend time in the Big Apple with Mom (Savta). We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria, which oddly enough doesn't have an elevator in the entrance lobby. We had a blast. We shopped and ate our way through the city. Abby made her first visit to Canal Street looking for knock of bags and then rewarded herself with a corned beef sandwich at The Stage Deli. Well okay, she didn't eat, but Mom and I sure did. Thank goodness we walked nearly the five miles from the hotel to Canal Street.
On Sunday, (Mother's Day) Abs and I headed back to Baltimore and arrived just in time to get cleaned up and head out to dinner with Bubbie and Zayde... oh and Ashley and Josh came up to. We went to the Wine Market in Federal Hill... great place, will have to go back again.
Hey look at this toy... looks some different sitting up.
Did you know that I have feet?
All smiles sitting on Dad's lap. I think it was Bubbie make me laugh!
This toy looks interesting.
Hanging out on my tummy.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Abby had her four month well visit on Wednesday. She is growing right on track. She is now weighing in at 15.4 lbs and is 24 inches long, putting her in the 75th and 50th percentile respectively.
The doctor also said we could start to introduce solid foods. So we started yesterday with some rice cereal. Abby doesn't really like it. She will put it in her mouth, but then tends to spit it back out. I've done some reading on some of the online message boards and other moms suggested putting fruit or veggies in the cereal to add a little more taste. We will try that this weekend.
Monday, April 20, 2009
We've picked a date and purchased tickets... we are coming to New England from July 17 - 20. We fly into Boston and other than that it the schedule is up in the air. We will make it up to Maine, hopefully to spend a night with the McDonalds in Kport (if they will have us) and make a trip up to Portland to visit Uncle Mitch and Aunt Geri.
And hopefully we can stay with Ciolinos inbetween or something like that. :) I'll keep you all posted as we solidify plans!
Posted by Jennifer at 6:56 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Where did time go?? I feel like it was just a few days ago that I posted last. I'm a bad blogger. It probably doesn't count, but I'm I have been thinking about a lot of posts and I have them all in my head. If only I could find the time to write them all day.
Posted by Jennifer at 6:52 PM