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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lemon Panko Fish

Hi! Haven't been around in a while since my various jobs and organization commitments have been keeping me very busy. I wanted to share this amazing fish recipe that I converted from a popular (favorite) chicken recipe. It was apparently tasty enough that my husband said to remember this one, so here it is, on the blog so I can archive it for the future.

 Lemon Panko Crispy Fish

1/2 cup mayo (Recommend: Hellmann's/Best Foods Mayonnaise)
Juice of half a lemon

Crunchy coating:
1 cup of panko crumbs
zest of a lemon
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
dash of dill
couple spins of cracked fresh black pepper

4-6 fillets of white fish (recommend U.S. farmed Talapia, U.S. cod or swai because of seafood watch status)

Preheat oven to 425°. Combine mayonnaise with lemon juice in a small bowl. Arrange fish on parchment lined baking sheet. Evenly top fish with mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with panko mixture. Repeat on other side for extra crunchy fish.

Bake until fish is thoroughly cooked and flakes when fork is inserted, about 20-30 minutes.

This would be lovely on chicken breasts too so I think I'll have to try it soon!

Friday, February 22, 2013

DIY Ball Wall Obstacle Course

I picked up a piece of perforated Masonite (peg board) off the side of the road about a month ago. I had different things running in my head for what to do with it, but I decided today that I needed to make the kids a ball wall obstacle course/track.

It was pretty easy to construct, and I just used things we had around the house. To start, I found a big ol' drill bit, drilled some holes in some old buckets and a water bottle we lost the lid to, then created the tracks/gutters with an old wrapping paper tube split down the middle. I am intending to purchase some guttering or something else more substantial next time I get to the hardware store.

So, back to the process. Once you drill holes in the objects, run bolts through them, through the holes in the Masonite, then fasten a nut on the back of the board. You really just want one hole in each object so it can teeter-totter and be positioned as needed. I suppose you could do this same project with a solid piece of wood that you drill holes in wherever you want them for the same effect. I think it'd also be cool to paint the board with chalkboard paint and have the kids draw the path of the ball and make engineering type marks on it.  So as you can tell, I will be adding more and making it look a little nicer, but for a 30 minute project, it is still pretty fun.

What was even more fun is to watch my son jump up and down and get super excited when he made the ball go where he wanted it to by changing the angle of the ramps. He also thought of adding the Kinex rods to make the ball do even more crazy things.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Not-So-Standard Potty Training Tips

Our victory trophy for potty training 3 kids is in sight, although we're still in the phase of occasional accidents with our two years old twins. F(male) and G(female) are just a few weeks past their 2nd birthday and they are pretty much trained. Their older brother (E) was fully trained by 2.5 (or 26.5 months if you want to get all technical).

So.. I don't have any tips for actual potty training here, because I think that is something left to books and experts. I am an "early" training fan and followed advice from Diaper-Free Before 3 by Dr. Jill Lekovic and Potty Train in 3 Days by Lois Kleint. But, what I will offer is some kind of off-the-wall, out-of-norm tips that I realized I was doing that others didn't think to do, hence the reason to share!

Oh, and I won't take credit for thinking of all of this. Some ideas I picked up, or arrived at while chatting with others. 

Our couch ready for another accident.
#1 - Cover your bottom couch cushions with a twin waterproof mattress cover, tucking excess in the back or underneath. Then cover with a twin sheet that matches your decor. This is easy to remove when there are accidents and you won't be as psychotic about the kids messing up your couch. My husband wants to take some (or all of) credit on this one.

#2 - Purchase multiple seats for those little tooshies, including a folding seat for public restrooms, a travel potty for your car, a cool convertible seat for your big toilet at home (<---pictured), and definitely a potty chair (or two if you have multiple kids). If you don't think that gear will help, it will. There's nothing worse than trying to get your little (apprehensive) boy to balance over a huge toilet, clinging to you and then his wee-wee goes astray because you can't help hold it down and he pees down your leg. Kids are scared of big potties, and gear can help make it safer and less scary for them until they are big enough to stand or balance on their own. Ok, this one's not too unusual I suppose, unless you didn't know about the convertible seat for the big toilet, credit to my cousins Shannon and Abe!

#3 Travel potty liners are a parent's best friend.  I don't use the Kalencom Potette but I LOVE the liners with the little absorbent pad at the bottom complete with cute printed turtles with umbrellas. Basically this is a modified plastic grocery bag, but is great for disposing of waste quickly and for keeping your potty seat clean. 

#4 Build a kit separate from your normal diaper bag. You'll need to grab it fast when your little one announces they have to go. Mine is pictured above and includes the folding seat, extra training pants, extra clothes, the Potette liners, extra underwear, and the last most important thing, the incentive treat, Tic Tacs. (more about that on #5). I am ashamed I don't have my Kushies waterproof training pants or my Bummis pull-on covers pictured, but they were all being laundered, but are usually in the kit. We only use the pull-ups for super emergencies and when we will be in the car for extended time or when we know the kids might fall asleep.

#5 Incentives on the go. If you are in to incentives for potty success, you need to keep prize giving while out, especially when out with all of the distractions. This is the precise reason why I didn't use sticker charts as it would be hard to provide instant praise when away from home. We use "happy chocolates" (m&ms) at home, but I didn't want to carry around melty chocolate, even if it is encased in hard candy shell. Insert, Tic Tacs... they are smaller, lighter and extra special when out and about.

Monday, December 10, 2012


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