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Driving us to Drink


Yep the weather has got us down.  There is more snow on the way, but we are finding ways to get through it. Not by getting the Wee one sauced up on Spaten though. Just thought it was a funny picture. She was actually trying to copy her Dad and his bottle “tooting” skills.

Anyway there are no signs of Spring up here in Timbucktoo… yet… We are managing thanks to good neighbors with plow trucks and a road crew with lots of sand. The wee one and I have ventured out for some shopping and library visits.

I set up an Art Station to help bust up the Wee Ones boredom. This morning we painted with water. We also invested in a new box of Twistable Crayons. A great solution to our crayon eating problem. We also love to play with sticky notes and tape. Yes the bottle goes everywhere with us she is addicted and I’ve found it’s not the contents because I’ve watered everything down and it doesn’t phase her at all. So any suggestions on how to overcome bottle security issues?

We also have a new member of the Marcoccia household. Meet Dorothy the fish. Gary picked her up while we were in Germany. Do you think he was lonely? Poor guy. She seems to be happy here with lots of light and plenty of things in her water to play with like plant dirt, feathers, pretty much what ever is on the floor. Hopefully she can survive Ellie’s little fish experiments and live a long happy fishy life.

One last thing. I found a new Soup Recipe. I’m not really a soup person but this one is yummy. I think it has a lot to do with the bacon. It got us through the first few storm days…

Bean and Bacon Soup

8 oz Cannellini Beans

3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 onion chopped

3-4 carrots chopped

2-3 Celery Stalks chopped

1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary

4 strips of Bacon

2 Garlic cloves crushed

1 can diced tomatoes

4 cups chicken/veg stock

4 cups water

2 tbsp fresh parsley

Heat oil in sauce pan over med heat.

Cook onion, celery, carrot, bacon, herbs, and garlic about 5 min

add beans, tomatoes, chicken/veg stock, water bring to a boil

Simmer gently for 20 minutes over medium Season and serve with parsley



  1. Mom Marcoccia

    Being snowed in, sounds like fun at your house:) Love the pictures!

  2. Leslie

    LOVE the water painting idea. So clever and clean. Too bad mine are so big they would laugh at me for that one. Plus, I love soup and I love bean and bacon the most. It snowed here yesterday. I woke up and wished I could go right back to bed. I was 99% sure I was going to tell the girls to grab piles of books and climb back into bed with me, so I did, but . . . the responsible 10 year old wanted to go to school. Can you believe I’m begging HER to stay home?? I. miss. the. sun.

    As for the sippy cup addiction. I can’t offer you any personal advice because neither of my kids latched on to something, except a blanket. But one of my friends just did the cold turkey thing with pacifiers and after a couple of rough days it was over. But from the dietitian in me, if she doesn’t care what is in it, I would definitely fill it with water between meals. That way the teeth are getting a good wash of water not sugar bugs. Good luck with that one, it’s a challenge

  3. Kim Spaz

    Hi Danette,

    I read all the time but never comment…But about the bottle…I didn’t have that I had the pacifier and the only thing that I could do was cold turkey. Not sure if that is the way to go because you are still cooped up and she could drive you crazy…but once the weather breaks you might be able to distract her away from it then…Good Luck and love to you all…

  4. Angie

    Oh, Danette, I feel for you! It is crazy that just last week I was getting sunburned and weeding! The little snow we got this morning is already gone, but it is windy and cold. Seriously, come down and visit anytime. I would love to have you!!

  5. Sara

    I’m getting ready for the spring weather, too! We keep getting tricked up here…warm, then cold again, snow again…etc.

    We had the pacifier with the first two and just cold turkeyed it too. But, if it isn’t really bothering you, I say just make sure it has water (like Leslie said) and let her have it. You will want her to have water more in the summer anyways. It could be worse! Cassie sucks her thumb…don’t know how we’re going to break that one!


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