Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Timothy's got his first two teeth now! I think they did the final pushing through last night. He kept waking up, his cry was different, and usually he only wakes up to nurse but last night he woke up and that didn't settle him. It's funny, Leanna and Justin never minded their teeth coming in at all. Maybe it was having two come in at the same time that hurt him more.
(yes, I know every child is different and it can bother some children tremendously)
Lorelei is still barely cracking the top 1000, which is good. I'm still hoping to have my Lorelei one day!
emergency! And it was so Maree came and caught Leanna. And then we all went in the house, the clown too. And Mommy and Daddy took care of the broken ladder. How the flood started was from a drip in the sink, so Leanna and the clown fixed that.
I think that's where the real dream ended, she keeps adding more to the story now-but it seems to be just wishful thinking. Stuff about how Justin and Timothy were born the next day and grew up and Maree helped her fix our house, etc. etc.
Monday, May 29, 2006
But aside from that it was just nice to spend time talking to family. I didn't have to go anywhere and I didn't have to worry as much about cleaning up as usual, because the only one there who doesn't see our house in it's natural state was Uncle David. So I just figured, aww, screw it! We also had Tom home all day which is rare. Leanna especially enjoyed herself today, and that makes me happy too. I think we'll all sleep good tonight.
To start with, I have 6 kids, which I guess makes me triply selfish. Or maybe I just looked at US birthrates and realized that we are reproducing at a rate barely above self sustaining. Maybe I learned that the only reason US population is increasing is the combined effects of immigration and longer life expectancies. Maybe I also realized that the birth rates in India and China mean that my contribution to global population, or Anonymous's refusal to contribute is ultimately meaningless. In fact, maybe I knew enough math to realize that global population growth is driven by China, India, and third world nations, not the US.Or maybe my decision to have a large family came from a desire to improve the gene pool by outbreeding ignorant and obnoxious folks who think it seems selfish to have a large family.
I've read about that. In the US & Europe we aren't having enough babies to replace the workforce. People think that overpopulation is a problem here, but it's not.
1. because they can afford to 2. because others in their community are 3. because after you have a few, you're already "in the groove"4. because women are delaying having families, so a.they often need the help of fertility drugs which can cause multiple babies and b. after a miscarrige or several, once they do have a sucessful pregnancy, children become such a gift to them that they want as many as they can have. 5. "It's so expensive having two kids, how much worse can it be with three?" 6. Some of these couples find that of all the luxuries their bank balances allow them, they get no greater satisfaction than from their kids, so they decide to have more.
A few sections I found interesting:
Traditionally, the third child has been a major barrier to both parents working full time, considering that the combined day-care costs can eat up an entire salary. So three kids are more common in families in which one parent -- usually the mother -- is at home full time or has flexible part-time work. For all the talk in recent years of women "opting out" of careers to stay at home, half of all mothers still return to the workforce before their child's first birthday, says Kathleen Gerson, a sociology professor at New York University and board member of the Council on Contemporary Families. Not that there aren't lots of stay-at-home moms. It's just that they're mostly clustered at the top and bottom of the income scale. The poorer moms' job opportunities are so bleak that many don't feel they are giving up much to stay home. Many of the more affluent moms started out with the expectation that they could have it all, managing a successful career with one or two kids. But after experiencing the all-too-common work-family bind, they can walk away from the job without bringing financial pain to their families. ......I still marvel at my parents' ability to raise a big, close-knit family with aplomb. But they would be the first to admit that it was easier to swing back in the 1960s and '70s, when parents had more control over what their kids were exposed to and fewer demands to ferry them individually from one scheduled activity to another. When my two brothers, two sisters, and I weren't in school, we were out "playing," an all-encompassing category in those blissful pre-play-date days that consisted of packs of kids roaming the neighborhood for most of the day until the dinner bells started ringing or, in the case of our less inhibited neighbors, the fathers started bellowing for their kids to get their butts home. As a family, we didn't travel far, but when we did, it was pretty easy to get going. There were no five-point harness car seats to contend with. All seven of my family members could quickly pile into our 1964 Ford Falcon sedan that was built for five. My assigned seat? Lying along the back window ledge, next to the tissue box......We probably could have been just as happy -- and less sleepy -- if we'd stopped after one or two children. And by now there's ample research to rebut all those old myths about only children being misfits. But we just love the vibe you get in a house with lots of kids. As crazy as the switch from man-to-man to zone defense can be, there's not much we find as satisfying as catching a glimpse of all three girls sharing with one another, unprompted by us. Or seeing the entirely different routes they each take to make us laugh. We like the idea of our daughters learning, early on, how to work things out with one another, and being able, later on, to lean on one another. With more kids, the lessons usually start sooner. Staffers at the Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills say the most consistently polite kids to have gone through the school are the eight in Owen's family
Sunday, May 28, 2006
It's pretty neat that the kids get to watch the animals grow like that. We also have a bird sitting on her nest out in the roof of our backyard. We watched the Daddy bird bringing little twigs and stuff over to build the nest. Every day Justin goes out back to yell "Hi bird!" and "Hi Tadpoles!"
