On May 18, 2015, in Kid, by Wendy

I found some old Izzyisms in a draft email from 8/7/13. Enjoy!

Wendy: please don’t eat that egg carton. It has salmonella on it.
Isadora: what’s salmonella?
Wendy: a disease you can get from raw eggs and it will make you very sick.
Isadora: okay. It’s not easy having a kid, is it?
Wendy: real talk.


Isadora was generally misbehaving tonight so I took away a privilege and she started to cry.

Wendy: look, I am being firm with you. Daddy says I am not firm enough with you so this is the way it’s going to be. Get used to it. You misbehave you loose privilege. You cooperate, you keep privilege.

Isadora: I don’t like firm! I don’t like firm! Waaaaaa! I hate firm! I don’t want it! Can you please stop being firm?

Wendy: what are you going to do next time?

Izzy: cooperate.


Izzy is sitting at the breakfast table staring off into the distance.
Wendy: What are you thinking about?
Isadora: I’m just watching a movie in my brain.


Isadora came into the kitchen tonight and saw that the flour canister was on the counter. She offered to put it away, and I let her. I told her she is always such a big help in the kitchen, and I appreciate her assistance. She said, “Oh Mama, I’ll never leave you hanging.”


I let Izzy cut her own dinner with a sharp knife tonight. She is so excited about practicing her knife skills. She asked if she could go to knife school when she is six.


On our morning walk to the car, Isadora says: Why aren’t these people loving our city? Instead, they are pooping all over it?


Izzy: if we find an orphan, can I keep her as my sister? She can share my bed with me.


Isadora: I’m going to take the cats with me when I grow up and move away.
Wendy: Oh, yeah? Where are you going to move to?
Isadora: Europe.
Wendy: Which part of Europe?
Isadora: The left side.


Wendy: Hurry up! I want to go to Happy Hour.
Isadora: every hour is Happy Hour.


Wendy: I’m feeling a little loopy. I don’t know if its the wine or the altitude.
Isadora: it’s the wine
Wendy: touché.


I just spent the last twenty minutes listening to screams from my daughter:

I wanted kitchen water! Not bathroom water! Kitchen water kitchen water kitchen water! Waaaaaa! Kitchen water! Waaaa! Not bathroom water! kitchen water!


Wendy: so how was Rock Band Land?
Isadora: it was fun. There is one girl my age and she wore a yellow shirt. There are a lot of boys.
W: Were the boys nice to you?
I: I got to play the cow bell and it was a lot of fun.
W: life is definitely more fun when you add Cow Bells.


Isadora says: There’s nothing more important than music, except for friends.


oil oil 
Veggie broth
Nutritional yeast
Pepper cumin

In a pot, heat olive oil and  sauté onions and garlic until fragrant. Add roughly chopped cabbage, salt, pepper and cumin and cook until limp and slightly translucent. Add roughly chopped cauliflower and broth. Bring to a boil and then simmer about an hour. Use immersion blender until nearly smooth. Add nutritional yeast and blend until smooth. Enjoy! 



On September 16, 2014, in Yummy Goodness, by Wendy

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 applesauce
3/4 milk
6 ounces baby spinach
1 large banana
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare muffin tins, using either wrappers or coat with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a blender, puree spinach, banana and vanilla until smooth. Fold liquid mixture into dry mixture. Fill muffin tins. Bake 18 minutes.

Source: Family Fun Magazine. October 2014. Page 18.


Meal Planning Week of November 10

On November 11, 2013, in Meal Planning, by Wendy

Sunday: Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Garlicky Green Beans
Monday: Spinach Lasagne, Roasted Zucchini
Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas, Refried Beans
Wednesday: Fried Polenta, Sauteed Kale, Steamed Carrots
Thursday: Pizza and Ice Skating Party (Grandma and Grandpa Cowboy visiting)
Friday: Osha Thai
Breakfast – East Coast West Deli or Honey Honey Cafe
Dinner – Mustard Chicken, Broccolini, Rice

Gonna keep going since we have Grandma and Grandpa Cowboy visiting

Breakfast – Kale and Ham Fritatta
Dinner – Jackson Fillmore

Monday: Tacos (or perhaps Ryokos for Sushi)


Izzyisms Volume 37

On November 4, 2013, in Kid, by Wendy

Wow! I can’t believe I have not posted Izzyisms in a year! Now that she has full command of language, our conversations are much longer and hard to capture. When she was younger, the one off zingers were much easier to document. Here is a collection from summer. Enjoy!

You know, you can’t spell platypus without us. Otherwise it’s just platyp.

Izzy: I want daddy to read to me tonight because I do not like princesses.
Wendy: you don’t want me to read because you think I am a princess?
I: no. You are not a princess. You are a super hero and I LOVE super heroes.

Izzy: you know what is funny? A man in underpants wearing roller skates and a super hero cape!

Izzy: mom, will you lay down and snuggle with me.
Wendy: sure! *crawl into bed next to her*
Izzy: if you move to the other side, it will be much more delightful.

I tried to hand the remote control to Izzy, but it fell just short of her reach. She crossed her arms and gave me a dirty look. I said, “you look kinda gangsta when you do that.” She replied, “I know. I just can’t help it.”

Izzy: you cannot spell platypus without platyp. Otherwise it’s just us.

Asking for a program, izzy asks for program number two , three. I asked her what number that was, but she didn’t answer so I asked again. She yelled mommy you got me off point. I was counting to figure it out!

Wendy: we need to clean the house today
Isadora: we are on the same page.
W: that’s is awesome
Izzy: I mean I should relax today.
W: wait. I thought you said we are on the same page?
I: we are. I will relax while you clean the house.

We just finished watching Tangled and Izzy says: Awww! That was so sweet. And I can’t believe I’m goin to say this, but it was also a little romantic.

After a long road trip, Izzy was developing her latest song lyrics:
We’re not going to hold on until morning
We’re going to drive into the black

Mitch: I didn’t know Phineas and Fern are from Disney!
Isadora: Yeah! And did you know everything in Disneyland is fake?



Meal Planning Week of October 20th

On October 21, 2013, in Meal Planning, by Wendy

Sunday: Turkey Burgers, Zucchini Chips
Monday: Breakfast Burritos
Tuesday: Tilapia, purple green beans, mashed potatoes
Wednesday: Zoodles and homemade marinara
Thursday: Homemade Pizza, Salad
Friday: Homemade Fish Sticks, Acorn Squash with Kale and Pecans
Saturday: White Bean, Butternut Squash, Kale and Olive Stew