nostalgia

{“Looking back…on all the memories of…”  Wow, I never listen to country, but when I typed ‘looking back’, Garth Brooks’ song ‘The Dance’ just popped in my head.}

Anyway, that was no where near where I was headed with this post.  My mom came over the other day and had brought over a piece of my childhood I had requested because I wanted to pass it on to Nora.  My Little Pony plate.  I loved eating off of this, and I wanted to pass that love on.  This plate is 31 years old…it even has 1984 printed on it.  Wow.

I’m sure its not BPA-free, or gluten free or whatever else we aren’t supposed to consume anymore (or what has NOW been discovered to be ‘bad’ for you) but its special to me and hopefully special to Nora.  I just won’t be microwaving those little ponies.
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Nora enjoying her first meal on her pony plate.  And I had to post that second one, because, that face!

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Nora’s so cool she eats off of a vintage plate.  She’s also wearing one of my ‘vintage’ t-shirts under that bib.

Can I still call it vintage if it was mine??  Am I an antique?  Ok, ok.  I know I am not that old.  A few months away from 32, and I don’t feel old(er).  But sometimes I am reminded of it: seeing FB posts of a girl I used to babysit at the bar, watching my niece and nephew do the nae nae dance and saying ‘what does nae nae even  mean?’ (and I just had to google if it was nay nay, or nae nae), not being able to stay out past 10, you know, those kinds of things.

A-maze-ing Day

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Yesterday we went to the ‘Green Acres Corn Maze’, about 15 miles out of town.  I had never been before and thought it would be a fun activity to take Nora to and we invited some cousins to join in on the fun too!
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Nora’s cousins Isabell and Emma.  The girls were so cute sitting at this pint size picnic table while we ate some lunch.
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There was a big ‘corn pit’ filled with dried corn that the kids could play in (kind of like a big sensory bin!)  The older girls really loved jumping around in it.  Nora played with it a bit and was done.  I think she liked watching the other kids play in it more.  She’s pretty observant and loves watching kids anywhere we go.  It was pretty darn hot out too, probably around 90, it definitely didn’t feel like fall!  Too hot for me, I am ready for cool weather.   But we stuck it out and still tried to enjoy our time._MG_8132 _MG_8134

We walked through the corn maze to get to the petting zoo and a big air pillow to jump on.  I didn’t get any pictures because I took Emma on it to jump and I’m the photographer in the family.  But the farm did a pretty amazing job on that one!  It was made out of the material that the ‘bouncy houses’ are made of and they dug a huge hole in the ground to put it in so you could walk right on to it from the ground.  It was pumped full of air and HUGE!  It was basically like a huge trampoline and really fun to jump on, I’m excited to take Nora back to it next year!

Crossfit, vibes, teething

We had it all going on today. 

I made it to the gym…yay!

  
My amazing friend sat with Nora my entire workout, I had a cheering squad. Nora did so great sitting so quiet and patiently. I’m hoping to keep that up!

Then we had vibes this afternoon. I don’t know if it was something in the air but basically EVERY kid in the class was whiny and cranky. 

   
 
Nora sat in this thing for about 20 seconds. She wasn’t too sure about it and a little cranky herself, because teeth. Poor girl is finally getting her top teeth (I’ve been blaming teething for past crankiness but they are finally emerging). Sleep has been hit or miss lately; she’s a drooling, runny nose little girl and I hope these teeth cut through soon, more so for her sake. 

Sage pumpkin stroganoff 

Eat all the pumpkin!!! Ok, I’m not really one of those pumpkin freaks…I haven’t even had a pumpkin spice latte, GASP! But I had some leftover canned pumpkin in the fridge from our pumpkin play clay activity and I needed to use it and it’s the perfect entree for a cool fall evening. 

  
I used to make a pumpkin pasta dish from Rachael Ray ALL the time, because I basically would eat any recipe with pasta in it. But alas, I don’t eat pasta anymore since starting Crossfit and going (mostly) paleo. But I really don’t miss it, makes me BLOATED, and pasta was really just a bloaty, gassy vehicle for the yummy sauce you put on it anyway. 

 Ingredients I used are as follows (if you’ve ever seen my recipes, you should know I don’t measure, anything, so it’s a pinch and a shake here and there):

3/4 can pumpkin

1 can full fat coconut milk

White wine vinegar 

Onion, garlic, s&p, sage, cinnamon, nutmeg

1lb ground deer (any ground meat will work), & 1lb deer sausage (again, any sausage)- I’m married to a hunter so we eat a lot of deer…doesn’t get more organic than killing it yourself!

Parmesan, I used freshly grated

Frozen kale, frozen sweet potato: fresh would work too, I just used what I had. 

Start off by sautéing onion in your choice of grease (salt and pepper it, of course-I’m going to assume you’ve cooked before and skip the little details). Then add garlic, and your meat, season with s&p and a few shakes of dried or chopped fresh sage. 

Once meat is cooked add your coconut milk, a few shakes of white wine bin and pumpkin. Bring to a simmer and add your veggies: kale and sweet potato (if your using fresh sweet potato, simmer long enough to cook it, or microwave before to soften). I then grated some Parmesan & fresh nutmeg and gave it a lot of shakes of cinnamon. I also added some garlic powder and more s&p. 

This would also be REALLY good served over coconut rice. Find a great and easy recipe for that here.  

 
This turned out SO good. Nora also devoured it. We both had seconds!
  

Rice Sensory Bin

We tried another great activity from ‘Fun at Home with Kids’, this time it was rice play.  Sensory play, as defined on pbs.orgSensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.

Fill a tub/pan or whatever you have lying around with some rice and other fun things to explore.  I put in large uncooked noodles, a small tin, spoon, salad fork and teether.  Nora loved the feel of the rice and exploring all the treasures hidden in it.
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What is this stuff??  Its so cool!
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At first I thought I got too big of a bin, Nope!  Just the right size to climb into, why not!?!_MG_8093 _MG_8095 _MG_8097

Yum, uncooked noodles!  And yes, she did eat some of the uncooked rice.
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It was a little dusty…_MG_8100 _MG_8103Nora had so much fun, we will definitely be dragging out the bin again.  I just left it filled with rice and all the goodies and slid it under the couch for next time!

pumpkin play clay

I found another awesome activity on Pinterest: Pumpkin Play Clay.  First off let me tell you, the mama at ‘Fun at Home with Kids‘ has SO many fun activities (that was where I got the soap fun and liquid solid activity).  Its great!  Check it out if you have kiddos and looking for something fun to do with them.

Today we tried out the clay and let me just say Nora likes to eat, a  lot….so that’s basically all she wanted to do with the clay.  Luckily it’s safe to eat (it is just canned pumpkin and cornstarch), but I think she wanted to and would’ve eaten the whole ball of clay had I let her.  So needless to say, that activity might be shelved for awhile. At least until her appetite dies down or when the ‘put everything I find in my mouth’ phase goes away.  But the clay was cool!  It had the liquid feel on your hands, but dried instantly the way cornstarch does and it smelled good too, so it’s definitely something we will try again.

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Straight to the mouth…_MG_8041 _MG_8042 _MG_8043Until next time pumpkin play clay…