Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Portrait Print

Portrait on the wall.A while ago we printed out a photograph of my dad in large format and gave it to him as a present for New Year. Mpix Pro did a great job and it came out looking very nice. It’s hard to judge the size by the pictures — it’s 16×24 inches. Was not cheap, but totally worth it.

Frame.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First Solid Food — Squash

Eating his first solid food ever.Today Arosha has tried his first ever solid food. Yay to that! I thought for a while that I’ll first introduce him to avocado or banana, but ended up buying butternut squash instead. ) I really wanted to buy organic, but it was not available in nearby stores and since squash is not one of the dirty dozen I bought the regular one. I did get some organic sweet potatoes though, and we’ll try them next week. I am considering ordering from FreshDirect next time I’m shopping for fruits or veggies for Aroshka.

Sporting a nice squash mustache.Irina from Kuking recommended to check Wholsomebabyfood for baby’s food recipes, and I think that it’s a great resource. As recommended on the site, I baked squash in the oven and then pureed it. I used immersion hand blender for this purpose and was very pleased with the results — it was very smooth, and the blender was extremely easy to clean. We froze everything except today’s and tomorrow’s portions in Medela bottles which I bough for freezing my breast milk, but never used for that purpose. I added some breast milk to the puree which we fed to Arosha today.

Yum? Or not yum? Not quite sure.I actually planned to wait with solid food introduction until Arosha was 6 months, but he was just too interested in our food. ) Just yesterday he tried licking my mom’s glass with kevir and got very upset when we took it away. I can’t say that he was ecstatic, but I think that he enjoyed the process. He loves everything new! I was definitely excited to feed him something other than milk. )
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Arosha — 6 Months

Trying to sit. Can only last for a few seconds.Вот нам уже и пол года! Когда Ароша родился, мне казалось, что в пол года детки уже НАМНОГО больше нашего крохи, а вот уже и мы на этом рубеже, а он до сих пор такой кроха!

Everything is interesting.Арошка развивается на глазах. Ему очень интересно всё новое! Когда он капризничает, то его обычно можно отвлечь походом к кухонному столу — там у него глаза разбегаются от разнообразия “игрушек”, и он пытается их поочерёдно схватить и запихать в рот. )

"Give me that spoon!"В этом месяце Ароша научился переворачиваться с живота на спину (со спины на живот он уже давно ворочается). Еще он начал плюхать ручками по воде во время купания в ванной. Теперь мокрым выходит из ванной не только Ароша, но и мы с мамой.

"Yum! Tasty foot!"Еще Ароша явно узнаёт своё имя. Он не всегда поворачивается, когда его зовут, но очень часто. Для эксперимента я звала его “Васей-Васечкой”, и он не откликался (а сразу после этого на Арошу повернул голову и посмотрел на меня).

Еще Ароша стал спать в основном на животике. Каждый раз, когда он просыпается ночью, да и днём тоже, я нахожу его на животе.

"Whow!"Еще, как я уже писала, мы начали прикорм. Пока что Ароша пробовал тыкво-кабачок и ямс (сладкую картошку). Ест пока он немного, но более менее нормально — во всяком случае не плюётся. )

Ночной сон пока что особо лучше не стал. Последнее время он просыпается примерно раз в 2 часа, хотя за сегодняшную ночь проснулся всего 2 раза. Наверное, хотел нам сделать подарок к своему полугодовому юбилею. ) Выматывает всё это дело сильно даже несмотря на всю помощь со стороны бабушек.

"I'm still happy, but I think I'm going to fall over any second now!"Еще у Арошки явно подрастают волосики — беленькие и пушистые. Родился он с более тёмными, но их уже почти не видно — выкачались, наверное.

А вообще хочется сказать, что я очень люблю нашего малышика и просто обожаю когда он смеётся (пока что это редкая радость). )
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Arosha Laughing

Here is the video I mentioned earlier. Alёna is making some silly sound and Arosha finds it hilarious. He smiles a lot these days, but laughing out loud is still pretty rare. Be sure to watch this with sound.
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Egg & Spinach Stuffed Meatloaf

Egg-and-Spinach-Stuffed Meat Loaf. A few days ago while thinking about Friday dinner, I suddenly remembered about Saveur website, which I discovered a few years back when we were subscribed to the hard copy of the magazine. So I went ahead and sure enough started salivating all over my keyboard in no time. )

I picked a couple of recipes for starters and tried one out today — Egg-and-spinach-stuffed meat loaf. It came out delicious! I served it with mashed potatoes and marinated mushrooms from the local Russian store (I added some onions, vinegar and oil to the mushrooms). Continue Reading
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Food Photography

Assortment of plates.Over the years we’ve taken a lot of photos of food — thing that Alena cooked. A lot of them could’ve been better — be it lighting, composition or simply our choice of props. I have started making progress with light — reading, learning, experimenting.

Today we took care of the prop choices1 by visiting Kohl’s and picking out a bunch of different plates and kitchen towels. We also have a pair of cloth tablecloths on order from Amazon.

  1. Round white plates with blue flowers gives only so much options. []
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Banana Bread

Banana Bread.I rarely bake. In fact, I don’t even remember the last time I did. The truth is, however, that I love all kind of sweets, but try to stay away from them when possible (my only vice being ice cream ) ).

Anyhow, my mom is visiting now, and she’s got a sweet tooth, so I am trying to make sure there is something sweet in the house at all times. ) I eat all the cakes, and cookies, and candies along with her. O.o

So last night I’ve decided to bake something myself, and the choice fell on Banana Bread. ) My mom and I ate it all in the 24 hour period. O.o It was OK, and considering the amount of effort invested, I’d even want to keep the recipe. )
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