The first weeks with a new born and a toddler are definitely an adjustment for us. But I think we are starting to find that balance so here's a tip for y'all trying to find that balance as well.
1. Don't try to do too much at night.
The other night Lisa was cooking up this yummy veggie pasta, attempting to give Dylan a bath, put baby down and Dilly down by 8. Maybe in Gingrich's Moon state this would be possible, but not on this earth.
So last night instead we ordered in Wild Ginger and I agreed to give Dylan a bath this morning while mama and baby sleep after a long night. So guess what, time to give Dilly a bath! Talk soon :) DZ
my wife and I put baby harper in the ergo and went out for a walk yesterday. as we walked, we talked....about the kids....planning dylan's bday party, harper's baby naming, dylan's school visit to the library...and then I said to lisa, "is this the next 20 years of our life?"...see, she has embraced parenting and the idea that life now is focused on our children...and she loves it...she loves the planning, the amazon packages that come everyday, the baths, the art projects, cooking for the family...and it seems that her happiness comes from seeing dylan happy and soon to be harper...I'm not saying that seeing them happy doesn't make me happy I just thought there would be more....and everyone in my life is so happy for me for having 2 healthy children and having an amazing beautiful wife to walk through life with and I'm grateful and thankful for all that I have....so why am I contemplating my own happiness? i guess there's apart of me that misses my old life....25, living hand to mouth, making records, playing shows, sleeping around, upsetting my parents, taking the road less travelled...that was fun right? ryan adams has a new song on his new album I can relate to called "lucky now"....it goes "I don't remember were we wild and young all that faded into memory..." ok friends, dylan's hungry, baby's awake and I have to go....embrace my parenting responsibilities....more soon....like in 20 years:
So I just got back from the James Hotel in Soho at an event which featured ABC's "The Chew" chef Danny Boome and www.arthriving.com, a new site designed to help people with arthritis. i did a one-on-one interview with Danny while we (yes, we) made Danny's "Perfect Omelet" together. I will post video next week of the cooking process but I thought I would pass on some tips he gave me which might be helpful to dads out there looking to expand on their culinary choices. Here's what I learned: 1. Use pre-cut veggies such as red peppers and onions. If your short on time, Danny suggests to buy pre-cut veggies (Organic of course). Adding different colors into your dish makes it fun for the kids to help out as well so it can become something y'all do together. 2. Use a non-stick pan so there's no need for extra calories such as a stick of butter. 3. Use Omega-3 eggs.
The Perfect Omelet Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Serving size: 1 person
2 (omega 3 fortified) eggs
2 tbsp. whole milk
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and ground white pepper
Crack the eggs into a glass mixing bowl and beat them until they turn a pale yellow color. Heat a heavy-bottomed nonstick sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil.
Add the milk to the eggs and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Then, grab your whisk and whisk like crazy. You're going to want to work up a sweat here. If you're not up for that, you can use an electric beater or stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whatever device you use, you're trying to beat as much air as possible into the eggs.
When the olive oil in the pan is hot enough to make a drop of water hiss, pour in the eggs. Don't stir! Let the eggs cook for up to a minute or until the bottom starts to set. With a heat-resistant rubber spatula, gently push one edge of the egg into the center of the pan, while tilting the pan to allow the still liquid egg to flow in underneath.
Repeat with the other edges, until there's no liquid left. Your eggs should now resemble a bright yellow pancake, which should easily slide around on the nonstick surface. If it sticks at all, loosen it with your spatula. Now gently flip the egg pancake over, using your spatula to ease it over if necessary. Cook for another few seconds, or until there is no uncooked egg left.
If you're adding any other ingredients, now's the time to do it. (See note.) Spoon your filling across the center of the egg in a straight line. With your spatula, lift one edge of the egg and fold it across and over, so that the edges line up. Cook for another minute or so, but don't overcook or allow the egg to turn brown. If necessary, you can flip the entire omelet over to cook the top for 30 seconds or so. Just don't let it get brown.
Gently transfer the finished omelet to a plate. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs if desired.
NOTE: There's no limit to the number of fillings you can use with this basic omelet recipe.
1. Swaddling: Learn how to swaddle especially with a blanket, key to getting baby to sleep
2. White Noise: Just natural sounds, no music, if that doesn't work try Marley "Gold" Disc 2
3. Get some 1 & 1 time with your wife: sleepless nights are not sexy so keep the spark alive
I've been invited to interview British TV Chef Daniel Boome on the morning of January 24th for a special event located at Jimmy at The James Hotel in New York. The event hopes to inspire personal health through food and cooking. Here's a YouTube clip of Chef Daniel on the Food Network:
baby girl harper came into our world 1 week ago today :) 7 pounds, 7 ounces. mama is home with baby & all is good. I just needed to buy a new pair of tretorn water boots, the only casuality during a labor that happened so fast that I was running to get our doctor when I saw harp's head start to pop out. 2 days after her due date. I guess harp's was ready to meet her big sis dylan & her mama/daddy :) pics to come. DZ