And, weeeeeee’re OFF to see the Wizard!  Actually, we’re just off to see our long lost home, after having been with the Mister’s family for a week and a half.  I’m sad to head back home, ’cause we’ll miss them like mad, but it will be good to get back into a routine, I suppose.

Today, I wanted to remind myself of this: Gratitude.  I’m not trying to be hokey, but I saw someone in the checkout line today, and it was evident she was experiencing a bit of a life struggle….I won’t go into some long diatribe, but just as a reminder to myself:  Be thankful for all that life has offered.

Perhaps this reminder will help me when I get to be frustrated with something, or sad, or…whatever.  Life is indeed a blessing.  (Okay, yes…that was hokey, and for that I apologize…thanks for putting up with me today!)

QUOTABLES.

We meet today
To thank Thee for the era done,
And Thee for the opening one.

John Greenleaf Whittier

As mentioned above—-today, I am grateful.  May I remember this in the year to come.

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Wee One’s papa got her this book during the holiday break.  I’d never read it before, but it’s adorable.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

By Eric Carle

I grew up reading many of Eric Carle’s books, and two of Wee One’s first mini board books were by Eric Carle as well.  Isn’t Eric Carle wonderful?

DO RE MI.

Need a song for the 8+ hour car trip back home….hmmm…OH, I have it!

Wheels on the Bus

Sung by Raffi

To purchase and download “Wheels on the Bus” by Raffi, click below:

Wheels on the Bus

Lyrics:

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town.

The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish;
Swish, swish, swish;
Swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish,
all through the town.

The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep.
The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep,
all through the town..

The money on the bus goes, Clink, clink, clink;
Clink, clink, clink;
Clink, clink, clink.
The money on the bus goes, Clink, clink, clink,
all through the town.

The Driver on the bus says “Move on back,
move on back, move on back;”
The Driver on the bus says “Move on back”,
all through the town.

The baby on the bus says “Wah, wah, wah;
Wah, wah, wah;
Wah, wah, wah”.
The baby on the bus says “Wah, wah, wah”,
all through the town.

The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush.”
The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush”
all through the town.

Substitute these lyrics as well:

The doors on the bus go open and shut.

The bell on the bus goes ding-ding-ding.
The lady on the bus says, “Get off my feet”…
The people on the bus say, “We had a nice ride”…
“Your name” on the bus says “Let Me Off!”…

Thank you, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences!

To download a piano “fakebook” sheet music version of “Wheels on the Bus”, click here.

There’s nothing like 32 verses of “Wheels on the Bus” to get a long road trip started off in the right direction! Of course, one must always substitute personalized verses…and Wee One’s father is just a real pro at this.  Most of the time, I think he does this because he doesn’t know the real words, but whatever his reason, it’s pretty darn adorable. (xo!)

NOURISHMENT.

What to cook after hours in the car?   I’m going to be honest: Nothing.  Just no energy or time to go to store, pick up groceries, and attempt to whip up a delicious meal or snack.  And, why should I?  We are going through a few major cities, and have a plethora of food options to choose from, so shouldn’t we make the most of those edible opportunities?

No fear, dear reader….although I haven’t actually cooked today, I promise that this recipe (pulled from the vault of favorite recipes of times gone by) is sure to please.  We made this for Easter last year, and it was such a hit!  And of course, can be modified a variety of ways to suit any palate.

Erins Food Files White Cheddar, Asparagus and Ham Frittata

Erins Food Files: White Cheddar, Asparagus and Ham Frittata Recipe

Erins Food Files White Cheddar, Asparagus and Ham Frittata (modified by Rally and Meels)

Ingredients:

1/2 Tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed, chopped
1/2 cup of leftover ham, thinly diced
salt & pepper to taste
4 eggs
2 egg whites
3 T milk (we used skim)
6 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 oz parmesan cheese, shredded or grated (we like shredded, but I’m sure grated would be just fine, too)

Directions:

Heat 12-inch non-stick, oven safe saute pan over medium high heat. Melt butter in pan. Saute onions in melted butter they get a bit soft (so, for about 2 minutes). Add asparagus & ham, and saute the misture for four minutes more. Add a tish of salt and pepper, to taste.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat together eggs, egg whites, and milk.  I typically use a fork to do this, but a whisk would work just wonderfully too.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir in both types of cheese.

Pour eggy goodness into the pan, and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes or until the bottom of the egg mixture is set, and the top has beginning to set as well.

Place pan into oven and broil until lightly browned.  Remove from pan, cut into triangular pieces, and serve. A little parsley would be a nice garnish, and this is delicious served with some fruit, and a light salad.

Erins Food Files says this recipe is loosely based on Alton Brown’s recipe.

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

January 2: A Little Bubbly (Champagne)

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CELEBRATIONS.

January 2, 2012 is…

National Cream Puff Day

I’m not a big fan of cream puffs, but it’s the only celebration listed among the several I found today that interested me.  So, Cream Puff Day it is!  🙂

ACTION.

Wee One is still at the age where she sleeps most of the time in the car, and quietly amuses herself when she’s awake.  However, in an attempt to make use of the oodles of toys and winter items in our vehicle, today’s activity is:

Allow child to experience the feel of different textures.

Fleece, cotton, different toy materials—what a terrific world of textiles awaits!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

Caucuses….coming up tomorrow in Iowa….

How the Tiny State of Iowa Took Command Over Electing The President by Amy Bingham

Excerpt:

“Iowa, especially, determines who the nominee will not be, through the winnowing process,” Redlawsk said. “But it also determines who the media will talk about and as a consequence helps determine who will do well.”

WORK IT.

Resolutions.  My reaction to them?  “EH.”  But, regarding more frequent exercise, I’m gonna try this year…not as a “resolution”, necessarily, ’cause I suppose that’s just little ol’ me setting myself up for disappointment.  But, instead, as a goal or something….”A rose by any other name” and all of that…right?

Calf Raises: 3 Versions 

(From Fitsugar.com)

Targets: Calves

“Parallel: Begin by standing with your feet directly under the hip joint. Your feet should really only be about four to five inches apart. Lift your heels up in a controlled motion, taking two counts to get to the top of the motion. No popping up. And lower down in two counts.

First Position: Stand with your heels together and your toes apart with your feet making a V. Don’t crank at your ankles to make this shape with your feet, but roll your thigh bones away from each other at the hip joint. Raise and lower your heels in this position. This position will work the outer calf a bit more.

Pigeon Toed: Start in a parallel foot position and flare your heels away from one another so you are pigeon-toed. This motion should also happen at the hip joint. This position will work the inner calf more, and is important to do if you overpronate (your feet and ankles tend to collapse your arch).

Do 12 to 15 reps in each foot position. Holding dumbbells will increase the work on your calves; start with five-pound weights and increase the amount as needed. This move challenges your balance too. If you feel wobbly as you raise your heels, put one or both hands on a wall for assistance.”

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

I am really trying to look at things in different ways, from different angles…and trying to learn camera settings at the same time!  Bear with my daily photo attempts, would you, dear reader?  Thank you!

WWW.

I posted an article from this website yesterday, but wanted to include it in the “WWW” section of today’s post for good measure.  I always try to pick up a copy of this magazine, along with Vanity Fair and The Atlantic, when I fly (which has been quite frequently as of late.)

New York Magazine

HMMM.

If you could celebrate New Years Eve or New Years Day anywhere in the world, in any time period, what would you choose?

Excited to get back into the swing of things, although we sure miss you, dear family.  (And, to our family and friends we weren’t able to see this past week, hugs to you as well!)

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