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.
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.
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.
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.