Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lettuce Wraps and Naps!

I've been meaning to find a good lettuce wrap recipe for quite some time -- I usually order them when I'm out at a restaurant and LOVE them. For some reason, I never think of making them at home, and I don't often have Boston lettuce. But this weekend, I stumbled upon a Healthy Turkey Lettuce Wrap Recipe by Eat Yourself Skinny and tweaked it a bit to make it my own. Chrissy and Lindsey came over and they loved them! They are staying with me and C and C a few nights while Jimbo takes the bar this week. The inspiration for this post is "lettuce wraps, two ways!".

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:


1 1/4 lb. Fat-free lean ground turkey

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Clove garlic, minced
1/4 Red onion, diced3 Tbsp lower-sodium soy sauce (green top)
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
Dash of crushed red pepper
12 Boston lettuce leaves
1 Pckg udon noodles
5 Baby carrots (shredded) 
Veggies of your choice (topping)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of  olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey, garlic and diced red onion to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes or until turkey is browned. Stir to crumble.


2. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper over the turkey mixture and simmer on low. I personally prefer to add and mix together in the saute pan while the turkey continues to cook. But if you prefer to make the sauce on the side and then toss to coat the turkey - that is your choice! I shredded up a couple of the tiny pieces of lettuce and threw on top for a garnish.


3. Boil water for udon noodles. Cook 11-13 minutes.
 
4. Add about 1/4 cup turkey mixture to each lettuce leaf, top with veggies (I sauteed zucchini separately) and shredded baby carrots and noodles if you prefer. Serve and enjoy!

As you can see, my sister opted to make a lettuce wrap "salad" with all the ingredients. And Linds decided to go for the traditional lettuce wrap. Have fun with it! This is a good meal for the whole family to enjoy. :)


Speaking of the whole fam, Conor and Caden have been loving some new veggies of their own. Here they are indulging on some cucumbers!




I also wanted to share a few ADORABLE photos of the boys during and after their naps over the weekend. I couldn't get enough of them.



I'm the luckiest........

xo,
Shaz


PS Take a look at this awesome post about healthy breakfasts on the go. I thought this would be great for my fellow Mamas -- especially Abby, congratulations on your brand new baby boy! These breakfasts may come in handy over the next few months. CONGRATS!!
http://fitnessista.com/2015/03/20-healthy-on-the-go-breakfasts/?m

Monday, February 22, 2016

Big boys in big SUITS!

Get ready, folks. This is the first sneak peek for some very important players in #chrissyandbigredwed!! Conor and Caden tried on their suits for the first time today - just the jacket and pants, and they are looking sharp. Here are a few goodies from the trial run.





We tried them on over our Vineyard Vines shirts from our cousin, Kara. I've been so excited for the boys to grow into their shirts and they finally fit. I think they'll be wearing these in Cape Cod this summer! :)




Yesterday. my mom and I took the boys to Horn Pond in Woburn. It was beautiful outside. We went for a walk around 1/16th of the water and the boys wanted to get out of the stroller and walk around. So of course, we let them. We had fun!










Then they wanted to help me push the stroller -- then they wanted me nowhere near it...and the took over.

Then they started pushing and fighting...


Until Con eventually gave up.


That's all for now. Enjoying my two hours of solitude before they wake from their nap. Then it's go go go! Have a great Monday!

xo,
Shaz

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Donuts and Firetrucks!! Happy Sunday.

Yup.  You read that right.  This weekend involved some chocolate frosted donuts and Conor and Caden's first real live firetruck experience (not in that order). ;)

I accompanied Chrissy to her dress fitting yesterday afternoon, and my mom offered to take the boys to her house so they could nap. I left around 11:30 and the boys slept from 12-2ish. I then headed back to pick them up around 3. In that one hour they were actually awake while I was gone, apparently a big firetruck drove down my parents street and the boys had a field day!!! They were able to go inside, sit in the driver's seat, play with the steering wheel, and try on some hats. Really? I was only gone a few hours and I missed it!!