For the record-he's not calling you a dog, Pop-Pop, he's merely associating you with the doggies. : )
(For those who don't know, we call the store Naked Ollie's).
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
They say to either use old fashioned metal lunch boxes, cloth bags or paper bags. Or go buy a lead test kit from a hardware store.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
This one would have to have been taken not long before ShopRite closed for good. Leanna claims she can still remember this work uniform, but I doubt it. Leanna's just learned to walk here, you can tell she's still wobbly.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Many thanks to everyone at the Tupperware party last night! Sales were enough for me to get the cooler set thing! Tom's excited about that too!
I think Maree enjoyed it, since he does want to be a chef one day. It was a bit long for my kids, but Leanna had fun with the social aspects of it. She liked talking to her grandparents and the tupperware rep afterwards. She wanted to call the rep back today because she had more things to tell her!
That was my first party as an adult, and it actually was a lot more fun than I expected.
Friday, May 19, 2006
The short version for those of you who don't want to read the whole thing:
Baby foods are greatly overpriced compared to similar regular foods. Examples include applesauce and fruit juices, as well as diced fruits and vegetables for toddlers. The nutrient content and physical characteristics of those baby foods do not differ significantly from those for adults. However, the baby foods cost up to several times as much per unit weight.
Foods made with starchy fillers cheat babies and consumers while increasing company profits. As discussed above, Gerber and Heinz replace up to 70% of their second- and third-stage fruits with water and then thicken them with chemically modified tapioca starch. They also add starchy fillers to all their regular second- and third-stage dinners.
Good news: Earth's Best 4-ounce jars of baby food cost about 25% more than its competitors' products. Earth's Best's dinners provide more protein and vitamin A than the comparable products made by Gerber and Heinz. Earth's Best uses no modified starches and minimal amounts of other thickening agents. In addition, all of Earth's Best's foods are made with organically grown ingredients, which is a definite plus for the environment.
So if you have to , this would be a good brand to go with.
Conclusion: It is clear that parents still need help in choosing the most healthful foods for their babies. Disclosure of the characterizing ingredients(s) on the front of the label and percentage-ingredient labeling on the side or back of the label would give parents the tools. Thus, one product might indicate on the front label "85 percent bananas," while another might state "50 percent bananas." Some companies would probably say that such labeling would reveal trade secrets, but the fact is that the only secret today is from parents--competitors know roughly what each other makes. It is also possible that certain companies, such as Beech-Nut and Growing Healthy, would favor percentage labeling, because it would give them a competitive tool. In any case, percentage labeling would encourage companies to compete on the basis of quality.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
I remembered the other thing that I've learned about myself from the kids. I've learned a lot about my speach! I use words like "probably" and "Actually" and phrases like, "In a minute" an awful lot apparently. And "Apparently." :) It sounds so funny to hear little Justin saying "probably" and handing me something while saying, "hold it, minute, Mommy." (hold it for a minute) His speach has been flowering lately. At first it was just extra words, but the past month or so he's been adding whole phrases. Last night he told me"I can't open the door." Very clearly too. That's a whole sentence! (I know, he's been using whole sentences forever, but they were much simpler ones). I've noticed Leanna copying a lot of Maree's gestures and phrasing lately too. Not so thrilled with that one. Maybe that will die down some when Leanna goes to school. But I do enjoy Leanna's explanations of things. She really does pick up a lot. Today she was telling me about how it's so hot in the desert(I hope I picked the right spelling there) that people have to eat inside, where it's cooler. She's been wanting to have a picnic lately. She now asks if she can marry Timothy one day instead of Justin.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
As we're having this conversation I'm thinking in the back of my head about times that I have used threats with her. I'm mentally cringing because she's making me realize that I'm so far from my ideals. I'm not setting the example I want to set. I take comfort in the fact that at least I realize the lesson she is unwittingly teaching me. That's half the battle, right?
