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Chicken and diapers

Okay, so the chicken and diapers don’t really go together, but they are both a big part of my week.  I make a meal, I change a diaper.  I can’t believe my last post was on August 31st.  I keep meaning to write more often, but quite frankly, this four kid thing is kicking my butt right now.  I know that it will get easier as son #4 gets older.  He’s only 10 weeks old and I’m not getting much sleep at this point.  Thankfully, he is a happy and mellow little guy and he getting more fun everyday.

Onto the chicken part of my story.  With my sleep deprivation, I’m forgetting to take photos, so you’ll have to live with just one photo.  I recently went crazy at a BOGO sale at my local grocery store.  Part of my purchase was a couple of whole chickens.  Since it is fall, roasting chicken is an option in my kitchen again.  I love roasting chicken and using the leftovers for another meal.  I got three full meals out of one $6 chicken.  It was great timing, after Mark Bittman wrote an article about the cost of fast food versus cooking real food at home.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/opinion/sunday/is-junk-food-really-cheaper.html?pagewanted=all

The first meal was a basic roasted chicken with vegetables.  I used seven ingredients from my CSA share, which might be a record.  Here is the link to the recipe of roasted chicken with leeks, potatoes and carrots.  http://www.marthastewart.com/331728/herb-roasted-chicken-and-vegetables  On the side, I served an arugula salad with blue cheese and roasted golden beets.  Yum!

Meal number three from one roasted chicken.

Meal two was quesadillas with the leftover chicken and black beans and Spanish rice on the side.  Not super creative, but the boys were huge fans.  Surprisingly, the boys liked the black beans better than anything else.  I had tons of Spanish rice leftover and decided to make it into a soup for lunch.  Lunch turned into a huge batch of soup that I ended up freezing for later.  I threw in some chicken, chicken stock, water,  the leftover beans and rice, some corn, a green pepper and two jalapenos.  I topped the soup with crushed tortilla chips, cilantro and some sour cream.  It was much better than I expected.  I don’t think the boys will love it, but it will be great for a cold winter day when I don’t want to cook.

Now onto the diapers.  I change a lot of diapers lately.  I’m hoping Son #3 decides to ditch the diapers soon.  Yesterday, he used the toilet for the first time.  When we told him he could do that all the time and wear underwear he said “Oh my!”  It is amazing how excited a parent can get about a little pee in a toilet.

My two diaper-wearing boys sharing a moment together.

As for Son #4, today he caused the most explosive blow-out I’ve ever experienced. That is saying a lot after four boys.  If you are a parent, you know what I’m talking about.  This particular blow-out became one of those situations when you think “Should I just cut this onesie off?”  My sweet baby managed to mess up the couch, his clothes and the bathtub rug as I rushed him to the bathtub.  Disgusting!  In my haste to get him in the bathtub, I ended up using hand towels to dry him.  The onesie’s fate?  I decided to try to save it.  The verdict is still out whether he’ll be able to wear it again.

On another note, I should know better to make a poop joke in front of my boys, especially with an exceptionally verbal 2-year-old.  It came back to haunt me when Son #3 repeated my “song” in music class.  It goes like this: My name is Nolan. I like to poop.  If you’ve seen Yo Gabba Gabba, you may recognize it (insert the word “dance” in place of my inappropriate version).  That’s all for now! Hope to write again soon.

Mr. Pooper, smiling away after the blow-out of the century. I think he might be laughing at me.

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