Tomato Sauce with Olive Oil, Chopped Vegetables, Rosemary, and Pancetta

It’s fun looking through my Marcella Hazan cookbook and finding new simple recipes to make that taste good. This one has vegetables built in, and because they are chopped rather than diced, they remain fresh tasting in the sauce. The pancetta adds a bit of flavor and meat to the dish, if you or your family members (ahem, K) require that in a meal. If not, you can make the same dish without the pancetta. This dish is also toddler-friendly with the fun pasta shapes and easy to chew vegetables.

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Fudgelet Adventures (part 3): Lowercase Letters ABC

The Fudgelet knows his uppercase letters pretty easily, and even does things like finding them in random shapes/lines (he found a W shape with our sliding doors) and making them (with his food, with his arms/hands, etc.).

Here he is painting and you can see the "T" he made and was proud of.

Here he is painting and you can see the “T” he made and was proud of.

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Beef Pot Roast Braised in Red Wine

If you are tired of beef cooked slowly in a pot…then move along. I haven’t tired of it yet, and love finding new recipes that riff on a classic.

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Chicken Marsala

If you had asked me for my chicken marsala recipe, I would have said, well, I add a little of this and a little of that….just check my blog. It turns out, I didn’t have a recipe on here for it. And my recipe is still “add a little of this and a little of that”. This most recent time I made it, I made sure to take pictures so I could write about it…and I discovered that Shiraz works just as well as Marsala! So, Chicken Shiraz? Sounds fancier, but no difference.

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Vanilla Cake with Blueberries, Chocolate Ganache Frosting, and Spooky Marshmallow Spiderwebs

Woohoo! I’m back to recipes with long titles. Well, I’ve already done some of those post-baby, and this one really wasn’t hard to do. The cake recipe was straightforward to make, even with a little Fudgelet hanging around snacking on the blueberries.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Leaf Painting (and more)

Something simple for today. Obviously we are in Winter and there aren’t leaves all around to do this now. Sooo, this will have to be something you save. Or you could use other objects and do the same idea. Basically, the Fudgelet and I picked up some leaves on our way home from a walk (we had gone to a toddler activity in the neighborhood). I wrapped them in plastic wrap to keep them a bit fresh and flat until we were ready to use them.

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And then…

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Flying with a Toddler

I’ve talked before about flying with the Fudgelet. It’s never easy. It’s never fun. Do you ever enjoy flying? I didn’t even when I was single. There is always something to worry about, I feel gross before/during/after, there are so many lines and so much waiting around, and it takes so long (mostly because our trips tend to be cross-country). But, as the Fudgelet has gotten older, some of it has gotten easier. Thankfully, he is able to entertain himself a little and I imagine this will only continue. So, I can give him a toy, maybe provide a little demonstration/instruction, and then let him play.

How we all felt when we heard our flight would be 6.5 hours long.

How we all felt when we heard our flight would be 6.5 hours long.

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