Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Crazy Babies from Leslie Ann McNolty on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Oh, No!

Thomas finishes his "foo foo" (peanut butter and jelly sandwich), holds out his sticky hands and says, "Oh, no!"


The Cookie Monster dvd freezes because, as I discover a few minutes later, there is peanut butter on it. Thomas points to the tv and says, "Oh, no!"


Thomas methodically takes out each of the pegs in his pound-a-peg toy. Then, he picks up the base, holds it up to his face and says, "Oh, no!"

Saturday, February 6, 2010

New Bike

Thomas's New Schwinn Roadster from Leslie Ann McNolty on Vimeo.

Did you see that little pat he gave it there at the end? He slept with it in his room last night too.

Thanks Grandpa Jerry!

Monday, January 18, 2010

This is not an announcement.*

Me: What do you think of the name Merritt for a girl?

Jeremy: Merritt Garrett?

Me: Oh. Never mind.

*To be perfectly clear, I'm not pregnant.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Le Creuset

Happy Birthday To Me! Jeremy bought me a Le Creuset french oven for my birthday! (I guess he wanted my undying affection. Or maybe just dinner.)

I l.o.v.e. love it. I may have licked it when I took it out of the box yesterday. The woman who runs the Amazon shop Jeremy bought it from even sent a matching pot holder and oven mitt.

I know some people might wonder if I really need a $200 pot. And of course I don't need it. But I'll use it at least 3 times a week for the foreseeable future. And, perhaps the thing I like most about it, it will outlive me. Someday someone will pry it from my cold, dead fingers I'll pass it on to someone else and they'll still be able to use it for years. It's an heirloom, people.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Christmas by the Numbers

Days Away from Home: 18
Hours on an Airplane: 9
Hours Driving Between Newton and KC: 24
Car Accidents: 2
Separate Christmas Celebrations: 4 (If this sounds like fun, you and Christmas need to get a room.)
Hours Stuck in the Snow by I-35: 1.5
Movies Watched in the Theater: 3
Pictures Taken: 6 (FAIL. 2009: The Lost Christmas)
Money Spent on Gas: $351.38
Pounds Gained: 14

Friday, November 20, 2009

Food Friday - Vegetable Pot Pie

I am really proud of this recipe. I glanced at a couple of pot pie recipes, wrote my own version and it came out perfect. Admittedly, pot pie is a pretty hard to screw up but still a lot of my experiments never come back for a repeat performance. I could eat this once a week. Although, I'm not sure this really is a pot pie since I made it in a pie dish. Maybe it's just a pie?

Vegetable Pot Pie

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter
1/3 + cup soy milk

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut cold butter into 1/2 inch cubes. Blend butter into flour mixture until resembles coarse meal. Add milk, stirring just until dough forms. 1/3 cup will not be quite enough, add a little bit at a time until the dough comes together. Gather dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

Pie Filling:
1 onion, diced small
1 large carrot, diced small
1 stalk celery, diced small
4 oz mushrooms, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 potato, peeled and diced small
3/4 cup frozen corn
3/4 cup frozen peas
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp soy sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Saute onion, carrot and celery until softened, 8-10 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic, saute 2 minutes more. Add potato, corn and peas. Stir in vegetable broth and soy milk, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are about 1/2 done, 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

In a small bowl mix cornstarch, soy sauce and 1/2 cup of water until cornstarch is dissolved. Stir cornstarch mixture into vegetable and cok until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.

Pour filling into a 9-inch pie pan. Roll pie dough into a 12-inch round. (Or do the best you can. Biscuit dough is sticky so the end product probably won't be perfect.) Cover vegetables with dough, sealing edges. Cut 4 steam vents into dough and brush with 1 tbsp melted butter.

Bake pie until crust is golden and filling is bubbling, 25-30 minutes. Cool on rack 10-15 minutes before serving.