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  1. In The Kitchen

    January 21, 2016 by Victoria

    I mentioned we’ve been trying to clean up our diets after a couple months of indulgences. Here’s a sample of what we’ve been feeding ourselves.

    Last Sunday we watched the Seahawks valiantly try to come back but still lose while eating these amazing wings from Nom Nom Paleo. Seriously amazing. Will be making on Super Bowl Sunday for sure.

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    Later for dinner I made some meatballs (ground beef, ground pork, garlic, chives, parsley, salt and pepper). Simmered in some simple marinara and dinner was ready. Both Teddy and Cormac are obsessed with spaghetti and meatballs, so this was a super simple meal for the whole family.

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    For lunch throughout the week, I made Mexican Chicken Soup from Ina Garten, minus the tortilla chips. Topped with avocado, super easy, filling lunch.

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    Some random night this week, I made Chicken Cacciatore from The Chew (subbed homemade chicken broth for the red wine). Michael Symon. Heart eyes emoji.

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    I used leftover chicken thigh bones (everyone keeps leftover chicken bones in a Ziplock in their freezer, right?), to make some chicken broth in the slow cooker (throw bones, a chopped carrot, onion, and celery with some parsley, salt and pepper in the cooker on low for 8 hours). Add in onions, carrots, celery and herbs along with some poached, shredded chicken thighs, and you’ve got soup.

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    Ohhhhh and the best thing ever (not an ad, I swear) – SunBasket: a recipe ingredient delivery service similar to Blue Apron, but with more diet-specific options (Paleo, Vegetarian, Classic, etc). We got our first delivery this week and all the Paleo options were Whole30 complaint and super easy.

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    You all know I love a recipe meal delivery service. I loved anything with delivery actually. Oh, and I’ve been making a lot of Nespresso lattes with coconut milk. Pretty good. That’s probably all I’ve got for now.


  2. Theodore’s Nine Month Update

    January 13, 2016 by Victoria

    Yay for nine months!  This kid is so much fun. Honestly, just bottle him up and you could sell him as mini rays of sunshine.

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    Nine months is lots of smiles and lots of squealing! Seriously this is one loud baby.

    Nine months is chasing big brother eeeeeverywhere. He’s still doing the army crawl but it’s with lightning speed now! He can get from the living room to Cormac’s room in under 5 seconds. His current favorite toy is literally anything Cormac is playing with.

    He’s got Cormac’s appetite and seems to love nearly all the solids we’ve given him. Except maybe avocados. Recent favorites have been salmon, blueberries and broccoli. Nine months is teeth! He’s had the front bottom two for a while but the top two just made an appearance last week and he’s chomping on everything so I think more may be on the way.

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    Luckily it hasn’t interfered much with his sleep. He’s finally got over all the sickness that was plaguing him last month and he’s been clocking in a solid 13 hours a night! His naps are too bad either so I’ve got zero sleep complaints.He had his nine month well visit today. His pediatrician seemed super happy with him, but I told her that even though he can crawl, he still can’t sit up on his own and falls over really quickly if I put him there, so she wrote him a referral to get checked by physical therapy just in case. He has a kidney ultrasound in April and I’m keeping my fingers crossed the hydronephrosis has resolved by then and we won’t need any invasive testing.

    His height is 29.5″ (87th percentile), his weight jumped up to 19.1lbs (40th percentile), and his head is a solid 46cm (80th percentile). Healthy and thriving if I do say so myself.

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    Can’t wait to see what the next month brings! Pretty soon these two are going to be chasing each other like crazy!