Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday bliss: Pumpkin pie martini

Because booze goes down better when it's disguised as dessert.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Stirring the pot

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Okay, that title is misleading. It makes you think that I have something controversial to say, which I don't. Unless having a toddler that sleeps in on weekends is controversial. 'Cause guess what? I got that, suckas! After four weekends in a row, I think I can safely proclaim my parenting success to the world - my kid sleeps past 8 am practically every Saturday and Sunday! It is just as glorious as you might imagine. And thankfully I have relished every lazy moment because now I have most certainly jinxed myself.

The Peanut had quite a rough patch when he was an infant and now Chris accuses me of hoarding sleep. Like crazy ladies can never have too many cats, I can never have too many hours of sleep. I will take it whenever I can and will stockpile it. You know how your grandmother, the one that lived through the depression, has an entire freezer full of butter? That's like me. Except the freezer is my body and the butter is TEN HOURS OF SLEEP. I don't really need that much but you just. never. know.

In other parenting news, I was riding home on the Metro last week. Same as usual, except this time I'd forgotten both my book and my headphones so I had neither literature nor music to get in the way of some serious eavesdropping. At some point a couple get on, about my age but much hipper. In fact, the guy was entirely too hip for his own good, with a douchey little hat, expensive glasses and skinny jeans that did his PBR-induced (I assume) beer belly no favors. Their exchange went something like this:

Jerkhat: But you really have to read this article. There are a million reasons why you NEVER introduce television before the age of two. [Goes on to list multiple things about retarding social development and whatnot on his fingers]

Hip but Sensible Girl: What do you mean never? What if I have a bad day and I'm tired and I just need to keep him occupied for a few minutes? Sesame Street won't hurt.

Jerkhat: Sesame Street is the WORST. This study showed it. You gotta read the article. You just can't let him watch tv.

Girl: Well, then you'll never be able to leave me alone with him. Ever. Because at some point I'm going to turn the tv on.

After a bit more of this exchange, I figured out that the girl was newly pregnant with Jerkhat's offspring and I felt really badly for her. Not only because her Baby's Daddy wore skinny jeans in public but because his sanctimonious attitude made me, a mild-mannered stranger, want to punch him in his Elmo-hating face. And I didn't even know him. And I don't even like Elmo all that much. The Peanut doesn't watch a ton of tv and often chooses a PBS cooking or home improvement show over Curious George (we've moved from Jacques Pepin to This Old House). Everything in moderation, dude. Including that PBR.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Vroom vroom

The Peanut's friend Grant has his own motorcycle. And all the boys love it.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spaghetti squash with garlic and goat cheese

Pardon me if I just ease myself back in to this whole cooking business for fall. 

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Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Goat Cheese
Serves four as a side

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 oz of goat cheese, plus a bit more for sprinkling
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Halve squash and place, cut side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake squash until soft, above 45 minutes. (My preferred method is to do this the night before while watching tv and painting my toenails.) Set aside until cool enough to handle. 
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for a few minutes until fragrant. 
  3. Scoop the flesh out of the squash with a spoon and mix in with garlic, kind of separating the strands a bit as you go. Crumble goat cheese and toss with squash until coated. Season with salt and pepper and add a bit more crumbled cheese before serving.