The Sweet Potato Cutting

This is my latest attempt at replanting a cutting. I decided to take it off of a sweet potato vine that I had started in my kitchen. The vine itself was out of control and needed to be cut back before I couldn’t see out of the window anymore! Since I have never tried this with a sweet potato plant, I was a bit skeptical, but I am always up for a new challenge. All I had to do was give it a couple days, fresh water and lots of sunshine…
This is what came of it…
Look at those roots!! It took no time at all. I guess that I shouldn’t have been surprised, being that the “mother” plant was almost too much to control. I stuck one of the leaves in the soil of the planter behind it in the photo. Not really expecting anything to come of that, just kind of tucked it in there to be silly.

Caramelized Pineapple Quesadillas with Spicy Strawberry Salsa

Photo by how Sweet it is

Seriously, how does one come across a beauty like this and NOT continue to pass on to my fellow foodies? I am one of those people that LOVES food, yet suffers from chronic severe nausea, how unfair is THAT?! Being that I deal with that constant battle, when I find something that actually sounds good and that I can eat, I get beyond excited! I came across this recipe today done by the people over at how Sweet it is and just needed to pass it on to you! It is a delicious mix of spicy and sweet, and we could all use a little bit of both in our lives. Try it for yourself and come back to let us know how your’s turned out! I think that the only swap out I would make would be parsley for the cilantro. I have never been able to stomach cilantro very well, so it is a normal “swap” for me.

Caramelized Pineapple Quesadillas

serves 2

2 cups fresh pineapple chunks, cut into squares

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 vidalia onion, diced

1 small poblano pepper, seeded and diced

1 boneless, skinless grilled chicken breast, shredded

6 ounces monterey jack cheese, freshly grated

1/2 cup freshly torn cilantro

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add pineapple and toss with salt and cinnamon, cooking until caramelized and golden, flipping occasionally – about 6-8 minutes. Remove pineapple and place in a bowl, then add another 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil, tossing in onions and peppers with a pinch of salt. Stir and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes, then remove from the skillet and place in the bowl with the pineapple.

Reduce the heat in the skillet to low, add another 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Place a tortilla down, then cover in a sprinkling of cheese (make sure you leave enough for the second quesadilla), chicken, the pineapple, onions and peppers, and cilantro, then add another sprinkle of cheese. Cook until tortilla is golden, then gently flip, keeping the ingredients inside, and cook until other side is golden. Repeat with remaining quesadilla, and serve with strawberry salsa.

Photo by how Sweet it is

Spicy Strawberry Salsa

1 medium tomato, chopped

3/4 cup chopped strawberries

1/4 red onion, finely diced

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced

1/3 cup freshly torn cilantro

1 lime, juiced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix thoroughly. The longer it sits, the more flavor that develops. Keeps well in the fridge for 2-3 days.


Adaptation of Sequence for the Colorblind

Over the past nine years I have learned quite a bit about Achromatopsia and more importantly BCM (Blue-Cone Monochromacy), that is a given. One of the things that is always entertaining to learn, is how to adapt board games for the boys. The problem I have run into is, how do you adapt a game without interfering with the game itself and without somehow giving an advantage to those who do not have a visual impairment? Sequence is an awesome game in our household, as is Monopoly and Life. When it comes down to a game my oldest son and I can agree on, Sequence is the answer.
Lately, after me getting impatient and trying to “rush” my son to make his move, he once again, put me in my place. He let me know how hard it was for him to distinguish between the red and black cards on the board because of the glare overhead. The only way I could think to remedy it was to put a diagonal slash through each of the red cards on the board and also in the deck. Let me tell you, I felt horrible for rushing him, but I can’t tell you what frustration putting a little line on a card has saved the both of us! We also are talking about marking the blue coins on both sides with a white dot in the center, so that if someone else decides to ever play with us, he will be able to distinguish between those coins on the board easier too! We will keep you informed…

I’ve Got My Blanket…

This boy can sleep an incredible amount. This surprises me because he always feels the need to have this blanket with him. I love it, but it is LOUD. When he was born, we knew that there was a 50/50 chance that he would have the same genetic condition, Blue Cone Monochromacy, that his older brother had, so when it was confirmed we took it as just another important piece of the puzzle of “him”.  With BCM, his central visual acuity is roughly 20/80-20/200 at any given moment and he is colorblind. We have found that his colorblindness is not complete and that he can see slight amounts of yellow and red, though we don’t know in what amounts. My mother is brilliant when it comes to sewing and put together this baby blanket for him. It is black, white and yellow, with geometric patterns, dots, penguins, etc and very busy. She made this blanket and a mobile for over his crib, how awesome is that?! It amazes me everyday the challenges we face and the things we learn. I constantly say that we are blessed that he was given this condition… it forces us to change and adapt accordingly. How he possibly adapts to sleeping with that beautiful, yet loud, blanket is beyond me…

The New Society Finch

So, for a few days now I have felt slightly insane. I had  thought that I heard this “peeping” coming from the birds’ house, but I wasn’t sure. I hadn’t been providing nesting materials, so I was under the impression that they wouldn’t have another one. Silly me! Anyway, when I went to clean the cage, I peeked in and found this little guy! Well, she might be a little girl… Yay, there is a new Society Finch in the cage!! Good thing they have enough room. I am wondering if I should add another house in there for them?

Take a Seat

I find it entertaining that the Lemur King is now pushing to take over his big brother’s chair…. We have learned that the boys need to be fairly close to the television in order for them to see it, with eyesight ranging from 20/50 to approximately 20/80. Finding the appropriate seating element has been quite the task to say the least. The television has to be low in order for them to see it, but then when they sit down, no one can see around their heads. Over the years I have tried those little foam couches, outdoor chairs, child sized rockers, etc. It seems that each of them has their downfall just as everything else. For the past year we have resorted to, “Spyder, can you move to the side please?”

Now there are two heads to see beyond! I am grateful that they can still see at all, please don’t get me wrong, it’s just that these little obstacles can seem like such a big deal sometimes. My body and heart use to be able to take these hurdles with much more grace. Now I just want to stomp my feet and pout. For now I will try to handle with as much grace as I can muster and let LK keep pushing his way into his brother’s seat. Let’s label it a “bonding experience”…