Friday, July 26, 2013

Project Life - Week 29

Welcome to Project Life 2013! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay a while. I'm Jessica, wife to Juan, mommy to 1 year old Maddie. I am also an electrical engineer by day and I am participating in Project Life, a different way to record our lives by taking one photo a day. This was inspired by the fabulous Becky Higgins who has put together a wonderful kit to make this challenge easier.

I am using the digital kit on shutterfly (hopefully Olive once it has been released), find more info at This digital version uses Shutterfly and is SUPER easy to use! See my completed pages for 2012 using the Shutterfly Cobalt kit HERE.

And finally, my POTW (pictures of the week):

Tuesday - Maddie has suddenly discovered that she can remove her clothes. Today after she took off her shirt, she was determined to see how far up she could pull her pants. She is such a goofy little thing, so full of joy and spunk!

Wednesday - I have been working 65-70 hours a week for months so I took a vacation day today to read. The new Charlaine Harris book came out, the final Sookie Stackhouse novel and I was super excited to read it. What a fabulous and restful day! The book was awesome by the way.

Thursday - Another Pinterest dinner - Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken & Brown Rice. This was really easy and pretty good, except I accidentally put 1teaspoon in lieu of 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, so it was too spicy.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken & Brown Rice
1/2 large onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups frozen peas
freshly grated parmesan cheese
Grease the slow cooker insert (to help keep the rice from sticking).  Put the chopped onions, garlic and chicken into the slow cooker.
In a medium bowl, stir together the chicken stock, rice and seasonings and microwave until just boiling… around 4-6 minutes, depending on your microwave!
Pour the rice/broth mixture over the onions, garlic and chicken in the slow cooker and stir to combine.  Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours, or until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.  About 15 minutes before serving, stir in the frozen peas and cook until they are just heated through.
Serve warm with freshly grated parmesan cheese on top, if you’d like.  So comforting!!
Also today, Maddie has suddenly decided she not only doesn't want to wear clothes, but she doesn't want to wear a diaper. She took everything off 3 different times this afternoon and ran around the house slapping her tummy and saying "happy, happy".  She has also started saying "change diaper" when she is poopy or full. I think it is definitely time to start potty training.

Friday - We went to Marco and Gracie's this evening for dinner.  Maddie and Isabella had a blast playing and then the girls went swimming, at least that was the plan. Maddie suddenly decided she didn't want to get in the pool.  I think maybe it was a bit cold. It was still a nice evening with family.

Saturday - Maddie loves puzzles and is getting very good at them.  Here wooden puzzles seem to be too easy for her so we bought her her first real puzzle. It only has 12 pieces and she needs a bit of help, but can actually figure it out. She can get the horse, cow and chicken every time.

Sunday - Maddie and I spent the day shopping with Nana for Sesame Street things for Maddie's 2nd birthday. She was an angel the entire time and quickly passed out on the car ride back to Nana's with her water bottle still in her little mouth.

Thanks for visiting!

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