Eating At The Big Boy Table

 This is post 2 for today, be sure to head to Post 1 for a DELICIOUS grilled sandwich and homemade tomato soup recipe. Yum! 

Now that Paxton is 18 months old, he thinks he is BIG stuff.  {Ahhh! I just realized that I still HAVE TO GO TAKE 18 MONTH PICS OF HIM! Oh my goodness, I totally forgot!} 

  Anyhow, none of that baby stuff is acceptable anymore, like letting Mommy rock him to that state of almost asleep.  Nope, he now points and grunts for his crib, where he quietly falls asleep on his own…SNIFF SNIFF!  😦

  The crib he uses is a mini-crib, due to space issues of shared bedrooms, so since it’s smaller than normal, 18 months old is when Avery went to a twin bed.  She did great, but Paxton? Oh boy! I am not sure I’d ever sleep again, for fear he was letting himself out the back door or something equally awful!

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So we will wait a bit before giving him his reserved bottom bunk!

{Phew, still my baby a bit longer!}

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   In going along with this 1 1/2 year old “Big Boy” stuff, Dale thought that Pax might like to join the family sitting at the dinner table.  The spot where we keep the highchair makes it impossible to walk around the table, so I was not sad to see it go.  HOWEVER, the whole “My Baby is growing up part” is a bit harder to swallow! I will let Paxton tell you the rest of the story:

I’m SO big sitting here at the table!  IMG_2459

See that Highchair over there?

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I don’t even need it anymore! Yeah, big stuff, right?!

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So, how does this eating at the table thing work? Do I still use this fork to eat or what?

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Oh dear, I seem to have made a mess!

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Er. Sorry about that, Momma!

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I can still sit here, even though I made a mess?!!!!!

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Awww, you are so nice, Momma!

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I’m a good eater at this Big Boy table!

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Thanks for letting me sit here with you guys, I sure like it a lot! 

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Won’t you please put down that camera now so we can eat?

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Tomato Soup and Salami & Muenster Cheese Sandwiches

This is another blast from the past recipe from my youth.  I had to QUICK make it before we turn to March on the calendar and I start putting away the soup recipes and getting out other things in preparation for the warm weather to come!

  This Homemade Tomato Soup recipe has always made me giggle a bit, since it calls for a can of Campbell’s Tomato soup, but hey, who am I to complain when it tastes SOO good!

Nana’s Tomato Soup Recipe

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Tomato Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Onion, Chopped Finely
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons Pepper
  • A Dash Of Each: Garlic, Basil, Oregano And Thyme
  • 14 ounces, fluid Campbell’s Tomato Soup
  • 2 cups V 8 Juice
  • 2 cups Milk

Saute onion in butter. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Stir in 1 can tomato soup and 2 cups V-8 juice. Season to taste with garlic, basil, oregano and thyme. Bring to a boil, stirring continually for 1 minute. Add 2 cups of milk and simmer until serving time, being careful not to scorch milk.
Paxton in particular found this Deeee-licious! He had 3 bowls. 

Dale had Ramen Noodles with his sandwich, cause he is a big baby and won’t eat most things that involve warm tomatoes.  🙂

  We usually serve this Soup with Grilled cheese, but when my friend Stephanie Johnson told me about her latest sandwich creation on Facebook, I KNEW I needed to make it ASAP.  She totally had me at the Muenster Cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  Sweet Dale stopped by the store and got the things for me on his way home, so I wouldn’t have to wait until a WHOLE nother week to pass before it was grocery shopping day again.  Awww!  🙂  {Ramen? What Ramen? You mean someone made Ramen Noodles for supper?!?!?!?!}

Salami & Melty Muenster Cheese Sandwiches

Salami & Muenster sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 12 slices Beef Salami
  • 4 slices Sandwich Sized Muenster Cheese (or More Per Taste)
  • 8 pieces Whole Wheat Bread
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter

Heat skillet while you butter all the bread. Place first bread butter side down in skillet and quickly add 3 pieces of salami and a nice fat layer of Muenster cheese covering to the edge of the bread. Top with other piece of bread, and grill until golden brown, just like you do your grilled cheese. Flip to side two, turn the heat down a bit and add a lid to your skillet to steam melt the cheese a bit, watching your bottom bread closely.
Pull when it turns golden brown and has a crisp to it, but the cheese is nice and melty!!! Eat it while its hot so the cheese stays gooey!

  This sandwich is FABULOUS, and tastes great with Nana’s Tomato Soup.  A HUGE thank you to my Foodie Friend, Steph, for telling me about this!

Now go, quick and make this!  It’s February 29th, we gotta get our Soup fix before Spring shows up!

~T