August 31, 2012

Sorta Fancy Fish Sticks

I never had fish sticks as a kid... that just wasn't my Mom's scene. We ate delicious broiled flounder and lots of shellfish and really didn't have too much of the ubiquitous-in-America frozen fish stick thing going on in our house. So, I don't even know things like is fish sticks supposed to be one word... Fishsticks??? Not sure. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at making my own fish sticks, and they turned out even better than I hoped. 

Here's my recipe for Sorta Fancy Fish Sticks

You'll need a couple of fish fillets (I used cod), whole wheat flour, 2 eggs, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs (I used Italian style), salt and pepper, a couple of lemon wedges and a dipping sauce. Some people make their own... I just used this delicious store bought Remoulade that I found downstairs in the Potomac Gourmet Market

First you preheat the oven to 425 degrees , then you cut your fillets into sticks... mine are about an inch and half thick.

Next, crack open the eggs and mix the whites and yolk together on a plate. Dredge each fish stick through the egg. On a separate plate, dust the fillet with a little whole wheat flour, then on a third plate, thoroughly cover the fish with a mixture of shredded parmesan cheese and flavored bread crumbs. Then put them in a pan and bake them for about 15 minutes.

Once they are nice and crispy, remove them from the oven, give them a healthy sprinkling of salt and pepper and squeeze a lemon wedge over them for some citrus-iness and serve them up. I put the sticks in my beloved ceramic cones and served them with a side of Remoulade for dipping, a  simple salad of chopped celery, grape tomatoes, and white onions with a vinaigrette, and some salty, buttery peas. The peas were frozen... unlike the fish sticks.

Pin It Now!

August 30, 2012

A Very Mini Mini Skirt

Lucy FINALLY fits into her completely adorable and VERY tiny denim mini skirt that has been hanging up in her nursery for the past half year. It looks even more adorable on her sweet little bod than it did on the hanger!

She rocks it ever so fashionably with a bow print onesie, oversize flower headband, these patent leather ballet shoes, and a smile. I could just eat her up.
Pin It Now!

Kid Flip It

When we give Goalie treats (which is often) he usually launches into what Patton likes to call the "Kid Flip It" routine. This involves Goalie flipping the treat high in the air with his little black nose, sprinting to wherever it lands and then rolling around on his back on top of the treat in total jubilation. He repeats this joyous ritual for about five minutes and then chows down on his treat.  It is completely adorable and admirable how he celebrates such a small thing with complete, unadulterated happiness.
Pin It Now!

August 29, 2012

Basics - White Button Down Shirt

Of course, we all have a simple white button down shirt, and if you don't, your man has one you can borrow. 

It's another wardrobe essential and here are five chic ways to wear it this Fall.

1. With black leather pants, high heeled pumps, classic black sunglasses and a structured bag.

White button-down

2. With metallic jeans, d'orsay heels, and chunky leather accessories.

white button-down

3. With a jumble of necklaces, rolled up boyfriends jeans and leopard print booties

BF jeans and white button down

4. Knotted in front with a maxi skirt and oversize sunglasses

maxi + white shirt

5. With flared jeans a camel blazer and a skinny belt

Classic...white shirt and jeans.
Pin It Now!

August 28, 2012

For the Birds

I saw so many beautiful birds on my walk around the harbor yesterday and it inspired me to do a little birding on the internet... 

singing with the birds dress by Knitted DoveYou Can’t Beak That Belt in TanImage 1 of Ted Baker Top With Paradise Bird Print<em>Birds Nest Necklace</em> - Real Turquoise - Antique Brass

And if you haven't seen this movie, check it out soon. So funny and touching. And they filmed a great scene in Anacortes, where Patton, Goalie and I used to live!
Pin It Now!

August 27, 2012

Rubber Ducky, You're the One

Lucy is such a water baby and really loves her bath time. My mom got this amazing inflatable rubber ducky bath which is not only adorable, but totally practical. It is so easy to store (just deflate it and fold it up and you can stick it in a drawer) and it even has a temperature indicator... the word "Hot" shows up if the water is too toasty for a baby. Very cool for just $12!

And no baby bath is complete without some delicious smelling suds and soaps. Lucy's wonderful Aunt Katie works for Johnson & Johnson so we get all kinds of baby bath goodies. These are Lucy's current faves:

They make her smell like a dreamy little lavender meadow when she gets done with her bath!

Pin It Now!

August 24, 2012

Sesame Carrot Spaghetti

Perhaps you are in the mood for something noodle-ish but you've somehow gotten involved in a bet where you have to be a vegan for an entire  year or else you owe some Wall Street trader ten grand? Carrots to the rescue!

Sesame Carrot Spaghetti

Julienne three large carrots, thinly slice a heap of mushrooms and a quarter of a large white onion.

Next, throw these all in a skillet of sizzling sesame oil and garlic (and butter, if you are not a vegan).

Toss the veggies around the pan until the carrots go all soft , the onions get slippery and the mushrooms have soaked up the sesame oil and butter flavor like good little sponges.

Serve it in a big heap like it's spaghetti, liberally sprinkled with sesame seeds. 

Luckily, I am not involved in a vegan-for-a-year bet, so I've added some sauteed in soy-sauce-chicken-chunks to my veggie pasta.
Pin It Now!

August 23, 2012

Insta-Lucy ... at Three Months

Pin It Now!