Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Mommy Memo

Ok, so for those of you that do not know this about me - I am co-publisher of a local family magazine here in Dallas/Fort Worth. It's called Modern Babies & Children. I just started this "Mommy Memo" thing this month and I think it's a great way to hear from local moms. Below I have pasted this month's "Mommy Memo of the Month"!!

December's Mommy Memo is brought to us by:

Meredith Liewehr of Lantana. Mother of 1 with one on the way!


When making dinner, to "entertain" my 2 1/2 year old and make her think she's "helping" I let her pull up a chair by the counter next to me (but far enough away from the hot stove of course) and I give her a big bowl. I fill up another small bowl with water, give her measuring cups, a spoon and spices from my spice rack that I never use (who really uses mustard seeds?) or that are about to expire. She then "makes dinner" using everything in front of her - she makes a killer "spice water soup" :)


This one happend just today. My daughter loves Elmos World. Today, she and I went and did some Christmas shopping with my mom. Everywhere we went and for everything we did, she came up with a version of the Elmo's World song - "La, la la la, La la, la la Dada's Tie" "La, la la la, La la la la SoSo's chicken!" My favorite - "La la la la, La la la la, SoSo's shopping!" When are American Idol auditions...???


Quick and Easy StirFry

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken - cut into chunks
I bag frozen stir fry vegetables (any kind you like)
instant rice

for the sauce:
2 TB honey
2 TB balsamic vinegar
1 TB soy sauce
2 TB orange juice
1 TB corn starch
1 TB brown sugar

make rice according to package directions (and make as much as you'd like)
In a large skillet, saute chicken chunks in a little olive oil until cooked through (about 3 minutes per side)
Once cooked, remove from skillet
Add vegetables to hot skillet (may need to add a little more oil)
Saute until soft (about 5 minutes)
While veggies are cooking, in a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients to make sauce - set aside
Add chicken back to skillet with veggies
Push chicken and veggies to sides of skillet, leaving a small well in the middle of the skillet
Add sauce
Stir and let sauce come to a bubble to thicken
Mix in with chicken and veggies
Serve over rice!

If you would like to submit your MOMMY MEMO, please email ONE tip, ONE recipe and ONE laugh to Misti@ModernBabiesAndChildren.com

Keira Crawling!! Lord help me!

I have been terribly busy lately and realized I haven't posted IN OVER A MONTH!! yikes, sorry :( Good news, Keira Boo started crawling over Thanksgiving weekend - just in time for her 8 month bday. Not sure if I should be excited or what. Now I will be chasing Ryleigh around while Keira is crawling around the floor with Roxy. Say a prayer for me, would ya :) Love you all and hope you had a great Thanksgiving with all of your fab fams!!

that's all I got, how'd ya like that?

p.s. funny vid of Keira to come shortly as soon as I can figure out how to get it off my phone and onto this blog :)