Beeritas, Pot Pie, oh my...

Caroline had a great weekend at the beach with Kiki, Papa, Auntie K, Auntie C, the girls, William, and oh yeah her Mommy. The boys seemed to have a fun time golfing, with the exception of getting quite wet on Friday from what I understand. I really hope that they are able to make this an annual event!

Caroline seemed to enjoy meeting the DFCI and Children's crews, especially JEA17 who read her a story while I finished shoving Au Bon Pain salad down my gullet. The traffic was ridiculous to get up the city - almost 2.5 hours!?!?! Luckily for us the ride back was not quite as bad. She did wake up both nights that Steve was away at 2 and 3 am... I am attributing that to teething. She slept till 5 on Monday and then only until 3:30 last night. Those teeth better make their appearance soon!

There are lots of photos from her fun weekend, but alas, they have not been uploaded completely yet. Now wait, before you revolt and start throwing tomatoes, things have been quite busy around these parts this week.

Monday we ran errands and tried oatmeal cereal. She liked the oatmeal fine, but her tummy diagreed wholeheartedly and I spent the greater part of the afternoon pushing her legs back and forth and trying to console my poor sad gassy girl. We will have to try it again later. Once the gas was gone she had a great rest of the day, playing, smiling, squealing and even taking a glorious nap that afforded us our first meal at home just us in WEEKS if not MONTHS. We did not know what to do. I was particularly pleased with my meal too... Chicken pot pie, it took less than 30 mins to make and it was so so good... I think it is a Cook's Illustrated or America's Test Kitchen recipe courtesy of one of the beanies. Kelly, tell Marc this puts the other version TO SHAME... try it immediately!!!

Quick Chicken Pot Pie
Serves 6 to 8

Pillsbury Golden Homestyle biscuits were the winner of our taste test. Serve this pot pie right out of the skillet or transfer the mixture to a large pie plate and top with the baked biscuits.

1 package refrigerator biscuits
Table salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, minced
1 rib celery , chopped fine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas and carrots or same size package frozen mixed vegetables
1 rotisserie chicken , skin discarded, meat shredded into large bite-sized pieces (4 cups)
4 teaspoons lemon juice
Ground black pepper

1. Remove biscuits from package, place on baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt. Bake according to package instructions.
2. Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
3. Stir in flour and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is light brown, about 6 minutes.
4. Slowly whisk in broth, cream, and thyme and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
5. Stir in vegetables, chicken, and lemon juice and simmer until vegetables and chicken are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Season with salt and pepper. Top with biscuits and serve.

Yesterday Steve dropped Caroline off at school and I got a call from Sarah on my cell at around 9 am. She said that Caroline's ear was really red and enflamed and that she had a slight temp. I called the pediatrician and scheduled a visit for the afternoon. It was so hard to stay at work thinking that she might be sick. I made Sarah promise that she would call me if Caroline got really upset or if her fever got worse. Thus began a crazy plan to organize pick-up, transport to appointment, and the remainder of afternoon. Steve had the carseat in his car, but was unable to get her for the appointment because he had conference calls and a new person starting yesterday. Terrible timing. So I went to his office to pick up the seat, (the car was locked and someone had to come and let me in to retrieve it), made my way to school, literally took her and her bag and ran out the door, flew to the pediatrician's office, all to learn that Caroline is teething. Yup. T-E-E-T-H-I-N-G. What can you do. When your caregiver calls with concerns you must trust these concerns because you are not there to assess the situation for yourself. Though it was quite complicated to arrange and a complete royal PITA, we both agree that we would rather them be hyper vigilant than pick her up with a raging fever which went unnoticed all day. She was in SUCH a great mood the rest of the afternoon.

Caroline and I got home around 5 because I put in a little extra time to make up for the appointment, which I used my lunch break for, but went WAY over the hour. Steve made dinner and we packed her up for DATE NIGHT with Gavin, Finn, and Allie and their parents for the concert on the green.

The Dads are busy setting up a poker night and then they will all watch the babes another night so the Moms can get together... maybe something crazy like dinner and a movie --- I know we are living on the edge. We swapped house stories - basically trying to top one another. "We have a green countertop." "Our trim took months to paint because it was previously MAUVE." It was fun and I am hoping to see the Moms for a walk on Friday afternoon. We may finally be breaking through the new parent isolation... Both Gavin's Mom and Finn's Mom want to make their son's first foods, so I am sharing my knowledge and resources with them, which Jen and Ryan so nicely shared with us.

So you see - this is why we have no photos yet. They have been uploaded, but not corrected for lighting and red eye and thus you must be patient and wait just a bit longer. It won't likely happen tonight either because our neighbor friends Tom and Ann are coming over. We are making beeritas, another recipe found on the beanie board. Apparently they sounds strange, but taste great...

Beeritas

6 pack light beer
one can of frozen limeade
sliced lime

As for their pups Edwin and Fletcher, I think they are gone and I also think that their foster parents are quite relieved. We'll find out tonight!


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