Sunday, July 27, 2014

On the menu: Sunday lunch

Sundays are the days that I try to go easy unless it's a holiday. Since we have 3hr church services, I don't want to spend longer than I have to preparing for food.

Today we had Spinacine and veggies. I love Spinacine because I buy it already prepared. Just heat and serve. It's a breaded chicken patty with spinach. It's delicious and my girls love it.  I chose zucchini and carrots since they're quick to cook. 

On the menu: Dinner for June 26

Today we had a few errands to do so we had already planned to order pizza for dinner. 

This is a rare occasion as eating out can add up. The good thing is that a basic pizza can cost you only 5€! {obviously, it depends on location and what kind of pizzeria it is}

In Italy, pizza is NOT shared like back home. Everyone has their own and it's about the size of a medium pizza. The trick to eating it al... skip the crust. 

The girls shared a Pizza Margherita {cheese pizza) while Carlo and I opted lighter versions. We love pizza with fresh cherry tomatoes and arugula. It's a great option during the summer. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

On the menu: Lunch for June 26, 2014

In an effort to blog more, I've decided to try and post via mobile. Let's see how this goes: 

These last few weeks I've seen several posts on FB from parents who are stuck for food ideas. Now I'm no guru, expert, or chef but I think that some of our meals might inspire someone else. 

This is also intended to prove a bit of a point. You can still eat good, real food and be healthy and lose weight. Hopefully I'll be be able to elaborate on that in a future post soon.

Today's lunch: Insalata di pasta (pasta salad)

My girls not only cleaned their bowls but asked for 3rds! It's super easy to make and good. 

Cubed ham
Parmesan cheese (the real stuff)
Olive Oil

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CR: ONE year old!

Dear Carlotta,

Last week, you turned ONE YEAR OLD!! I can't believe it. It seems like yesterday that you were born. How did this year fly by so quickly. I can't believe I didn't even get to document your monthly progress on the blog. I am so sorry. I'll make it up to you someday.

For now, let me just say how much we love you. You are such a joy. I can't believe how much happiness you've brought to us. I didn't even know that we needed your spirit.. but we do. You complete our family.

You are a perfect blend of both your sisters. Sweet like both of them. A good eater like Betta. Quiet like Valentina.

At 12 months, you have 6 teeth and have just started to stand. You're very wobbly and can't do so on your own yet but boy... do you want to walk. You want to be like your sisters and walk, play, and get into everything. You will soon and I'm very excited. I'm still waiting for you to say 'Mamma' and I am not at all sad that you've been saying 'Dadada' for months. You even say 'Again' and I swear, the other day you said 'good'.

My dear baby girl, I am looking forward to this next year and all of the changes you'll be going through.

I love you.. my little chunky monkey.


Monday, February 24, 2014

EK: 2yrs old

Dear Betta,

Happy Birthday baby girl! I can't believe you're already 2 years old. It seems like just yesterday that you were born. I remember that day very well and I don't think I'll ever forget it. You have been keeping us entertained in ways we could never thought of.

You are still a dare-devil. You love to go on the big kid swings and get pushed higher and higher. You love the slides. The bigger the better. You jump, constantly bump your head and keep going.

You are also very sweet. You're very affectionate and I can always count on you to give me lots of kisses when I asked for them. Your hugs are the best and I love to hear you laugh. You have such a sweet spirit and one of my favourite things is to look at you when we're playing. I can see you. Looking deep into your eyes, I see you. Your spark, the burning curiosity, your spiritual self. I see it. It's during our alone time together that I enjoy the most.

You're also way too clingy! As much as I love you, you really need to start playing without me. I know I'm totally awesome, but it's ok to be in different rooms. You don't always have to be next to me. You can play in your room while I make the bed. It's ok to keep eating your food while I do the laundry. It's also time you go to Nursery (at Church) without me! You've been there 6-7 months. It's time to play without me!

I love that you're FINALLY talking! Our little parrot. You're repeating what you hear, you're singing ABC's, counting to 10 in both English and Italian.

I am so very proud of you and I can't wait to see how much you'll be changing in the next year.

I love you Betty White!!