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food General

what you want some?

I think Sofia turned 3 overnight, or 4, or 12. She has been really into projects lately, including helping me cook. She helped make empanada dough the other day as well as made ravioli from her play dough while I made dinner. She is very into cooking. She will climb behind the side table next to the couch and ask us “What you want some?”. We have to tell her what we want, be it waffle, roti or noodles, otherwise she shouts at us “WHAT YOU WANT SOME?!?”.


She must get that from the Bebe/Gigi side of the family. Not the shouting, that she gets totally from me, but the love of cooking. Sometimes I don’t feel much like being a mom, some nights I have no motivation to play, to read, or cook wholesome meals. I just want to sit on the couch and eat popcorn and olives. Not in the same sitting mind you. Although Sofia does get that from me, the love of olives straight from the jar. That and her sarcasm. She is already working on her comebacks. Here in the Rana household, we always feel like sarcasm.


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my, how domestic

I finally did it. I successfully baked bread. I had read about no-knead bread months ago on a few different blogs and thought “I can do that!” but never actually did it. Then I came across it again on Tuesday when reading through the archives of one of my favorite food blogs. This time I decided I would go home and do it. They had promised potato soup at the cafeteria but it looked way too creamy and I was craving the traditional potato leek soup my mom makes. Since I work from home on Wednesday I decided to tackle them both.

The no-knead bread is soooo easy. I am not kidding. Tuesday I got home and mixed 3 cups of flour (1.5 each of whole wheat and regular flour), 1/3 teaspoon yeast, salt and 1.5 cups of water together in a bowl. Then put a towel over it and let it sit until Wednesday morning. In the morning I turned the dough out onto a floured surface, folded it twice, sprinkled it with wheat bran and let it sit for 2 hours.


I preheated the oven to 450, put the sauce pan in for 1/2 hour and then plopped the dough into the pan, put the lid on and baked for 1/2 hour.


Then I took the lid off and baked it for another 20 minutes. Then, voila, I got bread. So easy right? And so delicious.



Here is the recipe I used as well as the original one published in the New York Times. Now get back to work and stop drooling on my blog.

food General sleep

it’s not our burden, it’s our blessing

161080747403_0_alb.jpgI took Sofia to the doctor’s yesterday for her 15 month well baby checkup. She has had a rough past month with ear infections, rashes, and now digestional issues that I won’t go into for her sake as well as the fact that it is just kinda gross. Sofia is in the 90th percentile for height and weight and only 75th percentile for head which seems wrong to me since she is a Dziak after all. The doctor assured me that she was still above average, it was just a little small in comparision to the rest of her body. Our doctor was asking about Sofia’s eating and I raved about how she will eat almost anything, the more exotic flavors the better, she tries everything, bla bla bla, but oh it would be nice if she didn’t eat 4 times each night. Right away the doctor said that she should not be eating during the night and it was time for us to teach her that daytime is for eating, nighttime is for sleeping. Sounds good to me, sign me up! How do I phase into that? The doctor laughed and said “Don’t make it an option”. Makes sense. Sofia isn’t the one getting up and making her bottles after all. She said the first couple nights would be rough but it wouldn’t be that way forever. So I got home and told Ajay the plan. We both agreed to give it a try and decided it would start that night.

Her first wake up is usually around 10:30 and she will usually finish off the bottle she started at bedtime. Last night I just gave her a chucho, patted her and she fell back asleep mumbling to herself. I didn’t know what she was saying but looking back on the night it was probably along the lines of “oh you silly woman. I’ll give you this one but just you wait…” I went to bed around 11 and woke up to her screaming at midnight. She was standing in her crib pointing at the shelf that her bottles normally wait on that was now empty. I picked her up and tried to calm her down but she was pissed. I heard Ajay come home and he comes in and she is shouting at him, something about how I was a horrible mother and couldn’t I see she was wasting away. Ajay got her a bottle of just water, hoping to calm her down with that. Finally after about 15 minutes of more screaming she cuddled up with me and fell back asleep. We decided to just cut it back that night so when she woke back up at 3:30 I gave her a bottle and she went back to sleep for the rest of the night. I feel bad that she was so upset but she slept for more than 2 hours at a time which is great so I think we will stick to this plan. Sorry bean. There are times when I think if it were just Ajay or just me we would totally cave to that little sweet one but we do well keeping each other strong. Parenting is hard but I just keep thinking, if Coach Taylor and his wife can do it, so can we.

(the pic above is from this time last year)

food General holidays

Happy Easter!

At our house we have had the week long Easter celebration. Last Sunday we celebrated a little early since Bebe and Grandpa couldn’t be in town this weekend. We had a lovely brunch at our apartment and had a great preview of what this Sunday’s Easter feast would be.


After getting through the week of rashes and ear infections and lots and lots of rain, the sun came out for the Easter Egg Hunt at the zoo. The Fleschner’s joined us and we arrived just in time to cheer Sebastian on at the 3-6 year group. The zoo staff spend minutes to lay out all the candy and treats and it is snatched up by the kids in seconds. Sebastian managed to snag a couple pieces of candy, a pencil and some bubbles. Sofia and Eloise’s age group was next and pretty much chaos because the parents were involved. Poor Eloise had some mom’s instructing their kids to take stuff out of her basket or from right under her hands. Not really the Easter spirit if you ask me!


This afternoon we are heading to Nana and Papa’s for some meat, more meat and even more meat… oh and some potatoes, bread and pie. Vegetables not allowed. Happy Eating… I mean Easter everyone!