Friday, May 7, 2010

A little help around the house

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of the mothers out there.  Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?  Although, this is technically my first year being a real “human mom,” we’ve always celebrated with the fur baby.

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I started the day with a 2 hour stroller walk with my friend and her twins.  It’s getting hot here in the desert, so I’m not sure how much longer we will be able to keep this up.  It was 88 when we finished at 11 am.   The rest of the day will include a Costco trip and sushi happy hour tonight.  We are going with friends that have a baby, and live in our neighborhood, and the sushi place in just a mile from our houses, so it’s likely we’ll be walking there as well.   What a great start to the weekend!

Cooking has taken a bit of a backseat this week.  Preparing to go out of town, late afternoons at the pool, and running errands have kept us quite busy.  Last night I decided to get back into the kitchen and make something fabulous.  Good thing I had a little help finding the right pan…


After she got done “helping” me, she decided to go over and help dad with the electronics.


I think she was changing the radio station; she prefers Lady Gaga.

Ava went on to help Dad get a workout in.  Between running after her to keep her from pulling over a lamp, keeping her away from Chase’s bone, and cleaning up the water she spilled by flinging her sippy cup all over, Dad didn’t get a rest.

Thanks to Dad’s help with keeping speed crawler busy, I was able to make a yummy dinner.


  Asian Steamed Halibut

1 lb fresh halibut

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1/4 cup sake

1 Tbsp. miso

1 tsp. fresh grated ginger

1 tsp. brown sugar

chives, cilantro, sesame seeds (for garnish)

Put the halibut fillets in a bowl.  Cover with ‘sauce’ made from the rest of the ingredients.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Set the bowl in steamer insert of pan filled with water.  Steam 10-15 minutes until fish flakes easily. Sip at wine (important step) and marvel at the fact that you were able to cook without any help. Garnish as desired. 

What are you doing for fun this weekend?


  1. Too funny. Sadly I won't be able to spend Mother's Day with my mom and grandmas. However, I am planning to have breakfast with a friend and also go to a cocktail and apps party. Still deciding what I wanna make.

  2. She is adorable! Yeah, the help is a little hard to get used to. I thought it would get better as they got older, but no. Pretty much the same only they get into bigger things! Dinner looks delicious! My guys here would love that meal. Have a great night and enjoy your mother's day!

  3. This looks delicious!! And Ava is adorable as always!

    I'm so excited for my first mothers day!!!

    Happy Mother's day to you!!

  4. Happy Mother's Day to you! I can't wait to celebrate myself next year :)

    I love Ava pictures. Such a beauty!

  5. Aww your daughter is SO cute! I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

  6. Happy Mother's Day to you!
    That dinner looks fabulous!! I love Halibut:)

  7. happy mother's day, mo!!!! hope you had a nice, low key weekend...we did :)

  8. She's a smart and beautiful little girl! She's choosing the right music earl on. =)

  9. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!
    I love the sip on wine step!