Autograph

Yesterday was the 82nd birthday of Drew’s Great Grandma. In the car I passed him her card and a pen and asked him to “sign” her card. I expected his usual scribbles but then he handed this back to me! So proud of our big boy!

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28 Sept 12 – First time Drew wrote his own name unassisted 🙂

Eat ’em up Tigers! Eat ’em up!

This week we took both Drew and Grandpa to their first Tigers game at Comerica Park. (Grandpa’s last home game attendance was at Tiger Stadium)

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We started the afternoon with lunch at Hockeytown, then over to the ballpark to ride the carousel before the start of the game.

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Drew loved it! He was also convinced that every time Fielder came to bat, there was foul ball with his name on it. Well, Drew was right, you’d think with a name like Fielder the guy could keep more balls on the actual field when he hits. Hmmmm… 😉

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A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Drew was chosen to be the “Star Student” at school tomorrow. He gets to bring in a toy for show-n-tell and also the morning snack. He decided he wanted to bring butterfly snacks.

Did you know a grouping of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope? Well, now you do and that is exactly what is on my counter! 🙂

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The butterflies were made using:
Snack-sized bag
clothes pin
1/3c cut grapes
1/3c cheddar bunnies
Eye stickers
1/2 pipe cleaner

I put a full twist in the middle of the bag to separate the moisture of the grapes from the bunnies. And finally, Drew insisted they have smiley faces. 🙂

Chef Drew’s Stuffed Peppers

I posted a picture of Drew mixing up the filing for these peppers and then had several requests for his recipe. Here it is, enjoy!

Sausage and Rice Stuffed Peppers

3 sweet Italian sausages, casings removed

1 zucchini, diced small

1 medium yellow onion, diced small

1 garlic clove, minced

Coarse salt and ground pepper

Olive Oil

Olive Oil Spray

1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for topping

4 cups cooked long-grain white rice

1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

4 large bell peppers (any color), halved lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat olive oil spray over medium-high. Add sausage and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a medium bowl. Add to skillet zucchini, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini mixture to bowl with sausage, along with 1/4 cup Parmesan, rice, and 1 teaspoon olive oil; stir to combine and season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, lightly spray breadcrumbs with olive oil spray and season with salt and pepper. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil and arrange bell peppers, cut side up, on sheet. Divide rice mixture among peppers and top with breadcrumbs. Sprinkle tops with additional Parmesean cheese. Bake until breadcrumbs and cheese are browned and peppers are tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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Peppers

Drew wanted peppers so bad for dinner tonight…he did not wait for dinner!