Friday, April 18, 2014

How to hard-boil (hard-cook) FRESH eggs

My cousin Beth is a genius. A pet-peeve of mine is the inability to hard-boil our fresh chicken eggs without them falling apart while peeling – those pesky whites stick to the shell making a perfectly peeled fresh egg an impossibility. Plus, what's the point of having fresh eggs if you have to save them for a few weeks before boiling them? Enter my cousin Beth and her spot-on tip for hard-cooking fresh eggs. Steam the little suckers! It works like a charm.

Rinse your eggs in warm water.
Place them in a steamer basket over boiling water.
Steam for 20 minutes.
Submerge them in a bowl of ice water. 
You're done – hard-cooked fresh eggs.

How I enjoy my hard-cooked eggs lately …
on gluten-free toast with cream cheese and avocado 
How Josie enjoys hers…
with gluten-free waffles and a side of googley-eyes.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Break night away

After our time at the museum Saturday afternoon, we walked back to our hotel. The building itself was gorgeous, our view of the city fantastic, the pool and hot tub the perfect temperature. (The groups of Bachellorettes loudly stumbling back in at 2:30am…not so great.) Paybacks, right? I'm sure Kyle and I were those annoying 20-somethings at some point in the past!

My beautiful girls, ready to head to dinner.
"The Victor" – Limoncello, tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and basil.
So good! (Maybe this is what stole those 6 minutes off my 13.1 time!)

Lots of fun with Dad in the pool.
Entertaining ourselves while tucked into bed.
Beautiful view of the "Blue Bridge".

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Habitats Exhibit at the GRPM

While the Dinosaurs exhibit was really cool, my favorite part of the Grand Rapids Public Museum is the "Habitats" exhibit. We took our time strolling through the mounted animals and dioramas of Michigan habitats – forests, ponds, dunes and more.

Josie's favorite – a blown up display of bugs,
a rotting mouse, slugs and worms.
A very large drop of pond water. 
I love Peanut's face – she decided never to drink pond water!

My girls – getting so big.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dinosaurs Unearthed!

Saturday afternoon, Kyle and I took the girls to the "Dinosaurs Unearthed" exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. It was not at all what I was expecting – much bigger and cooler than I thought! The museum did a fantastic job of telling the story of dinosaurs, in and out of North America, as well as making you feel as though you were there. The animatronic dinos were to scale. I had no idea Triceratops was that big!

See…I told you Triceratops was big!
I've always thought our chickens
feet resemble dinosaur feet.
Using the interactive exhibit to learn more – love her nose!
My and girls and me with…T-Rex!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Miles – Gazelle Girl Half Marathon 2014

Miles last week = 21.5
2014 = 312.5

Well…my performance at the 2014 Gazelle Girl half was not as good as last year. (Six minutes not as good to be exact.) I don't know if it was lack of sleep, the two cocktails I had with dinner, the 60˚ temps and crazy humidity, or just "not my day", but this certainly wasn't my most enjoyable 13.1. The weekend away with my happy little family, I loved that. The run Sunday morning? Not so much. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday photo

"Look, Mom! I can pick my nose with my toes!"

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Michigan Egg

The girls came running in to the office Tuesday morning super excited to show me the crack that Josie made in her hard-boiled egg. My brother Phil has accused me of "doctoring" the photo, but I swear it's real! Unfortunately, one of them ate the egg. We could have listed it on eBay!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Break week 2014

The girls have been on Spring Break for the past week. As always, I've completely enjoyed the respite from our usual busy morning routine. No rushing, no tears, and honestly…no clothes until we have to get out of our pj's. Overall it's been a relaxing week, with a few little bumps thrown in to keep life interesting.

Highlight #1: Kyle and the girls are putting together a plan for their first treehouse.

Ellie, drawing up her ideal floor plan
Kyle and Josie discussing their treehouse options
Scouting the woods for the ideal location
– waterfront, perhaps?
Making notes – he has a vision!

Highlight #2: Our second annual "girls only"
Spring Break lunch.

Highlight #3: Many hours spent playing outside with
friends, neighbors, and cousins.

Eleanor and Josephine with their friend Drew

Highlight #4: Quiet time spent snuggling with my girls.

Ellie and me watching The Muppets
Highlight #5: Really, our only low of week. 
Ellie and Kyle were engaging in a "sword fight"
Friday evening. Ellie won. 
Kyle lost…a tooth and a good chunk of his lip.

Sorry. Gross picture, I know. Don't worry, his smile
is on its way back to normal.

Highlight #6: Tomorrow, the four of us are headed to Grand Rapids. We'll be taking in the Dinosaurs Unearthed and Lego exhibits at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and walking around the city before ending our day at the hotel pool. Sunday morning I'm running the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon again. Last year I ran in the snow, sleet, ice and rain. This year it's supposed to "just rain"…this is Michigan, what do I expect, right? Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Monday miles (on Thursday)

The snow is almost gone! 

Miles last week = 22.75
2014 = 291

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday photo

A picture sent to me this week –
Eleanor and Josephine making their first communion.

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