Friday, June 28, 2013

7 Quick Takes 6/28/2013

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My baby, now 5 months old, is officially a lean mean rolling machine. Minus the mean part. He mostly rolls one direction, from back to tummy, but he has rolled from tummy to back, and once he went back to tummy to back to tummy to get to a big blue monkey belonging to my preschooler!

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Ahhh that means I have to clean up all the choking hazards! How do you keep little toys belonging to older siblings away from baby? My 3 year old isn't exactly tidy...

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I got my first woven wrap recently as a gift from my parents and its gorgeous and I'm addicted to woven wraps now and have approximately 12 bazillion that I want besides the awesome one I already have. The pattern is called "triskele" which is an ancient celtic symbol originally but became a Christian symbol of the trinity. Since the majority of my ancestors were Scotch or Irish, I think it's really cool to think about that the symbol on this baby wrap might have been something that helped some of them understand God and Christ centuries (millennia, maybe) ago!

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I tried quinoa for the first time recently too and I liked it! It's really a lot like rice but healthier. No wonder its catching on! I'm probably like the last person to try it. 

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The thing where you blend frozen bananas to make an ice cream like dessert? Totally works and is easy and yummy. My preschooler has been begging me to make more!!

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The baby is literally off the charts for height for a boy with Down Syndrome! He is way above the 90th percentile. If he keeps it up, he will almost definitely be taller than his mama someday, which would be cool because I know that's a big deal for boys to reach that milestone someday. 

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This weekend is my 6th wedding anniversary! Hurray! 
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Colman's Zesty Salad Dressing Recipe & Mustard Review!

,One of the biggest kinks lactose intolerance threw into my culinary world was an inability to eat ranch dressing. But from that I actually learned two valuable life lessons. 1.) Dressings other than ranch are equally and occasionally even MORE delicious than ranch, and 2.) It's ridiculously easy to make your own salad dressing. In fact, it is kind of addictive. It's so easy and yummy and you end up using just a few healthy ingredients. It really has made me question why there are so many ingredients in store bought salad dressing, and how on earth it even caught on. I'm not sure I'll ever buy another bottle!
My new latest favorite dressing recipe is this Colman's Zesty Salad dressing, and Colman's Mustard was kind enough to not only send me the recipe and a sample of their mustard powder to try it out with but also let me share the recipe with all of you!!

Colman’s Zesty Salad Dressing
2 Tbls Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tbls Olive Oil
1 Tsp Dill Weed
3/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 Tsp Lemon Pepper
1/4 Tsp Colman's Original Prepared Mustard

I mix it in my cream pourer that came with my fancy china (which I never use because I don't drink coffee), or a ceramic bowl, and I found making a half recipe is just right of when my husband and I each have a salad. The Colman's mustard definitely adds a delicious kick, which makes sense because they use a unique blend of white and brown mustard grown in England that gives their mustard a special zing. It's even been recognized by the Queen! I tried some in egg salad too and it added a perfect zip. The container of it is huge and most recipes only call for a tiny bit, so I know it will last me a long time, which is always fun. 

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I received free mustard powder to try this recipe, but received no other compensation for this post