Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
At 5:30am we set out for our journey to Albany, New York! Why Albany you ask? Because that is where Gwen is! Gwen is our little niece/cousin that was born on March 21st, 2008 that we had yet to meet in person. Gwen lives with her Mommy & Daddy, Jared and Ashley Crosby (Jared is Jake's younger brother).
After one layover and two sleeper holds for a squirming toddler, we landed in Albany around 2pm. We picked up our rental car and we were off to see New York in the fall!
The weather was beautiful when we landed!
you should definitely see New England in the fall.
Thursday, October 16th: A Historic Gathering-
This morning Gwen and Kaitlyn had their first playtime together. Gwen was very well behaved. Her cousin, on the other hand, wanted everything Gwen had and would promptly take it away from her. Gwen would sit quietly and contently when such a crime occurred. Despite the thievery, the two cousins did love sharing kisses with one another.
That afternoon, we set off with Aunt Ashley and Gwen to visit the New York State Museum. Our real intention was to ride the Carousel they have on their 3rd floor, but a little history on the side couldn't hurt us right? Wrong. Kaitlyn had her first public tantrum. Yea! She threw herself on the floor and began rolling and rolling! I was very grateful that we were there on a weekday and that there were very few people in the museum.
We also got to play on one of the original subway cars. Kaitlyn's favorite feature was the stairs. Up and down she climes, over and over again.
We also got to learn a little about Sesame Street! Kaitlyn's favorite show. This was one of her few happy moments at the museum.
In the car we saw Gwen going to town chewing on her favorite toy....
an empty, plastic Ricotta Cheese cup. Mmmmm, mmmmm.
Friday, October 17th: Time for an Adventure-
We ventured out into the backyard today. Jared and Ashley have a beautiful backyard and Kaitlyn thoroughly enjoyed it. She loved picking up the leaves and handing them to Aunt Ashley.
She also liked swinging on the swing on her belly and spinning it around.
Later that afternoon, once the babies were energized and fed, we headed out to Bowman Orchards. It was a really great trip because Katie finally got to see real, live animals instead of just reading about them!
She LOVED the horses!
Then we went and took a look at the goats and the sheep. We paid a quarter for some cracked corn and they licked it out of our hands. They would keep licking even if your hand was empty. I was distracted taking pictures and didn't even notice that one of the goats had Kaitlyn's entire hand and wrist in its mouth! Luckily, Kaitlyn didn't mind and the goat didn't bite.
We also took a walk through their pumpkin patch and took advantage of their plywood cutouts for some picture ops.
Saturday, October 18th: Saratoga Springs, Here We Come-
We then ate lunch at a cute bakery with delicious sandwiches and even better desserts! Then, we walked down Main Street and window shopped at some cute, overpriced stores. The weather was just a little chilly and windy, but very pleasant when you kept moving.
Sunday, October 19th: Hello, Jack Frost-
After church, Kaitlyn and Gwen started another round of "Kissin' Cousins." Gwen picked up on this habit fairly quickly.
Monday, October 20th: On the Road Again-
We hit the road at 4:30am this morning to make sure we made it to the airport and on our 6am flight. Needless to say, we were sleepy and sad to leave our family! Bye-bye New York Crosbys!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
4 potatoes, peeled and diced
Lawry's Seasoning Salt (optional)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb of chicken, thawed and diced
16 oz. of salsa ("heat" is up to your discretion; take advantage of Publix's B1G1)
15 oz. of canned kernel corn
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. (You could also just mic the diced potatoes for about 10 minutes. That's the way my Aunt Karen instructed me to do it. She is a working woman with 3 girls and very busy. She knows how important time is.)
2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Then spread out the potatoes into a single layer and give 'em a healthy coat of seasoning. I like to use Lawry's Seasoning Salt. You could also use garlic salt. Or you could use the always dependable salt and pepper.
3. Place potatoes in oven for 30-35, or until just golden and easily forked.
4. About 15 minutes before the potatoes are done, heat olive oil in large skillet.
5. Coat skillet with olive oil and toss in chicken.
6. Once chicken is cooked through, add salsa and corn. I usually only use one jar of salsa. However, if you like your food very saucey/wet, add more.
7. Once all of these elements are evenly heated, add finished potatoes.
8. This is your chance to add any other seasoning or elements you desire before serving.
9. The very last thing I do once I have dished out the servings is add shredded cheese on top. If you can live without the extra calories, omit the cheese.
If you want it to be a truly well rounded meal, add a healthy sized salad. Enjoy!