Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year updates...

Here I thought having only one blog to manage I could post more... LOL!  I do set lofty goals!!

In all fairness to me, let me explain what my life is like right now.  I received a promotion at work right before Thanksgiving and since then have been trying to balance two jobs at work. I come home in the evenings and am pretty wiped out.  I had also committed to myself to make a baby blanket for a family friend who is due in February.  Enough with me whining, here are some updates!

My annual New Years Day meal is Cioppino, which is a San Francisco-style Italian fish stew, with fresh halibut, sea bass, Dungeness crab, shrimp, clams, mussels, and oysters in a savory tomato-based broth. 

My Mom used to make this fish soup once a year, around this time and I LOVE making it now!  One batch makes enough for two nice bowls plus I can fill 2-two quart jars plus a bit more!  I have made the broth from scratch and our local grocery store sells it pre-made too!  Tried it both ways and of course the pre-made is much easier, but fresh tastes so much better.  Paired with some fresh french bread and you got yourself a meal!

We have been trying to see our granddaughter at least once a week!  She is growing so incredibly fast, little stinker is holding her head up in spurts and has found her voice.  She loves to spend time in her nap nanny (seriously new Mommies, this item is a MUST have) and her crib!  There is something magical in her crib that makes her smile and coo!

Harlow is already 2 months old:

Hubs and I are training for our first race of the season; Shamrock'n!  It will be my first of 10 planned half marathons this year; again, I set lofty goals :-)  I really feel I have found my niche at this distance.  I'm not overly comfortable but I know I can finish!  I NEVER take any of my runs for granted, as each one is an accomplishment of it's own.

Hope the New Year is treating you all well and you are making progress on those resolutions!


Kristal said...

She is so cute!

Great running goals.

Brittany said...

Not too lofty at all! Life gets in the way sometimes and that is ok. I think it's awesome that you just get out there and do something you love. I'm impressed with the blankets. I am really wanting to learn how to knit myself, I know it can't be too hard...just got to man up and figure it out! Happy New Year Leslee! Lots to look forward to:)

Anonymous said...

That stew looks amazing! Fresh fish is not a common thing in my prairie land. I need a holiday...:) And sweet baby shots!

Walter P Hopkins said...

Congrats on your promotion! Great blog update. You're running 10 half marathons this year? Wow! I thought I set lofty goals. We hope to join you and Steve at a couple events. LMYR

Jenn said...

Lots of good things happening to keep you busy! CONGRATS on the job promotion. How exciting!! And that food looks so yummy. It's cool here right now so that would be a perfect meal for tonight.

I can't believe Harlow is already 2 months. Gee whiz. She is so cute. i love the monthly pictures.

And you go girl on the half marathons!! I know you can do it!