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Ready In: 9 Hours 15 Minutes
"Slow cook your St. Patrick's Day corned beef dinner, and celebrate the easy way."
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into
10 baby red potatoes, quartered
1 onion, peeled and cut into bite-sized
4 cups water
1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket with
6 ounces beer
1/2 head cabbage, coarsely chopped
By now, some little ones can cruise or even walk (and some can’t and that’s fine, too) and imitate you like a pro (you touch your nose, she’ll touch hers). Most will be able to drink from a cup (say hello to cow’s milk); say one or two recognizable words; and point to what she wants. Intellectually, it’s all about cause and effect now (if I drop my spoon, Mommy will pick it up…again and again). On the emotional front, expect some first attempts at friendship as well as a wide range of moods and behavior, from affection to frustration to full-blown stubbornness. Don’t worry too much about klutziness (i.e., frequent falls and lots of bumping into things), as your child’s depth perception (and plain old coordination) is still a work in progress. Bare feet or slip-proof socks may still be best for beginning walkers, but now’s a good time to buy a pair of proper shoes (just-right fit is key). In other news, diaper changes may become a battle of wills as your little critter loathes staying still for something so boring (and probably prefers to be bare-bottomed anyway). You may be concerned about an appetite slump, which is totally normal as Ms. Independence now wants to decide when (and what) she will eat. And speaking of eating, get ready for toddler food throwing, food blowing, and massively messy attempts at self-feeding. Clinginess and separation anxiety (yours and hers) might be big issues these days, so use tactics that’ll help minimize partings: Get your toddler busy before you go, and leave a little bit of Mommy behind (such as your photo, your pillow, or a lipstick-print kiss on the back of her hand).
Julie Berman seems to have it all: a beautiful home in suburban New Jersey, a loving husband, a budding career as a freelance journalist, and two great kids. Little do the neighbors know that behind the façade, Julie is beginning to feel like her world is falling apart.
Among her worries is a nagging fear that she’s turning into her mother—just as neurotic, just as crazy, and just as consumed by appearances. Then there’s the handsome, charming, single, and very tempting editor at the local newspaper who has definitely taken a shine to her. Add to that her moody, monosyllabic teenage son, who may or may not be having sex with a new girlfriend. But the final blow to her sanity comes in the form of a phone call from her daughter, who informs Julie of her plans to run off with her new boyfriend . . . who’s also her college professor.
Lucky Me is a journey into the year when Julie realizes that there are some things beyond her control, especially the people she loves. Wise, irreverent, tender, and funny, Lucky Me is for every woman who has ever felt—despite her most valiant efforts—less than perfect.
For the LO
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss turns 50 simple words into magic in this time-honored classic. Sam-I-am won't give up! He keeps trying to get the grumpy grown-up in the story to taste green eggs and ham. No matter how Sam-I-am presents the green eggs and ham (in a box, with a fox, in the rain, on a train), the curmudgeon refuses to try them. Finally, Sam-I-am's pesky persistence pays off. A crowd of open-mouthed onlookers watch in suspense as the old grouch takes a bite. And?...SAY! The old sourpuss's face is wreathed in smiles as he gratefully acknowledges, "I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you, thank you, Sam-I-am!"
LoveBug Craft Corner
Colored Sand Vases
* Tacky glue
* Plastic cup
* Clean glass bottle or jar
* Colored sand (sold at most craft supply stores)
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Cover your workspace with newspaper (this will make it easier to clean up later). Pour 1/4 cup or so of tacky glue into a plastic cup and dilute it slightly with a teaspoon of water.
2. use a paintbrush to coat the outside of a clean bottle or jar with the glue solution and then sprinkle spoonfuls of colored sand over the glued surface, rotating the bottle to spread the sand evenly.
3. Allow the glue to dry completely. Once you get the hang of it,experiment with multicolored designs Or create interesting patterns.
For the LO
* White yogurt (plain or vanilla)
* Food coloring
Yogurt Paint Instructions:
* Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of yogurt into small dishes for painting (I use cut-up egg cartons).
* Add 1 to 3 drops of food coloring to each dish of yogurt.
* Mix well.
Yogurt Paint Ideas:
* Learn (teach) your colors!
* Finger painting!
Suggestions and/or comments?? Did I miss you?? Please PM me!
Last edited by mommyof3now; March 11th, 2011 at 10:54 AM.