Monday, May 15, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
I just think it's really sad the way holidays have become more and more about spending money and less about the actual emotions behind it all. Everywhere you look or listen there are adds for gifts to buy for the holiday! Most men probably wouldn't be aware there was a holiday coming if they weren't bombarded by these adds. I mean, it's fine if you really do have plenty of extra cash lying around to buy expensive jewelry. All mothers work very hard, harder than you realize unless you become a parent yourself. So if you can afford to lavish her with gifts, than that's great. We all owe our mothers, big time. But what about just saying thank you?? It's just wrong to make the gift itself be the focus. The reason you are getting her the gift, that should be the focus. The years of sacrifice and devotion and unconditional love-recognition is not too much to ask! I'm not saying don't give your Mom a gift. I just wish they weren't turning the holiday into just another day of buying things for people. It makes the holidays so generic. A day of thoughtful ways to tell people that you love and appreciate them, that's what it's supposed to be!
People really aren't as materialistic as companies would have you believe-if the magazine surveys are true, than most Moms would be thrilled to get an extra nap, some alone time, or some time alone with their families. As far as I'm concerned, those trump jewery anyday!
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Memories and traditions of Mother's Day
This Sunday, American Moms will be lavished with homemade noodle art, fingerpaintings and clay-pots with a plant we hope not to kill before the 4th of July. I have always loved Mother’s Day. As a little girl I would nearly burst with anticipation to be the first to present my mom with my magnificent work of art that I so carefully created. (Hey, noodles are not always so easy to clue on paper!) We would always bring her breakfast in bed. I could not wait for that part. I would literally knock my brother and sister out of the way to be the first one to get to her. Not because I was eager for the breakfast she always shared (which she always shared!), but because after breakfast, I got to snuggle up beside her and cuddle nap. After we presented her with our amazing art (always oooh’ed and ahhhh’ed over) and breakfast, I would find that cozy niche beside her, lay my head on her chest and fall asleep listening to her heartbeating a rhythm that would lull me to sleep. It was a ritual we enjoyed for years. Even into my tween years. It was our time.
As I grew up, the noodle art stopped. It became cards and flowers or something store bought for her. I became busy and had things to do, so the snuggle naps were abandonned for either my own nap in my own bed or off to my “very important” social life. After leaving for college, it was down to cards and phone calls and a visit when I could get away that weekend. By the time I had my own children, it was more often than not just a phone call and card because the traveling so far for a short weekend with kids was so hard to manage. But always the phone call. Always. We would laugh about the fact that I was now the recipient of the noodle art and plants I hoped not to kill.
Now, it is my daughter who rushes into my room full of giggles and hugs. It is Gabriella who fights to get the primo spot directly beside me. Eager for our very own post breakfast snuggle nap. As I wrap my arms around her and she lays her head on my chest, I always smile. Remembering when it was me in her spot and my Mom’s arms around me. The tradition had passed down to the two of us. When I told my Mom, she would smile that bittersweet smile. Happy that I get to enjoy those moments, but sad that they have passed for her.
I don’t know how I am going to get through Mother’s Day this year. I am sure I will get the fantastic works of noodle art and plants. And, as Mom always did for us, I will oooooh and ahhhh and place them in a prominent position in our family room. For reasons I don’t even remember, when Mom was in the hospital, we actually talked about those early Mother’s Days. We talked about the noodle art and the snuggle naps. She admitted she missed those days. I told her she had to get better because this year, I was going to make her an extra special noodle art gift to enjoy again.
But it is too late. She is gone and that noodle art won’t be given to her on Mother’s Day this year.
Clint won’t be able to be with me this year on Mother’s Day. It will be just me and the kids. So, breakfast in bed will either be made by me (coffee and a bagel please) or made by the older boys (cold cereal and a Diet Coke). I am fine with that. I mean, I am totally not a breakfast person. But I know that breakfast or not, Gabriella will race into my room for our snuggle nap. And as she lays her head on my chest to sleep, I am sure it will be one of the sweetest and hardest moments I have had to endure since Mom died. I am sure I will cry over the memories of the snuggle naps I shared with Mom and the realization those moments are forever gone and that past memories are all I can have of Mom now. And I am sure I will cry over the blessing of having my very own child who lays her head on my chest to snuggle nap with me.
