Where, oh where have we gone?

Parenting, visiting with many of you, trying to survive the long rainy season. In an effort to keep the news coming here is a quick visit.

1.5 hours into naptime and household Paessel: “Momma! I need a…a…a… ice pop!” How does Ada even know what an ice pop is?

On that note I hear them both waking up now. Talk with you soon!

A Great Weekend

Hello all,

We had a great weekend. Plenty of friends, projects, food and surprise prizes. Then there is birthday girl, Dara, who we wish we could have had over for pancakes on Sunday morning. Well, here are a few photo highlights:

Foraging, just like her Poppa

Foraging, just like her Poppa

Friends, Molly and Sarah stayed over. Ada was TOTALLY in love.

Friends, Molly and Sarah stayed over. Ada was TOTALLY in love and much too camera savvy here.

Plymouth beach, a most amazing full moon did not make it in the shot.

Plymouth beach, a most amazing full moon did not make it in the shot.

This lighting is somehow wrong but the moon, the beach...

This lighting is somehow wrong but the moon, the beach...

Our project: shower repair. Oh to be a homeowner! Noah did this amazing job of taking our shower doors apart, scraping the old sealant off and shining them lovingly before putting them all back together again. Sadly, they were put back together ever so slightly wrong. So, after our beach excursion this evening, we have been taking the shower doors apart again. This was not a happy way to start the week. We are now on the three day plan for our shower to be back in working order. However, our quick evening at the beach helped the mood ever so much.

And finally my surprise prize:

Kozy Carrier! Won through the Simple Things blog (click photo to get to these great sites)

Kozy Carrier! Won through Simple Things blog

Isn’t that just the coolest? Click on the photo to get to the blog posting and interview with Kelley Mason, the creator of the Kozy. And that…dear friends and family were some highlights of our weekend.

Salmon for dinner!

I go through phases where I just can’t bear to imagine another meal, cook it, and then…eat it. I know, I really am a wimp sometimes. Anyway, when I find something that works and is delicious I’ve gotten better about writing the recipes down. Here is tonight’s dinner for 2 with enough for Ada to pick at.
1 lb.  wild salmon, cut into two pieces
1 leek sliced super thinly I use the entire thing because it is YUMMY

3 Tbs. chopped olives (I used kalamata olives)

salt n pepper
1 tsp. olive oil

1 Tbs. Boursin

First: Preheat the oven and a baking sheet to 400.

Then: Cut two pieces of parchment paper about 16 inches long. Fold in half. Now pile half the leeks “below the fold” on each piece of parchment paper. Rinse the salmon, pat dry, sprinkle a little salt and pepper and drizzle the olive oil over it. Place the salmon on top of the leeks. Crumble the boursin and scatter over the salmon. Top with the olives and you are ready to go.

Fold the parchment into packets. Roll the edges to create a seal (you are trying to preserve the steam that will ultimately cook everything) they usually look like half moons when I am done.

Put your packets in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Open your packet to check that the fish is completely cooked before serving everyone’s meal. mmmm, delicious!

This is a super quick meal with sides of cous cous for everyone. I am a notorious recipe hacker so experiment with the vegs and herbs and type of fish. Make sure that everything will cook fairly quickly so shredding vegetables or parboiling them first will help. I’ve heard this type of dish recommended for picnics because it keeps the food hot and for fancy meals because the presentation is so fun.

Well, enjoy your supper.

Claudia RULES

Congratulations Claudia! Noah, Ada and I wish that we could be a part of your grand celebration today. For those of you who do not yet know Claudia, she has been a part of our family for years (thanks for picking a great girl Jack!) and today she is graduating from Nursing school. All part of her birthday month. I think of it as Claudia month, May 2008. And she is taking a bit of a break from school before going back for midwifery. Her contributions to the world are just beginning and I am so thankful to have the chance to see her fulfilling her dreams. Inspiring.

Well, that’s it. We love you. Are amazed by you and wish that we could give you hugs. Tio Claudia.

Here is a picture of Claudia, on the left, and Dara, on the right.Claudia and Dara

Potty and other fun words

Well, we are starting our potty experiments. So far…ONE pee in the potty. Several on the floor and that other unmentionable…on the floor. On the other hand she LOVES sitting on her little throne and will spend 20 minutes reading books just hanging out. We’re on our way!

For those who are curious, I found this book called Early-Start Potty Training by Linda Sonna. We’re giving it a go. The biggest thing is that diapers have really really really made her totally surprised when she pees. She just has no idea that she is letting loose the floods. So we’re having lots of naked time. And everyone is glad that it is getting warmer.

Also, as I’ve been doing my research on various things (like a training potty for example) I’ve been coming across both blogs and giveaways! It is hard not to enter when the giveaway is for something that you would like to buy anyway. And the worst is that we won the very first giveaway that we entered: a nice toddler cookbook. Fun times ahead! But I digress, blogs. There is a totally great blog out there called Z Recommends. There are helpful product reviews and thorough articles, for example on BPA and its widespread use in plastic eating and drinking containers.

Wulp. Ada is napping but she’s due to wake up any minute and then it is the dinner flurry. Have a great dinner and weekend!

Happy Birthday Miss A

Papa’s house shoes, originally uploaded by hpaessel.

Well, if you haven’t guessed yet, Ada is one big grown up girl. She is walking, expressive grunting and giggling up a storm. Way too cool. She is learning many things right now. The most exciting one is that she is learning how to put herself to sleep. Ah, such bliss for the parents! She is also learning that she has knees. This is a good reminder, everyone should hike up their pants and take a good long look at their knee. This is a fabulous and under-appreciated piece of our anatomy. You just never know when her overalls will be up to her thighs and she will pinch her knee with that far away look in her eyes. A parent can’t help but think, “what the heck is she thinking about?”

What else? Well, she is learning to coyly back into the fireplace with a huge grin on her face as I tell her “no”, she has learned that you must blow on your food before you eat it (this includes oatmeal, noodles and cold cereal too), she has learned that dogs and sheep have the most worthwhile languages to learn and that slow nodding is an artform.

In short, Ada is one years old and a joy.

We had a little birthday party for her and for her Nana Diane chez Paessel. It was a nice time. Al, Dona, Tom, Diane, Ada, Noah and I were there. And, per Al’s suggestion, so was one of these cakes where they place a photograph on top with food coloring. So cute. Ada had a kanten (vegan jello) with banana’s in it. That was fine but she was really struck by the candles. I don’t think that she was expecting that or had ever seen anything like that before. Oh the things we take for granted!

The grandmother’s really pulled through this birthday. Amongst other things my mom sent an adorable rain coat and Ada looks like a flower in it! Diane has been outdoing herself with the most incredible handmade dolls and dragons and kitties. What a lucky girl Ada is!

As an aside….check out our new website! http://yourflipbook.com it is a pretty good time.

There are a few new pictures of our house on my (Hannah’s) flickr page. So if you are eager to have a vicarious tour of our house then take a look. On the other hand, why don’t you just come over and hang out and see it for yourself? We’d love to have you anytime.

Till later…..