Day: June 24, 2011

My Baby is Four Years Old now!

Quentin turned 4 yesterday. He had a nice time, really liked his presents. He’s getting so big. He’s still the youngest though. He has more “baby traits” than the previous three did at this point, which isn’t precisely birth order, more personality. His older brother, Asa, was the baby at that age, has a different personality than Quentin for sure. He was “the baby” for nearly 7 years.

Quentin is demonstrative with love, thanks, etc. Yesterday was filled with hugs, kisses, and all that goes with that, for presents, the day, and how it ended … some little fireworks I got him at Target for last surprise presents. He’s just like that, was from the start. He’s very comfort oriented, when he’s comfortable, he’s happy, and overflowing with love, joy, enthusiasm. (which means there is more to him, what happens when he’s not comfortable … eek!)

The other three children are all different, but one thing in common, not demonstrative like Q. Not at all. That’s more like me. Q is the first one to be a hugger, wanting hugs, giving hugs, forcing me to “like” it with him. I am not a hugger.

I snuggle all my babies, that I can do. I’m not a hugger past that.

Any how, one thing we got for Q is a Cars 2 branded Leapster Explorer — we got him a Leapster 2 last year, but never bought any thing but 1 cartridge, and that cartridge lost a piece of it’s stuff, it’s stuck in the slot of the machine. And it was limited and who cares. So we got the Explorer, which was out just as or just after we got the Leapster 2 last year. Now this year, we got the Explorer, and they are releasing a new thing in the next month, a tablet sort of thing, LeapPad.

Q querying Cars 2 Explorer game box, Asa looking on with weird face

Now it seems that the Leapster Explorer and that tablet can use the same cartridges, since one of the games we bought for this birthday had such verbage on the box (works with both.) Which was my heads-up to a new device launching. He likes the Explorer though. It’s better than the Leapster 2, by far. Easier to hold, red and white, nice screen, more than just a couple things to do with it.

I love the newer cartridges. If I’d known what they were like before … Oh well.

Red Pepper Sausage Skillet Meal

1 Red Pepper, sliced into 1/4″ strips (or more, as desired)

1/2 Vidalia Onion, sliced thin into 1 1/2″-long strips (or more, as desired)

2 Tablespoons Butter, plus enough Olive Oil to fry the onions & red peppers

2 Tablespoons Tamari Sauce (or Soy Sauce)

Tabasco Sauce, to taste

1 small can diced tomatoes (like Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes)

Fully Cooked Sausage, bias cut (angle) into rounds or diced, if desired (beef, pork, chicken)

Partially cooked noodles (your choice of noodle style) – about halfway cooked.

In a hot fry pan melt the butter and add enough olive oil for the onions and peppers, stir frequently until onions begin to carmelize.

Add the partially cooked noodles, Tabasco Sauce, mixing well.

Add sausage, tamari sauce and tomatoes, stirring through.

If you prefer more moisture or sauce, add some of the pasta water as well.

Heat and serve.

If you want a thicker sauce, use arrowroot powder mixed with water (same power as flour thickening, or corn starch, works like that, but isn’t wheat, nor corn. Has a clear thickening like corn starch, full power when comes to boil.)

Recipe created by Maisy 2005

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