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Weekend Update

We got a last-minute visit from my mom who traveled down from New York.  Calvin was so excited to have someone play tag and hide-and-go-seek with him…or, at least the toddler version of that game.  We kept him up way past his bedtime on Friday to enjoy the Downtown Mall sights, tastes, and sounds.  We haven’t been there on a Friday night since July of last year when we first moved to Charlottesville.

Calvin dancing to the band at Charlottesville Pavilion and garnering some of his own fans

Calvin dancing to the band at Charlottesville Pavilion and garnering some of his own fans

Calvin started dancing to the live music at the Pavilion, and he was totally in LOVE with the shiny red corvette that was up for a fundraiser auction.

Love of red cars

Love of red cars

We also enjoyed the banner photographs of wild animals stretched between the trees.  Calvin identified all of them by their distinctive animal sounds.

Bears on the Downtown Mall

Bears on the Downtown Mall


On Saturday, we took my mom to the City Market.  We had to pick up the fresh chevre made from raw goat’s milk (donation only since it legally cannot be sold in Virginia) and a few other items of fresh produce and grass-fed beef.

We also had fun listening to the Casa de Chipmunks band.  Bassist played a tub with a string, and percussion was made from a suitcase.  Their instruments kinda reminded me of the character played by Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

Casa de Chipmunks at City Market

Casa de Chipmunks at City Market

My mom had to drive home Saturday afternoon, so we bid her farewell on her very short visit.  However, I think she’ll be back next month.  Calvin will enjoy seeing her again soon.


After church this morning, we all took naps at different times.  It’s hard to sleep when a toddler is crawling on your belly and saying “Mama” over and over and over again.  But, I did like it when he snuggled for a few seconds every so often before terrorizing his cars.

I whipped up some ground lamb and a yogurt sauce so we could fill our own schwarmas at the park picnic.

hydrophilic boy

hydrophilic boy

Calvin was much too enthralled with the sprinklers to stay and eat.  We should have learned by now that he doesn’t eat well at all when we try to do a picnic.  However we enjoyed the company of our friends, and we had fun watching Calvin splash and get soaked.

sprinklers at belmont park

sprinklers at belmont park

Before she left on Saturday, my mom instructed me on the proper way to cut up a pineapple.  I guess I must have been living under a rock and wasting more than I should on the outer edges.  I also cut up a pineapple on Sunday afternoon…and I used the core (the nutrient-dense and fiber and vitamin-rich center) for smoothies.  Ah, it was a delightful and refreshing treat.

Pineapple Selection and Pineapple

Choose a pineapple that’s yellow to golden brown skin (not green), and with a stalk that’s got green leaves (not brown and wilted leaves).  Pick one that’s got a bigger pinapple body to stalk ratio…less stalk, more meat.  Also, you want want that’s ripe and fragrant with a delicious pineapple smell–that means it’s ready to eat!

I used to cut up a pineapple like this—old school and wasteful.

My mom showed me a better way to cut it up.  After the fact, I found this great picture tutorial on about.com about cutting up a pineapple.

The only thing I do differently is once the pineapple is skinned, I slice the fruit off around the core, so that the core is all one big column in the middle.  I cut up the pineapple flesh in long strips and dice them.

I reserve the core for smoothies….it may be too tough to eat, but in a high-powered blender it makes a rich and fibrous smoothie when coupled with orange juice, coconut milk, a banana, and a few whole strawberries (with the green tops still on!).  Yummalicious!

Fresh pineapples are high in vitamin C, beta-carotenes, Vitamin A, and potassium.  According to Philappine Herbal Medicine, pineapples are good for killing intestinal worms, breaking up blood clots, and help heart health.  Pineapples help the kidneys and work as a great detoxification agent.  Pineapples are also high in bromelain which is a group of enzymes that fight inflammation–these are wonderful for people with muscle aches and pains, rashes, or heartburn.

–By Dr. Dolly

One Response

  1. I love fresh pineapple – YUM! I juice it and make smoothies out of it. I also dehydrate it for a super delicious snack.

    Cute pics!


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