Sunday, January 24, 2010

Uncle Grampa's Hoo-Dilly Storytime at Dad's Garage

One of our favorite Saturday morning activites is back after a holiday hiatus. If you have a chance, Uncle Grampa's Hoo-Dilly Storytime at Dad's Garage is GREAT FUN for kids and adults alike. Completely zany but not in an annoying way. Each week is a brand new inprov story that is interrupted by appearances of various characters - the Monkey's favorite is an invisible donkey.

This weeks story was about Elementary Watson and the Library Triangle. Stories are chosen and embellished through audience participation this one included an evil Egyptian pharaoh, a famous guitar player, a schwami, and of course Watson and his 'dumb' side kick.

After the show the kids can meet both the actors and puppets outside of the theatre and also receive a free balloon!

If you do go, I typically pack the Monkey a large snack since the show is right around lunch time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Simple Vietnamese Steak Sandwich

The weather has returned to above 60 degrees which makes me want to fire up the grill!  Last night I did just that and made a wonderful grilled flank steak salad with grilled zucchini and roasted tomatoes.  Yum.

Today I used the leftover steak to make this super easy and equally as yummy sandwich.

Simple Vietnamese Steak Sandwich
adapted from Martha Stewart Everyday Food

1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp sriracha sauce
1 TB rice vinegar

1 carrot grated
1 TB chopped culantro (long leaf cilantro)*
toasted bun, roll, whatever crusty bread you have on hand
several slices of flank steak (warmed)

Toss the carrot and culantro together with the dressing.  Layer steak and carrot mixture on toasted bread, eat.

* note: I just happened to have this and like the slightly exotic flavor tones it adds to the dish, but regular cilantro would work just as well.

Ricky Gervais Sings Elmo a Lullaby

WarningDo not drink anything while watching this video.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lost in Ferelden

So, umm, hello there.  I have been rather slack in my posts lately,  I still have pre-Christmas photos lingering on my computer!  I guess the holidays....and other things (the Blight) have kept me busy.

EGG lunch (12/18):
veggie booty, ham and chutney sandwich with cheese tree, gouda, apple candy cane, blueberries, strawberry, cookies.
Monkey Lunch (12/18):  sun butter and jam Christmas Tree with green sprinkles (this looked better in my head), cheese and carrot "presents", cheese snowman on cookie, red pepper poinsettia, veggie booty, blueberry and strawberry.

For the Monkeys last class before the break all classes got together to watch "The Polar Express".  I was able to pop in and prepare a special snack for the kids in his room based on thier favorite story for the month:  "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer". 

Snack: Clementine, cinnamon bread, cheese Rudolf with pomegranate nose and pretzel antlers, blueberries.