Apr 24, 2010

Peters Canyon Park

We hiked about 4 miles at Peters Canyon this morning. It was a beautiful day. The wildflowers are in full bloom.

Apr 16, 2010

Homemade Veggie Burgers

I have two veggie burger recipes. One is a black bean burger and the other is the following mushroom burger recipe. This veggie burger recipe is a little more labor intensive than the black bean one. However, if you're looking for a homemade veggie burger that doesn't have that specific black bean flavor, then I recommend you try these. They're hearty, flavorful, and very delicious!


oats, bread crumbs, fresh parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper

Adeline taking a moment to photograph her funny, new, stand-up pen.

back to business...

mushrooms, onion, and garlic saute

Guacamole being sampled by a three-year-old.
(Four avocados, the juice of two limes, chopped bunch of cilantro, 1/4 chopped onion, and salt. Fresh, easy, and scrumptious!)

garlic mashed potatoes
(I throw 2 lbs. of quartered red potatoes in a pan with a few cloves of whole garlic. The garlic cloves flavor the water and then they become nice and soft and easy to mash with the potatoes, adding the perfect garlic flavor. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 20 - 25 minutes. Drain the water and mash the potatoes and garlic. Then I stir in butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper to flavor as needed. Mmmmm, yummy!)

veggie burger, tempeh "bacon", guacamole, spinach, havarti cheese on a whole-wheat bun

I make a large batch of these burgers and freeze some for future use. This recipe makes about 10 patties.

veggie burger recipe

• 3 1/2 tbsp olive oil
• 16 oz mushrooms, roughly chopped (I use Portobello and button mushrooms, but you can use any combination you like.)
• 1/2 onion, finely chopped
• 6 cloves minced garlic
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
• 1 1/8 cup breadcrumbs
• 3 eggs, beaten
• 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, or 2 tsp dried parsley flakes
• 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp black pepper

Heat 1 1/2 tbsp
oil in large saucepan. Saute the mushrooms, onions and garlic over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid boils off, and the mushrooms begin to saute.

In large bowl, add mushroom mixture to oats, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, eggs, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes to develop the flavors (I usually stick it in the fridge for an hour while I start the potatoes and guacamole or whatever else I'm cooking that night). Shape into patties. Heat 2 tbsp oil in large non-stick skillet, over medium heat. Fry patties, cooking about 5 - 7 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Apr 13, 2010

Visit from Dad

My dad visited this past weekend. The kids call him Grandpa Mazur-with-the-no-hair. They always enjoy seeing him.

- grandpa and grandkids -

An impromptu race down the sidewalk.

Apr 7, 2010

Snapshots of Our Life

Planting sunflower, basil, and zinnia. These are from Green Toys. This is the type of stuff we get for free with our educational fund through the homeschool charter we use.
(We get around $1,000 to spend on educational materials each school year.)

Putting together the Triop Tank. (Another homeschool freebie.) These little guys are popular in this house. Jack remembers to feed them, and he checks them daily for growth. Pretty cute buggers.

Building and planting our raised bed garden. Jack is in charge of the carrots, and Adeline is caring for the broccoli. (Yep, we even get the seeds free.)

Excavating some relics from a
Treasure Dig. The kids loved this. Jack couldn't wait to find the gold nugget and the civil war bullet. (Yet another item from our homeschool fund.)

The kids perusing their library books and enjoying some fruit.

A pile-o-kids on a random Tuesday morning.

Practicing our silly faces.

This one is just because I love her.

Apr 3, 2010

Staying Up All Night

A few days ago Jack proclaimed to us that he was going to stay up all night. I thwarted any knee-jerk reaction of disapproval. I aim to parent through love and trust, instead of parenting through fear -- fear of what might be, fear of what might happen, fear of what people might perceive, fear, fear, fear. (Now, I said I aim to parent this way; admittedly, I don't always reach the mark.)

So, I supported his idea and let him stretch his wings. At 8:45 p.m. he climbed into bed and set himself up with a pile of his library books, some mazes, and his headlamp. He pulled his sheet over his head and became a shadow underneath with the dim glowing light. Sean and I went into the living room to watch a movie (Adeline and Ella were already asleep). I checked on Jack every fifteen minutes or so. I didn't disturb him; I just peeped around the corner. Finally, around 9:45 p.m., he came into the living room to let us know that he wanted to go to sleep. So, we tucked him in and kissed him goodnight. He instantly fell asleep. The next morning he spoke of how cool it was that he tried to stay up all night. He said he's going to try again one day.

I'm happy that we chose a lifestyle that affords us this flexibility. More importantly, I'm glad I trusted him and respected his ability to learn some of his own boundaries. Yes, sometimes this life is messy and we take chances, but it's filled with respect and questioning and joy and dialogue and love and encouragement. It's an exciting journey for us!
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