Nora is a pretty good girl.  Se doesn’t cry, fuss or throw tantrums much.  BUT I would like to know how she LEARNED to throw a tantrum.  I mean, I didn’t teach her to stomp her feet and throw her head back when she doesn’t get her way!! Is this instinctual?  Are we born to know how to throw a tissy when we aren’t allowed to crawl inside the fridge, or are told ‘no’, or when we just DON”T WANNA!!

She is officially a toddler who knows how to throw a tantrum.  Luckily (for now), these don’t happen often…but I know TODZILLA will be coming around these parts and I would just rather not.

Here’s an adorable photo of Nora NOT throwing a tantrum when we went to lunch the other day.



Zucchini Boats

Another hodge podge, use up stuff in the refrigerator kind of recipe!  I had 2 large zucchinis that a friend had given us from her garden, some deer meat, a yellow bell pepper and about 1/4 bag of baby carrot that needed to be used ASAP.  I HATE throwing out food, so I try to do my best to use it before it it spoils.
I’m not a huge fan of the big zucchinis.  Yeah, they are big and awesome to say you grew them, but they don’t taste as good as smaller ones and are FULL of seeds.  But I thought they would work well filled with some goodness.  So I cut them in half an removed seeds, drizzled some garlic olive oil over the cut side and seasoned with salt and pepper.  I roasted them in the oven (375F) for a little bit before filling them to be sure they were cooked all the way through and to get some yummy roasted flavor into them.

Start a pot with water for rice, as this will be added to the filling.  I used wild rice.  Use whatever rice you like and prepare it as instructed.

My sous chef was there to help too!

While the zucchinis were roasting I prepared the filling.  Saute some diced onion, the chopped up carrots and bell pepper in olive oil/butter and season with salt and pepper.  Once soft, add your choice of ground meat.  I did ground venison and venison sausage.  Season your meat however you like: salt and pepper and garlic powder was my choice.    After the meat was cooked all the way through and the rice was done I added the rice to the meat mixture, along with some salt and pepper, more garlic powder, some freshly grated parmesan and cheddar cheese.

Now remove the zucchinis from the oven, fill with mixture, top with some more parmesan and throw those babies in the oven until cheese is melted.


Everyone says it: kids are sponges.  But I don’t think you truly ‘get it’ until you have one, especially a toddler (eeek, I can’t believe I am the mother of a toddler already!).  Nora sees something or hears something and she tries to imitate it. She learns something new EVERY DAY!  I caught her using a box to try and climb onto to reach/climb onto a table:

She’s also starting to learn to feed herself with a spoon:

All of our neighbors dogs bark, especially when they hear us when we are out on the deck in the backyard…ugh it drives us crazy.  When Nora is out there I say “HUSH!”, I’m sure you can imagine what I say when she isn’t.  But just the other day a dog barked and I hear her sweet little voice say ‘ush’ to hush the dogs!! It was so cute and she now says it any time she hears barking.

She is also SO close to walking.  She’s taking more steps and wanting to walk with us more and more.  I don’t think it will be too much longer before we have a walker, heaven help us!

Shots and ice cream

Nora had her one year checkup at the doctor yesterday. And while she is growing well and happy and healthy, she had to get THREE shots AND a finger prick! I dread taking her to the doctor as I know what is to come. I told her I would get the shots for her if I could!!

She did so well. She cried during the shots and just a few seconds after I picked her up. I held her close, rocked her, and whispered in her ear how strong and brave she was but that it was ok to cry too…because it hurt. 

We had a little time to kill before we went to the lab for her so walked over to Coldstone for ice cream because it was well deserved with all those tears!

PS.  She weighed 18lbs. and 5oz, and was 29″ which put her into the 70th percentile for her height! She grew a LOT in the past few months as far as height goes!


Liquid solid

Nora and I tried out another activity with sensory play.  Cornstarch and water.  I got the idea off of Pinterest (where else) and thought it would be another fun activity to do.

All you do is mix cornstarch with a little bit of water to get a thick paste and that’s it!  You don’t want the mixture to be too watery so err on the side of too little water.  Once I started mixing this and felt the texture I actually remembered making this mixture in a junior high since class!!

If you’ve never made this and felt the texture….its awesome!!!  I think I may have played with it just as much, if not more than Nora. iLiquid solid was the best way I could think to describe it.  It looks like a liquid but when you squeeze it or press hard on it it acts like a solid, then immediately goes to its liquid form.  Run your finger of it quickly and it glides over the top, but run your finger through it slowly and it feels like a liquid.  It makes a slight mess, but it dries like powder and sloughs off, so it wasn’t that bad.

Apparently Nora wanted to try and get her whole body in it.

Nora really liked it!!

We got messy and had fun.

Another activity that we will be doing again.

photo shoot

Last night we did Nora’s 1 year photo shoot.  Erin Potter did our photos and she also did Nora’s newborn photos, so I think it was fun for her to do them again.  Her daughter was even there to help out and get Nora to look at the camera.

Erin brought up the idea of using the tent we made for Nora for her birthday and I was so glad she did, as I was thinking it already, and I just LOVE this shot and can’t wait to see the photos.  We also took some family photos..with some coaxing with Cory.  He’s never too into doing a photo shoot but he always loves the photos afterwards.
IMG_0760Nora did pretty well, but she was definitely over it about 45 minutes into, which was perfect timing because it started raining.

Sweet sauce

The other night while I was making meatloaf in the pressure cooker (try this recipe) I ran out of bbq sauce so I threw some ingredients together and was rather proud of myself. It turned out pretty good! So I thought I would share my recipe. Bear in mind I do not measure anything!!! So do with this recipe what you will and change it to your liking. 

Start with ketchup, add some mustard, Worcestershire sauce, spoonful of apricot preserves, few shakes of Cholula or whatever hot sauce you’re into, some coconut sugar (or brown sugar) salt and pepper, and a dash of cinnamon. Want it spicier?? Add more hot sauce. Less sweet? Omit the sugar. This recipe is pretty versitile and may take some tweaking until you like it. Try it out!