Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Day!

Yesterday at this time it was not snowing at all. People on Facebook were going crazy with doubtful comments about the impending "Snowmagadden 2011". And yet, at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon the first delightful snowflakes began to fall. And fall, and fall and fall. Currently our little town is buried beneath about 13 inches of light, fluffy snow.

Although I am home on maternity leave right now and every day is essentially a snow day for me, I had so much excitement built up in my about the blizzard. How funny! I was glued to the TV and was even thrilled when I noticed my work had cancelled operations for today! Like it really made a difference or something. Then when I got up for Lucy's first feeding I found myself turning the TV on in the middle of the night, searching for more reports on how bad this blizzard was going to get. I think mostly I was hoping that it would be bad enough that Pat wouldn't have to go into work today. And then, during the 5am feeding, finally a snow emergency had been declared. No one out on the streets, expect for emergency personnel. I put the baby to bed and crawled into my own bed bursting with excitement to tell my husband he would have to take a Snow Day!

However I forget how easily I tend to romanticise events like this. Turns out Pat still has to work from home today and while he isn't working, he is out trying to dig out our house. So, really, it's just about like any other day. But still fun!

Things with Lucy have started get a lot better. I think her little system is finally healing and she is a much happier baby now. And I think we are making improvements in the sleep department. Turns out my baby is a belly baby. She LOVES to sleep on her belly. I know, I know...before you freak out on me, Back is Best. But she LOVES her belly. So for naps during the day she sleeps on her belly since I am able to keep and eye on her. And at night sometimes I will start her out on her belly and then move her to her back once she is asleep. It may not be ideal...but sleep deprivation will make a person very creative!

Sleepin' on the tum-tum!

I am also getting some wonderful smiles from her. However she likes to make a liar out of me since no matter HOW hard I try...I still can't catch one with the camera yet. Oh well....they are adorable and I know there are plenty more to come.

All bundled up heading to Grammie's!

Trying out the new shades during a very "sunny" feeding!

Cute baby!

In other news...I cooked this week!!! Can you believe it?!? Like a real recipe! And it was delish! I am including it below in case you happen to already have everything on hand...and if not then do try it out once you have shoveled yourself out of your house!

Chicken Cutlets with Orange and Arugula
Rachel Ray "Look + Cook" Cookbook


1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Freshly grated nutmeg
Handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped (I used dried)
Zest of 1 orange
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs beaten
4 small thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and Pepper
Olive oil
2 seedless oranges
2 yellow or orange tomatoes, seeded and diced (I used good ole red ones)
1/2 small red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons EVOO
4 cups baby arugula leaves


1. Combine bread crumbs, cheese, nutmeg, parsley and orange zest in a shallow bowl. Place the flour in a second dish and the eggs in a third, positioned between the flour and bread crumbs.
2. Lightly pound the chicken between wax paper into large, thin cutlers. Season the cutlets with salt and pepper and coat them with the flour, eggs and bread-crumb mixture. Heat 1/2 inch of frying oil in a very large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, cook the cutlets 1 or 2 at a time, depending on the pan size for about 2 minutes per side. As the cutlets are done, place on a baking rack to drain. The cutlets may be served at room temperature, but you want them to remain crisp.
3. While the cutlets cook, peel and section the oranges and dice. Combine with the tomatoes, onion, EVOO and salt and pepper to taste. When ready to serve, gently mix in the arugula leaves.
4. Top the cutlets with mounds of orange and arugula salad and serve.


Have a great Snow Day everyone!!

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