Getting ready for bed

This is a video of Corbin getting ready for bed. Corbin loves picking out the books he wants us to read. The one in the video is a song book of nursery rhymes and Corbin is enjoying singing along with his daddy. So cute!

Yummy cookie

Three years ago a friend from Australia visited and brought us Tim Tams as a thank you for letting her stay with us. We were hooked! After doing some internet searches and asking online, I found them at the World Market. Too bad they were like $4.00 a box. Yikes!

This year I was delighted to discover that Pepperidge Farm now had Tim Tams. I wondered if they stole the recipe and name since the Arnott company is based in Australia, but after checking out the Pepperidge Farm website it looks like they merged together or something. No matter what, I’m a happy camper!

In addition to the Chocolate Crème and Caramel flavors you’ve grown to love, Pepperidge Farm is thrilled to bring you new Classic Dark Tim Tam™ cookies. Indulge your craving for the layers of deliciousness from October to March every year- find Chocolate Crème and Caramel Tim Tam cookies in stores across the country, and look out for scrumptious Classic Dark exclusively at Target stores.

Tension Tamer Tea

Tension Tamer tea has been my favorite tea for years now. It has an amazing flavor that I find to be comforting and soothing. I don’t even mind that it’s caffeine free. Now that question for you is, what’s your favorite tea and why?

This comforting blend begins with eleuthero, an Asian herb popular for centuries because of the sense of calm and well being it imparts. We’ve added cooling peppermint, spicy ginger and tangy lemons to create a remarkably uplifting herbal blend. Bring harmony to your hectic day with a cup of this flavorful and restorative tea.” — Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster Since 1975

28 Weeks Pregnant

I’m starting my 28 weeks today which means I’m in my 3rd trimester. Amazing! I am feeling great thus far other than the normal hip discomfort when I sleep, feeling heavier due to having a 2 pound + baby inside me, and this baby is high up on my belly so sometimes it can be uncomfortable and tight.

Baby Center

How your baby’s growing:
“By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. He’s also developing billions of neurons in he brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.”
How your life’s changing:
“You’re in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you’re like most women, you’ll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.”

White Bean and Ham Soup

What do you do with a left over ham bone and ham? Make soup! After searching the cookbooks and the internet, I decided on a recipe from Simple Recipes. The soup was great, but I will agree that it always tastes better the next day. I also suggest making corn bread to go with it.

White Bean and Ham Soup
*1 lbs of white beans (Canellini or Great Northern)
*2 quarts of water
*2 lbs of ham shank (preferred to ham hocks because the shanks have more meat), each shank cut into 2 or 3 sections
*1 cup diced onions
*1 cup chopped celery
*2/3 cup chopped carrots
*2 cloves garlic, diced
*Tabasco sauce
*Salt & pepper
*Herbes de Provence
*Fresh parsley
1. Soak the beans in at least 2 quarts of cold water for about 2 hours. Drain the water (you can also do an overnight soak)
2. Put the ham shank pieces in a large pot and cover with water (you can also use chicken broth). Bring to a simmer and simmer for about one hour. Add the chopped vegetables and beans. Cook for another hour, until the vegetables are soft and the ham meat easily pulls away from the bone.
3. Add several drops of Tabasco to taste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a pinch of Herbes de Provence. Serve with a pinch of chopped fresh parsley.
(Serves Eight )