Messy Kids? Use this Bib

Do you have a messy kid?

Are you tired of food stained clothes?

My wife and I were. Then we tried the Kladd Prickar bibs from Ikea.

They are inexpensive ($5.99 for two), they cover everything, and when you’re done you can throw them in the wash.

We’ve received so many positive comments on them from other parents, I thought it might be worthwhile to share.

*I have not been paid by Ikea for this post.


Turkey Chili

I made some awesome turkey chili last night. Here’s how I did it:

1 teaspoons olive oil
2/3 of a pound of ground turkey (just a guess)
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can of redi-cut tomatoes
2 (16 ounce) cans canned beans, drained (I found and used a three bean blend)
1 medium pepper
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion and peppers and cook until tender.

Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, beans, and garlic. Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

Potato Leek Soup with Red Chard

About a month ago, I fell victim to a door-to-door salesperson. The woman was selling farm fresh organic produce that can be delivered to your door. Having a desire to start eating better, I signed up for a trial delivery.

A few weeks later, early on a Friday morning, a box of produce arrived on my doorstep. The box contained apples, oranges, avocados, lettuce, onion, carrots, leeks, chard, head radicchio, and probably something else. It was pretty exciting, but it presented me with a problem. What do I do with all of this produce?

Really, it turned out to not be much of a problem. One of the things I made was a Potato Leak Soup. Here’s my recipe that was adapted from

Potato Leak Soup with Red Chard

3 large leeks, thinly sliced (Use only the white and pale green parts)
2 Tbsp butter
2 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
red chard sliced into thin strips (not sure how much I used, 16 leaves?)
2 lbs potatoes, peeled, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
Thyme, Rosemary, Salt and Pepper to taste
Aged White Cheddar

Cook leeks in butter with salt and pepper in a medium sized sauce pan. Cover pan, cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Check often. Do not brown leeks! Browning will give leeks a burnt taste.

Add water, broth, chard, and potatoes. Bring to a low simmer and cook until the potatoes break down. Add thyme, rosemary, pepper, and salt to taste.

Finish with grated aged white cheddar and bacon crumbles.


Yesterday on the Metro Red Line

We had both concessions and a Bejeweled expert.

Every once in a while you’ll have someone jump on your train trying to sell something. Yesterday it was a young man selling cold drinks and popcorn. Someday I hope to be on a train where they’re selling bacon wrapped hot dogs. That would be amazing.

Bejeweled Expert:
Across the aisle from me a young woman sat quite contently playing a game on her cell phone to pass the time. It’s a pretty normal sight on the train, and usually people will leave you alone if they see you occupied with something, but not yesterday. Yesterday was different. A gentleman sitting behind the previously mentioned young woman looked over her shoulder in a very obvious fashion and asked if she was playing Bejeweled. He proceeded to announce to the train that he knows that there are 3 versions of Bejeweled not including the “ethnic” ones. The version the young woman was playing was apparently an “ethnic” one. For the next several stops he sat there looking over her shoulder commenting on her moves. I was amazed at how friendly she was with him. I don’t think I could have continued to play with someone watching over my shoulder. Too much pressure… especially when you’re in the presence of someone so knowledgeable about the game.