Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sleeping baby

I love it when she sleeps.
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Huell Howser comes to Templeton

Hat and bandanna: mandatory for roping.

We were sort of disappointed by the complete lack of farminess. No cows or chickens. They had some goats, but that was it. I asked Tyler what else Huell did when he was there, and he said, "I don't know, they brought out some onions for him to see." You know Huell, even onions are exciting.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

Tonight for dinner, we ate something really yummy, so I thought I'd share it with you. Also we needed to use up some produce from our garden, and maybe you have that problem too.

3 cups grated zucchini
3 eggs, well beaten
1/2 c flour
pinch salt
2 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c black olives
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c chopped Italian pickled peppers (I used marinated artichoke hearts)
Jalapeño pepper rings, if you're in to that sort of thing
1 T fresh oregano or 1 t dried
1 1/2 t fresh basil or 1/2 t dried
3 to 4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
salt and pepper, to taste

Generously grease a 13X9 casserole dish. Preheat oven to 450. If your zucchini is soggy after grating, press into colander to remove excess liquid. (mine was not soggy) Put zucchini in a mixing bowl. Add well-beaten eggs, flour, and salt. Mix well and spread in greased pan. Bake at 450 for 8 minutes. Remove pan and reduce oven temp to 350. Cover the zucchini base with cheese. Spread olives, onion, and chopped peppers over cheese. Arrange jalapeño rings (again, I did not use these) over top. Sprinkle with herbs. Arrange tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 uncovered for 20-25 minutes.

It says this feeds 4 to 6 people, but Tyler, Lillian, and I finished it off in one sitting. I bet you could use any kind of pizza topping you'd like: pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, whatever you need to use up in your refrigerator.


Sunday, September 02, 2007

We grow weary of naptime

Two weeks ago, Lillian was a stellar napper. I just put her in her crib, gave her a pacifier, made sure she had a spare, and walked away. No tears. No complaint. She would just lay down and go to sleep. Then I started back at school and Lillian went to day care. Miss Janelle says that she has no problems falling asleep during the day. So, yesterday it was getting time to take a nap, Lillian was making the droopy eyes and rubbing her face, so I put her in her crib (she started to cry), gave her a pacifier (she started to scream), made sure she had a spare (she stood up all red faced and angry and threw both pacifiers across the room in protest), and left the room (which equaled the end of the world). After much trial and error and about three hours, Lillian did take a nap yesterday.

Today, I thought I'd be smart and try to recreate the day care setting: there's always soft music playing in the background. So I made a playlist of sleepytime music and put it on the iPod with the portable speakers. She screamed, she cried. I wasn't going to get her up and drag it out like yesterday, so I was going to Ferber it. After 10 minutes, I sent Tyler in. She stopped crying, but Tyler never came out. The above picture is what I found when I peaked in to investigate.
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