I also know in my heart Mom will be watching, smiling and will be at peace knowing the tradition continues.
Posted by Jenn on 05/11 at 10:07 AM
Friday, May 12, 2006
Then again, Tom wishes he could order these:
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Leanna wants me to post this picture:
She wants to be Cinderella for Halloween this year, but I believe that is beyond my skills. Leanna says:
Justin is sleeping (Halleluja! Halleluja!) and Timothy is happily playing right next to me sitting in the bassinet that is now too small for him. It's ok, I'm right next to him and can easily stop him before he would fall. Leanna is trying to sew. I discovered a sewing kit at the dollar store, so we tried it. She's been asking me to learn to sew for a while now. Well, you do get what you pay for: the kit contained yarn that doesn't quite match the picture, a plastic aida, and a plastic needle that's very hard to thread. No directions, you go by the picture on the front. So it's not just cross stitch, it's counted cross stitch. I have trouble doing counted cross stitch-so I'm not sure why they expect a kid to be able to! But I guess it's a good way to introduce the idea of sewing. Afterall it doesn't matter if she messes it up completely(which she will since it's so difficult) because it was only a dollar. She'll have fun pretending to sew anyway. When we're at Walmart she bugs her Daddy to please go to "the Mommy section" which means the part where they have material.
They say you can teach really young kids to knit, maybe we should try that first. We can learn together!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Things have finally quieted down here today. Why? Leanna and Justin are currently playing with new toilet paper rolls and naked barbie dolls. Timothy is sitting in my lap trying to type. Barbie always ends up naked, doesn't she? With really wild hair.
At one point on Saturday my Mom dissapeared and Leanna wondered where she had gone. I said, "She joined the circus." And Leanna asked, quite seriously, "Which one?" : )
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
So Tom calls me from work yesterday, "hey, do we have an extra hundred or so?" "Why?" "Well, the cars on the highway decided to go slow all the sudden and I had a plank in the van, and now..............the windsheild is cracked." Did you ever have a feeling that you will just never get caught up?
Both boys call me that, Leanna never did. I wonder if it's gender related or just coincidence.
Leanna is waging a war on the ants coming in through the backdoor. "OK! Enough ant time here!" She yells into the kitchen. But they didn't listen. So she went away and came back with a plastic sled, belligerently yelling, "Enough of that! It's squashing time!" And she tossed the sled onto the floor in the general area where ants are congregating. So far it's not working and she's still out there yelling at the floor. And throwing shoes.
Justin is fascinated and is immitating his sister's every move. He adds his own stuff though-like "Ever, ever, ever!" which is his way of admonishing(As in, "ever, ever, ever touch vacuum! or "ever, ever, ever hit!"). He's pretty curious about them, but Leanna was at his age too. Those poor ants-between the yelling and the throwing they won't know what hit them!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Japan-The Japanese enjoy the world's longest average life spans, and a big reason for that may be the food they eat starting from a very young age. Rice is the centerpiece of a common toddler meal. All other foods -- fish, meat, vegetables -- are side items intended to enhance the flavor of the rice. A typical toddler lunch is egg-flavored rice with broiled fish or seafood (more popular than meat due to the island's access to water), a side dish of lightly cooked seasonal vegetables, and soup with tofu (commonly known as miso).
Other Favorites: Noodles -- soba (buckwheat) and udon (wheat flour) served in a soy-flavored fish broth with vegetables; tofu with veggies; Bento, a boxed meal of rice, pickled veggies; and other side dishes.
Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: Kimi balls are egg-flavored, rice flour-based sugary treats that literally melt in your mouth.
South Africa-South Africans -- regardless of age, race, or class -- live on mealie pap, a maize- or cornmeal-based porridge, similar to Cream of Wheat cereal but with a thicker, stickier texture.
Other Favorites: A Marmite sandwich and a cup of milk-and-sugar tea is also common. Only a tiny amount of Marmite, a well-concentrated yeast spread made from a by-product of the beer brewing process, is added to a piece of buttered toast. South Africans like the strong, salty, flavor of it, but it may be an acquired taste for others. One American describes it as tasting like "soy sauce that's been boiled down into a paste and then mixed with tar from the road." Taste aside, it's an excellent source of Vitamin B.
Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: Guava and passion fruit; bread smeared with a melted chocolate spread, such as Nutella.
Australia-Take a peek at any parent's shopping list down under, and you are likely to spot Vegemite (similar to South Africa's Marmite), a yeast extract-based sandwich and toast spread. Vegemite is unofficially referred to as one of Australia's national foods (22 million jars of it are sold a year). Peanut butter, jam, butter, and cheese are often added to soften the strong taste for kids.
Other Favorites: Ryvita (crispbread), Jalna (Australian-made yogurt), Cheesymite scrolls (baked Vegemite and cheese bread), spaghetti Bolognese, meat pies (pastry filled with beef), beets and beet sandwiches, Weetabix cereal.
Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: Sultanas are a popular type of raisin, similar to America's golden raisins but slightly sweeter; kids munch on them plain or use them to top cereal. Also, muesli bars (an oat and wheat bar with fruit flavoring) and various types of berries.
Fun Food FactsAfter the United States, the largest market for McDonald's is Japan, with more than 3,000 restaurants. FYI: Ronald is known as Donald there. McSushi, anyone?
Danes have a term called hygge, meaning good food. It represents the satisfaction and overall feeling of happiness one gets from a great meal.
Denmark, Sweden, India
Denmark-Danish toddler foods are similar to what you might find served in the cafeteria in IKEA. Indeed, Danish nursery foods exhibit the same Scandinavian practicality as the popular furniture store: They get the job done. The easy-to-chew staples include frikadeller (meatballs) and chopped salads. Kids also clamor for smørrebrød, an open-faced sandwich made with rye or pumpernickel bread and different fillings: liverwurst, ham, cod roe, frikadeller, mackerel, sweet red cabbage, marinated red beets, and Danish cheese, among other items. Smørrebrød is eaten with a knife and fork rather than one's hands.
Other Favorites: Like its German neighbors, Denmark is big on meat and potatoes (for toddlers, especially potatoes). Traditionally, fresh fruits and vegetables were not abundant because the long, hard winters made farming difficult. Today, however, salads and greens are much more common. Apples, cherries, and solbær (black currant or sun berries) are typically served in small portions with cheese, and also used to add spots of color to various desserts.
Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: The pastry we in America call a Danish is known as wienerbrød, a food introduced by immigrant bakers from Vienna in the 1840s.SwedenThe Swedes, oddly enough, are number one in the world's consumption of ketchup (the United States and Canada tie for third, after Australia), and children are certainly a big reason the demand for ketchup is so high. What do kids put ketchup on? "Literally anything, but especially anything that looks suspiciously nutritious," one Swedish parent says. A popular option is macaroni-and-substitute- the-cheese-with-ketchup-please.
Other Favorites: Falukorv (Swedish sausage), meat stews, fried fish or fish fingers, mackerel, meatballs, porridge, pancakes, and bagels.
Tooth Satisfiers: The Swedes love their ice cream -- in fact, they rank in the top 10 countries in consumption of this summertime favorite. But they're also careful not to let toddlers overdo it. Instead, fruit, fruit juices, and fruit sauce are typical substitutes, as well as sponge cake and rice pudding with fruit sauce.
India-Indian toddlers adore khichdi, a mushy rice-and-lentil-based dish (think a spicy, turmeric-yellow rice porridge), because it's easy to swallow, while parents love that it includes just about every food group a growing child needs. Vegetables ranging from carrots and green beans one day to squash and okra the next and a protein (goat, lamb, or chicken) are cooked in butter and turmeric powder. Because the dish is traditionally eaten by hand, the veggies need to be soft enough to smash with the rice and then scooped up straight into the child's mouth. A twist of lime and a dab of pickled mango are often added to enhance the flavor.
Other Favorites: Aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry), parota, nan or chapati (variations of flat bread) eaten with subzi (onion-sauteed vegetables, such as diced potato with fenugreek, bitter gourd, or cabbage).
In South India, rice and yogurt are toddler staples.
Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: Gulab jamun, fried milky dough balls covered in syrup; lassi, a yogurt drink commonly sweetened with mango; kheer, a rice pudding flavored with cardamom.
