Nov 28, 2013
Rich and I have been doing a date night every other Saturday, and we are trying to try new things instead of going to the same places over and over as has become our habit. This past weekend we went to Sammy's Wood fired Pizza, a local chain we had never been to. It was happy hour, which meant discounted drinks and half price appetizers, so Rich got a beer and we ordered the Mediterranean Dip Trio, which consisted of Baba Ghanoush, Lebni (a soft cheese) and hummus, with pita wedges. It was crazy delicious! I seriously am sure I will be back there at some point JUST to get this delight. I especially loved the Baba Ghanoush.
We split a spicy Italian sausage pizza on wheat crust, and a Cesar salad. Definitely not a Paleo night! The pizza was pretty tasty, although nothing compared with that appetizer.
Neither one of us was into the salad. We ate it, but the dressing had an odd fishy taste. I know traditional Cesar dressing is made with anchovies, and this tasted strongly of that. They did have some other salads that I am eager to try, including a kale one with figs that sounds delightful - but since we were sharing and Rich is not Kale's biggest fan I decided to wait until next time on that one.
Nov 26, 2013
Saturday Rich and I ran some errands with Tucker, and one of our more enjoyable stops was at Tropifruit 100% natural smoothie and juice bar, for which I had a groupon. I got a juice called "Raise the Dead" which was absolutely delicious.
Poor Rich did not fair so well. He is not a fan of smoothies, and refuses to even try the juices I make at home, so I was impressed that he even went along. He ordered a "pineapple sunrise" smoothie, thinking it would be a pretty straightforward tropical smoothie, and instead he got a random blend of pineapple and tomato juice with all sorts of chili pepper. I'm not sure I will be able to get him back to the smoothie shop.
Despite the Sunrise Surprise we did have a good laugh when Tucker pointed to this art trio on the wall and said "Mommy, they ruined their painting!" when I asked him what I meant he said they cut it in three. When I explained to him that it was meant to be that way, he told me that didn't make any sense. Really, it doesn't.
Nov 24, 2013
A few weeks ago I made this batch of Paleo 7 Layer bars, and they were so delicious that they were completely gone within about thirty minutes of me serving up the first ones to my husband and kids!
The recipe is from Against All Grain, one of the paleo cookbooks we picked up at Costco.
This is definitely a Sunday afternoon recipe, as each layer has to be made - including homemade Paleo caramel!
Making chocolate ganache.
My caramel turned out perfectly!
I got all the "layers" ready and let Tucker assist in assembly.
I just made my husband's day by telling him I was in the midst of making a double batch of these for tonight. We are trying to eat pretty strict paleo during the week, and then stay mostly paleo on weekends but allow ourselves to eat paleofied treats like this. So far, this is my favorite paleofied treat ever!
Nov 18, 2013
Continuing with the home tour, here's the only thing of interest in the hall. You have to be a whovian to really understand. This is in the hall where the kids' bedrooms, husband's office, kids' bathroom and laundry room sort of all meet. I ordered it from London and was so excited when it finally came, then promptly managed to rip it a bit whilst putting it up. We love it just the same. Allons-y!
Nov 17, 2013
Not sure what's with the blurry pictures! My bathroom is pretty much the same as when I showed it before, but since I am slowly sharing all the rooms I thought I would throw it in.
Gray is my favorite color, so this bathroom makes me very happy!
Jack and I, about fifteen years ago.
Nov 16, 2013
Last weekend we watched The Hobbit in 3D with the kids, on HBO in 3D. It was Tucker's first introduction to Tolkien, and he loved it. We are planning to try to watch one LOTR movie a weekend until he's all caught up, and in the meantime we decided to start reading The Hobbit. While we have this book already, I picked up this illustrated copy at a thrift shop recently for $1.50, and we're going with that one. We were reading the Harry Potter series, and were partway into book two when Tucker told us how in his Extended Day the instructor was reading Harry Potter a little each day, and they were about the same place we were in book two. We didn't want to be reading the same thing he just heard or vice versa!
We had Tuck's parent-teacher conference the other night. He's advanced at math and is reading at a fifth grade level. The teacher told us that she just his sense of humor, and the way he thinks. She was discussing facts versus opinions with the class, and telling them that facts are facts and can't be changed when Tucker's hand shot up. She called on him and he said "Um, facts can change. Like, it's a fact that today is Tuesday but tomorrow that will not be a fact."
There's a change in curriculum occurring, and it could alter how and when kids at his school are tested for GATE but in the past second grade has been the year kids are tested, and if that holds true he will be tested this year and she is fairly confident he will be classified as GATE.
It wasn't all sunshine and roses, although nothing too serious. He talks to his neighbors too much in class, which wasn't a surprise. The teacher did ask us if Tucker is a little sensitive. Turns out he's had a few dramatic moments, including one she shared where she instructed the class to all come up and take a pair of scissors from the box. Tucker came to her in tears and when she asked what ever was the matter, he told her he got orange-handled scissors and he hates orange.
It's funny to me, but so familiar. While Jack reminds me more and more of Richard every day, Tucker is a mini-me- good and bad. I was an advanced reader and a GATE student, and always studying the facts (on a family camping vacation my leisure book was a giant study of nutrition standards and I spent the entire trip sharing facts with my family such as how many insects are acceptable per ounce of peanut butter) and I have always been chatty (although not as confident as Tucker, so I would only chat up people I knew whereas Tucker will talk to anyone!) and he and I share a stubborn streak and a need to have things our way and know and follow a plan if at all possible...and oddly enough, I hate the color red and will go to great lengths to avoid it. As someone who used to choose which baby toys I kept in a living room basket based on which ones matched the room decor the best (yes, really - I kept the neutral toys in the living room because I couldn't stand to look at all those brightly colored (red!) buttons and parts on most baby toys) I definitely relate to this kid more than anyone, and I also clash with him constantly because we both want things our way and fail to see the benefit of compromise.