happy new year!

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a whole new year with penny. she’s growing up so, so quickly. her first birthday is in 4 months!

what?!? :O

the overzealous mom that i am, i started a pinterest board for her birthday when she was 3 months old adding ideas here and there… but now i really have to get the ball rolling. dennis and i settled on a theme – secret for now – and i need to start making decorations and deciding how i want to set everything up. my parents recently moved and generously offered us their home as the location. since the party will be held in boston it will be more convenient for my family and friends that live in mass to attend especially my 94-year-old grandmother who hasn’t been able to see penny in several months.

i’m hoping to work on the birthday projects little by little to ease the stress factor. *fingers crossed*

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korean tradition to eat ddeok-guk (떡국), or rice cake soup, for the new year

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she loves piggyback rides

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playing with her lion rattle

penny is continuing to sleep wonderfully on her own. she started leap #6 a few days ago so her naps have been back and forth from being short to long but she’s still doing great. (i.e no rocking and no going in to pop the pacifier back in her mouth.) sometimes she’ll play with the pacifier and fall asleep with it at her side.

the only thing that slightly worries us is her moving around in her crib. she isn’t crawling yet but she scoots on her back and often times spins 180 degrees so all we see is the back of her head on the baby monitor. she’s still in her merlin sleep suit which adds a little bit of weight so penny rolls onto her side and scoots around. she’ll kick the crib rails and play with the mesh bumpers then, eventually, fall asleep. i don’t know why but she also likes to sleep facing the crib’s sides. i’m not sure if it’s because she feels snug but i get worried that she’ll wake herself up because her head and feet are touching the rails. sometimes she does but she usually falls back asleep, thankfully.

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this is usually how she falls asleep nowadays

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how i found her after her nap

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look at her legs! she’s not sleeping here.. she fell asleep shortly afterwards

one of my next posts will be about homemade baby food and penny’s feeding schedule. she loves to eat solids now after having a rocky start. penny also can’t get enough of water. we limit her daily intake to 3 oz. and only during mealtimes to wash the food down, but she gets so excited when she sees her sippy cup! she picks up the cup and puts the spout in her mouth but can only drink it if it’s nearly full as she doesn’t yet know to tilt her head back to get the water to flow.

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practicing feeding herself yogurt

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yum!

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this sippy cup was $10 but totally worth it

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good eats, good sleep. these two things have contributed in my feeling much more energized and happy these days. what a great way to start off the new year!

 

 

hearty chicken corn chowder

goodness, another snow day. connecticut got walloped by another storm. the accumulations varied by towns and mine supposedly received 7.5 inches but it looks like a lot more… one town even had 16 inches! waiting for word on whether there is a delay or cancellation tomorrow.

luckily, my snow day coincided with dennis’s day off so our family of 3 got some great quality time today 🙂 i remarked the other day to dennis that i should make corn chowder soon and i made it for dinner tonight. this recipe contains green chiles which gives it a nice kick – perfect for those cold, wintry nights. i paired the soup with french bread. I gotta have my carbs.

doesn't it look delicious?

            doesn’t it look delicious?

chicken corn chowder recipe
{source: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com}

(makes 6-8 servings)

*6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 medium onion, diced
3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 Tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
**3 cups milk
1 (16 ounce) bag frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (4 ounce) can green chiles
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
Salt and pepper, to taste

*I only made 4 bacon strips but I think they were sufficient
**Since I don’t drink milk, I used almond milk instead. Still delicious, but regular milk will probably make it creamier

Directions:
In a large pot, add all ingredients (except the bacon) and bring to a boil.  Let simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle crumbled bacon pieces on top. Serve and enjoy!

chicken tenderloin strips

chicken tenderloin strips

diced potatoes and onions

      diced potatoes and onions

cooked chicken

             cooked chicken

ready to cook!

            ready to cook

le creuset cast iron pot

            le creuset cast iron pot