Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lemon Chicken



Here is a quick and delicious recipe from Barefoot Contessa for Lemon Chicken. Enjoy!

¼ cup good olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic (9 cloves)
¹/³ cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts, skin on (6 to 8 ounces each)
1 lemon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute but don’t allow the garlic to turn brown. Off the heat, add the white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt and pour into a 9 × 12-inch baking dish.

Pat the chicken breasts dry and place them skin side up over the sauce. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper. Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and tuck it among the pieces of chicken.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts, until the chicken is done and the skin is lightly browned. If the chicken isn’t browned enough, put it under the broiler for 2 minutes. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the pan juices. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wandering Wednesday


Here is my view from work the other day...It was so sunny and clear out. 

I made my own granola bars last week and they were delish. They are SO easy to make. Here's the recipe.

Evie tore her nail away from the quick. It is popping off and looks gross but she is licking it and the nail is continuing to come off. There is nothing we can really do except wait for it to fall off and a new nail to grow. This happened to one of her other toe nails a few months ago except we didn't notice it until a new nail was already growing in. She doesn't seem phased by it or in pain which is good.

Erik's birthday is next week! We are going to celebrate this weekend as a family. His first birthday as a DAD. He played hockey last night with the "young guys" aka the guys in their 20's and early 30's. Erik is closer to 40 than 30 now and the young guys were shocked. They thought he was 30. haha!

Ethan and I went to the doctor yesterday for his  8 month check up.

Little dude is so happy at the doctor. He sits on the table and plays with the paper. 

He is 17.4lbs and 28" long. 
The doctor said he looks great and she's impressed. He's social, has good motor and fine motor skills, and is very strong. She said he's early for doing a lot. 

We had his checkup and then came the shots -- Polio, Hepatitis B, and the 2nd part of his flu shot. It's SO sad when he gets the shots. HE is so happy and then we lay him down and he screams. He recovered pretty quickly though. 

After the doctor, we went to the store to pick up a few things. 
He rode in the cart for the first time!! I tried to put him in the cart at Target a few months ago and he was so upset. He was too little and he did not like it one bit. This time, it was fun. I did put a towel behind him to give him something to lean on. 

Wheeeeee! Exciting!


Got him some sippy cups yesterday. These are real cups that you just suck on and the milk comes out so it's easy for him to drink. He carried them in the cart while we shopped. He came home, took a nap, and played. He had no reaction to the shots. 


My friend Kirstin sent us three boxes of old baby clothes. So generous of her to ship! Ethan got some more great clothes. Look at him in this little button down. So cute. 

In other news, he is now able to feed himself. He can pick up scrambled eggs, pieces of banana, and bread. 

This is a fun song that we've been hearing on the radio. Hope you had a great Wednesday!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Top 5 Tuesday




Top 5 Tuesday

1. Overnight Diapers
Ethan pees a lot at night and overnight diapers keep him dry. The diaper might weigh three pounds in the morning but at least he is dry. 

Doesn't that kind of look like Ethan on the box? hah

2. Damn Delicious

This site has some GOOD recipes. Check her out. 


3. Edmeades Zin

We are getting a wine shipment this week. Woot! This is our fave zinfandel


4. Instacart


We ordered our groceries via Instacart and it was AWESOME not to go to the grocery store this week!!

5. Erik's Birthday

We are celebrating Erik's birthday this weekend. His actual birthday is March 10th. Woohoooo!!!



Ethan's new ride + Joaquin Miller Park

Sunday started with Buttermilk Cornmeal Blueberry Pancakes from SkinnyTaste. YUM. Then, Ethan got a ride in his new wheels - the diaper box. haha



We headed out to Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland for a little hike. Great views from this park!!



Evie had a great time being outside



Our little hiker. I think it's time to switch him to a backpack to do these little hikes.

Check out this pinecone Erik found. It was as big as his head!

Group shot!

After our walk, we came home & had lunch. Ethan took his nap and TL left for the airport. Great weekend of sun, being outside, exploring, and hanging out with a good friend! 

Saturday Fun + The Campanile

On Saturday, we had a fun day with Taralyn! But first, Ethan had to scoot around his room and dig into his stuff. He went over to a basket of toys and pulled some stuff out. 

We went to Homemade Cafe for breakfast. We drive by this place all of the time and finally went. It was sunny, warm, and we sat outside. 


Breakfast cut into Ethan's nap time so he fell asleep in his car seat/stroller/in the car but woke up when we got home. 

A little while later, we walked downtown to UC Berkeley campus to go Sather Tower aka The Campanile. But first, check out these clouds in the sky. The sky was super blue with big, puffy clouds which looked cool. 


Sather Tower, known to most as the Campanile, is perhaps UC Berkeley's most famous symbol. Visible for miles, it stands 307 feet tall and is the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world. The observation platform, located 200 feet up, provides visitors with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area and of the campus. It is reachable via the combination of an elevator and stairs. The Campanile was completed in 1915.

You can see the bridge from the steps of the tower


We rode the elevator up to the top and saw great views!


Huge carillon bells. They put on a sound show a couple of times a day but we weren't there for that. We were surprised when the bells sounded at 1pm! That was pretty loud for EGL. Luckily, it just rang once. 


TL, me, and EGL


Baby boy was getting tired again since his 1st nap wasn't that great

Cool courtyard when you leave the tower. 

Ethan fell asleep in the carrier on the way home and guess what, woke up when we got home. Blah. Another short, crappy nap. He was up and laughing though. We hung out at home for a little while and then TL and I headed out. 

Evie LOVED having a buddy over this weekend. haha


TL and I went out for a late lunch to Eureka for burgers and beers around 3 with the hopes that Ethan would go to sleep while we were gone. Erik stayed home with him and tried his best but when we got home around 5:15, EGL was still up. I put him down for a nap five minutes later and he SLEPT FOR THE ENTIRE NIGHT. haha. We said that when he got up, we would go out for a beer but he never did! He woke up around 10pm, drank some milk, and went back to sleep. I changed his diaper but he slept in his onesie from the day. Oh well. He didn't mind because he slept until 730 the next morning. He basically jammed his naps and night sleep all into one session. 

We ended up staying home on Saturday. We got some snacks from TJ's and played old DMB songs. We ended up watching a DMB concert from a few years ago on YouTube. haha. It was fun to relive those songs!



Sunday, March 1, 2015

E+M Friday

Friday was a Ethan + Mom day and it was a great one. 

The day started with a relaxed breakfast together and then E had a TWO hour nap! 

When he got up, he crawled around for a little bit and then we headed out to Habitot. Habitot is an interactive childrens museum/playplace. There are different sections of the museum that the kids can play in such as a veterinary, where kids can pretend to be a Vet with stuffed dogs. There is an arts and crafts room, a play school room, etc. It's very cute. Since Ethan is so little, we just went to the "Tot Garden" which was an enclosed area with lots of padded mats, padded climbing structures, kid puzzles, and books. 

The first thing we played with was a wooden carrot garden. These wooden carrots were in this wooden platform where kids could pull out the carrots from the "garden". It was cute. 

Ethan climbed up into the garden. haha

He is becoming a little boy! Look at him standing up. 


He had fun climbing around....

 Digging in the puzzle bin...






After the museum, we went over to Cancun and shared a burrito. 

Ethan ate the beans, rice, and a little guacamole. 

We went home and he took another TWO hour nap! When he woke up, we went to the playground and Trader Joe's. 


 Happy Boy. 

We stopped at TJ's to pick up a few things for the weekend & headed home. We made pizza for dinner & then our friend Taralyn arrived for the weekend!!