Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Couch Potatoes

So we're raising a couple of couch potatoes. I thought I could distract them from the T.V. with the camera, but no. Charlotte is looking at me like I've interrupted a very important T.V. watching experience, and she can't wait to get back to it. Meanwhile, Katie can't even tear her eyes away from the T.V. to look at me at all.Did you notice the nice levi blanket the girls are using? Jared's mom made that for them and included some of their old jeans as decorations. Thanks Sisko!
Here's a side view in case you need another perspective.
Ahhh. They're cute when they're being sucked into the wonderful world of T.V. addiction.

P.S. We took a bunch of pictures last weekend so you have at least one more post to look forward to. Jared wanted to do them all at once, but that is pure folly. We can get at least one more week of posts out of them if we wait. We don't want to use up all of our material at once. Then we would have to come up with more material, which is no good.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


The babies got their very first Valentine's Day gifts yesterday- balloons from their dad. Only they like to call them bubbles. Here's a long-awaited video of them enjoying their gift (long-awaited by my mom that is). Disregard the messy kitchen. It is a complete aberration. Ok I'm lying.

Here's one of Katie with Charlotte chiming in in the background.

Charlotte had run off to a corner to pout but turned that right around when I got out the camera to film her pout in all its glory. The very end has her making her movie directing debut as she took the camera away from me.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Brazilian Shrimp Soup

So I won't post another picture (my sister told me even the first one was unnecessary), but my thumb is healing nicely. There has been some interest in me posting the recipe for the Brazilian Shrimp Soup that caused the great thumb injury of 2010, so here it is. I got it off a recipe blog that is run by a young doctor and mom who, by the looks of it, spends her every spare moment in the kitchen. I'm inclined to think that if I were a doctor, I would spend my precious spare time ordering Chinese/Italian/Greek take out instead of cooking, but whatever. Enjoy!

Brazilian Shrimp Soup
by Annie's Eats

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup long-grain rice
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 ¾ tsp. salt
1 ¾ cups canned crushed tomatoes
5 cups water
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 ½ lbs. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes.

Note: Do not cut off any body parts while chopping. That's my little addition to the recipe.

Add the rice, red pepper flakes, salt, crushed tomatoes, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 10 minutes or until the rice is almost tender. Stir in the coconut milk. Return the mixture to a simmer, then stir in the shrimp. Simmer just until the shrimp cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the pepper, lemon juice and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Oh, and I just want to tell my mom and my mother-in-law that I am not purposefully not posting pictures of the babies. I just never seem to have the camera when they're at their most cute-tastic. Hmm would cutastic be better since I'm totally making up words? No, it looks like some kind of painful medical procedure. My thoughts on that might be slightly influenced by my experiences earlier this week. Anyway, I will endeavor to take a cute picture and post it soon.

Monday, February 1, 2010

In Which I Take A Divot Out Of My Thumb

Ok people, behold the thumb.
This too could happen to you if you don't pay attention while chopping garlic. Yes, I had the presence of mind to fish the thumb piece out of the garlic before putting it in the soup. No, I didn't have the presence of mind to take a picture of the thumb piece. Although I agree, that would have been awesome. That little black thing up there is the suture the doctor put in. In case you're wondering, the numbing agent did not make it to the tip of my thumb before he started the sutures. Yes, I yelped like a tiny baby. No, the Brazilian Shrimp soup I made on Sunday night was not worth it. It was good, mind you, but not that good.