Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Family Potluck Birthday

It's still amazing to me that my divorced-parent family has its little traditions. Our birthday tradition is to go out to eat to birthday person's favorite restaurant. It's not a very unique tradition, but again, divorced parents and traditions go together like oil and water. They just don't mix. Our most recent birthday was my own. Instead of a restaurant, I asked my family to come to my house and cook dinner together-meaning my parents did most of the cooking.

It was much more fun this way. We had slow appetizers, turns playing Mario Cart, and many laughs at my parents cooking beside each other. The dinner was relaxed and slowly paced, which was so nice. 

The food wasn't too bad either. Homemade pasta noodles, the cream sauce I've ever had, shrimp, scallops...and that was just the main dish. It was amazing. The kids were able to be wild and crazy with their family, instead of sitting quietly at a restaurant. This was a perfect decision.

We ended the night with something that's never happened before: I got a picture with just me and my parents. My whole life and I never got this before:

I'm old enough and experienced enough to know that nights like these are to be cherished and remembered. It was a very happy birthday night to me.

Monday, July 28, 2014


Even superheroes have to pick up their legos before they have flying practice.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This Week's Menu

Every once-in-a-while I post my little menu for the week on the blog. Here is what we're eating this week:

Fish tacos, chipotle coleslaw
Black beans and rice with toppings
Tomato basil soup, Caesar salad
Tomato sausage pasta
Shrimp and vegetable stir fry, sesame coleslaw 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Baguette Night

On our final meal before our French family returns to France, we had a baguette tasting. We had four loaves from around the city: two local bakeries and two chains. There was much talk, critique, tasting, tasting, and tasting that went into the decision. They decided that Niedlov's and Panera were the best. 

After dinner we spread out around the house and let the kids have the den. They played hard and trashed the room, as only kids can do. Signs of life and play. As for the adults, all I need to share about that part is our French cousin loved my dessert so much that she.asked.for.my.recipe. The Chocolate Cloud Cake that never disappoints. 

I asked for yet another group picture and we called it a night. Baguette Night was wonderful.
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