I put the boys to bed all on my own last night. We played, brushed teeth, read a bedtime story, and they went to bed.
No whining, no crying. Just a hint of a fuss when I had to leave Adrian on the floor while I put Jer into bed, but soon it was completely silent. Music to my ears! It was a good night.
No matter how many tears, screams, fusses, and back-arches we endure that day, some sort of magic fills the air the moment they are asleep. It’s as if the world puts everything back into its place and we get to take a step back, soaking in the big picture, and we realize that this fleeting time in our lives is too precious to be filled with frustration and worry.
What’s a mom to do when her babies are in bed at 7:00 on the dot? She pours a glass of wine, puts on a YouTube video, and cooks!
Lately, I’m loving ItsJudysLife. Judy is a gal who posts daily vlogs (videos) that I’ve come to really enjoy. I previously didn’t understand the point in watching someone else’s life, but ever since she got pregnant with twins, I’ve been hooked! I think it’s the point that I am sort of reliving the early days with the boys and it is fun and intriguing to see another mom’s experience and perspective. How adorable is this? Her babies hold hands all on their own!
I really, really, really hate using canned goods. I wish I had all the time, energy, money, and resources in the world to cook every single thing from scratch. But the reality is that we live (currently) off of convenience about 75% of the time. It’s too much to be in the kitchen all day long. So whenever possible, I try to add as many veggies and other ingredients that turn a canned good into something somewhat healthier (or less bad) and it sneaks in more veggies than usual. With that said, I bring you… corned beef hash! Inspired by my parents and in-laws as it was a go-to breakfast meal on the weekends growing up. Part of the rotation of spam, vienna sausages, and eggs.
Corned Beef Hash
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 white potato, diced
1 can corned beef, crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop all veggies.
Heat oil in a skillet/frying pan on medium heat (I use either olive oil or canola oil). Saute garlic and onion – not too long because they’ll continue to cook.
Add tomatoes and continue to cook until tomatoes soften.
Meanwhile, open corned beef can and crumble in a bowl with a fork. Fill can almost to top with water (you’ll use the water in the next step). I know there are more “authentic” corned beefs out there (as in the ones on St. Patrick’s Day), but this is the type I pretty much grew up with.
Add corned beef to skillet and mix with veggies. Add water and wait until water is boiling.
Add potatoes and cook for an addition 5-7 minutes. You don’t want the potatoes to be super mush, so I check the tenderness with a fork once or twice. Sprinkle a few dashes of salt and pepper.
I forgot to snap a photo of the final product! But it’s delicious (and almost impossible to have otherwise) with white rice. I know, I should do brown rice.
Upcoming homemade baby food recipes: Table foods! I’ll still post recipes for the purees and mashed foods, stay tuned!
The boys have moved on (a bit late, but it’s ok) to table foods! Here’s a preview of what I prepared for daycare this week:
Thanks for reading! 🙂