I can't believe I haven't written anything in a week! Last weekend's fever episode seems to have left, thankfully. We still have no idea what it was, but thankful it's gone 'cause if Emi isn't happy ... no one is! Her temps fluctuated between 99.9 and 102.6 (her highest). Thank goodness for baby Tylenol and Motrin!
We had Jeff's office Holiday Party on Tuesday which we both were hoping she would be well enough to attend. You see, SHE was specifically invited by Jeff's boss. He and I were afterthoughts, or even 'chauffeurs' to the party. She was better on Tuesday morning, but still running a bit of a fever (99). Gave her some Tylenol and she was ready to put on her dancing shoes and invade the party. We made the decision to go, knowing that at any moment we could leave. Not only did we stay the whole time, she charmed her way through the party and just had a blast. At one point someone asked us if she was always this quiet. Both Jeff and I said (at the same moment) "NO"! Everyone at our table laughed. Everyone at the party commented on how good she was through the whole thing, even the boring parts (boring for her). But then, we came prepared. Frozen peas (defrosted under hot running water, rinsed with cold water and then into a travel container ... one of her MOST fav foods right now). Also brought some melon cut up (another fav) and Gerber's dried fruit bites (she adores these!). Last, but certainly not least, the ever popular bottle that I pulled out while they were doing the Yankee Swap game that got a little long for Emi but that everyone had a great time with. I have to say, the folks that Jeff works with are a lot of fun and super nice. We all had a great time.
By Wednesday Emi was feeling much better so we had a fun day staying home playing with toys, letting Mama catch up on the laundry and some of the household stuff. Oh, and she loves the Gated Community! It can buy me anywhere from 10-20 minutes (so far) of running around time, as long as I drop in from time to time to say hi.
Thursday Emi and I ventured to the mall to finish our Christmas shopping. We really didn't have all that much to do, return something at Toys R US that I had bought but that we just were not going to use, paw through Macy's baby clothes (they are SO cute, but I am SO cheap!) ... didn't buy anything though. We went and got my glasses tightened, as a certain little girl likes to grab them and yank them right off my face. I am getting quicker and she doesn't get them as often now, but in the early days, my glasses sure took a beating. We didn't find what we were looking for (but we did find it today ... shhhh, can't tell, daddy tends to read the blog!). We did stop to see Santa, again, but it was a no-go. She and I walked up to chat with him (nicest Santa I have ever met!) and he was so gentle with her. But there was no way she was going to sit with him Ah well, maybe next year (or the year after that ... ).
Friday we just hung out, set up the Christmas tree (saving that story for it's own blog entry), played, napped and had a quiet day.
Yesterday Miss Emi and I made a double batch of banana bread (amazing Cooking Light recipe, I will post it below) and just hung out with daddy, enjoying the first of ELEVEN days Jeff has off for the holidays. While it would be nice to be with family and friends this holiday, it's also nice to just hunker down at home and be a family.
Jamaican Banana Bread
Cooking Light, MARCH 1997
2 tablespoons stick margarine, softened
2 tablespoons tub light cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana
½ cup skim milk
2 tablespoons dark rum or 1/4 teaspoon imitation rum extract
½ teaspoon grated lime rind
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted
¼ cup flaked sweetened coconut
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons margarine
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons dark rum or 1/8 teaspoon imitation rum extract
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 375°. Coat an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
Beat 2 tablespoons margarine and cheese at medium speed of a mixer; add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg; beat well.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir well. Combine banana and next 5 ingredients (banana through vanilla); stir well. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition. Stir in 1/4 cup pecans and 1/4 cup coconut.
Pour batter into prepared pan; bake at 375° for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan. Let cool slightly on a wire rack.
Combine brown sugar and 2 teaspoons each margarine, lime juice, and rum in a saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook 1 minute; stir constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons each pecans and coconut; spoon over loaf.
Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
CALORIES 187(26% from fat); FAT 5.4g (sat 1.5g,mono 2.3g,poly 1.2g); PROTEIN 2.9g; CHOLESTEROL 15mg; CALCIUM 55mg; SODIUM 105mg; FIBER 1.1g; IRON 1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 32.2g