On Sunday morning my Dad stopped by our house and he brought me a chocolate frosted donut. He also brought the boys some munchkins. He's the best. I shared my donut with Caden and Conor -- that is all the same ONE donut in the below three pics. Conor was clearly a little more adventurous than Caden.




I guess I will work backwards through this weekend blog post. On Friday night, I made the most amazing salmon dinner. I heated up some EVOO, onions, and then tossed in almost a pound of salmon -- skinned. I let it cook for about 10 minutes and flipped it. I then diced up some yellow bell pepper, diced apples, and scallions for color. I covered it and continued to let it simmer for another 10 minutes or so. I also boiled some water for baby carrots to add to our dinner and also for the boys to enjoy. They LOVE carrots. And I made some rosemary/olive oil quinoa.


I gave the boys some ziti with marinara sauce, bits of salmon, and baby carrots. They didn't LOVE the salmon, but I witnessed a few bites and that's all I can ask for.


Here's the finished product. I placed the quinoa on the bottom, sliced up the baby carrots, tossed it together and placed the salmon on top. I then garnished it with some crushed red pepper flakes for a little zing. It more flavorful than I imagined it would be. The apples complimented the savory quinoa nicely.


Saturday morning we woke up early and we were outside playing by 7AM. I let Jim sleep in and took the boys for about a mile walk in the wagon. Then Jim miraculously met up with us down the road and pulled the wagon on the walk back home -- very grateful for that. :):):):)


We found sticky sappy branches and carried them the whole way home! Yay!


Then Grammy paid us a visit - she stopped by to hang and help me a bit with things around the house before the boys went to her house for their nap. Conor is in front of her, and Caden was by the other window. She was saying "hi" back and forth with Caden.


We also made a quick stop to visit Daddy at work later on Saturday afternoon...about 4:30 or so. The boys liked seeing his office.


And we made a quick run to BJs today before we picked up our Peapod. We are stocked for the week!! Good thing because Jim takes the bar exam this week so we need to have all the food/juice/diapers/snacks/milk in the house as possible. GOOD LUCK JIMBO!!!!!!


All for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xo,
Shaz

PS Here's a little flashback comparison pic - the boys in their nursery in DC, and the boys here in their room now. I think maybe 10 months vs 20 months would be accurate. Top pic Caden is on the left, bottom pic Conor is on the left.



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Jump On In! And wine :)

On Monday, I participated in my first Mother's of Multiples event in Massachusetts (http://www.mmota-founding.org/). When I lived in DC, I took part in several twin gatherings, because it was easier. The boys were younger and more transportable, and I only worked part-time. Plus the group was dedicated strictly to "Spring/Summer 2014 Babies", so all the twins were roughly the same age. It was nice to get together with other twin moms because we were able to share stories and discuss life with two brand new babies.

Now working full-time and having two active toddlers, it isn't as easy to get to these fun activities. And plus, these different get togethers tend to be "twins of all ages" which can be challenging -- but also a new and different experience for Caden and Conor. But thankfully, with the help of my sister, we were able to join in the twin fun at "Jump On In" in Woburn. There was an open gym concept from 3-5:30, but we stayed about an hour - and that was good enough. Conor and Caden were definitely on the younger side, but they still had fun. Chrissy was a champ and took them down a gigantic slide. I'm pretty sure she is still trying to recover from Monday.






And a few other favorites from this week -- here's a snowy picture from Tuesday. This was clearly before it rained and all the snow went away! My backyard is so clear right now, it looks like spring.


And we went to Grampa's this week for our weekly pasta night! Mommy had to make a work call, so Grampa entertained the boys with Daniel Tiger so it was surprisingly quiet for a short bit. :)


Night night!


Here's mom with Con and mom with Cay. I feel like I haven't been doing so great with their individual pics lately - but I will try to get back on track! I hope everyone has a great Friday tomorrow...TGIF!


xo,
Shaz

P.S. In honor of both #tbt and #nationaldrinkwineday, here are a few Napa pics, right before we got pregnant with the boys. Great timing. ;) 

Photo creds - Jimbo.  Hi to John and Erin!! We miss you guys SO much!