Back to work

I returned to work from maternity leave on February 28, and just today I discovered that someone there (hi, coworker H!  You rule!) had read at least one of these blog posts!  O frabjous day!  So here are a few cute kid photos to celebrate.

I can’t believe this photo happened. They’re (almost sort of) holding hands! They’re both looking at the camera!  And more or less smiling!  I also love that H’s outfit has been worn before by at least three of his older cousins (G, B, and L).
The best out of many attempts at a photo the other day. Hey — they’re not crying.
Big sister was happy to get in on the action.

Carrot and Beet Salad

Sometimes you make up a dish with whatever you have on hand and it turns out more attractive and tastier than you had any reason to expect.  My sister C is visiting from Florida, and she, her three kids, and my mom came over last night for pizza.  It was Auntie C’s first time meeting the twins.

Auntie C is a little bit happy to meet her niece and nephew.  Photo credit: my mom, S.

I wanted to throw together a salad, but the baby spinach I was counting on was well past its prime.

I used one of my favorite kitchen tools, the mandoline, to slice up some carrots and (precooked and vacuum-packed) beets, drizzled with a balsamic glaze I’d forgotten was in the cupboard, and sprinkled some crumbled goat cheese and sunflower seeds on top. Look how pretty!

I realized when cleaning up dinner that I had some fresh thyme hanging out in the fridge, which would have been a nice addition to this dish.  If balsamic isn’t your jam (or, in this case, glaze), you could use lemon juice instead.  A lot of nuts could work in place of the sunflower seeds.  I think if I ever actually planned to make this, I might choose pistachios.  Yum.

You might notice, in the second photo above, that the bottle of balsamic glaze is sharpied with yesterday’s date.  I try to remember to date containers of things — spices, salsa, pretty much anything that comes in a jar — when I open them.  That way, D and I can make informed judgments about whether to dispose of stuff weeks or months (or, ahem, years) later.

Selfie w Twins

Achievement unlocked: selfie with twins (sort of).  Yes, the below image is a little blurry, but it is my favorite because:

  • In an effort to keep everyone attentive, I was singing “Silent Night” here.
  • My singing apparently caused A to crack up.  This is the very first time I have seen her smile.
  • My singing apparently caused H to throw signs to other members of his very tough, plaid-wearing baby gang.
Selfie with H and A