Wednesday, May 30, 2007

One Happy Customer

This is James. James likes to eat. That makes me very happy at the end of a long day. Last night was the 1st time we sat James at the kitchen table with us (instead of in his highchair). I set his place setting just like his older brother Camden's and he was thrilled! He used his fork, spoon and often his hands when when the cutlery just wouldn't shovel the food fast enough.

We had a quickly thrown together Chicken Pasta Bake. I cooked 2 cups of pasta (penne to be exact) until just tender, then sauteed some onion and garlic in a pan with a little olive oil (I might even add some sliced mushrooms or cubed eggplant next time around at this stage). I used about a cup or so of cooked, diced chicken and threw all of the above into a casserole with 1 cup shredded swiss cheese and 1 cup shredded parmesan. Stir in 1 large can of diced tomatoes (28oz), some dried parsley and oregano flakes and salt & pepper to taste. Top with a mixture of breadcrumbs and parmesan to cover the top. Bake in an oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees and that's it.

James was very happy, and so was his brother Camden, and my husband Glen. Everyone cleaned their plates and Camden actually said 'you make a good pasta bake mama!'
Music to my ears!



Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Public Diary?

I've been trying to explain to myself....Why a blog? What could I have to write about of any interest or importance? I am a wife, mother of 2 boys under the age of 4, and I work full time in the apparel industry (I deliberately chose not to say fashion industry). My life is very hectic with very little time for myself to do the things I love. Those things are mainly enjoying cookbooks, trying new recipes for my friends and family to enjoy, gardening, watching movies, flipping through fashion magazines, drawing, playing the piano, travelling, and so much more (most of which I can't remember the last time I had time to do)!

I am making a huge effort to start doing the things I love again. Motherhood has to allow for it, doesn't it? Regardless of the real answer to that, I am going to try. Starting this blog in some ways is helping me do that. It will be my little diary where I can document some of the craziness going on in a house of endless laundry, potty training, teething, daycare issues and of course....food!

As for the name of this blog, my husband suggested it because I am often asking (more like begging) him to somehow find me 5 minutes peace from all the day to day chaos! I happen to find peaceful, calming moments alone in the kitchen, so '5 minutes peace....in the kitchen' it is!