Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mama's Boy

Whoa!!! It's almost MARCH?!! And I said I will write often! Now what on earth have I been busy with?

Having a 2 year old is one of the things that's keeping my day action-packed. It's just a surprise my little boy suddenly became really
really clingy. Yah you can say that again, like BOOM!

Me time" is currently not so used in my book right now - my me time a.k.a. blog time, reading, watching TV or DVDs, other errands and the list goes on and on...

As for
"Us time", Archie and I see to it that we have that no matter what happens! ;)

Javie is now on his "mommy addict" mode. It' on-going for the past 7 weeks. He somewhat developed this strong sense of time that he knows when I am about to start work and when I should be back. He follows me almost everywhere I go. He rants when he could not see a morsel of me. It's really cute as he looks and sounds funny when he looks for me. I find it cuter when I see his delight when he finds me. He giggles, jumps/skips and says "Mommyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!" As if I was a balikbayan who didn't come home for years!

Though during the "rush hours" here (rush hours at home - this term I learned from my friend Sally), it can be itty bitty frustrating.

As told by relatives and an online source, having a clingy toddler is natural and common. So Archie, I and the Ates are trying our best to make things work for all of us and make Javie understand that Mommy needs to be
just a bit away for a while! And the "a bit away" I am talking about my dear party people is just being one room away from his room. For the benefit of your imagination, okay, I counted the steps from my work area to the doorstep of his room, it's roughly 10 steps away. Malayo ba? :P

We are really finding ways on how to manage/deal with it positively! We just really hope that soon, Javie will be a bit "OK" if I or Archie will be away for just a while, that we won't have to sneak out and that his Ates, his toys, crayons and pens will suffice and keep him busy and happy.

Sometimes, I miss the little freedom of doing what I like in my own time and pace. I miss putting check marks on my To-do list. And yah-I miss cleaning up my brows twice a week. Which now, I can only do once a week! *LOL*

Earlier I said that he follows me almost everywhere I go: So name it. bathroom, bedroom, work area, garden and yes, you guessed it right, in the kitchen.

Before he is already satisfied by simply watching me cook. Now, he wants to do what Mommy is doing:

Or at least close enough...

HEhehehehehe. NOw should I buy him his small kitchen gadgets?

But you see, I won't have it any other way. I know in the future things will change and he will not be this way again. So I am savoring this time :)

That's my cute, clingy, sweet and funny little boy.

Just a little mommy moment :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Going Greek: Romaine Lettuce in Greek Vinaigrette

Archie and I have just started to be a little more adventurous in dining in new restos - despite almost 8 years of being together (4 yrs dating + 3 yrs and 8 months of being married) - I guess we we're just kinda lazy to do that. Or maybe just too happy with the usual? Anyway, I am just so glad that it's never too late. And yes, we're having fun! :P

As you noticed, we're late bloomers in Greek food appreciation. On our first CYMA dinner last March of '09 (Thanks to Madame, Russel, Kate and Noel for taking us there!), we definitely liked everything we ordered, especially their Roka Salata. After that night, we came back for it a couple of more times. I guess that's how we are when we really like something from a resto.

Archie is an avid salad eater so after much thought he said - the base dressing is a simple vinaigrette but it has a fruity twist. It took a while for us to discover the right additions to finally figure it out! Thanks to Sheila, of course! :)

The ideas for the dressing is inspired by the recipe from Yummy Mag Jan/Feb 2010 Ish page 76. Some sweets have been added to achieve the fruity twist in it.

Using romaine lettuce only is just fine, just as I did, but if you can mix it with arugula, go ahead if you can grab some in the market or grocery.

For the dressing, mix:

1/2 tbsp of garlic powder (for fresh finely minced garlic, use about 2 tsps only as it is too strong, unless you want it that strong, add some more)
1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Whisk them altogether in a bowl, then add the sweets:

5 heaping tbsps of honey
2 tbsps of Raspberry Jam*

*Sheila said CYMA's got raspberry in it besides honey. So, I went to the grocery and grabbed a jar of Smuckers Raspbery Jam. Swak!

Mix them well until you see that the mixture becomes thick. Pour it over your salad greens, toss and top with the following:

Sun dried tomatoes
Candied walnuts
Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Fresh ground pepper

It was my first time to make candied walnuts and it was no joke! I used this as my guide. Whew!

It's great to know that I still have room for learning and appreciating new dishes and more room in my tummy for eating!

After the holidays, I know, I SEE and I FEEL that I have gained weight. Now my OPLAN is to TRY to eat salad only at night. Goodluck! :)

Happy weekend to all! Valentine's day is coming! Heart! :)