Fun Food Facts-In India, kids and adults alike eat with their hands. This practice encourages mixing different types of meat, fish, and veggie curries with rice or bread (many Indians will swear this is the only way to truly enjoy a meal).
Israel, Brazil, Turkey, Korea
Israel-Israeli toddlers are typically served one of three kinds of sandwiches for lunch: olive and butter (pitted olives between two slices of buttered bread), salted cottage cheese, and chocolate spread (a popular Israeli brand is Hashahar Ha'ole, "Rising Dawn," which looks and tastes like Nutella). The sandwiches (usually on white bread) are served with yogurt, a piece of fruit, and orange juice, apricot juice, or chocolate milk.
Other Favorites: Israeli salad made from diced cucumbers, carrots, celery, onion, peppers, olives, and parsley, tossed with olive oil and lemon juice. (No leafy greens found in this salad!)Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: The ever popular ice cream, chocolates, and Bamba, a puffy peanut butter snack.
BrazilA tropical climate and an abundance of fresh fruit contribute to healthy meals for toddlers in Brazil, where "frying is a no-no," according to one parent. Instead, most dishes are stewed. A typical meal is rice and beans with some protein (ground beef, chicken, fish, or pork), and a vegetable (potato, broccoli, spinach, peas, or carrots).
Other Favorites: Beans (feijão) of many types and colors (black, red, white), Coxinha (chicken croquette), pão de queijo (cheese bread), pasta with tomato sauce, and cheese and crackers. Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: Tropical fruits (papaya, mango, guava, kiwi, fig, passion fruit, and a half-dozen varieties of banana) and juices made from "real fruits, not bottles or concentrates," according to one Brazilian. Indeed, roadside juice bars are a common scene throughout the country. More traditional desserts include ice cream and geléia de mocotó (a calcium-rich pudding).
Turkey-Turkish toddlers receive a tremendous amount of nutrients in a popular lunchtime dish called sebze yemeg (vegetable casserole) or türlü (translated: "a variety"). The vegetables are usually whatever is in season: Celery, peas, green beans, spinach, artichokes, and zucchini are popular options. Additions may include white or brown rice, bulgur (cracked wheat), red lentils, minced chicken, lamb, or beef. The lunch is rounded off with a salad (of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers) and rice (if it's not already included in the stew). Yogurt accompanies most dishes.
Other Favorites: Bread (French or baguettes) with every meal, mini shish kebabs, grape leaves, kashar cheese (similar to sharp Cheddar), pureed spinach.
Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: Homemade cakes and puddings; Turkish Delight, a confection flavored with rosewater, similar in consistency to a gummy bear, covered with powdered sugar.
Fun Food FactIn the C.S. Lewis novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Turkish Delight was the entrancing sweet that led Edmund to betray his siblings. He's not alone in his passion: Napoleon, Churchill, and Picasso also fancied the sugary confection.
Korea-Korean food, in general, is defined by bold and spicy flavors. One way toddlers learn to handle the heat, is by eating lots and lots of kimchi, a pickled vegetable dish containing generous amounts of chili powder. Chinese cabbage, radish, garlic, onions, and sometimes seafood are other popular ingredients in this quintessential Korean dish. Another staple, kim bab, consists of rice and small portions of vegetables wrapped in nori (seaweed sheets). It's similar to the Japanese maki roll, but with the exception of the distinct smell of sesame oil, and these popular fillers: spinach, eggs, cucumber, and kimchi.
Other Favorites: Bibimbab is white rice topped with beef, vegetables, and a fried egg -- and lots of chili pepper sauce. Nongshim is a brand of spicy Korean ramen noodles, usually cooked with eggs and onions.
Sweet Tooth Satisfiers: "There is more junk food in Korea than in America," laments one parent. Koreans eat a wide variety of candy and ice cream. Melon bars made from honeydew, and Popsicles are also popular.
Badal is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York.Originally published in American Baby magazine, December 2005.
Monday, May 01, 2006
So you might want to lay off the (bagged) salads for a while. That's a shame because they do make it easier for time challenged people like me to eat more greens!
When Leanna was about two I realized that I have a tendancy to stick out my tounge a little when I put my contacts in(from watching her pretend to put her contacts in). And I wasn't aware that I usually make an exasperated sound when the phone rings until Justin started doing it too! Oh-I had another good example but it just completely blew out of my head. If I think of it later I'll repost this!