Friday, August 28, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Today was the first day that Grace went back to her little preschool after our summer of being home together. I so enjoyed having more time to be with her, more sweet hours filled with her energy and chatting, and of course fewer mornings where I have to have us all dressed and fed and out the door by a certain time. I am looking forward to her being back in "school", though, and the time it will give me that will be more quiet and flexible and, hopefully, productive. It was amazing today how peaceful it was with just Violet here and how much I was able to get done. I am super duper unoriginal in this thought, but why did I think having one baby was tiring/draining/hard when Grace was little? Having a mere single baby to deal with is eeeeeeeeasy.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
- Sliced, grilled with olive oil, then served with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. This was, eh, just OK. It tasted a little too eggplant-y, if you know what I mean.
- Steamed and pureed, intended for 7-month-old Violet-- This turned out DISGUSTING and I did not try to give it to her. Blech... I DO NOT RECOMMEND.
- Eggplant Involtini, from Feast by Nigella Lawson. Mmmmm, cheesy goodness.
- Baba Ghannouj from Alton Brown. Yummy!
- Badenjan Dip from Nigella Lawson. More yummy eggplant dip goodness!
- Grilled eggplant slices the next day cold with a miso dressing. Yech. It sounded so promising but was NOT GOOD.
- Udon Noodles with Tofu, to which I added the eggplant with the other vegetables. Udon noodles make everything better.
- Grilled Eggplant and Olive Pizza from Smitten Kitchen. Very nice indeed, and I think I'm going to try some of her other eggplant recipes when we, you know, get more this weekend.
- Eggplant Parmigian-- I used this recipe that my friend Emily sent to me at the very end of my pregnancy with Violet because of its supposed labor-inducing properties, but there's also one in this month's Everyday Food that's about the same. It turns out when you fry eggplant in olive oil and then douse it with red sauce and cheese, it is very tasty.
- A spin on the Greek classic pastitsio casserole done with eggplant instead of the meat. Quite tasty, although just verging on being too eggplant-y.
- A Thai-style green curry with other veggies and tofu over rice. I made it extra spicy and thus we did not taste the eggplant essence.
- A slow-cooker vegetarian chili with black beans and corn from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, which is very nice cookbook. This was quite good, and after all day in the slow cooker, the eggplant sort of dissolved into the chili.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
So here is the last of our videos; we are all caught up on video editing now-- hooray! And now we have resolved to stay caught up on it. This video is most of 2008, so Grace is 2 years old in pretty much all of it and it starts out in our house in Connecticut and ends up in our new house in Texas, with a brief few seconds set in the apartment we sublet in New Haven in the interim. In this video, we get to witness her eating hummus with all of her fingers, using Rob's old EMT stethoscope on our funny dog, playing my dad's mandolin, and look! At the very end! It's me all huge and pregnant with pink hair. I kind of long to dye my hair again. I shall remind myself of the touch-ups required every 2 weeks and that it might not be the best move considering that we are going to start the adoption process soon-ish (social workers, interviews, etc, etc).
And can you believe that snowstorm? The lovely thick blanket of soft fluffy whiteness? I almost can't believe that it's real as I sit in our sweltering August heat. This is something I have experienced many times before; in the midst of the long hot summer, any other kind of weather seems imaginary, fantastical, hypothetical. I sort of don't believe in winter anymore. Seeing our Connecticut backyard all lush with snow makes me long for it, though, and maybe it does make me feel a bit cooler. It's like how watching the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back makes you feel better on a hot day. Hey, I know! Let's all go on a mid-August visit to Hoth! Who's with me?