Eliyahu updates, recipes added, granola-making photos, etc.

Eliyahu  Eliyahu continues to grow up way too quickly... he can scoot himself around now (but isn't actually crawling) and just loves being able to move around in his walker. Earlier in the week, I discovered two new teeth, the top front teeth. Then yesterday, I realised that Eliyahu has four new teeth poking through on the top! Wow!
I asked him what he thought he was going to be needing all those teeth for. ;) He's such a sweet, content baby and doesn't seem to be ready for solids yet, by my estimations. ;)

Eliyahu can also say "mama", although he usually only does it when he's crying! I don't think he's actually talking about/to me, though. At any rate, I'll take it, since Yehoshua didn't say "mama" until he was almost 2!

I made my chicken rice bake recipe for Sabbath last week. It's a convenient dish, since it can be prepared ahead and just baked when needed. I really enjoy it, but it isn't Joshua's favorite. I hadn't made it for months, but I made it a lot when Eliyahu was first born. :)

We also added our favorite chicken fried rice recipe (which tastes much better than it looks in that photo we currently have up... someone should make it and take a better picture and send it to me ;D). The chicken fried rice is one of Joshua's favorite meals or side dishes. In fact, I think he's made it more times than I have!

Tuesday evening I made a batch of chocolate biscotti. I hadn't made that for a long time (probably years!), so we all enjoyed it. Yehoshua kept sneaking bites of it! I wish it didn't leave black crumbs all over the table (and floor, if you're Yehoshua!). :)

Wednesday night was sweet and sour chicken night. Which reminds me, I want to find a good recipe for orange chicken and sesame chicken. Does anyone make those? If not, I'll search through some cookbooks or online. :)

Last night we had Chicken and Dressing Casserole. I had made it up ahead of time, since I knew I would be gone teaching music lessons during the day. It turned out great, and was a real blessing, since I received a surprise long-distance phonecall from my friend Ruth, and I enjoyed getting to chat instead of having to think about dinner. :D The casserole also used up the last of my yeast cornmeal bread that didn't turn out very well (too dense and hard), but which was perfect for stuffing/dressing. So, I added my "homemade stuffing mix" recipe. (I know it's cheap to buy but I don't like feeding my family all that MSG... and it's also quick and easy to make. So, why not? :D)

Last evening we also got to enjoy the first produce from our yellow squash plant. Yes, you read that right: we only planted ONE yellow squash plant, since last year we had three and were giving away tons to anyone who would take it. So, it figures that this year our single squash plant seems to be dying. I hope we get at least enough more to try a few other recipes besides our stove-top cooked squash that we had last night!

Yehoshua is my granola-making helper
Here's another picture of my little granola-making buddy. Yehoshua always pulls up a chair whenever he sees me getting out the big bowl to make granola. In this picture, from a couple weeks ago, we were making Tanya's granola recipe. Yehoshua kept picking out the almonds. ;) (I used whole almonds since I didn't have slivered almonds.) Sometimes I let Yehoshua pick in the food while I am making it, but I have taught him to say, "Mama, may I pick, please?" instead of just picking. Joshua heard him asking me one time, and thought that was hilarious. :D But hey, picking in the food is fun for little kids... I tend to always tell Yehoshua "No,... don't do that, stop that,..." etc. and I have to remind myself to let him have some fun. So... sometimes he picks in the food. :)
And the best part... eating it :D

Yehoshua also enjoys eating granola for breakfast on many mornings. (Please pardon his "morning hair"!) He's a neat eater... unless he decides to dump the food. :| He likes to drink all the milk from the bowl first. I think he saw me drinking from my bowl one time... :D

Well, now Yehoshua's up from his nap, and we need to get clothes hung out, food made, some clean-up done, etc... Have a blessed weekend!


That granola recipe sounds intersting, i might try it. My family likes Granola with yogourt, but i don't think they have tried it with milk!?!?

It is very good granola! And easy to make. :) I need to make more this week! :)

Picking is the best part =)
You can have some of our yellow squash and zucchini! *grin*
I have always wanted to make biscotti but never have. I think I should give your recipe a try!
Is Eliyahu 6 months old now? I think he looks a lot like you!

I wish we could have some of yours! I am hoping we get enough for me to try a few more recipes :)

Yes, Eliyahu is 6 months old... closer to 7 months though! He's learning to sit up by himself... so fun! A lot of people say he looks like me :). He definitely looks MUCH different than Yehoshua did at that age. (And it's not just the hair!)

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